Thanksgiving Can Be Every Day


Thanksgiving Can (and should) Be Everyday

I am just busting full of gratitude today for all of the awesome people in my life and the exciting things that are happening!

Family Is Fabulous

Today we will happily subway out to the Three Star diner on Avenue U in Brooklyn for an early 4pm dinner with my uncle Bob and my cousins. Uncle Bob Lippin is my dad's older brother, and I don't think he ever saw himself outliving my parents and his wife Rita. Yet, he is still here to enjoy time with us as a family!

So when he asked if we would come out, we happily accepted!

Creative Self Love Month

November is normally quite stressful, but this year has been a bit more so. I really miss my parents this year, Smiley is another year older (and 13 is really old for a dog), and my body feels completely out of whack. Tires, bloated, and stressed. To address the latter, I went to my holistic doctor on Monday and had all of my hormone levels and thyroid checked, so I can hopefully take some action next week.

To address the former, I have been using Cheryl Bridges' new book, Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love. The book includes inspiring pictures and artwork, links to uplifting music and videos, plus daily creative exercises and journaling cues.

Since I have huge issues with boundaries and saying no, I chose to spend more than one day focusing on this topic, which is still happening on Thanksgiving day.

When the lack of boundaries keeps us from speaking our needs clearly and saying “No,” when our hearts desire it, it’s not unusual that we end up doing things out of obligation. Resentment for what we’ve gotten ourselves into can sometimes be directed at the very person we had hoped not to hurt when we didn’t say “No” in the first place. We can become bitter when the situation happens again and again.

We have to let go of our overfunctioning concern about what the other person thinks or how they will react.


Through the affirmations, meditations, and journaling, I am able to more clearly understand and see how my indiscriminate Yes was actually harming me. I even said no to a review opportunity this Thanksgiving morning and it felt great!

Learn more about the book and author at or click here to purchase the kindle version of the book on Amazon.

Finally, here is an awesome interview with Cheryl Bridges about Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love:

Note that I received this book free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.

Happy Birthday Mom


Happy birthday Mom - My mother would have turned 83 today.

I have been slowly getting better since my parents died. But today I am sad.

This would have been my mother's 83rd birthday. She spent the last 20 years institutionalized, first due to untreatable bipolar disorder compounded by dementia, and then spent her final 3 years in the nursing home in hospice acre for her failing physical body.

The last time I saw my mother, she was dying. She passed less than 24 hours from our visit.

Happy birthday Mom. I know you are in a better place.

Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day



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As 2012 draws to a close I increasingly feel the need to reconnect with important people in my life and thank them. If you are reading this, thank you for the connection and the support!

I enter into my second year in New York with a wonderful job at Real Pilates, a robust and growing private client list, and emerging consulting opportunities that will have me working again with old friends and making new ones in other parts of the world. Life is good!

At the same time that I am embracing opportunity, I am also faced with endings. My father recently fell, spent three weeks in hospital, and I moved him to an assisted/independent living facility. In addition, I recently signed the paperwork for my mother to be in hospice care until she passes of liver cancer. While this is a big part of why I returned to the states, it is also a deeply difficult and trying experience in ways I never imagined. I am so very grateful to be here to assist them as much as possible.

And apparently NYC is now a hurricane spot. Instead of swapping hurricane season for winter, as I had envisioned, I now have both. We live in a skyscraper near the South Street Seaport, and were without power for a week and heat/hot water for about 11 days after Sandy. But we were lucky. Many of our friends and neighbors lost everything. I am grateful to have simply been inconvenienced.

A daily gratitude practice is a truly powerful catalyst for positive life changes, and if you don't have one, Thanksgiving in the US is the perfect day to start one. Simply take some time every day to write down everything you are grateful for. Some days it may simply be that you woke up and finally had a hot shower.

Half-price Pilates Audios

Just this week I saw a client, a journalist currently based in Hong Kong. He uses all of Pilates audios at home and while traveling, telling me that, "you have made such a difference to my lower back issues with your audios."

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Post-Thanksgiving Classes at Real Pilates

If you are in NYC, come work out with me at Real Pilates tomorrow, Friday 23 November.

  • 4pm Pilates Mat
  • 5pm Kettlebells
  • 6pm SpringTONE

Space is limited, so sign up early! Real Pilates Web Scheduler