A look into the dark

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Think of one or two of your flaws, your weak spots. And no, not the flaws or weak spots you’d offer up in an interview (i.e. “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m not very good with numbers). Not what I’m talking about here. Not flaws or weak spots that are endearing, cute or insignificant. Think of the dark ones, the ugly, the truly unappealing. The ones that, after they’re exposed, make you want to curl up in the corner of the room. Got em’? These are what psychologist, Carl Jung, said make up the “shadow side” of our personality. It’s the

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Does it feel like home?

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Think of your favorite holiday tradition. Whether it’s lighting candles around the house, baking a Pecan Pie, or watching the black and white version of “Miracle on 34th Street,” I can bet you one thing… Your favorite holiday tradition is your favorite because it makes you feel like home. Home. For some of us the feeling of home might align with where we grew up or the people who raised us. But for most of us, it’s more than that. Eventually, “home” ends up being less about a person or place and more about a feeling. Home is comfort. It’s joy. It’s

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from “chained” to “free”

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What, if anything, do you feel chained to? Another way to think about it is: what’s weighing you down? Could be: coffee alcohol sugar Or, how about: depression or fatigue ocd or overeating chronic pain or a chronic bad mood Or even: social media, and the obligatory feeling to be in touch with everyone, all. the. time. a job you hate a relationship with someone you don’t feel yourself with Note: you could also feel chained to something that is, in essence, positive (i.e. “i have to go to yoga 5x/wk or else… ” or “i have to eat organic or else…”)

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My next chapter… and yours?

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I’m sure you’ve set a goal like this before, haven’t you? “This fall I’m definitely going to the gym 3X/week.” or “I’m cutting out carbs for the month of October.” It’s nothing new. You, and I, we spend much of our life setting goals around food and exercise. Some goals we reach, others, not so much. What I’ve found, over the years, is that the setting and striving for these kinds of goals starts to feel a bit stale and uninspired. The implementation starts to feel so routine. And even if we make progress, we still might not feel quite right.

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The women we envy

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What kind of women do you envy? The skinny ones? The rich ones? The ones who are getting engaged and having babies “on time?” Me? I always envied women who seemed to have “arrived at their totality,” as a friend in Mexico so wonderfully put it. To me, that means a woman who embraces all sides of herself and expresses all those sides completely and unapologetically.  >> She doesn’t hide her huge smile or her tears She laughs out loud She doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable emotion When she’s angry, terrified, or heartbroken, she shows it Because, no matter how “messy” it might look, it’s who she is, all of

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Coconut Congo Bars

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When it comes to homemade food (especially dessert) my brother has a tendency to exaggerate. “I’m telling you, I’d drive in from Framingham just for one of these.” “I’d pay a good sixty bucks for a tray of these, no joke.” It’s hard to stay humble having a guy like that around. He leaves and you think to yourself “well, maybe I should open my own restaurant, god darn it!” We all need someone like that in our lives, no? Anyway, you ready for the recipe? The one my brother would apparently drop huge sums of money for? This week I’m sharing the recipe

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Cacao Butter Salve + Something We’ve Lost

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What do you do when you get a headache?  A toothache? Where do you turn when you’ve got digestive issues?  Or PMS? What do you do if you feel tension in your neck? Or if you’ve got a skin rash? Tylenol? Advil? Google? Or do you just suck it up? Nothing wrong with painkillers or toughing it out, but since those have become the most common defaults, I’ve started to wonder if we’ve lost something. Clarissa Estes, in her bestselling book Women Who Run with the Wolves, says that a healthy woman “carries the bundles for healing; she carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She carries the medicine

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