Emotional First Aid

My friend and fellow blogger, Tara Mae, shared this Ted Talk on her blog the other day. Dr. Winch makes the point that we value the health of the body much more than we value the health of the mind. I see it when friends run to a medical doctor for every little tiny illness […]

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It’s All Lavender… I Just Wish There Was More of It

I’m up at 3 this morning. It wasn’t the first time I woke up either. It’s been like this all week. I’ve been in an emotional funk due to a lot of things. I hate these times. I hate it when things are unsettled. I crave normalcy. I want routine. Anxiety wants my world to […]

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Girl Talk: The Beautiful Sunny Face of Depression

In December of last year, one of my best friends committed suicide. I cringe even as I type these words because I can’t believe it’s true. She used to cross my mind from time to time, and I’d always think of her, alive and well, doing her PR work and playing with her dog and […]

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Living: Doing the Next Right Thing

I texted my friend Jessica Tuesday morning at 7:18 AM… Me: I’m really struggling this morning. Tired of the cooking, the working out, the running, the matcha – I want my f**king espresso! Jessica: It makes you so cranky! No working out today! Just rest. Do something for yourself. Me: Sick of these needy animals, […]

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Living: Taking My Tea Green

I saw my first acupuncturist in 20005. I was trying to get in better health. In particular, I wanted to get off an anti-depressant that wasn’t working for me, and I couldn’t get off it without horrible side effects. I decided to try something different, so I went to East Wind Acupuncture in Chesterton IN […]

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Living: Be Adventurous

Life is short. Be present. Be adventurous. This is my own motto. I used to be pretty rigid about being safe. I had good reason to be. I suffered from anxiety. I still do. But, I’ve learned that one way to combat anxiety is to face my fears. It was getting too difficult to avoid […]

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Living: Sticking it to Me

I’ve shared that I struggled with depression for many years. My depression has actually turned out to be one of my most blessed gifts. I know that may sound weird, but it has forced me to take care of myself, and the fear of it coming back keeps me motivated to continue living a healthy life. […]

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Living: Homemade Chai Tea

I am a coffee drinker, pure and simple. I like it as black and bold as it can get with lots of half and half. No sugar, please, I’m sweet enough. 😉 My email address for many years was “coffeefreak@hotmail.com.” I worked at Starbucks in Indiana. I love the stuff; always have. So, when my […]

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Disarming Sadness

I feel sad today. Sometimes it just feels good to say that and for that to just be okay. Sad is just one of my many feelings, and I actually feel really blessed that I can just feel it with no judgment. The rest of the world is not always so easy about accepting it. […]

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Let’s get physical…

Fitness is a priority for me. Now…don’t stop reading…haha. Let me tell you my spin on it. Yes, there are all the advantages of weight loss and maintenance and good health, etc. – but, we all know that. I move because it opened up my world. When I was in college, I started running. In […]

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