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5 Recipes Every Writer Needs to Tame Anxiety

Apr 09, 2019
My Struggle Against Panic Attacks

Thirteen years - yes, thirteen - I suffered daily with extreme anxiety and multiple panic attacks a day. When I share this with crowds in my speeches or one-on-one with someone, I always get the same facial response: jaw dropped and a look of deep sympathy and surprise. However, the fact that I suffered for so long is not the entire reasoning behind their reaction - it is the fact that I put the suggestion of taking anti-anxiety medications from my doctors aside. 

Many people have simply asked, “Why would I do that?”

Well - since this blog will go on to talk about anxiety and the gut - I must say it "it was a gut feeling,” something deep inside of me that told me not to and to seek further information.

Does this mean that for those who are reading this, that I want them to pull out their medications and flush them down the toilet? Absolutely not - only you and your prescribing doctor will make the choice on when and...

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3 Ways of Creating Strong Female Characters

Feb 26, 2019
The Strong Female Character

Everyone loves a strong female character, and our own life experiences can help us create one. But creating a strong female character does not mean she isn’t vulnerable and well…FEMALE! Drawing from some of my own life experiences, let’s see how we can weave vulnerability into a strong female character. Here are three ways you can take your own life experiences of victory over trauma and use this to create a strong female character who is more real and loveable to your readers.

#1 Let her feel life’s tension and show her weaknesses.

Write You:

How many times have you heard the term, "Show up for Yourself!" or "Every day is a Choice - Make the Most of It!" Me! I have AND I have shared them with my friends, clients, followers/readers and even myself. Often, I have looked at myself in the mirror and give myself all kinds of positive prep talks! However, when we are struggling even more than normal - the day ahead can feel like a...

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Unblocking Negative Emotions with Aromatherapy

Feb 19, 2019
The Connection Between Thoughts & Feelings

There is such an interesting relationship between feelings and thoughts. After all, the two really can't function without each other. The feelings that we carry turn into thoughts based on how we respond or not respond for many of us. By not responding to a painful experience, and not allowing our emotions to just be so that we feel them - then our minds go into self-protection mode,  We feed ourselves with all kinds of false information and block what needs to surface. What happens then? Those negative thoughts turn into a belief and many of us get lost as we try to figure out where it started from in the first place. 

The scary part is - this can go on for years and years, even from childhood into adulthood and we wonder why we don't succeed or feel happiness.

Untangling these beliefs is one of the hardest things we can do because of how long they have sat with us. When I was healing from trauma - it took many healing...

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2 Tips for Launching a Memoir

Dec 31, 2018
Crafting my own memoir...

It is New Years Even, 2018 and I cannot believe it. I remember New Year’s Eve last year, which felt like it was only a few minutes ago, and what a year it has been! Not only did my husband I welcome our third daughter, Luna Maci this past October, but I launched not one - but two books! 

I published my memoir, Just Be: How My Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender and Just Be Guide: Steps to Healing Trauma. It was a year of births with lots of deadlines and tons of emotions.  Putting your life trauma in print is no easy task and emotions rose that I had to learn to manage with the help of Essential Oils, a great therapist, yoga therapy, nutrition for mental health and much more. Like many writers, especially with memoir, I wanted to quit a thousand times, but I persevered. I had an important message to share. So I was all in.

When it comes to our wants, goals and career - Jason and I "go big" or we "go home". Or...

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How to Use Essential Oils in Your Bath

Dec 17, 2018

It's Bath Night Mama!

My favorite relaxing activity outside of Yoga is taking a big bubble bath. Up here in Connecticut's FREEZING cold winters that last for months - baths are a must for me and my girls. I get into it and make it a mini-spa night. My twelve- year- old often copies me and does the same now. We have such fun using face masks and essential oils for our bath water, but before you join the fun - let's go over how to use these oils properly and safely.

Unsafe Bath Usage with Essential Oils

I have been asked by clients, "if I am using some of the safest oils there are, such as lavender - how can it be dangerous if I just add a few drops to the water for my bath?"

While lavender is certainly safe - just merely adding some drops to you or your child's bath can bring major irritation to some. Besides, you do not get the maximum benefits of the oil this way! Lose. Lose. 

Why is this?

Essential oils love fat and lipids. They are lipophilic, not...

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Top 5 Essentials Oils for Depression

Oct 20, 2018

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 Depression

Depression doesn't escape any of us. Sooner or later, everyone will experience some form of depression. In fact, it is so incredibly common, but so well hidden that you would never know the smiling person in front of you in line at the coffee shop is silently suffering with depression. 

Depression does not necessarily show on our faces and it can even stay hidden in the way we interact with others. Many sufferers walk out their door in the morning, head to work, take a deep breath and plaster that fake smile on for all to see - some are better at it than others. But the fact remains - depression will hit all of us at some point in our lives. How we handle it will differ from person to person.

Emotional resiliency is what we need in order to keep moving forward - along with various healing modalities. Depression is crippling but can also be a catalyst to heal.

Levels of Depression

Let’s take a moment to identify three levels of depression:

  1. Mild...
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30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery

Jul 11, 2018
Write from Your Own Voice

Do you ever become so stuck in your emotions day to day that you can’t write? Yesterday’s great ideas get lost by one emotional trigger. One of the hardest things to do is write from your own voice. Especially if you have been through trauma, loss or grief. These emotions can block you from creativity and your own voice. When you are ready to own your story - the story that many of us hide behind because trauma and grief can cause us to hide behind fear, anger and sadness – and remember who you TRULY are, you can live life from your true self.

However - many of us don't realize that the pains and trials that we have endured can be a catalyst for self-discovery and finding our authentic voice! We often find out who we really are when we go through those hard times. Is it fair that what has happened to us - happened? No - but it is opportunity. An opportunity to grow in ways you never thought possible.

We cannot change...

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Does Trauma Stay in Our Body?

Jun 28, 2018
Trauma & Receiving Love Again
“Just be nothing darling, just be.” – Just Be: How My Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender

Trauma is such a common occurrence – you’d think we have the tools to acknowledge and heal. But we just don’t and for some of us – we haven’t even recognized we have been traumatized. Trauma can stem from any situation that was so overwhelming, coping is out of reach. Grief, dangerous situations, stress or struggle of any kind all fall under trauma. Most of us are lost when trying to heal from it – and the easiest thing to do is hide or isolate ourselves. That only makes it worse.  Fear, guilt, shame takes over and drives isolation and the result is– broken relationships with ourselves and others. I’ve seen it too many times. 

When we are isolated, anxiety can become unbearable and oddly, we end up becoming comfortable in our aloneness. Sometimes, in order to protect our fragile...

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