The Media Makes Me Sick - Looking at you E!

For those of you who don't indulge in celebrity news, allow me to bring you up to date on a little something currently brewing. Simon Cowell, former host of American Idol, recently found out that he is going to be a father. The mother, Lauren Silverman, is currently married to Cowell's friend.Needless to say, the media jumped all over this delicious scandal. The next logical step was to find out what kind of shady background they could dig up on Silverman, cause, you know, she obviously did this all on her own. AHEM....more
@Pumpykinmom That's a whole other blog post right there Pumpykinmom!more

For Family and Friends of Abuse Survivors

How are you supporting the abuse survivor in your life?Really think about that for a moment. Perhaps you support them in your heart, but do they know that? Do they feel your support? If yes, are you sure?...more

On Your Purpose in Life and the Boston Marathon Story

Do me a favor. Right now. Put your hand on your heart.Do you feel that? It's purpose.You are here for a purpose.This isn't always easy to believe. It's not always easy to see. In fact, in your darkest moments, when you have been pushed to your limits,  it is easy to be convinced that the world would be better off without you. That it would be easier to to check out in any multitude of ways, be it drugs, alcohol, getting lost in another addiction, self-sabotaging or even taking your own life....more

On Choosing to Live Life

Today, I attended the viewing for a funeral that is set to take place tomorrow. The deceased was the husband of a former co-worker of mine. He had recently returned from a trip to Europe and seemed to have caught the flu. It wasn't long before his body started to shut down and he was gone. He was only 32. Besides his wife, he also left behind a 5 month old son....more

Steubenville Rape Trial: The Disturbing Reaction from Teens

Today, I had the good fortune to hear about a teacher who goes over current events with her high schools students. The latest topic: The Steubenville Rape Trial. I thought, "What a great opportunity to raise awareness about a horrible crime and actually have some discussion!" But when I heard how the students reacted, the males in particular, I was stunned. They didn't think the boys on trial had done anything wrong....more

5 Warnings Signs of an Abusive Relationship

In the first post for our month long series on Healthy Relationships, I want to share 5 signs of an abusive relationship. These are by no means all-inclusive. If your "gut check" tells you something doesn't feel right, trust it.*Note: I will be using pronouns that imply that the male is the abuser and the female is the victim, however we know that this in not always the case. The same rules apply when the genders are reversed and also in same-sex relationships....more

A Series On Healthy Relationships

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A Few Thoughts On Healthy Eating

That sounds like a fun topic, right?I know, I know. There are a million different resources online for how to eat healthy, what diet to follow, what to avoid, the list goes on.I'm not hear to tell you which diet to follow. I'm not hear to tell you to lose weight. Just to provide a little bit of inspiration for a healthier diet in general....more

Yoga and the Practice of Letting Go

I started taking yoga classes this past summer. I took a few months off while my instructor found a new location and readjusted her schedule, but got back into the swing of things last Saturday.There are numerous health benefits associated with yoga and everyone has different goals for themselves while practicing it. At the beginning of every session, the instructor asks us to set an intention for the class. This is something we keep to ourselves and reflect on....more

Julianne Hough and Responsibility

In February's issue of Cosmo, singer/dancer/actress Julianne Hough reveals that she "was abused, mentally, physically, everything" while a student at Italia Conti Academy of Arts, an elite boarding school in England. She says the abuse started when she was 10 years old, and says it got worse "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."...more