Self-Love

10 Ways To Set Boundaries With Loved Ones

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We are inherently social creatures. And so, by nature, we have a desperate need to share with each other our problems, worries, failures, along with excitements and accomplishments. With any relationship, be it intimate or familial it’s often hard to navigate processing our own lives, let alone being there for one another.   Some of us have a tendency to take on more of the problems of people around us, yea, I’m talking to you empath! And that’s okay, but knowing how to guard yourself from allowing these issues… Read More

Self-care

Why Boundaries Are Necessary For Self-Care

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Boundaries, we either love them or hate them depending on which side of them we fall on. When we start implementing boundaries it can feel so freeing. Often when we have none life is simply too overwhelming and making time for ourselves with self-care does not happen as a result. This is why setting boundaries is so important.   Why are  boundaries so important? Structuring what we will tolerate and what we won’t tolerate allows us the freedom to live in the way we desire.… Read More

Lifestyle

Build A Better Relationship With Judgement

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Judgement is  a part of everyone’s life. Big or small it exists in ways we may not even be fully aware to. Judgement serves a purpose for us, but it can lead to a life filled with sadness, jealousy and disconnection from the world around us. When we judge others it is in fact a reflection of ourselves, and not of the person being judged. When we feel judged by others, it leaves us defeated and wanting to hide. When we self-judge we use the… Read More

Self-care

How to Shift Your Energy

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So you’re in a funk, or a bad mood, but you really don’t know why, and you can’t seem to get yourself to rise beyond it. Perhaps something happened at work, you are having bad communication with a friend or you and your partner aren’t on the same page. It could be even that you’re just feeling low, not exactly your enthusiastic self, but not sure how to change that.   The first thing I recommend is to actually tune into what is it that… Read More

Kari's Journey

New Site Who Dis?

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Oh hey, fancy seeing you around here ; ) As you can see some things have changed, like our site name. Truly, many things have changed, but the heart and soul of what I share and do is the same. Welcome, to my soul space sweet friends! Kariowens.com is officially launched and live! This is so exciting! The site has been soft-launched for a while but today is the day she gets to twirl around in her bright dress and show herself off to the… Read More

Self-Love

7 Reasons Our Relationship to Our Bodies Is Broken

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There are a million and one things telling us women we aren’t okay as we are.   Here are my top 7.   Let’s break these down and discover how to find our way to a healthy relationship with our bodies.   1. We’re disconnected from ourselves   Let’s just say it.   It’s easier to be removed from ourselves than to deal with our own shit.   At least that’s our perception.   Have you ever ignored some problem hoping it would go away,… Read More

Kari's Journey

Why A Misdiagnosis Is the Best Thing That Happened to Me

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At 15, I lost my ability to walk normally down the school hallways. My mom had to cut up my food for me because I couldn’t grip silverware. I lost my ability to close my hands into fists, and at night I had to wear these god awful arm/hand braces to keep my fingers from completely curling into my palms. The severity of arthritis progressed rapidly. Having grown up active, and then playing high level volleyball in high school, I was in shock, terrified, and… Read More

Kari's Journey

Why Taking Action Is the Essence of Self-Love

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I received my diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis in May of my freshman year of high school, after six grueling months of no answers, loss of mobility, and dozens of dead-end doctors appointments. Two weeks after receiving my diagnosis I went to my doctor at the Pediatric Rheumatology department at D.C.’s Children Hospital to adjust my treatment. My doctor took a conservative approach at first starting with sulfasalazine and it wasn’t helping in the slightest. My mobility was severely declining, and something had to change. It’s… Read More

Healing Modalities

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

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The holidays are a time that are typically one of three things for most people; over scheduled busy, joyous but full of obligation, or often tainted by loss. Underneath all of these is stress, and with that our stress hormones spike up. They aren’t such a bad thing, except for when they are prolonged over a period of time. Even when it may not feel like you are super stressed from the Holidays, there can be a certain amount of pressure around this time of year to be social,… Read More

Lifestyle

The Ultimate Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide

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  In creating the ultimate self-care holiday gift guide this year I really wanted to give a broad range of ideas for all ways to show you really care and know the person you’re giving to. In this gift guide I have focused on self-care, beauty care, foodie friends, mindfulness, healing,  the gardener, and movement. These are all areas of focus that will help to make anyone’s 2018 happier and healthier! Happy gift giving, may you give with love and intention!