Building up girls through running

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Life Snacks for Women – Create a Life of Excellence

My friend Sharon (president/ CEO) Sharon Burstein International just had her new book Life Snacks for Women – Create a Life of Excellence  released this past week !

It is  the second book in in her Life Snacks series.

Check it out here:

“Strong is the New Pretty”

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Credit: Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing.

Danny Pettry comments: I have two nieces: Alyssa (4.5 years old) and Zoe (5-years-old). They don’t know it yet – but I purchased two copies of this book: one for each of them.

One of my favorite authors, Beth Revis, had shared a video today title “the ugly truth about children books” that points out that many children books lack strong, brave, female characters.

Kate T. Parker’s new book is titled: “Strong is the  New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves.”



Praise for Kate T. Parker’s Photography
  • “The powerful Strong Is the New Pretty photo series challenges traditional notions of what makes little girls awesome,depicting young girls who are empowered not by their looks, but by living their fullest, most fearless lives. –
  • “The message behind this photo series is simple and powerful: You are worthy of celebration exactly how you are.” – SELF
  • “[A} heartwarming, energetic series that beautifully showcases what it means to be a girl now.” – The Huffington Post
  • “Fearlessness. That’s what is captured in the photos Kate Parker takes.” – Buzzfeed
  • “A powerful photo series smashes through those age-old expectations by depicting little girls as they truly are: brave, joyful,defiant, curious. And even a little bit messy” –
Confident, wild, joyful, fearless, resilient, creative, strong. Girls are all these things, and more. A mother of two loud, messy, freckled, and amazing daughters, Kate T. Parker began taking pictures of her girls in everyday life—biking, playing soccer, discovering tide pools—and quickly came to realize the most resonant images captured her daughters’ true, authentic selves. Striking and fresh, the photos morphed into the Strong Is the New Pretty photography series, which went viral in 2015 and has now been expanded into a book of the same name.
STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY (March 2017; Workman; $17.95) is a
celebration of the tenacious spirit inherent within every girl. Featuring
Parker’s stunning photography alongside advice and wisdom from her diverse subjects,
the book demonstrates that all girls—not just the athletic ones—are unstoppable. Girls reading or studying, girls jumping in mud and leaves, girls comforting a best friend, girls on the playing field, and  girls creating art—
STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY reminds us that beauty is not about being a certain size,

having your hair done a certain way, or wearing a certain dress. It is about being yourself.
Filled with more than 175 color and black-and-white photographs, this important collection will inspire girls and women to be their best selves—to challenge and test their limits, to nurture their curiosity and intellect, to find strength in being creative and kind—in bold displays of anger and joy, and in quiet determination. Because as Grace F., age 13, says: “Being a girl has no limits
About the Author
KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education, like Girls on the Run, Glam4Good, and Girls Inc. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Her website is
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Credit: Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker/ Workman Publishing.

Credit: Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T Parker / Workman Publishing.

Q&A with Kate T. Parker, author of Strong Is the New Pretty


  • How did the Strong Is the New Pretty photography series start?
    I am the mother of two young girls, Ella (11) and Alice (8). They are my inspiration for Strong Is the New Pretty. I was photographing them every day and noticed that the images that were strongest and most meaningful to me were the ones where the girls were being themselves, whatever that was at the moment: dirty, feisty, silly, sassy, angry, funny, loud, and louder. They didn’t need to pose a certain way, smile for the camera, or brush their hair to be beautiful. I wanted my girls to know that the images that captured their true personalities showed their beauty. And the images turned into a tool I could use to combat the messages the media often sends to girls and women—that beauty is a particular hairstyle, size, or outfit.


  • What themes emerged as you started taking photos of the girls in the book?
    As the project grew, I met and photographed hundreds of girls from all over the country, and I learned that strength doesn’t always come in one package, and it doesn’t always manifest itself the way it does in my girls. Strength isn’t always loud and feisty. Strength can be in the face of a musician creating music because it is inside her. Strength can be switching tables in the lunchroom because your “friends” aren’t actually your friends. Strength can be meeting a cancer diagnosis with unrelenting positivity. Throughout the making of this book, I was and continue to be so inspired by the girls and young women who are featured between its covers. These are the faces of a new generation of young women who don’t need someone to tell them that it is what is inside that counts because they already know it.


  • How did the subjects in your book find self-confidence, and what lessons would you encourage them to pass along?
    I think the girls found confidence in being themselves by pursuing their dreams—becoming a gymnast, learning to be a pilot, playing football against the boys—regardless of what others thought. These girls were all brave, but it doesn’t mean that they were fearless. They all were scared. They all wondered what people would think of them. They all worried about how they would look. That kind of fear is within us all. Strength comes when we don’t let it dictate what we do.
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Credit: Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker/ Workman publishing.

  • With the rise of online bullying, images of girls that go viral are too often not positive ones. What advice do you have for young girls when it comes to sharing photos online or letting others take their picture?
    I always remind my girls that the internet is written in stone. At their young ages, they can’t even comprehend how something posted when they’re a child can follow them around their entire life. Parental involvement is crucial: Speak to your kids about the dangers that are inherent in social media and model how to make good choices.


  • Why is it important for a girl to be wild?
    Wild girls should be allowed to be wild. Introspective girls should be allowed to be quiet. Funny girls should be allowed to be funny. And girls who are all these things should be allowed to be all these things and find out who and what they are, without boundaries. Giving girls the space, time, and support to find out just who they are, what they like, and ultimately, what they love, is a key responsibility for a parent or mentor.


  • What can a young woman learn from being resilient?
    We all get down. We all get beat. We all lose a game. We all get a bad grade. It happens to everyone! It’s not how many times something gets in our way or has a negative outcome —it’s how many times we get back in the game and keep working toward our dreams. When we get back up, it’s important to have a good cry, dust ourselves off, and get back in there. Our scars can make us stronger.


  • How do you define creativity, and why is it important to inner strength?
    Creativity is allowing what is in your heart and soul to come out in a form you can show the world. Mine is photography. I feel confident, creative, alive, and driven when I am shooting a project I believe in. I think we all have something in us that makes us feel that way. It just takes some people longer to figure it out. it took me almost thirty-five years to find mine, but it was worth the wait!


  • How can girls retain their ability to live fearlessly when they graduate into adulthood?
    Too often, strength is taught or discouraged out of us as we grow up. But strength is like a. The more you exercise it, the easier and more natural it becomes—–even if you have to start by pretending. While on the journey, start small by trying things you normally wouldn’t, and go from there.


  • What were the most surprising acts of independence you saw while documenting the girls in your book?
    As someone who doesn’t love to fly, I was so impressed with our sixteen-year-old pilot, Aris. She knew what she wanted to do at age 13, took lessons and studied, and has already flown solo. I commend her drive, follow-through and ability to let nothing stand in her way.

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What Do Rec. Therapists And Coloring Books Have In Common?

By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI, Reiki Master (Guest Blogger at Rec Therapy Today)

You’ve probably already guessed the answer – Stress Relief!

Recent studies have shown that 20 minutes of coloring has the same physiological effect as a 20 minute meditation session. How cool is that?!

Coloring has been used by progressive mental health practitioners since back in the 1970’s, for relieving anxiety. Just like meditation, coloring allows our brains to turn away from other thoughts, and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and reduce stress. Coloring is an easy and inexpensive way to bring “mindfulness” into your life (and your clients’). Some studies have even shown that activities like coloring can help improve cognition, and who doesn’t want that?

Today, my friend Dianna Mullane and I are launching our fabulous, stress relieving adult coloring book, “A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs.” We have just completed this project of love and it’s getting rave reviews already.

A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs,” was written by and for women. The book includes both complicated designs for those who want to spend hours basking in their own creative juices, and more simple designs, for a quick coloring session to relieve the day’s stress and tension. There is a wise old barn owl; Pele the fire goddess; Brigid of the Celts; Yemaya the African Orisha; a beautiful, flowing, long haired depiction of chakras, and so much more! Each design in this book has a description that will inspire, empower, or simply bring a smile to your face. For instance, did you know that the hummingbird’s wings flap in the design of a figure 8, the infinity symbol? Have you ever heard of Benzaiten? She’s a Japanese Buddhist goddess of everything that flows: water, time, words, speech, eloquence, music, and knowledge. Our design shows her playing a biwa, the traditional Japanese lute used in storytelling.

I had so much fun researching these designs for you, and my hope is that you enjoy them as much as I am!

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

  • “A Coloring Book for Women: 30 Divine Designs is a dream come true. An adult coloring book created just for women! The pictures are incredibly creative and inspiring. There are descriptions with each design that help you think, and contemplate your own inner path. It is a fantastic addition to the adult coloring book world. I highly recommend A Coloring Book For Women: 30 Divine Designs. A great gift for the holidays!!!” Elizabeth Helming
  •          “I can’t wait to begin coloring these designs!
  •  I tried adult coloring books before, but the designs were busy, geometric pictures that were difficult to color. They actually ended up frustrating me more than anything! A Coloring Book For Women, 30 Divine Designs is very different! The designs that Kathi Casey and Dianna Mullane have chosen are lovely and FUN to color! After all, that’s why we want to color again, right? To feel the joy we did as children when we sat down to color. I love this book and can’t recommend it enough!”  Jane Lafleche


The book is available on Amazon (go take a sneak peek), and also on my web site, where for the same price we’ll include a box of colored pencils to get you started!

Best of Health,



Kathi Casey, “The Healthy Boomer Body Expert” is a three time Amazon bestselling author, renowned health coach who has recently been chosen by The Psychology of Eating as one of their top 20 Health coaches, and her blog ranked # 10 in list of 50 top Health Blogs. She is a popular Baby Boomer columnist, has shared her programs on Fox 23, ABC-8 Evening News, and produces her own TV show, “To Your Health.” For the last 12 years, she’s been empowering people all over the US to take charge of their own health care through her workshops and trainings utilizing Yoga, Somatics, Pilates and Energy Healing (Reiki) techniques. Kathi holds certifications in Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Acu-Yoga (use of acupressure points while in Yoga poses), Ayurvedic Physical Health, Healing Touch, EFT, and is a Reiki Master. She grew up in the Berkshires, raised her 2 children there, and currently makes her home in Otis, MA. More info can be found at