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Words Have Power

Words Have Power

It was a momentous time. Barack Obama was being inaugurated at the White House. My husband Richard and I attended the ceremony. But I was feeling awful. That feeling got progressively worse until I found myself on the floor in my hotel room. My body felt weak and frail, and I had a fever. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t stand up.
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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

I was in a hospital bed. Sadly, it wasn’t an unfamiliar sight. For the past few years hospitals seemed to be my second home. I’ve been in and out of the hospital, getting emergency treatment for life-threatening medical conditions. And I’d lost my twins not too long ago. Now, I was in again for hemolytic anemia--it means my red blood cells were being destroyed. No blood, no life.
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Want to Achieve Your Goals for 2020? Being PERSISTENT. Will Take You There

Want to Achieve Your Goals for 2020? Being PERSISTENT. Will Take You There

What are your goals for 2020? I’m not talking about the typical New Year’s resolutions that no one seems to keep, but rather the strategic goals you set that will help you grow in terms of your career, relationships, knowledge and skills, or personal experiences. 
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Implicit Bias: A Look Inside Yourself

Implicit Bias: A Look Inside Yourself

It’s possible you’ve heard of implicit bias before, but do you really know what it is? The term implicit bias is used to describe when we unconsciously associate stereotypes with people or have certain attitudes toward them without even realizing it. These attitudes can be related to things like race, ethnicity, gender, age, appearance and more. Many are so deeply entrenched in our society that while we may not directly agree with it, it is still a part of our unconscious thinking.
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EMOTIONAL CONTAGION and ME

EMOTIONAL CONTAGION and ME

You know that person at work who is always complaining about something? Everything just seems to be a downward spiral for this person and they think the world is their audience to broadcast their seemingly never-ending problems. And you realize the longer you listen and engage with him or her, your mood begins to take a plummet as well? Or conversely, that one friend who is always smiling and seems to just radiate happy energy to anyone around? You may notice that you feel happier and are smiling more often while you are with this person. Well, this is known as emotional contagion. And once you are aware of and understand emotional contagion, you can use it to your benefit.
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Volunteering: What Does It Say About Me?

Volunteering: What Does It Say About Me?

Volunteering is the gift that keeps on giving, and one that can benefit multiple people in multiple ways While the difference you make by giving your time and talents to a cause isn’t always something you can measure or see , there’s no doubt that the world is benefiting  from your efforts. Volunteering is often seen as something that is individualized, but if you volunteer as a group you can be a part of a larger result. A great example of group volunteering is Habitat for Humanity, where a whole house can be built even if you individually only assisted in laying the foundation. 
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Exploring the Concept of Self-Love

Exploring the Concept of Self-Love

Self-love has become a trendy topic of discussion these days. You may read about it in a magazine while sitting in your dentist’s waiting room, it may pop up on your Pinterest feed, or maybe a friend of yours is telling you, “You need to love yourself more!” But what does all of that really mean? What is self-love? What does it look like? And why is it challenging to attain? Self-love can mean something different for each person because we all find happiness in different aspects of life. When you have truly achieved a feeling of self-love, you have a sense of wholeness, peace, and well-being. I have put together a number of steps to take in order to achieve self-love, regardless of who you are or what particular joys you get out of life.
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Love and Empathy Towards Others

Love and Empathy Towards Others

Diversity. It is a very well-known term but not always a well-practiced one. Although cheaper, more convenient ways to travel and the internet are making the world a smaller place, we still remain very divided. I was adopted from South Korea by parents of Irish descent and have 2 older brothers, also adopted from South Korea. My oldest brother is part South Korean-part African, but on the exterior, he appears to be African American. My other brother has physical qualities of a South Korean but has a mental disability. So, I think I am pretty well versed in diversity. My family, basically a variety pack, has always practiced rituals of accepting those who are different than us with an open mind and open heart. Unfortunately, not everybody has that mindset. I believe if people accepted and understood individual differences, whether it be cultural, racial, or religious, and adapted to these differences rather than dismiss them, we could have significant growth on an individual and global scale.
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Who am I? A life-map approach

Who am I? A life-map approach

Have you ever thought about the first time you felt fear? Or understood the power of love? What about when you felt a strong hate for someone or something?  These moments of discovery are actually critical points in our life that helped shape who we are and how we see ourselves, i.e., our self-concept. A person’s self-concept is defined as, the individual's belief about himself or herself, including the person's attributes and who and what the self is" (Baumeister, 1999). Although it is easy to see what is in the mirror, we struggle to see what is in our heads, what motivates or defines us. One way to discover what is within us is to create a life-map, a tool you can use that maps your life’s important and/or meaningful events, beginning with your earliest memories. Using pieces of paper, you’ll also plot times in your life where something you did, or didn’t do, led to developing your personal character. These moments usually include love, hate, fear and building character, and together create our self-concept. By identifying these pivotal moments, you’ll discover your current self-concept, because by understanding events from your past, you can understand who you are in the present.
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Who Am I? 5 Things to Ponder on your Path to Discovery

Who Am I? 5 Things to Ponder on your Path to Discovery

If you’re like most people, when asked what you want most in life, your answer would be “to be happy”. But what does it take to be happy?  It is far harder to answer that question, because it requires a certain amount of self-knowledge.  To dig into “who am I” requires a level of self-examination so tough that we often take a pass and move on. This article aims at simplifying your path to self-discovery by examining the five distinct pillars of everyday life, while providing you with actionable guidelines for personal growth and ultimately happiness.
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Take Your Fitness Goals Over the Barre!

Take Your Fitness Goals Over the Barre!

The holidays have wrapped up and now it’s time to face the music--2018 resolutions. How many of you have a goal of exercising more this year? It’s incredibly common, as we all want to live more active lifestyles that positively affect our health.  But does the idea of lacing up your sneakers to go running make you pull the covers over your head?  Does lifting weights sound like pure torture?  Luckily, we have more options than ever for fun ways to get fit.  A new style of exercise called Barre has been growing in popularity across the United States, and could help you overcome your exercise allergy! 
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Negotiate A Better Salary In The New Year

Negotiate A Better Salary In The New Year

At the start of a new year, you might be thinking of ways in which you can kick-start 2018 on a fresh slate. Perhaps eating better, exercising more, meditating or improving your work/life balance are all part of a plan for a healthier and more positive you. Well this year, we would like you to think about this career-driven resolution to see if it’s worthy of being added to your list: negotiating your salary. We know, it sounds intimidating. Discussions surrounding money are never easy, but if you feel there is room to increase your earnings, keep reading to get a few tips to help you negotiate your salary the right way for the new year.

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