How to Embrace a Healthier, Better You

If your life is feeling unappealing and blasé, there may be an unfortunate reality that you aren’t living your best life. Like many others out there, there are probably many things in your life that you wish were better; however, it is not always easy to know how to get this process started. While sweeping changes to your life can have a big impact, small behaviors, manageable moves, and little improvements can make all of the difference. If you want to improve your life, here are a few things that can help you have higher levels of satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

You're Closer to Giving Away Power than You Think

This will all make sense in a few minutes.

I met a friend before she went to a wine tasting event one night.

While we were catching up, another woman sat down next to us and began to engage in our conversation. That was normal. The place was a neighborhood bar so everyone was super friendly.

We were talking about how hard it had been to get tickets to Hamilton and how expensive the tickets are. My friend recommended that we go to Richmond, VA "because tickets are half the price."

To which our new friend, let's call her Dawn, replied:

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

How to Strengthen Your Mind

While you can deadlift to grow your muscles, the mental equivalent is not as obvious. How do you strengthen your mind when the vast amount of reality television and empty internet content is threatening to bog your brain down on a daily basis? The modern world is filled with an incredible amount of distractions, but it also offers a wide array of resources to sharpen your mental prowess. Luckily you don’t have to pull a Thoreau and unplug in the woods in order to reach peak mental performance. Follow these tips to best navigate mental growth in the modern world.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

The Unbearable Sweetness of Yoga

Most people who practice yoga with any consistency over time begin to recognize that the benefits extend well beyond having a strong and flexible body. But unlocking the keys to the real power of yoga often requires a fearless embrace of vulnerability that runs contrary to the image we have of yoga's fruition.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

It Is Not Possible

It is not possible to lose 30 pounds.
It is not possible to write a book.
It is not possible to clear out all the clutter.

You know why?

Because it is only possible to lose a few ounces a day.

And it is only possible to write a sentence or two — maybe a few pages.

It is only possible to clear a bit of the room at a time.

This may seem like just word play, but stick with me here — because I think this is important for two reasons.

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Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

How to Have a Conversation With Well-Meaning People

We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends.

It ’s one of the great perks of adulthood — you get to pick a second family of friends who love you.

While it ’s likely that both these families love you and care about you and want the best for you, you may have noticed that most of them neither know nor care much about your work.

They don’t understand what you do. They don’t understand why you do it. It probably even seems kind of crazy to them.

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Samantha Bennett's picture

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

Reflections on Mastery

“Experience teaches that nature among mortals cannot operate in any other way than that in which reason teaches it to work.” ~Leonard Da Vinci

REFLECTIONS ON “MASTERY” …

I have been reflecting on the concept of Mastery lately. I realized that I had an underlying mindset, unconscious until I was reflecting, that I think has its roots in the distant past, when one could actually master all the knowledge that was available about any given subject. This was perhaps even less than 100 years ago.

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist. 

She is the Founder and Creator of WhiteBird Rising, a resource and guide for the transformational lifestyle. For over 35 years she worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of well-being, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. Her latest book, All Is Chosen, a beautiful handmade art piece, is a compilation of her life’s work, and can be viewed along with her other writings, videos, and artwork, at www.whitebirdrising.com

Hot Pink Ghosts

Another block to creativity are the ghosts of failures past.

A client once told me, “I’m afraid to get my work out there because the last time I tried, I was sabotaged and betrayed by a group of women I had trusted.”

I said, “I’m so sorry that happened. That must have been excruciatingly painful. But I’m noticing that there is no group of women holding you back now. It is you holding you back. You are sabotaging and betraying yourself.”

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About The Author

Samantha Bennett's picture

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

Listening for Possibility

“There are no facts that limit possibility, there are only conversations that limit or create possibility. Language shapes the way we think, the way we live our lives, and it gives us hands-on access to a world that’s open to being invented.”

~ Laurel Scheaf, Landmark Forum Leader

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About The Author

Laura Basha's picture

Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist. 

She is the Founder and Creator of WhiteBird Rising, a resource and guide for the transformational lifestyle. For over 35 years she worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of well-being, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. Her latest book, All Is Chosen, a beautiful handmade art piece, is a compilation of her life’s work, and can be viewed along with her other writings, videos, and artwork, at www.whitebirdrising.com

It's Not All About Talent

Here’s another hard truth: your talent doesn’t entitle you to anything.

You will not be surprised to learn that talent is not enough.

Every artist is (or believes herself to be) talented.

Talent is the price of admission, kids.

You’d be amazed how many agent/manager/gallery owner submission letters say, “I’m very talented and I think we should work together.”

You’re talented? Whoopee.

I mean, seriously, you’d better be. You’re going to look pretty silly calling yourself an artist if you’re not talented.

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About The Author

Samantha Bennett's picture

Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

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04/23/2021
If your life is feeling unappealing and blasé, there may be an unfortunate reality that you aren’t living your best life. Like many others out there, there are probably many things in your life that... read more
A group of four friends outdoors laughing
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This will all make sense in a few minutes. I met a friend before she went to a wine tasting event one night. While we were catching up, another woman sat down next to us and began to engage in... read more
Woman's face breaking up into grid pattern
04/17/2019
While you can deadlift to grow your muscles, the mental equivalent is not as obvious. How do you strengthen your mind when the vast amount of reality television and empty internet content is... read more
Man staring intently at his reflection in mirrored window.
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Most people who practice yoga with any consistency over time begin to recognize that the benefits extend well beyond having a strong and flexible body. But unlocking the keys to the real power of... read more
Section of metallic spiral staircase.
04/10/2017
It is not possible to lose 30 pounds. It is not possible to write a book. It is not possible to clear out all the clutter. You know why? Because it is only possible to lose a few ounces a day... read more
Anguished man with head in hands.
01/16/2017
We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends. It ’s one of the great perks of adulthood — you get to pick a second family of friends who love you. While it ’s likely... read more
close up Da Vinci self portrait
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