Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I a hypocrite after all?
In a culture that is inundated with messages of I am free to be me, I have to ask – are we truly authentic to ourselves, or do we fall victim to trying to fit into a mold that wasn't meant for us? Brooke Wesley, therapist, author of Hungry to be Whole – and just overall awesome woman – coined a term I love to quote often:
“Why would you want to fill a mold, when you can be the mold?”
Everyone seems to have an opinion about youth sports. Believe me, I've witnessed some abhorrent behavior by both players and parents that have left me shaking my head and wondering what strange planet I've found myself on. There's a spectrum – hyper-competitive parents on one end and those who have never had the experience of watching a soccer game in the rain on the other. My family falls somewhere in the middle – very involved in sports, but I'd like to think still of sound-mind (neither my husband nor I have ever charged a referee or shouted insults at the children on the other team – both of which we've witnessed).
As we begin a new year, traditionally we start off with New Year’s resolutions or new goals; a new year seen as a fresh start and opportunity to create a “new me.” Although optimistic, resolutions typically don't last long. For example, why is it that during the month of January the gym is full of people who are determined to have a new body, but by mid-February the gym is half empty? Why can’t we keep our commitments and finish strong until December? Here are my thoughts as to why:
My job, in a nutshell, is to help businesses, organizations and events in Kansas City to book this beautiful pink mobile mammography coach. Most of the time the people I talk to say it’s a great idea! But, occasionally, I get someone that says “Why would a woman want to go onto an RV to get her mammogram?”
The holidays are in full swing; Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas is right around the corner, and then the beloved New Year celebrations. This time of year, always brings so much joy to be with family and friends. Sitting around the table talking about what the past year has brought. All the wonderful adventures life has taken us on and the accomplishments that have happened throughout the year. Now it is time to reflect on what has been and start brainstorming what the next chapter in life will bring.
Why do holiday foods need a healthy makeover? We are familiar with the tried and true stars of a holiday gathering: the pinwheels, sliders, chips and dip, sauced up meatballs, pigs in a blanket and bite sized baked goods or desserts. The problem with these staples is that they are typically full of highly processed carbohydrates, damaged fat, and added sugars. I know what you’re thinking, “It’s just one day – where is the harm?” The fact is, it is not just one day. Many of us attend several parties, sometimes on a weekly basis, throughout the holiday season.
Every year, I go to the Psychic Fair. The first year, I had seen a neon orange billboard downtown advertising the fair on my way to work and talked a friend into going with me. She wasn't a believer and went along for the experience and opportunity to provide witty comments to broadcast her skepticism. And, although a believer myself, I didn't quite buy into the idea that the best-of-the-best psychics, clairvoyants, and energy healers would gather together in a rundown hotel to offer answers to all of life's spiritual questions.
I try to meditate. Well, I mean, in my own way. I don't light incense or sit in a corner practicing my breathing or anything because my dog would bark and my husband would laugh. Not to mention, finding a quiet minute to myself with two crazy boys is next to impossible, so I take the quiet when I can get it.
Dylan is a great kid. He has a bunch of friends now and he’s finally settling into school and choosing good classroom behaviors. He loves playing on his soccer team and he’s even been helping his mom out at home by taking out the trash and picking up his Legos without being asked. This is all so different from last year, when Dylan’s parents felt completely overwhelmed by the challenges Dylan was having with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Meet Nicole. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter and a teacher. She is a busy lady and it is challenging, to say the least, to balance all of the hats she is wearing. If you were to ask her, she would say she doesn’t quite feel like she is 100 percent of anything right now, but she is a fairly positive person and wants more than anything to support her family and enjoy a long, healthy life.
Does the title make you cringe a little? Well, you’re not alone! Colon cancer is not something people prefer talking about, but it should be. We all want to save the ta-tas, and Livestrong, but what about our booties? Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. When detected in its early stages it is more likely to be cured, treatment is less extensive, and the recovery is much faster.
Last Spring was a whirlwind. Both of my daughters experienced milestones in their lives, including Confirmation, 8th Grade Graduation and High School Graduation all packed into one week! Add to that final performances with choir and theater, class trips and Senior Prom and this mom was a little overwhelmed. I breathed a fleeting sigh of relief with all of that behind us and thought we would enjoy a quiet summer together before settling our girls into high school and college in the fall.
“I can’t do yoga. I’m not flexible.” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this, well, I’d have a lot of nickels. It’s a common misconception of yoga that we, as teachers, hear all the time, but is it really a misconception or has it become an excuse as to why we don’t want to try something new and different?
Say the word “psychic” and there will be a response one way or the other – believers arguing for the validity of such powers and skeptics sharing a range of hoax stories to discredit those who believe otherwise. Wherever you may fall on the spectrum, a glimpse into the unknown is always intriguing; a trip to Kansas City’s Annual Metaphysical Fair may be even more appealing if you don’t have to actually sit in a chair and await snippets of your future told. We decided to provide readers that little glimpse here, a Q & A session with two local psychics the first step toward educating yourselves without leaving the comfort of your own home.