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A Letter From Your 55 Year Old Self

self-care Aug 18, 2020

Hey Beautiful, Younger Version of Me,

Let me start out by saying what a fabulous job you’re doing overall.  If I remember correctly, my younger self craved praise and held the opinions of others in high regard.  I’m happy to report that with each passing year, you will become less concerned about what others think, especially in regards to yours truly!  But there are a few things I want you to know, changes you can make, to help us age gracefully and without...

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A Letter from Your Vulva

self-care vaginal health Aug 18, 2020

Dear Owner,

Hello up there from down here.  I was hoping we might have a few words.  You don’t look at me as much as I would like and I feel I have been mis-treated.  In case you haven’t noticed, I am beautiful.  And unique.  See, no two vulvas are exactly alike; we’re like fingerprints and we’re very proud of our individuality.  We don’t like it when you compare us to other vulvas.  Some vulvas have outer lips that completely...

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Let Go of These Exercises

“To Everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn). A time to gain, a time to lose.”

The Byrds were first to remind us, and then the migrating geese, and finally the Fall trees shedding their leaves are one final reminder that “letting go” is part of the natural order of things.  We humans don’t embrace change nearly as easily.

And from my experience, the same applies to women and their exercise regimens. It can be hard to let go of the...

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Nine Things I’ve Learned in my 39th Year

self-care Aug 18, 2020

On July 22nd I will turn 40.  I typically don’t make a big deal out of my birthday and don’t particularly enjoy being in the spotlight.  This year, I do feel like celebrating though.  More of a quiet, introspective celebration of all that I have learned (and have yet to learn) and all that I have to be grateful for.  

Here’s what I have learned:

  1. You can’t depend on someone else to make you happy.  You have to learn all the big and...
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Let’s Talk About Sex (after) Baby

In Week 3 of my Postnatal Pilates class our topic is “Let’s Talk About Sex (after) Baby.” The reasons most women don’t want to have intercourse or don’t enjoy intercourse can usually be broken down into 3 main categories: 

  • Pain
  • Emotional Factors, and
  • Pelvic Floor Changes. 

Under the umbrella of Emotional Factors, I like to point out the difference between sexual accelerators and sexual brakes, terms I learned from Emily Nagoski’s book...

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When I am 100 Years Old by Gabe (Age 6)

self-care Aug 18, 2020

My 6 year old son recently celebrated 100 years of school in his Kindergarten class.  They were allowed to dress up like 100 year old people, and they were asked to bring in 100 items for counting and math practice (he chose cotton balls).  He was so excited to show me the paper he worked on, outlining all the things he will do when he is 100 years old.  In addition to having “gray hair”, a “beard” and a “mustache” (a very hairy 100 year old...

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The Power of Positive Thinking

In a fascinating post by writer, blogger, and brain injury survivor Debbie Hampton, I learned that a thought is an electrochemical event taking place in your nerve cells producing a cascade of physiological changes.  

There are thousands of receptors on each cell of our body that are receptive to one particular peptide or “juice” from a thought.

When we have feelings of doubt, fear, joy, anger these “juices” flow throughout the body and connect with those matching...

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One Of My Favorite Stretches For Pregnant Moms!

I love the Pilates mermaid stretch!  It accomplishes so many things for my pregnant mamas, it feels so good, and it’s such a pretty move.  This is perfect for pregnant women who feel they are “running out of room” in their torso.  

It’s also a lovely exercise for pregnant women experiencing numbness and tingling in the upper extremities (once more serious nerve involvement has been ruled out).  While we most often think of these symptoms as relating...

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The Ring of Fire

“I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire

I went down, down, down

And the flames went higher

And it burns, burns, burns

The ring of fire, the ring of fire” —-Johnny Cash

Ah, the dreaded “ring of fire.” Pregnant women shudder at the mere thought of the commonly described moment as the baby’s head is crowning.  Couldn’t we paint a more loving picture of the moment directly before a mother meets the child she has been growing in her belly for 9...

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Five Ways I’m Combating Decision Fatigue

I am suffering from decision fatigue.  How do I know?  I swore at the gas station pump.  The F bomb and everything…almost as if the pump was maliciously out to “get me.”

It started innocently enough.  I let my gas tank get dangerously low.  I knew I needed to pull into a gas station and soon.

I chose the first convenient station in my path.  I am not one of those people who will make a U-turn and cut across traffic to save a penny a...

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