How to Stay Body Positive During the Holidays

Eat whatever you want and don’t feel guilty about it. But it’s not that easy right? No one can expect you to erase 20+ years of social conditioning and toxic diet culture by the time you get to Grandma’s house for turkey dinner. That’s a big (and pretty impossible) ask. Instead, we’re going to talk about how to navigate the holidays with a healthier mindset about food and our bodies and by taking it one step at a time, if we can’t reach body positivity then neutrality is the next best thing. Let’s talk about those little steps forward that…

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Healing From a Traumatic Relationship

If you’ve been around for a while then you’ve probably read about my relationship with an alcoholic. Holy trauma batman. I don’t know how I survived with my sanity intact. There were many times I didn’t think I would. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression that traumatic relationship, all three years of it, nearly broke me. (Since writing this post, I created a workbook on healing from toxic, abusive, and codependent relationships) To be perfectly honest I’m not sure that there was any aspect of my life not affected by the trauma of it. And I am starting…

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Coping With Grief During the Holidays

I talked a little bit in last week’s newsletter and on Instagram about how this is the first holiday season after my Mom’s death in February. (I’ve since created a workbook on Grief. you can check it out here) There are some days when I don’t think about it and other days when it feels like it’s the only thing on my mind. These past few weeks it’s more the latter. The holidays are hard for so many reasons anyway that grief can add another layer. I’d like to be able to tell you that I’ve got it all figured out.…

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8 Holiday Self-Care Tips

The holidays are almost here! I know that this time of the year is crazy busy for all us. Between work, family commitments, holiday traditions, and everything in between sometimes the self-care gets a little lost in all of the commotion. Let’s not let that happen! I created an add-on for the Self-Love Workbook called Holiday Self-Care. It’s 24 worksheets designed to keep you organized and stress-free and there are a ton more self-care tips! Self-care is SO IMPORTANT and it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself this season (and all year round, every single day, it’s a…

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Self-Care For Bad Mental Health Days

Good morning lovely people. Let’s have a chat about mental health, again! It’s one of my goals in life to break the stigma, to make it something we can talk about, and more importantly, ask for help with. In the Mental Health add-on to my Self-Love Workbook, I share a list of self-care activities that can specifically benefit your mental health. I wanted to share some of them here. If this resonates with you, go check out the workbook, there are a ton of insightful questions and tips! Depression, anxiety, and other mental illness can have such an impact on…

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28 Self-Care Ideas for Winter

Let’s talk about our Winter self-care! Winter has always been my least favorite season. I used to dread all of the brown gloominess (we barely get snow here). Being stuck indoors, that killer wind and freezing temperatures, it’s just always so sad. I’ve learned to like it though. It took me a long time to realize that the reason that I hated it was because it made me face myself. Winter is by nature, isolating, and when you don’t like yourself that isolation feels like agony. And when you’re a shy introvert who finds it difficult to make friends? All…

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When You Hate the Holidays: Practice Self-Care

Hey there lovely you! The holidays are upon us and as usual, I greet this part of the year with a wee bit of grumpiness and a dash of exhaustion. The joys of working retail at a major store chain, am I right? Long hours, irate customers, and well… you get the picture, I kinda hate the holidays. There are things that I love about this season. I love green bean casserole, hot chocolate with marshmallows, Christmas movies, and Christmas episodes of the Golden Girls, but on the whole, I’m just happy when it’s over. This will also be my…

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What Does Self-Care Look Like?

Aah, self-care, my favorite topic! Whether you’re a newbie to loving and taking care of yourself or you’ve been the queen of self-care for a while, taking the first step on this journey can be a difficult one. ‘What does self-care look like?’ you cry, and fair enough. This isn’t always an easy question to answer; if it was, we’d all be out there going from 0 to loving the hell out of ourselves after a half hour yoga session. Alas, building up a positive relationship with yourself is a little bit harder than that, but here’s how you can…

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Hogwarts House Self-Care Ideas

Everyone knows that I’m a huuuuuge Harry Potter fan. To say obsessed would be accurate. When I was writing the post about Low-Key Toxic Traits I referenced how my Hufflepuff traits of Loyalty and Patience can sometimes be toxic. When they don’t have boundaries, even good traits go bad. This made me think of how awesome it would be to create Hogwarts House Self-Care ideas. So now, I’m that showcasing self-care ideas for each house. I’m always interested to hear what house people identify with, it always tells me something about their personality. If you don’t know yours, you can…

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What Are Your Low-Key Toxic Traits?

I’m a Hufflepuff. If you’re not into Harry Potter, Hufflepuff is the house that values patience and loyalty. Patience and loyalty are awesome traits unless they’re rooted in unresolved trauma and fear of abandonment combined with poor boundaries. Hello. That’s me. My loyalty, which makes me a kick-ass friend who will stand by your side no matter what – stems from an intense fear of abandonment. I fear abandonment so I over-compensate by not wanting to abandon anyone else. No matter what. Even when they hurt me, lie to me, take advantage of me – I will still be your…

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