A moment of zen: relaxing things you can do on a vacation alone

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A French philosopher once said that ‘Hell is other people’ and well… we have to agree with him. Sometimes, you just want to go on a relaxing vacation without screaming kids, an overeager boyfriend or girlfriend, without a schedule, away from work to just relax. But when you get there, you find yourself feeling a bit lost. You’re so used to being with other people that having time to yourself is an alien concept. What do you do? Where do you go? Here are five relaxing activities that you can do when you’re alone on vacation.

Read

Yep, reading soothes the mind. Whether it’s a book, a Kindle, a magazine, or a comic, reading is one of the best forms of relaxation – and even better done alone. Just think, no one to interrupt you on page 72! Reading while on vacation alone allows you the opportunity to shut off from the world around you and the world you’ve left behind. We’d recommend getting yourself stuck into a good novel, where you can imagine yourself in a fantastical world. Because who doesn’t want to be a spy for the day?

Meditate

There is nothing more relaxing than meditating. Many people are put off by meditation because they think they have to be mental gurus, or they think it takes up too much time of the day (or whenever they’ve tried to do it before they’ve laughed the whole way through). Nevertheless, meditation doesn’t have to be complicated, and anyone can do it. Set aside ten minutes of your day to take yourself down to the sea, seat yourself in the sand, focus on your breathing and the relaxing sound of the waves.

Have a massage

Wherever you go on vacation, we can guarantee that you won’t have to travel far to find a nearby masseuse. If you want to really relax, why not pay someone a few dollars to do it for you? Massaging away all of the tension and knots in your body will cleanse your body and your mind, and you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed.

People watch

Whether we’re nosy or if we just love embracing other people’s lives, we can’t get enough of people watching – and it is incredibly relaxing. Find a nice cafe or coffee shop, enjoy the sun out on the terrace and watch the world go by. Watching others moving around while you’re stationary gives you the feeling of tranquility and relaxation. But don’t drift off too much, beware of thieves in public places – keep your phone in your bag.

Take a long walk

If you’re on vacation alone, going for a long walk can really clear your head and shut yourself off from the world around you. Choose a path away from the main tourist attractions – as trying to push yourself through vest tops, short shorts and sweaty bodies won’t relax you. Find a small mountain peak, or a cobbled pathway, a park or a forest near to you, and just walk. The slow pace will fill your body with peace, and the fresh air will recharge your batteries.

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How to plan a trip in the last moment

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Sometimes, you catch the traveling bug off guard, and you just have to take yourself away for a couple of days to explore a new place, travel to exotic lands, or spend some quality time with people you love. However, planning a last minute trip can be super stressful. The prices go up, the time limit goes down, and there’s so much to do when you are up against the clock. When the world is your oyster, but you have no time do plan it, how do you sort out a last minute trip without pulling your hair out?

Work out your budget

The first step in planning a last-minute trip is working out your budget. Naturally, every single country in the world varies in price, so working out how much you can afford to spend is the most important aspect of planning your trip. Look at your savings, at how much you could potentially use, and the maximum budget for your trip. This way, you can cross off the destinations which don’t fit your budget and circle the places that do. If you haven’t got a huge amount to work with, all-inclusive holidays are always a great option – pay one upfront fee, and you won’t need any spending money, so you’ll never go over your budget.

Keep an eye out for any last-minute deals

Although it is true that the later you book, the more the prices rise – it’s not necessarily true for all vacations. Many travel booking sites offer ‘last-minute deals’ where the airlines and the hotels offer reduced prices to fill up their flights and hotel rooms. Sign up to get travel alerts from these sites, so you can always get the best deals as soon as they come out.

Be flexible about where you want to go

At the end of the day, the world is a pretty massive place. Unless you travel to a new destination every month, there are bound to be hundreds of places you still haven’t visited – so be flexible when deciding where you want to go. Because you are booking last minute, you may find that you can’t travel to the exact place you want to go. If this is the case, look up places that are similar to your desired destination and see if you can go there instead. Or pick somewhere completely random – just because you can! Grab a pin, open up a map, close your eyes, and stick it in. Go there!

Keep it simple

If you book a vacation months in advance, you have months to sort out the right flights for you, the perfect hotel, trips or excursions, and what you want to see while you’re there. But if you’re booking a spur of the moment trip, you don’t have time to do that – nor do you need to. Keep your trip simple and let the spontaneity in you decide where you’re going next. This will make the whole trip run smoothly.

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This teen was probably just hoping to have a casual evening at the ball game watching the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Monday night.

But instead he got a little more entertainment than he bargained for, in the form of the adults with him (presumably his parents) embarrassing him on the big screen in front of the whole stadium, thanks to their vivacious dance moves.

To the dulcet tones of Flo Rida‘s seminal hit “Low,” the woman on the teen’s right happily got into the groove, while the man to his left joined in with some joyful clapping. Unfortunately, sandwiched in the middle, the teen was not feeling it; he just kept his arms resolutely crossed the whole time, despite their best efforts get him into the dancing spirit as well.

And, as Twitter commenters have noted, “This mom embarrassing her son is the mom all moms should aspire to be.”

There was more, too: during DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” the cameras once again found the party. The teen even covered his eyes in mortification when his group was once again put up on the big screen. At this rate, he may try to snag seats far away from the dancing duo next time they make a trip to the baseball game.

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The touching Meghan Markle moment you probably missed from the carriage drive

Sky news presenter, Sarah-Jane Mee was at the heart of the action…

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

You may think you have gleaned every. single. detail from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s (AKA the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) glorious wedding day, from the secret to Meghan’s wedding hair, to those now immortal words Prince Harry whispered to Meghan at the altar in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (that resulted in two billion people across the globe becoming overnight lip-reading experts). But chances are, you weren’t actually there, on the front line where the action was playing out in real time.

Thankfully for us, Sky news presenter, Sarah-Jane Mee was, for the entirety of the celebrations, and has given us these behind-the-scenes tidbits that will have you reliving the Royal wedding for the billionth time (and no, we’re not sorry about it…).

‘The first glimpse we caught of Meghan was her arrival in the car to huge cheers in her Givenchy dress by designer Clare Waight Keller, it was a choice nobody predicted, her veil embroidered with flowers from all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and her Queen Mary diamond tiara was on loan from the Queen.

There was some rather amusing scenes amongst the Royals, as American Bishop Michael Curry delivered his sermon – the Queen looked a little bemused, the Duchess of Cornwall looked highly amused, Meghan looked thrilled. His style was loud and passionate, far from the quiet restraint we usually see at Royal weddings. The crowds outside loved it and he got a huge round of spontaneous applause.

Plenty of celebrity guests were in the Chapel including Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford who is a great friend of Harry’s, Tom Hardy, Serena Williams, the cast of Suits and Idris Elba who secured an invite through his involvement with the Princes Trust charity – he said if it wasn’t for a grant from the Prince’s Trust he wouldn’t have got his start in acting… imagine that!

As they left the Chapel, we saw the couple kiss at the top of the steps… as they made their way to the bottom a cheeky member of the crowd shouted “how about another one!”, Harry laughed and looked at the crowd as if to say you’ll have to wait for that!

Following them out Prince Charles took both the arm of his wife the Duchess of Cornwall but also Meghan’s mother Doria, a lovely touch to show she is now part of the family, too.

The couple’s procession was infront of 100,000 strong crowd – fans had flown over from Canada, California, Malaysia as well as from up and down the UK.

Meghan pointed out a homemade sign from teenager Ayesha who had made a sign saying ‘Congratulations from Sussex’ to Harry as they went past. Also, Meghan’s old drama teacher was watching on the Long Walk, and Meghan spotted her saying ‘oh my god!’.

Elton John performed at the lunch reception and there were speeches from Prince Harry and his father. Guests like Serena Williams, the Clooneys, the Beckhams and Oprah Winfrey enjoyed bowl food of Pea and Mint risotto and Windsor Pork Belly.

Meghan choosing to speak at the more intimate evening gathering of 200 friends and family – a modern end to a traditional with the best of British and American – a perfect blend for a happy couple and very happy crowd.’

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You Need To Hear Stefflon Don’s Cardi B Impression Already…

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As well as serving up some the fiercest selfies in the land, Steff doesn’t always take herself too seriously. The 26 year old’s kitchen counter dancing skills are da one too, clearly. What. A. Woman.

Steff Is Layered Like An Onion…

There are so many layers to Stefflon Don its like pealing back a highly layered onion. Perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that the Real Ting rapper can speak fluent Dutch following a childhood stint growing up in Holland. Whilst her real name is Stephanie Allen, the new British Qween was actually born in humble Birmingham.

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Virgil Abloh’s Vuitton Job Should Be a Breakthrough Moment for Black Fashion Talent

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The fashion industry has been abuzz with the appointment of Off-White’s founder and creative director Virgil Abloh as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Abloh succeeds Kim Jones, who has become men’s director at Christian Dior, which is also owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of a portfolio of luxury fashion brands including Céline, Givenchy and Fendi.

Abloh is a history maker, because this makes him only the third black designer to ever have a top creative director role at a luxury Parisian fashion house. The other two are Olivier Rousteing, the current creative director of Balmain, and Ozwald Boateng, the former creative director of menswear at Givenchy.

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The fashion industry has been abuzz with the appointment of Off-White’s founder and creative director Virgil Abloh as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Abloh succeeds Kim Jones, who has become men’s director at Christian Dior, which is also owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of a portfolio of luxury fashion brands including Céline, Givenchy and Fendi.

Abloh is a history maker, because this makes him only the third black designer to ever have a top creative director role at a luxury Parisian fashion house. The other two are Olivier Rousteing, the current creative director of Balmain, and Ozwald Boateng, the former creative director of menswear at Givenchy.

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In the first scene of NBC’s Good Girls, three suburban moms charge into a grocery store, toy guns blazing, faces covered in ski masks that resemble the iconic Pussy Riot headwear. The women—played by television vets Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood)—need quick cash to pay for their cheating husband’s debt, child’s life-saving medication and custody case, respectively.

They’re broke, dismissed by the men in their lives, and want to take back their power. Everything goes smoothly until it doesn’t: The grocery store they rob turns out to be a front for a criminal organization, and some heavily armed men want their cash back. Chaos ensues.

But it turns out these women thrive in chaos. After years of baking last-minute cupcakes for bake sales and navigating unruly, misogynist customers at work, they have a knack for solving difficult problems—and long to break the rules.

For years, difficult men have dominated the small screen. In 2018, it’s refreshing to consider how difficult women could reinvigorate that tired trope. Inevitable parallels will be drawn between Good Girls and Breaking Bad, another show about a mild-mannered suburbanite who needs cash and eventually finds strength in criminality. But Walter White never had to worry that if a woman found out his secret identity she would try to blackmail him for sex or, failing that, rape him.

Despite a cutesy promotional campaign with the three women soaking their feet in a kiddie pool full of cash, Good Girls does not shy away from the realities of being a woman in the criminal underworld—or just a woman in the world in general. The characters have to rely on their wits to outsmart the firepower and social power of the men around them. To quote Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

The closer television parallel to Good Girls would actually be Weeds, a series about a widowed housewife who begins a small marijuana business. Just a few season in, she’s manipulating cartel bosses. Like Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, the women of Good Girls often find themselves in over their heads but always figure out a way to get out of a scrape. Unlike Nancy, they do not seduce their enemies to survive. That’s a happy development: Television writers long assumed that a woman’s sexuality was her best—and sometimes only—asset.

Since Weeds, few female anti-heroes have graced the small screen. Often evil women play supporting roles—the wives of murderous presidents or antagonists to would-be rulers of Westeros. Sometimes they get to be the main character, as with How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal. But they are lonely leads with male love interests by their sides and female friends at the periphery. Good Girls has three female protagonists, possibly a first on network television since Desperate Housewives. Shows where multiple women get top billing, like Broad City, Big Little Lies or Orange Is the New Black, tend to land on cable networks or streaming platforms.

The Time’s Up movement has promised more women’s stories, told by women, in film and television. We won’t see the fruits of that campaign for some time. But Good Girls is a first taste. And it’s sweet.


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In the increasingly dark and sinister town of Riverdale, nothing is ever quite as it seems. But of all the characters who morally walk the line, Hermione Lodge is the most mysterious.

The mother of Veronica (Camila Mendes) appeared to be turning over a new leaf in Season 1, trying to break away from her criminal husband Hiram (Mark Consuelos). But things took a turn once Hiram was released from prison and she suddenly let her dark side out.

FANDOM spoke with Marisol Nichols, who plays Hermione on CW’s breakout hit Riverdale, to find out what’s really going on behind the show’s most mysterious mother.

The actress explained that Hermione had an opportunity to start fresh and morally clean up her life while Hiram was out of the picture, but that it didn’t last because she was already in too deep with her husband’s dealings.


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Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge

“Unfortunately, she’s not an innocent pawn by a mile. And I truly mean by a mile,” Nichols said, hinting at a big reveal about her character coming up on this week’s episode. “So her past comes back to haunt her and she just has to do what she does to survive and be the ruthless powerhouse woman that she is.”

“She can’t escape from that, I think, even if she wanted to,” she added. “The first season it felt like she did want to and it’s kind of like, sorry, honey, you made your bed.”

When we first met Hermione, it looked like she was falling for Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). But unfortunately for fans who shipped the couple, it never really went anywhere before Hiram returned.


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Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews

“I would have let the Fred thing go a little bit more,” the actress said. “I think that the higher you are, the harder you fall, so I would have liked to see that pinnacle of them in love together. They work so hard for it and then I would have ripped the rug out from underneath.”

Nichols explained that since Riverdale had a short first season (13 episodes instead of the usual 22), they had to move things along a little faster, which may explain why her character seemed to shift so quickly.

“I was like, ‘Wait, what? Are you sure? Why am I being so mean to Veronica?’” Nichols said about her reaction as an actress when the writers switched things up unexpectedly.  “It was definitely a tough transition because I really loved the relationship that Cammy [Mendes] and I brought that whole first season. I really liked their bond, so it’s sort of just been like ‘Okay, well I’m just going to trust the writers that we’ll get back to that eventually.’”


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Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge

Nichols said they have slowly been rebuilding that mother-daughter relationship by bringing Veronica into the family business — something she says Hermione does in order to protect her child.

“At the end of the day, if the Lodges succeed, Veronica succeeds. That’s her way of justifying it,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the right choice but that’s her way of justifying it. Lodges succeed, Veronica succeeds, everybody’s safe.”

Unfortunately, that means Hermione foregoing her happiness, as she is only with Hiram out of fear.

“I don’t think she’s in love with [Hiram] at all. I think that ship’s sailed,” she said. “To me, there’s a bit of sadness that goes with that and that’s what she got from Fred.”


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Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews

When the relationship fizzled out, Nichols had to work harder to make her character sympathetic to fans who felt she was betraying Fred and Veronica.

“What I tried to do was establish that this is a game and in order to survive in this game with Hiram Lodge, you better be good at it,” she explained. “And Hermione is very good at it. But at the end of the day, it is a game and it’s survival. It’s not necessarily who she is.”

It may not be who she is deep down, but it’s who she has had to become in order to stay safe from her own husband. And Nichols teases that this week’s episode will show us “how strong Hermione actually is.”

“She’s playing the long game, to be honest, because Hiram is there and Hiram is dangerous,” she said. “There’s also a certain way that she’s learned to survive with him around and you’ll see. I’m really excited for the next episode for everyone to see because it really does show that Hermione is not as innocent as she wanted.”

Find out Hermione’s big secret when Riverdale airs this Wednesday at 8 pm on CW.

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Photos: Pink has a mom moment at the Grammy’s

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Pink hit the Grammys red carpet on Sunday evening with her family in tow.

The singer and mom-of-two posed for a series of cute photos before the event with her husband Carey Hart, daughter Willow and mom Judith Moore.

Beautiful pictures, but there seems to be someone missing…

Pink and Carey’s 1-year-old son Jameson also attended the Grammy’s – dressed up in a three-piece suit, no less – but let’s just say he wasn’t feeling the photo opps.

Pink, who was nominated and performed at the show, shared some backstage outtakes on her Instagram later that night, including one shot that shows mom, dad and big sister smiling happily – and little Jameson crying his eyes out. “Family Portrait #grammys,” she captioned the photo. (Click here to see it!)

I’d say that one’s a framer!

Despite losing out to Ed Sheeran, it sounds like the night was a big success for Pink. When it was finally over, she took to Instagram to share her thoughts:

“We fucking did that! Willow met her idol tonight @badgalriri … her fav performances were Kendrick, me, and Gaga. My mom had fun and looked so fancy I can’t even stand it. My husband looked amazing and made me a flask of old fashioned. I wore a custom Armani feather dress cause I’m FUN. I sang my fucking heart out for the cause, a song i wrote for the suffragette movement, barefoot in a white T-shirt and jeans… I lost my 19th Grammy nomination, I consoled another talented loser, whom I love, and I kept my feet on the ground (cause spectators like to dare me to.) y’all I’m so proud of myself I’m gonna buy myself a drink tonight. Perseverance. Perspective, gratitude.”

Love her positive attitude!

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Video: Possibly the sweetest moment ever captured on a baby monitor

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Brianna Jonsson knew her 2-year-old son, Carter, was a loving big brother to 4-month-old Caden. But the extent to which he cares for his baby brother was unknown until she captured an adorable moment on her baby monitor.

In the clip, which has gone viral on Jonsson’s Instagram page, Carter gets out of bed to check on Caden. He crosses their shared room and pulls himself up on the side of his baby brother’s crib. He gently pats Caden before returning to his bed.

Jonsson and her husband, Cameron, watched the moment unfold live on their baby monitor. “We’ve seen Carter check on Caden before, but this is the first time we got the whole clip,” she told BabyCenter. “We know he’s a loving big brother, but to see it when you’re not supposed to be watching just melted us.”

The brothers have been sharing a room for a month now. And while the parents were initially worried it may not work, Carter has embraced his protective role. Jonsson shared that he will even come to his parents to tell them that “Caden needs booboo milk” when he’s crying.

The boys’ relationship has been a happy surprise for Jonsson. “Carter was only 22 months old when Caden was born, still a baby himself,” she explained. “It’s taken some time for him to understand that he isn’t going anywhere.”

As evidenced by this video it seems he’s adjusting just fine. Good job, Carter.

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‘It’s the Power, Stupid.’ Sheryl Sandberg Says Today’s Sexual Harassment ‘Moment’ Is Not Enough

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has some strong words about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a Facebook post published Sunday, Sandberg suggested that power is the main culprit, claiming “It’s the power, stupid,” a riff on the popular phrase from the 1992 presidential race “It’s the economy, stupid.”

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Sandberg detailed some of her own experiences with unwanted sexual advances, noting that in each one the men had more power than she did. “That’s not a coincidence,” she continued. “It’s why they felt free to cross the line.”

Yet while Sandberg says that “almost every woman” and some men she knows have experienced sexual harassment, she feels that a critical moment is upon us. “For the first time in my professional life, it feels like people are finally prepared to hold perpetrators responsible,” Sandberg wrote.

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However, Sandberg argues that speaking up, sharing stories, and cheering for those who do is not adequate to make real changes. She says, “We need systemic, lasting changes that deter bad behavior and protect everyone.” She suggests that workplaces must “start with clear principles” and then “institute policies to support them.”

Ultimately, however, Sandberg hopes that we can create “more equitable workplace culture that treats women with more respect and affords them more opportunities.” More women in power might not solve all the problems, but she believes “we could get quite a lot of good done.” And that, she notes, “would be a major step in the right direction.”


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Life-Changing Moment Inspires Nurse to Take Control of Her Health

Registered nurse Tanya Baca was treating a diabetic member at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Skyline Medical Offices when she experienced a life-changing moment.

“I glanced at the mirror on the back of the door and I saw myself, and I was disappointed,” she recalls. “Here I was nearing 30 years old, weighing 289 pounds, and I was teaching a patient about healthy living. What kind of an example was I?”

Tanya knew at that moment that she needed to “make some changes for myself, my family and my patients.”  Now, three years later, she could write a book on lifestyle change — and long-distance running too. Having lost more than 140 pounds, she just completed her second half-marathon race (13.1 miles) at the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon.

Surgery just one tool

Tanya says she has struggled with weight her entire life. She’s tried every diet around, and even a few gimmicks, before starting a plan with Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Weight Management team three years ago.

After consultation, she decided surgery for a gastric sleeve was the right move. The sleeve would help Tanya lose up to 80 pounds, but she said she wanted to lose more, much more.

“I thought there was no way I was going through a surgery and dragging my family and co-worker, fellow RN Nicole Falconi, along with me, to get down only 80 pounds and still be obese. No way,” says Tanya. “I knew that in addition to this tool, a true lifestyle change would need to be made. So, that meant exercise.

“The gastric sleeve is only a tool for weight loss, and the weight management team here with Kaiser Permanente made that clear. Calories in, calories out — that’s the golden rule.

“At my height and weight (in 2014), when I would try to run, it felt like my feet would shatter beneath me, and breathing while running, not an option, no lung capacity,” says Tanya. “So I started off slow.

“I would jog a block and then walk two or three, and as a new day came, I increased the amount of jogging and decreased the amount of walking, until I was actually at a fast, steady run. The weight flew off my body. I lost 142 pounds within the first year!”

‘Running saved my life’

Tanya emphasized that her surgery was the start of her new life and lifestyle, but only a start. “Running has saved my life. I never would have lost so much weight, even with the surgery, if I didn’t take to running,” she says.

“I run every day on my lunch break. I had never been a true runner … now I cannot live without running. It’s a true joy of mine. Plus, have you seen all the great clothing and running accessories out there?” woman holding medal she won in running event

She now has a taste for competitive running, and has participated in the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon the last three years. Tanya ran in the 2015 event, but stepped up her game in 2016, tackling the half-marathon.

“I entered the race to see if I could push myself to do the full 13.1 miles without stopping, and to see how long it would take me to complete the track,” she says. “The race is hard, it took a lot of strength, endurance, prayer, and a really good playlist. The encouragement from other runners and from spectators helped me get to the finish line.”

‘Comfortable and confident’

But Tanya is insistent that this phenomenal journey to better health was not a singular effort on her part. This surgery and weight loss has changed every aspect in my life,” she says. “I feel comfortable and confident when I educate my patients now because I know I am walking the talk, not talking the talk.

“None of this could have happened without the support of my husband, Jerry, and my children, Madison and Ezekiel, my father, Ray, and of course the amazing care team I have here at Kaiser Permanente. … Also, the amazing co-workers I had at Skyline Primary Care, who helped me through the mental preparation before and after surgery in 2014. It truly takes a village!”

Living healthy … one green chili at a time

“Prior to the surgery, I was slowly dying,” she says. “All that weight was not good for my heart, plus my mental health was down the drain. I had very low self-worth.

“Now, I’m living life and thriving. My family is happy because I’m healthy and happy. I can go play outside with my kids, and my weight alone no longer exceeds the weight limit on our trampoline.

“I have great self-worth and my A1C is in normal range, plus my heart is not at risk anymore. My husband and I are doing better than ever. And I continue to eat healthy. My favorite meal is a one-third cup of egg white omelet, with lean turkey, one-third cup of Mexican style cheese and New Mexico Hatch green chili!”

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Beverley Mitchell Remembers the ‘Sweet’ Moment when Jessica Biel Met Justin Timberlake: ‘They Were Definitely Flirting’

Beverley Mitchell is dishing on the sweet moment when Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake first met.

Speaking with Access Hollywood Live, the Hollywood Darlings star detailed the red-carpet introduction when she witnessed her 7th Heaven costar and the former *NSYNC member hit it off.

“I was there like the moment the love connection happened,” Mitchell, 36, said. “I was like, okay, this is happening.”

“She used to make fun of me because I’d been friends with like all the guys from *NSYNC years before,” said Mitchell, who starred opposite Biel’s Mary Camden as her on-camera sister, Lucy Camden. “She used to literally like give me so much crap!”

Said Mitchell, “They met, it was at the Golden Globes. It was so cute because they were like — it’s that moment like I like you, I think you like me. It was very, very sweet,” and added, “They were definitely flirting. They were really cute.”

After five years of dating, Biel, 35, and Timberlake, 36, wed in October 2012, and welcomed their son, Silas Randall, in April 2015.

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Despite their busy schedules, Mitchell revealed that the former costars get together for play dates with their children.

“We do a lot of play dates and when our families can get together,” said Mitchell, who noted that they have a low-maintenance, “very tight” friendship.

“We’re the friendship that doesn’t — there’s no work and there’s no expectations. We’re just always there for each other,” she said. “We see each other when we see each other and she’s my sister for life and love and adore her.”

Mitchell, who is an only child, also complimented Biel as “one of the most wonderful humans and having our sons be like 10 weeks apart, it was really fun going through that journey with her.”

“When you kind of grow up together in like this very strange world — I’m an only child, so I latched onto her,” said Mitchell.


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Photos Capture Tender Moment When Man Surprises His Wife In Hospital On Their 57th Anniversary

The sweet story of an elderly man’s tuxedoed surprise for his wife on their 57th anniversary has spread like wildfire on the Interwebs this week as netizens everywhere celebrated the Georgia couple’s enduring love.

James “Jim” Russell told ABC News that he and his wife Elinor don’t typically celebrate their wedding anniversaries in a big way, but this year, his family encouraged him to do something extra special.

So on May 20, Russell — who says he’s known Elinor “since she was in pigtails” — donned a tuxedo and, bearing an armful of flowers and chocolates, surprised his beloved in her hospital room. Elinor has reportedly been hospitalized for the past month.

The couple shared a meal in her room, then watched her favorite TV shows. Elinor told ABC News that the duo “had a wonderful time.”

“Being in a hospital bed, you get bored so when they came in, it made me smile like the younger days when we were dancing,” she said.

The couple’s granddaughter, Reid Russell, shared photographs of the special occasion on Twitter this week. Her tweet promptly went viral, racking up more than 25,000 retweets.

On Thursday, Russell wrote that she was “blessed” to have her grandparents in her life.

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We Are in a Wonder Woman Moment

My 2-year old daughter plays on the beach in a tiny red, white and blue swimsuit, her chest emblazoned with a winged yellow “W” that needs no explanation. Unlike Dora the Explorer and Ariel the Mermaid, cutesy characters popular with the toddler set, Wonder Woman is a full-grown Amazon, created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston to serve as “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should rule the world.”

Yet, the kiddie bathing suit didn’t come from a hipster purveyor of “feminist baby clothing,” but mass-market Old Navy, advertised without apparent contradiction alongside pink sparkly ballerina dresses and “Daddy’s Little Girl” pajamas. Similarly, Under Armour, the sports-apparel giant with the macho street cred of being the official NFL outfitter, has authored a “womanifesto,” enacted in part in the release of fitted Wonder Woman tops and SuperGirl sports bras. Warner Brothers will begin shooting a Wonder Woman feature film this fall.

Seventy-four years after Wonder Woman’s birth, we are in the throes of a full-blown Wonder Woman moment.

Three new, very different books participate in this Wonder Woman frenzy and try to explain it. Together, Debora Spar’s Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013), Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), and Noah Berlatsky’s Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-48 (2015) pose common questions: Who is Wonder Woman? What is Wonder Woman’s relationship with the history and, more excitingly, the future of feminism, particularly in a moment when women are both exhausted and excited by the desire to gracefully have and do “it all,” superhero-style?

Spar never mentions Wonder Woman, but her legacy is clear for contemporary women in the near-manic pursuit of superwoman status in the form of the perfect job, family, hair and waistline undertaken by many girls and women in our so-called “postfeminist” era. It is Spar’s unlikely status as a feminist theorist –she at one point describes feminism as a movement “greedy to its core” — that yields Wonder Women’s freshest and most jarring insights. She engages feminist theory seriously, even if to express disappointment with what it offers today’s women and girls hell-bent on achieving Wonder Woman status.

For example, Spar concedes that conventional notions of beauty primarily function to oppress women, but declares it unrealistic to jettison the demands of the beauty-industrial complex. Indeed, she acknowledges that amid her intense responsibilities, she expends energy taming her curly, ethnic hair into what is widely, if problematically, considered a more professional style. Spar supplements this apparently mundane admission with a fascinating calculation: over a lifetime, women lose five years attending to basic ministrations like manicures and makeup which, by middle age, intensify into a veritable “arms race of enforced youth.” These facts are unsurprising, though Spar’s honesty is: Admitting participation in mainstream beauty culture has been rightly called the last feminist taboo, and is rarely addressed beyond shadowy corners of the feminist blogosphere. This is a notable contribution given abundant research indicating that women of all backgrounds devote economic and emotional energy to their physical appearances.

But as the historical treatments offered by Lepore, and even more so, Berlatsky, show, Spar’s coiffed, overachieving, wife-to-be is definitively not the evil-avenging, otherworldly, ambiguously-but-explicitly sexual Wonder Woman that Marston envisioned. The two might converge in the marketplaces of 2015, but this speaks primarily to the fluidity of Wonder Woman as a cultural symbol, rather than to her limits.

Historian Jill Lepore explores the “secret history” of both Wonder Woman the comic book series and Wonder Woman the cultural icon. Through extensive archival research and in luminous prose, Lepore primarily traces the career and personal life of Marston, who conceptualized Wonder Woman in the early 1940s. Most salaciously, Lepore reveals his secret, “non-conformist” polyamorous domestic arrangement, which included not only Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, his wife and longtime sweetheart, but also Olive Byrne, his undergraduate student who mothered two of his children, and other itinerant “love leaders” who convened at gatherings Lepore calls a “sexual training camp.”

Wonder Woman emerged from this bizarre world, representing Marston’s fantasies, failures and contradictions. Imagined to incarnate a feminist ideal of the perfect admixture of love, power and beauty, Wonder Woman was intended to counteract masculine exemplars of brutishness and indelicacy. In 1972, Gloria Steinem reflected on the Wonder Woman comics of her childhood and felt “amazed by the strength of their feminist message.” This is precisely the legacy one imagines Marston hoped for. By contrast, a central purpose of Lepore’s narrative seems to be to qualify the legitimacy of Marston’s feminism. For his supposed innovations in the field of psychology, Lepore points out his unseemly affinity for manipulating the emotional responses of young women. For the radical potential of Marston’s rejection of bourgeois marriage, Lepore intimates an environment of manipulation and duplicity.

Berlatsky, an expert in comics conversant in queer theory, arrives at almost the opposite conclusion through his close interpretation of Wonder Woman’s comic panels: Marston successfully reconciled the apparently incongruous acts of binding women in chains (among other ostensibly demeaning actions) and empowering them. Marston emerges as a creative genius, pioneering acceptance of female, alternative and queer sexualities a good three decades before the sexual revolution — and in a comic book, of all places. Berlatsky wholly rejects Lepore’s argument that the explicit examples of binding, chaining and whipping furnish clear evidence of the line where Marston’s feminism faded into fetish. To make this point, Berlatsky turns to feminist theories of rape to argue that even violent submission can bring erotic pleasure to apparent victims. In depictions of rape and incest, however, it requires a major analytical leap to discern the “feminist vision… at the heart” of Marston’s vision. At the same time, Berlatsky’s insightful interpretation of the comics illuminates many subtle examples of sexualized content that, taken together, convincingly suggest a liberatory agenda not apparent in Lepore’s reading.

A shared engagement with the cultural product that is Wonder Woman unites these three diverse books. It is truly remarkable to consider that the same symbol can plausibly suggest hypersexual lesbian ecstasy (Berlatsky) and symbolize the supremely conventional dream of a “white wedding… in Vera Wang” (Spar). Wonder Woman represents at once everything and nothing, but thanks to these three books, we now have a much better sense of who exactly is inspiring us, and how we might embrace, but not enforce, Wonder Woman’s example on ourselves, each other and our girls.

A longer version of this review essay was originally published at Public Books.

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Recognizing the Gift Each Moment Bears is a Mindfulness Practice

“Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension.” ~ Dan Wakefield

I am just now coming out of a weeklong physical challenge, having dealt with a nasty little virus that snuck up on me and really whacked me upside the head. The most startling part about this for me was that I never get sick. So, for the better part of five days, I was doing that metaphysical self-analysis thing. You know, the guilt trip, seeking the cryptic cause of the negative experience, blah, blah, blah. It’s a pointless exercise in feeling rotten about feeling rotten, but it seems that on special occasions, we all have the tendency to get out the hammer and start pounding. Fortunately, my prayer partner called me and pulled me out of that nosedive. As I regained my sense of the Beloved’s ever-presence, my mind began to focus on something a bit more productive, and in the process of evicting this visiting virus, I consciously invited it to be my master teacher of the moment.

However, the lesson I sought was not about what was in my consciousness to create such an experience but rather what I missed out on in my life while I was busy feeling rotten about feeling rotten. Here was my awareness: As I sat down this morning to write about these thoughts, I noticed a large vase full of beautiful roses sitting right there next to my computer monitor. My wife Diane has a talent for growing flowers, and I thought this was a lovely gift, her way of beautifying my office after a week of me hacking, drooling, spitting, and coughing all over the place. (I know, that’s gross, huh? That’s what she said too.) Well, I went to thank her for her thoughtfulness and told her that they would really brighten up my day! She looked at me, paused, and smiled curiously, saying, “I put those roses there four days ago, honey.” Four days ago! Now, that would not be such a bad thing had I not been sitting at my computer off and on for all those days, doing much of my usual business. Granted, I was a little less focused than normal, but nonetheless, there they were, glorious roses, in full bloom right in front of my nose. Had I not been so busy feeling rotten about feeling rotten, perhaps I might have seen the roses earlier and enjoyed them even more.

Life is like that, isn’t it? We can have the most glorious and beautiful gifts stuck right under our noses every day, but if we become overly preoccupied with the challenges that life is guaranteed to present, we never see the gift that lies in the moment at hand. In truth, we don’t need to be stricken with the inconvenience of a virus or other more serious maladies to be oblivious to the gifts of the moment, do we? Do you ever get to feeling badly that things seem to be going poorly in some area of your life? Do you ever get so caught up in the drama of what’s unfolding that you lose sight of the gifts that life is laying at your feet in every holy instant? If you do, stop and think about my roses. The gift was made long before I was ready to enjoy it; what a waste of that beauty! The beautiful gifts that life brings us every day are beyond measure, but we have to be willing to be mindfully present enough in the moment to see them. What gift has been laid at your feet today? Perhaps now would be a great time to stop, look down, and appreciate it, because as with my roses, it may not be there forever. Appreciate the gifts that life brings you in every moment. You deserve them.

This writing is an excerpt from Dennis’ book, The Art of Being – 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life

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Stolen Moment of the Week: 50 First Jokes

Who: Kevin Barnett, Amber Nelson, Michael Che, Seaton Smith, Joyelle Johnson, Janelle James
Where:

The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
When:
January 2, 2015
What:
Backstage after 50 First Jokes is one of the best parties of the year. A couple hundred more photos from the show are here.

Stolen Moment of the Week is a series featuring the work of photographer Mindy Tucker, who has been documenting the comedy scene in New York for the last seven years. Each week, Tucker picks her favorite image from one of the many stages, green rooms, after parties and private sessions she shoots, and gives you the details behind it.
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Angelina Jolie’s Biggest Moment Of 2014 Isn’t What You Thought It Was

One of the biggest moments in celebrity news this year was when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt quietly tied the knot in France in late August. But apparently, that’s not the first memory that came to Jolie’s mind when People asked her to reflect back on 2014:

“My son [Maddox] became a teenager,” the 39-year-old told People. “That was a marker in my year,” she said.

“More than anything, like any mom, I’m just happy the kids are healthy. I married their dad. My health is good,” the mother of six added.

Jolie made sure that their children played a major role in every step of their wedding ceremony. She walked the aisle with her eldest sons, Maddox, 13, and Pax, 11. Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, threw flower petals, while Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers. Jolie’s ivory satin Atelier Versace wedding dress was adorned with dozens of her children’s designs and drawings.

Though she got married, starred in “Maleficent” and directed the upcoming film “Unbroken,” Jolie’s biggest memories of this year will always involve her children. That’s one proud mama.

Read more in People magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands Friday.

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Kate Upton Has A Marilyn Moment During Windy Photo Shoot

The wind got the best of Kate Upton’s skirt during a recent photo shoot in sunny Miami.

Upton had a Marilyn moment when the black and white skirt she was wearing blew up in the wind during a photo shoot on the terrace of a private residence Saturday. Paparazzi photos showed her laughing at the minor wardrobe mishap.

The 22-year-old was in her home state shooting for Express’ latest clothing campaign.

“It’s really exciting for me to be the brand ambassador for Express this year because it is a brand that I have grown up with and always wear,” Upton told People after shooting the fall ads back in June. She said her first piece of Express clothing was “definitely a tank top — I grew up in Florida!”

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The Moment in Madison Square

My feet pounded hard into the pavement as I turned the corner onto Bull Street.  My camera slammed against my hip over and over again as I hurried toward the south, anxious to beat the rain that threatened in the distance.  As I approached Madison Square, I was slowed by the gaggle of teal-clad women ahead of me, tiptoeing with trepidation across the street so as to not dirty their shoes or, even more importantly, drop the handfuls of white wedding dress they carried.  Coming back to myself, I watched them delicately and carefully carry the bottom of Bride’s dress over the bricks as her crinoline crinkled around her with every step.  Reaching the square, I crossed to the other side to continue on my way.

That’s when I saw him.

There was Groom, standing with his back turned in the middle of the square, looking down squarely at his shoes.  He stood perfectly still, hands clasped, his eyes turned down and shoulders locked.  Like a soldier at the ready, he waited for her.

All at once, I was overcome with the weight of the moment and I found I couldn’t take another step.  Suddenly very aware of my frizzy hair and rumpled t-shirt, I scurried to a more conspicuous spot to make sure I didn’t inadvertently wind up in someone’s living room photo album.  I retreated to behind a tree, my destination all but forgotten, and watched.

In mere seconds, I was undone.  Under the canopy of the Savannah oaks, the gravity of the moment came barreling into my chest and before I knew it, the tears had started to drop from my cheeks.

Bride, you looked absolutely breathtaking.  I could go on and on about that mermaid style dress and how it was perfectly suited for you, how the simple pearls you wore around your neck danced a bit as you took deep breaths.  But my dear, it was your eyes that held my attention.  Your bridesmaids fluttered about you, arranging your dress, tucking a small lock of hair behind your ear, spreading your veil out perfectly behind you, but you didn’t really even notice they were there.

Your eyes never left him.  

Groom, you were unmoved.  Resolute to fight the temptation to wheel around to lay eyes on her, you stayed.  Hands clasped and eyes locked on the ground, you waited as the anticipation filled the space between you.  She continued to gaze at you, watching you as your mind swirled with thoughts of her.

Then just like that, you saw me.  Groom, you lifted your head and your eyes came away from your shoes and fixed on the woman on the bench with the teal iPhone lifted in your direction.  At the very same moment that your eyes met mine, Bride’s eyes dropped for an instant to compose herself before taking her first step toward you.

For that split second, it was just you and me.

I wanted to tell you so many things.  I wanted to tell you how beautiful she looked, how she smiled at you with such joy, and how I could see how much she loved you even from behind a tree across the square.

But I also wanted to tell you that this moment doesn’t last forever.  I wanted to tell you about the unmet expectations you are guaranteed to struggle with, the confusion you will experience, the late-night arguments, and the frustration when she just doesn’t understand.  I wanted you to know about the incredible blessing of children and their uncanny ability to simultaneously strengthen and break you.  I wanted to tell you about the shift that happens inside of you when that ring goes on your hand.  That suddenly your life is no longer about you, that it must become about her.  That gorgeous creature behind you is looking to you to carry her, to cover her, to lead her, to hold her, to protect her. 

Her eyes lifted and she took that first slow, purposeful step toward him.

Do you know why I was in Madison Square that day?  I was on my way to Forsyth Park to see the fountain and walk the oak-covered path.  I wanted to ask a kind stranger to take a photo of my husband and I in front of the fountains, one I could frame and hang on the wall to commemorate our trip to Savannah to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

But he wasn’t there.

I sat in that square alone that afternoon because we had a fight.  I wanted to go to Forsyth Park right that very instant because the clouds in the distance were threatening to rain on my parade, so we needed to get a move on.  After a three-hour walking tour of the city in the morning and more walking on the agenda for the evening, he was more interested in taking a bit of a rest in between so as not to burn out before dinner.  I was unwilling to relinquish my hold on my precious itinerary, so I stormed off in a huff, determined to just go by myself, thankyouverymuch.

I entered Madison Square angry, disappointed, frustrated, and annoyed.

But you, Bride and Groom, helped remind me of what was truly important. God brought me to that exact square, at that exact moment for a very specific reason.  He wanted me to see YOU.

He wanted to remind me of the slow, purposeful steps that it takes to sustain a marriage over a lifetime.  He wanted to make sure that I remembered that he was the one who joined us together ten years ago and no matter what struggles, betrayals, unmet expectations, and disappointment came our way, he would never leave us or forsake us.  He wanted me to remember the way that Evan looked at me on that day, ten years ago, full of the same love and adoration I saw on the faces of Bride and Groom.  I realized that I still catch him looking at me that way, even now.  He wanted to gently tell me that ten years is only the beginning for us, that he had some fantastic things in store for us and many more memories for us to make, maybe even some to photograph and hang in a frame on the wall.

Bride and Groom, I wish you abundant blessings.  I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be and that the rain that drenched us later as we walked through Bonaventure Cemetery didn’t disrupt your celebration too much.

I’m grateful to have been privy to this moment between you even more thankful for the things it gave me to think about as I continued on to Forsyth Park on my own.  I took a super-lame fountain selfie and returned to the hotel where Evan and I talked about our disagreement that afternoon and moved past it.  We laced up our walking shoes to go grab a coffee down the street and I told him all about the moment I saw you in Madison Square. 

My super-lame fountain selfie.  🙂

 
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Put Down That Smartphone!: Your Eye Contact Establishes Who Is the Most Important Relationship for You at any Given Moment (really, really)

Dear Ms. Huffington:

I believe that my wife can thrive — and reach her maximum potential — by attending the Thrive Third Metric event in NYC; and also reading your book on the subject. In fact, I am convinced that she is in dire need of understanding your Thrive Third Metric model.

My wife has many things in common with you: brilliant, enterprising, accomplished, devoted, kind; and possesses the sort of inner light, depth, and true elegance of special beings. However, she frequently is unable to disconnect. She seems to misplace her “off switch.” Often, she is a slave to technology. Far too often, a ring tone or vibration, from her smartphone elicits her immediate attention. She needs to understand your Third Metric “manifesto.” And she needs to understand that her eyeballs signal very potently, at every moment, who has the true priority of her quite formidable, yet human, attention span.

I bought a ticket for my wife to attend the Thrive Third Metric event on Thursday and Friday of this week. My wife was reluctant to take time from her duties to be in NYC for 48 hours. It wasn’t until you “touched her” that she relented. I am thankful to you. You see, my wife’s well-being is monumentally important to me. So much so, that I took the huge liberty of attempting to reach you “cold,” to ask for your help. My wife is capable of doing great things to benefit the communities she belongs to; if she doesn’t burn out. If she thrives.

All indications are that my wife will be at the New York City Center on this next Thursday and Friday. Thank you for taking the time, and making the effort, to send an email to my wife. And thank you for raising consciousness that the Third Metric is essential to thriving.

Sincerely,

Manuel R.D.J. vW.
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Savor This Moment

“To everything — turn, turn, turn
There is a season — turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven”
— Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

When I look at a stand of bare trees in the cold solitude of winter, I can’t imagine what they look like in mid-summer full of leaves and life. Likewise, when I look at a mighty oak tree in the warm sun of July I can’t image what it looks like in stripped down winter silhouette.

Somehow my brain just won’t let this happen. I am generally able to hold two opposing thoughts in my head at once, yet when it comes to this one situation, I am unable to imagine one situation, while looking at the other.

During spring though, when the trees are filled with blossoms and new light green leaves, no longer just empty branches and before they grow big deep green leaves — I am able to see both worlds.

It may be clich&eacute to call spring a rebirth, maybe a reawakening is a better term?

In ancient times people used their surrounding environment to gauge what their actions should be. I think events such as the return of a tree’s leaves are chapters in the season’s book, and I believe flowers have always been characters that weave themselves through nature’s narrative.

Growing up in Rhode Island, I remember the crocuses literally pushing themselves up through the icy snow as the first sign of spring, long before the trees were even thinking about budding. I hear tell that the crocuses are just coming up this year, giving hope for an end to the epic winter New England has endured. On the heals of the crocuses are the yellow and white daffodils, then as the waters run free of ice and grass turns green again the tulips erupt across the landscape. This gives us mere mortals the needed faith to persevere as the days get longer.

As the iris bloom the trees blossom, cherry, apple and peach… and magnolia out West. The shade they provide will protect the long stemmed lilies which sneak up on us, as they take many weeks to grow but we don’t notice them until the blooms demand our attention.

Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or Earth Day savor this moment.

Winter trudges through darkness and cold, summer with heat, humidity and daylight that never ends, followed by autumn with dry days and chilly nights, yet it is spring that nourishes our soul and allows us a to gather a years worth of energy, strength and faith.

Take deep breathes. The power of spring is upon us.
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Meet Your New BFF — The Present Moment

When we treat the present moment, as a stepping-stone to the next moment, we are living out of alignment with life. Life only happens in the present moment. In this video, Eckhart Tolle talks about becoming friendly with the present moment.

All too often, we make the present moment into an enemy, something to overcome or get through as quickly as possible. We seem to believe that the next moment will be better. In our minds, the next moment holds the promise of happiness and fulfillment, but we are chasing a phantom, which never quite materializes. When we live this way we create a negative internal state of resistance that leads to unhappiness. Why not make the present moment your BFF?

For more from Eckhart Tolle, please click here.
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Going for an AHA Moment: From Manolos to Meditation

When I decided I wanted to learn how to meditate, I went on a search to find the perfect place to do it. What I found was that it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Learning to meditate the right way was expensive; time-consuming (often two-hour time slots or six- to eight-week programs); and inconvenient (late-night classes). I wondered why there was no drop-in meditation studio for people like me with young children, jobs and limited time resources. Talk about an AHA moment! Suddenly, I could think of nothing else. In one split second — goodbye, fashion editor. Hello, spiritual entrepreneur.

The meditation studio I wanted to create would be clean, modern, secular and effortless to attend, with inspirational and user-friendly teachers. It would be a happy, friendly environment for both those who had never before meditated and those who understood it well, but still wanted to learn more. Never mind that I was hardly a yogi — or that my previous career had been as a fashion editor at Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour magazines. True to my optimistic nature, I figured, if I wanted such a place, so would everyone else.

I was on a mission to not only learn to meditate for myself, but to create the perfect place for others as well. Research was the best part. I took a four-day intensive Vedic meditation course, a six-week mindfulness course at UCLA, did four of Deepak and Oprah’s 21-day meditation series and took classes anywhere I could. I did one-on-one sessions with superior teachers like Steve Ross and Will Dalton, and consumed every book, blog and podcast I could find.

My meditation went something like this: breathe, focus, let go, fantasize (about how to make the classes better, shorter, more powerful), then back to my focus point.

So, with a limited budget, I gave myself a year to make this happen. I used my career as currency. In exchange for invaluable advice and services from my talented friends, I offered everything from hours of free media training to closet makeovers. Meetings about opening a new business are always stressful, but I sandwiched them in between interviews with prospective meditation instructors (the benefit being free, guided meditation for me). I’m sure I had the equivalent of two MBA degrees and a master’s in construction, but it was all worth it.

Unplug Meditation is the tangible result of a whirlwind year of planning and working to make an “AHA Moment” a reality. But the intangible results are immeasurable. I am much calmer than I ever was in my previous fashion life and far more passionate about what I am doing. And even though another side effect from meditation has been a lessening of my desire to shop, I can’t deny that I still appreciate a pretty pair of Manolo’s.

Unplug meditation studio opens next month. Check it out at unplugmeditation.com.

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