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    Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Today on the podcast, we explore the intersection of Tracey’s work and my own, talk all about the benefits of combining mental health therapy with acupuncture and other forms of bodywork, and explain how doing so can facilitate transformation and often accelerate healing.

Both Tracey and I have seen our clients and patients progress more quickly when they are willing to make themselves vulnerable by asking for help on various levels from a variety of supportive people.

We have both also experienced the transformative power of this process ourselves — which is something we discuss openly in the episode.

For those of you who have been wondering, I […]

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    Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

“May we remind ourselves that growth doesn’t need to feel good to be good for us in the long run.” ~Chani Nicholas

THIS.

Whether or not you’re into astrology and tracking the cycles of the moon, this message from the infinitely wise and talented Chani Nicholas on this day of the full moon is so on point I couldn’t not share it.

Growth is painful sometimes.

(Ahem, most of the time.)

It can feel fucking terrible and make staying the same seem like the better and more desirable option. The discomfort of becoming something different than you are right now without any guarantee about what exactly your efforts to change […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

I am super excited about this week’s episode of the podcast, y’all. We’re talking about something that is near and dear to my heart — namely, the stories we tell about ourselves and the world, many of which are just frankly untrue.

And most of which are not all that helpful to our growth and evolution as people.

Tracey and I explore in detail the transformative power of questioning your assumptions, the importance of challenging your beliefs, and the steps involved in changing your story.

We also include a sweet diagram (courtesy of Tracey) for those of you who appreciate visual learning tools. (You’re welcome.)

This episode is full of useful insights and […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

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Self care. A bit of a hot topic in recent years, huh?

In today’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are discussing this very thing, talking specifically about how true self care is often doing the things that are hard and not particularly comfortable — like paying your bills and having strong boundaries.

We also address the question of how to practice self care amidst the less-than-awesome political climate currently dominating the news cycle in the U.S., in order […]

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    When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” ~Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Last week, I was having lunch with my boyfriend when he jokingly began to “read” our fries as a way to tell my future.

It was hilarious, yes, but it also made me think about how eager we can be to attach meaning to EVERYthing that happens in our lives and how sometimes looking for the deeper meaning is not actually that helpful.

Sometimes, a fry is just a fry, you know?

(And, yes, I love fries. I admit it.)

I spent many years caught up in an intense game of […]

Let’s Stop Pathologizing Anxiety, Shall We?

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Is anxiety always pathological? I think not.

As someone with a previous history of panic attacks that seemed to arise out of nowhere, I can say that I am very familiar with the experience of an anxiety that is persistent and disruptive to everyday living, and an anxiety that can be difficult to trace to a specific origin.

But I think automatically labeling all anxiety as pathological is unhelpful for a myriad of reasons.

Most notably, anxiety is your body trying to send a […]

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    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)

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 lines from my soccer shorts would make my legs look too ridiculous in a swimsuit.

That’s right. I planned to skip out on a party due to what I felt was an inappropriate level of Pasty White Thigh for a 13 year old.

Where I picked up this idea I can’t say […]

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

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 with the potential to stimulate some pretty important and profound change. One that will likely refuse to do what’s always been done in favor of doing something unexpected and different.

And one that asks us to be more bold in our actions, more courageous in our convictions, and more badass in […]

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    On Hypervigilance, Self-Compassion, and Channeling Your Energy For Good (or, Your Anxiety Might Be a Superpower)

On Hypervigilance, Self-Compassion, and Channeling Your Energy For Good (or, Your Anxiety Might Be a Superpower)

“Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.” ~Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

What do you want your energy to feed?

This question has been on my mind since I first woke up this morning. Pulling me out of a deep-ish sleep, urgent in its efforts and impatient for me to offer some sort of satisfactory answer to its biddings.

What do you want your energy to feed?

Hmmm. Good question, self.

The implications of this inquiry carry a certain weight for me right now, and contemplating the answer makes me, admittedly, pretty uncomfortable.

Why? Because I have been TIRED lately. And feeling like the energy I do have is being too often squandered in less-than-awesome ways.

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    Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”  ~Rita Mae Brown

On Sunday of this week, I got on a scale for the first time in at least six years. And for the first time in almost a decade, I actually looked at the number that appeared when I did.

This, you guys, was a big moment for me.

Mostly because the number didn’t terrify me or change how I felt about myself or really mean anything at all, honestly.

You see, in my mid-twenties, after years of measuring my self-worth by what some stupid scale told me about how many pounds of person were tucked […]