Happy No Matter What

Written Sunday, March 13, 2011. By Anna Kunnecke As I write this, I am in Tokyo. It’s been 48 hours since the biggest earthquake that’s ever been recorded in Japan. Ever since the sheer terror of those five minutes in which our building shook and swayed and groaned, and I didn’t know if my daughter [...]


How to Love Yourself

I love my son even when he uses my arm to wipe his nose. I love my daughter even after she throws a fit at Cosco in front of the pharmacy line and won’t get off the floor. I love my baby even when she throws up in my hair at 3am. I love my [...]


It’s 6:33 am. I’m sitting at my desk. I’ve been up for over an hour. I’m hoping to get some work done before the baby and my three-year-olds wake up. Then it’s time to get them dressed, fed and off to school. There’s a mountain of books next to me and one on the floor [...]


How to Feel Important

I confess. I’m a total nerd. I love to read vintage self-help. In 1937, Dale Carnegie wrote How to Win Friends and Influence People. It became an instant success, one of the best selling books of all time. You can still find it at your local bookstore. Reading the book confirmed my suspicions – How [...]


A Modern Day Princess

I’m planning on running a half marathon in July. Running a marathon was never something of interest. Women who run marathons are not like me, I used to think. A completely different breed of woman. I filed them away under women who “camped in.” The same type of woman who carries a  mountain bike over [...]


The Dictator, the Wild Child and the Watcher

In my work with weight loss clients, I teach a tool called the dictator, the wild child and the watcher. The dictator is that voice inside your head that scolds. She says things like “what were you thinking, you fat slob.” Or worse. She has your best interests in mind, she thinks, but will stop [...]


Fat is Not Your Enemy

It’s just a neutral thing. It doesn’t make you any less of a person to carry excess weight. When you look in the mirror and you see fat, how do you feel? It’s not the fat that is making you feel that way, it’s what you make that fat mean. It’s what YOU say to [...]


Indecision is the Antonym of Resolution…

… I know because I looked it up. I suck at resolutions. I usually make them then forget about them in few weeks. But not this year. Here is the big epiphany: In order to get what I want, I have to know what I want. And isn’t a resolution really just an intention? Gretchen [...]


When the Body Says No

Yesterday I was feeding the baby when I experienced a jolt of pain shoot through my back. I had to lay there helpless for a few minutes. Today my back was still sore. I had to take some ibuprofen just to get through the morning. I have to listen to my body. Even though I [...]


A Simple Cure for Holiday Overwhelm

What’s the difference between actual gratitude and theoretical gratitude?