self care

Finding Meaning in the Holidays: Yoga & Meditation Tips

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath, bridge pose, christmas, christmas tree, holidays, love, meditation, Pigeon pose, self care, serenity, Yoga

christmas tree

The other night, I was looking at my tree, decorated with the small number of ornaments that are meaningful to my family and me, and thought about how I grew up with a tree full of ornaments, each covering the one behind it. It was one of those moments of clarity for me, watching the tree in the dark of night with the lights sparkling: Less is more. Too many trinkets distract. It’s not about what you get or have. It’s about what you give, and the quality, not quantity behind that sentiment.

Balancing It All: Fitness, Nutrition and Life

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: balance, body log, diet, exercise, exercise journal, Fitness, food journal, healthy-eating, Kelly Branning, Libra, meditation, nutrition, parenting, self care, Stephen Covey, the firm, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tree-pose, weight-loss, workouts, Yoga

Balanced Nutrition

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kelly Branning

I am a Libra. Although I don’t read my horoscope, I do identify with those scales that represent my sign. Balance, balance and more balance. It is a daily challenge to keep those scales from tipping over. One side seems overloaded with the things we do for others and the outside world, like family, career, social life and housework. The other side of the scale, including exercise and nutrition, usually threatens to let go at any time.

I think the absolute foundation of a balanced life is good self-care, coupled with good self-awareness. That said … how are you doing? How is your eating? Do you get everything you need from the foods you eat? Hopefully you are eating healthy, life-affirming foods every 3-4 hours. How about exercise? Are you finding a little time to work out and get stronger? If you don’t know how you are doing, let’s take some time to figure it out.

Create Your Own Contentment

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | May 7th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: bakery, barefoot, beach, contentment, destress, guilt-free, HOPE, laugh, letter, nap, rain, recharge, self care, simple pleasures

Walking on the Beach at SunriseThis morning, I witnessed Spring clutching her most radiant bouquet as I walked with her in the company of a new day. I watched the rising sun stretch its rays over the awakening horizon as I hiked up the back of a shady, cool ridge. The soft light crept its way across the city beneath me and slowly made its way up to warm my skin.

Time Out!

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | February 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, body, break, care, diet, fatigue, food, healthy-eating, life, me time, mediation, meditation, mental clarity, pushing the envelope, pushing the limit, recharge, recover, recovery period, rejuvenate, rejuvenation, relaxation, rest, retreat, self, self care, sick, soul, spirit, testing boundaries, time out, transformation

Take time out to rechargeI was recently around a parent who was teaching their child discipline. When the child would become disruptive and disobedient, the parent would say, “Do you want a time out?” If the child continued, the parent would say, “All right, if you keep this up, you will take a time out.” The child continued and the parent said, “Okay, that’s it! Time out!” They then made the child sit in a place that they were not allowed to get out of until the parent gave permission. Of course, the child was upset even though they were clearly testing the boundaries.

Calling in Balance: Make Time to Self Nurture

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | August 13th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: balance, family, friends, honor, nurture, self care, time


My life has been in hyper-speed for weeks. It has been exciting and a joyous adventure — about me manifesting a powerful and expansive life.

Open Your Heart with an Exercise for Your Mind

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 1st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, attracting love, change, heart opening exercise, intention, love, self care, transformation, weight-loss

Earlier this month, we focused on the invisible armor that surrounds areas of our body. Today I’d like to focus on another kind of armor: The kind surrounding the heart.

Always Put Yourself Last? This 5-Step Program Is for You

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 30th, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, intention, self care, transformation

istock_000007278593smallWhile I was a student at the University of Santa Monica majoring in Spiritual Psychology, we were required to spend an entire term practicing self nurturing. It was difficult for me because I became aware that I was an expert in caring for others. I often was the last person I considered when it came to love and caring. I would overwork, become totally exhausted and feel overwhelmed. All of this in the name of giving “support” to others.