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 …

Toxic Chemicals in Your Skin Care and Beauty Products, Round 2: Formaldehyde. Also: The Surprising Lack of Regulation and Oversight in the Cosmetics Industry.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Let’s talk about the formaldehyde that might be lurking in your skin care and beauty products. Formaldehyde? Yep.   Last week, I wrote and posted an article about five of the most dangerous chemicals that might be hiding in your personal care …

Bold Moves! But First? Boundaries. The Year of the Fire Monkey Begins!

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon The Year of the Fire Monkey is upon us, you guys! I, for one, am extremely excited about this year. I am also, admittedly, a little nervous. Fire. Monkey. This is a potent combination of energies, if you ask me. One …

On Telling Your Truth, Ignoring the Noise, and Paying Attention to What’s Really Important

“Don’t try to win over the haters. You’re not the jackass whisperer.” ~Scott Stratten When I started this business a few years ago, I committed to being always and 100 percent me, never compromising my identity or pretending to be other than the flawed, imperfect, still-learning, still-changing person that I am. I also committed to ongoing growth and evolution as …