• The Power of Generosity

    The Power of Generosity

    “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Maya Angelou White, billowing clouds floated by as I strained to glimpse at the landscape below. To my surprise, the land was lush, filled with green, grassy fields for miles that appeared to go on for miles. I’m about to…

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  • A Simple Practice Bound to Make Your Life Better

    The river of blessings flows abundantly through the valley of gratitude. –African Proverb In the United States, some choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in late November to give thanks and reflect on our blessings. Though this holiday has a dark history that we should be aware of, we can also make it a time to give thanks and…

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  • How the Sequoias Helped Me Heal and Embrace the New

    And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. —John Muir Off to the Forest The car engine revved, climbing the steep mountain. On one side were hefty granite boulders and shrubs, and on the other, a river rushing through a sprawling valley. I reached 5,000 feet (over 1,500 meters) in…

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  • The Importance of Educating Girls

    In rural Ghana, a dilapidated building with no door stands on scorched red earth. The windows have no glass or shutters, and the cracked, faded yellow paint is peeling. Making its way to its zenith, the sun beams down on the jagged tin roof, reflecting its light. A rooster nearby crows as it struts across the…

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  • Destigmatizing Suicide Through Thoughtful Conversation  

    *Trigger warning: this post discusses ways to support those who may be in crisis and survivors of loved ones who have died by suicide. The call you never wanted to receive, the drop in your stomach while you’re reeling upon hearing the news, and the realization your life will never be the same—most of us…

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  • The Art of Resting

    The Art of Resting

    The Super Blue Moon This past super blue moon in Pisces, which happened in late August 2023, was a powerful one. A blue moon refers to two full moons in one month. This only happens every 33 months, so the phrase “once in a blue moon” relates to its rarity. NASA reports that only 3% of full moons are…

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  • The Gift of Life’s Stages

    I sat on a bench in our backyard, taking a quick break from my day. It’s not really a yard; more of a makeshift garden wandering about the landscape with flowering plants and succulents in their designated pots. The sprawling bougainvillea that hangs from the fence behind me created a canopy, shielding me from the…

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  • The Loneliness Epidemic

    In May, the Surgeon General Advisory Board proclaimed that loneliness and isolation have now become an epidemic in America. The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, called the epidemic a “crisis” affecting all age groups (in particular, younger Americans) and demographics. He said it is impacting our health physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.  (Click…

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  • Honoring and Celebrating Women

    Women’s History Month As Women’s History Month draws to a close, I’ve been thinking of the many women I admire, whether it’s family, friends, or historic figures.  In the past, I’ve struggled to acknowledge my own accomplishments or played down my achievements. Thinking back, I noticed this pattern in other women as well as myself.…

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  • Ways to Help the Ukrainian People

    With the ongoing war in Ukraine, I contemplated where I could be of service. What, if anything, can I do? I began researching organizations and discovered some incredible charities, helping making a difference. If you are able and feel called, please consider making a donation to support the Ukrainian people. Every bit helps. A donation of…

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