Inner Power, Self-empowerment, feeling EMPOWERED – Meet the InPower Girls who know how to empower your InnerPower

Inner Power, Self-empowerment, feeling EMPOWERED – these are characteristics we hear a lot about these days and try to emulate.? But what is does it mean, exactly? What does it FEEL like to be IN your POWER Well, It’s one of those kind of things that you just KNOW when it happens, when it happens. And – it’s SO cool that once you’ve experienced it, you’ll want to stay with it. Feeling empowered, being IN your power is – well – powerful. That’s why I really dig what Melissa and Caroline at InPower are all about. This sister-team have come together to empower girls and women from the inside out, building the connection between the physical and emotional well-being of girls and women. In short – it’s not your typical therapy session – it’s multi-dimensional, weaving together health, confidence and overall life-balance. These two came from traditional therapeutic backgrounds, working in social services at grass-roots levels with real people in real crisis situations. Both have devoted their careers to working with young girls, teens, women and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, body-image, self-esteem and confidence issues. In addition to being social workers, Melissa became a Personal Trainer and Caroline a Yoga Instructor. In both their professional and personal lives they began to see how the profound connection between physical health and emotional wellbeing can bring about healthy change. These days, with the media constantly pushing selfie-mania, skinny bodies and bully-like attitudes, it’s easier than ever to lose sight of oneself, to get brought down by constantly comparing ourselves to the entire world, and to never feel... read more

Interview with Justyn of FLYY: First Love Yourself Yoga

Interview with Justyn of FLYY: First Love Yourself Yoga Yoga here, yoga there, yoga everywhere… Seems I even saw it in a car commercial of all places. For those who practice yoga, the answers to WHY are totally self-evident, and the Ah-HAH moments are the greatest natural high, life-affirming moments you may ever realize. For those who do not practice yoga YET, it may be inspiring to hear what yoga’s purpose is, rather than what commercials and social media make of it. Personally I love yoga, but NOW I love it for reasons I could never have predicted years back. Like most people I wanted to learn yoga because I wanted to move – and to look – like that. But at the same time, I was totally intimidated because I was fairly certain I’d NEVER be able to move – or look – like that! Yoga can be very intimidating, especially this day in age when many a yoga studio is filled with Type-A personalities decked out in their LuluLemons and their bodies are clean, green, lean machines, and the energy can often be intimidating or competitive in practices that focus mainly on the physical. Just a little reminder folks; yoga was NOT originally intended to be this way and it’s more of a western world phenomenon to be so body conscious and perfection driven. This is why Justyn of @FirstLoveYourselfYoga (follow her instagram for daily inspo) caught my attention one day as I perused through the thousands of yogi posts on Instagram. I won’t lie, she’s amazing at inversions so I was immediately drawn to her pictures... read more

Motivation Mirror – Step Into Your Dreams: Vision Boards Go 3d

     If we were only born with owners manuals, or how-to-guides, life would be so much easier and probably a lot more awesome! We spend a solid portion of our lives aimlessly wandering through life’s challenges; body issues, relationships, money, the pursuit of happiness. There is one “trick” I wish they would teach us when we are little, at our most authentic and creative selves. I wish they would teach the power of vision boarding. A vision board (also called a dream board) is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. They are powerful beyond words and do amazing things for the individual spirit. #InsideScoop: I made one like four years ago, then lost it, then found it again. I was BLOWN away by every little detail that had actually manifested! I thought I was a believer in vision boards then, but now I preach that stuff!       Regular vision boarding is transformative. It basically calibrates the inner spirit. After all, it is SO easy to get lost and run down by life’s random burdens, we need to recalibrate often or we get off track, lose momentum and self-esteem, forget our purpose all together. It works on a very deep subconscious level, like basically programming the brain to make your dreams come true. SOOO – when I saw BetteBMX’s “Motivation Mirror” on Instagram I was suddenly awestruck at how cool it was and wanted to make one immediately! Seriously inspiring! You are IN the vision, you just went 3d. How cool is that??!   Name: Bette White Age: 24 Passion:... read more

Hug Yourself + Love Yourself = HEAL YOURSELF with Rachel VanKoughnet

     People who live by their own standards of Happy and Smart always light up the room and I truly dig that. Some could argue that being happy isn’t all its cracked up to be, or what’s the big deal anyway..?? But then when you actually try to apply “HAPPY” to your daily routine, day-in and day-out, it can be an honest challenge. We all get bombarded by life’s bs. Dealing with people and society can be a real drag sometimes, let alone our own individual human issues. So, the spirit gurus of our day, the ones who set out on their own volition to make a difference, to change the world from sad to glad, are always fascinating to me. It’s one thing to be a celebrity and occasionally reach out to lift others up, be a role model, motivate, inspire or guide — but it’s another to put yourself out there as a lone soldier sounding one positive beat at a time in hopes you’ll touch at least one persons life in a positive way. AND – you gotta be Smart about taking care of yourself in order to be effective.      Rachel VanKoughnet does just that, and she’s so genuine, unmanufactured and un-commercial, that’s she’s caught my eye as a true #HappySmart woman whose “girl next door” persona makes you want to hurry over for a girls night of chic-flicks, shared stories and lotsa boxes of kleenex to soak up the tears from all the laughing and crying. She’s recreating her life to live it as she wishes it to be. She’s writing, directing and *starring*... read more

The self-promotion of Self-Hate – CAUTION: GRAPHIC

CAUTION GRAPHIC CONTENT: Do you know what this is? This is a snapshot of social media in the lives of our teens. This isn’t to say that EVERY teen is doing what you see here. But I can guarantee you that every teen sees this on their Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr, Kik, etc. This perpetuation of bullying, negativity, judgmental, mindset is creating a culture of teens obsessed with feeling miserable. Kids are feeling depressed, expressing their depression on social media and other kids continue to then condemn and bully them into a perpetuated cycle of self-loathing. It’s terribly disturbing because this isn’t so much about a child that is from an abused family or a child that is slightly “dark” in their self-expression. THIS is beyond that. This is girl’s OBSESSED with being THIN and constantly comparing themselves to one another, images they find in social media and then finding an entire community that perpetuate this mindset. Not only that but this trend to #hashtag every post, feeling, image of self-hatred and self-harm and self-judgment drives home the negative mindset to take it steps further. Bulimia (#mia), Anorexia (#ana) and Eating Disorders (#ed) are intermingling with Suicide attempts (#sue) and Self Harm (#cutting) – it’s over the top! #anorexia 1,715,847 posts #ana 2,949,799 posts (There is a Content Advisory pop-up that states: “These posts may contain graphic content. For information and support with eating disorders, visit #mia 3,106,243 posts (same advisory pop-up) #thygap 38,778 posts #sue and #suicide 1,789,685 posts (There is a Content Advisory pop-up that states: “These posts may contain graphic content. For information and support with... read more

An Interview About Eating Disorders: Krista Barlow

An Interview About Eating Disorders: Krista Barlow Krista Barlow struggled with anorexia and bulimia through high school and college. Understanding more about the diseases helped her to overcome them. She hopes to help others by sharing her story. Learn more about these conditions in this candid and personal interview. Please explain what anorexia and bulimia are. A person with anorexia nervosa (an-uh-RECK-see-uh nur-VOH-suh), often called anorexia, has an eating disorder in which that person has an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he may be too thin. Bulimia nervosa (buh-LEE-me-ah nur-VOH-suh), often called bulimia, is also a type of eating disorder. A person with bulimia eats a lot of food in a short amount of time (binging) and then tries to prevent weight gain by getting rid of the food (purging). Purging might be done by making yourself throw up or by taking laxatives. (Laxatives are pills or liquids that speed up the movement of food through your body and lead to a bowel movement.)   In my experience, anorexia and bulimia are both eating disorders that are rooted in a poor self-perception and body image. Usually the binging from bulimia is done with junk food or foods you feel “guilty” about eating because they are not typically healthy. These foods make you feel good for a short amount of time but then you realize that you’ve eaten too much and want to get rid of it.  How did you become anorexic and bulimic? My condition started near the end of my... read more


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