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A Month Without Meat

Month Without Meat

My husband and I have read A LOT on various diets and nutritional plans. We’ve also seen A TON of food documentaries, often with conflicting information and advice. In general, though, too many animal proteins probably increase your risk of developing cancer, and too many refined carbohydrates are likely to increase your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We typically aim to eat food with recognizable ingredients and minimal processing, but our endeavors achieve varying levels of success depending on their proximity to vacations and holidays. …

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Making Bad Decisions Isn’t (Always) Illegal

Bad Decisions

It’s painful. Watching people you care about make bad decisions is like watching a train wreck–you can’t stop the crash, yet you can’t make yourself look away. And if you get too close, you’ll get hurt too. You see disaster coming and do your best to talk them out of it, but their minds are made up. You’ve been there and want to save your loved ones from the pain you know is coming to them if they continue down this …

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Review: 5 Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

5 Secrets

Have you ever wished you could send a letter to your younger self and share advice that would prevent you from making mistakes or help you find joy and peace? Writing the letter is easy, but delivering it gets tricky. So John Izzo did the next best thing when he wrote The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die: he asked thousands of people to nominate “one person who had lived a long life and . . . had discovered purpose …

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Forgiveness Doesn’t Require An Apology

Forgiveness

Are you good at forgiveness? The answer probably depends a lot on the next question: What’s the worst thing someone has done to you? Was it a friend who smiled to your face and stabbed you in the back? Was it a family member who made promises then didn’t follow through, leaving your life plans in limbo? Was it the boyfriend who stole your heart then ghosted? Was it the boss who wouldn’t honor your contract and cheated you out of tens …

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I’m Unique… Just Like Everyone Else

Unique

I was born at the beginning of the special generation. We’re all so unique and gifted that we get participation ribbons and cake just for existing! Yay for us! And we really are unique: in my family we have two sets of identical twins, but even they don’t look exactly the same and their personalities are worlds apart. In other ways, though, we’re more alike than we’re comfortable admitting. There’s a reason iPhones, This Is Us, and pumpkin spice lattes cause mass hysteria: marketers …

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More Than A Photo: Urban Hiking In San Francisco

Urban Hiking

Have you visited an iconic site only to feel disappointed it was just like the pictures you’d already seen? You could have saved the time and just scrolled through Google Images on your phone! My first visit to the Grand Canyon was like that, and it wasn’t until years later when we hiked to the river that I truly realized its splendor. That’s why, when we visited San Francisco last month, we did a little urban hiking to make sure our experience …

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Carpe Diem: Hem The Darn Pants

Pants

I was the kid who took good care of her stuff. In fact, much of it was in immaculate condition–even years later when I found it at the back of my closet. I was a hoarder collector, not a user, of all things: candy, toys, cat mugs… But the candy got hard, I grew out of the toys, and the cat mugs, well, let’s not talk about those.

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Are You Having a Conversation Or Just Waiting To Speak?

Conversation

When was the last time you had one of those conversations that went so deep you completely lost track of time? A discussion that completely surprised you or taught you something that changed your life trajectory? A story that made you laugh until you cried, or cry until you could finally release that weight inside your heart? Well, anyway… Let’s talk about me. That’s what I often hear instead. While one person is pouring her heart out, the other is just waiting …