Finding the Golden Goose in Abuse

By Philippa Sklaar

You know how you thought that when you met the man of your dreams he would change?

And he did.

For the worst.

But you still held onto him because you believed that having anybody was better than having nobody. It was the power of your love that would realize his potential – if only he would just listen!

I, like you, a victim of abuse, believed that all I was worth was a man who beat me, punched me and cheated on me. I shrunk each time I heard, “First time a victim, second time a volunteer,” “If you go back you deserve what you get” and “Why don’t you just leave?”

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How To Manage Kids Summer Screen Time, Facts and Hacks

Happy First Day of Summer! For many parents, these summer months are a time to loosen the screen-time reigns and let kids play Pokemon Go, Temple Run and Minecraft as long as they want. Others worry about the impact of too many hours spent on social media, games and videos, often at the cost of more nostalgic summer past times, real or imagined. (Did we all actually climb trees, build forts and pick blueberries?).

But how to manage screen time when you might not even be home to do it? And even if you are a stay-at-home parent, do you have the energy to fight the battle every hour of the day? It’s a challenge for many families, and one that’s generating a host of responses: One Washington D.C. area principal recently offered to pay incoming 8thand 9th graders $100 each if they went screen-free every Tuesday of summer vacation. Another mom recently locked her children’s devices into an offsite storage unit in her quest to experience some digital downtime.

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A “Fresh” Summer Approach To Organizing Your Fridge

I’m a sport dietitian and cycling Olympian with the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary, where I consult several national teams. I was also the Performance Dietitian for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Team Canada at the London Summer Olympic Games. I was their main support during the games when it came to food selection and dietary needs.

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8 Great Summer Reads for Women!

Summer is the perfect time to take a break, lay out in the sunshine and get into a great book.

photo credit: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/
photo credit: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/
On this week’s Global TV segment, I shared eight great summer reads. In the fall, I had included something for every woman: fiction, non-fiction, laugh-out-loud funny, witty, heartwarming, and a heart-pounding thriller. For the summer though, I like to keep it a little lighter. We don’t have to be serious ALL THE TIME. 😉 Sometimes it’s okay for Calgon to take us away.

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My Epic Fail at Work Life Balance

By Sheri Salata

What do you say when someone asks you about the topic you most dread? When you work from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus several hours on the weekends, all while being on call 24/7—how do you respond to this question: “What about your work/life balance?”

Usually, first I gulped. And then I replied with some inane ramblings.

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How I Rid Myself of Morning Anxiety – The 30 Day Anxiety-Free Morning Challenge

My alarm goes off. My body instantly springs into alert mode twisting, limbs flailing, eyes dry looking, scrambling, searching trying to find the button to make the madness stop! Like the average millennial, my cell phone has become a handy alternative to that old thing, what was it called? An alarm clock? Now that I have my phone in hand, why not check to see what I’ve been missing for the past 8 hours? I check my email to find that I didn’t get accepted to the freelance job board I’ve been waiting for.

Brain: “You’re a loser”

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Dream Chasing and Success Stories

If you recall a couple of months ago, I shared that I partnered to Virginia College as a reminder to women everywhere that it is never too late to pursue your dream career.

So many of us, based on life circumstances, have slid our dreams under the rug because LIFE simply happens. We know our big dreams that come about during night, but maybe we have suppressed those dreams instead of exploring them.

I will repeat myself: it’s never too late to become who you want to be.

If you’re not familiar with Virginia College, some quick background if you missed the last post… VC has actually been around for 25 years, and offers associate’s degrees, diplomas, certificates at their various campuses and online.

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Instavit®: The Liquid Spray Vitamin For People On The Go

HAPPY WELLNESS WEDNESDAY!

A few questions for you…
Do you take a multivitamin?
Do your kids take a multivitamin?
Do you ever have a hard time sleeping?
Do you ever take a Vitamin B12 for mood elevation?
Do you live in a climate like me where we lack many months of sunshine and require some extra vitamin D?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I would love to show you something I’ve been using for some time now and am really enjoying.

It’s called Instavit, and it’s simply a vitamin in liquid spray format. No fillers inside like there often are inside a hard vitamin pill. Just 100% of the vitamin!

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And here’s the story of how Instavit came to be…

After a nearly fatal health crisis, Dr. Jatin Joshi required a number of pill supplements as part of the management of his Crohn’s disease. But between the inconvenience of taking several supplements throughout the day and his skepticism surrounding the added fillers and binders including in their formulas, he knew there had to be a better way.

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How To Become an Industry “Influencer”

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working on a side hustle, putting yourself out there can be a bit intimidating. You want your voice to be heard, and your work to be read, but you might fear that others won’t take you seriously, that you won’t make any money, or even in some cases, that you might achieve success before you’re ready for it.

To help your business and blog to grow and thrive, people need to know who you are, and the odds are unlikely that someone will randomly come across your website or Twitter feed, and then request a media interview or consultation. To become the industry influencer that you know you are, you’re going to have to go to them. And guess what?

It’s not as hard as you think.

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#MotivationMonday 

hank you to my PR friend G.G. Benitez for sharing this gem last night. A perfect #MotivationMonday.

I believe that when you do your best, and give it your best, day in and day out, over time, good things show up at your door.

And therefore, that means that I won’t always plan.

No plan?

Yah, sometimes, (and more often lately), no plan.

And that has a kind of calming, soothing feeling.

It’s like the art of hustling and surrendering. Working and then waiting.

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