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The Arrival of a Notable person: YOU!

The 25 day Advent Calendar is used to pass the time until some people's favorite day - Christmas! However, there are so many cultures and religions and celebrations, we must re-brand the Holiday season as something more universal. And what's more universal than spreading good cheer by doing some good for the people and community around us? 

October 2016: New Moon In Libra Resource Guide

A Black Moon occurs when there are two New Moons in one month. This first new moon is in Libra, the sign of two scales symbolizing balance, and, to me - Physics. The traditional image of a woman holding scales shows two components: factors within her own control (firm grip, good posture?) and also environmental ones, as well. Being an air sign, some of what keeps the Libra scales in balance, in her grasp, and holding its contents is the calm, evenly flowing air around her. Natural conditions supporting this goddesses hard work.

The first new moon in Fall is here for the harvest and encourages the concept of abundance. 

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Response: Happier Podcast, Lucky Charms

My strange good luck charm is my PHONE WALLPAPER.

When I'm im in need of an emotional shift or support - I'll change my phone background around to suit where my head is at.

If I choose one that lasts a long time or through something significant -- the galaxy print that traveled with me through Europe; the Danielle LaPorte mantra "Vitality is your natural state" that pulled me through a difficult fall/winter; and currently a pop-art pic of Baddie Winkle helping gain personal momentum -- I notice it takes on stronger meaning. 

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Style story: Pale-Neutral - Spring Purses for Every Budget

Pastels are IN this Spring and Summer (Thanks, Pantone). Unfortunately, I associate most pastels with my grandmother, babyshowers, and unfortunate interior design. I'm only recently coming back around to the idea of wearing pastels on my body - powder blue and baby pink, for me, are TOUGH.  However, I've found some solutions and better yet - inspiration!

Here are the main categories of pastels we're working with in 2016... 

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Radical Self Seeking

How long and hard have you worked on improving yourself? For me, it all culminated in spending most of 2015:

  • Organizing myself.

  • Finding myself.

  • Strengthening that self?

  • Facing setbacks.

  • Delving into the tips and tricks of every self-help guru that has made a name for herself on the internet in the life-coach-blogger space.

To what end? Perhaps the acceptance of ‘there is no end’...

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New Years Unresolved

PEOPLE ARE VERY BOLD AND DECLARATIVE AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR. DOES IT WORK? IS THAT PART OF THE RESOLUTION?  

There are a lot of voices debating ‘new year, new you’ and whether or not you should be aggressively Type A or defiantly self-protective simply because the calendar is revolving. Doesn't matter if it's positive or negative it's all aggro.

PERSONAL FREEDOM ALLOWS YOU TO BE/ DO/ SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT, WITHOUT PROCLAMATIONS OR DEFENSE. LOUD AND PROUD DOESN'T REALLY MEAN ANYTHING WHEN FACEBOOK IS CURATED, ALTERED, AND FILTERED BEST-SELF BS ANYWAY.

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5 Elements of a Healthy Relationship

This post is inspired by Bree Ryback's 5-year wedding anniversary, written about on her lovely site Capitol Romance. For as hyped as DC is about weddings, I assume you've heard of it. Bree's reflecting this week spurred a quick Twitter exchange sharing our desire for more people to talk about (write, actually) their successful, loving relationships.

There are TOO MANY articles on, "how to win the guy", "when to lose the guy", "how to gay-flirt in a straight culture", "how to know when a relationship is toxic", and not enough expounding on what a good, healthy, long-term relationship looks and feels like.

I don't claim to know.

I'm here to acknowledge the void and need for such material...

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Jersey Strong

Hurricane Sandy happened 3 years ago today. My parents were displaced from our home for at least half of that. They didn't want to leave as the first evacuation alerts went out and by June of this year we didn't know when or if they'd return. The first year was spent gutting the water-damaged first floor, disposing of many family belongings, and rebuilding. My parents were strong and while living out of a hotel spent much of their time caring for their pets and going to the church to have and help with meals.

Over the last year they were displaced again ...

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