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four ways to protect your heart from feeling judged

I love social media. It’s where I see faces of people I love, follow their journeys, and get to “know” their families even though there are miles and miles between us. It’s where I get most of my news. It’s where I go for recipes, parenting advice, and travel information. It’s where I can stay connected to events going on in my kids’ school and in my community. Social media has allowed me to connect with people that have been invaluable to my experience as a parent and a human being, many with whom I would have never connected otherwise (like my rebel friends!).

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bono: three leadership lessons from the U2 lead singer

When I was 19, I backpacked with friends for a couple months in Europe. During our many adventures there was one in particular that often comes to mind. A time we were in Barcelona, Spain. We were starving, as it was Siesta (the time of day all the restaurants/eateries/shops are closed for shop owners to eat lunch and take a nap), and we were hungry – no starving.

We were waiting near a place that would open for food in a couple hours, when one of the girls starts acting like a star-struck groupie, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it’s Bono, it’s Bono!” I looked over and at the time I didn’t know who it was. I thought to myself, “who?” Then I said out loud, “Hey where did you get that ice cream?”

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three things dance gives us

I took a few movement classes while getting my degree in Theatre that absolutely changed me. It was the first time I started to make an emotional connection with my body and it was freeing to say the least. Did I feel awkward and scared during a lot of the experiences in the class? You bet I did! However, I also noticed the fear became less and less. As my body opened up I also opened up.

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what it’s like to have a creative mind

Being a creative isn’t just a career – it’s a way of life. It has a way of weaving itself into every single aspect of your world. It’s an unstoppable force, a lens over your eyes, and you just learn to accept that you see the world differently. Feel more strongly. Live more colorfully. Love more deeply.

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five ways to become more self-confident

Confidence is understanding your worth, knowing what you’re good at, and conveying that to others in a healthy way. Confidence sets the tone for how you train others to treat you. Confidence shouldn’t be confused with arrogance. Arrogance is when you think you’re better than others and treat them as less than equal. The balance in the middle is what we should seek.

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going minimalist

When everything around you is a mess, there’s an underlying level of stress going on. Once my papers were sorted everything else seemed reasonably easy to deal with. A weight has been lifted!

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fighting to forgive

As I sat across the table from her in the crowded restaurant, I could feel it happening. The pressure began sucking the breath from my lungs, and my chest ached. It was as if a funnel cloud had inserted itself between us, destroying everything that had been built over decades.

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three ways to make each moment count

At this point in my life, I have had few encounters with death. Both of my dad’s parents had passed away before I was two. My mom’s dad had died when she was ten. So, I only had one living grandparent, and I’m happy to report (she’s still kicking it in full costume jewelry with her hair all did). When I was sixteen my uncle died, suddenly and unexpectedly of cancer.

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bono: three leadership lessons from the U2 lead singer

When I was 19, I backpacked with friends for a couple months in Europe. During our many adventures there was one in particular that often comes to mind. A time we were in Barcelona, Spain. We were starving, as it was Siesta (the time of day all the restaurants/eateries/shops are closed for shop owners to eat lunch and take a nap), and we were hungry – no starving.

We were waiting near a place that would open for food in a couple hours, when one of the girls starts acting like a star-struck groupie, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it’s Bono, it’s Bono!” I looked over and at the time I didn’t know who it was. I thought to myself, “who?” Then I said out loud, “Hey where did you get that ice cream?”

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