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Kristen Noel
GET UPDATES FROM Kristen Noel Kristen Noel was a model, turned student, business owner, mother and now seeker. She has recently launched her self-empowerment business and has completed a memoir that will debut in 2014.

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50 Shades of ME: The New 'Model' of Me

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 6:36 PM

Happy Birthday to me. Happy 50th (gulp) birthday to me.

Even as I begin to compose this piece that has been swirling around within my head for weeks, probably all of my lifetime -- I'm still not completely convinced that I will toss it out into the world for...

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What Cigarettes Taught Me

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 7:43 PM

YES, I smoked cigarettes.

The first week of January 2015 will mark five years since I looked at my pack of Marlboro Mediums and made a deal with myself. I had been sitting out on my deck in the backyard, and if truth be told, kind of hiding. I...

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Are You Showing Up?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 11:42 AM


There's lots of stuff I your gut, there are no such things as coincidences, things show up for a reason, you are what you eat, to name a few. And yet I don't know what this little game I play with myself...

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O Captain! My Captain!

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:41 PM


Whoever said there was no crying in baseball clearly wasn't glued to their TV screen the night Derek Jeter, captain of the New York Yankees, played his last game in pinstripes, ending a 20-year career before a sell-out crowd in excess...

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(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 9:28 AM


What does unplugged really mean anyway? If you have a teenager in residence -- that's a pretty easy question to answer. Imagine the shock and awe of disabling their electronic devices, all of them. Alas, sometimes, we have to turn those questions on...

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The Ask

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Sorry guys, this shout-out is specifically for the sisters (but feel free to read on in support). I'm putting out an APB! To be clear when I refer to "sisters," I'm talking about the sisterhood of girlfriends, not bloodlines. Remember friends are the family we choose -- our very own...

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50 Shades of Karma (No Grey Area Here)

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 10:59 AM


We've got a credit rating for almost every aspect of our lives, but what about our karma? Is your soul in good standing?

Where do you land in the following categories? How would you rate yourself? If you don't like the results, get...

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Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:25 PM


I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

Would you be willing to display your current financial spreadsheets -- to put it all out on the table? And I'm not talking about a tête-à-tête with your accountant as you...

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(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:17 PM


I'm still convinced that we learn most effectively through story. We can toss out all the theory and rhetoric we want, but what resonates is sharing true, authentic experiences. It isn't easy to share the things we least want to talk about...

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No Blue Jasmine -- Not My Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Is that it? At the end of the film Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen leaves his beautiful heroine Jasmine (played by the exquisite Cate Blanchette, currently Oscar nominated for this performance) sitting on a park bench talking to herself with nowhere left to go. Come on, any New York City broad...

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Designing Financial Security

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:52 AM


Is there really such a thing? I imagine it depends on who you ask (and then ask yourself if you buy the response).

Should we be saving for a rainy day, or at a minimum, retirement?...that's what Susie Orman screams at...

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Designing Good-Bye

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:07 PM


I didn't want to say good-bye. But I had no choice. The "good-bye" part was out of my control, yet the realization that I could construct what it looked like was the gift; a silver lining of sorts, if fathomable.


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Guilty Pleasure at What Price?

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:14 PM


Scandal, betrayal, revenge. This seems to be the hip trend in prime-time television series: one-word titles, an acronym for salacious drama sprinkled with some truly disturbing content. Is this what the race for ratings and the vying with cable TV for viewers...

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How Can I Be Grateful When I'm So Angry?

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 9:51 PM

I'm stuck. And I'm angry, because people around me, people I love, are dying, cancer taking them down like dominoes: a friend with two children who is fighting to win the battle against the tumor taking over her brain; a client who had her insides sucked out like a spring-cleaning...

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'Just' Married

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Photo by Bill Miles

Just? There is nothing particularly just, reasonable, fair or simple about risking one's health to fly across the country to avail oneself of the privileges that heterosexual people enjoy. But that is exactly what my 47-year-old, terminally ill cousin,...

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Why Here?

(8) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 7:33 PM

The other night at dinner my son asked, "Why here? Why are they coming here to get married, Mom?"

I took a deep breath and told him, "We are lucky to live in a state where someone on their deathbed, fighting a terminal disease, doesn't have to fly across the...

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