Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:24:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Starting Your Own Business? 3 Tips from Source4Style Founder Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:24:02 +0000 We all love to wear that one piece of clothing in our closet that nobody else owns. The one with the pattern that makes us feel unique because every time we inevitably get that remark everyone hopes to hear when they step out, “That’s a great shirt, where did you get that?”

Benita Singh, founder and CEO of Source4Style, works hard everyday to find you the most unique textile, from the most remote place, that will allow you to feel the most beautiful. The …

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The Qualities of a Modern Feminist … Do They Describe You? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

“You ought to be ashamed of yourself.” He wrote.

I’ll never forget the way my heart seized up like a fist, reading those ugly words, in that ugly email.

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“Dressing the way you do, with your high heels, posing like a model on your website. And you claim to be a feminist? And you think you’re some kind of

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Do You Have the Faith to Take a Risk? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:01:08 +0000 I have been blessed with a wonderful career as a blues artist, but lately I’m a bit of a basket case.

For the last few months, it’s been impossible to sleep more than five hours a night. My ulcer has flared back up. I just finished writing the songs and recording my 11th CD with my stellar band and collaborator and producer, but I feel stressed at an entirely new level.

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I learned long ago, after much pain …

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5 Things I Gained After Losing Everything In A Fire Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:19:27 +0000 On the morning of November 18th, 1994, my family seemingly had it all: a strong marriage, two kids and a gaggle of rescue pets. My husband Troy and I each had our own businesses that we ran from the home we were renting. We volunteered at our kids’ schools, threw parties, took business trips — it was a great life.

But that night, we went to bed in a burning house. A freak electrical short began smoldering in the walls as we slept, erupting into …

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Eventually Denial Goes Away–When You Let It Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:56:59 +0000 My mother was very transparent about her views on end of life issues, sometimes eerily so. She interjected her personal thoughts about “ways to go” frequently. Just “dropping dead” was her first choice, with long lingering conditions last on her list.

I was about ten when my cousin, Bill tragically slipped and fell off a pier, careening him head first into a shallow lake. He broke his neck, instantly rendering him a quadriplegic. I vividly remember my mom preparing me for what I would see …

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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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