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MeiMei Fox is the published author, co-author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of numerous non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, articles, and blogs, including New York Times bestsellers Bend, Not Break with Ping Fu, and Fortytude with Sarah Brokaw. She has edited books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Columbia professor Robert Thurman, and was Expedition Writer for Alexandra Cousteau's 2009 Expedition: Blue Planet.

MeiMei graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with a BA and MA in psychology. She also holds an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is an Ana Forrest-certified yoga instructor.

In addition to writing, MeiMei works as a life coach, assisting clients in realizing their most ambitious dreams. Her loftiest goal is to be a Promoter of Joy. She sits on the board of HOPE Foundation, an NGO dedicated to providing shelter, education, health care, and job skills training to the street kids of Calcutta, India. She is blissfully married to the Love of Her Life, Kiran, and lives in Los Angeles. Her mantra is: Fear Less, Love More!

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Recording History: The 1947 Partition Archive

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:28 AM

August 14th and 15th mark the 67th Anniversary of Partition, the dates when India and Pakistan (modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), newly independent from the British Empire, split into two separate countries based along religious lines. Mass violence broke out as an unprecedented population exchange took place: Hindus and Sikhs...

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The Happiness Manifesto: Simple Steps to a Fulfilling Life

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The meaning of life is LOVE. It is both our divine and our oh-so-human purpose on this fragile planet. It's our reason for being, our true calling and our highest truth. We are here on Earth to love: each other, the animals, the plants and flowers, the mountains, rainbows and...

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5 Lessons From Failure

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:38 PM

I spent the first quarter of this year working my tail off on a creative project that didn't end up happening. I felt all my old insecurities triggered and had to dig deep into my spiritual tool kit to keep from spiraling into anxiety and self-doubt.

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Helping High School Students Find the Best College Match

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:13 PM

Lanita Foley is a college admissions expert and founder of Where Success Blooms. A former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Stanford University (her alma mater, and mine) and Associate Director of College Counseling at Phillips Academy, Lanita knows college admission from "both sides of the desk."

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How Overcoming a Stroke Taught This Pro Golfer the Meaning of Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:55 PM

At just 24, Andrew Parr already was a top-ranked golfer. He had won multiple amateur prizes throughout his youth in Canada, the U.S., and Great Britain, and competed collegiately as an All-American at Texas A&M University. After graduating in 2007, he won his first-ever pro tournament on the Gateway Tour....

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A Successful Entrepreneur's Thoughts On Happiness in Work and Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Gordon Wright, founder of OutsidePR, has competed for the USA in a world championship triathlon, though his humility leads him to qualify that achievement by saying, "I made it just by showing up and being reasonably fit." He surfs avidly; plays baseball and rugby; has raced his mountain...

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How to Evolve Your Character for a More Meaningful, Successful Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:50 PM

What determines your character?

You do. As do the people around you.

And, of course, genetics play a factor, too.

But according to Webby Award founder, mother and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's new short cloud film The Science of Character, recent scientific research demonstrates that...

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How My 'Shake' Opened My Eyes to the True Meaning of Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In this week's TED talk, artist Phil Hansen reveals how his greatest limitation--permanent neurological damage that caused his hand to quiver and defeated his ability to create the pointillist pieces he so loved--evolved into his creative...

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The Life Out Loud: A Conversation with a Young Filmmaker

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Certified is a beautifully shot, cleverly told short film about a postal worker whose day goes wonky. I had an opportunity to speak with the filmmaker, Luke Asa Guidici, about his creative journey.

Certified from Luke Guidici on Vimeo.


The inspiration for Certified arrived when Luke read Saki's short story "The Open Window." He knew right away that it was the perfect setup for a short film.

Luke had been developing various short film concepts for several years, but hadn't found the right project. He needed material that spoke to him as a filmmaker and that he could actually afford to produce. The Open Window fit those criteria. It was a contained story with only one location, required a small cast, and dealt with themes of the supernatural and questions of reality. "Plus, it had just a touch of the undead," Luke laughed.

Luke enjoys making films that feature unlikely heroes facing strong dilemmas in altered realities. In Certified, he got to "play around with the perception of reality." At the beginning of the film, we see reality through the eyes of the postman. But by the end, we are experiencing the story from another character's point-of-view.

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Photo by Larry Guidici


"I think that life is very much like this," Luke explained. "Each time we interact with someone, they have their version of the event, and we have our version of it. Somewhere out there is an 'objective truth' of what happened, but I'm not sure we can ever truly know it."

Luke first became interested in filmmaking in high school, when he took a TV Production class. The professor, Mr. Gary Smith, encouraged his students to experiment. He also let Luke take the class as an after-school elective, editing his own snowboard and skateboard videos. After that, Luke was hooked.

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Photo by Nichole McCall


Each project has it's own unique challenges and difficulties, Luke said. For Certified, the problem was finding a location. It took him over a year to find the right house. He spent many a weekend and early morning before work driving around Southern California looking for a place that matched his imagination. You can see some of the locations that didn't make it here.

In general, Luke feels that the hardest part of filmmaking comes from the collaborative nature of the art form. "It takes a lot of people to make a film, and all those people are doing things besides your film. So you end up spending a very long time waiting for people, usually because they are genuinely busy."

To combat this problem, Luke recommends always having a few projects in various stages of development. That way, when one of them hits a roadblock, you can switch to another one and continue working.

As far as the joys of filmmaking, Luke said, "I make films for an audience. I want people to laugh and enjoy them. So getting to sit in a darkened theatre with a crowd of strangers experiencing my film for the first time is an incredibly rewarding experience."

Luke offers this advice to aspiring filmmakers: Invest in yourself. Spend the time, the resources, and the money to practice and improve your craft. Each day you should either do something creative, or be studying the creative arts. You don't have to directly be making a film. Write a poem, analyze your favorite TV show, go to a museum -- whatever it is, spend the time to make yourself a better, more knowledgeable artist.

At the moment, Luke is working on a few different projects, including a feature version of Certified, entitled Dark & Stormy, and a coffee table anthology of found-photos and short stories called "Found in Kitsap." You can learn more on his...

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Why the Spiritual Path Is More Than a Consolation Prize

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:40 PM

"The spiritual path is a consolation prize for people whose lives have gone to hell."

I wrote that in my journal when I was in my mid-30s and nothing was going according to plan. I had left my six-year marriage. A few years earlier, my parents had divorced after 37...

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The Life Out Loud: You Are an Artist (Yes, You)

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:49 AM

When Whitney Freya was a little girl, all she wanted was to be an artist. But at age 9, a careless teacher told her, "While you have a great eye for color and balance, you can't draw." And with that remark, Whitney shelved her multi-colored pastel and watercolor dreams (as...

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The Life Out Loud: Live Your Legend

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:47 AM

How many people you know are passionate about what they do for a living? Scott Dinsmore believes that we all have the potential to find and pursue meaningful work in our lives. What's lacking for most, in his opinion, is a supportive environment and community in which to cultivate and...

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The Life Out Loud: Beauty, Cancer-Free

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:13 AM

It shook Leela Rao to the core when the person closest to her was almost taken away from her. At the age of 30, Leela's sister and best friend Uma, a doctor, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had traveled into seven lymph nodes. Uma had...

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The Empowerment Project: Women Celebrating Women

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:57 PM

When Emmy-award winning filmmakers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook discovered a dearth of positive and uplifting content for women in television and film -- encountering "nothing much beyond objectification and cattiness between women" -- they decided to take matters into their own hands. They started a production company called...

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How to Get Big Fast and Do More Good

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise. -Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks

Thus opens Yes To founders Ido Leffler and Lance Kalish's new book Get Big Fast and Do More Good. If you're looking for...

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The Life Out Loud: Conquering Fear on the High Seas

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:42 AM

When I first heard about Torre DeRoche's memoir, Love with a Chance of Drowning, I thought, "This woman is totally insane." Her story goes like this: When she was in her mid-20s, the recent Australian transplant met a man in a bar in San Francisco after one too...

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The Life Out Loud: Listening to the Wisdom of Our Elders

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 2:23 PM

All over the world, human culture and knowledge was once connected to lands and waters, sky and time. We need to listen to the surviving first cultures. They are a vehicle for connecting modern humanity to nature and wisdom. With the loss of climate certainty, now is the right time...
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The Life Out Loud: Free Fitness for All

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:42 PM

Jennifer Pattee was in her mid-30s when she realized that she wasn't happy. Here was a woman who had met with success at jobs many people would envy -- working in glamorous design studios at Silicon Valley darlings IDEO and Apple. Yet deep down, she knew that her work had...

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The Life Out Loud: Turning Dreams Into Reality With Vision Boards

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 7:48 PM

How do you keep your heart alive when something you're aching for hasn't happened yet? How do you heal from heartbreak? What do you do with dreams that are so big they feel overwhelming?

Well, have you ever tried making a vision board? It's often one of the first assignments...

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The Life Out Loud: Wall Street Health Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 12:14 PM

At first glance, Nick Morris and Dan Gluck, a couple of Wall Street power brokers, might not seem like typical subjects for one of my blogs profiling people intent on making positive change in the world. But spend a few minutes talking with this energized duo...

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