All posts filed under: woman well loved

What To Do About Trump: Some Practical Steps for Today

The neo-Nazis are marching across our cities, the country is run by an under-qualified liar, and we’re polluting our natural resources with all sorts of poisons (and that’s not to mention threats of nuclear war). It’s easy to feel helpless or hopeless so I thought I’d put together a few practical action steps we can take right away. Heal your primary relationships We’re going to need to be a united front against all the darkness that is being uncovered. That means we need to have strong and unbreakable bonds with our parents, our children, our bosses, our boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, and friends. Any unfinished business is a key to our personal healing and growth. Take a look at a few of your relationships that could be healthier, and take a step to making it better. For most of us, this means starting the therapy we’ve been procrastinating on. But it may not need to be a professional, find a person in your life who’s willing and able to listen without judgement and whose feedback you …

The Hypocrisy of American Racism

I wrote this post a couple of months ago when 31 American states said they would refuse admittance to Syrian refugees.  This made me deeply angry, not only because states DO NOT have the power to do this (the Federal government decides who can and can’t immigrate to the United States, and refugees can move to whatever state they want to) but because I am ashamed to be part of a country where racism and selfishness have become something to take pride in. If we intend to stay a “super power” in the Aquarian age we’ll need to hold our morality to the same high standards that we do hold economic growth.  **** We are born onto this earth with nothing save for what our circumstances provide. For some of us that is quite a lot, but for most of us it is hardly anything. From that moment on we are making choices. The choice to fight or give up, to share or to withhold, to complain or to have gratitude. As humankind we made choices. We took our planet inhabited with many different species and divide it up with lines. We …

Successful Careers for Women: Do We Sabotage Ourselves?

There have been many articles over the years and of late dealing with the issue of women wanting to “have it all” – a career and a family life.  So I was extremely excited to find Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook’s commencement speech to Barnard College graduates on May 8, 2011, which shed incredible new light on the issue. Sheryl is 42 years-young and happily married with two kids. In the meantime she’s been Chief of Staff of the U.S. Treasury, Vice President at Google, and now COO at Facebook, where she’s credited with turning the social network from “just another MySpace” into a $104 billion dollar company. (Regardless of your feelings about Facebook,) Sheryl has some extraordinarily insightful things to say to women about sticking with their careers and “having it all.” Many of us would be happy raising five wonderful kids and spending a lifetime devoted to home, family, and friends. But almost every person I know has a yearning not only to have a family but to give their unique …

Independence Day: Here’s to Your Freedom

Happy Independence Day. Here’s to freedom from fear, bad habits, unconscious self-sabotage, and hypocrisy! Freedom from ignorance, poor self esteem, and depression! Here are some quotes about independence, to help us celebrate: “Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.” ― Thomas Davidson “She might be without country, without nation, but inside her there was still a being that could exist and be free, that could simply say I amwithout adding a this, or a that, without saying I am Indian, Guyanese, English, or anything else in the world.” ― Sharon Maas, Of Marriageable Age “Where we choose to be, where we choose to be–we have the power to determine that in our lives. We cannot reel time backward or forward, but we can take ourselves to the place that defines our being.” ― Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer “I love your independence, I love that you don’t swoon, I …

On Dead Bodies and Speaking Your Truth: A Note From Your Yoga Teacher

This week, I’m thrilled to host internationally-beloved yoga teacher and a woman-well-loved, Sarah Willis. Sarah teaches yoga with incredible mastery, humor, and the rare down-to-earth patience and understanding that provides the ultimate safe space for growth. She also hosts startlingly affordable life-changing yoga retreats in Mexico, where you have the pleasure of experiencing her loving guidance and patience in person, in paradise. Here she’ll talk about the science behind using our voices through chanting mantras: energy-based sounds that distill the power of our speech to create immense positive change and clarity for our bodies and minds! Over the years I’ve come to believe that a lot of what “holds me back” from manifesting my ideal self is a deep core belief that I’m not good enough, that I’m not loved, and that I don’t deserve to be great. What a load of bullshit, right? However, latent negative beliefs about ourselves are the most powerful tool we have for self-sabotage. It’s that quiet, hardly noticeable voice in our ear that says, “you can’t,” or whatever our specific …

Please Judge Me by My Shoes

By Katina Hubbard It’s true: I judge people’s shoes. Fortunately I don’t do it to place them in a master shoe hierarchy or a dichotomy of good and bad shoes, oh no, I am not capable of this sort of cranial computation. Instead, I learned to look at people’s shoes due to an extreme hippy upbringing that fostered all sorts of open-minded, non-judgmental behavior in me such as taking a bus into the Congo when I was 19 and having “heart-to-hearts” with strangers on New York City subways. Somewhere along the line I started using shoes as an indicator of where people are going and who they might be. And now I notice shoes in a borderline idiot savant sort of way. I actually remember people by their shoes and will regularly describe strangers as “the one wearing the tan loafers with dark laces” which has proved particularly unhelpful to some of my dearest male colleagues and counterparts. But I love shoes for the stories they hint at, how specific to space and time they …