Food for Thought

Permission Granted

Permission Granted

  Once during a high stress period in my life, I found myself racked with anxiety over the pressure I felt to do something that I just did not really want to do. Navigating the stress of not meeting expectations when I had a lifetime of being a good girl under my belt was eating […]

Writing Your Wellness

Writing Your Wellness

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve shared my new year’s rituals here. Today, I want to talk about the third thing I do each new year: write a wellness prescription. Put super simply, a wellness prescription is a self-care plan that outlines how your need to be cared for (by you) physically, mentally, emotionally, and […]

Having Vision

Having Vision

There are 3 rituals I have for every new year.   The first is choosing a word for the year (check out last week’s post if you missed it) .  The second is making a vision board.  The third is getting a handle on my self-care plan by writing a wellness prescription and coming up […]

Breathing In Peace, Breathing Out Ease

Breathing In Peace, Breathing Out Ease

Since my mid-twenties, I have chosen a word for the year as an intention to guide my actions and heart. My word for the year always speaks to what I want to most value for that moment in time and reminds me of what I most want to be feeling, what I most wish to […]

Photo Credit: Andrea Scher

How Yoga and Body Acceptance Could Guide Your New Year

One of my greatest inspirations in the self-acceptance space is Anna Guest-Jelley, the founder of Curvy Yoga.  Anna is not just profound light, a gentle truth teller, and an honest reflector, she’s an inspired teacher– both in yoga class and in life.  With this new year,  I was eager to share some of Anna’s wisdom […]

A Summit of One

It’s that time of year where the crush of so many things-holiday parties, gift shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, merry making, thank you note writing, end of year donating, etc- begins to feel like too much and your chest is tight and your stomach is kinda floppy and now I am about to add one more […]

Lift

Y’all, I am having a time (and I know I’m not alone). Weeks ago, I came up with a list of upcoming posts to share here. For today, December 5th, the plan was to share (and to reveal to myself because I learn what I know deep down inside by writing) what my word for […]

a simple strategy for managing holiday stress

The holidays.  For most of us, those two words bring up a mixed bag of feelings. Lingering over a fireplace with loved ones while drinking mulled wine.  JOY! Four party invitations for the same night.  ANXIETY. Delighting someone with the perfect gift.  JOY! Not realizing that someone has a food allergy and that ingredient is […]

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

We started a new tradition at our house this Thanksgiving season that we are really loving and I wanted to share it with you. Our Thanksgiving tree is displayed in a vase on the mantel of the fireplace in our dining room and each one of us has a branch (our sweet neighbor cut branches […]

Hope

Hope

As many of you know, I live just outside of Charlotte and teach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The last week has been so incredibly heartbreaking. As we navigate forward, I’m reminded of this Barbara Kingsolver quote and of my hopes: I hope for a world where every single one of us […]