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…”)
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.
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
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
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
What was your favorite part of this morning? Or did it go by way too fast to notice? These are questions worth answering! Because the “morning routine” isn’t just a trendy topic of conversation. All the hype is actually based on lots of evidence suggesting that the way we start our day will determine the way we feel the rest of the day. You’ve heard it from nutritionists, right? “Breakfast is the most important meal.” By firing up your metabolism first thing in the morning you put your digestion on track for the rest of the day. I recently heard a similar sentiment echoed from a commencement speaker who listed “making the bed”
Having trouble quieting your mind? You might be going about it in the wrong way. For instance, here’s how it went for me… I wanted to start a home yoga practice, so I created a “Yoga Glo” account and voila!, had access to hundreds of virtual classes, depending on how much time I had, my specific aches and pains, etc. I wanted to learn to meditate, so I downloaded Gabby Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie app, and then “Headspace,” another meditation app considered the “gym membership for the mind.” I wanted to get more in touch with my soul, cultivate a deeper spiritual life, so I read Danielle