Confidence is contagious. It is also magnetic. A life lived with confidence is a life that is maximized and lived to the fullest. The secret about confidence is that it doesn’t depend on circumstantial things like your physique, your clothes, or your position in life. Confidence is a choice. It is a decision you can
PAGING AMELIA EARHART
I want the Amelia Earhart syndrome: you know, the raw love for doing something that sets the mind, spirit and body free. Amelia accomplished more than anyone in the world at that time thought was even possible. She loved flying –the feeling of being her own bird — and she dreamed of flying the world.
COMPARING APPLES AND ORANGES
It’s a natural thing to admire someone else’s body and it’s instinctual to want to compare yours to theirs. Sometimes this can create a healthy camaraderie that mutually encourages health and fitness, but sometimes such comparisons are extremely destructive. I know that I spent years wishing my body was something that it’s not. I wanted
THE “WITH” VERSUS THE “WHERE”
A wise friend reminded me today of a beautiful truth that is always good to remember: life is not about where you are, but rather, about who you’re with. I love the photo above; it makes me smile. I smile because they eminate joy. The laughter of these girls can be heard through the
WHAT IS A SKINNY, SEXY MIND?
The word “skinny” has haunted me my entire life. It’s a word loaded with societal pressure, adolescent insecurity and body-acceptance conflicts. I am not skinny; I am also not not skinny. I spent years in a muddled mindset in which I was convinced that the only way to be beautiful was to be dangerously skinny.
SENTENCES THAT SENTENCE
The sentences you speak sentence your life. During my long 17 mile run this Sunday through the campus of UVA and endless hills of Charlottesville, I thought a lot about this statement. No matter what you do, the outcome is ultimately decided by the thoughts you think. So, think yourself positive. Whether you are struggling
Maya Angelou once said that “words mean more than what is set down on paper. [and that] it takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” I couldn’t agree more. Every aspect of life is simply “life” until it is sparked by true human voice. When I think of true human
WEEDS TO WILDFLOWERS
It is in the silences of life that we are able to know how and what we feel. In the silence of your own personal quest to be at one with your body, how do you feel? We all fight to understand ourselves in our skin; it’s a natural human experience. In the moments when
Mr. Miagi’s Wisdom
Everything happens for a reason. Today, I over-slept to meet with 5:30am running group. I didn’t wake up until 1:00pm today, exhausted from my 50 mile bike, 5k race and night of dancing from yesterday, leaving me to run my assigned 14 mile run solo in the mid-day heat. After a few miles of boredom, I took refuge in