Before Anything Else On Thanksgiving Day…

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year, Thanksgiving. I get all kinds of sentimental, giving lots of hugs and I always put way more than one thing I'm grateful for in the gratitude jar. But, here's my confession. I didn't used to look forward to this holiday. As a matter of fact, holidays in general used to feel intense, anxiety provoking and even sad. For years I didn't take care of myself and piled way too much on my plate, by the time the holidays arrived I felt more burnt out than an overcooked Turkey. On top of that, losing a family member makes the firsts - the first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas, the first Birthday, etc. feel confusing; both gut wrenching because someone so dear… [ Read more ]

Tell Me If This Ever Happened To You.

Last week I wrote about changing your story, a topic I could talk about for days. Mostly because it changed my freakin' life and I've seen that very act change the lives of countless women around the globe. Two days after that email landed in your inbox, my husband and I took on the hot-as-hell task of cleaning out our attic. Sweating our buns off looking through all the stuff we'd stored above our living space, I came across that folder. The one I never knew I saved, I actually couldn't believe I held onto it. "Renfrew Eating Disorder Facility" was printed in big bold silver letters across the bright purple folder. Underneath, those words were, Ashley Swider - patient.… [ Read more ]

You’re The Author Of Your Story

I want to know if you've experienced this before. I'll paint the picture for you. A beautiful woman has a deep yearning to break free from the molds she's created for herself over the years. She's so sick of the pit she feels in her stomach filled with the worries, fears and questions that keep her up at night. Lying in bed, while everyone else is a asleep, she's thinking... "Will I ever do something really meaningful? Do I have any passion left in me? How the heck could I use my passion to help others? What am I even good at? When am I going to take better care of myself? Am I ever going to be able to create a better… [ Read more ]

For Your Sanity’s Sake

Yesterday I was digging through my overstuffed beach bag, searching past bite size carrots, towels, too many PB&J's and a dirty diaper bag on a mission to find my phone. The eclipse was right over my head and it hit me, "Holy cow, I haven't looked for this damn phone in hours." I gotta say, I was proud of myself. Which is both embarrassing and honest. What an unforgettable day we had. Seeing that eclipse right over our heads, with our feet in the wet sand on our favorite beach in Charleston was my favorite day of 2017. Rather than paint a picture with my words, here's a shot my hubby took yesterday. Mind blowing, right? Now right before this moment.… [ Read more ]

There’s a Ton of Bullshit Out There

I'm curious, do you ever find yourself overwhelmed or even sick of the wellness industry? If the answer's yes, I'm with you. Sometimes I get nauseas from seeing people say, "Choose JOY!" and life will always work out. Ummmm yeah, not exactly. We all know life is super complex. Yes, we have plenty of opportunities on daily basis to focus our energy on joy. When we do it does feel fanfreakintastic. Yet over all, choosing joy isn't always the answer. There's plenty of experiences in life, that bring us to our knees. Where we're begging for some type of fairy dust clarity to arrive on a magic carpet, so we make sense of how messy our lives feel. Especially when… [ Read more ]

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