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I love people that are not afraid of taking a stand and saying what they believe in

I read the other night an interview with Angelina Jolie and something she said rang a chord with me. When asked about her polarizing persona, she said “I think anybody that makes a decision about where they stand is going to cause strong opinions about them.

But I think that’s what you should be hoping for in life, so I take that as a very good sign. That some people support me and some people really don’t like me tells me that I’m making decisions and I’m standing strong for something I believe in.

I’m making choices in life. And that’s the right thing to do.”

Maybe to some standing up for what you believe in without fear of judgment or possible repercussions is not an earth shattering thing. But to me it is. It’s like the climbing of Mount Everest of personality traits…so big, so hard, so unattainable. It’s also so beautiful.

I love people that are not afraid of taking a stand and saying what they believe in, especially if they know that their opinion will be unpopular. Angie (yah, we’re close like that!) is the extreme of this trait. She’s not only NOT afraid; she relishes it and counts it as proof of her success.

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Find Your Passion

“Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come most alive, and do that.  Because what the world needs, is more people who have come alive.” -Thomas Merton

Connecting to what makes you you is so important, if not the most important thing, in living a healthy, happy life.

Right before I decided to change my diet, I felt completely disconnected with myself. I lost most of what was me and felt totally off balance. I didn’t really know why, or how to fix it but I inherently knew something was off and was miserable with the cycle of the everyday.

All free time outside of work was spent eating, drinking, or on the couch watching TV. Lost, I turned to food to find my balance. This was keeping me even more bogged down and was ultimately the cause and relief of all my problems. I knew that I needed to find myself again, reignite my abandoned passions and discover new ones.

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A Day at the Doctor’s Office

So one would think I went to the doctor today because I have been sick (still fighting this cold/cough D bestowed upon me).  Logical guess but sadly you’d be wrong.  Today was my all-too-regular visit with my allergist.

To back up: all through life I sniffled.  I used to joke that I had a cold year-round.  It wasn’t until grad school when a friend of mine said, “Are you sure you don’t have allergies?”  I’ll be honest, the thought had NEVER crossed my mind.  And why would it.  No one else in my family has allergies.

But once it was there, I decided I had to get it checked out.  So I scheduled an appointment with an ENT (I cannot remember if that was recommended to me or if I just didn’t know that there was such a thing as an allergist).

I remember that I was 5 minutes late to the ENT and that there was a LONG line at reception.  Of course, being a new patient, I then had to fill out tons of paperwork.  When I finally got called back it was 30 minutes past my appointment time.

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Push Past Your Boundaries

In many a yoga class I’ve heard it. “Play your edge.” What does this mean?

To play your edge means to always teeter on the brink of your comfort zone. I think of this like a circle. In the middle you’re warm, cozy, safe, not doing anything too risky (or fun). Step out a little further…and a little further and you’re at that painted yellow line.

You’re still safe behind that yellow line, but not quite as comfy as the middle. Go past the line, maybe stick your toes off the edge of the circle.

Here is where you kind of freak out a little, you’re not feeling safe, but you are doing something worthwhile. Eventually, the circle grows past your toes and there you are, ready to step out a little more, lesson in hand.

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My Road to Health: How Raw Food Changed My Life

Two and a half years ago I was probably at my lowest point health wise. I had just graduated college, moved out on my own, and spent the summer living it up with my roommates. The shock of working full time, white not quite knowing if what I was doing was right for me was often balanced out by eating whatever the hell I wanted.

Constant dieting throughout high school led me to go on a tailspin throughout college and beyond. Around October 2007 my two roommates and I decided that we needed to do a cleanse. We chose to do the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse, for 10 days. I had done this before but found it extremely difficult emotionally.

This time I meant business. I knew that if I didn’t change my ways I would go on feeling the way I did forever. I was lethargic, unmotivated, uninspired, had digestive problems, and was just going through the motions. If “blah” was a feeling, that was how I felt. I needed a drastic change.

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Be Your Own Guide

Recall visits to a museum, an art gallery, a national park, or a historical site when you have been escorted through a guided tour. A guided tour presents a visitor with a knowledgeable introduction to what is being viewed.

The tour helps you focus on what is interesting or important, offers you insight into the exhibit or experience that helps you appreciate it more, and provides a framework for understanding what you encounter.

In contrast, unless you are already quite knowledgeable, you will probably miss some significant elements of the experience if you wander about by yourself.

This is also true of students struggling to make sense of textbook readings in their classes. A “chapter tour” can provide them with enough direction and background so they can learn what’s important in their reading.

Teaching/Learning Activities

A Chapter Tour is a form of study guide that “talks” the reader through a chapter, and points out elements of the text that warrant special attention. Using a Chapter Tour activity involves the following steps:

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