Personal Experiences, Stories and Insights

Circle+Bloom Around the World!

by mroth April 7, 2014

Hello! My name is Meagan. Some of you may already know me if you are a Circle+Bloom partner since I help work with our wonderful affiliates and partners. If not–hi! It’s nice to ‘meet’ you I also do some of the blog writing here. I’m going to take advantage of that and use this post [...]

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3 Books About Infertility Support We Love

by mroth March 4, 2014

We’ve been doing a lot of reading while we wait for warm weather to arrive and wanted to share some recommendations for books that are wonderful resources for dealing with infertility. There are plenty of good ones out there, so be sure to check our ‘books we love‘ page for more recommendations, as well as [...]

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Stories to Brighten Your Day

by mroth February 13, 2014

Well another snow storm is suppose to hit Charlotte this week, but that’s not putting a damper on my day. Why? Because of these two wonderful success stories I received recently. I wanted to share them with you because they filled me with hope and joy when I read them. We all need a little [...]

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Fertility Success Story after TTC for 7 years

by mroth June 24, 2013

Congratulations to Kelly and Matt! A fertility journey of a couple becoming pregnant after their first IVF/FET with the help of Circle + Bloom’s IVF mind+body audio program. After 7+ years of trying to conceive with my husband we are finally pregnant and are expecting our first child in Sept 2013. When I met my [...]

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3 Lessons from Forks Over Knives

by mroth March 5, 2013

I didn’t know what to expect when sitting down to watch the film Forks Over Knives, directed by Lee Fulkerson. I didn’t know if a movie about a vegan, whole foods diet would have much relevance to my life, but oh boy was I wrong! The premise is extremely simple, but eye opening as to [...]

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A Moment of Clarity by Greg Malouf

by mroth February 12, 2013

Guest Blog by Greg Malouf, founder of Epsilon Healing Academy I came to a point in my life where I felt like something was not working the way I wanted it to. I struggled with addiction, stress and anxiety, and had to go through a painful divorce. Once I was finally ready to make a [...]

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How to Stay Positive in the Face of Uncertainty and Fear

by mroth January 31, 2013

There are many times in one’s life where it seems utterly impossible to feel good and peaceful in the storms that dust up and seem to overwhelm us. On a very personal note, I am having one such occasion now. It involves a great period of uncertainty and it is very scary. I find myself [...]

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Samantha’s Success Story: Pregnant After Being Diagnosed With Endometriosis

by mroth December 24, 2012

Samantha shares with us her exciting news. After being diagnosed with endometriosis with laproscopic surgery scheduled for December 20th, Samantha decided to listen to our Natural Cycle program in October and November. She found out in early December that she conceived and is now 5 weeks pregnant. Congratulations to Samantha! We are so thrilled to [...]

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Finally Seeing Infertility as a Journey

by mroth August 13, 2012

Guest post by Amanda L. Johnson, a nutrition and wellness coach specializing in natural fertility guidance and enhancement, as well as supporting the health and wellness of clients during the process of advanced fertility treatment. At the fairly young age of 26 I started my journey trying to conceive knowing that I had polycystic ovarian [...]

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Communication Series Intro: Self-Advocacy – Fertility Within Reach

by mroth July 11, 2012

While navigating the windy (and usually rocky) path of infertility, we expect to face challenges. Physical challenges to our bodies, challenges to our mental well-being, and even financial difficulties. It can be surprising, however, to realize that one of the biggest challenges infertility entails is having to become self-advocates. Whether it’s dealing with a doctor, [...]

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How I Learn from Fear

by Joanne June 22, 2012

Howdy! Joanne here. Thought I would share some personal updates with you all. We upped and moved to the fine state of North Carolina. New house, new town, new friends, new schools. It’s a lot to take in and I’ve definitely gotten overwhelmed at times. And the winds of change will continue to tornado through [...]

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Father’s day

by Joanne June 14, 2012

this is a personal blog post from our founder and co-ceo Joanne Father’s day. Maybe not as stinging as Mother’s day for the TTC community, but still difficult for the sweet DHs in our lives. My dad died when I was only twelve. So Father’s day for me is bittersweet. My father-in-law just passed away [...]

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7 Life Lessons by Tony Blair

by mroth June 5, 2012

As the school year winds down across the nation’s college campuses, prominent speakers offer advice and words of wisdom to new graduates who are preparing to enter the next stages of their lives. Someone forwarded us the commencement address that Tony Blair gave at Colby College and we loved his advice so much that we [...]

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Simple Mind + Body Exercise

by Susan August 25, 2011

Take a minute to repeat the following sentence three or four times. Make sure each time to make the tone you use a bit more authoritative, and switch it from a sentence you are reading to a command your brain is giving to your body… “I have the power over my body to bring it [...]

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Fertility Success Story After First IVF Cycle

by mroth August 15, 2011

Congratulations Jennifer and Tom! A fertility journey of a couple becoming pregnant after their first IVF with the help of Circle + Bloom’s IVF mind+body audio program. My husband and I have been married for 7 years. I am 37 and he is 38 we met at work and fell very hard for each other [...]

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Trying to Conceive and Negative Influences Getting in the Way?

by mroth August 4, 2011

When it comes to getting pregnant, it seems that everyone in your life wants to have their say and provide you with their opinions (whether those opinions are wanted or not). Unfortunately, negative influences do not help you get pregnant. Disapproving looks from your mother-in-law and rude questions from co-workers can definitely take a toll [...]

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Taking Time for You On Your TTC Journey

by mroth August 1, 2011

When you’re trying to get pregnant it’s very easy to get stuck into a routine where everything is about conceiving and, as a result, your own needs get left behind. Trying to get pregnant can be an emotional rollercoaster and painful. Here are a few recommendations to take a bit of time for you – [...]

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Is Your Relationship Suffering Due To Infertility?

by mroth June 30, 2011

When a couple is struggling with infertility, it can put quite a strain on your relationships, especially the relationship with your spouse or partner. It is very common. Everything suddenly seems to be about making a baby and your personal needs and emotional relationship seems to fall to the wayside. In fact, many couples who [...]

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Online Silent Auction To Help One Couple with Infertility

by mroth June 22, 2011

One couple trying to help another couple afford their IVF treatments – Here is their story: It all started in 2011 when Cameron & Kristin found out they would need to raise money quickly in order to afford the treatments necessary for starting a family.   People around them were incredibly supportive and the response and [...]

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BFN – Disappointment and Heartache

by Susan June 14, 2011

Denise is one of our guest bloggers who is reliving her TTC story in the hope of helping others. She is sharing her most intimate thoughts, emotions and physical and medical journey on having her baby. To date she has explained how she came to the decision to start to try to have a baby [...]

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MYOMECTOMY!

by Susan June 2, 2011

Every once and a while a stranger begins to have this incredible impact on your life. That stranger brings you inspiration, faith, hope and causes you to pause in life and think about something bigger than you to do list. This is exactly the impact that Denis is having on me…..a stranger to me just [...]

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Beyond the Basics of How to Get Pregnant

by Susan May 23, 2011

We all know the basics of how to get pregnant. The birds and the bees are something that is taught to us in our grade school years. The reality of getting pregnant, however, can be much more complicated than health class leads us to believe. When it is explained to us in grade school it [...]

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Single and Want A Baby? What Should One Do? – Personal Fertility Journey: Denise’s Blog

by Susan May 10, 2011

A Personal Fertility Journey Denise continues to share her fertility journey with us.  She opens up about her struggle with how to handle the fact she wants a baby, but there is no man in her life, and the judging that can come with that desire. In Her Words…. Once I decided to have a [...]

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Visit to the Fertilty Specialist – Personal Fertility Journey: Denise’s Blog

by Susan May 2, 2011

A Personal Fertility Journey We introduced you to Denise about two weeks ago, she was our first brave volunteer to share her personal fertility journey with all of you! If you missed her first post be sure to click here and read it now! She opens up about her fears and nerves on her first [...]

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Personal Fertility Journey: Sophia’s Blog

by mroth April 21, 2011

A Personal Fertility Journey We are very excited to share with you the personal blogging journeys of women who are trying to conceive. These women are dedicating their time and energy to share their ups and downs, medical details and very personal reflections on their lives in an effort to spread TTC awareness and to [...]

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Personal Fertility Journey: Denise’s Blog

by Joanne April 13, 2011

A Personal Fertility Journey We are very excited to share with you the personal blogging journeys of women who are trying to conceive. These women are dedicating their time and energy to share their ups and downs, medical details and very personal reflections on their lives in an effort to spread TTC awareness and to [...]

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Be Concrete for Lasting Change

by Joanne April 12, 2011

Last week, I decided to do some internal spring cleaning. New Years resolutions aren’t for me, but when spring comes around, I totally want to remake over almost everything in my life. I shared with you last week my intentions for improving my health and well-being. If you are like me, this kind of fundamental [...]

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Unexplained Infertility: The “Non-Diagnosis”

by Susan April 7, 2011

Unless you have been through it, it is nearly impossible to understand the feelings of helpless frustration that unexplained infertility can cause. Each and every month it is the same thing over and over again. You hope and you pray that something will be different, but the pregnancy test always comes back negative. You want [...]

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Healthy Changes

by Joanne March 31, 2011

Creating Lasting Change I’m as guilty as you when it comes to having great plans to make real and fundamental changes in my life, set lofty goals and then fall flat on my face. I want to exercise more and eat better. I want to wake up earlier in the day, and consistently meditate. I [...]

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Alexa Garbarino, Photographer of “Ripe: The Essence of the Pregnant Nude”

by mroth March 21, 2011

“Like a lot of women in this series, including myself, I think Mary and Diane wanted to get as much out of their pregnancy as they could. Having battled infertility for so many months and then years, posing for the portrait was like a badge of honor — and I was thrilled to document their [...]

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Transforming the world of infertility, one couple and one birth at a time.

by Joanne February 3, 2011

This makes it all worth it. Allow us to be “shameless” and share this jaw-dropping testimonial from one of our customers who used our programs while trying to conceive, through an IVF, all through her pregnancy, and to help prepare her for her delivery. Thank you so much Rebecca for all your support. “I honestly [...]

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Week 12: The Love Response® (part two)

by Joanne February 2, 2011

All We Need is Love Let’s make no bones about it. Life sometimes is downright hard. It challenges us to our core, but time after time, we get up to fight the good fight. What Dr. Eva Selhub teaches us in her book, The Love Response®, however, gives us a very powerful weapon to steer [...]

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Mastering the Elephant

by Joanne January 14, 2011

How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are like me, right about now, it’s becoming harder and harder to remain in that highly optimistic, the sky-is-the-limit feeling that you have the first week of January. All of those wonderful goals and new habits that you want to take hold in your [...]

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Laughing IS Conceivable – Holiday Edition

by Susan December 21, 2010

We are excited to share with you a guest blog post from Lori Shandle-Fox, author of the blog Laughing IS Conceivable. Lori was a professional stand-up comic for about fifteen years and also struggled with infertility. We love that she is bringing her passion for humor to help women struggling with infertility. We love her [...]

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50 Things We Are Grateful For

by Joanne November 23, 2010

“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.” – Marcie There is lots of advice for the TTC community on how to [...]

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Week 8 Video: A Story Through Adoption

by Joanne November 22, 2010

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away..” – Unknown In last week’s How Einstein Would Get Pregnant series, we talked about the role of the brain – specifically the hypothalamus and the pituitary – in fertility. How each month, there is a [...]

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Resolve NE Conference 2010

by Joanne November 9, 2010

What a difference a year makes! Last year, we were a new company and just simply attended the event.  This year, however, not only were we exhibitors, speakers, but Sue is also on the board and helped run the event. That’s progress! The day started wonderfully with Melissa Ford delivering the keynote speech over breakfast [...]

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Week 6: Guided Visualization, A Fertility Mind-Body Tool

by Joanne November 4, 2010

How We Can Proactively Use Our Brains as Tools for the Health and Balance of our Bodies Over the last two weeks, we talked about the influence our emotions and negative thought patterns have on the delicate balance of our endocrine – or hormonal system – as well as our overall health. As Bernie Siegel [...]

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Congratulations Jennifer!

by Joanne September 27, 2010

This incredible email was waiting for me on this Monday morning and I thought I would share it with you in all its glory. Thank YOU Jennifer for writing this, for using our programs and promising to shout from the rooftops when you hit your second trimester! She is a patient of Mike Berkley of [...]

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Enter To Win a Copy of Conceive’s Fertility Journal

by Susan September 14, 2010

Taking 5 minutes a day to record your thoughts, organize your fertility notes and ideas can be a wonderful way to feel in greater control throughout your journey. We’re proud to have partnered with Conceive Magazine to bring you this wonderful giveaway! The Fertility Journal: A Day-by-Day Guide to Getting Pregnant. It is a guided [...]

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Which picture do YOU like best to grace the PCOS CD cover?

by Joanne September 1, 2010

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5 New Ways To Re-Think Fertility and Stress

by Joanne August 31, 2010

With this study published definitely linking stress and trying to conceive, we are one giant step closer to understanding more about our female bodies. Three years ago when I had my “a-ha” moment, standing in my kitchen holding a cup of coffee, with the idea of Circle+Bloom banging me on the top of the head, [...]

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PCOS! Be afraid…be very very afraid.

by Joanne August 25, 2010

We are setting our sights on you, PCOS!  We are in our labs right now mixing up a deadly concoction of brain-body therapy to rid you forever! When we sent out our questionnaire a few months ago as to what next product you would like us to develop, PCOS was high up on the list. [...]

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Summer Reading

by Joanne August 5, 2010

As our good friend Keiko recently wrote, I’m “gonna get my dork on” and show you the awesome books that I am bringing on vacation. I can’t wait to eat them up. I don’t think I am over emphasizing when I say that reading has changed my life.  It has opened my brain to new [...]

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What Makes Circle + Bloom Different?

by Susan August 3, 2010

When people talk about Circle + Bloom they use different ways to describe our programs and how it works. We hear our programs referred to as meditation, mind-body therapy, relaxation exercises, etc. To a certain extent our programs incorporate parts of all of these descriptive terms, but our programs are also different from all of [...]

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Adoption Update: Video of Meeting Endale

by Joanne July 30, 2010

Adoption has been on our minds of late. Our best friends are in the latter stages of domestic adoption, and have had a few heart-breaks and near-misses. We take heart and get so excited, however, when we hear of adoptions proceeding to the hopeful conclusion. This is the family that we posted the video of [...]

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Conceiving in Your Forties

by mroth July 27, 2010

This is a guest post from our good friend Cindy Bailey from The Fertile Kitchen. After being given a 2% chance of naturally conceiving, Cindy completely changed her diet and was pregnant within four months. Motivated by this life-changing experience, she set out to write about her fertility diet research and, along with her husband, [...]

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Intentions for Fertility

by Joanne July 20, 2010

A few weeks ago, we posted some daily intentions for fertility. Lately, I have taken to writing down my intentions for the day on a simple index card. Whether it relates to my work, my family, my spirituality, or my health, it enables me to distill my focus in one area that stays with me [...]

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What if We Could Talk About Infertility?

by Joanne July 15, 2010

“Infertility is where breast cancer was in the 1970s—completely in the closet.”- Lindsay Beck, Fertile Hope Thank you Jennifer Wolff Perrine for this amazing article in the August issue of Self Magazine. It explores the fact that there are so many women having trouble conceiving, but nobody feels comfortable talking about it. As a company, [...]

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The Brain Versus the Mind

by Joanne July 14, 2010

We are constantly on the hunt here at Circle+Bloom to ensure that our product descriptions and overall company messaging gets to the point and the maximum number of people understand what we are all about. Among other things, we’ve been focusing lately on the “cliff-notes” or short-hand way of describing our programs. Historically we have [...]

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