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What Brings You the Most Comfort?

There's a great quote in Elizabeth Berg's novel The Year of Pleasures,*: "The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.”

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Do You Value Your Time?

According to Danielle LaPorte, in this piece, one of the (five) signs that you love yourself is that you mean what you say: "You value your time, you value your word, you Love yourself enough to know that every commitment you make—from the time you say you’ll show up, to lifetime vows—is sacred, because you are a sacred being. You say Yes when you mean Yes, and No when you mean No.”

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Body Image

3 Practices for Embracing and Connecting to Your Body

When people talk about connecting to their bodies, you might be wondering, umm, what the heck does that mean? what the heck does that even look like? Because if you've had an adversarial relationship with your body, embracing and connecting to it feels very foreign---maybe even impossible or ridiculous. Which is why I love sharing actual practices with you, actual actions you can take---small, simple actions that make a significant impact.
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Whatever Happened to Rest?

As soon as my daughter falls asleep, it’s like a gun goes off. My heart starts beating faster. My blood pressure rises. My breath becomes shallow. Because I've started my race, and I absolutely must win—or at least not choke.

My thoughts are like firecrackers going off in every direction. I need to write that article! I need to return that email! I need to wash bottles! And clean up that mess in the living...
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Body Image

Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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3 Ways to Soothe the Guilt of Practicing Self-Care

You put your head on your pillow to get a few extra minutes of sleep. You sit on the couch to watch your favorite show. You consider taking a walk or doing anything relaxing. And the thoughts inevitably start. The thoughts that shout allllll the different things you could and should be the laundry that's been in the dryer for at least a day. Or two. Or three. Washing the many mountains...
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Body Image

A Habit to Quiet Self-Criticism

Does criticizing yourself come all-too naturally to you?

It does for a lot of people. In fact, you might criticize yourself so often that you don't even realize you're doing it. It's like it happens automatically. Like breathing. And you don't discriminate. That is, you bash yourself for anything. Your weight. Your skin. Your thighs. Your anxiety. Your sadness or some other feeling you think is "wrong."

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Healing Ourselves

I bet you know what heals your kids. I bet you know their favorite songs, their favorite books, their favorite toys, their favorite kind of soup. I bet you know exactly what they need when they're feeling sick or sad or anxious. And I bet you give it to them. Without hesitation. Without judging them for needing rest, compassion, a hug, or to cry.

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