It’s a New Year. A season chocked full of pumpkin pie, apple strudel, cinnamon rolls, turkey and mashed potatoes…has given way to January. While I love good food and good company (a lot!) as much as anyone, I also know I need to balance it with movement and activity, or else those New Year’s resolutions may pile up and look a little daunting to accomplish. So if you are looking to get fit in 2019, … [Read more...] about Tried & True Fitness Tips to Kick off Your New Year!
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As I welcome 2019, it's impossible not to reflect on the adventures, challenges, celebrations, laughs, and joy that 2018 brought. As is predictable with every new calendar, I stood alongside my family and friends to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, graduations -- moments I'm always more and more thankful to share with those I love. But 2018 also presented new and exciting … [Read more...] about 2018 Year in Review
Gabriel’s Message, A Christmas Meditation A Christmas Meditation, with all parts recorded and sung by Ginger Garner. A gift for the Season. About Gabriel's Message (Wikipedia)… A Basque Christmas carol, “Gabriel’s Message” is a folk song about the Annunciation, quoting the Biblical account from Luke, Ch 1, 26-38 and the Magnificat from Luke, Ch 1, 46-55. with the … [Read more...] about Vocal Meditations for the Christmas Season
B.C. - Before Children Oh those were the days. Before children. When I could sleep in on weekends, nap or read a book on a Sunday, journal or meditate in a quiet, tidy room with the right music playing, and do all the yoga, walking, Pilates, swimming, and general activity I wanted. I could eat a full meal, and a hot one at that, of things I had carefully chosen at the grocery store and then … [Read more...] about What Self-Care Looks Like (for the Typical Working Mom of Three)
Let's learn how to do the NAP Meditation Welcome to Part II of the Protect Your Happy Place series! No worries if you missed Part I, here it is: Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong. Now that you are all caught up with how to Protect Your Happy Place, let's get down to business. The NAP Meditation optimizes your ability to do everything from … [Read more...] about The NAP Meditation (How To Protect Your Happy Place, Part II)
10th Anniversary Post©2008. Ginger Garner. It has been 10 years since I originally wrote this post, and it is as meaningful and lesson-bearing for me as the day I wrote it. So I have refreshed and reposted it in honor of a decade of meaningful, loving Christmas and Holiday celebrations. Family conflict during the Holiday Season. Even mentioning it gets a rise out of most people when I talk … [Read more...] about 10th Anniversary of Christmas Crunch: 5 Building Better Relationships Guidelines for Your Holiday
Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong In this post I am introducing a concept called The Pressure System. The Pressure System is a A “3D Approach” to Protecting Your Happy Place, which means a place where you are resilient, have a strong core and low back, and you can slay stress like a champion. The science of stress is clear. Stress is a bear. But while … [Read more...] about Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong
What I’m Thankful For My plate is full and so is my heart. Lots of things are happening simultaneously for me right now, which has inspired this post. I’ve just come off of a 9 month campaign trail having run, albeit unsuccessfully, for State legislative office, my first run for political office. I’m at a critical mass point at my day job, with the universally stressful Holidays fast … [Read more...] about What I’m Thankful For
Inspiring Women and Girls to Claim Their Power On November 8th I was invited to speak at the North Carolina Executive Mansion as part of a panel for the NC Chapter of the UN Women. What an amazing experience it was, and an honor and privilege to be able to sit on a panel with so many qualified women. In fact, every woman in attendance that was incredibly accomplished, from the school-aged girls … [Read more...] about Inspiring Women and Girls to Claim Their Power
Ayurvedic Marma Point Self-Massage Ayurveda, the Indian system of Yogic medicine, has long supported that marma points are vital areas of energy in the body where two major systems meet – blood vessels and bone, nerves and ligaments, tendons and their blood supply, for example. The word “marma” means "vital". Marma massage (similar to acupressure) is an ancient practice, as is Marma … [Read more...] about Ayurvedic Marma Point Self-Massage