Burnout Is Real

It may feel like more and more people are hitting the stress wall. How come? Because we are. As a mental health professional, I often see that most people have to get to the place of burnout before they are willing to even consider taking care of themselves. What is even worse is we often
As a Hollywood stunt woman, professional scuba instructor and jewelry designer, I have an exciting life.  I get to work on movie sets with actors like Drew Barrymore and directors James Cameron, swim with sharks in remote reefs around the world, and I create jewelry with natural stones and crystals that I collect from my many travels.

Make Every Day Earth Day

We celebrated Earth Day last month, but why not honor Mother Earth every day?  Let’s start making changes that affect our planet for good right now!  Using acts of kindness is an easy way to begin making an impact and teaching our children the importance of helping out so they can carry on new traditions. 
Our relationships really hinge on the words we use. While we might intend to use our words to get closer or simply ask our partner a question, we may inadvertently be pushing the other person away. Eliminating these key “watch words” will help deliver your message the way you intend. It might seem like a
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On March 11, 2019, Lu Parker hosted two University Speaker sessions at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention in Las Vegas where she was granted the opportunity to meet and speak to hundreds of people about “How Kindness Creates Success.” Living from a place of kindness is very important to Lu as she considers kindness
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Kind Sources of Calcium

The most common mineral found in the body is calcium.  It is the foundation for bone and teeth development, and is also important for heart health, nerve signaling, and muscle function. In fact, calcium is used by almost every cell in our bodies. If we do not consume enough calcium from food sources, then our bones and teeth will
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Boots, Books & Beautiful Friends

I am grateful every day when I open my eyes and have a brand new 24 hours to experience.  Lately, I have been thinking how easy I find joy in the small moments of life – things like slipping on my new fuzzy boots, or reading a fantastic book.  I even find myself excited to

Eco Glam V-Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a time to spread love so why not give gifts that help our planet?  Singer, actress and filmmaker Tamela D’Amico shares ten of her favorite Eco Glam items that are luxurious on any day of the year!  ROSES EVER AFTER These are long lasting, beautifully preserved roses (ethically sourced) that last a YEAR, with

Proud To Be Me

At the age of eleven,  I went through some of the most challenging times of my life.  The obstacles I faced have helped shape me into the person I am today, and made me much stronger. My story is one of a harrowing truth, and something I will continue to share to help inspire others.

A Kind Sign

When I decide on a specific goal, I get super focused.  I can see the big picture, but I am also aware that it takes small steps to reach the ultimate goal.  I understood this concept at a very young age.  As a member of The Girl Scouts of America, I had to complete small

Do You Have a Hard Time Receiving?

As an elite femininity coach, I’m constantly focused on one of the five feminine qualities that I teach my clients so they can tap into the full expression of their feminine essence and live more playful and purposeful lives. One of those qualities is receptivity – the ability to receive and to be open to

FREE STUFF ROCKS

November 13th is World Kindness Day… I have always believed that kindness is a strength.  Some people may think kindness is a weakness, but in reality, our kind actions, no matter large or small, help to unite our world.  We are born to be kind, but often life can harden us and keep us so
When I watched Sarah Donegan speak, I wept.  The 12 year old has endured more than most of us could ever imagine in a lifetime. Her passion and pain is palpable. But she’s so strong. And when I found out the lengths her community went to, in order to bring a smile to her face,
“There’s no place for kindness in business.” I was told this throughout a decade of working in corporate finance. As soon as I stepped into the workplace, I was unable to wear emotions on my sleeve. I am here to make the case for kindness in business. While I can’t save the world alone, I can certainly show

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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