Future You Blog

Today marks what would have been Dr. Maya Angelou's 95th birthday. Born on April 4, 1928, Dr. Maya Angelou built a life as a poet, author, playwright, singer, actress, philanthropist, visionary, professor, and beloved world leader. 

In honor of her legacy, here are 10 profound life lessons you can learn from Dr. Maya Angelou...

We’ve all heard the old adage, “It’s better to give than to receive” – but how can generosity actually transform your life? First, it is important to understand what giving actually means.

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer throughout the course of their lives. It could happen to any of us.

Thanks to the increased awareness over the past years, more women are getting their routine mammograms, which is helping them catch the cancer early. And when detected early, the cancer is typically easier to treat, giving women a much higher survival rate. But this in no way means that the diagnosis — early or not — is easy to deal with. 

Since breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, it’s likely you know someone affected by the disease, and when you do — it can be hard to know what to say or do to show your support.

Here are 5 ways you can support your loved one after diagnosis and throughout treatment and recovery...

Our female friendships are critical to our emotional well being. From an early age, our “best friends” provide a sense of belonging, emotional connection, and the ability to learn to rely on someone. 

Female friendships are, quite simply, a catalyst for sense of purpose. 

So what is the secret ingredient to female friendships? Why are they so powerful, bonding, unrivaled?

Women's experiences in the workplace are as varied as women themselves. Still, the unifying truth is that we often face challenges and barriers to success beyond our control, especially when compared to the professional experiences of men. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), women likely won't reach pay parity with their male counterparts until the year 2059.
Summer is finally here! Summer is made for fun in the sun and for making memories that will last a lifetime. After over a year of quarantines, lockdowns, and social distancing, it might be challenging to navigate how to take advantage of this time and reconnect to the world around us. Maybe you're looking for unique ways to bond as a family and stay entertained during the long Summer break. To help take some of the pressure off, here are ten simple, cost-effective, and stress-free ways you can make the most of your Summer.
Even when just dabbling in the health and wellness world, we come across the buzzword “mindfulness” a lot, but what is it really, and how can the concept be used to create more balance in our lives?
Too frequently, whether it be personally or professionally – we fall victim to the ever-spinning hamster wheel. Most of the time we don’t even realize we are on it. Sometimes, we mistake the incessant running for productive action and in many cases, during our attempt to speed up and push ourselves forward – the opposite happens, and we collapse.

Whenever we undertake a new change in our lives – whether it’s starting a new job or business, moving to a new location, or implementing a new health & fitness routine – we tell ourselves a story about it.

The stories are different for each of us, but if we are not enjoying the experience, it’s most likely because of how we’ve written our story. There are hundreds of research studies that prove the power of a productive story, and these studies reveal that the greatest predictor of whether or not we live a joyful and fulfilled life is never the facts surrounding our situation, but rather the stories we tell ourselves about them.

With spring now officially here, I always feel compelled to declutter and clean my house (a mood that does not strike often!)

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. The arrival of spring feels like a new beginning. It is about freshness, new life, and life lived anew.

I have always found the ritual of spring cleaning to be an important one. In addition to making my house more pleasant to live in, there’s more to this ritualistic refreshing than just our living spaces. It can also be an opportunity to open our internal windows to release the stale and tired emotions we’ve been carrying.

Even though it might be more difficult than cleaning out a cupboard or even a garage, spring cleaning can (and should) extend to decluttering our minds. If you are feeling overwhelmed, have little capacity to take on new information and/or you are struggling to focus, there is no better time than the present to perform a mental spring cleaning.

Here are eight ways to initiate the internal spring-cleaning process...

After a particularly grueling few months, a friend and I sat down for a much-needed wine night. We discussed a few fringe topics - the weather, our families, our jobs - and quickly noticed that neither of us was very tuned in. Without skipping a beat, my friend (unknowingly) asked the question that would alter our conversations forever going forward.

This year I was blessed to ring in the New Year with a family I love very deeply. It was not the first year we’ve celebrated bringing in a New Year together, but it was the first time we released lanterns symbolizing our hopes, goals, dreams, and intentions for the year ahead. It was the perfect end to a perfect day, and a memory I will cherish forever.

I’ve always been an avid goal setter, but this year I wanted to take it a step further. So, when deciding what to write on my lantern and how I wanted to kick-start the New Year – I focused on intention setting vs. goal setting.

Intention setting is game changer, and here’s why...