Granting Yourself [and Others] the Permission to Change

April 11, 2012
You are always moving, sometimes forward and sometimes backwards, if only momentarily You are reacting to the world around you You are learning your lesons, and you are taking them into account You are striving to be a better lover, sister, mother, child, student, bos, person in the world You are busily digging deep, making repairs when you see fit, and praying to the courage to be better today than you were yesterday You are doing good ... keep reading

Living Authentically When Things Fall Apart

April 09, 2012
This is a guest post written by Carrie Hensley, who writes and coaches over at Realize Your Potential Between stimulus and response there is a space In that space is our power to choose our response In our response lies our growth and our freedom ~Viktor E Frankl  I have crafted a beautiful story for myself One I have been working on for years In this story, I have survived sexual abuse, overcome drug and alcohol addiction, and have ... keep reading

What I Learned From Getting my Wisdom Teeth Out

April 04, 2012
Let me tell you a little story about my teeth I have 14 fillings My mouth is made of metal, literally While on the outside my teeth are straight and white, if you look just below the surface I have wildly soft enamel, which no matter what tender care I take of my teeth brushing and flosing, leaves me in a state of perpetual needing dental work, ASAP My mouth is one of those touchy isues for me, a miniature battleground for my isues around ... keep reading

My Body's Journey

April 03, 2012
Portia Nelson wrote one of my favorite poems, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk, an Autobiography in Five Short Chapters  I’m going to use it to help illustrate the story of my journey with my body Chapter I I walk down the street There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in I am lost I am helples It isn't my fault It takes forever to find a way out As a child I never felt good about my body I couldn’t trust it  I was extremely ... keep reading

Making the Choice: Triggers, Impulsivity, and Trust

March 21, 2012
For much of my life as a compulsive eater, the cycle looked like this: Trigger + Sudden urge to "take care of myself" and "treat myself kindly" = "Waking up" in a sea of wrappers with a stomach ache and a broken heart I would encounter something that made me feel badly about myself, and I would feel as though I was so vulnerable, no one could protect me but myself Then I would choose to soothe myself through the comfort of food, the best way ... keep reading