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Gratitude Friday X: Thank You Rather Than Sorry

Authors: Will Oseroff and Danielle Schoen In my life, having a positive mindset has been the key to having a positive life, and the way that you speak has so much to do with your mindset.    By going into conversations with others with a negative mindset and speaking negatively, you set yourself up for negative conversations and relationships. That’s a challenging way to live your life. However, when you speak to others in positive ways, you can set the tone for a positive conversation and relationships for yourself and the other person.   I haven’t always lived this way. In the past, I was pessimistic, but I kept it to myself. I thought that there wasn’t any harm in thinking negative thoughts...

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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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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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Gratitude Friday VI: The Value of Accountability

Dictated by: Will Oseroff Transcribed by: Danielle Schoen Edited by: Alexa Bonsey Over a month ago, we committed to writing these Gratitude Friday articles every single week and today I wasn’t really feeling it. Honestly, I’ve been frustrated with how things have been going today and feeling kind of distracted and not able to get all the things I want done. It’s just one of those days. You guys have them. We all have them. Still, I’m feeling grateful. I truly am grateful for this opportunity. I’m grateful for every single person who has made a difference in my life and works hard each and every day to continue to make a difference. Some days I 100% take that for...

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