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Does Loving Your Body Mean You Can’t Want to Change it?

Last week, during a fitness photoshoot, I intimated to my photographer and my assistant that I was the “heaviest” I’d ever been outside of my pregnancy. I put heaviest in quotations because I don’t actually weigh myself, and I think it’s just a placeholder for a variety of descriptions identifying an increase in body fat. Of...

You Don’t Have to be So Strong

I cried at my chiropractor’s office. This isn’t really out of the ordinary for me, considering I’m both a highly sensitive person and completely open to crying anywhere. Regardless, these tears were prolific. For the last 3 months I’ve been dealing with the fallout of my acute SI joint flare up, regularly seeing a chiropractor,...

Vinyl & Mindfulness – Neghar Fonooni

For the past few years I’ve been steadily growing my vinyl collection. It all started after a trip to Ojai during which I found myself at the cutest little bar listening to records and drinking wine from a can. A gorgeous bohemian bartender threw on a record by William Onyeabor and I was transported to another place,...

Vizzini Said to go back to the beginning: A simple guide to effective journaling

I used to be the kind of person who checked email first thing in the morning.  I’d wake up at 5 am, brew a French press, and sit down at the desk in my home office. The dogs would follow along and settle into my office sofa, promptly falling back asleep. Then, to the soothing sound of...

We need to stop hiding our tampons

“I’m a grown ass woman, and yet, there I was, trying to find a way to conceal my tampon as I headed to the restroom.” There we were at the gym, a group of women diverse in age and background, discussing our menstrual cycles. We also touched on anal sex, ovulation, uterine massage, masturbation,...

What The Ninja Turtles Taught Me

As a child of the 80’s, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favorite animated series to watch. I was also known to partake of Duck Tales, X-Men, Gargoyles, Jem, Captain Planet, and He-Man—all of which were animated shows that I consider far superior to the drivel my 10-year old watches today. But I’m not here to debate the...

Winter Solstice Musings – Neghar Fonooni

Rain drops fell incessantly, the drip, drip, drop creating a symphony of serenity, of nurturing…of cleansing. It doesn’t rain very often in Southern California, so when it does it feels imperative to revel in the rarity. I had a teeming agenda for the day ahead that I’d diligently planned the night before, but the rain encouraged...

On Embracing Your Inner Warrior

I can’t become a warrior until I let go of being a victim. I’m wholly unashamed to admit that although I’ve been dealt this lesson over and over again during the past 3 years, I wasn’t able to fully grasp it until just recently.  The thing about the Universe is that it will keep dealing out...

The Universe is My Life Coach

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 being honest, but damnit if...

I Finally Broke Up With My Scale

Recently I stepped on a scale for the first time in several months. As someone who used to weigh myself every single day—and allow the number to determine my mood—weighing myself only every few months is tremendous progress. I did, in fact, “break up” with my scale long ago, but I still step on...
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