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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?
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.

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.

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?

After a rough two months of post break-up blues, I was recently diagnosed with separation anxiety. And yes, it was as fun as it sounds. My therapist informed me that this was brought on by my fear of abandonment. Some of you who know me well may be saying "duh", but for me this was a total revelation. 

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.

When the going gets tough...we have the opportunity to overcome or succumb.

There is often beauty at the end of a grueling, hard-fought uphill climb - as evidenced by the breathtaking views from mountain tops, our first introduction to new babies, or a sunrise that washes over the clouds clearing your mind for even a split second. Our roots run deep when overcoming adversity and there is no “one size fits all” remedy to hardship - we’re all different. So, when faced with an ever-flowing river of challenges (like, say, 2020 in general) what can we do to stay above water?

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