NEWS

Celebrity Matchmaker and Alessandra Conti Shares Her Perspective On Why Self Love is Key to a Successful Relationship

Before diving into the questions, tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to be a matchmaker! I always refer to myself as a "sandbox matchmaker" because I have been setting up my friends since before it was socially acceptable!  My sister - co-founder of Matchmakers In The City - and I grew up in a small town where there was very little to do, so we would rent out venues and throw parties and invite all of the cute boys from neighboring high schools and all of our fabulous girlfriends. We were always little social butterflies, and would...

Friday Feature

Friday Feature: Boss Babe Julia Ahrens, Founder of Miakoda!

Each week, our Friday Feature celebrates powerful women from our tribe who share their magic with the world in unique and inspiring ways. This week, we started a Boss Babe Friday Feature series, and chatted with multiple women in our community whose passions and creativity have made them fierce entrepreneurs. These go-getters share their journeys, hurdles they've had to overcome, and wisdom they've picked up along the way, which we are so excited to be able to share them. Meet Julia Ahrens, Founder of Miakoda Give us one line describing what your business is about!  Eco friendly, sustainable, and ethically made clothing that is comfortable [and cute!]....

Our Tribe

The One Who Saved Herself

"You Gotta Love Yourself Boo. Let’s get real for a moment with a topic that’s close to my heart, self-love. Self-love isn’t getting the love it should as often as it should. I get it, especially as women, we tend to put others first. Sometimes it’s our families, friends and sometimes even work. Whatever it is, the self-love gets put on the back burner and that needs to stop! Self-love needs to be at the front of our minds at all times. Just as they advise to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you helping others, your self-love needs...

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The One Who Keeps Fighting

"There is a quote by Kaci Diane that floats around the internet from time to time: “I love the woman that I’ve become because I fought to become her.” The mantra of self love is something I rely on daily.  I have struggle with Depression since I was a little girl. It followed me growing up between spilt parent houses, to sleepovers, on dates, in classrooms, to work. I felt mortified that I had to be given a pill in order to be "Normal". The weight of that insecurity led me to feel unconfident growing up, as if everyone could...

SELF CARE

Dr. Shannon Chavez on Why Masturbation is One of the Best Forms of Self Care

How would you define self-care?  Self-care is anything you do intentionally to take care of your overall health and wellbeing. There are mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual components. It is an intention with willingness and commitment to feeling like your best self. It is key to mental health and improves mood and the relationship you have to self and others. It’s not forced or something you don’t enjoy. It’s not self-indulging or selfish. It is up to you to determine what you need for self-care. It looks different for everyone and starts with considering your needs and not comparing yourself...

Friday Feature

Friday Feature: Hydrowarrior Gabrielle

Hi love, tell us a little bit about yourself! I’m Gabrielle. I’m 25 and I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus in 2016 after two tough years of misdiagnoses.  For those of us who are not familiar with it, can you explain what it is? Hydrocephalus is a chronic, at the moment incurable, neurological condition that affects the brain. It is a build up of cerebral spinal fluid in the skull causing the ventricles to become dangerously enlarged, causing the fluid to not properly drain to the rest of the body. This, in turn, puts unnecessary and dangerous pressure on the brain and causes it...

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The One Who Inspires

"Since childhood, I have been raised as a traveler due to my father's job. I've had to adjust to different countries and cultures time after time. All throughout, I grew a passion to be kind and love each person that I meet. I am committed and determined to be an inspirer, to match the frequency of my heart with every soul I meet. I recently came to a point in my life where I realized that while I choose to give the world happiness, I don't love myself enough. After all, how can I inspire others if I don't inspire...

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The One Who Made Her Destiny

“I love my ring and it is a daily reminder that I am the maker of my own destiny! I have forever struggled with insecurities and self doubt. It took me hitting rock bottom and losing things I hold so dear to my heart to realize it all starts with me.  How could I fully love someone or believe they could fully love me without loving myself?? Every day is a struggle but every day I am now waking up and choosing myself. I will love myself first in order to get the greatness I deserve! Thank you for being...

NEWS

How Self Love Can Fuel a Better Sex Life According to Dr. Shannon Chavez

First off, I'm sure you get this all the time, but can you tell us a little bit about your background and when/how you knew you wanted to be a sex therapist?  I always felt comfortable talking about sex despite growing up in a conservative household. I started my career pursuing medicine and along the way found my passion in psychology.  I was surprised to learn that there was minimal training in my clinical program on human sexuality. I knew I wanted to work with couples and individuals and that it was inevitable that we would be dealing with sexual...

SELF LOVE

How Self Love Can Fuel a Better Sex Life According to Dr. Shannon Chavez

First off, I'm sure you get this all the time, but can you tell us a little bit about your background and when/how you knew you wanted to be a sex therapist?  I always felt comfortable talking about sex despite growing up in a conservative household. I started my career pursuing medicine and along the way found my passion in psychology.  I was surprised to learn that there was minimal training in my clinical program on human sexuality. I knew I wanted to work with couples and individuals and that it was inevitable that we would be dealing with sexual...

Our Tribe

The One Who Conquered

"In the past 18 months I: received a late-in-life autism diagnosis, lost my dog to cancer and found out my husband is leaving me. I've shouldered the brunt of a loved-one's depression while trying to sort out how to address and manage my autism. I've had my heart shattered in numerous ways, to a painful depth I never knew possible. I've been betrayed in ways I took for granted would never happen, and saw my life spinning out of control with no discernible way to stop it. But somehow the chaos became calm, the fear became resolve, the sadness became...

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The Intentional One

“I received the self love pinky ring a month ago as a heartfelt 24th birthday present from my parents and brother. A few months ago, I got this "go be it" tattoo as a reminder to be who I want to be and to do what I want to do. To not let insecurities and self doubt get in the way. This self love ring goes hand in hand with that. My @fredandfar ring is a daily reminder to be intentional in choosing myself, to put myself first, to know that I am enough and that I am worth it....

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The One Who Empowers Herself

"The ring I wear on my pinky finger is a self love ring. Ever since I got it, it has helped me through the hard times I faced this year. Before I had this ring, I did not honor, love or choose myself on daily basis. I neglected myself and felt like there was nothing love about myself everything I tried to do or fix ended up worse. The toughest part was sitting down and thinking to myself what is it I could write down that I love about myself? An hour later the page was still blank. And then,...