Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:46:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 #PrivateViolence: What Empowerment Means To and For Battered Women Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:51 +0000 Thoughts on the word EMPOWERMENT and what that means for and to battered women.

When a battered woman picks up the phone to ask for help, it is a sign of strength on the one hand and desperation on the other. She has tried everything she can think of and now needs help from someone on “the outside.” It is what many of us, as advocates, refer to as “the Golden Moment.” It is at THAT MOMENT that she will know if she has made …

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6 Material Things I Didn’t Need to Raise a Child Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:50:38 +0000 I married into a high caste family in the plains of Nepal and gave birth to my son in a small hospital about forty five minutes from our village, a story I tell in While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (Seal Press, 2014). We lived in the village until my son was eight months old and returned at various times throughout his early childhood.

For generations, his father’s family had been farmers. They produced their own rice and …

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Naysayers, Competitors & Roadblockers–Your Least Expected Allies Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:50:40 +0000 I led a workshop recently for a senior management team that included some veterans of the corporate world. Just a few hours into the session, one of them blurted out, “This bigger game stuff is incredibly simplistic. I don’t see how it can be of any use to anyone.”

Well, thanks for your positive feedback!

I let this naysayer get to me initially. I stewed about his critique that night. I was hurt. And feeling insecure! Yet, when I woke up the next morning, there …

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Some Things that are Bringing Me Hope and Joy This Week Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:01:46 +0000 Everyone I speak to seems to be in a panic. I get it. There is a lot we can focus on in our world that is scary, but this week I want to redirect your attention, at least for a moment, to a few things that make me feel joyful and hopeful. I hope they make you think that all is not bad in the world.

One: Friday night I went to Hilarity for Charity, a fun night to benefit Alzheimer’s. That’s right, I …

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What My Granddaughter’s Courage Through Cancer Has Taught Me About Life Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:50:47 +0000 On August 7, 2014, a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day in Central Texas, our family was gathered for a camp awards ceremony we’ve been attending for over half a century. Two of our grandchildren were being honored. While I was congratulating them our world came crashing down. My Canadian daughter Rebekah called with the news her daughter Eloise had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nothing else seemed to matter as I rushed to be with them.

This is every grandparent’s greatest nightmare. Since my kids were little, I …

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Feel Good Friday: See How A New Jersey Firefighter is Making a Difference in 26 Big Ways Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:40:59 +0000 It’s no secret to anyone who has a television, the Internet or passes a newsstand on a daily basis, there are terrible people in the world. What we sometimes forget in the constant barrage from media outlets is that most people are good.

The ancient philosopher Plato was quoted, “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” New Jersey firefighter Bill Lavin, president of New Jersey Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association, is one good man who …

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7 Ways to Help You Recognize Your Calling Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:50:22 +0000 Over the past several years, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of women to help them discover their callings and I’ve noticed there are some common patterns in how callings show up in our lives. You might not experience all of these qualities with every calling, but you will likely experience at least a few:

1. You feel an unusually vivid pain or frustration around the status quo of a particular issue or topic. You strongly feel or clearly see what’s lacking.
Of …

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We Are What We Eat! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:50:42 +0000 I have been practicing age management medicine for over a decade with a focus on hormones, lifestyle, exercise and nutrition. I continue to be impressed by the impact that “what passes through our mouths” has on our health. Many times a few changes in a person’s diet can have an almost immediate effect on energy and sleep. Why does this happen?

[Read — Maria Shriver, "5 More of My Tips for Leading An Inspired Life"]

Once we take a mouthful of food or a gulp …

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11 Steps to Prepare Yourself for Really Awesome Love Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:50:51 +0000 “If you desire that big love you know you deserve, and are feeling a little lost along the way, these steps will help.” 

When I was 18, I thought I had met the man I was going to marry. By the time I was 22, I was ready to move on and see what else the world had to offer me. At 25, I started to question every decision I’d ever made with every man I’d ever met.

At almost 29 years of age,

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Caregivers: Check Your Baggage at the Door Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:45:41 +0000 Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.” 

Spirit says, “Find peace, and everything will fall into place.”

— Marianne Williamson

Picture yourself at a busy airport. You arrive to take a two week trip with a group of friends. As you stand in line, you notice that although you will all go on the same trip for the same amount of time, the amount of baggage you carry varies wildly. There are those who take nothing more than a “carry on” …

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