Annie Carpenter Teaching Yoga

One of my excellent yoga teachers, Annie Carpenter.

Kris Carr saved my life. I read her book Crazy Sex Cancer while I was still in treatment and her sassy approach made changing my diet and lifestyle seem fun. I will never be able to thank her enough.

Special thanks to my amazing yoga teachers Jean Oshima, Jennifer Pastiloff, and Annie Carpenter for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.

Whenever I need a reminder to be brave and vulnerable, I reread one of Dr. Brene Brown‘s amazing books on the damaging powers of shame and the healing aspects of connection. Courage is all about telling our stories.

I’ve always been afraid of having my story turned into an “inspirational” anecdote with no real soul. Reading the works of Cheryl Strayed and Anne Lamott has taught me that memoir can be gritty, spiritual, and heart-wrenchingly true. Here’s to being beautifully flawed.

Being vegan is a wonderful adventure and I love finding new things to try in VegNews.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

I find volunteering to be one of the most healing practices in my life. I am so happy to be a part of The Trevor Project and to be able to go into schools to let LGBTQ teens know that there are people who care about them. It takes so much courage to ask for help and support.

I’m learning to meditate and I love how Jack Kornfield describes the stages of any spiritual journey in his book, After Ecstasy the Laundry.

For her humor and her guidance, I turn to Martha Beck‘s life coaching blog and column in O Magazine. In my favorite column, she recommended only allowing supportive people to sit on the panel of advisers in your head. She gets a seat on my panel for sure.

Christopher Malcolm Photography
I am so grateful to all the talented photographers who took time to work with me. Thank you Christopher, Lexie Cole, Robin Roemer, Paul Gallaher, and Stephen Crowley!