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You're your problem, but...

You’re your problem, but…

You are also your solution.” So says quirky but wise Bridesmaid Meagan in this summer’s movie darling, Bridesmaids.  There comes a time in most every movie when something really wise and true is uttered.  It’s a turning point statement, and as soon as it comes out of someone’s mouth, I find myself wracked with conflict.  The […]

Basta! (or enough already with all that judgment)

Basta! (or enough already with all that judgment)

Dear Celebrity Magazines, Oops!  You did it again.  With summer in full swing, the opportunities to engage in your favorite sport are rampant.  And you’ve wasted no time partaking in the game.  Famous girl on the beach in her bathing suit?  Let’s play: Pick Her Apart.  This time, you’ve deemed her a few sizes too […]

this moment

this moment

  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Find Something You Love

Find Something You Love

This piece was originally posted here on May 16, 2010. Here’s another truth that I share with students in my body image seminar:  You have to find something you love.  Notice I didn’t say someone.  Nope, we’re pretty good at that.  It’s the something to love that is harder, but just as essential.  Early on, […]

Girl Power Camp this summer!

Girl Power Camp this summer!

Girl Power camp  Have your daughter, niece, grandfather, or young friend join  me and equine assisted learning specialists, Kris Batchelor and Morgan Ridenhour, for a special week of horsemanship and leadership. Activities will include instruction about horse psychology and herd dynamics, grooming, groundwork, limited riding, crafts, discussion about leadership and self-acceptance, and journaling.   This […]

That no, no, no, no, no finger.  April 2010

Random Bits

  I used bronzer the other day.  I was fairly certain it looked fabulous.  Then Happy walked in, looked very concerned, placed a hand on each one of my cheeks and said, “are you dirty?”  Not as natural looking as I thought, eh?  Happy and I drove by one of those backyard playground sales places that […]

Betty White and Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Group Project: Aging Gracefully

A few weeks ago, I asked for suggestions for blog posts on Facebook. One of my best friends wrote, “How does one grow old gracefully? Because honestly, I am not embracing wrinkles, spider veins, and gray hair. In fact, they’re all kinda pissing me off.’  I had forgotten about that particular blog post request until […]

We are all just different kinds of pretty.

We are all just different kinds of pretty.

If given the chance to swivel my eyes around and see for sure, I am fairly certain that the hairs on my neck are raised.  I am talking with a young (read: early high schooler) woman in my life, and she’s just revealed her insecurities about a new girl in her school that happens to have her […]

Have you lost weight?

Have you lost weight?

  “Have you lost weight?” She asks. She hasn’t seen me in a while.  Not this calendar year.  My dad was still hospitalized the last time I saw her if I remember correctly.    There is a smile in her voice, an upbeat tone to her question.  In her world, it’s a great question to […]

A little self-awareness goes a long way.

A little self-awareness goes a long way.

This post has been slightly updated from a post that ran on May 2, 2010. I mentioned the other day that I have been reflecting on the absolutes that I preach while teaching the body image course.  The last one I shared was that it is never about you.  Today’s bit?  A little self-awareness goes […]