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COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

⁠⁠As COVID-19 changes life as we know it, it can easily create a lot of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.⁠⁠ Whether the pandemic has you concerned about your health, your loved ones’ health, your finances, schools closing, cancelled trips and plans, and everything else that keeps changing several times a day… please remember that your feelings … Read more COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Noticing beauty does not mean life is perfect

You know I always keep things real on social media, so I just wanted to remind you that what you see in my feed is one good thing I notice and photograph each day. It does not mean that every day is rainbows and butterflies and perfection. So please don’t think that, and don’t think … Read more Noticing beauty does not mean life is perfect

The self-love struggle

Anyone else struggle with self-love?⁠⁠ It’s something I’ve been working on a lot in therapy over the past several months. ⁠⁠It’s easy to be hard on ourselves when we mess up, when something doesn’t go the way we think it should, or when we’re sick. ⁠⁠I wasn’t able to do much physically for most of … Read more The self-love struggle

Let’s talk about therapy

I’ll start by saying that therapy has saved my life… more than once.⁠⁠ It takes an extraordinary amount of deep work, but it’s so worth it. ⁠⁠ It’s painful peeling back all those layers to get to the core and get in touch with your inner self. That’s when you can really start to heal. … Read more Let’s talk about therapy

Your thoughts determine how you feel

⁠⁠What we say to ourselves determines, in large part, our mood and feelings. So why do we continue to say crappy things to ourselves? Is it because we want to feel crappy on purpose? ⁠⁠Of course not.⁠⁠ Negative self-talk can be so automatic that you don’t even notice it. What you notice instead is your … Read more Your thoughts determine how you feel

Mental Health crisis resources

⁠⁠There’s been so much sadness around the world this month, including yesterday’s Kobe and GiGi Bryant tragedy. ⁠⁠Whether the news is too much to bear or you’re struggling with something personally, know that you’re not alone. ⁠⁠I wanted to post this list of resources from my partner, Mental Health America so that you have it … Read more Mental Health crisis resources

Fill your cup first

I’ve been spending the last few days filling my cup back up. Please remember to do the same. ⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣ You simply cannot pour from an empty cup.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣ Self care is such an important part of being mentally healthy. If you need ideas on how to take good care of yourself, my partner Mental Health America … Read more Fill your cup first

How are you showing up for yourself this year?⁣⁣⁠

The big lessons I learned in 2019 were all about looking inward – knowing when to take more down time, really tuning in to both my mind and body, and paying more attention to my needs. ⁣⁣⁠ Trust me, these were difficult adjustments for me to make. After resisting for months, I finally surrendered. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ … Read more How are you showing up for yourself this year?⁣⁣⁠

New Year doesn’t have to mean New You

If your new year isn’t starting off with a bang, I feel you. And I want to remind you that it’s completely okay.⁣⁣⁣⁣ A couple of weeks ago I was feeling SO GOOD – my upper cervical pain was minimal and my energy was the best it’s been in months. It was like a sign … Read more New Year doesn’t have to mean New You

Time out during the holidays

⁣⁣Like many of you, my schedule is way off this time of year. Traveling, being sick, and managing my businesses for the holidays have totally thrown me off track, which is why my regular Monday posts have been… irregular. ⁣⁣But I’ve learned to adjust and recalibrate, and I wanted to remind you to do the … Read more Time out during the holidays

Mental health and the holidays

⁣⁠⁣⁠I know how hard the holidays can be if you’ve recently lost a loved one or if you’re struggling with something in your life right now. Not everything seems so merry and bright. In fact, this time of year can be the hardest. ⁣⁠⁣⁠ So please take extra good care of yourself this holiday season. … Read more Mental health and the holidays

How to cope with anxiety

⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠Let’s talk about anxiety and what we can do to better cope with it. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠I’ve struggled with mild anxiety on and off for years. But lately, the combination of some life stuff and my health has led to a few severe panic attacks and a lot of anxiety, especially at night.⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ I definitely don’t have … Read more How to cope with anxiety

⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠70,000 thoughts per day and how you can change them

⁣⁠⁣⁠Did you know that the average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day? 70 thousand!!! With that many thoughts, things can easily go very wrong in your mind… or very right. ⁣⁠⁣⁠ During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I learned so much about how our thoughts affect how we feel. But the incredible thing is we … Read more ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠70,000 thoughts per day and how you can change them

Why God brought my journey to Maui

“Why have you brought me here?” ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠I’ve asked God this question countless times over the past three and a half years since we moved to Maui.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠This island is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. My journey here, though, has been filled with triggers, trauma, and loneliness.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ But I’ve finally figured out why … Read more Why God brought my journey to Maui

Let’s talk about self care

Let’s talk about self care. You may have noticed, I didn’t do my usual Monday post last week. Truth is, I didn’t have the energy to eke it out.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ I’ve been exhausted over the past few months as my body continues to heal from my upper cervical misalignment. It’s forcing me to take time … Read more Let’s talk about self care

A funny thing happened in therapy recently…

⁣⁣I thought I had mastered the message on my shirt: “Once you stop chasing happiness, you find it.” ⁣⁣It was a tough one for me to get through my stubborn head, but I finally did it during therapy a few years ago in Ohio. I totally believed it, and have lived it ever since. ⁣⁣ … Read more A funny thing happened in therapy recently…

To my fellow chronic illness warriors:

I see you, I stand with you, I am you. ⁣⁠⁣⁠I know how this burden can take its toll on you, physically and emotionally.⁣⁠⁣⁠ If you’re having a bad day, take extra care. ⁣⁠⁣⁠If you’re having a good day, celebrate it.⁣⁠⁣⁠ Remember, you are not alone. Your pain is real. Listen to your body, and … Read more To my fellow chronic illness warriors:

Make time to rest

⁣⁠⁣⁠I’ve been following doctor’s orders and resting my neck a lot over the past few days, even though I have SO. MUCH. TO DO. But I know resting it will speed up the healing process as my body adjusts to getting back in alignment. ⁣⁠⁣⁠Remember, our physical health and mental health are connected, so take … Read more Make time to rest

Never stop searching for answers about your health

If I had stopped digging into my health issues, I wouldn’t have this X-ray, which led to what I hope is the answer to my Meniere’s disease.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣ This is one of several images showing a misalignment of my atlas (top) vertebra, and how it has triggered the rest of my spine to be lopsided. You … Read more Never stop searching for answers about your health

Going through a dark time? Find the light with us.

Take the FREE 30-day #IChooseBeauty Challenge. ⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠It’s 30 days of guided beauty treasure hunts to help you find the light. And I’ll be there to support you every step of your journey.⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ Sign up now, and get started with Day 1 right away! You’ll get daily email prompts telling you what beauty to photograph and … Read more Going through a dark time? Find the light with us.

Always celebrate your small wins

We all have goals. Financial goals, health goals, personal goals. Sometimes, they’re pretty big goals. While we’re reaching for them, they can seem so far off, and it’s easy to feel like we’re getting nowhere fast. ⁠⁠A couple of years ago, I started keeping track of my small wins in this notebook. It makes such … Read more Always celebrate your small wins

In the midst of the bad, there’s always something good

“When I recall where I was, I’m so grateful that I found a way out of it. I still have dark days, but #IChooseBeauty helps me remember that even in the midst of a lot of bad, there’s always something good.” Sahar Aker ⁣⁣That was my quote in Experience Life Magazine a couple of years … Read more In the midst of the bad, there’s always something good

Gut-brain connection

Over the last three years, I’ve been reading more about the gut-brain connection, and the role it plays in our mental health. I find this newish research fascinating. You know how you sometimes feel like you have to “go with your gut” or you feel “butterflies” in your stomach when you’re nervous? Scientists say that … Read more Gut-brain connection

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