Growing up, a lot of my friends had dads who'd served in World War II. I was fascinated by the notion that my tough guy dad, perpetually digging under the hood of his truck, or sawing away in his wood shop, had actually gone to fight Hitler.
There may have been highlights, such as a wedding, birth, or some other special event that has really left a positive impression. But what about the bigger picture? If you could look back at your life on your 100th birthday, what would you tell others are the secrets to a good life?
Without the love I have found with my future spouse, all of the wedding-related things and experiences wouldn't bring an ounce of joy. The root of my happiness is Craig and our commitment -- not the tangible items.
I'm publishing this letter I received from an amazing woman named Jackie because of how deeply it inspired and moved me. Jackie is a kindergarten teacher from Boston and she is a real life hero. Humans like Jackie are exactly what the...
This is your time you should wake up. You need to show to the world what's inside you. Don't hide your feelings and don't hide yourself in regret.
When she got to high school, she was bullied during her freshman year. High school girls are the worst. They whispered she was a lesbian, and I figured they were right. I didn't care. She was my Maddy. That's all that mattered.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Don't let your fear of what might go wrong stop you from making things right. Most of the times you are scared, there are no lions running towards you. So follow your heart.
My dog had once been the answer to a prayer asking for proof of heaven. We found her the next day in a shelter, the name "Angel" scrawled across the stained and torn placard on her cage door.
At Headbands of Hope, for every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. I was inspired to start Headbands of Hope as a college student at North Carolina State University. During the summer of 2011, I interned at a wish-granting organization for kids with...
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Your body is perfect, just as it is. You don't need to lose weight, or tighten up your tummy, or pop out your butt in order to have a perfect beach body. You already have the perfect beach body. You are divine, feminine perfection.
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Here are a few close up "mugshots" of some of the friends we made along the way.
I love to think about the ancient royal families who retained personal astronomers, who were responsible for tracking the movements of the celestial bodies in the skies for extraordinary events.
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Since all the political news is terrible and only getting worse, I decided to reflect on something very personal this week -- about a great event that happened this weekend.
At just 12 months of age, Emily Brown's daughter was diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and soy. Because allergy-friendly food can cost two to four times the price of regular food, Brown's family quickly became overwhelmed by its ever-increasing grocery budget. Neither the federal nutrition program Women, Infant & Children (WIC) nor a local food pantry provided any financial relief to Brown since few of the available food products were safe for her daughter to eat. After meeting Amy Goode at a food-allergy support group, the two mothers launched the Food Equality Initiative, aiming to make food that's safe to those with allergies more affordable and accessible to those in need. In 2015, the inspirational duo opened Renewed Health, the country's very first allergy-friendly food pantry. In just a year, it's provided assistance to more than 70 clients and has distributed more than 12,350 pounds of allergy-friendly food. Watch the video above to learn how the pantry provides a safety net to low- and middle-income people with food allergies or Celiac disease. More stories like this here. Find us on Facebook and on
Know this: You are not alone. You are not what others think of you. You are not lost. Know this: You are loved. You are strong. You are worthy.
I wish this story had a happy ending. Dog goes missing, community searches for dog, dog is reunited with his family. They live happily ever after. Unfortunately, that is not this story.
Although I didn't know it at the time, my journey toward entrepreneurship was partly driven by being bipolar. Looking back, it explains so much. It's a critical part of my identity as a founder and something I cannot imagine living without.
You must never, ever bear the insults of people just because they call you your friends. You are unique in your own way. Never let people define you.
If we're lucky, life sometimes gifts us with full circle moments - an instant, where a seemingly unrelated snapshot from the past, makes its way into the present, as a reminder that there is always a bigger picture we don't see, and there is never a wasted drop of time...
While my feelings toward my husband are definitely at a solid ten right now, my overall love tank is hovering around six or seven. And that distinction makes me realize what I'm doing wrong: I'm not relying on enough sources of support and care outside of my partner. I need to figure out how to correct that.