An Open Letter To Everyone Who Has Ever Read This Blog

Dear everyone who has ever read this blog,

I started writing because I needed someone out there in the world to understand me. I needed someone to write about what it’s like to be cut from dance calls because of body type. I needed someone to write about the frustrations of auditioning and the stresses of eating and the confusion over nutrition and the heartbreak of failing at another diet and the reality that every diet failure directly affected my career.

There was no one writing about this shit. And I think it’s really important to have a space where anyone who deals with these issues can relate. I really needed that, but I couldn’t find it.

So I started writing about it. Because I figured that someone has to.

Binge-eating disorder, a move to Hawaii, and my sarcastic sense of humor only added character to the blog, but I still made an effort to stay true to it’s original mission statement of shedding some bright ass light on what it’s like to live in a body controlled by the entertainment biz.

Then Roar happened.

Roar was not planned. It was a performance piece for a small but mighty gay pride burlesque fundraiser in the middle of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was having trouble coming up with any sort of fun choreography for the burlesque show because I was in such a pensive state in my life – I wasn’t in party mode, so my choreography wasn’t very flirtacious. I was stuck, I was lost, and I was over it. So I went to the director of the fundraiser who is a knock-out burlesque performer herself, and I presented this crazy idea about ripping words off my body as part of the burlesque piece. I mumbled my way through the idea at about a thousand words a minute because I thought she would think I was so dumb. Instead, she told me that she was obsessed with the idea and art is a reflection of life. There was no reason that my burlesque piece couldn’t be a reflection of my personal journey.

So Roar was born. Kind of. I borrowed a tutu, knowing that I had these pointe shoe tap shoes and I tried to work on it in my spare time and just didn’t have the energy or inspiration. I literally considered dropping out of the fundraiser up until two days before it, but instead had a beer at dinner and showed up at the dress rehearsal with only a vague idea of what I was going to do. I told myself that this wasn’t Broadway, it wasn’t NYC, and it was a show for fun for a good cause – what was the worst that could happen.

Most of Roar was improvised. It was how I felt in the moment. My friend Rachel practiced writing “cellulite” all up and down my ass and thighs until she could step back and still read it from far away. It brought me great joy to perform the piece, and I was so thankful that someone happened to catch it on tape. I thought it would be great for my blog readers to see the piece so that they could feel a sense of pride after following my journey for so many months – and that it would inspire them to celebrate their journeys as well.

950, 891 YouTube views, a HuffPost article, a magazine interview, and a second Roar video later, I find myself covered in excema from stress, pale as fuck from staying inside to research the body love movement instead of taking beach days with my boyfriend, and too burnt out to dance with my kiddies at work.

Instead of a feeling of pride and gratitude, I merely feel exhausted and overwhelmed.

And when a doctor handed me a prescription a week ago for an excema cream with side effects that include lymphoma, cancer, vision problems, and unknown long term affects due to lack of FDA study, I had to really step back and take a look at this whole monster.

Which is why I’m writing you this letter today.

Since the beginning of Roar’s journey, people from all sides have advised me to monetize my blog, make it a “thing”, brand it, promote it, get it out there, make it something. Take advantage of this opportunity NOW. Don’t let the exposure pass me up. Use this to my advantage. A friend advised me to change the domain name from “www.trustmeivebeenthere.wordpress.com” to something more simple, assuring me that “amandatrustysays” would only be a professional domain but it wouldn’t show up in the address bar. That didn’t work out the way it was supposed to – and all of a sudden every media publication that shared Roar was directing people to my blog, amandatrustysays.com.

And here you are today, at the end of April 2014, nearly a year after the birth of Trust Me, I’ve Been There, reading a blog in the middle of a website with seven different menu options, a domain name I despise, and a slew of blog posts that were constructed to please my entire audience who I don’t know.

Excema comes out from the nervous system. It can be stress or allergy induced, and it’s probably both for me.

I have excema on my eyelids and my face is literally shedding. I feel hideous. I look like Quasimodo.

So I’m going to be 100% honest with you right now.

I am not an expert. I am 27. I have ups and I have downs and I do not even have a college degree. Even though I hate the way I have to be a size 6 to be a Broadway showgirl, I still think about trying to get back to that weight every day. I have mixed feelings about some of the things that are happening in the body love movement. I love tap dancing more than I love anything in this world. I am really interested in the benefits of chia seeds. And I do not want to mix writing with money.

I love to write. It helps me, it may help you, and I think some of the things I’m shedding light on are important.

I do believe in body love. I believe in self-acceptance. But I don’t always believe in myself.

I am too large, too heavy I should say, right now, to show my dance students how to leap, and jump, and even roll around on the floor. I developed disordered eating over the years, yet I still try to live my life as though food is not an addiction or a comfort to me. I sometimes live in denial and I throw pity-parties and I live in a jumble of emotions that involve daily tears. Every morning I attempt a gluten-free life. It doesn’t always work out, and I cramp and I bloat and I feel foggy because of it. I also have a complex that eats at me, whispering to me “if you get your shit together, or if you lose weight, or if you aren’t depressed, or if you get over your bingeing, you’ll lose the blog.”

Truth: I’m driving myself crazy.

Truth: I am interested in nutrition, but my addiction gets the best of me sometimes.

Truth: I am interested in a healthy, energetic life where I don’t feel like I need six cups of coffee to get through three hours of teaching.

Truth: I sometimes look at the body love movement and wonder if I lose weight, if I won’t be included in the body love party anymore. That I’ll be a sell out. Another health blog.

Truth: Enough is enough.

Truth: A blog is a forum where you can write about anything you want even if it doesn’t flow, doesn’t connect, doesn’t reach millions, and doesn’t make you famous.

So I’ma go back to basics here, and blog the hell out of my non-flowing, semi-connected, curse word run-on sentence thoughts.

I want to shed light on the things that I didn’t understand a year ago. And I don’t want to charge for it. I’ll leave that to Geneen Roth, who won’t even return my emails most of the time, and who charges for each and every webinar.

I want to talk about how to use chia seeds, now that I understand it, because no one was explaining that to me a year ago.

I want to shed light on emotional eating since I think this country suffers from it more than we realize, yet no one’s talking about it, because then all the fitness magazines, emotional eating authors, and diet creators would go out of business.

I want to promote self-love, but also be completely honest and say, I don’t always love the way my clothes fit and I would like to do something about it.

I want for you, what I am always too busy to make happen for myself. I want to inspire self-care, not from a book I’ve read, but from what I’ve found actually works for me.

I want to make my health nut nutrition friends understand that posting a picture of salmon and broccoli on Facebook and multiple articles about the horrific chemicals in our food gets old after a while. I want to explain to my dear holistic health coach friends that emotional eating IS a thing and it’s not something to “just get over” for the sake of living a dairy-free, corn-free, gluten-free life.

I want to do so many things, yet I don’t know where to start. I have grand ideas every day and then I forget them because I get distracted. I have the brain of an old woman and an attention span of a child. I have a body that has been through the ringer and desperately needs me to care for it, yet still stands strong underneath me when I binge on foods that inflame and torture it.

I really desire a rich, healthy, fantastic life in Hawaii, where I energetically teach kids how to dance, write daily, swim often, paddleboard more, and occasionally enjoy a Law & Order: SVU marathon while eating mushroom pizza.

And the reality is, if I just calm the fuck down and stop comparing myself to The Militant Baker and everyone else’s highlight reel on Facebook, I could live my desires fully, with an open heart and an open mind.

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I have no problem sharing all of that with you. As long as it’s okay that I curse, and I don’t use enough punctuation, and I jump around on my topics. And you know what? I don’t want your money. I just want to write.

I want to let you know that my journey is unique to me, and it might be totally different than yours, and sometimes none of what I write about may help you, but I still appreciate you visiting this amandatrustysays.com domain that I am still trying to accept.

So, thank you for your amazing support. Thank you to the one person to actually submitted a picture for Roar 3.0, and I’m sorry if I never take the hours to make that project happen because I’m trying to keep my stress-induced excema at bay. Thank you for spreading Roar, and loving me even if you don’t know me at all.

Thank you in advance for enjoying the blog posts that are to come that pertain to you. If you don’t perform, or have never been scrutinized by just headshot and resume for a Broadway dance call, then you might not relate to every post. If you don’t have disordered eating or a food addiction, then you might not relate to every post. But I beg of you, if you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend that could relate to one of those posts, spread the wealth and pay it forward to them. That’s why I started writing in the first place. Because I needed someone out there to pay this knowledge forward to me. And when there was no such thing to be shared with me, I just sucked it up and created it myself.

I believe in the power of Roar. I do. IMG_5383I believe in the aloha spirit. I believe in the power of hot coffee, neck pillows, dark chocolate, and child artwork. I think these things can change the world just as much as recycling, GMO-banning, and those ASPCA commercials that make me bawl.

But I also believe in self-care, and enjoying life, and learning something new every day, and maybe not always altering my life, or my writing, or even my wardrobe choices, to what the world needs at every moment. Sometimes, as my excema has taught me, it’s okay to make a choice that only benefits me, and me alone. In the end, I think my happiness is way more effective in any world peace movement than my depression, and so I don’t feel guilty about this.

Thank you for listening to my stream of conciousness. Thank you for joining me in Hawaii next January for the first “Restore Your Roar” workshop. (What? Did I just slip that secret out by accident?) Thank you for sharing your happiness with the world. Thank you for taking care of yourself. Thank you for inspiring me. And welcome, to the new, real, true, amandatrustysays.com. (Oh God, I will just never get over how that sounds.).

 

Much love and aloha,

Amanda Trusty

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Hawai’i Is Not A Third World Country, and other important facts

 

You guys, we have to talk.

I am so in love with you, and really truly, I do not mind your Facebook messages asking me the difference between Pennsylvania and Hawai’i. I don’t mind you posting on my timeline that you’re visiting Hawai’i and can we see each other. And I absolutely appreciate your interest in the culture here.

I just think, that maybe, it’s time that we take a moment to clarify a few things.

1.) I am so happy that you have the opportunity to visit Hawai’i. And it would be absolutely lovely to see you and catch up, even if we haven’t spoken since I had a crush on you in sixth grade. However there are eight islands that make up the state of Hawai’i. 169634_origOut of those eight, you will probably find yourself on one of the four main tourist islands – Oahu (home of the city Honolulu), Maui (a popular honeymoon destination), Kauai (the most beautiful and lush of the islands), or the island of Hawai’i, commonly known as “The Big Island” (where I currently live and teach). The rest of the islands are less traveled to, and two of them, you’re not even welcome on unless you’re invited by a full-blooded Hawaiian or part of the military.

When you message me to let me know you’ll be visiting, I will always ask you first and foremost, what island you will be visiting. Please know that if I let you know that I can’t see you, it’s not because I don’t want to. It’s normally because there isn’t a ferry between the islands, and I don’t currently have the funds to fly to Honolulu to meet you for pupus and Mai Tai’s. I totally want to hang out – just make sure you include the Big Island in your visit so we can make that happen.

2.) Every Hawaiian island is extremely different. I live on the Big Island, where local farmers thrive, aloha is prevalent most anywhere you go, and the population is small compared to the size of the island (about the size of Connecticut.) images-16Oahu contains the hectic city of Honolulu, home to the second worst traffic in the country as well as some of the best surfing on the planet. Maui is populated with beautiful resorts and beaches and offers breathtaking sunsets from the top of it’s dormant volcano, Haleakala. Kauai is the second oldest Hawaiian island, and it’s lush jungle is some of the most beautiful you’ll ever see if you take the time to visit. Molokai and Lanai are both within ferry distance from Maui, and with the highest sea cliffs in the world and pineapple farms galore, they are less visited but equally as beautiful. If you are moving here, or visiting here, your needs and your wants can help you pick which island to see. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the Big Island, and I’ll do my best to help you navigate the other islands if I can.

3) Hawaii is not a third world country. Although not every Hawaiian is pleased about it, we are an actual state in the fifty United States of America. We speak English here. We have a Target and a Wal-Mart and even though I hate shopping corporate, Costco is our best friend. We drive on the right side of the road, and we eat hot dogs, and we have a regular education system, although the amount of homework these kids go home with is absolutely ridiculous. images-17Do we sometimes eat different things than on the mainland? Absolutely. Do we have strange animals and bigger, scarier bugs? Unfortunately yes. We also respect the land here way more than people on the mainland do. There is rarely litter, we’ve banned GMO’s, and we support local farmers more than I’ve ever experienced in any continental U.S. state. There is an entire “aloha grown” movement supporting the backyard revolution and local crops. It is amazing and inspiring and gives me hope that this world is slowly moving back towards what has kept us alive for thousands of years – farming and growing our food, instead of processing and genetically modifying it. If anything, when it comes to agriculture, we’re more advanced than the rest of the U.S., and by no means less “civilized”.

4) Aloha. Aloha is everythingIt’s why I stay. It’s healed my heart. It’s given me hope. It’s not just a “hello” and a “good-bye”. It’s a spirit. It’s a vibration. Read this postcard I found last weekend in a Hilo coffee shop selling Hawaiian-grown coffee and cocoa.

IMG_5242I need you to understand that it’s not weird to say aloha to everyone you meet. Aloha is the spirit and the hope that this world needs more of.

5) It’s expensive here. Food is shipped in, so cereals and meats are normally the same price as the grocery stores in NYC. The cost of living is high – electricity is obscene, gas is sometimes $4.88 a gallon, and restaurants have to keep their costs high or they’ll never survive. Hawaii Gas pricesHowever, most of us are still happy, grateful, optimistic people despite the financial sacrifices. Paying these prices in the middle of winter in a major city while trudging through the snow can be depressing. Paying these prices all year round while driving past the ocean and shopping at local farmer’s markets for apple-bananas – not so depressing. In fact, I’ve just completely gotten over it. Either I’m gonna pay an arm and a leg to live in a fifth floor two-window walk-up in Washington Heights, or I’m gonna pay an arm and a leg to live in town by the water where I can ride my bike to the coffee shop every day. I’ve happily accepted my fate without too much of a fight.

6) There are three terms used for people who live in Hawai’i. What I’ve come to learn, is that to be “Hawaiian”, a person has to have been born here and be of Hawaiian descent. To be a “local”, a person has to have been born here but doesn’t have to be of Hawaiian descent. Then there are people like me and Johnny, who moved here and now work here, and we are referred to as “kama’aina”. Which brings me to my important point: people who live in Hawai’i have to work to live here. We do not just pick coconuts and float in the turquoise bay all day long. I do not get to the beach every day. In fact, I haven’t been there for three weeks, even though I can see it from my kitchen. I do watch TV, and I do work five days a week, and I do have bad days, just like you. Hawai’i is a great place for a lot of reasons, but we are all still human. We have to deal with PMS, taxes, and traffic just like the rest of the world. Please do not tell us that our life is what everyone dreams of and we have no right to complain. It makes me want to send you moldy pineapple in the mail if the post office would let me send produce. Life is full of ups and downs no matter where you live on this planet. It’s just a little easier to get over when you live in a tropical place.

7) Speaking of moldy produce, let’s talk about that for a second. I seriously want to send everyone I know a care package. I want to send you mac nut butter and avocados and starfruit and jams and coffees and chocolates and banana breads. fivejarsdHowever, anyone who lives in Hawai’i eventually discovers that care packages will empty a wallet just as fast as a weekend shopping spree. We have to space out sending packages or we’ll be paying off credit card debt for the rest of our time on this earth. A small care package from Hawaii, even without produce (since we aren’t allowed to send any fruits or vegetables in the mail) costs me about $30-$40 before the $15 shipping costs. (Macadamia nuts run about $8.99 for 10 ounces, and a pound of Kona coffee can cost as much as $35.) Local products are well worth the money, but costly. I love you so much, so please know that just because you don’t get a wonderful Hawaiian care package from me, or anyone you know who lives in Hawai’i, does not mean that we do not love and appreciate you. Just wait your turn and eventually, you’ll be so grateful for your patience.

8) Hawai’i is really far away from everything, and everyone. If you are planning on visiting, it’s a fantastic, gorgeous, worth-every-penny getaway and vacation from everything you’re used to. However, if you are planning on moving here, I need you to seriously contemplate everything about moving here. We do not have an IKEA. We do not have a Trader Joe’s. And, we do not have an underground train to the mainland.american-mileage-run-map

Flights home to visit loved ones are expensive, and the jet lag is comparable to the hangover I used to get after a three day bender. Friends’ weddings become huge expenses. Holidays become a bit bittersweet and heavy with Skype dates and phone calls instead of family gatherings and home-baked cookies. Being away from your nearest and dearest while they are having babies, making their Broadway debuts, and celebrating their 40th birthday in New Orleans is REALLY REALLY HARD. I questioned my permanent move here for quite a few months until I really started settling in to my wonderful job and making new friends. It can be a wonderful new chapter in life, if you are completely ready for everything to change.

For me, the aloha and the nature and the spirit here has made my move mean a lot to me. I absolutely feel that at this point in my life, the Big Island of Hawai’i is where I am supposed to be. I am lucky enough to have incredibly supportive friends who mail me things from home and make time for me over FaceTime quite frequently, so I feel connected to them enough to make me feel like I can really handle living so far away. But all of these things are important for you to consider.

9) If you do visit, just for a week, or even for a month, please, for the love of all things beautiful in this world, take what you learned here home with you. Buy local. Be nice. Love people. Hug everyone. Take the aloha that you experienced here and carry it with you into your daily life. 

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In conclusion, let me just say mahalo for loving me from wherever you are in the world. Mahalo, put simply, is gratitude. Mahalo for reaching out and asking me questions, and sometimes, making me giggle (out of love, I promise). I’m not teasing you, I’m just educating you. I swear. (Okay, yes, maybe the title of this post came from me wanting to tease some of you.) But hey, how could you possibly know these things if you’ve never visited?

Which brings me to number 10………

10) Visit Hawai’i. It is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Sure, the Florida Keys are great. The Caribbean is stunning. Europe is unbelievable. But there is something special here on these eight Hawaiian islands. 628x471And I personally think, experiences like the ones you will have here, are the reason we work for a living. The reason we save money. The reason we explore and travel. There is nothing like Hawai’i, for a variety of reasons, which I actually plan to write about even more in coming weeks.
From ancient lava to snow-capped mountains to sea turtles to papayas, we have things here that you just need to see to believe. Just know, that you will have the experience of a lifetime here if you try new things, meet new people, and really immerse yourself in the culture.

Come experience the aloha that has changed my life. You will never be the same. This video, of the humpback whales who invade our waters each winter, proves it. So dear friends, until we meet at the Kona coffee shop in what I hope is the near future, aloha, and have a great week.

 

 

Next week’s posting:

Finally, The Big Announcement I Keep Blabbing About!

 

 

 

 


There Is Always Something To Celebrate, Y’all

Aloha to all of you and thank you for the incredible response to Roar 2: The Celebration. In just under a week, we are looking at stats like this:

Wordpress Stats for Roar 2: The Celebration

WordPress Stats for Roar 2: The Celebration

 

 

YouTube Stats for Roar 2: The Celebration

YouTube Stats for Roar 2: The Celebration

With about 9,000 views in 5 days, this means that we are reaching people. We are spreading a powerful message that compassion, self-love, and celebration is essential. This video might not reach a million views like Roar 1 did, but it’s not about that. It’s about shedding light on the simple fact that it’s perfectly acceptable, wonderful, and inspiring to recognize how awesome we are. And for that, I’m so thankful to all of you who participated, contributed, shared, sang along, and celebrated with us!

So, let’s keep the celebration going shall we?

I want to shed light on some of the positive things that are happening in this world right now. I mean seriously, we are constantly being bombarded with bad news, bad guys, bad foods, bad this, bad that. I mean, shit. Where’s the optimism in that?

It’s just as important to be bombarded with good news, and wonderful movements, and powerful women, and hope! So I wanted to make sure I highlight those things this week.

1) The Body Love Conference

Everyone knows about Jes Baker and her big middle finger to Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO last year, yes? In case you missed it, Jes (more commonly known on social media as The Militant Baker) wrote a letter to Mike Jeffries (A&F CEO) that included pictures of her wearing the very clothes that Mr. Jeffries told the world people like Jes shouldn’t wear.

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A revolutionary in style, humor, and ballsiness, Jes has now taken her body love a step further to include the rest of us who are struggling, picketing, or looking for it. She’s founded an amazing event called The Body Love Conference. Jes can obviously explain what this beautiful event in detail better than I can. And this is what she says:

“The Body Love Conference is the first event of its kind; a comprehensive and inclusive event that focuses on assisting all shapes, sizes and shades to embrace and love the skin they’re in right now.

Our bodies are installation art that we curate publicly. Our bodies are the first message those around us receive. Our bodies are our personal bookmarks in the world. Our bodies are magnificent houses for everything else that we are.  Our bodies are a part of us, just like our kindness, talents, and passion. Yes, we are so much more than our outer shell, but our outer shell is an integral part of our being too.

This is why it is SO important that we learn to accept, embrace, and even fall head-over-heels in love with them!  The way we view our bodies impacts the way we participate in the world, and it is my life mission to share the message that we can love ourselves as we are; right now. We don’t need to change our bodies, only our world.

Join us in our mission! Let’s change the world together!”

-Jes Baker, Founder, The Body Love Conference // The Militant Baker Blog

The event is taking place this Saturday, April 5th in Tucson, Arizona. I know. You’re groaning just as loud as I am that you didn’t know about it sooner and you don’t have time to book a flight and get your hot booty there. BUT there’s still hope. Check out the website so that you know what amazingness is taking place and then, consider donating to the campaign so that next year, you, me, your sister, my mama, and all of our friends can meet up in Tucson and have a hell-raising, body-loving, rip-“roaring” (get it?) good time. I’ll be speaking at the event next year, and the Roar videos will be played this year at the conference. It’s all happening. And if we come together and help it happen, we can ensure that this world will continually change for the better.

The Body Love Conference Website

Donate to The Body Love Conference to make it annual! (This page includes details on how the smallest amount helps continue the conference’s momentum, and a message from Jes herself!)

Jes’s Website: The Militant Baker

The guest blog I wrote for the conference about teaching self-love to the next generation: It Starts With Us

2) Week of Self-Care: Finally Say YES to Making Your SELF a Priority

This is a free event. I repeat, this is a FREE event. Yep. I’m saying FREE and like, meaning it. One of the participants in Roar 2: The Celebration is offering this event up to all of my blog readers for FREE. The world is a good place, we just have to take time for ourselves so that we can see past all of our to-do lists and our stressors and see the hope and the beauty around us!

For the week of April 14 – 18, at 12.30pm Eastern Time, Roar 2 participant, Charlotte Blake, is teaching a very special (100% complimentary!) tele-class called Week of Self-Care: Finally Say YES to Making Your SELF a Priority.

In this week long virtual event, Charlotte will be gathering a community who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Her intention is that even just 15-minutes of connecting into your body, mind, and self will help fulfill you from the inside-out.

  • Do you find yourself feeling depleted even if you’ve slept enough, eaten healthy, or exercised?
  • Are you always “working for the weekend” with little to no enjoyment of your weekdays?
  • Do you feel like you keep waiting for a family member, partner, or friend to give you permission to take a break but find that you never just give it to yourself?

Charlotte Blake knows how you feel. Charlotte teaches Pilates, but knows there is more to health than just working out.

Charlotte Blake, recent participant in Roar 2: The Celebration

Charlotte Blake, recent participant in Roar 2: The Celebration

With a very compassionate and down-to-earth manner, Charlotte combines a truly holistic approach with her Pilates expertise. She works with students and clients who not only want to learn new movement, but know it is time to shift their entire lives toward a more fulfilling and healthy way of being. This may sound HUGE but she understands that everyone starts out taking baby steps which is one reason why I am so excited about her one of a kind teleclass event. 

Using her down-to-earth approach, Charlotte will share her personal story as well as offer:

  • Daily lunchtime calls you can even join from your desk where you will be led through breathing exercises, stretches, take-home rituals and meditations.
  • A 30-minute Pilates video exclusively for the members of this week.
  • A daily guest blogger everyday with an article on what self-care means to them.

Another reason you don’t want to miss this event is because I have been personally asked by Charlotte to be a guest blogger for this event!

Sign up for this FREE event right here: Week Of Self Care

Along with Charlotte’s tips and guidance, you will receive the guest blog that I personally wrote.  I will be sharing what I think about self-care and how to incorporate it into our daily lives.

You don’t want to miss this! Her tips are simple yet profoundly effective.

3) Women’s Body Wisdom Retreat

If you’re looking for an actual retreat away from your home, then I want you to know about Julia Speer’s upcoming retreat in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Coming from three and a half months of volunteering at a wellness retreat center myself, I know the power of taking time off, indulging in nature and good company, and living simply for a few days. The retreat center where Julia’s event will be held offers walking trails, a labyrinth, and beautiful views, as well as a range of accommodations designed for comfortable sleep. All meals are provided with main meals being catered locally, and if you’ve ever been to Asheville, you know that the food is incredible! Most of it organic and locally grown.

 

Women’s Body Wisdom Retreat

July 18-21, 2014 in Asheville, NC

 

As women, we are born with a deep instinctual knowing, a deep, insightful wisdom housed in our wondrous physical selves. However, we are bombarded by messages in society that shape us early on, teaching us to focus our care and attention outward to others — and ultimately, even to reject our own bodies.

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This soulful retreat is a returning to the wisdom of our bodies through the practice of self-compassion, creative expression, and powerful ritual. Creating an emotionally safe and sacred space, we begin to repair the disconnect with our physical forms, accessing the wisdom that lies within, and exploring the imbalances we have accepted around giving and receiving. There is nothing more profoundly healing than sitting in circle with women and knowing that all of you is welcome here.

 

For more information and for registration, please click here: Women’s Body Wisdom Retreat

 

Julia has also set up a scholarship fund for those women who need help to get to the retreat, which is why I was so drawn to her work in the first place. The reason I found myself volunteering at Kalani this past year was because I could not afford Geneen Roth’s retreat in California. Accessible retreats are hard to come by these days, and the fact that Julia has set up such an amazing fundraising campaign to help women get to Asheville gives me hope.

 

To check out the fundraising campaign for this retreat, click here: Body Wisdom Retreat Fundraising Campaign

With those three things happening in this world, plus countless other workshops, movements, retreats, videos, books, blogs, and events taking place month after month, we have the opportunity to take our lives back into our own hands. I hope you take the opportunity to check out the three events I listed for you today and be reassured that there is hope. There is possibility. There is room for growth and expansion and change. And you’re a part of it. I’m a part of it. We are making the change, just by passing on the word that these amazing things are taking place.

Thank you again, for all of your support and sharing of Roar 2: The Celebration. If you’re having a shitty day and need a pick-me-up, please watch some people being brave and have a dance party in your office by clicking here. Now go out there and GET TO CELEBRATING!

Next Week’s Posting:

The Biggest Announcement I’ve Ever Made, Ever