wellbeing

Pumpkin spice

Although I can honestly say that summer is my favorite time of year, I do love the fall! I am a die-hard beach lover, sun, fun, flip flops – the whole package. However, when the calendar rolls into September and October, I can feel a real change. The sky looks different, the air feels different, the sunsets are different, and the leaves slowly start to fall. To me there is a palpable difference...

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What is L.O.V.E.? I recently stumbled across this quote in David Richo’s book, How To Be An Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration, “Love is ineffable. We can never adequately put our love into words because words are categories of our minds and love is a living experience.” I just LOVE it! “Love is ineffable… love is a living experience...” It brings so much possibility and...

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When we think about taking care of our whole selves – body, mind and spirit – and the chronic conditions that are affecting our society today, there is no “one size fits all” approach, nor is there a silver bullet solution or fix to living well. It is a combination of factors – activities, practitioners and people – that support us in living well. Along these lines, we need to consider who is on...

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In my opinion as a woman, there is nothing tied more closely to our identities than our hair (well, except maybe our breasts, but we will stick with hair for today). We cut it; we grow it; we color it; and day after day, we wash it. How much time do we spend picking out that shampoo? From my teen years, I can remember standing in the shampoo aisle of the grocery store and staring at all those...

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Should you be concerned about the aluminum in your deodorant? There have been numerous deodorant scares over the years as researchers find connections between chemicals in deodorants and cancer; however, most scientists will tell you that deodorant and antiperspirant are safe. If you are still concerned about chemicals and want to make sure you are putting the safest product possible on your pits...

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Living well may mean different things to different people. And, there is no right or wrong. There is no one-size-fits-all. It’s personal. And, just like so many things we do, like learning a new skill, a task, or even a sport, caring for ourselves is a practice. It ebbs and flows and changes during different phases of life, different seasons, and even on different days. With that, self-awareness...