Cover Story | Your Dreams, Your Terms

2018-08-01T19:43:26+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our conversation with Angela Harrison, we watched how a gnawing childhood passion turns itself into a career. While there are many paths to fulfillment with lots of uncertainty and twists and turns, the unencumbered certainty that drove Harrison is an inspiration to behold. Her conviction about the way every woman should feel in her clothes (and in her own skin) showcases her true gift: delivering self-love to everyone she touches. Before I even knew what “styling” meant, I was a stylist. Barbies were always swapping tops and bottoms instead of wearing their assigned outfits. My childhood dress-up [...]

Clear Your Clutter and Make Room for What’s Important

2018-08-10T19:30:14+00:00August 1st, 2018|Home, Minimalism|

By: Bridget Baker We wonder what our life would look like if we were just more organized. Would we have Pinterest-perfect homes? Would we be more successful or more fulfilled? When we think about getting organized, it often gets pushed back further and further on our list. We know we would feel better, but we don’t know where to start. I think we have it backward. We think we just need to get organized, but it really begins with letting go and starting to explore life with less. I don’t just mean less “stuff” in the sense of physical items, but [...]

How to Overcome Your Greatest Barrier to Success

2018-07-30T21:10:44+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career|

By: Millie Chu As an entrepreneur or business professional, do you feel like you are on the verge of starting the next amazing chapter in your life, but you’ve been stuck on the same page for a while? Perhaps you could see yourself living the life you want, and it’s so close you could almost grab it; but, your physical self is running out of breath. You chase, you work hard, you fight, and you’ve given it all you’ve got. At times, you feel as if you’re at the tipping point, about to go insane. Then, you gather yourself together because [...]

Letting Go & Creating the Healthy, Happy Life You Desire

2018-07-30T20:57:15+00:00August 1st, 2018|Health, Inspirational|

By: Tanya Penny, OTR, Health Coach We are often told by others to “just let it go.” The question I always asked was “HOW?!” Like most people, I was not taught how to let things go. I had a father who was very critical and controlling — the opposite of letting go. My mother would constantly bring up things that happened years (or decades) prior, and was also a hoarder (she still has my elementary school projects and prom dress). So, letting go was not something that was modeled for me while growing up. From a young age, I struggled with [...]

Woman on the Street | City of Good Neighbors

2018-07-23T20:00:10+00:00August 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Relationships|

By Stephanie Saline “And who will take care of your male?” my neighbor Margaret said. She’d crossed to my side of the street, and we were talking about her upcoming trip to Nantucket and mine to the north woods of Minnesota. “My what?” I said “Who will look after your male?” I thought I misheard her. “My WHAT?” She gestured towards our front porch, where Mark was laying on the outdoor couch. “Your male.” Surely, this older neighbor whose husband had died fifteen years ago wasn’t talking about who would take care of my own. I looked at her, utterly confused. [...]

Spicing Up the Grill

2018-07-30T20:50:06+00:00August 1st, 2018|Recipes|

By: Jillian Fraioli When the thermometer ramps up into the red zone, we either turn towards “picnic dinners” (consisting of crudités, finger foods, cooling dips like hummus or raita, and lots of fruit) — or we turn on the grill. My grandfather used to say, “Drink hot tea in summer, not iced tea.” And if you’ve traveled to hot and humid countries, you will know they hand you hot drinks and spiced foods on the hottest of days. Hot drinks and spices in the summer can actually cool you down; this is due to an effect known as “evaporative cooling” — [...]

Let That Old Story Go

2018-07-30T21:38:19+00:00August 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Spirituality|

By: Maria Sylvester  All that we are is a result of what we have thought.  ~Buddha  Time to rewrite the script, I remind coaching clients who come feeling stuck, frustrated, and unable to move their lives forward. Often we have clear goals and aspirations, plans and grand intentions. We strive toward these dreams while at the same time subconsciously believing we are “not good enough,” “unworthy,” “invisible,” “going to be rejected,” or any number of negative tales we spin about ourselves. We are likely to sabotage our endeavors unless we change such negative subconscious chatter. Until the subconscious becomes conscious and [...]

I Lost My Phone and I Don’t Care: On Freedom and Letting Go

2018-07-23T19:47:21+00:00August 1st, 2018|Inspirational|

By: Madeleine Forbes I lost my phone last week. It was there, charging in the car. We visited friends and stocked up on groceries, and then it was gone. I searched for it, at first casually and then frantically. Retraced my steps. Asked the friends to search their house; eventually went back to do the same, convinced my sense of need and willingness to upturn the sofa would be more effective at locating it. It was not. There was a week of slightly awkward communication, as I directed people to my husband’s number, explaining mine was out of action. I felt [...]

How to Create a Toned Body

2018-07-30T21:25:22+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Fitness, Health|

By: Erin Cantrell A toned body is a term we hear a lot from our clients when they step into one of our studios. To be “toned” is to have more muscle and less fat, which means a lifestyle change to incorporate strength training, cardio, and a clean diet. Changing your body composition will not happen overnight or even over a few weeks, but when you reach your fitness goal, you will realize the hard work was worth it. You can achieve this new body and lifestyle in several different ways, but a favorite of mine is to lift weights 8-12 [...]

Inner Alchemy

2018-07-30T21:28:59+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Spirituality|

Inner Alchemy By Sharon Marie Lawlor The other day, I went to a Five-Element Guided Meditation. My friend, Jason Blackman, was facilitating. It was an interactive visualization incorporating colors and breathwork to help move stuck and stagnant energy. And boy, did it move! At different stages of the meditation, I was in tears. I was letting go and releasing trapped emotions within the cells of my being. I was lying on the ground atop my favorite yoga mat, draped with a special rose-colored blanket adorned with golden roses that I brought. It was, in a sense, my security blanket protecting me; [...]

Toyota Shows their Commitment to Community

2018-08-29T19:22:11+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest|

by Praveena Ramaswami Toyota Motor North America Research and Development Center (TMNA R&D), headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, continues to reinforce its commitment to giving back in areas where their Team Members live and work. Toyota shifted their focus from working with multiple organizations to seeking out engaging and impactful community partnerships in comparison to traditional sponsorships. Two current Toyota partnerships include Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.  Toyota and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival are working together on the Festival Footprint Initiative to reduce the environmental impact at the festival and encourage community awareness [...]

Bring Order to Your Home by Letting Go of Perfection

2018-07-23T20:19:05+00:00August 1st, 2018|Parenting|

By: Randi Rubenstein Q: “I was total scary mommy this morning. I had a fit about Henry getting chocolate breakfast bar on the couch. Like a total Mommy Meltdown! I know I’m focused on the wrong thing. I’m choosing neatness over what’s really important...people. I feel super guilty after these meltdowns. How do I realistically maintain order and also begin letting some things go?” A: There is a sweet spot for moms when it comes to taking pride in your home without driving your family crazy. The need to maintain order and cleanliness in our homes is frequently the catalyst for many [...]

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