How I lost my double chin by following my pleasure

At a retreat I went to in March, we took turns taking pictures of one another on the beach.  In so many of mine, all I could see was the soft little flesh peeking out from under my chin.  My double chin is always with me, at any weight, but at that time it was […]

What I want you to see when you look at my face…

Photo credit: Catherine Just I love how the filter in this photograph emphasizes my laugh lines.  Because I earned those.  I also earned those deep smile lines on each side of my face.  I earned them with deep belly laughs and nights where I giggled and giggled and giggled until tears ran down my face. […]

What Not To Wear

I was at the beach this week and a group of young women in their late teens was lounging like a pile of puppies on the chairs in front of me.  Every once in a while, a few would jump up and go frolic in the waves, in that awkward, adorable way that teenagers have […]

I’ve got your bikini body right here…

I saw this headline today: Helen Mirren’s Secret to Staying Bikini Fit. This makes me so sad.  If you click over to the article, you will find that Helen Mirren isn’t too happy about it either (and she’s not wearing a bikini).  And yet, this title and this article grab our attention because we are […]

What I learned about attempting to break a world record…

Last week I headed up to Portland to participate in The Great Namaste as part of attending a conference called the World Domination Summit.  The idea was to get a large group of people to do a series of yoga poses in a wave (like at a sports event, but with hippies).  They said the […]

Where to find your pockets of Joy…

“I have yet to find the pocket that helps me deal with losing Susan” I found this message written at the end of a book I picked up at a used bookstore.  In this book (The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter), there is a story of an impoverished family getting on a bus […]

What to read in difficult times

 I see it in their eyes, the look of desperation.  The look that tells me she needs relief from the pain and she’ll take it wherever she can find it  – in a class, in a book, in whatever form that will bring a little comfort and guidance.  I get asked so many times for […]

Attracting Delicious Love – Part 3

Attracting Delicious Love – Part 2

Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance talks about the “Trance of Fear”.  We’ve all been there, right? Tara says when we’re caught in the trance of fear, “we spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.” It’s time to step out of the trance of fear and into a joy […]

How I prepare to go into battle (also known as Tuesday)…

Each day the last piece of jewelry I put on is a ring for my right hand.  I have a small collection of them, none of them very valuable, but each has a special meaning.  I choose an intention for the day and wear the ring that will remind me of that intention:  a blue […]