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win a fabulous frock from Karina dresses!

While new shine posts end today, the experience does not!  We’ll have the  this afternoon and, then next Wednesday, will be the grand prize giveaway- a fabulous dress from Karina Dresses.  So all comments from the month that haven’t yet been drawn for a giveaway are still in the running for the dress as well […]

shine day 31:  spark your self-acceptance with goals

shine day 31: spark your self-acceptance with goals

This year, I started a new ritual.  I set 3 goals monthly for me to focus my energy.  Sometimes they are very tangible (organize 10 small spaces in my house) and sometimes they are more conceptual (work on increasing my sense of calm and wellbeing).  They always help.  As shine draws to a close, I […]

shine day 30: define self-acceptance for you

shine day 30: define self-acceptance for you

Today’s post comes from the oh-so wholehearted Mara Glatzel.  I am wild about Mara’s energy and wisdom and am so excited to share her insights with you.  Enjoy! When I was younger, self-acceptance always felt a little broad and abstract to me. It was the thing that I put on my bucket list year after […]

shine week 5 giveaways

shine week 5 giveaways

I am so excited to announce this week’s shine giveaways.  The weekly shine giveaway will take place on Fridays at 2 pm EST and all entries up to 1:59 PM EST will be included (don’t fret, any entries that come at 2:01 or after Friday will go into the upcoming drawings!). A drumroll for this […]

shine day 29:  spark your self-acceptance by creating boundaries

shine day 29: spark your self-acceptance by creating boundaries

Yesterday, we talked about how the comments that are made to us are actually never really about us.  Today, we are taking that concept a bit further. Oftentimes, perhaps unintentionally, our loved ones or people we know will begin to project their stuff onto us.  And then that round of comments becomes a predictable storyline. […]

shine day 28:  spark your understanding that it is never about you

shine day 28: spark your understanding that it is never about you

It’s never about you. You have a mother who laments your weight all of the time- no matter your size.  You can be at your thinnest and certainly, she feels, you could do better.  You could be at your heaviest, and she definitely lets you know it (because, for whatever reason, she has convinced herself […]

shine day 27: spark your self-acceptance with fruits and veggies

shine day 27: spark your self-acceptance with fruits and veggies

Perhaps you have heard of Meatless Monday.  It is an international campaign to encourage people to go meatless on Mondays in the hopes of having an overall positive effect on people and the planet’s health.  For various reasons, we go meatless a couple days a week and while there are many positive effects of that […]

shine day 26: spark your self-acceptance by paying attention

shine day 26: spark your self-acceptance by paying attention

BF and I honeymooned in Scotland.  It was before digital cameras and when I had all of our photos developed, I noticed that I had repeatedly snapped photos of two things throughout our backpacking adventure– doors and window boxes.  So many of the doors we passed in Scotland were brightly colored and so delightful and […]

shine day 25: spark your self-acceptance with a media fast

shine day 25: spark your self-acceptance with a media fast

80% of women feel worse about themselves after seeing a beauty ad.  $20 billion is spent on beauty marketing in the US annually. Clearly, there is a huge investment being made in the beauty industry and one of the dividends is that it makes us feel insecure, self-conscious enough to want to buy all that […]

shine day 24: spark your self-acceptance with three small questions

shine day 24: spark your self-acceptance with three small questions

When I lead workshops, I often give participants a series of prompts that I call Three Small Questions.  The catch is that they aren’t small questions at all.  They are often big questions but what I want from them is short, simple, one sentence, very direct answers. I ask the questions, and my students have […]