on labels and labeling

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I’ve always been someone who’s liked the definitive, direct, and decisive quality of labels. You know the ones I mean, like “Jewish.” “Vegan.” “Actress.” “Writer.” “Yogi.” These are all clear adjectives that describe someone enough to give others a sense of who they are and what they are about, what they believe in and what they do. For me, these labels have always been useful. They’ve given me a sense…

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Lessons From Wanderlust: On Being Present

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How has it been a month since I was away at Wanderlust and I AM STILL thinking about it/ dreaming of it/ missing it/ uncovering important lessons from it?! WOWOWOW. Everyone should go to Wanderlust and find themselves and discover life’s amazing lessons and be one with nature. Or something. So the thing I want to bring up with all of you amazingly wonderful people today has to do with…

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Lessons From Wanderlust: On Generosity

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Well namaste to you, my namapeeps! I am writing to you still high off of the incredible experience I had at Wanderlust in Stratton, Vermont a little more than a week ago. Trust me, you’d be high too if you’d just spent 4 days traipsing the sunny mountains, practicing yoga with some of the top teachers in the Western world, hiking through the mountains, running through the woods, and meditating…

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On Messiness

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Recently I started to read Rising Strong by Brené Brown, where she talks at length about the part of the experience of struggle that we as human beings (and generally polite members of society) mostly fail to discuss (when discussing struggle at all). She refers to it as “Day Two”(of three), or “Act Two” (of three) – in other words, the middle of the story where things are still messy and…

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On pressure

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Well hey NamaPeeps! This is my first post since changing my blogging schedule a few weeks back and I have to say… it was really nice not trying to cram a blog post in last week. Instead, I got some other things done and then allowed myself the time to (GASP!) sit outside in the gorgeous sun. I know… me? Relax? So weird. So while I may not be blogging…

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On Churning Butter

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A very wise person told me earlier this year, “You can do it all and have it all, but not all at once.” At the moment I was flustered, thinking – “Nah uh, sister. I am BETTER than that. I can do it all and have it all and be it all and WELL! Just watch!” Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to wise up and realize just how…

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A word to you on a Wednesday…

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You are beautiful. You are perfectly imperfectly beautiful. From this moment to the next, and every moment that came before. You are and you were right where you were supposed to be. You are stunning.  You are gorgeously stunning in all of your imperfect perfection. You radiate light and love and vibrance and strength and happiness. You emit darkness and sadness and sorrow and anger and heaviness. Your depth and your…

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5 Tips For Accepting and Dealing With Negative Emotions

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I’ve been SO happy for SO long (for me, anyway), that I almost forgot what it felt to feel like crap. I’ve been riding an up-wave for months, and it’s been so incredible, so invigorating, so refreshing that the depression I experienced last year felt like little more than a hazy dream. So this week, when the thunder crashed and my emotional walls began to crumble around me, a wave of terror…

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Why I’m Embracing My “Bad” Body Image

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I was squeezing my glutes together when I caught myself. Sweat dripping down my face, breath heavy, muscles clenched, I turned to check my form in the steamy mirror and the age old ritual began. Ugh, your stomach is really sticking out today. Why did you eat so much last night? Still have those love handles… maybe you should cut out the almond butter. Your shoulders are looking really broad…

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