Passion is Fickle, But Curiosity is Non-Negotiable

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt If you’re around the same age as I am and have spent any time on the internet in the past five or six years, you are probably very familiar with the frequently …

Balance is a Dirty Word. And Other Truths About Being Human.

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” ~Alain de Botton I sometimes wonder if I’m too honest about just how imperfect I actually am. But, ultimately, if the moldy piece of fish in my refrigerator makes even one other person feel a little bit better about all the ways she might feel like …

On Moldy Fish, Adulting, and Being An Imperfect Mess

“Excuse the mess, but we live here.” ~Roseanne Barr Can we talk about the moldy piece of fish in my fridge? (Stay with me here. This is going somewhere. I promise.) Earlier this week I pulled a pyrex container out of the back of my refrigerator and discovered that it contained the most disgusting piece of old salmon ever. Complete …

On CrossFit and Body Image and Widening the Lens on Female Beauty

“In all the years I’ve been a therapist, I’ve yet to meet one girl who likes her body.” ~Mary Pipher, Author of Reviving Ophelia:  Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls “There is more wisdom in your bodies than in your deepest philosophies.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche I have a confession:  I love CrossFit. (Gasp.) Like a lot of folks, I once had about …

Why We Must Choose Curiosity Over Comfort

“Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.” ~Harry Lorayne I’ve been quiet around here lately. Truthfully, I haven’t really known what to say. So much has happened in the world in recents weeks, and I have found myself wanting to listen more than I talk, to observe, …

Your Brain is a Jerk: On Negativity Bias, Neuroplasticity, and Cultivating Curiosity

“The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess.” ~Susannah Calahan, Brain on Fire:  My Month of Madness Let’s talk about how your brain is kind of a jerk. This is largely because it has a built-in negativity bias, and is — by design — more finely attuned to bad stimuli than to good. Simply put, this means that you are more deeply …

Safe Skin Care and Cosmetics, Nestle, and My Recommendations for Non-Toxic Brands to Check Out (Also: Those You Should Probably Avoid). For All of You Feeling a Little Confused about Where to Start.

“Respect your body. Eat well. Dance Forever.” ~Eliza Gaynor Minden (Pssst. If you’re in a hurry and just want to know what brands I recommend — and those I recommend avoiding — skip the intro and scroll down for my list below.) I haven’t written about toxic chemicals in skin care and personal care products for a while, as I …

Wrinkles, Gray Hair, and Cellulite? You Can Have Them All, But Still Feel Beautiful. I Do. (Or, How the Messaging Behind Skin Care and Beauty Products is Just as Toxic as the Ingredients)

“It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.” ~John O’Donohue When I was in 7th grade, I remember being invited to a pool party for a friend’s birthday and firmly deciding that I would not go because the tan …