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Losing Sophie (My Yellow Lab)

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

When you take an animal into your life, you are signing up for heartbreak. If all goes according to nature, you will experience an entire life cycle in years rather than decades. When that beloved being dies, everything changes.

How to Shine as an Introvert

Z Zoccolante | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Remember no matter who you are, whether an introvert or an extrovert, you can be a leader, a mover, and shaker. And skills can be learned.

Swords

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Katharine Angelina Love

I live with my close friend. We live in a light-filled 1,200 square foot apartment in the heart of Toronto. My bedroom looks out on the city and on a ...

Freedom Is Not What We Think It Is

Jassica Nia | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jassica Nia

As most of us might have experienced, I grew up within the chains of culture, and grew up needing to conform to expectations of others and needing to ...

The One Mental Shift You Need to Make to Stop Overeating

Michele Lian | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michele Lian

Have you ever woken up and gone into your day with an intention to eat well, stick to your workout routine and be 'good'? Probably. I've done it too....

Who Shall I Be Today? How About -- Me? Oh, No!

Noelle Nelson | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

That's the secret: when you pursue your own way, nurture your uniqueness with passion and perseverance, you cannot help but succeed. And one thing for sure: you will succeed at being happy and fulfilled.

Pope Francis and I. And You. And Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Maria Rodale

Photo courtesy of Jared Gruenwald by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger The run-up to the papal mass in Philadelphia felt like a countdo...

Runaway Teens At Large: Greenwich Commissioner Alan Barry's Answer

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

Teenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic. Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating event, such as a pregnancy or fear of parental disapproval, triggers a teenager to flee home.

Time to De-Stress and Relax: You Have Arrived!

Rohini Ross | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rohini Ross

I am not lacking in any way, not matter what the illusion of my personal thinking tells me. I am whole. I am complete. I am love. This can never be taken from me, only temporarily forgotten.

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

Queer Shame and How Liberal Communities Harm the Children They Embrace

Marissa Castrigno | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marissa Castrigno

Plenty of mothers hang rainbow flags in honor of their children and then make a point to make a positive comment about visibly queer couples. To be a spectacle, even for someone's kind liberal gaze, still makes you a spectacle.

Through the Feelings, Toward Light

Robbi Rucker | Posted 09.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robbi Rucker

Today's my birthday and for the record, please note that I am not the celebrating type when it comes to this day. I prefer quiet, reflective, spontane...

3 Unexpected Ways to Feel Confident About Your Body Right Now

Michele Lian | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Michele Lian

Surface solutions like shopping for a new dress or shade of lipstick can help you feel better for a little while, but they don't get you to unwrap the real issues that are gnawing at you from the inside out.

A Trans History

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

You came full circle. From the little boy you welcomed into the world. To the discovery of your long lost daughter after so many years, even if she was no longer little. And you were there, for her rebirth. There to welcome your daughter into the world.

It's My Garden, but Who's the Gardener?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Full disclosure: I call it my garden, but I'm not the gardener. Not really. I don't plant things. I don't do the big weeding. I don't make plants grow or buds blossom.

How Not to Accept a Compliment

Z Zoccolante | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

The gray dress encases the length of my body, pressing against my arms, cutting off at the wrists. It looks as though someone's taken a precise blade ...

Stop Chasing the Idea of Having It All

Amanda Magee | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Amanda Magee

There is certain sadness in life, people will die, stuff will break, people will say no. Why do we think "all" is attainable or that "balance" can be achieved? What I learned this week is that we have limits.

25 Not-So-Little Things To Celebrate In 25 Married Years

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

My marriage is 25-years-old this week. What would I whisper in that bride's ears if I could? What would I tell her that she would be grateful for these 25 years later? It would be the little things.

How Squirrels Teach Us About Acceptance and Being Unbotherable

Leslie Gernon | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leslie Gernon

When squirrels no longer bother you, when you can accept that they're doing exactly what they do best ("easy food"), when you can laugh at and appreciate their antics you will have learned much about acceptance, non-judgment and being unbotherable.

Relax and Enjoy Your Wild and Precious Life

Rohini Ross | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rohini Ross

You have the "everything" you are looking for inside of you. There is nothing to do to feel whole and complete. In fact, it is in the doing nothing that allows the everything to be experienced fully.

6 Things That Happened When I Stopped Hating My Body

Michele Lian | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Michele Lian

When I was ready and started loving my body, amazing things started to happen, like these six revelations:

Dealing With Differences

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

A relationship that is able to minimize the occurrence of crisis is also effectively avoiding unnecessary drama. The result is the attainment of a resiliency that strengthens the connective tissue and deepens a faith in the ability to weather relational breakdowns.

Thank You for the Ribbon

Randi Evans | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Randi Evans

I am the proud mother of a child with Asperger's, and my son gets a hard lesson in life every day. His lessons are not related to points on a scoreboard or winning and losing, his lessons are about dealing with people.

Mastering the Art of Relationship Yoga

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

There's no denying that becoming an accomplished relationship yogi requires time, effort, commitment, and a willingness to play the edge of your zones of comfort and familiarity, since surprises are inevitable and the nature of the path differs for everyone.

3 Life Lessons from a Homeless Man Named Matt

Jessica Zemple | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Jessica Zemple

I was walking to a workshop on Coaching Success in downtown San Diego with one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Robert Holden, when I passed by a young man who was wearing tattered clothes and looked as if he had not seen a shower in days. I said good morning, as I do with most people I see, and kept walking.