Disparaged For ‘Daring’ To Think I Could Hike Alone In The Woods… I Did It Anyway

This past weekend I did something I’ve never done. I went for a solo hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve hiked lots on my own near where I live and I often go to the trail in the mornings by myself or with a girlfriend before work, so being in the woods unaccompanied ... [Read More]

Martha Carucci Bravely Shines A Spotlight On Alcoholism By Sharing Her Journey To Sobriety

August 2, 2016 by

By Martha Carucci - What does an alcoholic look like? For many, the word alcoholic conjures up images of a person on the street drinking from a brown-bagged bottle. Someone completely destitute and disheveled. But what about the mom sitting next to you at a PTA meeting or soccer game? She may be just as miserable. ... [Read More]

“Let’s Fix The Future”: 10-Year-Old Launches Public Participation Kindness Initiative

July 21, 2016 by

On Monday, Fox40 News, a local Sacramento affiliate, ran a story on Leah Nelson, a 10-year-old girl from West Sacramento, who has embarked on a mission to “fix the future” with a public participation, pay it forward-style initiative she dreamed up in her bedroom called “Becuz I Care”. Designed to make the world a better ... [Read More]

New Badass Music Video Featuring India’s Top Women Athletes Aims To Inspire And Empower

July 12, 2016 by

Nike, the brand synonymous with "Just Do It", is aiming to inspire and empower with a new three-word phrase... "Da Da Ding." Less mantra and more battle cry, it's an anthem backed by blood pumping beats and powerful lyrics that's been brought to life in this new music video, which delivers a stunning visual ... [Read More]

Why I Hope My Daughter Doesn’t Say “Sorry”

July 8, 2016 by

By Kelly Burch - Most women have decided it is better to apologize too often than to risk not saying “sorry” enough. I was boarding a flight from Chicago to Boston with my 18-month-old daughter when the apologies began. “Sorry,” she said, as we bumbled down the aisle, brushing against passengers who were already in their seats. “Sorry.” As we made our way to the back of the plane, the baby ... [Read More]

My Reflections On Eating Disorder Recovery

July 5, 2016 by

By Alison Tedford - I felt trapped for far too long, held captive by my own preoccupation with the number displayed on my bathroom scale. On particularly dark days, it seemed to glow brighter than the hope in my heart. Staring at it had the same effect as an eclipse, overshadowing any redeeming quality about myself. It seems unlikely that something that is powerless when I ... [Read More]

Documentary Chronicles One Woman’s Crusade To Confront Body Loathing/Shaming And Inspire Self-Acceptance

June 29, 2016 by

In 2013, when Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional “before” and “after (bearing three children)” photo it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. ... [Read More]

Healing Rejection From 15 Years Of Living With An STD

June 27, 2016 by

By Brittany Policastro - I was 21 years old when I contracted genital herpes from my boyfriend. And let me just say that I really do hate that word- herpes. It doesn’t have an abbreviation, it doesn’t roll off your tongue like say, chlamydia. It just kind of sticks in your mouth like a wad of stale chewing gum. Anyway, enough with the stalling. I’ve been putting off writing this post for about a year now, ... [Read More]