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Rooted Joy

Not to be a party pooper, but I think enthusiasm is overrated. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for genuine joy and elation. But there's also this other kind of enthusiasm that we paint on our faces when we want folks to like us or we think we're being polite. You know, like when you run into someone you haven't seen in a while at the grocery store. You may feel distracted and tired after a long day, but you still muster up ... Read More

Three ways to boost your Blood (and why it’s so important)

The other day, I hit a wall. I was laying on the couch, surrounded by papers and dirty lunch dishes, trying to organize my to-do list. I was so tired I couldn't think straight, and everything felt much more overwhelming than it ... Read more »

Extra Strength Grounding

If you're feeling frazzled or scattered these days, it's totally understandable. The events of the past week (on top of the last year) are enough to throw anyone for a loop. This calls for some extra strength grounding. In this video, I'll show ... Read more »

A Light in the Dark

How's your pilot light? No, not that kind... I'm referring to the eternal flame, deep in your lower belly. That proverbial light is an aspect of the Water Element in Chinese medicine, and it relates to your strength and your will to ... Read more »

Fall into Winter

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When things don’t go as planned…

Sooner or later, an appointment will be forgotten. Dishes will stack. Good food will go bad. It happens to all of us—especially when we've got a lot on our plates. The more we add, the harder it is to manage, and inevitably, ... Read more »

Unlovable Blues Radio

It all starts with a casual remark. Something like, "I could never look good in yoga pants," "My arms are too flabby," or "My hair is so dull and boring." Maybe your friend chimes in, "Well, my butt is too big, and my ... Read more »

Skin and Bones

That's me in the red shirt with my mom and step-dad in Florida in 1996. I was 22 years old and weighed 72 lbs. We flew there to see a doctor—as a last-ditch effort to save my life. It all started four years ... Read more »

Good Enough

My father was a craftsman in every sense of the word. Whether he was restoring a Victorian home or building an outhouse in the Maine woods, he always did everything "just right."  His corners were square, he never missed a detail, and ... Read more »

The Hidden Beauty of Grief

Little A loved waving hello. Her chubby little arm would shoot out with fingers outstretched whenever she'd see us. Even our dog Zola would get an enthusiastic wave whenever they'd cross paths. Waving goodbye, on the other hand, was a different ... Read more »

How to Choose Food That’s Right for You

Ever hear this nutrition advice? "Avoid carbs!" "Eat whole grains!" "Go vegan!" "Eat meat!" "Trim that fat!" "Eat more fat!" "Cook your food" "Go Raw!" It's no wonder these polarized opinions create such confusion, anxiety, and overwhelm. Don't get me wrong, there are some ... Read more »

Braving the Thaw

Have you ever felt antsy and unsettled as you move from winter into spring? Maybe even frustrated or impatient as something begins to stir deep inside of you? If so, you're not alone. According to the Five Element tradition of Chinese medicine, ... Read more »
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