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Finding extraordinary in the ordinary

Finding extraordinary in the ordinary

Yogis know that each asana {yoga posture} represents elements of life and carries with it spiritual learnings to connect us closer to the divine (God for me!) nature and one another. To me one of the most underrated poses is tadasana or “mountain.” Prescribed as […]

Social Anxiety ~ please don’t judge me!

Social Anxiety ~ please don’t judge me!

It’s the holiday season and among the hectic preparation is the anticipation of party invites and the who’s who of partygoers and hosts. Every year it’s a stressful conundrum for me as I weigh the thrill of an invitation against the anxiety of walking into […]

To kegel or not to kegel. The pressure’s on.

To kegel or not to kegel. The pressure’s on.

Warning ladies ~ it’s about to get personal. And if you’re a guy. Well just click off. Now. You’ve been warned. As a woman over 50 who gave birth to 4 children, I’ve held the fear that a simple sneeze or cough can unleash an […]

The many faces of God

The many faces of God

Say the name God and your mind will quickly conjure up any number of images and impressions that were formed over time through the influence of your parents, your church, the media and perhaps your own personal experiences of love, hardships or loss. It’s embarrassing […]

10 things I learned as a mother

10 things I learned as a mother

When you’re starting a family you read all sorts of books and articles on parenting and seek advice from experienced moms in an effort to raise happy, well-adjusted kids. No matter how much research you do though, it’s still on the job training. With my […]

I should have been a nun

I should have been a nun

Let me reintroduce you to my mother ~ the delightfully crazy but lovable Italian lady who is quite possibly the most nervous mother I’ve ever met. Case in point, our neighbors who lived directly across the street from us love to tell the story of […]

The one time Oprah was wrong

The one time Oprah was wrong

My crush on Oprah began long before #WCW was a thing. More than money or fame, I envy her ability to inspire others to think about self-improvement, happiness and personal fulfillment in bold and compelling new ways. In fact, I can’t think of anyone who’s […]

I’m out of my mind!

I’m out of my mind!

You should be too. It’s 3:37 am and I’m jolted awake by some random, alarming thought or dream. Suddenly I’m spiraling with apprehension moving from regret to worry to anxiety about things that have or have not yet happened. Every feeling is enormous, uncontrollable and […]

Counting my blessings

Counting my blessings

Growing up with an Italian, Catholic mother is about as stereotypical as you can imagine. She… made a mean meatball idolized her sons never missed weekend Mass ruled the house with the swing of a spatula But my mother was also my first philosopher and […]

When less is more

When less is more

One misconception that’s blocked me over the years is the idea that to be fulfilled you must add more to your plate. So in my pursuit to be a better career woman, stronger mother and more faithful person I took on more obligations. I chaired […]