1. Some of the best inner journeys start with the passport – stamped kind. (Pass the in-flight peanuts.)
2. When our life stories start to sound predictable, it’s time for a re-write.
3. Overrated: multitasking…Underrated: unitasking.
4. Summer tomatoes: the universe’s way of reminding us the good-for-you food tends to be delicious.
5. Midwives—of babies; ideas, peace—do amazing stuff.
6. Expanding the mind: always a cool thing—so what if it sounds a little too ‘60s-trippy.
7. Perpetually good advice from James Brown: “Get up offa that thing-and dance ‘til you feel better.”
8. Running on the beach beats trudging on a treadmill every time. (Just sayin’.)
9. Ever notice how people brighten up when you recognize their efforts?
10. There’s a reason why nature is sometimes called vitamin N.
From Whole Living Magazine
From the June 2008 issue of O
By Valerie Monroe
Everywhere we turn, there are images of gorgeous women, constant reproaches to the reality of us, with our real bodies and un-Photoshopped flaws. We’re not buying it anymore. We’re tackling the critics—from the parents and teachers who favor the prettiest children to look-ist employers to the most hurtful of all, that nasty, catty girl who lives right behind our eyes.
Not long ago, I sat in my office, chatting with a friend. “I want to talk to you about your face,” I said. “Oh my God,” she said, looking stricken. “Do I need a facelift?” (I forget that people think I have a right to be openly critical of their appearance because I’m a beauty editor.) No, no, I said; I only wanted to know what she saw when she looked in the mirror.
Protecting Yourself from Verbal Assaults
By Michelle Burford
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the March 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
It comes out of the blue—a catty remark, a veiled put-down, a blatant backstab. So, what’s the best defense against wolves in sheep’s clothing?
Near the top of my list of annoyances—right there under people who leave really long voice mails but don’t give a calback number—is a mega-peeve: Engaging in catfights. I don’t even like to think about them, so please allow me to boil my last near-rumble-in-the-ring down to short scenes. First: I find myself utterly bored, so I start a book club with friends. After three sessions of patchy participation, I throw out provocative questions just to crank up the debate. A week later, reports hit the girl-gossip chain that I’m a know-it-all who should be “dethroned.” I realize whose campaign this is (she and I have history) and chuck it in the bin marked: Ignore This. Until the meeting when, as I’m exiting my living room to refill the bowl of stale popcorn, Suspect Number One says (she thinks out of earshot), “Yes, please go—we could use one less smart-ass in the world.”
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