As a toddler, growing up in Boston, I used to tap dance on the benches at Quincy Market and was so darn cute that strangers used to throw money. I have never really grown out of it.

But when I was 14, I did something crazy, something that undermined my inner diva. I went on my first weight loss diet. That spiraled into 9 years of yo-yo dieting and believing I wasn’t good enough to be what my soul was crying out to be: self-confident.

It’s taken me more than 20 years to fix what that first diet and all of its pop-cultural body norms did to my health and my sense of self-worth, but I’m getting there.

The term “diva” originates from late 19th century Italy and, in Latin, literally means ‘goddess.’ Yet, modern society has dragged it through the mud. It’s time to reclaim this word. What others have labeled “a petulant, demanding woman,” I call a goddess who knows her own worth. That is what I believe we were all born to be. Women who know their worth.

Divas are not “one-size-fits-all.” We are all our own brand of diva. Honestly, screw “the new black.” Divas love to stand out. The things that make us different also make us successful. 

Today, my diva-licious work is in the field of body-positive nutrition, focusing on the scientific concept that skinny and healthy are not the same thing. After all, being body-positive doesn’t necessarily mean “forget healthy food and eat all the donuts,” but it does mean that we can be healthy, sexy, fit, strong, confident, and worthy at any size.

Divas need vacations! (And they also indulge in self-care.)

Retreat with me at Vivacious Life.

In addition to my role as a speaker, motivator, and educator, I am the co-founder of Vivacious Life, LLC, offering well-being retreats and programs for women. At Vivacious Life, we believe that forming a healthier relationship with yourself enables you to forge new pathways to stronger, healthier relationships with loved ones, coworkers, and friends. To do this, women need a place to relax, learn, and feel supported. From quiet mountain retreats to cozy beachside girls weekends, this is your chance to getaway and learn with me and my incredible team in a focused and supportive setting.

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