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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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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:
(yipes)

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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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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Mirror Work

Self-Care and Self-Love Idea:

Mirror Work. It’s super weird, but REALLY powerful work.

Grab a sticky note, write one of these phrases on it:

“I accept you unconditionally right now.”
“You’re a gift.”
“I love you.”

Stick it on your bathroom mirror.

Look yourself in the eye anytime you go to the bathroom, IN THE EYE, and say what’s on the sticky note. It might feel really strange at first and you might want to avoid this work – that’s really telling no?

Do it for 30 days.

No joke…this work here will change some stuff inside. Promise.

Trust.

You’re worth it. xo.


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Self-Care Month – “I don’t have TIME…”

The #1 answer I got back. “I don’t have time.” “Not enough time.” “Not enough time in the day.”

I’ve been dancing around this post for a couple of weeks now and I’m not sure why. I think because it rubs up against what I hear as a trainer/teacher again and again and again ever since I had big hair and taught aerobics, “I just don’t have time to exercise.”

The coach in me wants to respond with the tough line, “No. You don’t make time.”

Uff. That’s not really how I roll now. The yoga instructor in me wants to be more spacious.

Thus the battle. So here we go….

What I want to say to people who say they don’t have time for Self-Care is this, you’re not making space for yourself in your own life. You are allowing other things to take the line ahead of you. And I get it –sometimes life is like that. But it’s when this becomes the norm that things start to go awry. When you continually subjugate your needs again and again and forget that you even have a need…that is when you need to stop and take stock.

Because you’re operating from a negative balance – an empty well. You grabbing table scraps to make it through each day instead of coming from a place of being full (or at least partially full.) You’ve probably forgotten what it even feels like to come from that place.

What does this lead to? Well…something on the other end of the see saw of wellness. Stress. Anxiety. Depression. Overwhelm. Exhaustion. Self-Medicating. Hamster Wheels. Around and around and around and around.

The thing is this – Self-Love is the heart of it. It is the beginning and the end of it. The alpha and omega. Because when you love your beautiful self, you’re more apt to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. You’re more apt to:

Breathe

Calm

Move

Cook healthy food

Eat healthy food

Keep your center

Quiet

Fresh air

Drink a glass of water

Practice gratitude

Choose positivity

Not drink/eat too much

I can’t take the hard line because I’ve been on the hamster wheel. I get it. You won’t get any judgment from me – but you might get an irrational hug because I want to smooth your feathers. Step off now. And remember that Self-Care can be the simplest of things done in a just a moment of your time. Breathe now. Inhale. Exhale.

Peace.Love.Joy. Sarah


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Self Care Month – “I can’t afford it.”

It’s a funny thing money – it can make you feel so trapped and hemmed in. I wish I could wave a magic wand and help people change their money story and talk about how money is just energy, but that’s not today.

Today is “I can’t afford self-care.”

Here’s the exercise – Name 3 things that don’t cost a penny that you’re able to do for yourself today to allow for some self-care.

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I think we get stuck in the idea that caring for ourselves has to be a trip to the spa or getting our nails done. And those things are lovely, truly. But it’s the simple things – the simple day-to-day things that we give ourselves that really mean something.

It’s like a string of pearls and each time you are kind to yourself and give yourself a bit of love, your strand grows longer.

Self-Care is the fertilizer in the garden of Self LOVE. That is why it’s so important.

Stringing together small and tender things that you do for yourself shows Self Love.

Cup of tea. Bath. Fresh air. Smiling at yourself in the mirror (powerful one.) Reading a book. A luxurious stretch. Quiet. Dancing to your favorite song. Calling a friend. Hug yourself. 15 more minutes of sleep. Waking up a little early so you have the house to yourself. Lotioning. Glass of cool water. Neatening the mess. Ignoring the mess. Drawing. Writing.

Everybody’s idea of self-care is different. And it doesn’t have to cost a penny.

And self-care is more than exercise. It’s taking care of the whole of you – your body, mind and spirit.

Nurturing yourself in the small moments and in the simplest of ways is incredibly powerful. It forms a powerful inner/outer blanket of Love. And it is through that Self Love that you are able to love others, share your gifts, and serve the world.

Do the three things on your list today. Carve it out. Show yourself a little tender care. You’re so unbelievably worth it.

Namaste. Sarah


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Self Care Month – “I feel guilty when I do anything for myself.”

The question posed was this, “What are the top 3 things that stop you from giving yourself self-care?”

Of the hundred or so responses that you sent back, one of them was Guilt. And of all the responses, most of you? Mom Guilt. 

We’re going to address this one because it sits so close to home for me. I hear you. How can I take from my kids and family to do something for myself? It’s stealing time away from them, upsets them, and puts a burden on my partner.

Also, I might be seen as selfish.

Two things:

  • My therapist said something that was really powerful, ready? “Guilt is the only learned emotion.” Boom. We didn’t come into the world feeling guilt, we were taught it.
  • It’s really great for your kids and your partner to see that you care for yourself. That you are taking some time to yourself to give yourself pleasure and to fill your well back up. It’s great for your kids because your modeling taking sweet care of yourself and reminding them that mom is an important member of the family too. It’s great for your partner because it reminds them of that too AND it gives them some freedom to explore their own self-care.

So for the month of February, try this – write a list of things that bring you pleasure and fill your well back up (waxing doesn’t count…right?) Pick 3 and put them on your calendar. Invite your partner to do the same (it’s nice to be spacious and supportive of their needs too.) Ask for mutual support in attending to self-care appointments.

Then notice how you feel afterwards.

Notice that you’re a better mom, partner, friend, family-member, employee when your well is fuller. As such, you can release the guilt that surrounds self-care. It helps the whole family and is therefore good for the whole family.

Have a guilt-free month caring for your beautiful self.

Namaste, Sarah