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 ]

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 ]

The Only Thing That Cures Self Doubt Is…

"The Only thing that cures self doubt is action."- Mel Robbins Not always an easy pill to swallow. But you know what? Sometimes we all need to a little extra push to remember how to get shit done. Pardon my french, you know I like to swear. (wink, wink.)   You know what you want. You know what you have to do. The key, is to take action on that knowing.     That’s what’s going to help you squash self doubt within seconds. We all get tripped up. Honestly, I get tripped up daily, I get in my own way and can easily get distracted.   Yet, I know that to see my dreams into my reality, it takes… [ Read more ]

Looks Are Deceiving

We’re not seeing the full picture. I’ve been thinking about social media a lot lately. How we’re only seeing part of someone’s story. Yet, how easily it can evoke feelings of jealousy, comparison, inadequacy, competitiveness, fear and so much more. I like to use Social media as a tool for my business and yes, share moments of my personal life. Keyword, MOMENTS. You’re only seeing “the highlight reel” as my brilliant friend, Kate Fagan calls it. For the most part, I’m posting thoughts to inspire others and hopefully let you know; you’re not alone on this wild journey called, LIFE. I do my best to keep it real. Sometimes you’ll see photos of my family and hear stories about my… [ Read more ]

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