24Aug
By: Neghar On: August 24, 2018 In: Featured Posts, heart wisdom, Mindset Comments: 0

In our home, we have a motto: Everything is meaningful and nothing matters at all. An ocean breeze. Salty air and the crash of waves. The way jasmine both gently and unapologetically occupies its air space. New pens and a fresh sketchbook. A cold glass of something fermented. When your...

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20Aug
By: Neghar On: August 20, 2018 In: Featured, Featured Posts, heart wisdom, Mindset Comments: 0

“Pretty okay.” From 2015-2017 I traversed what I hope will be the heaviest shadow phase I will encounter—an amalgamation of my ex husband’s multiple affairs, my debilitating back injury, and everything that accompanied those traumas. It was a challenging time. A transformative time. A time when asked, “how are...

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14Aug
By: Neghar On: August 14, 2018 In: body image, Featured, Featured Posts, feminism, Mindset Comments: 0

Like many young girls, I wasn’t nurtured with resilience against shame. I wasn’t directly and specifically nurtured towards shame by my parents, but when you come of age in a culture that is laced with shame around women’s bodies and sexuality in general, resilience is necessary if you are...

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22Mar
By: Neghar On: March 22, 2017 In: body image, fat loss, Featured Posts, feminism, Fitness, Mindset Comments: 2

You know what’s gross? Racism is gross. Homophobia, xenophobia, sexism—gross. Oppression and discrimination are gross. Telling people what they should and shouldn’t do with their bodies? Gross. Convincing people there is something inherently wrong with them in order to turn a profit? Gross. Ketchup is gross. (Don’t argue.) But you?...

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19Jan
By: Neghar On: January 19, 2017 In: Featured, Featured Posts, feminism, Fitness, Lifestyle, Mindset Comments: 4

2016 was a year of extreme and unexpected growth for me, which, as many of us know all too well, is just a nice way of saying that I went through a lot of shit and came out alive.  Sometimes I doubted my ability to do so, if I’m...

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14Sep
By: Neghar On: September 14, 2016 In: body image, Featured Posts, feminism, Mindset Comments: 9

FEMINISM IS THE RADICAL NOTION THAT WOMEN ARE PEOPLE. And guess what? We can do pull-ups too! Imagine that. Feminism is the radical notion that we women can grow babies inside of us or choose not to do that very same thing because only we get to decide what’s...

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20May
By: Neghar On: May 20, 2016 In: body image, Featured Posts, Mindset, poetry Comments: 5

You are. A goddess. A warrior. A force of intoxicating, feminine power. And sometimes you’re a mess. Sometimes goddesses feel powerless. Sometimes warriors feel defeated. Sometimes it feels as though the force isn’t so strong. And you are. Still a goddess. Still a warrior. Still, and always, a force.

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08May
By: Neghar On: May 08, 2016 In: Featured Posts Comments: 0

Things I regularly do with my son: Garden Make silly faces Have dance parties Watch and read Harry Potter Take walks on the beach Play backgammon Skateboard around our hood Make up ridiculous songs Things I don’t do: Volunteer at school functions Attend every single football/soccer practice or game...

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31Jan
By: Neghar On: January 31, 2016 In: Featured, Featured Posts Comments: 2

Isaac reached across the table, and without saying a word, placed his hand on top of mine. I had been having an especially rough day, during which, for a multitude of reasons, I was in an emotionally heightened state. I do my best to communicate when I’m in moods like...

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18Jan
By: Neghar On: January 18, 2016 In: body image, Featured, Featured Posts, Mindset Comments: 12

  Back in 2014 I shared my “reverse progress” photo. At the time, it was the scariest, most vulnerable thing I had ever done. I was a fitness professional who had long clung to the idea that I needed to have a perfect body in order to be successful...

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