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The Lessons You’ve Learned Throughout the Years

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Unrepeatable quote, BN, october 2014

On the last pages of her book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar Cheryl Strayed pens her response to the question: “What would you tell your twentysomething self if you could talk to her now?”

These are snippets of her wisdom:

“Feed yourself. Literally. The sort of people worthy of your love will love you more for this, sweet pea.”

“You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write.”


Writing Vows to Ourselves

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Buddha quote

When we got married, Brian and I wrote our own vows. Writing my vows to him, and him reading his vows to me are moments that I will never forget.

Writing our vows gave us both the opportunity to reflect on our relationship, to consider where we started, where we are today and where we’d like to go. To consider our deep commitment to each other.

Writing our vows and speaking them has made them more concrete and meaningful and memorable.

I think we can do the same for ourselves. After all, our relationship with ourselves forms the basis for our relationships with others. It helps us make decisions and make meaning. It forms the basis for everything.


This New Year Focus On Non-Goals

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

brave, creative joy retreat

Recently, on her blog Design for Mankind, Erin Loechner shared her non-goals for the new year — something she’s been doing for several years now.

That is, instead of creating resolutions or intentions, Erin shares a list of qualities or traits or habits she’s learning to accept about herself.


Self-Care Sunday Links 1.4.15

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

nyc, january 2014

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! This week’s self-care links feature everything from making peace with food to exploring your word for the year.

Pausing for peace, and how to make peace with food.

5 questions for a bright and clear new year.


Some Thoughts on the New Year And Being a New You

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

yiddish proverb

It is a new year.

But this doesn’t require being a new you.

Of course, you will see this phrase

in many places:

TV, magazines, websites.

You will hear it in conversation

at work, at the checkout line

maybe even at home.


Top 14 Weightless Posts of 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Philly, bubble fixtures

Every year I share the most popular posts (as judged by pageviews) on Weightless from January to December. This year’s favorite posts include everything from dealing with a loud inner critic to coping with guilt after eating to 10 reasons to love our bodies.

Overall, 2014 was all about exploring kindness; getting curious about our bodies, our needs and our identities; navigating negative thoughts and roaring inner critics (instead of trying to banish them, because they only return that much stronger when we try to dismiss them); seeking stillness and adding pleasure to our lives; turning to gratitude (genuine gratitude) when we need it most; and letting go of what no longer serves us.


Self-Care Sunday: Reflecting On 2014 And 2015

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

bed, mac and planner  photo, b and w

With 2015 almost here, it’s a great time to reflect on 2014. To think about what we’ve learned from the triumphs, trials, gains, losses, mistakes, and missteps.

For instance, I always reflect on the lessons I’ve learned on my birthday. (Here are 35 lessons I shared this year.)

Spend this Sunday or the beginning of January reflecting on what you’ve experienced, what you’ve learned, and how the year went in general.


60 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

snowman ornament, 2013

Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves — whether we’re celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. I hope these give you some good ideas.

And, if you’re celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a beautiful holiday. I’ll be celebrating with my very soon-to-be hubby and our family. And, if you’re not, I hope you have a beautiful day.


Self-Care Sunday 12.21.14

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

NYC, early July 2014

On some Sundays I share my favorite links on everything from taking compassionate care of ourselves to embracing imperfection to leading a meaningful life on our own terms.

“I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect.”

Try an “End of Year Personal Summit.”

Self-compassion is most definitely a verb.


Creating A Supportive Daily Ritual

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

pomegranate candle from mama, november 2014

When life gets busy and overwhelming and hard, it’s the simple and small rituals that can ground us. That can serve as an anchor. That can remind us of what is important. Of what is us.

Rituals become familiar actions, gestures we can lean on. They can calm us. They can help us to reflect. To get quiet when chaos swirls around us. And they can become a time we meet all kinds of needs (our need for stillness, serenity, solitude, spirituality).


 
 

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