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 ]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Happy Halloween!  I hope you're ready for a hilarious, fulfilled night with friends and family. My gold dreams are coming true tonight with the costume I'm wearing. I'm curious, are you a get-decked-out-super-into-it Halloweener or ummm, no so much? I've swung both ways and this year, I'm super into it. Let's dive into a topic I've been wanting to talk to you about. During a call with a client today, I found myself having a conversation I've had at least 300 times before and I couldn't help but think of you. Here's why, because my guess is you can likely relate on some level or another to what my client was going through. Heck, I know I can. I've been there more times than I can count. Without sharing the details of her life,… [ Read more ]

Put Your Back Into It!

You know how that song goes,  "You can do it put your back into it! I can do it put your back into it!" I have no idea why, but that was blaring in my head as I started to type this letter to you. Have you been feeling the wild, kind of chaotic and exciting energy in the air? There's something about this fall that feels, different. More intense, in every direction. When there's a ton of change in the air, there's one key word that can make it more easeful and fun. Drum roll please..... flex·i·bil·i·ty noun the quality of bending easily without breaking. the ability to be easily modified. "I enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule" willingness to change or compromise.… [ 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 ]

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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