2020 has been something, huh? Because of all of the things, we are thrilled to be sharing this guest post from Bernadette Pleasant, the founder of The Emotional Institute, an online resource and educational center that offers courses, workshops, and interactive experiences that provide pathways to cultivate emotional wellbeing and gain insights that bring about a balanced mind/body connection. Bernadette has spent a lifetime exploring celebrations of the mind and body, from sensual dance to somatic healing. As a woman of color who comes from an esteemed tradition of natural healers, she is recognized as a leader in the mind-body…

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Laura Williams is a freelance writer and exercise physiologist living and working in Costa Rica. After being widowed in 2018, she started using her own grief experience to champion others navigating significant loss. She’s now working to open a grief retreat in Costa Rica and an online grief community. You can follow Brave Heart Ranch on Facebook to learn more. Read on as she shares her experience with grief — and how she’s learned to find her new path and joy after such a big loss. 5 Ways to Move Forward with Grief After a Devastating Loss by Laura Williams I…

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How many courageous conversations have you had recently? We ask because now more than ever is the time to stand up and speak up — and also listen. In order to help you have more courageous conversations — that are hopefully filled with actual progress, kindness, and understanding — we reached out to Kjirsten Mickesh, co-founder and CEO of ConnectHuman, which she started with her son Taylor. ConnectHuman’s mission is to create human connection that improves well-being and performance. Connection Zoo, their kids’ product, teaches social and emotional skills to prepare kids for a happy, healthy life. Which, you know,…

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If you’re feeling more anxious these days because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Like, SERIOUSLY not alone. It’s a crazy uncertain time — and we’re all feeling it. Which is exactly why we wanted to do a Q&A with Sage Grazer, who’s the co-founder and chief clinical officer at Frame — a mental health platform offering free, live workshops and more As she says, COVID-19 anxiety is a very real thing and it can manifest in a number of different ways. Read on as Grazer answers our top questions about it. COVID-19 Anxiety Q&A Anxiety seems to…

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At the start of 2020, I made a conscious decision to work on reducing my impact on the planet by focusing on cutting back on my use of disposable items. My intention was great, but I was a little hazy on exactly how to implement it in a way that would make it stick. Because, let me be honest with you — I’m passionate about doing my part to help the planet, but … I’m human. I don’t really want to make my life harder, you know? Fortunately, I had an opportunity to interview Kathryn Kellogg, founder of Going Zero…

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  Do you feel like you’re running on empty? Occasionally? All the time? Rajshree Patel — meditation expert, self-awareness coach and author of the new book, The Power of Vital Force: Fuel Your Energy, Purpose, and Performance with Ancient Secrets of Breath and Meditation — is fascinated with why some of us thrive while others of us just get by. A former federal prosecutor who discovered the ancient spiritual tradition of Vedanta by accident, Rajshree has taught thousands of people in more than 35 countries the power of meditation, mindfulness, breath work, and other ancient tools for accessing the innate…

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It feels really good to be organized, especially as you’re settling into the start of a new year. And getting organized is a lot more fun when you’ve got some beautiful supplies designed to help you out — which is why we are BEYOND stoked to announce our first giveaway of 2020. Kick off the New Year with some amazing (and gorgeous) organizational tools from Erin Condren. There are planners (including the incredible LifePlanner), books, calendars, pens, stickers, pouches, and all kinds of other accessories — and one lucky winner will get a $200 gift card to purchase whatever they’d…

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We all think of our pets like family. via GIPHY So, it’s natural that we want to share what’s on our plate. via GIPHY But should you … really? via GIPHY We’ve written about how your dog’s eats shouldn’t always be like yours to be healthy (check out Kristen’s AWESOME article here), but we recently found this infographic that breaks down exactly what human foods pups can — and cannot — eat from CyberPet.com to be super handy dandy. It even includes money-saving tips and what to do if you give your four-legged friend something on the do-not-eat list! (The…

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We all know how powerful stories are — both the stories that we’ve been told and the stories we tell ourselves. Beth Carvin — CEO and co-founder of JamBios, an online memoir website — knows this better than anyone. She’s had the opportunity to read life stories from thousands of different users and has learned a lot in the process. Here are her top takeaways when it comes to learning from — and healing from — the hardest things in your past. 5 Ways to Heal From Your Past, by Beth Carvin In the mid 1900s, plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz…

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Feeling anxious isn’t fun. But what if, instead of wishing you didn’t have anxiety, you could see it differently and actually use it as one of your greatest strengths and sources of energy? That’s the whole premise of Notable Life founder Julian Brass‘ book Own Your Anxiety: 99 Simple Ways to Channel Your Secret Edge — and it’s damn inspiring. As one of the 45 million people in the United States and Canada who live with anxiety, Julian decided to embrace these challenges that come with anxiety, and view it as not an epidemic or weakness, but rather of his…

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