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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 15: Success & Self-Employment with Liz Winters, NTP

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 15: Success & Self-Employment with Liz Winters, NTP

This week, Tracey and I are back with the conclusion of our conversation with Liz Winters of Sprout Wellness. Today, we are talking all about self-employment and exploring the question:  How do we define success and what does this really look like?

Are you a small business owner, creative entrepreneur, or someone thinking about venturing out on your own soon? Then this week’s episode of the Curious & Curiouser podcast is for you.

We might not have all the answers, but we do offer some insights into the pros and cons of running your own business, how to navigate the […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

We have our first podcast guest, y’all! This week on the show, Tracey and I welcome our friend, fitness coach and nutrition expert Liz Winters, to talk about all things food, mindful eating, and how to negotiate with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Liz is a nutritional therapy practitioner and crossfit coach in here in Portland, and runs her own private nutrition practice and small group training practice, Sprout Wellness, where she educates and empowers people to improve their overall health through movement, nutrition, and realistic lifestyle shifts.

This conversation was so much fun to have, and Liz offers a ton of useful […]

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    This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ~Mark Twain

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to keep my eyes on my own paper.

Which was basically just a suggestion to stop looking outside myself for constant validation and to start doing the hard work of figuring out who I was and who I wanted to become instead of expecting someone else to give me all the answers.

Most of us feel this innate pull to compare ourselves to others at every turn.

We compare our careers and our incomes and our homes and our relationships and our bodies and our […]

Announcing the Curious & Curiouser Podcast

Oh hey! Guess what? I started a podcast!

I know! I’m super excited, too. This project was birthed out of a random tea date with a friend, Tracey, who also happens to be a brilliant woman with a private therapy practice here in Portland, Oregon.

After wanting to secretly start a podcast on my own for at least a year, I was happy to learn that Tracey was also interested in embarking on such a project, and that we had similar visions for how that […]

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    New Body, Old Programming: Why It’s Ok to Love Your Body Regardless of Your Size

New Body, Old Programming: Why It’s Ok to Love Your Body Regardless of Your Size

“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” ~Charles Bukowski

Earlier this week, a few hours after waking up, I made the rare (in my case) decision to jump on the scale in my bathroom and find out what I weighed on that particular day.

Why? I seriously have no idea. Curiosity, I suppose.

It had been over a year since I last weighed myself. And before that? Well, let’s just say I’d spent the previous decade intentionally evading scales and asking to be weighed backwards at the doctor’s office, afraid that knowing the pounds and ounces of my own body might result in […]

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    Should You Ice That Injury? Probably Not. (Or, Why RICE is Outdated and Wrong)

Should You Ice That Injury? Probably Not. (Or, Why RICE is Outdated and Wrong)

“Nothing burns like the cold.” ~George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

As a competitive athlete in the 90s and early 2000s, I spent many a day getting cozy with a bag of ice.

The gold standard of care for any minor injury at that time — from a bruise to slight sprain — was, of course, to wrap the sucker in ice and wait.

When I got to college (where I was a member of the soccer team) we graduated from bags of ice to an actual ice bath, in which we would sit up to our waists after every game and almost every practice, not-so-secretly competing to see who could […]

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

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 a million pre-conceived ideas about CrossFit that left me convinced I would never, ever, EVER try it.

Specifically, I had been told — by other healthcare practitioners, especially — that CrossFit is dangerous and bad for me and cult-y and just a really terrible idea in general.*

And, so, I was pretty sure […]

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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 […]

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    How You Relate To Your Body Is How You Relate To The World. Because Writing About Dating Wasn’t Personal Enough So I Thought I’d Give Body Image A Try.

How You Relate To Your Body Is How You Relate To The World. Because Writing About Dating Wasn’t Personal Enough So I Thought I’d Give Body Image A Try.

“The body is our general medium for having a world.” ~ Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

To say that my relationship with my body has been strained is to understate the reality of things quite a bit.

In fact, this relationship has probably been the most challenging and heartbreaking and life-changing relationship of which I have ever been a part. Talk about spiritual transformation.

As a teenager and an early twenty-something, I put a lot of energy into actively hating and abusing and trying to fundamentally change my body. And for a very long time, there was absolutely nothing about it I […]