Photo on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC Game on! 2020 is here. If you are at all like me, you’re carefully, deliberately pondering possible goals or intentions for yourself in this new year. Here’s a little secret that will pretty much guarantee extraordinary days ahead: the best way forward is back. Back to you. For an amazing new year ahead, I recommend first rediscovering and resurrecting the forgotten you — your essence at the core of your being. Time to peel back the layers and find your center. Embrace this previous lost, or perhaps buried, version of yourself, and boom — [...]
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Photo on Unsplash By Fredi Baker With the holiday season behind us, many of our thoughts quite naturally turn to goals and game plans for living healthier lives in the new year. We may commit to eating better, exercising, feeling more energized after the busy months we’ve just come through. Me too. In fact, I’ve been on a slow and steady weight loss for some time now, and didn’t veer very far off the path this year. It helps that I am eating more plant-based, vegan-ish type of foods, with occasional fish and eggs for good measure. Sugar is, for the [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe If you’re reading this, you made it through the holidays and are eager to tackle the second decade of the twenty-first century. Congrats. I did too. Let’s drink to it, shall we? I don’t know about you, but cold weather makes me crave fires in the fireplace, warm blankets, basketball games, delicious soups and stews perfectly paired with complementary beverages — you know, the basic winter requirements that do not, for me, involve going outdoors more than is strictly necessary. In other words, if you want to invite me along on your next ski vacation, [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Kellie Mox The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. – Constitution of the World Health Organization Twenty years ago, I walked into one of my first classes at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I was twenty-four years old, and while I wasn’t without trauma or challenges, I was undeniably young and privileged. Short of my two years living in Australia, I’d spent most of my life in a medium-sized, largely white, [...]
Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini There are so many places, organizations, and causes we can offer our time to. Yes, we would probably prefer to sit on our comfy sofa with a bowl of M&Ms watching reruns of our favorite show, but that will not contribute to our good health at any age. We should probably take a walk, go to the gym, do some pushups, or even vigorously clean our house. This will keep us in shape for sure. If we add to that mix a healthy diet of less red meat, more veggies, conservative portions, and carefully [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Julie Mariouw “A book must be the axe for a frozen sea inside us,” wrote Franz Kafka in a letter to Oskar Pollak. In using this metaphor — comparing a book to an axe — Kafka tells us more in one sentence than if he had gone on for pages. We see an image, we feel the impact in our bodies, we understand what he is trying to say. Such is the power of metaphor. The dictionary definition of metaphor is “a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally [...]