Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:47:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Note of Thanks To Some Important People in My Life Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:47:38 +0000 As we approach Holy Week, I’m thinking about everything I’m grateful for and everyone I’m grateful to.

A woman named Anne I met last week asked me to try out a gratitude exercise with her. “I want you to say a really important prayer every morning when you wake up,” she said, adding, “Say it in the afternoon as well.”

My response: “Uh, ok. What is it?” (I said “Uh” because I was expecting some long-drawn-out prayer I would have to memorize.)

She said,

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What This Astronaut Saw From Space Isn’t What You’d Think Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:15:24 +0000 During my half year in space, I was moved by many other views of Earth from the windows of the space station besides the India–Pakistan border. One such scene occurred while we passed over the Mediterranean Sea. I was struck by the contrast of colors, the dark blue of the sea against the bright tans and reds of northern Africa, all framed by the curvature of Earth and its paper-thin atmosphere. I quickly grabbed a camera and started snapping away. As it happened, Libya was …

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7 Things You Can Do When Ambition Breeds Dissatisfaction Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:03:36 +0000 Like so many women today, I know all too well how it feels to “want more.”

Not because I don’t have enough. On the contrary, I have plenty! An exciting career, a loving husband, stepchildren I’m infinitely proud of, a beautiful home and an adorable, affectionate puppy.

[Read: 13 Things I Would Tell My 29-Year-Old Self Now]

Yet a chronically aspirational part of me is lit up round the clock by the countless possibilities I have yet to explore and the many challenges I’m eager

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Denial is a Disease We Must Fight When Caregiving Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:45:29 +0000 I want to begin this blog with a disclaimer: Between my husband’s immediate family and my own, we have cared for eight loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia (four grandparents, three childless great aunts and Daniel’s father). In every case we and our family members have been in denial to a greater or lesser extent, at times taking denial to unbelievable levels. However, in hindsight I see how much harder our denial made the journey for our family members as caregivers and for …

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WATCH: 4 Ways to Improve Your Memory from USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:03:57 +0000 Reigning USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis wasn’t born with the gift of extraordinary memory. He had to teach himself the skills that would win him 3 national championships, and a couple of broken records too.

His interest in memory began in 2004 when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. 4 years later, he took a year off college to look into memory techniques and began to hear about the memory championships. In 2009, his grandmother passed away, and Dellis began to wonder if the …

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4 Ways to Make the Most of Being Alone Without Feeling Lonely Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:24:28 +0000 When we are alone we may be perceived by others or ourselves as being depressed or uninteresting, we might simply just get bored, we may fear that we will somehow live a life of loneliness or we may discover some truths about ourselves that can be scary or hurtful. Initially, the sound of being “lonely” can be frightening. But just as in any situation, being lonely is a perception. The primary difference between being alone and being lonely is your attitude toward yourself.

[Related: Self

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Isn’t It Time We Put a Woman’s Face on One of Our Bills? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:12:40 +0000 Ever look down at your money and wonder, “Why are there no women on any of these bills or coins?” Barbara Ortiz Howard did one day, randomly, as she was buying coffee, and she decided to do something about it.

Here, she talks to about the inspiration behind the Women on 20s campaign she founded officially in January 2014, how she grew the movement since then and what she hopes the campaign will accomplish next.

What was the inspiration behind this campaign?

My true …

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When is Enough Enough in Life? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:23:43 +0000 I had a major wrestling match in the shower.

(Mom, you can keep reading. It’s not that kind of story.)

[Read: Psst… You Don’t Have to Know Everything!]

I was wrestling with my shampoo. It was one of those single serving tetra packs – the kind you get as a free sample at a trade show or drug store.

You’re supposed to tear the shampoo pack open at the little slit at the top. This never works. You end up having to cut it open …

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Bonner Paddock is Climbing Mountains, Literally, With Cerebral Palsy Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:18:25 +0000 Did you know that a person living with cerebral palsy can climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and finish Ironman, the hardest race on earth? Bonner Paddock did both those things despite the pain and muscular and movement limitations the disorder inflicts on him. He went from hiding his condition, starting at the age of eleven when he was diagnosed, to wanting everyone in the world to know that he’s living with cerebral palsy, and living large.

It all started when he spoke, for the first time,

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4 Environmentally Friendly Salad Recipes Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:16:12 +0000 These recipes are from my book “Don’t Cook the Planet: Deliciously Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time.”

[Read an excerpt of the introduction for ‘Don’t Cook the Planet’ — Do You Know Your Carbon Food Footprint?]

Sundance Salad by Robert Redford
actor, director, founder of Sundance Film Festival Sundance, UT


  • Artisan Greens
  • Soaked Dried Currants
  • Candied Pecans (see recipe)
  • Herbed Goat Cheese (Drake Family Farms)
  • Sherry Vinaigrette (see recipe)

Toss greens, currants and pecans with vinaigrette. Top with goat cheese.

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