5 Clever Ways To Sneak Added Exercise Into Your Day

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By Cassie

It’s important we adopt and maintain a healthy relationship with fitness. Unfortunately though, some days there’s just too much going on to find time to exercise. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I often use that as an excuse to not follow through with my intentions.

I decided that if I continue the “no time” mindset, I’ll probably never add a healthy amount of exercise to my lifestyle – it’s not like life will get any less busy. Instead, I looked for ways to squeeze fitness into my day so that when life piles up and there doesn’t seem to be time, I can still fit in a workout. If you find yourself in the same position, consider the following ways to sneak some exercise into your day: Continue reading

7 Things You Learn When You Work From Home

By De Elizabeth

I have been working from home for almost six months now, and it’s safe to say that there are some things that I expected, others that I did not, and everywhere in between. Prior to spending every day in my home office, I spent every day in a classroom – and that’s a pretty big difference. When you go from being a student to being a teacher, your entire life revolves around an academic schedule: September to June, Monday to Friday, holidays, spring break, bells and structure. I have lived nearly all of my life on that schedule, so it’s probably not surprising that taking the leap to a “WFH” life is nothing short of a culture shock.

Now, as a full-time writer and editor, I make my own schedule. I no longer have bells that tell me to move on to the next thing, or a specific time that I have to go eat lunch. It’s good and bad and every shade of grey in the middle. Six months in, and I’ve learned a lot. Here are some of the takeaways so far. Continue reading

Why Having a “Work in Progress” Isn’t a Bad Thing

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By Eliza David

Writers often have a love/hate relationship with finishing a manuscript. On one hand, there’s nothing quite like the sweet relief that comes with writing ‘The End’ when finishing a work in progress (or WIP). I recently had this gratifying experience with the first draft of my upcoming novel, The Follow. Over sixty-six thousand words of my life are saved and awaiting revision. This is usually where the flip-side of the joy of finishing a project begins. The fear that seeps in when you aren’t sure what to do next can be frustrating at best and unproductive at worst. Continue reading

Simultaneously #Blessed And #Stressed

Simultaneously Blessed And Stressed

By Kate Kole

I’m assuming that at some point in time, most of us have stumbled upon a chalkboard, journal, dish towel, or Instagram post with the kitchy caption “too blessed to be stressed.” And if not, we’re at least familiar with the #blessed sentiment across social media.

Truth be told, if I scoured through my own Facebook and Twitter accounts today, I’m sure I’d be able to find a string of “blessed” humble brags. And I’m not particularly embarrassed (okay, maybe a little…) by that. But in my defense, while publishing most of those home-buying, relationship forming, job acquiring, weekend lounging, vacation traveling status updates, I did feel blessed. Fortunate. Grateful. Excited. I wanted to share my joy. Continue reading

Allow Your Purpose To Be Different Than You Planned

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By Kate Kole

At 14, I imagined that I’d someday be a sports reporter.

By 16, I dreamed I’d own a bakery.

And by 18, I decided I’d become a counselor.

At 30, I’m technically none of those things. That fact threw me off-kilter more than a few times over the last decade. I spent many restless moments struggling with the feeling that I hadn’t quite achieved what I once envisioned I would. Continue reading

No, Your Pre-Existing Condition Isn’t Your Fault

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By Catherine Miele

Once again, the majority Republican Congress is pushing the American Health Care Act – healthcare overhaul, although overhaul is too gentle a word – approval. Last week, the House passed the AHCA with a 1-point margin.

The bill still has to pass the Senate and will likely (hopefully) undergo many changes, but that doesn’t mean some lawmakers weren’t celebrating their promise to decimate healthcare as we know it. Continue reading

Aligning Intentions And Actions: My 3 Goals For The Month Of May

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By Kate Kole

If I were to start a podcast, I’d consider ‘Deep Thoughts In The Shower’ as a contender for its title. Admittedly, I’m not the first person to share that some of my best thinking happens during bath time. There’s even scientific reasoning to support it. So, it should come as no surprise that hopping out of the shower was the moment when the idea first popped into my mind, and it’s been marinating there ever since: If I want something, I have to work to create it. Continue reading

How To Start Practicing Mindfulness During Meditation Month

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By Heather Angiletta

Whoever makes up the seemingly random holidays and monthly honorings has designated May Meditation Month. I am not going to ask too many questions about the how or why, but I’m going to go with it as an excellent excuse to encourage people to get off their butt and get motivated to put that butt right back down onto the meditation cushion.

It’s pretty hard to escape the moment that Mindfulness is having in our popular culture now. Despite its practice for thousands of years without catching on with the mainstream, it seems Mindfulness has finally gotten the right agent and celebrity backers. Oprah meditates, that’s all some people need to know. Continue reading