Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:00:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What We Teach Our Kids When We Take Selfies Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:00:24 +0000 I’ve read a lot of articles lately complaining about seflies—you know, the photos we take of ourselves with our cell phones. Some try to claim that selfies are a sign of narcissistic tendencies, and one hoax even claimed that selfies are now listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association, but we know that’s complete bunk.

Why are we so bothered by selfies? I understand criticism for the most insensitive selfies: Your face in the foreground as someone is threatening to jump off …

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Halloween Haunts: DIY Decorations On A Budget Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:42:56 +0000 Halloween really is the beginning of the holiday season. As the weather starts to bring a bite to the air our thoughts turn to entertaining our friends, neighbors and families.

Halloween is a wonderful start to the party season as it is time to let your imagination run wild. Your home is your canvas and creating a spooktacular display is rewarded by the oohs and awes passing by your front door…and, drawing them near on that fateful night.

[Read — Maria Shriver, "Do You Have

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Retreat, Rethink & React — 3 Simple Steps to Broaden Your Scope on Life Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:50:06 +0000 Imagine going on vacation to Hawaii and all you get to see is the pool area. While the pool area is quite nice, there is much more to Hawaii than just the pool outside of your hotel room. Knowing that there is much more to Hawaii than the pool area, your mind opens its scope to the mountains, waterfalls and sky. You even encourage yourself to venture out to areas you can’t see from your hotel room, because you know how great things could be.…

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Forgiveness Forms The Pathway to Inner Peace Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:45:25 +0000 This article was co-created by Carl Bendix.

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

We all desire peace in our lives. Some pray for it, some write about it, some even kill for it, and among all of us only a few have truly found it. Peace is a journey and it begins with forgiveness.

The first step is to become aware of what is going on in our lives; how we interact with each other …

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The Undeclared Boomer Dating War Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:50:05 +0000 A Zero Sum Game

The only boomers seemingly unaware of the undeclared boomer dating war are boomers who aren’t dating. Boomer dating isn’t a zero sum game. There aren’t supposed to be winners and losers. Some boomers quit dating and what’s conspicuous is they’re mostly women. Boomers, who stay the course, hang in because their desire to meet a life partner exceeds their disdain for the process.

Make Love Not War

How did boomer dating become so contentious? Aren’t we the same generation that chided …

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Top 10 Fat Burning Tips – Part 1 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:50:51 +0000 What does it mean to be a fat burner? What it means is increasing the amount of fat used as fuel that leads to weight or fat loss. I want to offer you my Top Ten scientifically proven paths to be an efficient fat burner.

1. Limit Your Carbs – If you want to burn rather than store fat, then we need to manage insulin release. Limiting carbohydrates provides a key to doing that.

2. Eat protein at every meal for fat loss – Your …

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Do You Have the Strength to Be Exactly Who You Are? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:26:34 +0000 Saturday, September 27 was a big day for me.

It marked my youngest son Christopher’s 17th birthday. (Omg my youngest child is 17!) God help me.

And it was Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day – Special Olympics’ fifth annual celebration of the life of my mother, and her global call to action for all of us to live in a more unified society – on and off the field, at home, in our workplaces and communities.

[Read all of Maria Shriver's 'I've Been Thinking' essays]

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A Few Tips to Make You a Better Solo Traveler Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:45:35 +0000 Recently, I was asked why I enjoy solo travel and I thought I would write about why I started to do it more often. While this next paragraph may seem a little dark, I encourage you to read on. At the end, I share my tips for taking solo adventure.

I was 33 in 2007 when my husband of four years was diagnosed with adrenal cancer. About eight weeks after his first doctor’s appointment he died. We didn’t have any children together, so I was …

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#HeForShe, Can It Unite Us Simply As People? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:43 +0000 I’m not terribly good at paraphrasing even 15 word sentences so I’m sure I’ll fail at trying to paraphrase Emma Watson’s recent delivery to the UN:

Inequality is a human problem, that’s what I take from it.

It’s not a women are better than men or men are better than women thing. It’s not taking away men’s rights to ensure women have nice things too. It’s not suggesting life is perfect for every man the same as it isn’t perfect for many women. Things aren’t

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Turning Off My Cell Phone Broke My Heart Wide Open Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:40:17 +0000 Have you ever had a dream that you put on the back-burner or forgot about? I did, but this year that dream found me. Many years ago, as a college student, I read about a place called Esalen while working at a bookstore in South Carolina. Instantly, I was drawn to the pictures and description of the place I read about in the mailed catalog.  In fact, I carried that Esalen catalog around for nearly 10 years, dreaming one day that I would have the …

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