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The Precipice

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The last month has sparked some serious discussions about my lifestyle, my future, and the reality of the cost of what I've been putting my body through. Simply put, I was given two choices. Either continue doing what I've been doing and know that it could ultimately be killing me, or make some drastic lifestyle changes and learn to respect my body and get as many beautiful days as I can.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Mardra Sikora

My job as a human is to become the best possible version of myself. There is no one better than Marcus to teach me how to do that. When I vent to my husband about people's actions I have seen or read, Marcus gently reminds me, "No one is perfect, Mom."

A Letter to My Mother

Jess Ullrich | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jess Ullrich

I get it now, Mom, when people say that becoming a parent changes your life, and the past three years have made me want to throw myself at your feet and thank you...

The Journey of Being Brave

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

For now, I am celebrating all the good, the pain, the laughter, and all the tears of yesterday. Tomorrow begins another beautiful day in my unique life. Here's to each day that calls upon us to be brave, courageous, and share love unconditionally.

The Worst Times Happen At Our Front Door

Mike Reynolds | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

This isn't a story about regret or failure. I raise my voice because I do a lot as a parent, because there's a lot going on. We all have a lot going on. And kids don't listen all the time, nor should they be expected to.

In Tragedy, Putting Sports in Perspective

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.08.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

When young people lose their lives in sports, it is a bracing slap in the face about why we are involved in sports and a reminder about what is really important (and it's not the results!).

Perspective: The Worst Thing Ever or the Best Thing Ever

John Brubaker | Posted 01.05.2015 | Good News
John Brubaker

If you're in the midst of something difficult, find a way to gain perspective. Approach your challenges with gratitude not resentment; with fascination not frustration.

The Downside of Our Highlight Reel

Lindsay Henry | Posted 12.31.2014 | Women
Lindsay Henry

These photos we share on social media are a string of moments we choose to capture because we are happy. We take photos of the good times. We want to capture so we can remember. It makes sense.

Turning a Rough Year Into a Happy Ending

Amy Heinz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I guess what I realized is that no one year stands alone. Somehow they all weave together to create something truly spectacular. So while we can try to wish away all the bad stuff -- to hurry past it and just start over -- there's no such thing as a clean slate.

What I Learned From My First Semester in College

David Ongchoco | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
David Ongchoco

My first semester at the University of Pennsylvania has just ended. I'm flying back home, and I don't know what to think. It's been such a journey from the moment I stepped on campus all the way to today.

Christmas With Cancer: What Matters Most

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

In the end, I would much rather live a life of abundant joy no matter what circumstances I will face. I don't want to spend one holiday bitter, angry, or aggrieved. I refuse to allow the junk in my life to decide the amount of joy and happiness that floods my heart.

A Beautiful Reminder

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

A few weekends ago I experienced one of the most beautiful three days I can remember. The temperature was perfect and the color of the changing leaves...

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.

Climb Our Inner Mountains

John Murphy | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
John Murphy

Just finished reading an extraordinary short book Mount Analogue, written by Rene Daumal. It is ostensibly about mountain climbing but it is about far more than that.

I Almost Died Twice -- Talk About Perspective

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

As we gain experience, our perspective matures, our insight into what is truly important, matures. But we can accelerate that; we should accelerate that. And it doesn't take shocks to the system to do that.

Too Much Attention On the Sideshow in Oakland: Enough Is Enough!

Lee Bycel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Media
Lee Bycel

Most people are good, hard working and caring people. We want to know about both the good and the bad, the cutting edge events and the problems -- but come on, "breaking news" stories about the sideshow in Oakland is over the top.

5 Things I Used To Judge About Divorcees (Until I Was One)

The Stir | Posted 01.25.2015 | Divorce
The Stir

Never let anyone tell you God doesn't have a sense of humor. Or that pride doesn't go before a fall.

The Upsides Of Self-Pity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon; you were nine years old. Your parents wouldn’t let you have any ice cream if you didn’t do your maths homework. I...

Start Where You Are

Sister Jenna | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

Do you ever look into the future by starting with where you are? There's a saying, "As it is for you right now, well that's your tomorrow." This is...

'What Do You Do?' How to Deal With a Stay-at-Home Mom's Most Dreaded Question

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Reem Kassis

The next time I find myself about to label or judge, I will take a step back and remember this woman's answer. I will remember the kind of world I want my daughter to grow up in and I will play my part in creating that world.

10 Life-Changing Things Doctors Actually Said To Me

Jessica Bensten | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

The bottom line is, sometimes there is no good news. But all news should still be delivered with kindness and compassion.

Culture Sh*t to Cultural Shift: Identifying Filipino Norms That May be Hindering Our Growth

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Jonha Revesencio

The challenge is for every Filipino to ask ourselves - "Am I subconsciously limiting myself by blinding following culture norms?" "Am I robbing myself of exponential growth because I think of others highly and belittle my personal strengths?"

The Moment That Made Me a More Compassionate Mother

Amy Heinz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

The other day, I was walking through the grocery store parking lot with all three of my kids. Because I was distracted by the usual chaos of reminding everyone to hold hands, look for cars and get their fingers out of their noses, I was surprised to hear a voice behind me.

We Don't Know What We Don't Know

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

Organizations go through change -- growth, market dynamics, Customer demands, stakeholder pressures. An organization's ability, and readiness, to face that change, and to create real sustainability is paramount. All too often, the unknown plays a crucial factor.

It Took A Devastating Diagnosis To Help This Woman Start Living For Today

The Huffington Post | Gregory Beyer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living

For as long as she can remember, Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue took an active interest in her health. In college she studied exercise physiology and worked...