A few months ago — in the matter of just a couple of weeks — I lost both my grandmother and my dog. Neither was a surprise, but both were close relationships. And happening that close together? Well, it hit my family and me HARD. Not only was I dealing with the grief of losing a woman gave me a strong foundation of unconditional love throughout my childhood and into adulthood, but I also lost my four-legged daily companion of 11 years. Sometimes it felt as though both losses were connected, and I could release emotions for both of them…

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When you work out or simply move about your day, how mindful are you … really? In this guest post from Selina Rose — registered holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, author, and the founder of the Eats & Asana Method — she breaks down how moving mindfully can actually help you to beat stress more than just going through the motions of a workout and she shows you easy ways to start moving mindfully today (even if you’re not going to the gym). Beat Stress By Moving Mindfully by Selina Rose If you’re even remotely interested in health, it’s pretty hard…

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I’m a happier person when my house is clean and tidy. The problem is, I’m not exactly the best at keeping my house that way, because I’ll start scrubbing away in the kitchen, then get distracted by some of the clutter on the counter, and next thing you know, I’m cleaning out the bedroom closet … and the kitchen? It’s still not spotless. Having someone come to clean on a monthly basis is something I’ve done for a long time. It’s an investment that’s good for both my mental health (oh, the shame spiral I send myself down when I…

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Certain emotions always feel good. Like, who doesn’t want more joy and happiness in their life? But others — like guilt — well, I bet most of us would opt to not have to feel those again if we had the option. But, what if there was actually an upside from negative emotions? One that could actually act as fuel to help you to create a life that you love? That’s pretty much the premise of Randy Taran’s book called Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings to Create a Life You Love. Randy is the founder and CEO of Project…

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The idea of changing up our lives and homes in a major way to live a greener existence is tempting for those of us who are, well, let’s just say it — freaking the hell out about the state of our planet. Replace all the plastic! Ditch all the toxins! Go vegan! Get solar! via GIPHY But, even though the motivation there is no joke — seriously, just look at how much trash you can save in a year with these swaps — the fact is that trying to make loads of big changes, all at once, doesn’t tend to…

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We all know how important self-love is. And, here on this site and in this community, we talk a lot about how your weight and size shouldn’t determine your self-worth. In fact, it’s a huge part of our mission. But one thing I’ve noticed — in myself as well as others — is that even if we can get to a place where we feel great (or at least neutral) about our bodies, that unconditional self-love and grace doesn’t always translate over to other areas of our lives. See if this strikes a chord with you … Do you feel…

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Everybody likes to be happy, right? via GIPHY And I don’t know about you, but I can definitely say that it brings me great joy to make a friend smile or laugh. via GIPHY That’s especially true when it comes to friends who are going through something and are feeling a little down — or who maybe just need a reminder that, if they need a cheerleader, they’ve got one who believes in them wholeheartedly right here. But there’s more to being a good friend than just cracking a joke to lighten the mood. Sometimes, you need to make sure…

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Honesty time: How many journals do you have laying around that have a couple days or a week of entries, and then long lapses of time before the next page is filled out … or even no entries past that point? via GIPHY Same. In fact, if I had a dollar for every journal entry starting with “It’s been a long time since I last wrote …” I’d be, well, you know. via GIPHY But we all know how amazing journaling can be — for processing emotions, being creative, discovering ourselves … the list goes on and on. via GIPHY…

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Sex positivity (meaning that sex, as long as it’s healthy and truly consensual, is a good thing) is something I think about a lot. Maybe not as much as body positivity, or busting diet culture, or, you know, tacos — but, well, I’m in the midst of writing a romance novel, and as I’ve delved further and further into that world, I’ve become far more aware of how sex and self-confidence and feminism intersect. I’ve also realized how often love scenes either a) use humor as a vehicle to show a character making safe sex a priority, b) make the…

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We had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Bradley Nelson for the podcast months ago, and — I’ll own up to it — I TOTALLY geeked out. (Listen to the episode here.) His work in understanding how trapped emotions can actually be stored in the body and impact your health and happiness blew my mind when I first learned about it. And using his techniques to find them and release them? Well, it definitely changed my life. Dr. Nelson just released a revised and expanded edition of his bestselling book, The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for…

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