I've been sick for a few days, and I'm trying my best to rest and replenish. Judging by that friendly Facebook "On this Day" reminder, it seems like every year since 2005, I've been sick in January and this is about the time when I would take to the internet to whine about it. Facebook has … Continue reading The Long Game
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me I needed to rid my vocabulary of the word, "why." I immediately asked him: "Why?" He said the word was riddled with implication of judgment. This one word is intended to be a simple information gathering device, but depending on tone we could be saying one would need … Continue reading Live the Questions
Remember when motivational posters were just pictures of kittens holding onto limbs under the caption, "Hang in there?" If you've spent any amount of time on Instagram and Pinterest, you have seen the emotional dysfunction minefield that is often labeled as #motivational. Sadly, many of these graphics use the same tactics as pro-ana (pro-anorexia) websites: selling … Continue reading Take the Shame out of “Fitspiration”
"Your body is not your masterpiece. It is the paintbrush used to create your masterpiece each day." -Glennon Doyle MeltonI love the beach. It's kind of the main thing I love about living in New Hampshire. I love the ocean because it makes me feel small in the best way possible. If the water isn't … Continue reading One Paintbrush. One Masterpiece.
It's summer, and the clothes are coming off. If you are feeling a little body acceptance challenged, a harmless pool party or trip to the beach can turn into a day (or more) of feeling anxious, inadequate, and isolated. I have spent a lifetime hating myself and how I looked, but when I reached the age of … Continue reading The Skin We Are In
Today, I sat down to eat lunch, and I was also catching up on my emails. I was trying to eat this beautiful leftover pasta dish with homemade pesto from the basil I grew right outside my front door, and I'm fiddling with this electronic device. I tried to eat and not worry about my phone for a … Continue reading Your Undivided Attention
This morning, I treated myself with a massage. I cannot afford to do it on a regular basis, but since my shoulder injury is still nagging at me, I decided go ahead and spend the money in hopes of finding some relief. Afterwards, I felt great. I was sitting a bit taller. My neck and … Continue reading Doesn’t It Feel Good to Take Care of Yourself?
What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for the clouds to clear? Waiting for everyone else to catch up? Waiting for the day it "feels right?" the moment you have all the approval you need? to lose those last 20 pounds? None of those things are guaranteed to arrive. You can spend a lifetime waiting … Continue reading Don’t Wait Another Second…
Last week, I was teaching a class full of teenage girls who were mostly beginners. I began verbally guiding them into Side Angle. Feeling that they had the flexibility, I gave them the option to take their top arm behind their back for a bind. A few of the girls that had taken yoga classes before started … Continue reading Let Me In
It's the eve of my 32nd birthday, and my mind is simply boggled when I look back at all the changes 2014 has brought me. This year, I finished my yoga teacher training, moved across the country, changed careers, and fell into this kind of crazy whirlwind of a life. I am amazed sometimes at … Continue reading Happy Birthday to All of Us