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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

Unlocking Mental Health—Gardening

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

The Freelancer and the Retiree

Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:00  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…

The Summer Before High School

Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
One day my preschool-aged son and I were playing with Play Doh, happily singing along with the Wiggles, U2 and the Beatles, building train tracks and going down the big slide at the park. His little hand fit so perfectly in mine as we walked together and talked about simple things like worms and clouds. The very next day we’re standing side-by-side and there’s no need to hold hands anymore, unless of course I get the urge. He stands more than a head taller than I as we talk about…

Mental Illness and Productivity

Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I am a self-employed writer and artist who works at home, aside from the days when I am better off at the library (because there’s nothing else to do there but work). Mostly, it’s just my Chihuahua and me until the kids get home. I’m not complaining; being home equals freedom! Leaving my newspaper job after 10 years was like getting paroled. I still had to work, but it would be on my own terms. No longer would I have to contemplate whether I’d call in sick or well---as in,…

12 Unique Lemonade Recipes for Summer

Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Most recipes make 10-12 cups of lemonade. For all recipes start with: 1 ½ cups lemon juice ¼ cup sugar 5 cups water Watermelon Lemonade 5 cups fresh watermelon juice Raspberry Peach Lemonade Handful of raspberries (blended, juiced, or muddles) 3 peaches (blended or juiced) Sparkling Pink Peach Lemonade 3 peaches (blended or juiced) 2 sprigs fresh mint-chopped Classic Strawberry Lemonade 1 ½ cups blended strawberries Mint Lime-ade 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice (instead of lemon) 2 sprigs fresh mint-chopped Frozen Lemonade with Blackberry Puree ½ cup fresh orange…

Women Helping Women

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Throughout history there have been groups of women who bond to help each other. We’ve had Girl Scouts of America, Daughters of the Revolution, the International Council of Women and many others. It proves that people need people. We need each other for guidance, nurturing and help to accomplish big tasks that one person can’t do alone. But it doesn’t have to be huge world-changing undertakings. I’m inspired to see as many as 10 women at my local Oceanic Library in Rumson, NJ knitting together at a round table. It’s…

Summertime

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:00  by Brittany F.
Summertime is always a fun and exciting time for everyone. We all love to go to the swimming pool, to the beach or boating on the lake. For women, this can also be a very difficult time. We aren’t always bathing suit body ready, so when the time comes to put one on it can become very emotional and depressing. For me, I have severe anxiety when I put on a bathing suit. I definitely don't have the perfect bathing suit body, the flat stomach and beautiful tan skin. It…

Cotton Ball Phobia

Sunday, 16 August 2015 00:00  by Gena P.
Growing up, I had this horrible phobia. It has continued into my adulthood and it has actually gotten a little more tolerable, but it is still there. I am not sure why I have it. I am sure I was probably born with it. Anxiety and dread consume me when confronted with it. The formal name for my phobia is Sidonglobophobia, the fear of cotton balls. Seriously. I thought it was just a “me” thing, but in actuality, many people suffer from it to different degrees. Just the thought of…

Relax and Be Lazy

Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
What a week! Yesterday was National Lazy Day, Aug. 10 and this Saturday, Aug. 15 is National Relaxation Day. Looks like the perfect excuse to do as little as possible. Then again, one glance at my to-do scroll makes me wonder how I’d get away with it. Still, I know how important it is to rest and rejuvenate. Historically, I’ve never been good at doing nothing. In fact, as often as I may aspire to resting, kicking back and eating some nutritious bon-bon alternative, it almost never works out for…

Ratatouille with Red Snapper

Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
When you’re depressed, eating well may not be your first inclination. But if you can overcome the urge to keep the depression cycle going and balance your diet, you’ll be much happier. In fact, the gravity of depression and anxiety more often creates a tendency to binge or reach for comfort food assuming you can drown your sorrows in bacon cheese burgers, fries or macaroni and cheese that are rich in flavor and low in nutrients. It’s a vicious cycle that unfortunately only gets worse. According to a study conducted…

Bellybutton Challenge – Just Say No!

Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
It has finally arrived! The latest in a long line of social media challenges that you need to avoid has reared its ugly head. First came the potentially deadly Cinnamon Challenge, then the misguided Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge, and after that, the religiously offensive Charlie Charlie Challenge. The latest, greatest challenge to hit the web is the Bellybutton Challenge. My advice? Just don’t go there. Started in China, the bellybutton challenge was touted as a way to determine if you are “slim enough.” Since being posted on Chinese social media…

Pineapple Guacamole

Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
This pineapple guacamole brings a fruity kick to your favorite party dip. It is also is good for you! Avocados are an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats that are essential for brain and heart health. Pineapple is a great source of enzymes such as bromaline that help with protein digestion. Serves: about 1 cup Ingredients: 2 avocados 1 shallot, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup tomato, diced ¼ cup crushed canned pineapple (packed in pineapple juice, not syrup), drained Juice of ½…

Jurassic World – Defeating Emotional Dinosaurs

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Jurassic World released in theaters this past weekend. The long awaited fourth installment to the blockbuster smash of the 90s drew crowds of movie goers who were thrilled to revisit the dinosaurs of their youth. The latest installment has a new, synthetic hybrid dinosaur called the Indominus Rex. Director Colin Trevorrow has stated that the dinosaur is “meant to embody (humanity’s) worst tendencies.” The Indominus Rex exemplifies all of the most dangerous traits of other dinosaurs rolled into one of the biggest, baddest, killing machines that nature never intended. And,…

Good Fortune

Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
This morning on my drive in to work I encountered a road hazard. It was a piece of construction detritus that had fallen into the lane of travel. Being unable to avoid it, I clipped it with my two driver’s side tires. I knew instantly that I needed to pull over and sure enough, by the time I reached the shoulder of the road, the steering had become sluggish in my car. I eased off the road as far as possible before getting out to survey the damage. The front…

Life After Miscarriage

Sunday, 09 August 2015 00:00  by Mitzi N.
Pricilla Chan, wife of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, recently announced the wonderful news that they are expecting a baby girl. The excitement is even more powerful, as they openly talked about the sadness of having three miscarriages. They had hopes and dreams for three pregnancies only to have them gone. Zuckerman shares, “Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you, as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.” Even after 13 years after…

Forget Fashion Faux Pas and Think on your Feet

Saturday, 08 August 2015 00:00  by Anna S.
Ladies, I never thought I’d be worried about my safety while shopping, much less walking to my car on a sunny day in Knoxville, TN. A recent story that made headlines received my full attention - a 20-year-old woman was almost abducted while walking to her car in a shopping center parking lot in broad daylight. Her pleas for help and screaming alerted fast acting citizens who came to her aide. One of the perpetrators did get away and the other was arrested. The missing suspect was finally detained in…
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