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Self Discovery

Why You Need to Love Yourself Unconditionally

Elyse Gorman | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

So the next time you want something in your life in order to feel good about yourself, give a little chuckle at the folly of your reverse thinking, and decide to feel good about yourself now. Then the things you desire will inevitably be drawn into your life.

The Art of Losing Oneself

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Rosengren

If I look back on my life, I can say with confidence that it was in moments of uncertainty that I was able to tap into my fears, my preferences and aversions, my hopes and my own personal truths. Each time I got "lost" was like peeling back the layer of an onion; through the path of discovery, not only did I learn something new about myself but I grew as a result of the experience as well.

Are You Living Your Dream... Or Somebody Else's?

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

What I've learned is this: Life is a series of piling on layers. Posturing. We try so hard to be that person others want us to be.

How I'm Getting Over My Broken Heart, One Laser Treatment At A Time

Heather Sweeney | Posted 11.15.2014 | Divorce
Heather Sweeney

Divorce allows people to hit the reset button and start their lives over again, reinventing themselves after learning from those failed relationships and harsh love lessons.

5 Tips To Finding Purpose And Meaning Later In Life

Next Avenue | Ed Merck | Posted 08.24.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Ed Merck Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity...

What Backpacking Alone in Europe Taught Me

Amy Yao | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Amy Yao

I wanted to know why I make the mistakes that I do, why I still desperately feel the need to have a name-brand university pedigree, why I chase approval, why I will never be satisfied with myself. I wanted to find it in myself, as if the answers had been hidden deep down.

How I Overcame Acute Anxiety and Crippling Depression

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria X. Liu

I can't emphasize enough how important it is to really know what your body and mind are trying to tell you. We're all here for our own individual purpose, and if you don't listen to it and only treat these signs as symptoms of a disease that you treat purely through external remedies, you'll have lost yourself in the process.

Navigating a Sea of Opportunity

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Rayanne Thorn

Every person has an opportunity to find their own greatness, to plot a course for personal success, should they so desire. Integrity and tenacity are essential building blocks for personal success and, I suppose, it depends on how you measure it.

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

Jinna Yang | Posted 09.20.2014 | Travel
Jinna Yang

Was I scared to leave a steady paycheck, long-term boyfriend, friends and family to travel the world for a month with a lifesize cutout of my late father? ABSOLUTELY. Do I regret doing it? Absolutely not.

Divorce, Redemption and My 20th High School Reunion

Heather Sweeney | Posted 09.13.2014 | Divorce
Heather Sweeney

Thanks to Facebook and my blog, most people already knew I was divorced. No one asked me if I was married. No one asked where my husband was. And while I did discuss bits and pieces of the divorce with a few people, I never once felt less than happy about where I am in life.

The Importance Of Staring Out The Window

Philosophers' Mail | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

We tend to reproach ourselves for staring out of the window. You are supposed to be working, or studying, or ticking off things on your to-do list. It...

Shapeshifting on the Road to Oblivion

Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux

After the turn of the new year, I was over it. I found myself wrestling with quiet. Blahzay. Afraid to utter for fear of speaking negative onto my future, but bound to the necessity of speaking my piece.

Redefining Success

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

Too often, success is measured by the greater amount of things we have and the smaller amount of time for anything not related to earnings. Success is not seen as a narrow ladder to climb above others on, but rather, it's a forward motion of self-reevaluation, re-prioritizing and resiliency.

Medicine and Self-Discovery: Part II of a Q&A With Dr. Victoria Sweet

Mehroz Baig | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Mehroz Baig

Dr. Victoria Sweet, who served as a physician for 20 years at San Francisco's Laguna Honda hospital, also found that "slow medicine" allowed her to do her job best.

The Power of Self-Expression

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Are you tired of playing small, feeling insignificant? Will you be the best you you can be or not? It is that simple. Of course, the question then becomes, who are you? The journey is about self-discovery and self-expression.

Reasons Not to Be Happy

Mindy Utay | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

Our thoughts and feelings are powerful, but many are based on old ways of seeing, and not reflective of the truth. We are not looking at the world through clear lenses.

The Big Picture: Perspective Is Everything

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

My sister Ann passed away, without warning, on the morning of Oct. 9, 2008. An undiagnosed heart condition, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, took her life. How could that be?

Message from the Mountaintop: 'Thou Shalt Not Fall'

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

I went up a mountain and received a message not on stone tablets or from a booming voice, but tattooed on a bicep.

Uncovering the Hijab

KidSpirit | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

It's a natural instinct to be curious, but comments on the hijab are often born of ignorance.

Shelley Gazes: Simply Put: How Releasing Perfection Brought Me Closer to Success

Shelley Gazes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Shelley Gazes

When I was younger, I assumed being tough on myself was the only way to remain on a steady path to "success." But I hadn't paused to define what success really meant to me.

Why Finding Yourself Is Overrated

Aliya LeeKong | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Aliya LeeKong

I, in fact, did have an "aha" moment, but my own life shifted not when I realized what it was I wanted to do as a career, how I could turn what I love (cooking) into what I live on a daily basis (chef and cookbook author).

Life By Design, Not By Default

Audrey Bellis | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Audrey Bellis

Relearning and breaking old habits hasn't been easy but its been worth the work. This New Year (like the last few) I didn't make New Year's Resolutions. I set intentions around a loose framework and look forward to seeing them manifest.

How to Find Yourself, When You've Lost Yourself

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Get uneasy, get scared, become a beginner again. You will learn something new about yourself, not only about your character, but what turns on your light. Once you've found something that turns on your light, you've found purpose.

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Gayle Hilgendorff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Gayle Hilgendorff

But what if we were to work harder at being truly happy? What if we defined our true happiness as our ultimate success? Well, all of a sudden, working hard isn't so hard anymore. In fact, it's quite enjoyable!

Intellectual, Artist Or Athlete: Which Archetype Fits You Best?

Posted 11.08.2013 | OWN

Adapted by Leigh Newman In her book Archetypes, Caroline Myss has identified 10 common profiles that help you discover how you can best use your gi...