Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to love your body. No Seriously!!

I see many different lists of how to love your body and improve body image. These lists are often filled with beautiful affirmations and postivity however for many people struggling with negative body image or deep insecurities with their body, affirmations are not enough. I created a simple list of ways to start to challenge […]

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: A Call To ACTION!

Many people do not know that there is such a thing as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  On February 23-March 1 is NEDA week. This week is important for many reasons, yet is rarely acknowledged in our culture. Eating disorders are commonly looked down upon, and I feel a big reason is because they are misunderstood. […]

New Year, New You? Heck NO! – The New Year’s Anti-Resolution

How did you feel about the usual barrage of new year’s resolution marketing this year? Did it annoy you? Make you feel like you should join in? Did it piss you off and make you want to rebel against it? However much it affected you, or didn’t, odds are it did affect you a little […]

Finding the Artist within: Art Therapy and Eating Disorders

Art Therapy has been a powerful and effective coping skill that the eating disorder community has embraced for decades. Art therapy helps and challenges a person to create and to reflect on the process of the art making experience and the art work they create. This process is powerful especially for someone who is suffering […]

The Invisible Line: Finding your voice and setting your boundaries

Boundaries and assertiveness for many people  these words bring upon anxiety, fear and represent a negative task. For many people the ability to stand up for their inner needs and wants can be very difficult. Often times many people I encounter hold many of their emotions and thoughts within themselves. I know especially for the […]

Hope For The Holidays

The holidays can be a very magical and special time for many people around the world but for others the holidays equate stress, anxiety, sadness or anger. This can be for a variety of reasons, familial issues, relationship issues, money issues, health issues the list goes on. For some reason the holiday season is the […]

Empowered Dating: Loving Yourself, Having a Blast, & Treasuring What’s Important

What does it really mean to be empowered? Confident. Secure. Self-assured. Yes, but also striving, learning, seeking to grow. And even more than that, there can be vulnerability in empowerment. In fact, there can be anything within an empowered person because the essence of empowerment is self-acceptance. A person who accepts herself can learn confidence […]

A Disease of Self Hatred

  On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that its House of Delegates (against the recommendation of AMA’s own expert committee tasked with studying the issue) “voted to recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”  Several excellent responses […]

Music Speaks to My Heart

Whenever I have a chance, I listen to music as it empowers me.  Plain and simple: Music speaks to my heart. It also unites people. One particular memory stands out as a highlight of my trip to Great Britain and Ireland this past summer with one of my sisters  (the same sister who introduces me […]

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