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Greetings! After a fairly lengthy blogging break, I'm happy to be back, chatting with you about my passion: Helping women and girls see themselves and their potential in new ways. Thank you for your patience with me as I took some time off. Today, as we head into a whole new year, I'm reflecting on why the most important part of sticking to goals in the coming year might just be planning -- and forgiving ourselves -- for those times when we don't stick to our plan. As always, I hope you'll share your thoughts with me. I look forward... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
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Today, I'm blogging about what all that back-to-school appearance angst might really be about over at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging over at Psychology Today on what it takes to start a revolution. Hint: Less than you think. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
Got a vulnerable teen in the house? Remembering where you fell on the "line of importance" can help you deal. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
Dear Readers, I'm finally back after experiencing some technical issues with the blog -- thank you so much for your patience. Here's my latest Psychology Today piece, inspired by a conversation with my hair stylist about why it's so hard to accept ourselves as we are. Would love to hear your thoughts! Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging over at Psychology Today about what girls need most from their moms when it comes to body image. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
The year 2012 officially marks five years since my very public weight loss as Shape magazine's Weight-Loss Diary columnist. I wish I could tell you that I've easily kept off all the pounds I worked so hard to lose. But that wouldn't be true. Head over to Psychology Today to read the rest of this post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today's guest post comes from Laurie Lethert Kocanda, who with her co-author, Kara Douglass Thom, has written a new book called Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life As a Fit Mom. Here, Kocanda focuses on a couple of subjects that are near and dear to my heart -- the myth that we can be "perfect" (whether it's our bodies or our parenting skills) and the importance of creating the time and space in our lives to be a good example to our kids. Read on for some great advice and food for thought from Kocanda and Thom... Goodbye, Mother... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, author and colleague Laura Laing stops by with a great take on why it's so important to monitor the messages we send to our kids. Read on...and thanks, Laura! I was a great high school student. I did well in all of my classes (Okay, so I did fail band that one grading period because I didn’t turn in my practice sheets.). I was a responsible and eager student. But there was one subject that was a challenge for me: French. I tried. I really did. But for whatever reason, the most romantic of all of the romance languages... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
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Does your daughter want a sexy costume this year? Are you saying yes? My take on Halloween, sexiness and young girls at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging about a new body image study and why if you can't say something nice about your body, you shouldn't say anything at all at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
A new children's book is sparking a bit of outrage in the blogosphere. I haven't read it, but here's what I think about the concept. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Have you been following the buzz on Jess Weiner's piece in Glamour magazine? The flurry of responses in the blogosphere inspired this post at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
You can learn a lot about body image from...your dog. Here's what mine taught me. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Are you too concerned with being nice, accommodating others and being seen as ladylike? Here's why you might be hurting your body image. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Change is tough, but sometimes, the toughest part is giving ourselves permission to be different. Check out today's post on change at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Are you quick to believe the worst about yourself? About others? Today, I'm blogging about our assumptions and what my horoscope had to say on the subject recently. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging about how shifting our thoughts about our bodies is entirely up to us at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Thanks for bearing with me while a took a blogging break over the past few weeks. Today, I'm blogging about how each of us has the right to define what's normal for us and what makes us feel "enough" at Psychology Today. Would love to hear your thoughts on this! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging about body bullying over at Psychology Today. Would love to hear your feedback on this topic! Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging about a recent shopping experience and wondering if a dress is more than just a dress at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
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Today, I'm blogging about self-esteem, body image and "damage" over at Psychology Today. Thanks for reading! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Today, I'm blogging about the labels we "stick" on our kids over at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
Are you all caught up in royal wedding madness? I can remember getting up in the middle of the night -- or so it felt -- to watch Prince Charles marry Lady Diana back when I was in middle school. Today, I'm musing about the "princess" label over at Psychology Today. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...
We've all got those little voices inside us -- the ones that tell us what we can and can't do. The question is: Which one will you listen to? Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at you'd be so pretty if...