Give yourself 1% … and change your life.

Most women in my practice are not coming to me with extra time on their hands to bask in hours of personal development work. They schedule appointments using a great deal of strategy and purpose.  These women are working 5o+ hour weeks and commuting an hour each way to work. Some have three or four [...]

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Unsubscribe, unfriend, unfollow, unshareable

Photo by Caroline Tran This is one of my favorite photos of myself. It was taken at a professional shoot about three years ago. Every so often, like this week, I’ll post it in some context on social media or send it out in a communication to the subscribers on my email list. Sometimes, I’ll [...]

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THIS is self-love

The love notes in this week’s newsletter are from my people — my incredible clients. I don’t ask for these emails. I don’t have to; and that’s not why I do this work, anyway. They just appear like angels and miracles in my inbox. These aren’t just “gym stories.” These are love stories. You can [...]

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Thank you, please drive through.

“Can I get a strawberry smoothie? And a small order of fries?” That was me, sometime in 2010, ordering my “usual” at the McDonald’s drive-thru down the road from our house. One of my habits around that time was to pick up my daughter, Grace, from the carpool line at her school and drive to [...]

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Coming in September: It’s time to Level Up

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: It’s time to LEVEL UPThis month, I was honored to be featured in a local magazine with women from all over my city. We shared our unique stories about how we take care of ourselves, as well as (we hope) inspiration and motivation for other women to create a lifelong friendship with [...]

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Don’t You Dare Give Up

This week marks the next era of our family’s life. Our daughter has moved out and is starting her freshman year of college. My boy is in middle school. I’m working at my practice and started a new job last month working at my gym. I’m alone in my work some days and surrounded by [...]

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Evolve or Revolve?

  *This powerful question is brought to you by @womenontopp via Instagram. When I feel stuck and like I’m going in circles, I sometimes start by looking for the “big issue” that’s fueling the feeling. I’ll lump together weeks or months of things I didn’t do, or results I didn’t get that I wanted. I’ll [...]

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Real, Not Perfect

  I work with many women on positive weight loss and body image issues; and I say this to almost everyone I serve: “You cannot hate yourself into loving your body.” Give gratitude to your body for what it offers you every single day: your breath, your ability to walk into your favorite coffee shop, [...]

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The Audit: It’s not just for taxes anymore.

Last month, I got a fat envelope in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service. When I opened it up and saw that it was clearly not a check (I was trying to think positively), I stood in the driveway and started to cry.  I’d never gotten one before, but it had all of the [...]

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Mining your diamond mind

Here’s what happens when my clients decide to choose feeling “engaged” with their lives versus “comfortable.” In our sessions, clients will often give me a laundry list of reasons for why they aren’t taking care of themselves and their bodies the way they say they want to. I always listen before I interrupt and derail [...]

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