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 ]

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 ]

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