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

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

Joy Finding

Jump In With Your Clothes On

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    I had every intention of jumping in the water, just not fully clothed. I fell in. Hard. Though I like to think it looked semi-graceful , I know that I basically just looked like a flailing seagull using it’s wings for the first time, hoping to make landing on a rock. Which also happened, now with two jammed toes both black and purple but thankfully not broken.   The funny thing is, I loved it. I am pretty sure I was laughing as I was… Read More

Healing Modalities

Changing With The Seasons, Letting Go of the Old

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    The leaves have begun their transition into a slow, fading form of life. Their yellow has been showing and some deep reds have started to appear. When they fall it’s only with grace that they reach the Earth, and this process of death is actually the beginning of renewal, not simply an ending. It is cyclical, as are the seasons of our own lives. We too, are changing with the seasons and letting go of the old.   Moving from one time in… Read More

Autoimmune Paleo

Create A Life You Dream Of

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When I was growing up, I imagined a life for myself. At the age of 6 this life was becoming a veterinarian and living on a giant farm filled with rescue animals. I can’t say this isn’t still a semi- dream of mine, but I quickly realized when I was 9 and fell in love with my very first dog of my own that I didn’t have what it took to be a vet (sensitive empath alert!) so it was around that time I decided… Read More

Healing Modalities

The Gift of Presence

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  I walked into my room and paused, completely still. My bed is half unmade, half covered in pillows and Acme’s asleep in his usual spot, near the window, by the salt lamp set on the low setting. “I love my bedroom,” I whispered to myself. I love the simplicity, the ease it brings me every time I walk in and the instant I lay my head down I feel at rest. I thought, how rare it is that we stop to appreciate what we… Read More