Health

Banish martyr mama: your fulfillment matters

Enthusiastic thumbs up if you're a mama who spends unfathomable hours driving your children around and supporting them at appointments and lessons and games and school. Yeah. Me too. It is most challenging for me to be mindfully in the moment during the hours I spend in the car alone while being taxi driver for [...]

Love always wins: start with the heretical act of self-love

People struggling to love themselves don't like it when you love yourself. And it is your job to get over the resistance. When you are so in your zone, when you are ignoring all judgment, when you are being heretical, breaking the rules by being okay with your wrinkles and gray hair and saying fuck [...]

Living on purpose: the call to expand or delete

Moving through the editing process of work written over two years ago is taxing. Every week 5000 words to my editor and every week processing her requested revisions. She has a lovely, self-proclaimed habit of encouraging authors with a seemingly innocuous three-word phrase: expand or delete. It is a cue meant to direct the author [...]

Enrich our world: choose vulnerability

It's coming up on two years since Mom died. In fact, Mother's Day will be the date two years ago that I received the call. And two years ago on Mother's Day was the last day and night I spent with Mom. Since I have been editing Body 2.0, the book, I have found myself in [...]

The freedom of adaptability: change is my bitch

How do you fear change? All humans fear change on some level. Some people have to have their day play out down to the minute. Others can go with the flow to some extent. I've learned over time in my practice and, most illustratively, in my own life that those best able to roll with [...]

Conquer: an open letter to skeptics after a day in the Living Balance office

You know what is magic? You are. You move through this world with more power than you can even imagine. Every moment your intention ties the universe into stunning shapes and most of the time you don't even realize it. I say it all the time: "You have powerful energy." I sit here observing you, [...]

Both bruised and not bruised: the longer now

When you are doubting yourself that is the perfect time to remind yourself how incredible you really are. Just three days post-surgery it makes sense to have a lot of pain. It feels like a bottomless pit of suck. Earlier today I was reading all about awesome workouts I want to do, saw some pictures [...]

I am AWESOOOOME! And so are you! Thank you, Sekou Andrews.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehnl0cd-rcw With every respect and celebration of the awesomeness of Sekou Andrews! "I’m not beautiful / like I used to be I’m beautiful / like I am Like the scar where a breast was once" YES! YES! YES! The Awesome Anthem by Sekou Andrews There are those days... When my drive crashes When my self-worth stalls by [...]

Suck it up: the truth about flat bellies and perky breasts

One of the stories that always gives me a giggle was a trip to the beach with my boys. They are tweens now, so likely this type of unabashed, uncensored curiosity has gone by the wayside. We all had just our swim suits on and I was doing the mama aerobics of slathering us all [...]

Body 2.0 has arrived: my story of prophylactic double mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction (so far)

Two weeks ago today I spent the day soaking in all the love and enjoyment I could knowing that in less than 24 hours I was going to undergo my long-anticipated prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. Intellectually, I understood what would be happening. I even thought I had an idea of the mental, [...]