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Frida Kahlo’s story highlights your most urgent task right now.

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On the screen, I see Salma Hayek as Frida plop into a wooden chair, a bottle of clear spirits in her hand. …

Nobody wants to be a stick in the mud, but many of us resist actually enjoying ourselves.

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As the big American fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, many of us are thinking about how we’ll have fun.

Here on the East Coast this year, we had a pretty rainy Memorial Day weekend. Based on the forecast, my family decided to do a low-key “staycation” at home. I…

Intellectually, we know it’s key to our healing. But what about when our bodies can’t let go of the hurt?

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Each of us has probably heard some version of these statements throughout our lives:

  • Holding on to the pain and anger caused by someone that harmed you isn’t good for you.
  • Those who choose not to forgive can experience problems with their physical and mental health.
  • When you focus on…

Women & minorities have been impacted disproportionately by the COVID pandemic of 2020. How will we recover what we’ve lost?

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Women are strong, resilient, and adaptable. But over the past year or so, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us beyond our limits. One thing is for sure, its long-term effects on women are myriad, and we’re probably just scratching the surface. …

The book and movie point to hidden truths about work, individualism, equality, and an eroding safety net

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In early 2021, despite complaints about low wages and poor work conditions, Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama voted against unionization attempts. Some say the failed attempt to unionize demonstrates the powerful effects of employer intimidation and fear tactics. …

It’s all about connection.

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I won’t deny that it takes hustle to get what you want. You gotta grind! You gotta work! You gotta go for it!

But I’ve found that hard work is only one piece of the puzzle. What happens when I work hard and fail to get what I want, miss…

It was less about writing, more about finding my “why.”

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For most of my life, I’ve been your garden-variety workaholic. I was either working for someone else or running my own businesses from home, “busy” all the time.

Then, I discovered yoga.

Making time for my personal practice almost daily became an essential key to my work-at-home life. It gave…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m often looking around for some magical moment of transcendence to hit me right between the eyes.


Spending time outdoors is the key to self-discovery, understanding & communion.

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“Only those who are eager to get lost in the wilderness of life’s beauty can find a meaningful life.”― Debasish Mridha

The most memorable time I was lost in the woods was in 1983, the summer of my seventh year. At sleep-away camp for the first time, I somehow ended…

These six steps can bring more power and meaning to your personal care rituals.

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Are you currently doing external things to your body, hoping for an internal change? Yes, it feels great to get a pedicure. So does a massage or acupuncture or reiki. Taking a yoga class is my personal favorite. But I’ve noticed, I can do all the physical self-care I want…

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