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Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

5 Ways to Recharge Your Battery

Written by Yolanda F.
It is a fact of life that we all experience dips in our enthusiasm from time to time. It’s unavoidable as we all get hungry, tired, over-worked, stressed and frustrated. Some of us deal with depression, bipolar, PTSD, phobias, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, prescription addiction, alcoholism, mood disorders and other challenges that keep us entrenched in anxiety, fear and self-loathing. Maybe you have none of those and still feel thwarted for one reason or another and need to recharge your battery. For the most part, I’m a positive person…
Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

Defeating an Emotional Terrorist

Written by Kristi C.
In light of the upcoming holidays and the current global political unrest, the government of the United States has raised the threat level significantly for all holiday celebrations. The government has conceded that there are credible threats to safety and advised heightened awareness of suspicious activities, as political tensions remain strained. While global and domestic terrorists are very real, encountering one is, in reality, not nearly as probable as you might think. It is more likely that you already an emotional terrorist. In fact, one may already be part of…
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

Written by Charity B.
Ingredients: For the quinoa: 1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk For the smoothie: 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk 4 Cups Frozen blueberries For topping: 1/4 Cup Honey 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vanilla Almond milk 1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted* Instructions: Combine the quinoa and almond milk in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat and cover. Cook until the almond milk is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let the quinoa stand until it comes to…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

Anxiety is Real

Written by Lori R.
The recent fireworks have tormented one of my dogs. She cowers beneath the dining room table and refuses to come out until long after the last shell explodes. I wonder what she must think. She has never been exposed to gunfire or any other extreme source of noise. But the anxiety she exhibits is real. There are things I’m afraid of that had no precursory event, like spiders. I don’t remember a spider ever harassing me in my youth, but to this day I get a chill when I see…
Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

Happiness Happens

Written by Yolanda F.
The child learning to accept disappointment as a way of life still lives within me. The feeling of disappointment about not having my way existed with the simultaneous sensation of growth. You might wonder how a child of 8 or even 11 might grasp that disappointment would be a life-long experience. Somehow, I just knew. I also knew that the sooner I accepted that fact and made peace with it, the happier I would be. What I came to realize is that with each disappointment came a consolation prize of…
Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:00

Paleo Pad Thai

Written by Yolanda F.
When a dish is particularly delicious, it can result in cravings powerful enough to haunt my sleep. Pad Thai is one of those dishes. In the past, if I’ve made it and had leftovers, I’d swear I heard it calling me from the refrigerator. But what’s more frightening is the job the usual combination of some questionable ingredients can do on my body. As I’ve become more health-conscious and less interested in eating to feed my taste buds at the expense of my internal organs, Pad Thai is a dish…
Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:00

The Freelancer and the Retiree

Written by Yolanda F.
A long time ago, I read in Woman’s Day magazine that a true go-getter changes jobs every three years to avoid stagnation, which meant I was overdue by seven years. After 10 years of writing for a daily newspaper, I had had enough of the corporate scene. The most enjoyable aspect of it was that my mother was also on staff and we’d often have lunch together. But I had learned everything I wanted to learn there and ached for freedom. When I was offered a temporary position that would…
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