Wellness Department

5 Steps to Take Charge of Your Health


“When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.”  ~ Geoffrey F. Abert As I’ve mentioned in the Introduction of More than Enough, depression plagued me on and off over the years. Often I felt listless and even unable to cry out for help. On occasions, I had thoughts of suicide. Although I didn’t want to take pharmaceuticals, it became a medical necessity. My doctor and good friend helped and guided as best she could. One morning, I loaded the kids into my new minivan for a quick drop-off to grade school. But, strangely, my new van wouldn’t start. Nothing. Almost immediately frustration rose inside me. My … [Read Article and Leave a Comment..]

Tap into the Power of Mindfulness and Meditation


“Be happy in the moment, That’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~ Mother Teresa In The Mindful Way through Depression, Mark Williams wrote: Start living right here, in each present moment. When we stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we’re open to rich sources of information we’ve been missing out on—information that can keep us out of the downward spiral and … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

The Power Of Our Bodies To Heal Our Stories: What I Learned Competing For Bellydancer Of The Year

Bodies, Bellydancing,

I've been binge-listening to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, master cantadora, curandera and Jungian psychoanalyst. Whenever I need a Wise Woman injection, I sit at her knee and wrap my shoulders in her warm voice and soul-truth stories... via Audible, anyway. In The Joyous Body, Clarissa writes that the body stores memories. It tucks away history, experience and imprint, as I've witnessed time … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Solutions for Natural Skin Care

Skin Care

What goddess doesn’t want gorgeous looking skin?  I’m guessing we all do!  Your skin is the largest organ on your body, but it also absorbs what you are putting onto it and more quickly reaches your bloodstream.  It can also be one of the first parts of the body to show toxic overload!  This is because when there is a toxic overload your body temple diverts nutrients away from the skin and … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Love Your Scars: What The Korean Spa Teaches Us About Beauty


When blogger Rachel Farnsworth handled a rude comment about her gray hairs on Upworthy with poise, emotion and grace, the video went viral. Rachel embarks on a litany of her “flaws,” celebrating the very aspects of herself that may not be considered beautiful by conventional, culturally-specific standards – but that hold great meaning for her. I was touched, and inspired to reply with my own … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Re-friending The Body: 3 Daily Rituals

Body, Self-love

Ask any woman what her "problem areas" are and she'll easily rattle off a list. As a woman in one of my workshops blurted out, "What isn't a problem area?!"  Ask the same group of women to list what they love about their bodies, and you'll be met with fewer and quieter answers. Affirmations alone only go so far – and initially, the words fall on deaf ears. She doesn't believe it. She's been … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Your Home, Your Sanctuary

Home, Sanctuary

I'd be the first to jump and tell you I love adventure, to travel, and experience anything new. However, that excitement might only last a few days, or a week or two. Maybe you can get away several times a year, and that’s wonderful, but having one place that you look forward to being each and everyday is something that shouldn't be overlooked. Since becoming a mom with a designer deep in my … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

The Work/Life Balance Myth


Do you know anyone who has truly achieved work/life balance? I don’t! We have been sold a myth! Think of a scale that is stable, level, “in balance” and stationary. Is there movement? NO! This coveted work/life balance state we are driving ourselves crazy to achieve is equal to living in a state of stagnant non-movement just like the balanced scale. If we stay there too long we could get quite … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

Chakra Balancing Winter Passion Juice Recipe

Chakra, Juice, Cleanse

After a long winter we may feel tired and lethargic. Luckily, there is a wonderful way to recharge your chakras with the fortifying and cleansing morning juice. Think of it as a delightful reset and a delicious way to start the day. I’ve included powerful chakra related affirmations to include in the juicing process. In this juice: We will fortify your root chakra with the power of … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

When Resolutions Fail Choose Self-Compassion

self-love, compassion

“Self-improvement without self-love is like building a house upon sand. You can build and build, but it will always sink.”  ~ Vironika Tugaleva Did you set resolutions for the New Year? Were you hoping to exercise more, meditate every day, make healthier choices about what you eat and/or lose weight? Many of us participate in this yearly practice with the intention of nurturing ourselves and yet … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]

7 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness


Sometimes it takes a serious health challenge, ours or our child’s, to reconnect us with our health, vitality and our joy.  From personal experience I’ve come to believe that our children’s health challenges are directly linked to the area of OUR greatest growth potential as mothers.  When we, as moms, deeply understand, accept, and learn to appreciate the transformation that unfolds as we guide … [Read Article and Leave a Comment...]