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8 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Mercury Retrograde

A few times a year, the planet Mercury, which rules communications, goes retrograde. It’s not actually going backward but it appears to as it rotates the sun faster than we do on earth. And whether or not you believe in astrology, most people will ask what is going on when we are in these periods…

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How to Have Your Best Week Ever: Three Bold Moves for a Week of Self-Care

Everything is #selfcare these days: food, workouts, baths, crystals, drinking wine, not drinking wine, waking up early, sleeping in. As long as it feeds your soul, it can certainly qualify as self-care. But sometimes a simple workout or bowl of the latest superfoods isn’t quite enough. There are actions that fix problems (i.e. I’m tired,…

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I Cut Added Sugar for a Whole Week and My Skin Never Looked Better

While there are some people who can eat whatever they please without having a thing happen to their face, there are also people, like me, who break out at even the slightest of anything sugary touching their lips. Okay, so I don’t breakout if I look at a cookie, but it does only take ONE…

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How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think — and Begin Doing What You Want

We live in this hyper-connected and instant gratification-driven world where it can be pretty easy to cave into the pressure to be everything to just about everyone. If we’re not doing, being, seeing, being seen, creating, thriving, or living our best life at every single moment, we start to wonder when we became so dull….

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5 Ways to Do a Digital Detox

It’s no secret that we are all addicted to our phones. Social media aside, we depend on these little black boxes not only for communication, but for directions, the news, our calendars, finances…the list could go on. With how robust smartphones have become, it has grown increasingly difficult to do a digital detox given how…

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Everything You Need to Know About Being an Empath

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a certain type of sensitivity that felt different than the folks around me. Loud noises would catch me off guard and scare me to death, bright lights always felt too bright, thriller movies hit me harder than the other girls at the sleepover (after watching the…

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Ask Chinae: ‘How Can I Get Myself Out of the Body Shame Spiral?’

In an age where perfection is sought to be the end-all-be-all, it’s incredibly refreshing to cross paths with someone who breaks through the cloud of noise with their sword of vulnerability. Instead of masking behind an aesthetically-pleasing feed or pretending to live a “struggle-free” life, this person uses their voice to share their insecurities and…

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A Craigslist Ad for Authentic, Meaningful Friendships

It’s true that your close friendships and relationships are a reflection of you, and more importantly the relationship you have with yourself. When you take a moment to decipher what it is you want from your friendships, it helps you attract and seek out those friendships that help you be the best version of yourself,…

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I Track the Moon Phases As a Form of Self-Care—And Here’s Why You Should Too

I noticed my connection to the moon for the first time two years ago, on the night of the summer solstice. The sun had disappeared by the time my flight landed in Panama City Beach, and while my boyfriend and his brother-in-law drove me from the airport back to their family’s hotel, I stared at…

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