On Her Own

Welcome to On Her Own

A place for the woman who has herself together and is just messy around the edges AND the woman who aspires to be that woman

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- Jane Smith

Personal Coach

Self-defense: What is the goal?

In my morning BJJ class this week, my instructor made a comment about judging progress by seeing how well students are able to escape from under someone else’s control or threat of submission. It struck me as especially significant because it gets at the heart of what your goals need to be when you train

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Just do it: Why it’s worth getting started

A year ago, I had no idea how to ride a motorcycle. In fact, I couldn’t honestly say that I even remembered how to ride a bicycle. Nine months ago, I thought it’d take me all of the warm weather the year would have to offer for me to learn enough riding skills to be

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The self-defense grind: why it’s worth the work

It’s a lot of work to prepare yourself against all of the various threats that you can face; you have to consider your home, your bank account, your emotional safety, your physical security, and more. The world is a scary place, and there are so many ways life can go wrong. It can seem like

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How to get the best advice

Throwback today to a post from almost exactly one year ago, when I wrote about finding the experts you can trust with your life. I’m thinking today about identifying experts. When learning about any new topic, it’s important to source your information from reliable sources. Even (maybe especially) if you want to develop new theories

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December blues: A survival guide

Hey, let’s talk about a tough topic that’s likely brewing for many of you this time of year. December is when the days get almost impossibly short here in the Northern Hemisphere, and when the reminders and pressures of the holiday season press on us the hardest. Winter weather means it’s getting colder, and the

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Random street crime: a safety guide

Random street crime seems to be on the rise, at least if you read the news. Whether it’s yet another shooting in Philadelphia, the stabbings in New York City, or the “follow home” robberies in Los Angeles, it seems like there’s always something popping up multiple times a day. Leaving the house can be a

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