How My Dog Cured My Depression

A True Love Story This is a love story. It’s about a lonely, single woman who decided to open her heart and her home and found true love. The love transformed her in ways she never thought possible… but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning. It all started about ten years ago.
What a year’s worth of swiping and liking taught me Let’s face it: The life outside of college can be a little lonely at times. For starters, you’re no longer interacting with thousands of people your age on a regular basis. And your friends are also no longer a block away— if you live in Los
I’m super excited to announce that I will be joining a group of amazing women for an inspiring event that is meant to get our minds moving and our hearts open. Please join me at Talks with Purpose on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Costa Mesa, CA. Be kind to yourself and bring a friend
I have always looked at back-to-school time a little like New Years: A chance to try something new and work some good habits into my life. More and more—and especially now that I am a mom—the habits that I am implementing revolve around being kind to the earth. I really want my kids to see
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“Our lives improve when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves” ~ Walter Anderson   A major component to self-awareness is honesty. In this way you are practicing self-kindness by increasing your awareness of what is true versus perpetuating habits and patterns
Working in Hollywood, California as a makeup artist for the last 25 years has been a dream come true and allows me to express my creative touch, but my work also affords me the ability to make personal choices on what makeup I use on celebrities, television hosts, and journalists. You may be surprised that
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The Power of a Smile

I have always believed kindness is contagious and that no matter your race, age, nationality, or even income level, we all know the meaning of a smile or the gesture of a wave.  My belief was confirmed again this past week while out on a jog with my dog Monkey. I live in Los Angeles
Since I was a young child, I knew being kind felt good. It started with being kind to injured animals. As I grew up, I realized being kind to my friends and fellow students in high school was the right way to act. Years later while competing in the Miss Universe pageant as Miss USA,
A reflection on retirement and what that looks like I have been in school for 56 of my 60 years on planet Earth. Seriously. I cannot even remember a time when I was not in school, either as a student or an educator. I have had 56 first days of school, and, come this summer,
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A Journalist Reveals How She Stays Sober Before I got sober, I was VERY unkind to myself, and probably not that great to others either.  For 15 years, I poisoned my body with drugs, pills, and alcohol.  I was proud when my doctor told me that his tests showed I had liver damage- at age 21.
Sports teach you a lot about yourself. They often highlight many of your strengths and expose many of your weaknesses. Great athletic programs teach the importance of teamwork and coming together to achieve a common goal. But most importantly, they taught me how to deal with pain. By they I mean my high school cross
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It goes without saying that most of us want to experience a meaningful life, but how do we get the most out of our life experiences? Our minds have evolved to problem solve. Our cultural tendency is to focus on what’s wrong and what we need to fix. Often we are preoccupied with ruminating on
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Malcolm “MJ” Harris is an internationally recognized financial services CEO and motivational success teacher who has consistently beaten the odds to achieve extraordinary success. MJ’s rise began when he started an insurance agency – at his dining room table as a side business – while working as a Management Consultant for a “Big 4” firm.
How kindness can soften the sting If you are like me and millions of people around the world, you have the same familiar voice in your head that doubts you and tells you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, motivated enough.  It may even continue to remind you that you failed

Don’t Let Fear Win

Fear can immobilize us!  It can keep us from setting a goal, or starting a relationship, and it can even kill our dreams.   Over the years, I have been pretty good about not letting fear get in the way, especially when I was young.  I didn’t care so much back then.  Let’s be honest.  A
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