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Do you make yourself small to make others comfortable?

May 13, 2021

Have you ever claimed fear over something that was really a projection of something completely different?

When I was 17, I flew for the very first time. My parents sent me on a wonderful, 10-day educational tour of England and Scotland with my honors English teacher and three other seniors from my school district that I didn’t know. Leading up to our trip, the four of us would have “getting to know you” gatherings with our teacher, but I always felt out of place. Two of them...

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How yoga called on me to bring the sass

Mar 25, 2021

I LOVE CLOTHES. Let me start saying that. 

I used to do plus-sized runway modeling, and I’d get decent discounts for doing so. As my weight went up, I held on to some outfits with the hope I’d get back into them. It’s actually a bit shameful how many clothes I have. As I lost weight, I realized I didn’t like some of the clothes I’d been hanging onto and decided to get rid of a lot of them. I ended up giving away about 16 garbage bags full of clothes-- and I...

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How I became a trumpet-blowing burlesque dancer

Feb 25, 2021

I used to be very involved with community musical theatre companies on the north side and North Shore area years ago. I had done some acting in high school and college, and although a music major, never considered myself a singer. I sang in my church choir, and in choirs at school, but never considered myself “soloist” material. I always felt safe blending in with everyone else.

I began doing community theatre on a dare and found a whole new amazing community of creative friends....

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Living large and ever-expanding

Feb 15, 2021

I’ve been so caught up in working on my Heart Chakra for the month of February that I almost forgot about two other very important dates in February! I taught my very first official yoga class on February 4th of 2020-- right before the world turned upside down and I needed my practice more than ever, it seems. I remember being very nervous, but having a lot of fun and laughing through much of that first class. My teachers were there, as were family members and friends. They made my...

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What IS Body Positivity?

Feb 05, 2021

It's a movement initially created to empower people in more abundant bodies, and to challenge the way society presents and views us. It has since grown to include and advocate for ALL bodies.

Body Positivity is NOT just for larger-bodied people. 

It includes, for example, people with amputations, those who suffer from MS, and thin people who feel body shame. It includes all gender identities. 

It challenges the notion of what beauty “should” look like and accepts the...

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