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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 kept myself busy making sure the kids were occupied, doing odd chores, working out, shopping, and cleaning up the house. When I was finished, I had some free time.

“Wow, this would be a opportunity to tackle that painting project I’ve been putting off,” I thought.

(My bedroom walls…

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:

Ugh! We know all of this intellectually! …

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. I decided to compile some of the statistics that show just how much ground women and minorities will be forced to make up when the dust clears.

The most horrifying statistic so far? It’s still that COVID-19 death rates are significantly higher among Black American women. The analysis by Harvard’s GenderSci Lab found that COVID death rates among Black…

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. Others say it shows that claims of poor conditions by Amazon employees are overstated, and demonstrates workers’ deep-seated distrust of unions.

To help inform my understanding of what is happening with labor in America, I watched the 2020 movie , based on the 2017 nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder. …

It’s all about connection.

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I won’t deny that it takes 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 an opportunity, or can’t seem to make a meaningful difference in the world?

Self-help culture often tells us that we’re always manifesting an external reality, based on our internal one. So when things don’t go as planned, is there something wrong…

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 me space, community, joy, a healthy connection with people, and a way to unplug. It’s the pressure valve I need to find release, be myself, and explore my creativity.

What does this have to do with finishing my book?

I believe that any activity that you enjoy doing, simply…

Happy Spring, Well Women!

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.

I look to books, movies, podcasts, articles like this one, even yoga classes with the idea that they will inspire me. I wait for that flash of insight… but it’s

Or, if it does come, it’s brief. I get inspired, do some great work, and then I’m back in…

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 was in 1983, the summer of my seventh year. At sleep-away camp for the first time, I somehow ended up on a group hike that didn’t come back until dawn. I knew we were truly lost when the counselors in charge busted out their flashlights and we circled the woods in confusion, unable to see the tree blazes, the white paintbrush slashes that marked the trail.

It wasn’t exactly…

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 self-care I want. But if I don’t integrate that positive into my life, I’m left feeling pretty empty afterward.

For example, many of us live in the energy of masculinity for most of the day, where we’re in the grind, hustling and getting things done. …

Lessons from “the slow life.”

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What if the “busy” way of life that we once considered normal is actually not optimal for us?

What if it’s not the way we really want our lives to be?

I saw this on Instagram the other day:

“Feeling the need to be ‘busy’ all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you’d be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.”

It got me right in the heart. For most of my life, I’ve been your garden-variety workaholic, busy all the time.

But over the past four months, I’ve committed myself to:

  • Embracing…

Amanda Warton Jenkins

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