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My a$$ is two sizes bigger overnight! WTF?

You ever have those days that your ass apparently has grown two sizes overnight?

I have those. I wake up and I am like, “What in the actual f(*&?”

But I remind myself that it’s an illusion…it’s all in my head.

There isn’t any WAY to gain two sizes in my sleep.

Back in West Michigan, I interviewed a recovering bulimic. She was an Olympic medal winner who was outspoken about her disordered eating. She told me that when she has those days, she thinks hard about what’s stressing her out. For her, stress = illusion of weight gain. Once she could figure out her stressor, she could be like, “Ahhhh…that’s why.”

So what do you do when you wake up and feel this way?

Change your perspective.

Here are some tools that may help when you wake up and feel uncomfortable in your skin.  Click here if you want to print them out  and stick them up by your full-length mirror.

  1. Be tender with yourself. Instead of immediately unleashing self-loathing, be spacious and kind. “Oh look it’s one of those days today.”
  2. Walk away from the mirror and breathe.
  3. Come back to the mirror with eyes closed. Tell yourself, “I am beautiful. I am perfect as I am. My body is a gift. I love myself.”
  4. Open your eyes.
  5. I’m not kidding…how you SEE YOUR BODY WILL BE DIFFERENT.
  6. Simply by changing the internal narrative, you can change your perception.
  7. Think on the power of #6 and how you can apply it to other areas of your life.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

Want more tools to help stop the voices that say you’re less than, not enough, not the right size, imperfect in all ways??? Sign up for my Love The Skin You’re In Course starting July 1st. 

So much peace and love, Sarah


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You’re Skin Sack

One of my teachers calls the body a Skin Sack. Every time it makes me laugh out loud. But it’s true right? It’s a container. It’s a beautiful, wonderful container.

The thing I’ve noticed is that we’re VERY WORRIED about how our Skin Sacks LOOK. But we’re not as concerned with how our Skin Sacks FEEL.

I know people who are 10% bodyfat and FEEL LIKE CRAP.

The important thing isn’t how your body looks…it’s how it feels. It’s being able to sense how it feels.

When you are able to get INTO your body, you start to sense and feel. Why is that important? Because then you are turning the volume up on your inner voice. You are tuning in to your Big S Self. Because your intuition, your ‘gut’, your inner voice – it speaks to you through your Body.

But if you feel like crap in your skin, it’s really hard to hear your inner voice. It’s drowned out by the mind chatter that’s telling you umm a whole list of crap

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What do your voices say?

If you’re interested, we’re going to wrangle a little with those voices and with your mind in the Love the Skin You’re In Course. Because those voices aren’t real. They’re tricksters. Click here to register.


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What Lights You Up????

Do you like to do things, make things, create things – and has that creative side of you slipped away because of life, lack of time, feeling tired??

What lights you up?

That buzzy, zippy, excited feeling – ahhhh…that is a beautiful thing. That is the Universe whispering to you.

It’s like the banker who writes poetry. Or the stockbroker who sells his jewelry on etsy – not because he needs the money.

Those things that light you up? Gardening, doodling, coloring, cooking, taking pictures, journaling…those things help to round out WELLNESS. They help us to FEEL WELL. They feed our spirits.

I just read a great book called “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have you read it? It reminded me that I used to be a creative being who did creative stuff all of the TIME!

So I got a camera. And I got some microphones. And I got some editing software…

And the results of which I’m unveiling to my mailing list on Friday, June 2nd. SO EXCITED!

If you want to see it, CLICK HERE:
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Friends – it doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be grand. Invite creativity in – let it come in and play in your body, mind and spirit.

Let it light you up.
Namaste:)


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Guideposts

You know how people kind of turn up in your life when you need them?

The exact right person at the exact right time shows up to help you on your journey?

That is some magical stuff. It reminds me that:

1) We’re meant to help and support each other on our way.
2) Everything makes a difference.
3) One drop causes a ripple causes a wave.
4) Be open to get some ‘jobs’ from the Universe.

I am looking back on my last month, which was MONUMENTAL. I had one of those months that just…hoo boy. Massive growth. Massive challenge. Massive opportunity to receive.

And as I look back – there they are…my guideposts. The people that were just there to make a difference, to teach, to support, to love, to guide. They turn the light on in the dark. They shine the way.

So grateful.

And what blows my ever-lovin’ mind? It’s that some of them don’t even know…they’re just showing up, taking the assignments from the Universe. They’re not worrying about the result, or how it lands…they’re just doing their work.

Every day – we get to be Guideposts. We get to stand in love and simple kindness. We get opportunities to share a kind word, a loving look, a supportive moment, a listening ear. Every day…

Let’s do it. 

And to my Guideposts – so much love and gratitude.
xo, S


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Lake Superior – Healing

There’s this place I used to go when I was heartbroken. Come to think of it, I was doubly heartbroken – doing the longterm healing from a divorce…but also from a later relationship that beat me up a bit.

I was out of touch with myself. I was out of touch with my inner voice. I was in pain and it hurt to wake up every day and get through it. I was sad, depressed and low. So low.

Spontaneously, I looked online and decided to take myself out of town. I knew I wanted to be near Lake Superior, because that big water always made me feel soothed.

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Lake Superior Morning

And of course, as the Universe often does – all the stars aligned and I found my place.

-The website jumped off the computer to me.

-They normally didn’t take reservations at that time, but made an exception for me.

-My boss let me leave early, knowing I needed this.

-Thank you Universe.

So North I drove to a tiny little cabin on the shore of Lake Superior. It’s called Bob’s Cabins and Bob was the yellow laborador retriever that wandered around and welcomed everyone upon arrival. There were tea packets in a little dish, a pile of wood for burning, and stairs right out my door to Miss Superior.

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Bob’s Cabins

I fell in love with that little cabin. There were no electronics, no stove (just a hot plate), no microwave. But what was provided, was exactly what I needed.

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Fire by Lake Superior

I could have a fire next to the water and breathe the fresh air and hear the waves – all of the elements swirling around me…

Deep into the night as the stars came out, I sat by the fire just watching, waiting and listening to the waves. Maybe I was waiting for answers to questions, maybe I hoped the water would heal me, maybe I hoping for some clarity and resolution there by the waves.

Fast forward to now…just last weekend, I went back to cabin 14. Every year I have come back. Sometimes I bring my girls and sometimes I bring my husband. Sometimes I don’t.

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Lake Superior Sunrise

Every time I visit, I remember the hopeless feeling I brought with me that weekend almost 15 years ago and marvel at how far I’ve come. How my journey has taken me in directions I never thought possible. How I would more than heal….I would flourish.

And I am filled with absolute GRATITUDE.

While I was there this last weekend, I was reading “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton and I came across this passage:

Before I open my eyes the next morning, my ears awake to the sound of the waves hitting the sand. It stirs something inside of me. The sound of the water speaks not to my spinning mind or yearning heart, but to my still, strong soul. The water is speaking in a language I knew before the world taught me its language. I lie there and I let the sound of the surf massage my soul for two hours. I let it speak to me and I do not speak back. I just receive.

This exactly. This.

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How has it served you?

How do you honor that place – and how do you honor that place inside yourself?

I realize as I have gone back year after year, that I carry myself with me wherever I go. I just needed to get away from the noise to access myself.

That is what Lake Superior offers me.

A conduit to my true self.

A reminder to quiet the swirling and listen to the small voice within.

A reminder that I am whole, complete and of God. Unbroken. Beautiful. Worth caring for by myself and by others. A gift.

And ultimately, I am reminded that we all are.

Namaste, S

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Stay in the NOW Mommm….

I have this daughter. She’s quite exceptional. From the moment we met, she’s been teaching me life lessons. I knew that she was here for me to learn from.

Around five years ago, before I decided to become a yoga instructor, I had a hard time keeping my worry, overwhelm, fears in check. To put it delicately, I would drop my basket pretty regularly.

Worry was my go to…I’d worry about all of the things. I’d worry myself into a lather about this – that – AND the other. Particularly about things that hadn’t happened yet. “What ifs” really churned me up.

One day as I was foaming at the mouth, my daughter looked at me with her clear, green eyes and said evenly, “Stay in the now Mom.”

Stay in the now.

This has become our family mantra. (She detests that I use it on her now that she is 12 and her amygdala is taking over her brain.)

I have used these words that my seven-year-old spoke to me again and again. It draws me away from senseless worry and back onto my center.

This was one of her many gifts to me.

Stay in the Now.
Namaste,
Sarah