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Why Goals Don’t Matter

Let’s get serious about our goals before 2017, but let us tell you that goals don’t matter. You read that correctly. Hang with us for a few minutes and you’ll see why. If you are really serious about setting goals, then you need to know it’s more than just a pretty Rifle Paper planner from Nordstrom, pretty pens, and having all of that look pretty for a picture. Goals are messy, they never go quite as planned, and can bring heartache before you get to taste the fruits of your labor. We’ve been told that achieving goals feels like an […]

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5 Natural Ways to Beat the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

If you live in a place where winter brings long, dark days, you may have experienced at one time or another Seasonal Affective Disorder or better known as the SAD’s. No amount of pumpkin spice lattes can help combat the dark, rainy, gloomy and dreary days where you don’t see the sun again until March. That’s 6 long months without any sun. And, without any distinction between 7am and 2pm, it can be a little painful. Because of lack of sunlight, people living around the Northern areas of the Americas experience something very real called Seasonal Affective Disorder. The non-medical […]

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5 Easiest Productivity Hacks for the Holidays

I’m obsessed with getting as much done as humanly possible. Every single day. Is anyone else as obsessed with productivity as I am? Sometimes I trick myself into thinking I’m a robot, and then I get tired or near burned out, and I remember that I’m a mere mortal human. And during certain times of the year, where the season is especially busy (like summer and holidays), getting as much done as I want becomes a real struggle. During the month of December, we are going on half-horsepower for #TeamTeri behind the scenes here, in anticipation for feeling extra tired […]

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Top Productivity Hacks for Moms

It’s funny and humbling when your Chief Visionary Officer (aka Teri) asks every few weeks about productivity while being a mom. The conversation usually goes something like this: “How are you actually getting anything done with two kids and a dog, don’t you have to always feed them, clean your house, do your laundry, and wait, you ran today? 11 miles??? Do you even sleep?” I’ll be honest with you, I need sleep. I am one crabby piece of toast if I don’t get sleep. I’d love the usual 7-9 hours that all doctors recommend for that bright, shiny complexion, […]

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Death, Trauma and Coping: Does Time Really Heal Wounds?

True or False: Does time really heal wounds? October never meant more than Halloween and an exorbitant of candy that I would stealthily steal from my siblings. Then, as I got older, it turned into a day where you could dress up like a crazy person or mimic a street walker and no one would ever judge you. Then, as I became a mom, it turned into a day of hiding candy that my children collected and slowly eat them myself, in secret. But, as life started happening, October turned into a month of both joy and sorrow. The joyful […]

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How Guilt Can Be Good For You

No, I haven’t fallen off my rocker when I say that guilt is good for you. We have come to associate guilt as being paralyzing, catastrophic, and more uncomfortable than an 8-hr flight with a hairy, unkempt foot on your armrest. What about those all-consuming thoughts and feelings that come with guilt that eats you up inside? And what about all the “what-ifs,” “could haves” and “should-haves”? This level of guilt is absolutely all encompassing and very, very difficult to move past. So, this is where I will have to do my Resident Health Advisor spiel and tell you to […]

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When Sh*t Hits the Fan & How to Deal

What it feels like when sh*t hits the fan. You wake up one morning, get news that turns your world sideways? Then, you have kids crawling up your butt, your coffee is burnt, your car won’t start, and your shirt is inside out. Your first thought is probably, “Did sh*t just hit the fan?”. Maybe some of you heard about “retrograde”. It’s a thing when some planets line up and apparently try to ruin your life somehow. For some, retrograde was very real. For others, they were oblivious. And, for some (*raises hand ever so slightly*), they knew about it […]

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Harnessing Your Emotions for Good

Emotions are a confusing, yet apparent force in our lives. We can ignore them for what they are as they expand and grow. Or we can face them, embrace them and let them be. It really is our choice. Our inner soul is linked to our conscious mind via emotional outpouring: happiness, sadness, disappointment, infuriation, or loneliness. They are all an unavoidable journey that will fester deep within until one of two things happen. We either embrace it, feeling all that it has to offer, then set it free. Or we suppress it and avoid, ultimately allowing it to alter […]

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How to Beat Performance Anxiety

Yes, this is a real thing. And, no, it’s not the thing you think it is, from some drug commercials you may have seen targeted towards middle-aged men. Many of us experience this or know someone who has fallen victim to this, no matter your age or gender. Performance anxiety is different from the normal level of jitters and nerves you feel before a big test. It’s different from the fear of a squirrel trying to eat you. It’s more severe than the initial feelings of stage fright, although that’s where it’s been studied more extensively (Langendörfer et al., 2006; […]

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Best Excuses for Failing at Life

Now that I have your attention for a little bit, we’re going to talk about the 5 best excuses people make that ensures a life of unfulfilled dreams. We’ve all been there: the going gets real tough and so we quit. From small things like those pesky New Year’s gym membership (“I swear I’m going to go every day”) resolutions to quitting a life’s passion. We make excuses, belittle ourselves and compare ourselves to others, and even worse, we blame other people for why we are quitting. Where there’s a will, there’s definitely a way. Let’s take a look at […]