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5 Symptoms of Self-Neglect and 5 Self-Nurturing Cures

5 Symptoms of Self-Neglect and 5 Self-Nurturing Cures by Kelley Grimes | #AspireMag

"Train yourself to listen to that small voice that tells us  what's important and what's not."  ~Sue Grafton  Have you been listening to and attending to everyone else’s needs but your own lately and found yourself feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? Have you been living this way for so long that it just feels normal? Well if so you are not alone. Many people, especially women, focus on meeting everyone else’s needs in their personal and professional lives, which leaves little time and energy left to meet their own needs.   When we give more of ourselves than we have to give without nurturing and rejuvenating ourselves, we end up living from a deficit. Like with our bank accounts, if we spend more money than we have and do not deposit … [Read Article and Leave a Comment..]

7 Signs That You’re Awakening to Life


We’re in this life journey together, we’re all peers in this experience that is filled with infinite opportunities. But in today’s fast paced world it’s hard to be in the reality of the present moment - which is all we have - and very easily, we get distracted by the demands of the day to day and our culture, so we end up disconnected from our true essence.  When we live from that place, we … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Inspire More Passion & Energy into Your Life with Creativity


Is life wearing you down? Turn to the creative arts as a way to channel negative energy into inspired action. In my work as a licensed psychotherapist, I learned how expressive art therapy decreases anxiety, depression, distracts from pain, processes grief and trauma. In addition to these mental health benefits, creativity helps you manifest your goals. Art works well in overwhelming situations, … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

5 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Back-to-School Anxiety

It’s that time of year again when kids head back to school and your family settles into a new routine.  As a mom of four daughters, I understand what it’s like to feel a mixture of relief and uncertainty heading into the school year.  It’s time for a new teacher, different classmates and new expectations which creates anxiety for many kids about school. Sometimes the anxious feelings kids … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

8 Rituals for A Restful and Rejuvenating Sleep

Your body need good quality sleep, that is when it repairs itself, rests, rejuvenate, energizes and heals.  According to many studies, more that 30% of the population suffers from insomnia, women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men and there are countless studies that show the connection between lack of sleep and weight issues.  So what can you do when you toss and turn and … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

You’re Not Broken Because You’re an Introvert


Growing up, I had always felt different. Like something was not quite right with me. My teachers said, “She’s so quiet!” My parents prodded, “Why don’t you talk more?” My friends, surprised and a little hurt, asked, “You don’t want to hang out again today?”  In so many little ways, I was the weird one.  As an adult, I couldn’t shake the feeling of being “different.” I worked as a journalist for … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

4 Tips For A Healthy Vacation

4 Tips For A Healthy Vacation by Rachel Kieffer | #AspireMag

Hello Summer, sunshine, flip flops and vacation time!!! Many women see a vacation as a break from their routines, they want to be more relaxed and carefree. For some that can also include taking a break from their healthy eating and exercise routine. Summer vacation spells breaking free, indulging and having fun and that’s great but it does not have to come on the expanse of your health. Whether … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

How a Self-Love Experiment Can Help You Become Your Own Best Friend

I have what I refer to as a guru. But he is also my life coach, adviser, and healer. The last time I met with him, he told me, “You will find lasting love when you love yourself. Your only homework is to Love Yourself.” I felt like a helpless child watching as an adult dangled candy in front of me. The sweet thing I wanted so badly in my life was right there in front of me yet completely out of my … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

7 Ways To Grow Younger

7 Ways To Grow Younger by Rachel Kieffer | #AspireMag

We live in a world that looks at growing older as something undesirable. Women hate admitting how old they are. We feel less attractive after we pass a certain age. The phrase “Forty Is The New Twenty” reflects our longing to staying and looking younger. Some of this longing is based on wrong internalized messages we got, that older women are not beautiful and valuable and that needs to be … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Your Legs and Feet: The Gift of Movement

Movement, feet

One of the marvels of the human body is what I call the metabolizing effect of our legs and feet when they are activated. Beyond that function, they have an inner intelligence as well, which you will see below. Legs and Feet Help Us Metabolize This wisdom area of the body is one that helps us take what we experience as confusing, disorienting, or simply puzzling and metabolize it — digest it. I … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Become the Queen of Exercise Quickies


Exercise does not have to be held together by laces, sweat-wicking spandex, and a Jillian Michaels playlist you found in a fitness magazine. Toning and stretching your muscles and livening up your heart rate can happen anyplace, anytime. Of the suggestions below, some are a few of the endorphin-eliciting quickies I partook in while my uterus was packing a baby, and some are ideas from the … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Your Bones: The Gifts of Clarity and Steadiness

Bones, Clarity

Our bones offer us a particular kind of wisdom that is vital in today’s chaotic, sometimes overwhelming world. It is the gift of being able to feel steady when emotions are overwhelming as well as the gift of being able to see things clearly when issues feel muddy and confusing. “I knew it deep in my bones” is a favorite idiom that connotes a knowing that comes from a clear, strong place that … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

7 Ways To get Back Into Healthy Eating

Healthy, Eating

“Eating healthy is a journey, not a race, take the scenic route and enjoy the view.” We all try to eat healthy, to the best of our knowledge and ability. But even the biggest health experts and the best intentioned health enthusiasts have meals, days and weeks that are less than perfect. It could be a vacation where you over indulge on too many desserts. Or a busy week where you didn’t have time … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Thriving With The Seasons – Summer

Summer, Thrive

Changing our food choices, rituals and healthy routines as the seasons change is a great way to be in radiant health. When we adjust our choices to align with the seasons we will experience the following: ~ More balance ~ More harmony with nature and with the environment ~ Less unhealthy cravings ~ More energy ~ More focus ~ More calm ~ Less allergies ~ Less colds ~ Vibrant … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

3 Ways to Connect with Nature and Boost Your Family’s Health This Summer

Nature, Health, Family, Summer

I love the relaxed days of summer. My family looks forward to the break in the school routine, the slower pace of our mornings and endless days of sunshine.  Although life tends to be easy-going during this time of year, I emphasize sharing some healthy habits with my family too.  As a mom of four daughters, I understand what it’s like to feel overwhelmed and even frustrated with a perceived lack … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

3 Ways to Uplift Yourself and Experience Intimacy and Sensual Body Connection


Many of us sit for 6-8 hours per day and spend a lot of time mostly in our heads and out of our bodies throughout the day. Our bodies love to move and when we move our sexual organs, our pelvic muscles and hips, we get to experience more fluidity, looseness and lightness in our low back and legs! The more we move our pelvis rhythmically such as when we dance, walk and make love, the more we get to … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

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