Once upon a time…this was me:

I was managing editor of a popular yoga magazine, running my massage and wellness practice, taking care of my two kids…and running myself into the ground.

I felt like if I was going to make a difference in the world with my work, be successful, and be a good mom, how I wanted (and needed) to feel should come second. What I learned the hard way is that this is 100% unsustainable, unhealthy, unproductive—and it’s also 100% untrue.

Whenever self-care comes up in a conversation (especially with my fellow superwomen…) I hear people talk about things like taking a bath, making time for exercise, or maybe getting a pedicure. And the attitude is also that self-care habits are the icing on the cake…something you do to reward yourself once all the work is done.

Rewards are awesome—and I’m a huge fan of icing—but that isn’t what self-care is at all.

Self-care is the fundamental practice of nurturing your needs and desires.

It’s not the end-of-the-day treat; it’s the rocket fuel that keeps you rocking to GET everything done without burning out in the process.

99% of what you read about self-care omits the “self” piece, and gives you another list of “shoulds” to deal with.

I’m the 1% who will teach you what actually works.

 

Who am I, anyway?

I am a lifestyle design coach.

I have trained in Holistic Stress Management, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, energy medicine, Kundalini yoga & meditation, Ayurveda, Western Massage, Acupressure, and Shiatsu. I also have a background in teaching creative writing and journaling, and will often suggest creative outlets as part of our work process.

I’m a single mom to two amazing kids (and a bunch of wonderful fur-babies).

I’m a breast cancer survivor.

I believe.

I love my friends and family fiercely.

(I also love alliteration. And parentheses.)

I also write for The Huffington Post, Mantra Yoga+ Health Magazine, Be You Media Group, Yoga International, Thought Catalog, The Tattooed Buddha, a beauty full mind, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Beliefnet, The Body Department, Project Eve, and Soulseeds.

My books, Heart Medicine  and Choose Joy: A Year of Creating the Extraordinary in Everyday Life are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.

I am passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives.

And this is my little corner of the Internet where I like to tell stories, give sisterly advice and connect with people who are ready for a change.

If you are ready to feel goosebumpy pleasure about your daily life NOW instead of postponing your joy yet again, let’s schedule a time to chat.

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