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A Daughter's Gift of Love

It’s a well known axiom that in order to love others, you must first love yourself. And it’s also a well known fact that loving yourself is nearly always easier said than done. What does it even mean to love ourselves? How do we do it? How do we know if we are doing it? This post is deeply personal to me, because self-love is something I have struggled with for most of my life. I don’t think I’m unusual in that I’m very self critical. In my training, the way we perceive the world outside of ourselves is a direct result of the way we perceive our word internally. Therefore, our thoughts about ourselves color the way we perceive and interact with the world outside of ourselves. For me, being a

I AM A BIRTHING GODDESS: Creating the birth that you want

You know those stories of women who say, “I didn’t even know I was in labor!” They have to either be delusional or totally out of touch, right? Wrong! You can do it, too, and here’s how. My first born was quite the experience. 18 hours of natural back labor (he finally turned from the sunny side up position after 14 hours of labor). I did it at the hospital with a midwife. I got to labor in the bathtub. But I also got family members I didn’t want there wandering in and out of my room. I got to have my son taken from me only minutes after birth to be “warmed” (because skin to skin contact with Mommy clearly isn’t the best way to stay warm...sigh). My family descended into the room as

Why Purity Matters

I have a confession. I’m a purity snob. Like seriously, annoyingly, self-righteously a pain in the ass. I come to this affliction naturally. When you are a highly sensitive person with highly sensitive children, you research everything and take it to the Nth degree. But if you aren’t like my family? Should everyone be as careful as the most sensitive among us? I say YES, and here’s a breakdown of why you might want to consider a “hippy” lifestyle like us. The first point it’s important to consider is that we are living in the most toxic environment in the history of the world---mankind is exposed to more synthetic chemicals every day then ever before, and most of those chemicals have not b

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