How do you respond to conflict?

The most common ways are to fight, flee, or freeze. When I opened myself up to the possibility of solving a disagreement through social media, I learned that it's also possible to do all three!

So yeah, I can already hear you groaning.  And I get it. I have doubts about that medium too, so my usual policy is to stay away. This time I couldn't, so when someone challenged my doubts, I gave it some thought. I wanted to know if there was some way it actually could be a good medium for such a...

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Do you need to clean out toxic relationships?

The fact is that not everyone is going to like us and we're not going to like everyone else. Rather than seeing that as a shortfall, we can see it as a relief. Imagine if everyone wanted a piece of you at all times. Can you say EXHAUSTION? 

Sometimes we share a leg of the journey with someone very closely and then there comes a point when our paths diverge. Whether it's a romantic relationship, a friendship, or even a business relationship, it doesn't mean anyone is...

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Are you feeling it too?

No matter where you land with respect to what's happening in our world today, it's likely that you're feeling a variety of complex emotions. I feel it myself and I hear it from everyone.

I've been asking a lot of questions lately to get to uncover the feelings I've been having. Even though I'm a Self-care Coach and I know the importance of nurturing myself, even I have been having a struggle maintaining my own self-care practice in the face of the daily political firestorms. My...

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What's the difference between self-ish and SELFISH?

Is there a difference between self-ish and SELFISH?
Read that aloud, and you'll have your answer. Although there's a negative connotation with the word, it isn't necessarily so.

What's the distinction?
Being SELFISH is grabbing out of desperation and depletion; making choices that benefit ourselves at the expense of others. It's careless. Being self-ish is taking care of myself first, acknowledging limited resources, and knowing that what I prioritize becomes my life. When we...

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Do you have FOMO?

As a  chronic over-thinker, I notice that sometimes I can feel stressed out before I've even begun to take action, even if it's no action. I think it stems from something called FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. It's a plague in our culture and most of us have it. This is why I'm such a fan of "less."

Opportunities to feel FOMO abound. Just today, a dear friend asked me if I could do a project that could begin a relationship with a company that might eventually hire me as...

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Shifting "I'm sorry" to "Thank you."

As we open a new calendar, it's common to have thoughts about letting go of what no longer serves and to invite with intention new ways of being. I recently saw a post from FeministVoice that struck me with its beauty and simplicity.

For nearly three decades, I've been an avid student of practicing impeccability with my speech. That is, being clear about what I say and saying what I intend. I first learned this from Louise Hay. She talks about the implications of using words like...

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My New Project: The Dairy Detox!

If you've ever struggled with releasing dairy from your diet, I feel ya. It was one of the last things to go for me, and gave me some of the greatest benefits. As a mom who nursed her daughter, I became intimately aware of issues about dairy from a different perspective. My desire to help people feel their best has driven my passion to create The Dairy Detox

Back in 2015, my dear friend Michelle Cehn and I started working on this project that is very close to my heart. I'm thrilled to...

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Where's Allison's Gourmet?

In 1997, I founded the first online vegan bakery and confectionary. Over the years, the business grew into something I was so proud of. When my daughter was born in 2006, it was the perfect fit for me to be able to choose my own hours, run the business from home (we had a separate commercial kitchen for production), and explore my entrepreneurial DNA.

Ultimately, the business grew beyond the size that was joyful for me, and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my family. It was...

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The Energizing Powers of Juice!

Warmer weather, fresh air, and farmers’ market openings often inspire healthier eating. Late Spring is a great time to find an abundance of fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. And with all the outdoor activities summer brings, many of us wonder how we can have more energy throughout the day.
 
Instead of reaching for more caffeine, give juicing a try! It’s done marvels for my overall health and energy levels. After my Nia workout, a pint of green juice makes an...

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Are You an Overachiever? If So, You’re Not Alone

Have you ever noticed that in our society we’re expected to constantly produce? This has been something I’ve wrestled with in my intention to slow down, have more self-care, and generally do less. It’s quite a practice for a Type A overachiever like myself! Do you ever have challenges with this?

I never thought that doing less would require so much effort. I mean, it’s kind of counter-intuitive, right?

Several people have asked what I’ve been up to and how my...

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