Trump. Syria. Pulse nightclub shooting. Unarmed black folks killed by law enforcement. Brexit. Unchecked fascism. Prince and Bowie. (and this was just in 2016 when I wrote this page)
So many of my friends are in the trenches. Our dog died. My husband’s grandmother died. His mom got cancer.
I mean honestly. I am tired. I am done.
Resolutions, unrealistic standards, the endless advertisements and fitspiration. Now, I am a tenacious goal-setter, so don’t think I have it out for goals for no good reason.
I just find that more often than not, the emphasis is on what’s wrong with us.
“Lose weight, get whiter teeth and clear skin, quit sugar, finish your degree, make more money. Buy more stuff. Do more. Be more.”
As our messy, uncensored lives play out, we only see carefully curated social media versions of other people’s lives.
These seemingly perfect images make us think that we aren’t enough.
“If she can do it, why can’t I? Why can’t I be happy, not yell at my kids, have willpower, an immaculate house, and always have a gorgeous latte at hand?”
If you’re like me and many of my close friends, you’re feeling fragile, depleted, and on edge.
Bolster. Fortify. Hold. Sustain. Support. Reinforce. Uphold.
It is high time for some serious self-care.
And I don’t mean the capitalist flavor of self-care that looks like bubble baths or buying a new lipstick.
I mean self-care like:
Join me for Shore Up: 7 days of support & reclamation
What can you expect from shore up?
Shore Up is 7 days of healing, rebuilding, and enough-ness.
Shore Up is the antidote to all of that heinous “new year, new you” rhetoric that damages and undermines us.
Shore Up is chock full of tools, tips, ideas, and inquiries to help you get grounded.
Over the course of a week, we’ll talk about ways to set goals that are rooted in compassion and loving-kindness instead of shame and the desire to “fix.” There will be yoga practice videos, guided relaxation and mindfulness recordings, inquiries and journaling prompts, and constructive rest.
Best of all, it’s free and comes right to your inbox.
Hey, I’m Amber Karnes, creator of Body Positive Yoga. My goal is to empower you to live your life out loud – in the body you have today – without shame or apology. For me, yoga has been an integral part of a decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. I know what it’s like to struggle with low self-esteem, bad body image, disordered eating, and the shame that comes with feeling that I’m not enough. I also know what it’s like to fully inhabit my body. To see my body as an ally, my partner in crime. To accept myself – imperfect, flawed, human – and come out on top to live a life without shame or apology. I know what it’s like to finally realize that I am enough, just as I am. I want to do my level best to share that with you.