Crystal’s Corner

Aug
25

When Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy

One of the most amazing parts of my life comes from my job…my career…my purpose; that is how I am able to help a woman who is unhappy, perhaps even desperately unhappy to find relief, solutions, answers, and eventually joy and peace of mind. No matter what Momma’s struggling with whether it’s her marriage, career, […]

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Aug
20

A message to every coach/therapist/trainer who struggles *inside* her own head, heart, body….

  Oh, my . . . where to begin with this letter. A letter I so desperately wish someone would have written to me 25 years ago. The pain and suffering it might have saved me. In any case, I am here to hopefully help shed some light on your own dark places by telling […]

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Aug
09

The need to please. The need to be approved of. The need to be pretty. Thin. Perfect.

If you’ve only just recently met me, you may find it hard to imagine that for most of my life I was a fitness guru. Literally, I ran 10 kilometres daily and rocked out my ‘step classes’ with choreography that could make any dancer froth with excitement. I owned gyms and personal training studios. I […]

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Jul
19

Why talking about ‘it’ matters … why you matter … why ‘it’ matters…

As you may or may not have noticed, over the past few years I’ve gotten bolder and louder in talking about things that really matter to me; things that upset me, excite me, stir my soul, or devastate my heart. I’ve talked about my past, my pain, and my suffering. I’ve talked about betrayals and […]

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Jun
15

Sharing my news about Oprah isn’t conceited or attention-seeking!

There are some things just too special to not celebrate: The birth of your baby! Your wedding day! Making it on Oprah.com??? Yes…. it happened for me yesterday! The Emotional Age Quiz on Oprah.com designed by moi! Woo hoo! I have dreamed about this day since I was a teenager. I was in Grade Eleven when I watched […]

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May
25

I walked into the Chapters / Indigo in the Eaton’s Center and was shocked to see ‘this’

Exactly ten years ago, I walked into the Chapters / Indigo bookstore in the Eaton’s Center in downtown Toronto and was shocked to see huge, blown up pictures of my face on posters, sitting on tables with lots of my books. I was in shock. Literally. Gobsmacked. I picked up the little brochure that explained […]

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May
07

My message to Mothers and Daughters who don’t celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is one of the most special days of the year. As a mother who has a very close relationship with both of my daughters (they are now 19 and 21), I know how very important this day is because of the very nature of our deep bond. A bond that needs to be […]

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May
02

Telling my ‘shameful past’ landed me in the New York Post! Who knew?

  Who knew that telling my shameful secrets—exposing my sexual abuse, rape, homelessness, teenage promiscuity (and ‘NO’ it wasn’t countless men I had sex with like the article said), huge weight gain and my shame shame shame—would land me on the cover of the New York Post?   http://nypost.com/2016/05/02/being-fat-helped-me-find-happiness/   When the article hit, I […]

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