Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:35:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014: Thank You and A Look Back Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:35:55 +0000 This week I’ve been thinking about what an exciting, productive, learning, change-filled, sometimes scary, many times joyous, “Fully Alive” and, most importantly, inspiring year 2014 has been.

We’ve seen so much struggle and strife, from Ferguson to ISIS to #ICantBreathe and the deaths of some of our greatest American legends.

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

But we’ve also seen a lot of greatness and love in 2014 — Pope Francis continues to spread compassion and open-mindedness throughout the world, after …

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Day 8: Kindness is Contagious Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:46:02 +0000 We’ve been thrilled to hear about what you’re doing for our #12DaysOfKindness challenge, and have been so inspired by all of your kind acts.  Here are a few special acts of kindness from our community members that especially touched our hearts, but remember that we’re only on Day 6 of #12DaysOfKindness!

There’s still plenty of time to get onboard and tons of kindness to spread around.  So, don’t forget to write us a note or send a video on Facebook, or tweet us …

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5 Tips to Help Someone with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:11:03 +0000 Hosting the Holidays?

So you drew the short straw and everyone’s coming to your house this holiday season. Including all the siblings, cousins, grand-people, and kids, you’ll have a house full of guests.

To be the “hostess with the most-ess,” as my mom used to say, and someone with memory issues or dementia will be there, the following recommendations are very important.

[Read: How My Brother Inspires Me]

What should be a wonderful, festive, family event over an abundance of food, timeless traditions, and reminiscing …

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The Best Gift You Can Put Under the Tree Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:49 +0000 I’m working some last minute preparations today, I’m sure I am not the only one.

I, like so many of you, have learned through the trials of life, how fleeting our time can be with the people we love. And, with life moving at the speed of a text message, we can sometimes forget to slow ourselves down and really drink up the moments with the people who mean the most to us. When I think back to my fondest memories of people in my …

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Course-by-Course: Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetics Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:41:48 +0000 Traditional holiday food is one of the most enjoyable aspects of holiday parties, and having diabetes shouldn’t mean that you can’t participate in the festivities. There are some easy guidelines to help those with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels and enjoy their favorite holiday dishes, too. These tips, while crucial for those with diabetes, can also help anyone who wants to maintain a healthy diet over the holidays.  Rest assured, you don’t have to give up all of your holiday favorites if …

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5 Things I Wish I Told My Father Before He Died Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:33:03 +0000 My pain is not unique. I’ll be the first to tell you that.

I’m not the first person in the world to lose a father. I won’t be the last. It’s part of life. However, I’d be lying if I said that as each day passes, I miss my father more than the last.

Four years later, a piece of my heart still hurts, yet part of me feels more alive than ever before.

[Read: The Awkward Holiday Conversation That Will Pay Off Later]

My …

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I Was Sexually Assaulted and Reported It — 3 Reasons You Should Too Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:52 +0000 At the beginning of my second semester of college in January of 2000, I was out at a fraternity party with my sorority sisters. I met a young man, David. After that, a lot of the night gets foggy.

I recall walking back to my dorm room with him, both of us stumbling all over the halls. By the time we reached my room, I was fading in and out of consciousness. I remember waking up to David unbuttoning my pajama top and attempting to …

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3 Tips for Finding Personal Peace This Holiday Season Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:27:44 +0000 Family gathered around a roaring fire with swirly glasses of Pinot Noir or small mugs of hot chocolate is an excellent start. But, for a lot of us, the holidays are a little more complicated.

I know personally I go into uber-efficient mode, try not to miss a day of exercise and muscle my way through it. But I always feel like, in my desire to get it done, and make it fabulous, I forget about the things that can’t be stuffed, packed, wrapped or …

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Conversations that Matter: Maria Shriver and Rob Lowe Discuss Long Term Care [Video] Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:29 +0000 In the “Conversations that Matter” video above, Maria Shriver and longtime friend, actor Rob Lowe, sit down to discuss the impact of aging in America and the importance of raising awareness around the need for long term care planning. Maria and Rob share personal caregiving experiences and encourage viewers to have “the talk” with family and friends regarding long term care planning.

“We are increasingly becoming a caregiving nation, with 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 per day[i],” said Maria Shriver. “Research shows …

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Kindness 101: #12DaysOfKindness Challenge Day 5 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:28:04 +0000 We’ve loved hearing from you about the kind things you’re doing for our #12DaysOfKindness challenge, and we want to hear more!  Remember you can write us a note or send us a video on Facebook, or tweet us at @MariaShriver.

And to help kick-off your challenge, we’re sharing some simple kindness ideas you can do today.  Also, make sure to check out what other community members have been up to for further inspiration.  So go ahead, grab a family member or a …

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