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Before and After -- And You Know... The Middle 1

Before and After — And You Know… The Middle

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Remember the movie Pretty Woman? You know, the one from about 30 years ago (gulp, yes, it was that long ago) where Julia Robert’s character is rescued and transformed from being a paid escort to…

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Self-Care Means “Don’t Compare” 2

Self-Care Means “Don’t Compare”

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Theodore Roosevelt said: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And boy-howdy is it! Honestly, I don’t know if it’s perimenopause or turning 51 this Thursday (November 14th) or what, but there’s a WHOLE LOT of…

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Self-Care: What it REALLY Is 3

Self-Care: What it REALLY Is

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My theme at our Italian Retreat 2 weeks ago was “Self-Care”. When you get inspired to create something, you get called to live it in your own life. Alignment.Integrity.Trust.Leadership.Service. If you want to have any…

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Lessons from an Emergency Landing 4

Lessons from an Emergency Landing

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https://youtu.be/ggol_NuhSqE The video version of this story What’s been tapping on you… On your shoulderYour soulYour mind… About your health Your homeOr your habits? That thing that you keep waiting for more timeOr less holidays…

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I would have loved to have you in my life 5

I would have loved to have you in my life

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I would have loved to have you in my life But you didn’t love me for who I was So I was sad and thought there was something to fix in me I sought acceptance…

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Hashimoto’s and Spiritual Practice 6

Hashimoto’s and Spiritual Practice

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There is nothing that can transform us like revelation can. When we were blind about ourselves and then we see. The skies openAngels appearAnd they start to sing. It’s a NEW day. When something changes…

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Hashimoto's and Rest 7

Hashimoto’s and Rest

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Rest. It was such a 4-letter word for me. I didn’t want to do it as a kid (unless we got a gold star for it in Kindergarten)And I didn’t want to do it as…

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Hashimoto’s and Relationships 8

Hashimoto’s and Relationships

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There’s nothing quite so frustrating as sitting in your doctor’s office with all of your symptoms of hair falling off of your head (or growing out of your nipples… really??) stomach exploding with weapons of…

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Hashimoto’s and Supplements

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The top 5 Reasons We Avoid Taking Them As someone who went on a journey to find her healing in the midst of the hazy maze of Hashimoto’s 23 years ago, I know the value…

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“How are you?” (And Other Hard Hashimoto’s Questions to Answer)

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Hey Girlfriends,  How are you? What is your life like, right now?  It’s so interesting when someone asks me, “How are you?”  I wonder,  “Which answer do I give?”  And it’s not about giving ‘the…

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Hashimoto's and Exercise 9

Hashimoto’s and Exercise

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I was scared. Scared to get out of bed.Scared to get dressed.Scared to leave the house. When I was at my worst with Hashimoto’s more than 2 decades ago, my health turned me upside down…

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Hashimoto's and Food 10

Hashimoto’s and Food

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You know, food is a trip. It’s not just what’s on our plate for 3 squares and 2 snacks a day…It’s part of our cultureOur friendshipOur celebrationAnd our mourning It’s our nationalityAnd our sense of…

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The Gifts Hiding in Hashimoto's 11

The Gifts Hiding in Hashimoto’s

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This week, today actually, I begin the first day of my 7-week course, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Hashimoto’s Course: Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Like You Again As we address the 7 modules over the…

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30 Years to Life: Lessons & Tales from A Crazy Marriage 12

30 Years to Life: Lessons & Tales from A Crazy Marriage

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Life is never boring. Not for us, anyway… Because today, August 6th, Rock and I are married 30 years. We’ve had times when we didn’t know HOW we were going to carry onAnd we’ve had…

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20 years and $200K 13

20 years and $200K

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Friends, What a wild time in our culture… there is so much information out there that it can honestly make your head spin.But it wasn’t always that way… I remember when I was going through…

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First Things First 14

First Things First

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Sometimes we forget to put first things first. Or maybe that’s just me… I know times when I’ve put a phone call with a friend, ahead of my child who wanted to tell me about…

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This is Your Time 15

This is Your Time

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Have you ever felt like life was one long trek uphill in the dark with the wind against your body, forcing you to retreat? And have you ever felt those times when it’s like you’re…

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Losing Weight with Hashimoto's 16

Losing Weight with Hashimoto’s

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Let’s be honest: It’s no fun having a few extra pounds on your body under normal circumstances. The bra feels a little tighterThe sleeves feel a little snuggerThe pants don’t have quite the same giveAnd…

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Hashimoto's: The Power of 'I Believe' 17

Hashimoto’s: The Power of ‘I Believe’

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First of all, for anyone who knows me personally or has read my book, “You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone” you know this: I am not into the whole victim mentality. Now, that doesn’t…

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Hashimoto's: A Letter from Someone Close to My Heart 18

Hashimoto’s: A Letter from Someone Close to My Heart

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Dear Stacey, I’m writing to you because I’m so frustrated and I think you’d understand. I just read your book, “You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone” and I have to tell you: I laughed…

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The World Is Yours 19

The World Is Yours

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On my Magical, Healing Adventure three years ago in Italy. This time in 2016 I was on QUITE a journey! My boys had both gone through bullying at their private schools.My husband’s division was sold…

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You Are So Becoming 20

You Are So Becoming

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You have a vision.That vision inspires you.You build your dream team. And now what? You get to work, baby. You make listsAnd then, you make more. And then, you start assigning roles, doing researching, and…

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Mistakes I Made in Parenting 21

Mistakes I Made in Parenting

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Hindsight is 20/20. And even though I’m not done raising these great teenage boys (or making new mistakes)  there are mistakes I made that I can see from my past that didn’t help to serve…

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Little Moments Make for a Big Life 22

Little Moments Make for a Big Life

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What I’ve loved about homeschooling is being able to create moments with my kids, or support them in the moments they were inspired to create. Whether it was a spontaneous song Or card game Or…

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You Don't Have to be Mean to be Strong 23

You Don’t Have to be Mean to be Strong

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I remember reaching out to a mom whose kid was being mean and demeaning to my son at our new school. A couple of parents had witnessed the boy being cruel and had to stop…

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Motherhood: Taking the Broken and Making it Beautiful 24

Motherhood: Taking the Broken and Making it Beautiful

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I never understood why my mom would take the broken plate or the unmatched glass at dinner. I certainly didn’t want them. I wanted what was pretty and matching and whole. I’d scan around the…

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Happy (Funny!) Mother's Day! 2019 25

Happy (Funny!) Mother’s Day! 2019

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Hello Friends and Happy Mother’s Day Week! I’m laughing so hard, I’m going peeps in my pants — Not.Kidding! When I thought of Mother’s Day, I thought — there are SO many moments we can…

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5 Parenting Wins: An Honest Conversation 'Part I' 26

5 Parenting Wins: An Honest Conversation ‘Part I’

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There’s enough guilt, shame, worry, comparison, and regret that naturally comes as the side dishes to raising kids so, It’s nice to hear when you do things ‘right’ as a parent. Today’s blog is based…

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What Parenting Teaches Us 27

What Parenting Teaches Us

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When we think of parent, we may think of words like: LeaderGuideGuardianProtector And while all of those words may be true, one of the greatest words we can use to describe a parent is: Student…

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Parenting in Love Instead of Fear 28

Parenting in Love Instead of Fear

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Parenting. There’s nothing that will tap your insecurities, fears, and neuroses quite like parenting will. If you’re just joining us for this series, be sure to check out last week’s blog where we talked about…

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Letting Go of This Makes Parenting SO Much Easier 29

Letting Go of This Makes Parenting SO Much Easier

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I’m working on a new writing project: a parenting book. Woo-hoo! Pass the wine and insert the “Uh-oh” emoji here. You know, because it feels like the minute you share parenting stuff, it’s like setting…

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How I See You 30

How I See You

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“When you judge someone, it doesn’t define them; it defines you.” Wayne Dyer It was almost dinner time when I found myself behind a woman in a grey pick-up truck in the Ralph’s parking lot…

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How I See Me 31

How I See Me

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“Allow yourself to be proud of yourself and all the progress you’ve made, especially the progress no one else has seen.” -Unknown I remember going to a new doctor about 5 years ago… something I’ve…

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Food, Adventure, and Being a Ninja 32

Food, Adventure, and Being a Ninja

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” The White Queen, Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll Hey friends! You know what I’m doing this week… Thinking of you.…

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The Whole World is Cracked Part II 33

The Whole World is Cracked Part II

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“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer (If you’re tuning in brand new to my blog (Welcome!) or to this series on Perspectives, be sure…

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The Whole World is Cracked 34

The Whole World is Cracked

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Today I was walking to yoga and had an encounter.Speaking of yoga for a moment: I’m glad I went even though I didn’t really want to… I go through the same thing every damn time:…

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The Energy of Peace 35

The Energy of Peace

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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal I don’t know when it happened, but it happened: At some point this nagging, bitchy mini-dictator moved…

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The Energy of Freedom (Part 2) 36

The Energy of Freedom (Part 2)

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(If you didn’t read The Energy of Freedom Part 1, you will want to start there for the extraordinary story that led us up to this point.) I wasn’t free. I was called to set…

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The Energy of Freedom (Part 1) 37

The Energy of Freedom (Part 1)

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I don’t tell this story very often, partially because someone spiritually shamed me about it, but I’m going to share it now because the value of what one person thinks is so much smaller than…

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The Spiritual: The Energy of Worth 38

The Spiritual: The Energy of Worth

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I was in my mid-20’s when one of the biggest revelations started unfolding for me that would dramatically shift my life, beliefs, relationships, and faith. It started when one of my girlfriends came over, sat…

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The Energy of Honor 39

The Energy of Honor

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I have the most interesting spiritual conversations within me. I often call God “Words with No Voice” because I hear words inside of me that don’t have a voice. I understand it to be Spirit…

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You know what makes New Year's 'Happy?' 40

You know what makes New Year’s ‘Happy?’

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As I sit down with the afternoon sun on my back and the browning Christmas tree in front of me, I am thinking of 2019 and you. We wish each other a ‘Happy New Year’…

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Forgiveness In (and Out of) Relationships 41

Forgiveness In (and Out of) Relationships

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Forgiveness requires one person. You. It’s an inside job.   It’s the work you need to do to find the peace, healing and love that allows you to move on and move forward without the…

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The Surprising Way I'm Preparing for the New Year 42

The Surprising Way I’m Preparing for the New Year

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” The book of Ecclesiastes This has been a year of seasons for me — as it has been for…

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A Powerful Truth (plus 3 tips!) 43

A Powerful Truth (plus 3 tips!)

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      Hey Friends, Looking for something empowering to be part of your day whether you have a health condition, like Hashimoto’s, or not? Take 6 and a half minutes to see what I…

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The Price of Borrowing Judgement 44

The Price of Borrowing Judgement

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  We humans are funny sometimes. In order to feel powerful, we try to turn people against each other. We all have done it at some point: Used our subtle or not-so-subtle influence to impact…

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Nothing Changes When You Travel 45

Nothing Changes When You Travel

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  Nothing Changes When You Travel… I just arrived home from my travels. Five weeks in bella Italia. Sigh. Partly for work (Boutique retreats in Italy that I design for women each year) and then,…

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It's All a Blessing 46

It’s All a Blessing

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  Ciao Friends! I’m in Ravello to celebrate my 50th on November 14th and I can’t begin to tell you the magic that is unfolding. I will tell the fuller story when I return. In…

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The Power of the Spoon 47

The Power of the Spoon

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  Growing up Italian, there is this special relationship we have with the wooden spoon. It’s a staple in the kitchen for many reasons: You can use it to brown the meat for the gravy…

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A Good Problem to Have 48

A Good Problem to Have

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  I was walking with both of my boys today in Rome. There was a weather advisory which required all classes to be canceled and schools to be closed. No small deal. Because it also…

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