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Letters to Hadley: Looks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

The world has a habit of judging people on their looks. I wish it were different, but it's not. You'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion on what's pretty and it's virtually unavoidable to not feel the weight of those expectations.

How to Tell if You're Plateauing (And What to Do About It)

Kayla Matthews | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Matthews

Use any failures you experience to motivate your future successes. Feel great about the fact that you tried and failed as opposed to never trying at all. It might sound a little cheesy, but perspective is optional and how you choose yours will influence how happy and satisfied you are with your life.

Focusing On Your Ability

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

Having choices is supposed to be a good thing, but when you are a woman, one choice in life sucks. The choice that I am referring to is the one regarding embracing either your feminine side or your intellectual side based on the career you enter.

Bad Book Reviews: One Author's Reaction

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.

3 Tips to Blast the Holiday Bulge

Kerry Tepedino | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry Tepedino

Ho, ho, ho... yep, it's that time of year again. This year I'm inviting you to do your holidays differently, though. Instead of more sugar, stress, ...

Start Where You Are

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.23.2014 | 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...

How To Get The Right Man To Commit To You

Caroline Zwick | Posted 11.21.2014 | Women
Caroline Zwick

What I have seen over and over again is that the missing link to a committed relationship isn't a flatter stomach, flawless skin or a perfect life.

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, You're to Blame When Our Confidence Falls

Unwritten | Posted 11.20.2014 | College

Whether it's 8p.m. on a Friday night or 8a.m. Monday morning, mirrors are an important part of our daily lives. They see us during our worst moments and at our finest. But what do we see in them?

Chasing the Proverbial Rabbit's Foot

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"Nicholas, did you do this?" I exclaimed. He smiled and nodded. "It's fantastic! I love it. This part looks like the Empire State Building," I said, perhaps a little too eagerly. He peered at it closely, then shrugged. "Maybe."

Expressing All of Who We Are: In Honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Jo-Na Williams | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jo-Na Williams

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance let's express all of who we are without apology and remember those that had the courage to do the same.

The Messed-Up Lessons We're Surrounded By As Girls

Niyathi Chakrapani | Posted 11.20.2014 | Teen
Niyathi Chakrapani

It may be pretty in pink when we're kids and tweens, but when adolescents start to find changes in their bodies -- some faster than others -- girls may look at themselves in the mirror and compare their bodies to an impossible image.

Are You Ready to See Your Body in a New Way?

Jenn Hand | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenn Hand

Instead of exercising to sculpt, change, and tighten, what if we simply moved our bodies in ways that brought us satisfaction and joy? This a radical mindset shift because we are inundated daily with society's belief that our bodies need to be fixed

Letter From a Friend

Stephanie Jankowski | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Stephanie Jankowski

I supported you through your pregnancies. I was strong for deliveries. I was patient during recoveries. It seemed like the more I gave, the less you appreciated it!

The Scientific Approach to Changing Your Life

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Change is rarely linear; there are twists and turns. It's frightening to change, especially when you're going out on limb to go after your own unique goals. In this process, you realize who you really are, separate from society, family or any other outside influences.

The Line Between Depression and Exuberance

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

eldom do we, as adults, become exuberant. We did as children. I remember how much I looked forward to going for an ice cream at the corner drug store or how wonderful it was to go to a Saturday matinee with my friends.

The Endless Quest for Perfection

Jane Shure | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Jane Shure

Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and the first tenured woman professor at Harvard Business School, is the mother of three children and knows what it's like to constantly be pulled in different directions. Spar reveals the "underside of what it means to juggle all the time."

4 Things I Never Say To My Daughters

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

You are lucky to have that beautiful, whole body. You are lucky in the opportunities you have. Good fortune has been given to you and it's your responsibility to make the most of it.

How Demi Lovato Helped Show Me I'm More Than My Disability

Erin Whitten | Posted 11.18.2014 | Teen
Erin Whitten

Demi's message of being a warrior is what motivated me. She showed me, even at your lowest, you need to fight to get what you want, because you are worth it and not just your disability.

Why We Think It's OK to Call Yourself Fat

Christine Arylo | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Christine Arylo

Being compassionate with yourself is all about giving yourself the loving truth. Not sugar coating or denying that a change is needed, but delivering the message in a way that you would talk to your child or to your best friend -- with love.

Letters to Hadley: Risks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

Physical risks are good to take because they'll remind you that your body is capable and incredible. But emotional risk are even better. Because they'll remind you how many feelings your capable body can hold.

14 Things No Woman Should Ever Have To Fear

Lexi Herrick | Posted 11.15.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Stick to your opinions and values. Be who you are. If you spend your life fearing the perceptions of others, you will never truly perfect the perception that you have of yourself.

The Plus Sized Thang

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 11.14.2014 | Women
Stacie Huckeba

I hate that there is even plus-sized versus regular-sized in the first place. It's one of the last acceptable forms of segregation and judgment. Yes, I said segregation. It's only been in the last couple of years that women over a size 14 were even allowed to shop with everyone else.

WATCH: 'What's Up With Me?' (Questioning Behavior Rather Than Attacking It)

Brad Yates | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Too often, we get frustrated with ourselves about our behavior without considering that part of us believes there's a good reason for that behavior. ...

Flower Power -- How Your Child Can Blossom Fully

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Orchid children are fragile like the flower. They need lots of TLC from parents or caregivers if they are to blossom. But if and when they do flower, so the traditional belief goes, it is something to behold.

Threshold Theory: How Smart Do You Have to Be to Succeed?

James Clear | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

How smart do you have to be to succeed? What about to become a creative genius? Did Picasso and Mozart use superhuman intelligence to create their masterpieces?