Your Body is a Canvas

Lets face it. We all hate something about our bodies. Every one of us. I hate my tummy. I hate my flabby underarms, and my butt is flat.  But, I got some killer legs and awesome breasts. How can women look at themselves and find something about them that they love?...more

Letter To Myself

Dear Suzi,...more

Love Thyself

No matter how hard one may try, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the absurdity of the Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day.  I tried to find some deeper meaning behind February the 14th on Wikipedia, but alas, there is not much to it.  Love it or hate it, it’s not going anywhere, and the media and retail outlets are going to do their best to shove it down our throats.There’s nothing wrong with expressing our love to those we care about, but Valentine’s Day can really make you feel bad about yourself if you don’t have the right attitude about it.  First off, we don’t all need to be involved in relationships, and if we are, we shouldn’t be made to feel like we’re not loved enough if our significant other didn’t buy us ten pounds of chocolate, 20 carats worth of diamonds, a castle and a unicorn. As if the commercials and shopping malls weren’t bad enough, there’s always those people we know on social media who post a million pictures of the fancy dinner and giant teddy bear, and dozen roses that Mr. or Mrs. Right gave them, while they wax poetic about how perfect he/she is.  Honestly, good for them. It’s nice to see other people happy (if that’s the case, and not just a front for social media sake), but we don’t need to feel like less than a person if we’re not in the same boat.  So DON’T....more

Be a Better YOU

Hello readers! While I run a blog on health and nutrition, I decided to touch on a topic about how to be the healthiest you ever!...more

The Luna Park Mirror affect

I have just spent the last two days working on the floor in our Adelaide store in Norwood and whilst I thought I knew and had seen it all re the behaviours of women when endeavouring to purchase a new frock, now I'm not so sure. The South Australians really have it over the NZ girls as to having such a love/hate relationship with their body. What the hell is this about girls? Why is fat such a feminist issue? Either love and embrace what you have or change it. Only you can do this....more

Just Keep Swimming

I passed the GRE yesterday. I studied for two days over the weekend. I can't believe I passed.But I did.So now I get to go to grad school.Wait, wait. There's a moral to this story.So many times, as parents, we feel our entire selves being sucked away by life, adulthood, our responsibilities, the cleaning...dare I say it, the children.Who are we? What do we stand for? Where do we want to be? We only have so much time on this planet. What are we going to do with it?...more

A Public Service Announcement: I Respect Myself

It seems that as we meander through life we run into all sorts of people, some we call friends, some we call lovers and some we call acquaintances. We realize who we can count on when the chips are really down and we are really out because those are the people that will actually offer a hand to help us back up instead of slapping us back to the ground....more

Singing My Own Praises, and Maybe Yours, Too

The other day, I saw a comment in a forum from a member who had lost weight. She mentioned that she had changed her diet and had lost 50 pounds so far....more

Random Thoughts – Image

I am a Christian. Like many other Christians I believe God created people in his image. If God made me in his image than it is my responsibility to learn to love what I see in the mirror, even while my Temple is under construction.   For similar posts visit www.chasing-joy.com...more

10 Soul Nurturing Ideas for Busy Working Mothers

 Feeling like you want to escape to the bathroom to get a few minutes of alone time? You’re not alone.  In a recent poll, this counted as the top way busy working mothers tried to get a few minutes by themselves in their home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then try these tips to take a few minutes to nurture your soul. You’ll feel better afterwards!...more