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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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Do your own (!@#$%) dishes!

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Why...was it always my responsibility to turn on the stove and begin to think about my family's food needs, even when I wasn't hungry? Why couldn't my husband get the dinner preparations started? Why did my family seem to be almost totally paralyzed when it came to preparing a meal? Why did they all wait in the kitchen, as though unable to set the table or pour a glass of water, until I came into ...
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My cat got eaten by a coyote…

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As a "wellpreneur" who works with clients online and by phone/Skype as well as in person, I spend a fair amount of time marketing my services online, mostly through my own website and on social media platforms. I'm not an early adopter of social media, and Snapchat—which I have because my kids like to use it—still confuses the heck out of me. But I check in regularly on Facebook (which, I was d...
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A way forward | Getting past nonstarters

I mentioned a few weeks ago that at my house, we're going through a Hamilton phase, and I can't help but view the current debates about health care as just one example of how little has changed in politics: [HAMILTON] James Madison won’t talk to me, that’s a nonstarter. [WASHINGTON] Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder. [HAMILTON] They’re being intransigent. [WASHINGTON] You h...
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Dear Wonder Woman…

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Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? It’s definitely been a hot topic of conversation at my house this summer, and it’s getting rave reviews from a lot of critics. My own impression was that this movie made sense and was extremely enjoyable even as someone who did not grow up on comic books or TV shows based on them—something previous superhero movies have utterly failed to do for me. The name “W...
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Mind. Blown.

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Time for a shout-out to all the guys: Happy Father's Day! Thank you to all the dads, dads-to-be, stepdads, grandfathers, foster fathers, AND all those who father and mentor us. Recently, in getting ready to issue an invitation to women, I went through the process of "segmenting" my email list—dividing it into different groups so that I can make my message relevant to each group. I was pleasa...
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Finding your tribe | Are you my people?

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A business coach I work with recently posted a question on her Facebook page, asking what word is so overused in our respective industries that we might just scream the next time we hear it. This generated a lot of answers and no small amount of hilarity: robust, mindfulness, intention, resonate, alignment, stuck, leverage, impactful, synergy, takeaway, mirror (ha—yes, you'll recognize some of my ...
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Do less better.

Today marks the beginning of a series of workshops my collaborator, Holly Southerland, and I are calling Month of Margin. The goal of the workshops is to help women create margin in their external and internal environments by a three-step process of decluttering, organizing, and improving efficiency. What is "margin?" Richard Swenson explains it mathematically as Margin = Power - Load. That's s...
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Are you cancelable?

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When I was being certified as a health coach, I live-streamed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's live events, which are weekend long extravaganzas of top speakers from the world of health and wellness. Once, I was surprised to see that one of the speakers lined up for the day was Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame. What could she possibly have to say about health and wellness? It...
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Self-care + Happy Stockholders!

I wrote this for a wonderful networking group I am privileged to belong to—if you're an entrepreneur looking for a facilitated referral team, check out Caerusnet (and if there isn't one in your area, you can be trained as a facilitator and start your own)! Although the post is written for entrepreneurs, it's just as relevant for those of us who are overscheduled professionals, parents, employees.....
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Eat Drink Man Woman | Of kitchens, frog farming, video games, and upset cards

Long before he really made a splash as the director of blockbusters such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee made two of my all-time favorite food movies, Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet.  If you plan to check them out, make sure you have LOTS of good Chinese food on hand. Sorry, takeout won't really cut it, but you can find some simple recipes for heal...
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What media messages do you ingest?

As an integrative nutrition health coach, I spend a lot of time working with clients to identify their ideal nutritional choices - the ones that nourish their bodies in a way that helps them reach their physical health goals, whether it's weight loss or getting some numbers in a better place. But we probably spend even more time working on their lifestyle choices - how to get an adequate amount o...
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Learning to speak a new (love) language

I recently finished reading Gary Chapman's The 5 Love Languages, a book that is delightful in its simplicity and yet has the potential to be profoundly life-changing. (And as a former language instructor, I immediately appreciated his concept!) Chapman's premise about creating "love that lasts" is that every one of us speaks one of five basic love "languages" - Words of Affirmation, Quality Time,...
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Rewrite the script

Have you ever listened to your personal script? The one that dictates how every situation will play out because that’s what always happens? The one that spills out in words and makes sure that the situation plays out the way it’s supposed to? The one you’re so very, very tired of because it just makes you … more tired? Parenting a 10-year-old and a teenager involves many such scenes, each one usu...
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