What is Self Forgiveness

      Yesterday, I spoke about being compassionate to ourselves. Today’s topic continues with what is self-forgiveness?I think this is going to be a huge evaluation, because many times I haven’t forgiven myself for things I have done, often I have bottled up my feelings and have felt shame and guilt.So what is Self-Forgiveness anyway?...more

Narrow Mindedness and Mental Illness

I’ve had to deal with the narrow-mindedness of people the last couple of days regarding everything you can think of. However, when someone throws in my personal mental health and toss words around like “padded room” and “sectioned” my back really gets up. Clearly, when someone hears that you have a mental illness or your mental health, even in today’s day and age, the assumption is we and I use it as a collective term, are lumped into one big box. This is wrong....more

More Wellness in My Life #17

Each Friday I'm talking about changes I'm making in my life towards more wellness. After all, wellness and health isn't just about going to the gym. It's not just about physical fitness, it's also about lifestyle changes or improvements. It's about overall wellness and how I'm working to achieve more of it in my life....more

BODY SHAMING - PSA

Could someone give me a hand while I crawl up here on top of my soap box? I need to get something off of my chest. Body shaming is body shaming no matter if you are calling someone fat or too skinny or a pig or whatever.I'm so sick of seeing crap like this: ...more

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis ~ A Guest Post by a Breast Cancer Survivorhttp://www.thescooptoahealthylife.com/wp-content/uploads/20

Guest Post: Stacy DumasOctober 25, 2007 was my Dad’s seventy-third birthday. It was also the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was forty-four years old, the mother of four beautiful children and had less than a 10% probability of ever having cancer, according to the leading experts....more

July 2014 Life Favorites

July has come and gone by far too fast. There have been many exciting adventures this past month. Two of which were presentations for school. This month, around the 15th, I will officially be done with my Master's program. I am excited and a little nervous about this new chapter in my life. I plan on working in my field and then someday pursuing a doctorates (hopefully, and well into the future). I am excited about all the new changes that are about to unfold in my life and am optimistic about the future. ...more

More Wellness In My Life (Gym Update #12)

It's Friday once again and I'm talking about changes I'm making in my life towards more wellness. After all, it's not just about going to the gym. It's not just about physical fitness, it's also about lifestyle changes or improvements. It's about overall wellness and how I'm working to achieve more of it in my life....more

Food Allergy Awarness

Since we talk about food here on Kitchen Dreaming, we felt it was important to also talk about food allergies. ...more

When You're all Alone, Do You Like Your Body Image?

I watched Colbie Calliat’s amazing new video Try over the weekend. It literally brought me to tears. I immediately showed it to my three daughters, followed by this video from last year which shows an average-sized woman getting photo-shopped into a model. It was time to teach them about the real world....more

Gym Update #10

Happy 4th of July!!This week I'm sharing a few of our most recent food habit changes. In case you're wondering, there's no new news about my going to the gym. We are house hunting, we'd like to move into a house by the end of the month (or sooner)! That is taking up my evenings, yet I'm very excited about the prospect of a house to live in and definitely ready to move from our current apartment. Nonetheless, we have done pretty well with our newest food habits....more