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Self Discovery

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

Jinna Yang | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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...

Tune In to Tune Up: A Mindful Approach to Clearing Stress

Stephanie Bennett Vogt | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Awareness. It changes everything. Responding from a place from awareness changes everything.

Jan Cloninger: How Will You Know If You've Parented Well?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

The clearer we are about what really matters, the more we can maintain our focus in the myriad of choices we make each day, and the more we increase our chances of being happy with the young adults we have raised.

The Face of Hate Hidden in an Italian Tablecloth

Sherman Yellen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Sherman Yellen

I've spent a lifetime answering the question "What's your religion?" with the simple declaration, "I'm a Jew." I'd always resented the question as an effort to categorize, limit, and define me.

Off to College? Let the Self-discovery Begin

Murali Balaji | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Perhaps the biggest catalyst of my understanding, however, was having three of my closest friends in college serve as my spiritual sounding boards. Sometimes, we'd go from the club to an all-night diner and talk religion, getting into lively debates about reconciling the secular from the sacred.

What Marriage Has Taught Me About Myself

Posted 08.07.2013 | Weddings

Regardless of how well you thought you knew your partner beforehand, being married to that person teaches you a lot more about him or her. But marriag...

Chin Up, Class of 2026!

Carissa K | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

Parents and children and true friends, we continue to be always interwoven... strengthening the durability of each other and adding layers of richness and beauty to one another by being a part of each other's history and tales.

A Boy's Summer of Self-Discovery

Pam Didner | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Didner

I wanted to tell my boy, "I told you so," but I also wanted to tell my boy that it's fantastic that he figured out some important life lessons at such an early stage of his life.

From Rejection to Redemption: 7 Steps to Making Dreams Come True

Stephanie Bennett Vogt | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Bennett Vogt

If I could offer my best tips for how to realize your dream (or anything for that matter) -- whether it is writing your memoir, shedding those 20 pounds, or living in a clutter-free home -- it would be these.