A Better Person, Today

“You cannot be better and stay who you are. Improvement. Demands. Change.” I am lucky to have a very supportive husband. Our vows were not about obedience or about forever. They were about being mirrors for each other in our journey to becoming our better selves – regardless of where or when that took us. The road has been hard, full of hard edges and deep valleys with equally soaring heights and smooth roads. I had never had that kind of selfless support in my life until I met him; and, as a part of that support, his constant reminder to the two of us: “Improvement. Demands. Change.” We had figured that people willing to be that supportive came along only once in a lifetime, and that, as su

In Praise of Setting Boundaries

I have seen the next stage of the revolution, and it’s going to be led by awesome, empowered women. That’s how I felt at the end of ESD Camp 2018. I came to camp after spending more than half my life training in martial arts, already a strong believer in the idea that women can become powerful in the world using physical training as a base. Training made a major difference in my life and now that I’m getting old — I was the oldest woman at camp — it’s important to me that other women know how they can use their bodies not just to keep themselves safe, but also to push their ways into the halls of power. The young women at camp — not to mention the middle-aged women — did not let me down. Th

Go Ahead. Power Pose.

“Let me tell you a secret,” an experienced empowerment self-defense instructor told a new group of students. “I was a little nervous before class started, so I went into the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror like this.” She then demonstrated a few Wonder Woman poses, and explained that she was now feeling strong and ready to go. “Body language matters.” Yes, it does. It matters at job interviews, it matters on dates, and it definitely matters when you’re in a situation in which you have to defend yourself. Which is why body language is such a substantial part of any ESD curriculum. Body Language -- A Two Way Street We know our body language affects how others perceive us, but we rare

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