THIS IS THE SUMMER TO RUN TO THE FINISH LINE

2022-06-01T10:18:38-04:00

by Eva Solomon I’ll never forget a comment my longtime friend and running partner, Donna, made to me during an early June morning run. “I love being a runner because I feel like I’m such a part of summer.” While most of us notice the longer days, birds chirping, and changes in flora and fauna, a runner tends to feel “at one” with the seasons. In fact, a common remark I often hear at this time of year is “I wish I could run.”  In addition to getting outdoors, people enjoy running for different reasons. Some do it to stay in [...]

THIS IS THE SUMMER TO RUN TO THE FINISH LINE2022-06-01T10:18:38-04:00

THE SPACE TO CREATE

2022-06-01T10:19:22-04:00

By Cara Cummings   Being here was not planned. In fact, looking back, I think I tried not to be here. But the thing is, it’s impossible — no matter how hard I may have tried to stick to the plan.    It’s impossible not to get up in the morning and make art, even if the making starts in my mind. It’s impossible not to teach people about the things I love, and to help them create for themselves. It’s impossible not to grow food and flowers and beauty, and to share it with my community. It’s impossible not to [...]

THE SPACE TO CREATE2022-06-01T10:19:22-04:00

FINDING HEART – A JOURNEY TO PURPOSE

2022-06-01T10:20:11-04:00

By Katie Devlin On the day after Thanksgiving in 2018, Shirley Wickman, founder of the non-profit Heart for Life, received the call that changed the pulse of her family’s life. “I think we have a heart for your son,” the nurse said calmly.  Shirley’s son, Rexford, had suffered a cardiac arrest three months prior and was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy — a rare heart condition where the chambers of your heart become stiff and thicken overtime. Rexford was given the gift of life and Shirley began her journey into advocacy, research, community — and, ultimately, purpose.  “After my family was affected [...]

FINDING HEART – A JOURNEY TO PURPOSE2022-06-01T10:20:11-04:00

ROCK YOUR INSPIRATION

2022-06-01T10:20:52-04:00

By Allie Milus Growing up in northern New Jersey meant summer vacations “down the Shore” or on the beaches of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod. It meant saltwater, jellyfish, crabs, riptides, undertows, crushing waves, a surplus of seaweed, and a surplus of people. It was never quite my thing. I was never really comfortable there. My nickname was “Chicken of the Sea.” That pretty much says it all.  Fast forward a few decades to a family of my own, a relocation to Michigan, and a new vacation destination: Lake Michigan. My life was about to change, full stop!  I could not [...]

ROCK YOUR INSPIRATION2022-06-01T10:20:52-04:00

PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

2022-06-01T10:22:30-04:00

by Monica Brancheau   The word “purpose” is thrown around a lot nowadays. Living life with purpose, eating with purpose, a job that has purpose, and parenting with purpose — it’s all cerebrally inspiring and makes for shareable Instagram posts. Yet, how does one parent with purpose when on most days, we’re just trying to survive?  Purpose is defined as both “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists” and “a person’s sense of resolve or determination.” In the most sublime definition, the purpose of parenting is to raise children to live their best lives [...]

PARENTING WITH PURPOSE2022-06-01T10:22:30-04:00

MINDFUL MOVEMENT: CREATING ROUTINES FOR WELL-BEING

2022-06-01T10:23:11-04:00

by Elaine Economou Confession: I am a movement nerd. I’ve spent decades thinking about physical movement and how to help more people incorporate it into their daily lives in positive, productive ways. Whether I’m teaching a Pilates class, helping people combat the cumulative effects of sitting at a computer all day, or working on my own GYROTONIC® practice, my focus is always on moving purposefully and mindfully. But what the heck does that mean? What does mindfulness look like when we connect it to physical activity, and why should we care? A Friendly Conversation Between Mind and Body Last year, I [...]

MINDFUL MOVEMENT: CREATING ROUTINES FOR WELL-BEING2022-06-01T10:23:11-04:00
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