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All In the Same Boat

It’s been just about a month since I held the first ever Soul Spa Virtual Retreat. Looking back it was such a rewarding experience; it was a joy to lead the women, watch them embrace themselves, each other, and hear their “aha” moments. One aha in particular has stuck with me. At the end of the day I asked them what they were taking away and one woman said, “that we are all in the same boat”. If you ever think that you are the only one who struggles. If you think no one else knows what you are going through. I want to assure you that you are not alone. This is in no way meant to minimize your pain or your experience. Instead take solace, you are not an outlier, damaged or a weirdo. Everyone

49 Things I've Learned in 49 Years

May 22nd is my birthday. Over the past few years I've become someone who really enjoys celebrating that day. My brother died unexpectedly at 47 years old so I no longer worry about the number, I am just thankful to be here. In honor of my 49th birthday I wanted to share some of the lessons I've collected. Maybe a nugget or two will resonate with you. 49 Things I've Learned in 49 Years My happiness is up to me. Period. No relationship can complete me. That is my job. With age comes wisdom, but to really feel good in my own skin I had to (and continue to) work on the f’d up thoughts. The voice in my head that tells me how much I suck is a big lying liar. Fitting in is the opposite of belong

Mother's Day Reflection: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Just a heads up, this note feels vulnerable and it's a little long. Consider yourself warned. :) My oldest daughter turned 19 last week. I spent some time that day reflecting on my experience with motherhood and what a ride it has been. In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to share the tailspin that motherhood threw me into and how it was worth every minute. I had always been someone who wanted to fit in, to be liked and to feel good enough. Having children heightened those desires to the nth degree and cracked open vulnerabilities like never before. I wanted to do everything perfectly. When I couldn’t, I was vicious with myself. My inner critic-that nasty voice that tells you how horrible you a

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