FullSizeRenderHave you seen the new Disney Pixar Film Inside Out yet? If not, I highly recommend adding this movie to the top of your summer adventure list. This movie creatively brings to life the voices we all have in our heads: joy, sadness, fear, disgust, anger – and touches on the important interplay of these emotions. I foresee it supporting me beginning a conversation with many a future client around my approach to therapy: Internal Family Systems.

It also brought some humor to the recent response I had after receiving the Reclaiming Beauty Journal & Wisdom Deck book proof in the mail in the middle of May, which was TOTAL PARTS CHAOS… my inner critic, my not good enough, my nobody loves me, my fear of rejection, my total fraud – all went haywire in my body and my mind. There was a serious uprising inside – one that I could not settle down alone. I did what any strong Reclaiming Beauty Queen would do in such a situation… I reached out for support from my tribe.

My little sister read me quotes from my own book to counter the crazy thoughts (did I write that stuff?) My older sister reflected back some hard truths around the state of things (adrenal system burn out, you might need some more support then you are getting.) My dad and mom came to spend time with Joey and myself, and helped me out with the single-mama-working-on-building-a-dream lifestyle. While the TOTAL PARTS CHAOS uprising began to settle down inside me, I was able to move back in the direction of alignment with my true Self and the Reclaiming Beauty vision. The most important lesson, as I held the proof in my hands, was proving to myself that I could approach this challenge from a place of self-compassion rather than self-criticism – proving to myself that I could walk the path of reclaiming beauty, and be an authentic practitioner of the message I am about to share with the world.

I have been humbly reminded that the Reclaiming Beauty process is a spiral journey. We may feel ourselves standing totally balanced and whole in our beauty one day, but then another layer of life triggers may come and lead us down a path of deepening our Reclaiming Beauty walk. In these moments, I feel so thankful for the hope that comes from the support of a loving community, and the relationship I continue to cultivate between my PARTS and my TRUE SELF.

There will be lots of opportunities to cultivate Reclaiming Beauty community this Summer! See below.



And the Reclaiming Beauty Journal & Wisdom Deck will be coming out Fall 2015!
Stay posted!

Walk in beauty,

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