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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 Nomadland, 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 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 an opportunity, or can’t seem to make a meaningful difference in the world?

What happens when a global pandemic cancels everyone’s plans?

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? Everything.

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

Happy Spring, Well Women! (You are receiving this email because you opted into the Well Woman Newsletter on Medium. Thank you so much for your support!)

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 so rare.

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 lost in the woods 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 physical self-care I want. But if I don’t integrate that positive energy 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…

How you talk to employees now will define your brand for years to come

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The coronavirus pandemic has been a defining moment for employers across the nation. As we’ve all seen in the news recently, how companies respond to their employees during this uncertain time will define brands for years to come. Well-known crisis communications expert Andy Gilman subscribes to what he calls the “4Fs rule” for critical communications. The 4Fs helps us remember the four most important principles of crisis communications:

  • Factual
  • Frequent
  • Fast
  • Flexible

“This situation lies outside our control,” says Gilman. “[Employers] need to be empathic to employees, that they’re anxious at this time.” In our current coronavirus pandemic, your employer…

In the era of global pandemic, his words are truer now than ever.

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One of my ten year old’s school-from-home assignments during the coronavirus pandemic was a reading-for-comprehension exercise on Louisa May Alcott.

The short, dry text was accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Alcott looking dour, her dark hair pulled back into a schoolmarmish bun. Oh man, I thought. How do I make this interesting to a little boy who loves lacrosse, mountain biking, and Formula 1 racing?

The text mentioned Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, both of whom were referred to as Alcott’s “teachers.”

Aha! I thought. He’ll love learning about these men, who share his childlike reverence and…

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