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Have you ever wondered if therapy might be for you?Read More

Calley -Jan 07, 2016, 5:48PM
This is beautiful. The way Haley describes her depression is very real, and very relatable. I know this feeling personally, and sometimes the best thing to do is to talk it out. Too many emotions inside that need to get out, and words are a great conduit of energy to release. I am an acupuncturist and it is a medicine that has helped me a lot in so many ways, and I hope to share it with other people as well, as it helps a lot with mental and emotional health. I have realized some people just really need to talk and share their story. It is a very healing modality. Thank you for the wise words. http://seedoflifeacupuncture.com
Hanna -Jan 07, 2016, 9:38AM
First, brava, Haley! Second, I love that this article was in the "beauty" category. Seeking inner health and being a beautiful person on the inside:) It just makes me happy. This whole article's existence makes me happy. You guys make me happy. Third, I'd like to add that most heath insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicade, according to people I know who have those plans, include mental health care. It might not cover extended stays at swanky rehab facilities, but seeing a therapist weekly for 45 minutes should only cost a co-pay. I also know people who can't afford the $15 co-pay, and one who has worked something out with his therapist to pay that portion when he can (when he gets extra shifts at work.) There are also places where one can seek out therapy for free: most colleges have mental health care if you're a student, staff member, or faculty member. I know that RVAP and DVIP (the rape victim advocacy program and the domestic violence intervention program) in my town both provide therapy for people who are working with them/ living at the women's shelter/ etc. Try calling a local crisis line or asking at your local library if you need help and can't figure out how to find it. Fourth, it's scary to start therapy sometimes, especially if you want to examine old wounds. Know that you can meet multiple therapists with different styles and personalities before you pick one to see regularly; not everyone gets along with every therapist, and that's okay. Also, you can talk to your therapist about your relationship, building trust, etc., even if you've never had a conversation like that before. "I'm scared" or "This is new to me" or "What are we going to do in therapy?" are all valid. They're a professional therapist; if they do anything besides listen to you and respond honestly and with understanding/ empathy, the world has turned upside down. On that note, it took me six months to tell my therapist why I was in therapy, but that was okay. I had a lot of shame and fear to get through first. And I did. Therapy has helped me a lot, and I'd recommend it for anyone looking to make changes in their life. If you're prepared to walk through that door and be even a little honest with yourself, then therapy is for you. (You can always try it and then stop if you don't like it; what's it going to hurt, really?) Okay, last thing, I promise: I finally get to toot my own horn a little bit. If you want to learn more about MY story and my journey with therapy, check out my blog at ikillmydarlings.wordpress.com. (Please don't be put off by the violent title. It's a literary reference.)

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A month-long journal chronicling a return to yoga after eight years…Read More

Emily -Feb 10, 2016, 11:32PM
I stopped going to yoga for a few months and a few days ago after struggling with walking because of my arthritis, decided to try it once again. It is amazing what yoga can do. This article always inspires me to get up and yoga despite the pain some days are filled with!
Debra -Jan 07, 2016, 12:10PM
I found yoga in 1997 and it quickly spoke to me on so many levels. Over the course of the next 15 years I stopped and started my practice. In 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After treatment I was left depleted and lost. My neice visited me, and being a yoga teacher, she talked to me about going back to yoga. I did and almost 3 years later my practice is stronger than it has ever been.. It is sometimes hard to notice the subtle differences when I practice on a regular basis....but boy I can surely notice when I don't! To say yoga has had a healing effect on me would be putting it mildly. I love yoga. It challenges me every single time. Mentally and physically. That is different than saying it's hard. It has become a necessity, it has become the great love of my life.

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Resolving to keep it clean this year? The folks of Sakara Life are here to help…

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Sophie -Jan 06, 2016, 7:17AM
I love her blue jeans, fits her so well :) Bisous Sophie www.sophysticate.com
Joanna -Jan 05, 2016, 12:59PM
just bought a juicer, and am loving it. off to a great start in 2016! thanks for the post! www.puravidabody.co

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Is oil pulling worth the hype? Meredith Baird shares her experience.

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Jillian -May 13, 2016, 3:12AM
I've been oil pulling for about 3 weeks with coconut oil and I absolutely love it. My teeth look so much whiter and I'm looking forward to more benefits of it.
Hayley -Feb 04, 2016, 11:17PM
I have done oil pulling previously and loved it..although after accidentally swallowing a couple of times I threw it in..I am worried I am ingesting more toxicity by doing it and accidentally swallowing than doing nothing at all! Maybe I should revisit :)

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Start your year off right by refreshing body and mind with these three beauty recipes

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Alejandra -Jan 04, 2016, 3:24PM
I love using a variation of the coffee cinnamon scrub. However, no matter how much I rinse myself and the bathtub, it always leaves a residue everywhere (including myself). I have to use a loofah to take it out, but it takes ages and leaves a mess. Has anyone else experienced this?
Sandra Manay -Jan 04, 2016, 10:20AM
Juicing is for sure my number one choice to stay healthy and feel good. I'm not big on smoothies, there's something about the texture I can't stand.

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An exclusive interview with Daniel Moon, LA hairstylist and creator of Major Moonshine Glitter Gel, the newest must-have beauty product.Read More

Rachel Gregory -May 23, 2016, 7:06PM
Great post Joanna, this a very interesting product, Mr Daniel Moon had a great idea here, its very applicable to different looks. Cheers!
Amanda -Feb 17, 2016, 3:19PM
Fantastic article, thank you!

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I drink one every day. How is it affecting me? What are my alternatives? Join the discussion below!

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Esta -May 12, 2016, 12:28AM
The debate on soy is a really interesting one and you raised some good points.
kamijo89 -Jan 08, 2016, 6:31PM
Suggestion: Buy a can of regular, full fat coconut milk from the Asian food section in your grocery store or at and Asian market - make sure it's 3 ingredients OR LESS. Scoop the contents (not too much of the liquid) into a bowl or container and whip with sugar to taste. You'll have an excellent whipped cream consistency to put into your coffee or tea in the morning (or ANY time). Put 3 table spoons of the whipped coconut cream into your drink of choice and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Ta da! A lovely latte made right at home. Enjoy! : ) *You can microwave it for a minute if it gets cold and have nearly the same effect. **Put it in your hot cocoa or Teechino or hot carob!! Don't forget to had another scoop for the top!!!

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“Live every day in choice, with true appreciation for everything.”

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We desire glowing skin throughout the year – maybe even more so during the holidays.
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Cat -Apr 03, 2016, 1:23AM
Is there something I could substitute the coconut oil for? My skin doesn't react well to it.
fp julie -Mar 21, 2016, 2:33PM
Julia - you could try Carnauba wax as a substitute, you may have to adjust the amount and add less, though.

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A  holiday-inspired face mask that will take you one step closer to flawless skin!

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Olivia -Dec 19, 2015, 5:01PM
Make sure not to use to much cinnamon.... Ya.. It's starts to irritate your face and takes a couple minutes to feel better. If that does happen to you, use a cool cloth and coconut oil.
Emma -Dec 18, 2015, 3:49PM
This sounds amazing! Is it possible to use something instead of honey and greek yogurt to make it vegan?

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I’m buzzing about honey, and I’m forever thankful to the bees.Read More

Esta -Jan 03, 2016, 3:39AM
You need to try the mask with curcuma :)
Stéphanie B. -Dec 21, 2015, 2:01AM
Though you're thankful to the bees for creating "your" honey, they certainly are not thankful for the human beings sealing their hard life-work. Think about it.. As a matter of fact, I used to be a huge lover of honey myself, until I realized it wasn't mine to possess at all. My ignorant self thought bees made this beautiful delicious natural product for the use of human beings. Well, I was so wrong to think I appreciated the bees simply for my own egocentric benefit. I wanted to share this controversial point of view, simply to wake some people up, not to judge or to point fingers at anyone. I do understand where you’re coming from, because I've also been there myself and I understand how much time and insight it takes to see the glitches in our current society. I hope no one feels offended, but nearly inspired maybe.

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Learn three simple hairstyles with these tutorials~Read More

Lizz -Dec 12, 2015, 10:05PM
Pretty hair my ant is going to all three of them
Carly -Dec 12, 2015, 11:17AM
Simple is the future. Brilliant

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