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
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How Do You Know When You Are Overextended? I’m Wounded, What do I Do? Vanessa sat in her kitchen, feeling torn. She loved her children, her job, and her home. She felt fortunate, but at the same time, disenchanted. Tired all the time, her mind felt cluttered with lists of things to do amidst toys to clean up or step over, chores to complete, and job tasks left unfinished. But worst of … [Read more...] about How Do You Know When You Are Overextended?
Is Stress Making You Sick and Sad? Inflammation in the Body Linked to Depression Today's post was a tandem project by Dr. Tianna and Ginger. Emerging evidence demonstrates that there is a connection between inflammation and depression. When your body is in a state of constant, low-level inflammation, you may feel sad. Recent research is encouraging, and shows that feeling sad or … [Read more...] about Is Stress Making You Sick and Sad? Inflammation in the Body Linked to Depression
Can Yoga Be Used as Medicine? The short answer is yes. The reality is yoga is not usually used as medicine. Using yoga as medicine can be tedious and laborious (trust me), requiring constant review of the scientific literature in order to make it safe and effective. More often than not yoga is seen as a way to lose weight, compete for the trimmest bum or the buffest handstand, claim exalted … [Read more...] about Can Yoga Be Used As Medicine?
Today's post is a guest blog from Midwife for your Life, Stacey Curnow.Last night a friend and I were talking about some challenges in his life and I remembered a line from a poem by Robert Bly: The albatross that lands on the mast began flying a thousand years ago. A long time ago, back when we were pure positive energy, we didn't doubt for a minute that manifesting would be pretty cool. … [Read more...] about Recognizing Your Full Potential: The Shy Albatross in Flight
Introspection(Our Family Christmas Vacation 2010)Reflection. You see your own in the mirror day in, day out.But who do see? The person you were, the person you are, or the person you want to become?Self-reflection is recognized as a universal requirement for learning. Maxine Greene PhD, who entered the field of education in 1938 and established herself early on at Columbia University … [Read more...] about Living Wide Awake in 2011
A Fear Vaccine I just finished reading my requisite Oprah article for the day. No joke. My "To Do" list for the next few weeks (actually months) has arrived and weighs about as much as an anvil (you know the kind in the Road Runner cartoons). My attempts to keep the proverbial anvil of stress off my head and shoulder area include yoga, time in meditation (yes, that's also yoga), and spending … [Read more...] about A Fear Vaccine
Your Independence Day As a woman and a human being – May 26, 2004 was My Independence Day. When was your Independence Day? Or has it come yet? I want to share my Independence Day Story - albeit the intensely condensed version - of How I went from a painfully passive girl to a boisterously proactive woman. My first diary entry was January 1, 1983. It would take me 17 more years to … [Read more...] about Your Independence Day
I hope your Thanksgiving was full of gratitude, no matter how it was spent.Ours began like any other. My husband and I were in the kitchen, cooking up something great. This year's sweet goody - Barefoot Contessa's recipe for Pumpkin Roulade. (note on the roulade: we put less cream and make a thinner, but longer and larger roll. divine.). If you have not made it, get it here. It is out of this … [Read more...] about Giving Thanks In Valleys
The days pass slowly, the years fly quickly by. If I had a nickel for every time someone has said this to me, I might be out of debt by now.I actually do not dread hearing those words, and I appreciate hearing them each time a well meaning older parent says them.For those of you who may not have heard those words, what I am talking about is this: our children grow up fast. Shorter still, the … [Read more...] about Freedom to Live Your Life, But Are You?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, "everyday do one thing that you fear."Well said sister. So, I am taking to the roof to conquer my fears.In an act of solidarity with other women who follow Eleanor's advice, on most days at least, I decided that my fear of heights (despite my high school days as a cheerleader teetering at the top of pyramids & being tossed into the air like an apple), had to come down.So in … [Read more...] about Conquer Your Fears
What can we learn from the holocaust? There are infinite lessons, but one we do not often see is the story I will tell you now.A very humble, once young, 100 year old man organized a "kindertransport", which was ultimately responsible for rescuing hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi occupied countries in 1939. What is most amazing about this man's, Sir Nicholas Winton's, story is that he saved … [Read more...] about Holocaust Hero – What We Should Learn From Him