Body Love and Body Kindness, Uncategorized

Basic Body Confidence: What It is and Four Mindsets and Practices that Develop It

I am on a mission to help people Live from the Inside Out. When we Live from the Inside Out, we live from a strong sense of our own worthiness and purpose, as well as a sense of other people’ worthiness and purpose. This allows us to connect constructively and build a more resilient world… Continue reading Basic Body Confidence: What It is and Four Mindsets and Practices that Develop It

Body Love and Body Kindness, Uncategorized

The Joy of Jump Roping: How Jump Roping Surprised Me

In my last post, I promised you a follow up to my discussion of Basic Body Confidence, and I for sure am going to post that follow up. But first, I want to tell you about jump roping and how it is giving me life right now. And it turns out that this has a… Continue reading The Joy of Jump Roping: How Jump Roping Surprised Me

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

How I Stopped Chasing Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Found Something Better: and I am Happier and More Resilient Because of It

I was originally going to title this post “How I Gained Weight and Went Grey, and I am Happier and More Resilient than Ever.” And I still kind of like that title, but perhaps it is a little misleading. Because in this post, I’m not going to try to convince you to gain weight (or… Continue reading How I Stopped Chasing Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Found Something Better: and I am Happier and More Resilient Because of It

Body Love and Body Kindness

I am Letting My Hair Go Silver, and I’m Really Excited (but I wasn’t Excited Last Year)

If you will pardon me, I am going to write about silver hair while we are all stressed about the Coronavirus. I have wanted to write this post for a while, and I thought doing so might distract me from Coronavirus worries. Maybe it will distract you, too, and be interesting. Here goes: I am… Continue reading I am Letting My Hair Go Silver, and I’m Really Excited (but I wasn’t Excited Last Year)

Body Love and Body Kindness, Wonder and Whimsy

Months 6-10 of Monkey Bar Hanging: My Failure Turned into Success

Last May, I decided I was going to practice monkey bar hanging every day for a whole year and document my progress month to month.  I did this because the year before, I had practiced deep breathing every day for a year and documented it. Practicing breathing for a whole year brought amazing benefits into… Continue reading Months 6-10 of Monkey Bar Hanging: My Failure Turned into Success

Body Love and Body Kindness

Five Awesome Ways to Build More Body Confidence This Year

It is the beginning of the year, and around this time, we often feel a lot of pressure to start new eating and exercise programs, to go on diets, or to set new goals to change our body in some way. Many of us want to feel and be healthier. So we embark on a… Continue reading Five Awesome Ways to Build More Body Confidence This Year

Body Love and Body Kindness, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Wonder and Whimsy

Exercise That Makes Me Feel Like a Magical Unicorn: What if We’ve Been Duped about Exercise All Along?

I have a complicated history with exercise. On the one hand, I loved playing when I was little. My favorite activities were hide-and-go-seek, climbing trees, and roller skating. My mom also enrolled me in a dance aerobics class when I was in high school, and I loved those classes. On the other hand, like most… Continue reading Exercise That Makes Me Feel Like a Magical Unicorn: What if We’ve Been Duped about Exercise All Along?

Body Love and Body Kindness

Month Five of Monkey Bar Hanging: I Encounter a Significant Obstacle and Some Failure

I like to adopt new practices and try them out for a year. Last year I practiced deep breathing for the whole year and wrote about it each month. (You can read more about this here.) This year I adopted the practice of monkey bar hanging. I made some progress the first couple of months,… Continue reading Month Five of Monkey Bar Hanging: I Encounter a Significant Obstacle and Some Failure

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Last month, I started practicing monkey bar hanging for my daily practice for this year. (Last year I practiced deep breathing. You can read about that here.)* To be honest, the first part of the month was a wash. In the first month of my practice (May), I gained a lot of strength very quickly.… Continue reading Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Body Love and Body Kindness, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting (and Need Help Remembering You’re Not)

Most of us have days we feel disgusting for some reason or another. Those days are the worst. When we feel disgusting, we often feel like we are inferior or unacceptable in some way, or we feel ashamed of ourselves. Feelings like this are a common part of human experience; but that doesn't make them… Continue reading 10 Things to Do When You Feel Disgusting (and Need Help Remembering You’re Not)