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How I Saved My Marriage

By Alisa Bowman About seven years ago, our toddler ran away from us at the grocery store. I chased him into the pasta aisle where he was holding a big jar of red sauce. My heart rate sped up as I realized I was about to become that parent, the mother who watches her child smash a jar onto the…

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Reflections Of A Blogger

Yesterday, we celebrated the 7th anniversary of a blog that was born out of feeling stuck, on the fence, alone, confused, and wanting to create a space for women to get inspired, get off the fence, grow, succeed and thrive. You have made that happen. I am grateful for this community who has stood by me in my darkest hours,…

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#ManOffTheFence: Smashing The Stigma of Addiction

By Dan Shiff My name is Dan and I am an addict. Whenever asked, I am happy to share about what happened years ago and what life is like now. My mom brought me to Montreal shortly after being born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For all of my Freudian therapy over the decades, the only “traumas” I have been able to identify…

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September is National Yoga Awareness Month

By Natalie McLennan Yoga is powerful. Yoga saved my life. I was born in Montreal, Canada. My mother raised my older brother and I. My father was not present in my life. I felt intense emotional pain and stress from a very young age. As a single-parent family, we struggled financially. My mother worked very hard and loved me very much,…

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PTSD: I Will NEVER Remember

By Melinda Cochrane It was after a late term miscarriage that I began to feel a fear that I could not explain or justify. I was afraid. I didn’t feel safe and I began to distance myself from everyone. I went to a doctor to ask what was wrong. She could not exam me without me being absolutely terrified. It…

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Toxic Friends: 6 Different Types and What To Do

There are tall ships There are small ships But the best ships Are friendships... Unless of course, they're not. Yes, this post is about the dark side of friendship, a Global TV segment I did while on my blogging break end of July. To be honest, I have not had too many toxic friendships over the years. I was never…

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Scheduling “Date Nights”

When Jacqueline Elman pitched me on this topic, I honestly wasn't sure if if you ladies would go for it. But then, I thought "Hey, let's bring the cat outta the bag and (in the words of Linda Richman), talk amongst ourselves." Still in my Mike Myers, Linda Richman New York accent,  "I'll give you a topic. Would you pencil-in and "schedule"…

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SHE IS SOMEONE

"After the conviction of Stanford rapistalready been shortened to only four months) and the haunting letter his victim read to him in court, the social media sphere has been rife with conversations about how sexual assault is handled terribly in the U.S. This is exactly why the cast of “Girls,” (Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, and Jemima Kirke) are…

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The Sum of our Parts

By Jill Rosenthal Unless you’ve been very, very lucky, chances are your life has been affected by some tragic event. A childhood friend of mine lost her mom at 13 and the emotional seismic waves of a loss so profound can still be felt, even now, 30ish years later. Another friend who has been very close since we were tweens…

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Brother’s Day

Brother’s Day celebrates the bond between brothers – an amazing gift that should be cherished.  Happy International Brother's Day! When I gave birth to my older son, almost 13 years ago this September, someone bought me a book called Mother To Son, by Melissa and Harry Harrison. The book was life lessons on how to raise a boy- something I knew nothing of. When I was pregnant…

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