My daughter came home from school last week, sobbing, because one of the kids in her preschool called her a nerd. While I stroked her hair and wiped her tears, I flashed back 25 years to when I was fifteen. The head cheerleader, who was my secret friend, turned away from me at the lunch table. Standing there, holding my green plastic tray with my soggy hamburger, limp fries, and orange juice, I saw the apology in her cheerleader eyes when she said, “This is not the nerd table.”Read More...
When I was invited to be on View From the Bay, a San Francisco talk show, they want me to talk about how life’s too short not to take risks. (We didn't actually get around to talking about that, but that's a whole other blog post!) Turns out I’m an expert at taking leaps of faith, with all the Pleaping (pink leap of faithing) I’ve done in the past four years. So really, I know what I’m talking about.
Hiya, Pinkies. I've been getting lots of inquiries - especially on Twitter - asking what Owning Pink is all about. What's the story? Why Pink? What is Mojo? How can Owning Pink help me? I realized that while there are stories and snippets here and there on the site, the whole shebang isn't in one place. And so, without further ado, here is the story about how I lost and found my Mojo, and decided it was time for me - and for all of us - to start Owning Pink.
Today is the first day I see patients at my new practice, The Owning Pink Center, an integrative medicine center for vital wellness. In honor of this special day, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I have on being not just well, but VITAL. Too many people (including doctors) settle for being merely "not sick." But I believe we have the capacity for so much more. I believe we can get and keep our mojo, nurture the body so that it performs optimally, and live a joyful, fulfilled life.
It breaks my heart that Sex and The City ended. For nearly a decade, I could pretend that women really do gather together over Cosmos, talking about sex, career, relationships, and the meaning of life according to Carrie Bradshaw, all while decked out in Manolo Blahniks and sporting styling haircuts, both cranial and pubic.
For those of you who believe that Jesus Christ arose from the dead today (or to those who just love the Easter Bunny), Happy Easter! To the Pinkie Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and anyone who refers to the Universe some other way, happy Spring Sunday!
Well, Pinkies, I did it. My first TV appearance is behind me. I was interviewed on View From The Bay yesterday in a segment called, "How to create quality 'me' time" with Lisa Quinn, author of Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets and Christine Arylo, author of Choosing Me Before We.Read More...
Today, I’m going to be on television for the first time (View From the Bay, ABC TV in San Francisco at 3pm PST!) Thing is, I hate cameras. But it’s all in service to my mission. I believe that my work- Owning Pink, my book, the Owning Pink Center- is like air for a world that is suffocating. We have been so stifled by trying to put ourselves in boxes that don’t fit that we have forgotten how to breathe. We have beaten ourselves up and suffered in silence. We have settled for living lives that are less than vital. We have isolated ourselves so that we feel completely alone in our struggle to be free. I believe it doesn’t have to be this way. I believe- together, with Divine guidance, we can change the world (no biggie). When you boil it down, I believe in YOU.Read More...
Yesterday’s post “What? We Can’t Say Vagina?” got more traffic than anything we’ve ever posted on Owning Pink. And the conversation is still raging in the comments section of that post, so feel free to let your empowered, honest, authentic voice be heard. It shouldn’t surprise me that women are so hungry to talk about what society still considers taboo. That’s what inspired me to write my book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (St. Martin’s Press, Sept 2010). When I asked for your secret questions, I opened the floodgates. Turns out you all WANT to talk!
Tell me it isn’t true. Rumor on the street has it that TV networks have banned a tampon company for making an ad that uses the word “vagina.” Um, how exactly are we supposed to talk about tampons without using the word vagina? And what’s wrong with that? Vagina vagina vagina! (Okay, did I just sound like a defiant little kid? Good.)
Apparently, after this infamous tampon ad was banned from three networks, they reshot the ad and replaced “vagina” with “down there.” Even with this change, two networks still wouldn’t run the ad. Which means they made a tampon ad without ever once referencing the female genitalia. I mean…duh, people. That’s like making a beer ad without ever referencing the mouth, lips, or tongue. Vaginas are where tampons GO.