When I heard this statement, this mantra, while doing pigeon pose during a beautiful yoga practice with Chelsey Korus, I teared up and then really, truly relaxed. For me, pigeon pose is tricky because my hips do NOT want to open (thank you, Catholic upbringing?), but if I can just let go, it feels so… Read More It was never mine to carry.
Never fear, this isn’t an article about how Hurricane Irma brought out the best and the worst in humanity, or a “hindsight is 20-20” list of what to do and what not to do to prepare for a storm. I mean, I could write all that if you’re dying to read about it, but a… Read More Revelations from Irma**
I’m feeling pretty hardcore when it comes to self care lately. Ye ol’ anxiety has reared its ugly head extra ugly recently – if I’m honest, August was the WORST – so I’m all in. Loving myself and getting zen like a BOSS. Because I’m so over this nonsense. I hesitated to write this post… Read More Baby I’m Worth It.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a big rule follower. I’m comfortable with a black and white version of what is right and wrong, allowed and not allowed, good and bad. Since the world is not black and white; but rather shades of gray… and purple and magenta and enough other flashing bright colors… Read More All the Rules and All the Guilt
Ever feel like you have things completely figured out? You are ROCKING this life thing like a boss? Nah, me neither. I don’t know a damn thing. I question every decision I make, and blame myself HARD for every struggle. Do you know that for awhile, I was convinced I had an incurable illness, and… Read More On anger, guilt, fear, and shame. But most of all, faith.
I like to look put together. I’m no fashion model, and my hair and makeup routine is pretty efficient, but I have the basics down. Earrings are a must. Hair wrestled into straight lines or pulled back, enough makeup to look even-toned and bright-eyed. Outfit pulled together and un-spilled-upon (at least to start). Ready to… Read More Pulled Together on the Inside
Welcome to the very first GUEST BLOGGER post on Starfish Diaries! I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the talented, brilliant, hilarious Emilie Castro, who I have been so lucky to know for the vast majority of my life. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good… Read More Guest Blogger Emilie Castro: In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month
“Stop worrying about whether you’re doing it right, because you’re probably not.” I heard some version of this quote on a podcast recently, in a discussion about the best advice one had ever gotten from a yoga teacher. I loved it immediately, not only because it rings comically true for my yoga practice, but also… Read More How to shake a bad case of the “shoulds.”
As a person with anxiety, I find that I have to be a vigilant gatekeeper for the information that I allow myself to digest. For example, I am very careful not to read books or watch movies that are very sad or very scary. Scratch that- even a little sad or a little scary. I’m… Read More The Vigilant Gatekeeper: protecting myself from anxiety triggers, and fun facts about popcorn.
*Warning. This post describes a panic attack, as I’ve experienced them. If you are struggling with mental health and easily triggered, please be aware that this could bring up intense feelings, and carefully decide whether it is the right time for you to have that experience. This is different from my usual posts, but it’s… Read More Anatomy of a Panic Attack*