Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:20:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Humility Is Strength Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:23:19 +0000 This Holy Week, I’ve been paying close attention to Pope Francis’ actions.

Last year on Holy Thursday the Pope washed the feet of two women and two Muslims at a juvenile detention center in Rome. Yesterday, he visited Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, a home for the elderly and disabled. He washed the feet of 12 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a Lord’s Supper Mass.

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What a humbling act. Washing feet. To do it, you …

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Come On, Laugh A Little…Or A LOT Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:31 +0000 Have you considered how important laughter is to your life? We’ve often heard the phrase “all you need is a good cry.” Crying can be therapeutic because it releases pent up emotions and stress. What we don’t often realize is that laughter has many of the same physical reactions as crying, and most would also agree it feels a lot better to laugh.

Great Life Entertainment recently hit the streets of Los Angeles with host Matt Jones to discover how important laughter is in people’s …

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Hemp. Makes. Cents. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:26:22 +0000 Author’s Note:

Before we get started, I would like to share my inspiration for this article: YOU. Many readers were very hemp curious after my last article, “5 Reasons Hemp Should Be In Your Kitchen.” I wanted to address the questions about why industrial hemp is illegal in the United States. Like you, I share the same curiosity about this fascinating source of food. So much so, that I started Happy Hemp. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Hemp. Makes. Cents.

I am a jump-in-head-first-and-ask-questions-later …

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Making Changes In Life Means Making Changes in Yourself Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:09:26 +0000 This article by Deja Vow originally appeared at

Making changes in my life means making changes in me.

The only behavior I can control is my own. I won’t stop others from being disrespectful but I can speak up when I feel disrespected. I won’t stop others from stepping on my boundaries, but I can stand up to enforce those boundaries and make sure they are publicly known. I can’t stop others from treating me poorly, but I can control my …

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Small Kindnesses and the Importance of Having a ‘Yes’ Friend Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:45:51 +0000 We sometimes forget that our small kindnesses really matter.

A note, an afternoon walk, dinner—it can make a real difference in a friend’s problems. We’d do well to keep in mind Edward Everett Hale’s inspiring words, “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” In the scheme of things, our seemingly insignificant deeds—the unplanned gestures and words—may matter most of all.

As …

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Are You Developing A Culture From Within? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:32 +0000 If you “google” the word, “Culture” for a definition, you will find many. Merriam Webster dictionary defines the noun “culture” as “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group.”

Culture, defined as a “verb” is described as “to maintain conditions suitable for growth.” The impact of culture is becoming more and more important as a concept in the understanding of our journey as individuals and as a society.

You see, there is so much focus on the …

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Your Healthcare Wishes Matter, But Does Anyone Know What They Are? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:17:34 +0000 If you were in a car crash today or become so sick you could not speak for yourself,  would anyone in your family know what you’d want the hospital to do? Unfortunately, bad things can happen at any time; preparing for them can prevent or reduce crisis.

And yet, most Americans have neither discussed their wishes nor provided any written guidance to loved ones or healthcare providers for such events. Today, National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, seeks to change that. Working with volunteers …

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When She Makes More: 10 Rules For Breadwinning Women [Excerpt] Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:23:34 +0000

The following is an excerpt from WHEN SHE MAKES MORE: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women by Farnoosh Torabi.

Get on Top (of Your Emotions)

I’m assuming that by the time you’re having a heart-to-heart conversation about covering bills, you and your partner have a clear picture of who makes what. After all, when the relationship becomes serious (i.e., you move in together, get married, or otherwise become life partners) and you begin to share expenses and goals, naturally you’ll need to figure out how

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Letting Go–A Lesson On Love Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:48:19 +0000 “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring.  It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” – Fred Rogers

“I wish you had known Dad before he got Alzheimer’s, when he was still Dad,” I said, in my unenlightened state.

“Oh, I don’t,” she replied. “I want to know and love your Dad as he is right now.”

This interaction occurred as my father, Lester Potts …

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What My Vacation From Facebook Taught Me About Myself Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Have you ever wanted to take a vacation from a friend? One who seems to be bragging constantly about her children, her husband, even her dog? Those friends can be so annoying, and sometimes I just avoid calling them back for a while. Facebook can be described as hundreds of these friends talking at you at once. It has become a press release for the life everyone wants to live. A place where people put up an idealized version of what they want their relationships …

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