Category: Self-care

Being Heard is a Requirement for Healing

The other day I spent some time with a new client who suffers from a chronic health issue. She had some trouble finding her way to me, and was 30 minutes late to her appointment. Still, we spent 15 minutes longer than her allotted appointment time, and I didn’t get through everything I’d planned for…
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What qualifies as “drama”, anyway?

The other morning I was practicing* a Celtic cross tarot spread. I asked the question: What do I most need to know today? The second card in this spread (layout) represents opposing forces, and I got the 10 of swords. In my deck, “The Wild Unknown” by Kim Krans, this card is ominous: a colorless…
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Let Go & Never Give Up: A Poem about Chronic Illness

I’ve experienced chronic pain and illness Worked with clients who have no spoons left Watched friends who have struggled enough We are: Ambitious. We have dreams. Goals. We want to do good in this world. We embark on our journey, following our dreams, looking to live our calling. Something happens. Nothing happens. Our systems say,…
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Thoughts From the Latest Self-care Challenge

I’ve been running the Self-Care Challenge quarterly, for about 2 years now. I’m always inspired and motivated by the participants in the challenge. I love hearing about how they’ve taken the day’s challenge and made it their own. I can relate to their questions, their struggles, and their accomplishments. This past February, however, felt very…
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How NOT to Just Say F**k It: 5 Strategies for Getting Back on Track

Let’s be real. Those of us who have goals around health and wellness aren’t perfect. (That’s OK, by the way!) From time to time, we’ll make decisions that are contrary to the promises we make to ourselves. Some examples of goals we might have include: Limiting sugar | caffeine | alcohol | chocolate intake Exercising…
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Woman enjoying her food photo

6 Steps to Truly Mindful Eating

This post is a throwback to December 2011, when I was going through the transformation that would lead me to becoming a Mind-body Wellness Coach. While I’ve evolved in my relationship with food and my body since, I feel the content is still very relevant to share with those of you who may be struggling…
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10 Tips for Digging Out of the Winter Blahs

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring this year, but if you’re anything like me, the end of February and slog through the long month of March ahead can feel daunting. Whether you’re daydreaming of a vacation break in Maui or toying with ideas for how you might incorporate your snow shovel into your…
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Post-run Smoothie

After my boyfriend settles down a bit from a run, he’s hungry. Yet, he often has to go back to work. Since he enjoys smoothies, I put together this simple recipe, which can be made ahead of time and shaken-up a bit when it’s time to drink. Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use…
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Meditating Your Way to Healthy Digestion

Meditation is essentially a practice in training one’s mind, so it can be done anywhere, using anything as a point of focus. Applying meditative techniques when moving throughout one’s day can be thought of as mindfulness. Since we eat at least 2-3 times a day, meal times are a natural opportunity for meditation, using food as our focus.

Butternut Squash & Leek Soup

Ingredients Olive oil 1/2 butternut squash (cut lengthwise) 1 leek 3 scallions 2 cloves fresh garlic or 1 Tbsp chopped garlic from a jar The tops from one fennel bulb 2 cups water Salt and pepper Instructions Roast the squash in the oven until really soft. Cool until you can scoop the innards into a…
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