Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:56:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ever Wonder What Kind of Effect One Life Can Make? Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:56:07 +0000 Have you ever met someone and knew instantly that your life would never be the same? Well, I have. And his name was Edgar. It was a regular day in my high school, except on this particular day, I was going to visit McBride School to meet my Best Buddy who I had been matched up with. Little did I know that on this day, my life would be forever changed. Through the Best Buddies program, students from my school were paired with students with

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Self Check: What to Assess When Your Mood is Low Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:20:54 +0000 If you are noticing a dip in your mood, there are a variety of things that you can look at and try to work on. Perhaps you are eating more fast food, not working out, have hormonal changes, are taking certain medications, or are hanging out with negative people. All these factors will contribute to a dip in your mood. However, there are other factors that play a role in mood that require you to be honest and open with yourself. It is not always …

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A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy from a Close Friend Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:02:27 +0000 With so many laudatory words written about Leonard Nimoy this week, I am proud to report I have an exclusive: Just In: Leonard Nimoy loved sweets. I know this, because sitting at our kitchen banquette, I would watch him dive in, clutching a spoon, spearing a dish of chocolate ice cream topped off by thick, hot fudge sauce. Closing his eyes in ecstasy, the rapture drizzling down his throat, he would look heavenward- eyes closed, as if in prayer.

His eclectic love of confections knew …

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Who Are You When No One Is Looking? Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:11:37 +0000 There’s an old adage you probably will remember…”If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it actually make a sound?”

I guess, nobody truly knows for sure, but in my opinion, of course it does. And… it’s impact changes the complete culture of the everything around it, when it happens. Just because we are not there to see it or hear it, doesn’t mean an event has no impact.

I remember reading an article about David Letterman and …

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A Go-To Recipe: Chicken Picatta Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:31 +0000 This is always my go-to dish any night of the week and when company comes over. It’s impressive, takes literally 15 minutes to prepare, and is really super simple to make. You can serve it with roasted potatoes, over mashed potatoes, sauteéd spinach, and angel hair pasta! Add a beautiful green salad and you have a delicious meal in no time!

[Read: It’s Never too Late to Change Careers and Do What You Love]

Serves 6

  • 3 Organic Chicken Breasts, cut in half, skinned,
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What Does it Mean to Be ‘A Man’ Today? by Jennifer Siebel Newsom & Maria Shriver Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:35:12 +0000 [An Op-Ed]

“Man up.” “Don’t be a sissy.” “Don’t cry.” “Talk like a man.” “Act like a man.” “Be a man.”

Millions of boys hear these words, these phrases, these commands, almost every day of their lives. They absorb the words and then spend a lifetime dealing with their effects. For our young boys, the path from boyhood to manhood is strewn with harmful words and stereotypes.

Our new film, The Mask You Live In, explores the confining stereotypes that boys are exposed to …

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5 Reasons It’s Important to Find Your Own Voice Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:41:13 +0000 I used to feel that my voice didn’t matter. I grew up as the youngest child and only girl in a family of two brothers, and a very strong lineage of male leaders going back to the earliest days of the United States.

My family came over with William Penn in the 1600’s to escape religious persecution in England. My family was one of Philadelphia’s early families, and while they were Quakers (who believe in non-violence), we seemed to have a healthy list of military …

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Do You Know How To Turn a Negative Into a Positive? Read on Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:14:07 +0000 What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

My father encouraged me to follow my dreams. I was weighing whether to go to Harvard Business School or become a junior partner and make a lot of money in investment banking. He asked me when I was 40 if I would regret not following my dreams. I decided early to make sure I followed a path of  “regret minimization” or “dream optimization.” After leaving banking behind and following my entrepreneurial tendencies, I have been fortunate to

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What I Learned From #TheDress This Week Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:38:51 +0000 News alert!

Something big happened on the Internet this week and for once it had nothing to do with the Kardashians.

Millions of people came together to have a national conversation. Not about income inequality, not about Alzheimer’s, not about ISIS. No not even about the premiere of the new season of House of Cards. (I confess I’ve already binge watched.)

No, we came together over the dress. Yup that’s right. A dress. I will spare you the rehash of the color debate …

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3 Things My Divorced Parents Did Well Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:43:05 +0000 People are often intrigued when I tell them how much I enjoyed growing up with divorced parents. They raise their eyebrows in shock when I talk about my parents’ cooperation and lasting friendship. They lean in to listen when I list all the reasons why I grew up thinking divorce was a good thing.

[Read: Do You Know How to Produce Positivity?]

I’m not going to say that my parents’ divorce didn’t come with its share of difficulties. My mom and dad certainly weren’t perfect …

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