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Best Self Breather: A Moment of Gratitude, A Tool For Life
_______ Go ahead, take a load off and give yourself a break (I’m serious). I’ve been inspired of late by this notion of taking a breather…probably because, I need it (and you just might, too) and sometimes I need to remind myself what’s really impor
Best Self Magazine6 min readHappiness
Blissing Out: A Writer’s Journey to Finding her Life Passion (and Tips for Finding Yours)
— Passion is the fuel that inspires us to wake up in the morning. Discovering and claiming your passion is about knowing what you love doing. Acknowledging this can have a powerful effect on your life. If what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy, the
Best Self Magazine4 min readPsychology
A Little Rebellion Goes a Long Way In Business (and Life)
— Most entrepreneurs and business owners would create more for themselves and their business if they allowed themselves to rebel.  According to the dictionary, rebellion is the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention. Being a
Best Self Magazine3 min readPsychology
Why ‘Trying Harder’ To Prioritize Yourself Just Doesn’t Work
— When you’re drowning in all the things you do for everyone else, it’s time to hit pause and consider these three truths: That is to say, it happens automatically. We respond to stressors in our businesses, perceived messages from others, and even c
Best Self Magazine4 min readNutrition
Fighting Childhood Obesity: How to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Our Kids
— Everyone loves chubby kids and adores baby fat. But an excess of chubbiness can actually be dangerous for your child. Obesity is a real problem that parents have to deal with these days, thanks to the unhealthy lifestyle, food choices and lack of p
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Dying Every Day: Exploring Life and the Near-Death Experience with Reincarnate Buddhist Lama Mingyur Rinpoche
_______ “How many of you did not understand anything I just said? Please raise your hands.” Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is addressing a crowd of 200 people in an auditorium on the campus of St. Thomas University, a Catholic college located in a residenti
Best Self Magazine3 min readSelf-Improvement
Weight Loss Made Simpler: A Sustainable Solution + 3 Easy Recipes
_______ Weight loss (and keeping weight off) is not all about ‘willpower’ despite what we’ve been told. Sure, it requires attention to detail and discipline — but it also requires quality information that will inspire and keep us on track. The Offic
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So Much More: One Woman’s Journey of Healing and Revealing Through Life’s Storms
_______ Over 1500 days ago, I thought I was going to die. I not only received a dreaded diagnosis that felt like life had dealt me a poor hand of Texas hold ‘em, but on top of that, it was like I had won the grand prize in one of the rarest death swe
Best Self Magazine5 min readFood & Wine
Autumn Stew: A Recipe of Seasonal Foods, Folk Lore and Sustenance
_______ Autumn is by far, my favorite time of year to eat. The warm sunlit days and chilly evenings stir a deep hunger within that is satiated by the abundance of amazing produce that is finally available. Not only is my belly happy, but all of my se
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Life After Miscarriage: The Healing Power of Non-Sexual Physical Touch
_______ It’s a plus! We’re pregnant! I ecstatically shared the proof from three tests with my sweetheart at the beginning of this year. I even took snapshots of three pink pluses, my evidence. Yet, truth be told, even within that happiness, I had th
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10 Skin Care Tips for Healthy Aging
— Aging is inevitable but it isn’t something to be ashamed of since it happens to all of us. However, making minor adjustments to our daily routines can help us preserve our youthful glow. Just by tweaking your lifestyle or introducing new strategies
Best Self Magazine5 min readTime Management
7 Productivity Tips that Can Change Your Life, at Work and at Home
— Did you know that mindfulness has a lot to do with productivity? I didn’t get the connection at first. I started doing yoga when I was in between jobs, so I had a lot of free time on my hands. When I started working and I had to fit the practice wi
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Destruction and Regrowth: A Spiritual Awakening of Career and Self
— It’s been over a year of waking up in Los Angeles. And by waking up, I mean the spiritual kind — a gradual shift from focusing on my external world to being guided by my inner one and a higher power far greater than myself.  I wish I could say it’s
Best Self Magazine3 min readPsychology
A God Box: A Practice For Surrendering Worries & Fears
________ Recently on the phone with my Aunt, I told her about my ‘God Box’. What’s a God Box you ask (and so did she)? Well… Let’s face it, we reach life saturation points from time to time, perhaps more often than we like. For myriad reasons we hit
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Discovering the Real You (Spoiler Alert: There’s More to You than You Think)
— This might be different advice than you are expecting to hear about discovering the real you. My first questions are: which ‘real you’? Who you are now? Or who you were ten years ago? Or the person you will be ten years from now?  I believe you mus
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Is Everything Ok? A Call to Be Vulnerable, for Your Child & You
— Most children are like walking talking radio receivers! They pick up on everything and are extremely (sometimes irritatingly) aware of what goes on around them, spoken or unspoken. And in contrast to all of us, children have not yet learned to pret
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The Wild Inside: The Importance of Imagination and Nurturing Your Creative Spirit
— When I was a little girl, I had a wild imagination. I didn’t live where bears wandered the streets, but in my mind, they were everywhere. My parents were puzzled by my fantasies, so at the age of three, they tried to set me straight after I had awo
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You Can Store It, But You Can’t Hide: Embracing Your (Whole) Past
________ This summer, clicking through the channels on TV with my son, I came across a series that CNN was airing; The Eighties, The Nineties, The 2000’s, etc. It highlighted everything from world politics, music and film to celebrity, fashion and tr
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A Guide for Non-Techie Parents to Keep Your Children Safe Online
— Kids today live in a technology-driven world. To them, the Internet is a magical entity capable of answering doubtful questions and streaming endlessly-repeatable videos of their favorite tv shows. As tech savvy as they may be, they don’t tend to k
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Something Broken, Something Beautiful: A Family Bond Strengthens Through Crisis
— I’ve been married to my husband Chris for eleven years. That is eight years longer than my own parents were married and ten years less than my husband’s parents were married. Both of us come from divorced families; mine ended their marriage after t
Best Self Magazine3 min readPsychology
Keeping It Simple: Single Tasking Is the New Black for Mindfulness & Productivity
— As long as I can remember, I’ve prided myself on my ability to multi-task. There is not much I can’t combine into one task if called to the challenge. For instance, I’m able to get my dinner to a simmer, then run up the stairs to transfer the cloth
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Eye Care: Tips for Healthy Vision This Fall and Winter
— No matter the time of year, your vision health should maintain a priority. Most people believe that once the long, sunny days have passed you no longer have to worry about your eyes. However, I’m here to tell you that that’s very far from the truth
Best Self Magazine7 min readSelf-Improvement
The Inner Game of Weight Loss: How to Shed Bad Habits and Unwanted Weight
— Food is love. Food is happiness. Food doesn’t judge, and it’s always there for you. Whether you’ve had a bad day at work, your children are out of control, or you’re dealing with personal loss, food can be a reliable and soothing constant in your l
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Dispelling 3 Myths of Motherhood that Sap Your Joy, Your Work & Your Children
— What happens when a career-driven, ambitious entrepreneur becomes pregnant and starts a family? Oftentimes, she becomes a ‘mompreneur’ or ‘supermom’ and sometimes both. Once she becomes a mother, the same fire that was lit still burns inside her, o
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Celebrating The Life Ride: An Ode to My Old Car (and Some Attachments)
_______ I’m probably the only person who would burst into tears on the way to pick up a new car — and then come home and write about it. Yep, that’s me. I literally had tears streaming down my cheeks as I pulled into the car dealership. And of course
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7 Esssential Healthy Living Tips for College Students
— How healthy is your lifestyle?  With all the rush and stressfulness of campus life, students rarely ask themselves this question. Most young people neglect their health in pursuit of success until they finally realize that they are on the wrong pat
Best Self Magazine3 min read
I Can’t… or Maybe I Can: Releasing Our Limiting Beliefs of Our Potential
— We’ve all been there. Standing in the yoga or fitness class of your choice preparing for an hour-long break in your routine. The instructor starts with some basic breathing, maybe a sun salutation. You are feeling good. You move to some more diffic
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10 Longevity Tips All Women Need to Know for a Healthy Heart
— Most women take a healthy heart for granted. When they hear the words “heart attack” they probably think of their spouse before themselves. They don’t know that heart diseases kill more women than breast cancer. Yes, you heard it right! Breast canc
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Your Body, Your Choice: Confessions of a Female Doctor
________ You may trust me because I have an M.D. That may mean, to you, that I have information that you don’t have. I know things about your body — about bodies — that you are not privy to by virtue of your non-expert station in life. You may trust
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Want to Succeed? Stop Planning to Fail
— Are you an expert at anticipating and avoiding obstacles, problems, and potential risks in business and life? This ‘talent’ may actually be the exact thing that is holding you back from being truly successful!  It’s really not your fault; we are ta
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