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Five Self-Care Shifts to Save Our World - Free Training

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Five Self-Care Shifts to Save Our World

Five-Day Free Training

Reimagine Your Self-Care. Take It Beyond the Self.

Do you watch the news and wish you could do more to help the incredibly hard situations in our world?

Would you like to have more challenging conversations around social change but fear messing them up?

Do you know you have something important to say but need support in finding your voice to say it?

Are you ready to step forward?

Are you ready to express what feels true inside of you?

Are you ready to be part of the solution?

Click here to learn more and sign up for the free training! (And please share with others who might also be ready to make a self-care shift!)

Let’s revolutionize your self-care!

The Cozy Winter Self-Care Retreat You've Been Craving - You're Invited!

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Join me for a Cozy Winter Self-Care Retreat in Beautiful West Virginia

February 8 - 10, 2019

Claymont Seminars, The Great Barn

Is winter already wearing you down? Are you craving time for relaxation, contemplation and a deeper practice of self-care this season?

Join me at the beautiful Claymont Seminars for a cozy weekend of delicious food, gentle yoga and life-changing self-care workshops. Learn the essential self-care practices that help you live a beautiful life, every single day. Be in community with people who appreciate meaningful conversation as much as you.

Over the course of this weekend, you’ll gain a much deeper understanding of who you are and what you need to care for yourself within the busyness of modern life.

You’ll also leave our weekend together knowing how to:

  • Craft and practice a dynamic morning routine

  • Set boundaries around your time and energy

  • Share your self-care with your loved ones

  • Transition gracefully from winter into spring

Learn more in the FAQ below and email me at with any questions.

Sign up before January 15th to take advantage of early bird rate!

Can’t wait to retreat with you!



Retreat FAQ’s

When is the retreat?

February 8-10, 2019.  Check-in starts on Friday from 4pm and we end after lunch on Sunday, around 1:30pm.

Where is the retreat?

A very sweet retreat center called Claymont Seminars near Charles Town, WV.  Depending on traffic, it takes about an hour to get there from downtown DC.   This is the 19th retreat I’ve led at Claymont and they are always wonderful experiences!

Who can attend?

All people who want to learn, practice and share self-care!  You can take as much personal time as you need - there are lots of wonderful walking trails, cozy meditation places and nearby Harper’s Ferry to visit.  There will also be a wonderful community of supportive folks with whom you can eat delicious food, engage in meaningful conversation and giggle with by the fire.

What if I am traveling from out of town?  

If you book your travel to arrive in DC by 2pm (or Dulles by 4pm) on Friday, we can most likely find you a ride to the retreat center.  Please book your return travel for after 4:30pm on Sunday.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

The accommodations are single/shared rooms (single rooms are first come first serve unless you have a medical need to have a single room) with shared bathrooms.

What is the food like?

I’m so glad you asked - it’s delicious!  Our baseline menu is a colorful, yummy vegan and gluten-free menu with the option of dairy + bread to add in.

Will there be yoga?

Yes, there will be gentle, all-levels yoga taught by Gracy.  You can participate or sleep in! :)

What is the cost of the retreat?

For those who sign up before January 15th, the price is $325.  For those who sign up after, the price is $350. Prices include all food, accomodations and supplies (though you might want to bring a little extra money to buy Claymont’s honey - so good!)

The Beautiful Life Collective - care for yourself so you can care for our world


The Beautiful Life Collective

A Cooperative of Women Leaders Caring for Themselves So They Can Care for The World

What Is The Collective?

A self-care community providing inspiration, accountability, resources, and the opportunity to invest in your most important asset: your ability to care for yourself, other people and the world as a whole.

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”  - E.B. White


The Beautiful Life Collective Is For You If…

  • You feel compelled to act and show up for vulnerable communities, but are not sure how or where to start.

  • You sense that only through self care can you be the change you wish to see in the world.

  • You know that caring for yourself without caring for the world and examining power and privilege is incomplete.

In The Beautiful Life Collective, we see social activism as an essential form of self-care and understand that the only way to show up for others consistently is to show up for our self-care. Authentically caring for ourselves, working compassionately with our fears, and being part of a supportive community is the recipe to equip us to create change we know is possible in our lives and in broader cultural issues.  

I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle … a group of people, women - smart, wise, can-do women - who are in the world doing their work, and you need to meet with them as often as you can, so that they can see what you’re doing, and who you are, and you can see the same. …. It is crucial for our psychological health and our spiritual growth – it’s essential.  - Alice Walker


How Do I Sign Up?  

Right now, registration is closed for the Beautiful Life Collective. However we will reopen in 2019! Join our VIP waitlist and be the first to hear when we are accepting new members. (And shhh…maybe receive a little discount too!)

How to Disappoint Others and Still Excel Professionally

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Learning to disappoint others is an essential skill for career success — but that doesn’t make it easy. Follow these 5 tips to get better at saying NO.

I grew up a people-pleaser, thinking that if I could take care of everyone else, then I would be granted total life success. This was partially true; people-pleasing has really helped me. I’ve always been a great student and have excelled professionally. I’ve even been called charming. Still, being overly accommodating has also hurt me professionally. My fear of disappointing others has made me sacrifice my own honest opinions in order to be likeable. I’ve gotten so worried about coming off well in a meeting that I’ve overlooked important details in projects. And when I’m not expressing myself fully, I become increasingly passive-aggressive, which can block progress and hurt professional relationships.

It has taken me years of rigorous self-examination, but I’ve learned that disappointing others is often an essential step to success in my career. This doesn’t make it easy. Each time I have to disappoint someone or challenge a majority opinion, I need a big internal pep talk. But I do it in order to thrive as a professional — and as a human being. Here are my five strategies to help you wisely disappoint other people.


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