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Let’s get this party started!

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How is it already May 31?!? That means tomorrow is the start of our month-long anniversary celebration of community! (Catch up on the details of that if you missed them the first time around.) meet my tribe I'm so excited to be introducing some of the amazing members of my tribe of powerful, wise women to you and want to share a brief overview of the major events of the month that involve...
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What’s in a name?

Have you ever changed your name? My friend Audrey, a business coach for women entrepreneurs, has a podcast called Women Are the Journey, on which she talks to women about the entrepreneurial path (yup, I'm in there!) and also does solo segments called "Chew on this" about her own journey. If you identify as a woman and an entrepreneur, check out the podcast for a weekly dose of inspiration, ...
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Healthcare policy, healthcare agency

In the months leading up to and following the 2016 election, I stopped reading and listening to the news and I purged my social media channels. That doesn't mean I deleted those who don't share my views: I simply unfollowed those who overposted divisive content about any topic—not just politics—to drive the gap wider rather than to find ways to a middle ground. I don't think I missed out on ...
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Health coaching learnings … from Netflix?

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Helllp! I seem to have fallen into a Netflix trap, one that features crime dramas from the UK: first there was Shetland, then there was Hinterland, then Broadchurch, and now River, featuring the incomparable Stellan Skarsgård, who somehow conveys an incredibly wide range of emotion—all without moving a muscle of his face. One of the lines in River that popped out at me is an Orson Welles quote ...
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Advance? Retreat?

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve probably come across my Kale + Kryptonite exercise, which is a tool I use with my clients to help them assess the nutritional status of their primary foods. I’ve mentioned before that the question of their relationship with time often gives them pause—another one that brings them up short is creativity. Maybe I should rephrase that: the idea that bus...
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#healthcoachvacation 2019

Once again, our family's Spring Breaks didn't align this year—and we did manage to have some fun anyway! After last year's epic fishing adventure, my son and I decided to leave the dog home with Dad—they had their own adventure, by all accounts—and flew to Arizona to visit dear friends/former neighbors there. We absolutely wallowed in good company and delicious food (homemade pasta! European cr...
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Life without roads

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I recently had a conversation with some much younger friends who were talking about what they see as one of the problems their generation faces: too many choices. Yes, this might be what someone else sees as a #firstworldproblem, and yet it really can be an issue: when you want to buy a chair and 27 pages of options pop up in response to your online search, are you possibly missing out on the p...
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What was I thinking?

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Every month in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood online community, I get to record a Q+A with an expert in her field—most often a health practitioner who works with women in perimenopause through some modality, from extremely conventional Western medicine to the truly alternative. My goal is to present women navigating their 40s and beyond with a buffet of resources from which they can choose: we d...
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Self-ism as a scheduling tool

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We've all had teachers (often more than one) who have little phrases and stories they use so much that while you're in their class, you get really tired of them. Alright already, we think, we've heard this story a million times. You've said that every day in class for a year. Move on! And decades later, these phrases pop up in our minds, sometimes at the oddest moments. For me, there was ...
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Sharpen your saw

I've spent a lot of the past 10 years writing grant proposals and reports, and I've been musing about the parallels between how a majority of funders invest their money and how individuals invest their time and energy. If you're an organization—particularly a non-profit—with a proven track record of providing highly successful (or, in grant-speak, impactful) programs to large numbers of people ...
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What’s your value?

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! It's the food. And it's more than the food. In less than 10 words, one of my very first clients summed up the essence of Integrative Nutrition®. And she did it using "and" instead of "but," so ...
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The struggle is real

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! 2 steps forward, 1 step back We're closing in on the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and I've been considering what has changed—and what hasn't—for me as a woman i...
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My relationship with what?

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! One of the standard introductory exercises for Integrative Nutrition® clients, the Circle of Life is a jumping off point for discussing primary foods and goal setting—many other coaching progr...
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New + improved?

Black Friday
Full disclosure: if you love Black Friday, this post is likely to piss you off—maybe read it anyway? america, the privileged Last weekend when I was grocery shopping, I discovered that the label on my favorite brand of canned tomatoes had been redesigned ... again, for the second time in a year, I think! Same brand, same tomatoes, new label. It reminded me that in the early nineties, I shared...
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Early birds, night owls, and soul care containers

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I've always looked at my ability to wake up without an alarm as a superpower: whether it's for my usual wake-up time (ungodly early) or from a power nap or just in time for my stop on a bus or train commute (truly, the gods watched over me when I used to take the Red Line into Chicago for culinary school!), I wake up without an alarm. Imagine my dismay when I recently heard someone say that thi...
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Gordon Lightfoot: coincidence or miracle?

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When I was growing up, we didn't have a television (no, I'm not THAT old—my parents just chose not to have one!) so we listened to the radio a lot. Some of my earliest memories are about being really terrorized by CBS Radio Mystery Theater. I also remember hearing certain songs on the radio. Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" was one of them, and it seemed to spend an inord...
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Scotland, self care, soul care … and social justice

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I'm "on holiday," as the people of the UK would say—spending two weeks touring Scotland. Diana Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie might be involved—no sightings yet, but stay tuned. For that reason, this week's blog post is just a quick check-in and a link to an article on Rewire for which I was recently interviewed: it covers a lot of what I talk about with my clients, namely that se...
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I’m going on a trip….

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After years of staycations, 2018 is becoming the year of traveling for me—and I've been thinking about the learning that comes from not just the trips themselves but the packing that goes into them. My first two big trips this year were by car, which is always nice because you don't have to consider what you take as much as you do when you travel by plane. Packing for overseas travel is alto...
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Is self care really the answer?

"Self care" has become a real buzzword in the past decade—and it can include anything from an hour (or a day) at the spa to meditating to practicing yoga to drinking green smoothies to slathering yourself, your pets, and your house with essential oils. I don't have anything against these activities in principle—well, you can probably tell by my aggressive use of sarcasm font that I might have s...
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Who are your VEEPs?

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Uh oh—am I really going to stray into politics on a health coaching blog? No, not entirely, but with the news focusing so much on the administration's attempt to rid the country of illegal immigrants and people starting to drop incendiary terms like "cleansing," I got to thinking about the concept on a more micro level. Cleanses and detoxes and decluttering are hot topics these days—and as t...
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Reclaim your flame

Reclaim Your Flame
The clubhouse doors are open at the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood online membership site, and last week, I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Tania Elfersy of The Wiser Woman on a Zoom call with our members. We covered a lot of ground on the call—from the Roman empire to the present day, from feminism to mindfulness to unicorn cupcakes! What really resonates with me in talking with Tania...
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