By: karengray | July 01, 2019

National Bikini Day falls on July 5, and it’s the perfect opportunity to head to the beach. National Bikini Day celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the two-piece bathing suit. It’s also the perfect opportunity to talk about building up self confidence. Even if you don’t plan to show up in a bikini, you can create unbreakable confidence with resources you already have.


Self confidence is important in almost every aspect of our lives. It makes it easier to connect with other people, and it tends to create positive results. Most people are more likely to be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, looks you in the eye, and answers questions confidently than someone who is nervous, fumbling, and overly apologetic.


What Is Self Con...

Category: Emotional Wellness 

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By: karengray | May 07, 2019

May 6th was "International No Diet Day" , and it began in 1992 with a woman who decided to fight back. British feminist Mary Evans Young battled anorexia, body image issues, and bullying for years.


Young invited her friends to wear “Ditch That Diet” stickers and fully embrace their bodies for a day. She had no idea it would spark a global movement. May 6 became a day to put away your scales, wear your light blue ribbons, and simply enjoy who you are. But you don’t have to wait until next year to start changing the way you feel about yourself.


Why it's Important to Love You

I will often share with my weight loss clients that I love my body, in all of its transitions, its imperfections, and squishiness. I love it SO MUCH that I do some...

By: karengray | April 01, 2019

This week I’d like to share with you a beautiful piece written by Julie Santos, a program strategist from Costa Rica, and published in March of 2019 in Thrive Global. I hope that moms who are experiencing their own postpartum depression will find comfort in Julie’s story, and useful, practical survival techniques in my notes following her piece.


Julie shares her insight and experience with how to thrive in the aftermath of postpartum depression. After her story, I have included some information about how these symptoms and challenges can be eased.


Maybe you are a woman who is past your own postpartum experience, or maybe you are a man or a woman that cares about a someone who may be experiencing postpartum depression. This story and...

By: karengray | February 12, 2019

Basically, you are the smartest person you know, and you believe everything you say.

 

What you say to yourself is extremely important. When you tell yourself something, either positive or negative, you are reinforcing that idea. And just like those famous drooling dogs of Pavlov’s, that continuous reinforcement makes those positive or negative statements of yours real.

 

Not only that, but negative self talk is further reinforced by the negativity of others. If your own inner dialogue is constantly putting you down, you are more likely to believe others if they put you down, and to not believe the ones who compliment you.

 

Of course, the opposite is true. When you build and maintain a strong self esteem and a positive inner dialo...