Intent of the Day: Organizing Our Thoughts

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The mind is a wondrous thing and sometimes it’s too busy to do any good. Whether in inspiration mode or survival mode, a key to getting anywhere is being able to keep track of your thoughts, organize your ideas and do something with it all. Rather than staying in the tornado or letting our mind run away from us, we intend to organize our thoughts!

You too? Here are 3 things to help you do the same: Continue reading

The Best Makeup for Sensitive Skin

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Having sensitive skin means taking special care to notice the ingredients in anything you use on your face. Using the wrong cleanser, moisturizer, toner, or foundation on sensitive skin can lead to breakouts, redness, and flakiness. Picking the right products from start to finish can help keep your skin clear and healthy looking.

Picking a Foundation for Sensitive Skin

For those of us who deal with sensitive skin, picking a foundation can be difficult. Many foundations are loaded with harsh ingredients that do more harm than good. Opting for a more natural formula can help you to avoid these ingredients and keep your skin looking flawless. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best natural and acne-fighting foundations on the market, with options for every budget (all prices listed are for US only, other countries may vary). Continue reading

5 Ways to Step Up Your Spring Cleaning

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While warmer temperatures and sunnier days have many of us breaking out the short sleeved t-shirts, it also makes us notice all the clutter and dust that has collected in our homes over the winter months. Giving your living space a good spring cleaning lets you hit the refresh button, helping you feel less mentally cluttered and ready to take on the year. It can be hard knowing where to get started, but by picking a task and just getting going you can make the most of your spring cleaning efforts. Start with these five easy ways to get started helping your surroundings to feel cleaner and more conducive to productive living. Continue reading

3 Ways to Get Your Best Guy Friend OUT of the Friend Zone

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All us gals have a guy friend or brother who we know is just such an awesome and nice guy. We know he’s deserving of a really great woman and we want to see him hooked up, yet for some reason he seems to have little luck with attracting or keeping the ladies.

As a Dating & Relationship Coach helping men and women over the last decade, it isn’t actually much of a mystery why this happens to great guys, as there are patterns that all of them repeat. So be a good wing-girl and share these 3 secrets with him to assist him in permanently getting out of the Friend Zone with women. Make sure his 2017 rocks! Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Time for Yoga

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Any time for yourself? Any time for health? We understand that you can be running low on hours even with daylight savings starting our days a little earlier. When it feels like there is absolutely no moment to rest and invest in yourself, that is exactly when you need to do it. So our intent for today? It is to find a little time for yoga.

Don’t think you can make it happen? Here are 3 people to inspire you: Continue reading

Could My Child Be a School Bully? Tips for Concerned Parents

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No parent ever wants to consider the possibility that their son or daughter could be one of the mean popular kids at school, those who shun and dismiss anyone who’s different.  I call them Elite Tormentors, and the caring, compassionate popular students who stand up for the underdog, Elite Leaders

What are some of the warning signs your son or daughter may be in danger of turning into an Elite Tormentor? Pay attention to your child’s demeanor on the phone. Does it sound like he/she is making a joke at someone else’s expense or gossiping about another student? When he and his friends text one another, are they putting down other classmates? Has your child recently started excluding any of their old friends from social activities and when you ask why, they don’t have a plausible answer?

If your child is posting regularly on Instagram, have they posted any photos that humiliate another child? Be curious. While you may not wish to invade your child’s privacy, if he/she is taking advantage of that privacy to hurt themselves or someone else, as a parent you need to pull rank, lovingly demand access to their social networking and texting activity, and retain that access until you’re comfortable they are not the cause or on the receiving end of anything harmful emotionally.    

Another effective technique for outing an Elite Tormentor is to casually have a conversation with your child about who’s popular at school and who’s not, coaxing her into revealing the names of those students who struggle to fit in or who strike her as lonely.

A week later, ask her if she’d like to host a party, suggesting it might be nice if, along with her friends, she invited a couple of the forgotten ones, too. If she agrees despite what her friends may think, she’s not an Elite Tormentor. In fact, she’s probably an Elite Leader. If she won’t because she’s fearful her friends would freak but feels badly about it, she’s most likely a bystander. But if she recoils at the thought or acts indignant, perhaps even laughs, chances are you’re living with an Elite Tormentor. 

If your suspicions are confirmed, here are a couple suggestions: Continue reading

Service Learning: Teaching Children to Live With Intent

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The concept of living with intent, with a sense of purpose, can be taught to children at a young age. Parents lead by their own example, but great teachers can have a huge impact.

Carlthorp School, my daughter’s school in Santa Monica CA, has developed an incredible program with KidUnity, an organization that combines 21st Century learning concepts with service learning to create empathy, empowerment, and skills for children to engage in our world. My daughter is incredibly lucky to have participated in a year long program on civic engagement that culminated with a visit to Washington DC where the students heard from and made presentations to congress, media and organizations on subjects they had studied for during the academic year.

Here is a a reflection from my 12 year old daughter, Leela, on how the program worked and her experience: Continue reading

Five Steps to Engage Creatively with Stress

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There is no question that life is stressful. The world events of 2016 escalated stress levels across the great divide of personal opinion and viewpoint. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the big picture. How do we confront conflicting ideas and problematic personalities? How can we manage stress levels hitting new highs on your internal stress-o-meter?

Consider the strategies of creative strength training. The stamina built by implementing five simple principles soothes stress levels, encourages you to have fun, and leads to a happier state of mind. Continue reading

Five Keys to Nurturing Creativity in Your Child

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Every parent has heard it—the howl of the bored child. “Mom, I don’t have anything to DO!” or “Dad, come play with me!” Despite a closet filled with toys and the electronic gizmos of the moment, children everywhere are flopping down in abject misery at the prospect of filling up their free time.

Is it a parent’s job to provide constant stimulation and to solve every problem? Actually—no. In fact, if you constantly entertain your child and solve her problems for her, you are stealing from her the ability to be creative, to exercise her imagination, and possibly, to contribute new ideas and solutions to the world we all share.

Why is creativity important? Beyond the arts we often associate with creativity—things like music, art, drama, and literature—creativity is necessary for solving problems, especially new problems. Divergent thinking, sometimes called “thinking outside the box”, is the potential source of cures for disease and solutions to world problems such as poverty and hunger.

Be forewarned, though: Creativity can look an awful lot like misbehavior. It can be messy and inefficient—and the world would be lost without it.

How can you nurture creativity in your child? Continue reading

Start Living Your Life Now

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You’ve finally revved yourself up enough to tell the person you’ve been seeing that you want more from them, when they come back and tell you they aren’t on the same page. What do you do? Continue seeing them even though you know you want more, or are you able to keep looking out for your well-being and gracefully give a kiss on the cheek and say adios?

I was the girl who said one thing and did another. It wasn’t only in romantic relationships but also friendships, agreeing to go to dinner or to a party when I really didn’t want to, or saying I would ask for a raise and then never doing it. Talking about boundaries is easy, but actually drawing them is off-the-charts hard, because it falls on us to do it, it’s our responsibility.

Through a lot of trial and error here’s what I’ve learned along the way. Continue reading

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