01. Not traveling when you had the chance. Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become known as somewhat of a rock star for her work on the Supreme Court. The feminist icon is known for her cutting honesty and brave sense of justice in an often complacent world. She is exactly the kind of woman we would like our daughters to become. Thankfully, the Notorious […]
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I am known among my friends and family for my love of spicy food. In fact, I carry a few small bottles of hot sauce wherever I go – in case there’s some kind of emergency. And yes, I use them often. Some people believe that the appeal of spicy food lies in the thrill of the challenge. […]
There are many things we should absolutely demand from our partners. Respect, honesty, and fidelity. for example, are vital to any relationship. However, many people go beyond this and overstep the boundaries of reasonable entitlement. When we believe our partner owes us something that they do not, we are shifting the balance of power in a […]
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened,” wrote Anatole France. Those who have owned – and truly loved – a pet recognize that doing so forms a bond completely unlike any other. Our pets love us in a way that is uncomplicated and unconditional. They give us warmth and purpose. They […]
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How many times have you sworn you were going to get your life together? It’s an appealing proposition, but also an overwhelming one. How does one advance a career while being a good parent, loving spouse, and devoted friend? Is it possible to lose ten pounds while doing so? How does one balance these things with […]
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“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life,” wrote Alain de Botton. But still, as women, we feel pressured to “go for it”; to “lean in”; to “have it all”. The average American mother returns to work only weeks after giving birth. About half of new mothers take five weeks or more […]
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Did you know that every time you talk about an unhealed wound or trauma, you re-activate it in your emotional, spiritual and physical bodies? As...
Despite how hard won some personal habits feel, it can be surprisingly easy to acquire new ones. First, let’s define “habit” as a behavior pattern established by frequent repetition that shows up regularly and, often, involuntarily. We all have them, the mindless glance at a smartphone when it alerts, or turning on TV right after supper, habits we’d like to change. Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! So, let’s dissect a habit. There are 3 components: 1-a “cue”, or trigger that tells your brain to go into autopilot and engage the behavior; 2– a “routine” which is the behavior
Most of us live incredibly cluttered and fast-paced lives, driven by the need to be productive, accomplished, and forever moving forward. What would happen, though, if we decided to take a time-out? Many of us get anxiety just thinking about it – the prospect of falling behind, slowing down, or even failing. However, taking a break might, in actuality, help you to come back stronger and sharper than ever before. Alan Cohen once said “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” Most of us can accept the wisdom in these words,
Have you ever noticed that people who engage in volunteer work seem super happy – maybe even obnoxiously so? Well, according to science, they actually do have plenty to smile about. Doing a good deed helps not only the beneficiary, but the humanitarian as well. Here are five reasons why engaging in service work can benefit us all: Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! Altruism Boosts Your Mental Health BMC Public Health analyzed a myriad of studies and found that volunteering mitigated depression, increased life satisfaction, and had an overall positive effect on the study participants’ sense of well-being. This
Not long ago my Mom passed. Unexpectedly, 2 short weeks later, my younger brother joined her. Bereft, I was suddenly adrift, my moorings gone. How to belong in a world with mother and brother sized holes? Sleepless, I walked, and walked. Or, crashed for 8, 10, 12 hours. Grief morphed into guilt, anger, cynicism, bewilderment. Socially inept, I lay low. In my brother’s flannel shirt, I curled under Mom’s soft brown throw and convulsed with tears. Each salt trail marked a sacred path, a new road named “Goodbye.” Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! I moved furniture, rearranged with neurotic
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