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Mantra Monday VII: Imperfection is an Inevitable Part of Being Human

Author: Joe Lizz Editor: Alexa Bonsey I have said it time after time, and you’ve probably heard it more than you can remember — but there really is no such thing as a perfect person. It’s okay to make mistakes, to fail, to struggle. Not only is it okay; it is an absolute part of this crazy experience called life. We humans are imperfect beings living imperfect lives, and yet we place so much value on this false idea of perfection. I am a huge fan of social media and its ability to connect people and build communities. Because it is such a significant part of my life, it’s hard for me to dislike aspects of social media. Yet, I often wonder if there was such a strong desire...

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Self Care Sunday III: Leading a Life of Self Love

Author: Seth Connelly Editor: Alexa Bonsey Self care is not something a lot of men talk about. Hard to believe, right? As a male, born in the US, I have been socialized to believe that I am tough, don’t cry, never need help or support, and cannot be weak. Because of these ideas, the concept of self care can feel pretty foreign. While we all have to navigate the challenges of toxic aspects of male culture, I am lucky to have close friends, family, and colleagues who gently nudge (or passionately push me) in my own journey of self care. Hard truth: self care does not come easy for me. It’s something I struggle with. In the exercise of writing this post, I am faced with the ways I don’t (and do) practice self care. Sometimes I’m just really bad at it....

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Mantra Monday VI: Self-Care is Selfless, Not Selfish

Author: Joe Lizz Editor: Alexa Bonsey Repeat after me: “It is not selfish to take care of myself. It is not selfish to make my own happiness a priority. It is not selfish to put myself first.” Whether you are a parent, spouse, significant other, a professional working a job in management / a leadership role, in just about any other stage of adulthood, we often believe that making ourselves a priority is selfish, entitled, or self-absorbed. When everything is going smoothly in life and we are hitting every hypothetical curveball that life throws at us out of the park, it’s so easy to forget the importance of self-care. We focus on those around us: their schedules, their emotional and mental needs, making sure they are successful in life. Committing to...

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Self Care Sunday II: Surrendering to Self

Author: Danielle Schoen Editor: Alexa Bonsey Self care is intimately woven into the fabric of my life. When asked to write this blog on self care, I first began thinking of the little rituals that are woven into the fabric of my days: journaling, yoga, reading, meditation, hiking, taking baths, skinny-dipping… As I reflect on each of these practices, I realize that they are meaningful to me because they allow me to connect to my true nature. These practices help me return to myself. When I spend time in nature, get lost in creating a meal, or find deliberate moments to dive into my spirituality, I am able to quiet my mind and connect to that space within myself that is...

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Mantra Monday VI: Happiness is a Choice

Mantra Monday VI: Happiness is a Choice Author: Joe Lizz Editor: Danielle Schoen Happiness is a choice, and today I choose it for myself. Last week, while talking to a friend of mine, our conversation shifted to outlooks in life and I mentioned that while I have had a lot of less than note-worthy moments in life, I have always had the mindset that happiness is a daily choice we make. That within each day, each situation, we can choose to be happy, even it’s that we are happy to be learning from a mistake or tough situation. Or we can allow the inevitability of imperfection in life dictate how we think and feel about ourselves in a negative way. So how do we...

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