We took a class on knife skills and left with lessons on life

We took a class on knife skills and left with lessons on life

When we started talking about self-fulfillment as our Self-Care theme of the year, we couldn’t help but start dreaming of all the things we’ve wanted to do forever. Things we’ve wondered about, but just haven’t made a priority. Things that would give us a feeling of accomplishment, the satisfaction of learning something new that feels somehow a bit greater or more, you know, sophisticated and maybe even…daring.

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An Unapologetic Commitment to Self-Fulfillment

An Unapologetic Commitment to Self-Fulfillment

In 2018 we explored self-care as something of an experiment, a way to see what kinds of activities could help us with the more immediate, every-day balance in our lives. We had grown tired of seeing faddish versions of self-care and longed for something a little more sustainable. Something with a little more substance.

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We tried to beat the winter blues with a trip to “Light Therapy”- a new Scandinavian exhibit

We tried to beat the winter blues with a trip to “Light Therapy”- a new Scandinavian exhibit

We know lots of people who love the winter months. The crisp, cold air, the crunch of snow, rosy cheeks, and all the winter sports…

Sadly, we are decidedly not those people. Our feelings about winter weather are as negative as the temperatures – plus windchill. To us, there’s nothing quite like heading to work and heading home again in the pitch dark of winter to make us feel depleted, drained, and just depressed.

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Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

We don’t know about you, but when we turn the page on our sassy Anne Taintor calendar to December there’s an automatic catch in our throats. Anxiety, panic, perhaps the sliiiiightest twinge of concern about how to get it all done – without getting done in…

Who isn’t trying to negotiate obligations with work, friends, family? The holiday work/life balance struggle is real.  

If only there were more hours in the day…

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How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

We’re now into December which means the music in the malls is on perpetually looped holiday jazz standards and everything’s being draped in the ole red, white, and green (and if we’re really lucky, silver and gold, too). For some of us, there’s no better time of year!

For many others, the holiday season marks a particularly slippery emotional slope marked by dread, anxiety, and depression. Not to be a downer, but sometimes even for those who normally look forward to the holidays, the sheer intensity of it all can result in exhaustion, resentment, and obligation. Continue reading “How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright”

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

A long workday is one thing, but when the holidays approach it’s not just those extra days in the office, it’s the festive lunch, the client entertainment, the kids’ school concert, and the corporate party that make keeping up your best that much more of a conundrum.

For the season that has you running from one thing to another, from dawn until dusk, something must be done to keep you looking and feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – instead of roadkill run ragged.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves for helping you maintain your good cheer – and good looks – during the long days ahead. And, they can all be done in a bathroom break – which is great, because we bet that’s all you’ve got time for!

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Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

It’s so much fun when you meet a *true* badass.  A Boss.  There, I said it.  Because they make us better people. They get it– what it takes to achieve your goals, how you can make things better for the world around you, that you can have a good, solid, full body laugh at yourself in the process.  They are completely unapologetic for who they are and how they got there.  And they bring the rest of us along for the ride.

That’s Azadeh Boroumand in a nutshell.  She’s a mom, a wife, a role model, a Personal Trainer, a CrossFit Games competitor, a tireless advocate for true wellness.  Yup, a Boss. Continue reading “Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back”

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

When we started The Self-Care Experiment we wanted to give all of us the opportunity to see what could happen if we truly prioritized self-care. Not just the physical stuff and certainly not the quick-fix spa day or mini-break types (although sign us up because nobody’s saying no to that!), but the more every day, routine kinds of things that we thought might have an impact on our day-to-day lives. Things we felt were feasible to accomplish for the mind, body, and spirit. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

We couldn’t agree more that the benefits of meditating are boundless for the mind and spirit. But, the level of practice and discipline that meditation requires to quiet that ‘monkey mind’ can be daunting. It’s not like we haven’t tried. As kids we were naturally drawn to it – albeit unknowingly – and created made up guided visualizations that we would solemnly lead each other through before bedtime at overnight camp (remember listening to your cabin-mate as they led the rest of the kids through relaxing each body part from toes to head? Surprise, that was guided meditation). Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away”