Are Your Candles Doing More Harm Than Good?

Before the advent of electricity, candles were used primarily for illumination. Light served as a symbol of the good and the beautiful, especially in times of emotional and spiritual darkness. Today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance and for emergency lighting during electrical

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Family Ties

Pros and Cons of Working With Family When I was a teenager, my Realtor mom would ask me to accompany her on weekends to her open houses. In typical teenage fashion, I would reply, “No way, that’s boring!” As fate would have it, I later ended up joining the family business and became a Realtor

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Accelerate Recovery and Prevent Injuries with Sports Tape

Sports tape is meant to help your body tissues return to homeostasis and is used to prevent injury. There are many different types of sports tape and taping techniques. Tapes with elastic properties are popular today, and many different brands with similar but slightly varying properties are available. Taping is meant to be used for

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Nutrition Hacks and Myths Revealed!

Ask your questions, we have answers. Are there specific things I can eat to help firm up loose skin?Bertha Gonzalez • Baldwin Park, CAIt goes without saying that exercise and sunscreen are critically important to toning and firming one’s skin. But, thinking about skin health from the inside out is also a great place to

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Mixing Business and Politics

5 Tips to Build Important Relationships For Your Business As a new business owner, you may not realize how important politics can be to the development, growth, visibility and opportunities provided to local businesses. Having connections in political circles and good relationships with local elected officials could be a great benefit to your business. To

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Prevent Health Issues and Maintain Good Health with Moxa

When you walk into an acupuncture clinic, you may smell a strange earthy aroma in the air – this is moxa. Moxibustion, commonly known as moxa, is a type of traditional Chinese medicine often used during acupuncture treatments for a variety of health issues. It involves burning an herb called Ai Ye (mugwort or wormwood)

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Overcome Self Doubt In Your Entrepreneurial Journey

For those living the entrepren-artist, solopreneur or mompreneur life, you know that the lonely hours, the hard work, the less-than-adequate funding can cause and fuel stress, negative thoughts, self-doubt and even complete burnout if you’re not careful. You may lose your motivation and your mojo by succumbing to the “negative bias,” the natural human tendency

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A Strong Foundation For Entrepreneur and Traditional Employee Couples

For many couples, it’s hard to stay connected. The challenges are even greater when one of you is an entrepreneur and the other is an employee with a traditional workday. It’s important to communicate skillfully, discuss your ideal work/life balance and implications, set realistic expectations, take responsibility for your choices and plan quality time together.

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6 Easy Tips to Get Back to Working Out After Falling Off

There you were doing so well with your workouts and then boom. You fell off. Don’t worry. It happens to all of us. Here are six tips to help you start exercising with regularity again. Focus on Progress Not PerfectionDon’t set unrealistic expectations. Make sure your goals are attainable. If you focus on being perfect,

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The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

Exercise strengthens your body, but did you know exercise also fends off depression, anxiety, stress and many other psychological conditions or mood disorders? Leading an active lifestyle is an affordable and simple way to help you feel better and look your best. Learning about the importance of exercise for mental and physical health can help

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Clear Leadership Inspires and Guides

One of the most valuable lessons I am learning in my life is that I don’t need to do it alone. “It” can be defined as almost anything I do, including developing a new program for one of my clients, running my business, needing help repairing something and even walking my dog. What’s freeing about

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Write Affirmations That Work

Affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to change your results, but only if you use them correctly. When used properly, affirmations retrain your subconscious mind to believe you are more like your affirmations than your old beliefs. The subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of your conscious behavior. What! That

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5 Current Social Media Trends to Grow Your Business

If there’s one constant truth about social media, it’s that it’s always changing. New user features, algorithmic updates and increased advertising have expanded the marketing potential for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Depending on your industry, there are many options for social media marketing today. The key is to find your niche platform, identify your target

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Best Food Combinations to Enjoy a Healthier Life

We are living in a time and age when we need to take extra care of our bodies because they have never been more under-nourished and over-stressed. Let’s take a look at how eating certain foods together can help you get in shape and stay healthy. Oatmeal with Orange JuiceA study by the Antioxidant Research

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Is Your Body Overdue For a Spring Cleaning?

As the first signs of spring’s arrival begin to peer through the darkness of winter, one’s thoughts often turn to spring cleaning. It’s our way of mimicking the ritual of cleansing and renewal that takes place in nature as the seasons change. But how many of us routinely ponder the importance or necessity of a

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Working Out With Intention

Wondering what exercises to do and how often? As a fitness professional, I’m often asked this question, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your goals, abilities and interests. No matter what you do, make sure your activity adds up to at least 150 minutes per week, and your exercises should feel

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Fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

This is the fairy tale everyone chases after. The reality is very different, but it doesn’t have to be. According to a study conducted by YourTango.com, one of the leading causes of failing relationships is poor communication. Surprisingly, no matter how many words are exchanged, the basic message is failing to get through to the

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5 Ways to Track Your Fitness Progress

While on your fitness journey, one way to ensure frustration is to focus solely on the scale. There are nearly a dozen uncontrollable factors involved in weight fluctuation, that your day-to-day chances of seeing a decrease are fifty-fifty. No one likes losing! Think of your favorite childhood sport or game and imagine losing every single

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Getting Back to Working Out After Being Sick

When is it okay to workout if you’re feeling sick or recovering from illness? You may be anxious to continue your workout routine, but there are some things you should consider before jumping back in.  DON’T go to the gym if you’re contagious If you just started getting symptoms of a cold or flu, such

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Nutrition Q&A

We answer reader’s burning questions! I keep hearing the term “flexitarian.” What is the Flexitarian Diet and how does it differ from other diets? Brenda Rodriguez, Pleasanton, CA A Flexitarian Diet includes mostly plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation. This makes it more flexible

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Strengthen Your Body With Exercises You Love

What exercise should I do? Should I do yoga? Is running bad? Will I hurt myself doing HIIT? As a physical therapist, a lot of my patients ask for advice about what exercises they should do to stay healthy. My answer is, the best exercises are the ones you like. People are more compliant with

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Best Techniques to Calculate Fitness

Is stepping on the scale the only way to measure fitness levels? Actually, it’s just one of several valid ways to track fitness progress. Each of us have different body compositions and how much we weigh isn’t the end-all measurement of fitness and health. It’s important to identify your body type and embrace it because

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What Chinese Herbs Can Do For You

Traditional Chinese medicine is a healing approach that originated in China many moons ago and is widely practiced today due to its vast benefits. Going back to ancient times, people used herbs for health benefits such as increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and regulating sleep. Today, thousands of people embrace this ancient wisdom and

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Acupuncture for Inner Body Balance

Acupuncture is a form of holistic Chinese medicine that has been in practice for more than 2000 years. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular and preferred forms of holistic medical treatments. TCM uses many treatment protocols such as needles, herbal medicines, fire cups, massage – tui na and shiatsu, tai

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Helpful or Harmful: The Dividing Line of Compartmentalizing

What’s the difference between compartmentalizing in relationships and in business, and is it a helpful trait for both areas of life? Back in my twenties, I had a friend who had mastered the art of compartmentalizing his life. He was laser-focused in whatever scenario was presented. At first, I admired his ability, but then realized

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Turn Your Financial Resolutions Into Lasting Results

Have you given up on making New Year’s financial resolutions, because they never last? Or maybe they seem too big or impossible to accomplish? Success rates of New Year’s resolutions usually go along beautifully the first two weeks, but by February people start backsliding. By the following December, most people are back where they started

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Metabolism Boosting Practices and Recipes

Every time you eat or exercise, your metabolism, the biochemical process by which your body converts calories into energy, kicks into gear. For those looking to lose weight and improve energy levels, there are various foods and practices that can boost your metabolism on a daily basis. Depending on your age and body type, results

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Pro Athlete D’Juan Woods’ Mental Toughness

Propelled Him Through Extreme Adversity to Ultimate Success After suiting up for his first game as a football player for the New Orleans Saints, D’Juan Woods collided with an opposing player, which resulted in a career-ending spinal cord injury. D’Juan was nearly paralyzed from the neck down. His team went on to win Super Bowl

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Ashwagandha, the Indian Ginseng

Withania somnifera means “sleep inducing.” However, it’s better known as ashwagandha, a recognized sleep aid for at least 2,500 years in the Ayurvedic traditions of India. A member of the nightshade family, this herb has other beneficial effects such as reducing the effects of stress. Ashwagandha balances thyroid hormones and cortisol levels. In addition to

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 5

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 4

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 3

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley – Part 2

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Women Leading the Way in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is a hot spot for talented individuals and start-ups, and it can take quite a bit to succeed and make your company stand out. We spoke with five notable women who achieved their goals and are thriving in their careers. Their industries are wide-ranging, including politics, manufacturing biodegradable materials, founding a school for

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Serving Up Global Nourishment

Celebrity Chef Shannon Kring Incorporates Indigenous Cultures at the Table There are chefs who travel the world to bring exotic recipes to our kitchens, and then there are chefs whose pursuit of quality ingredients turn them into global advocates for sustainable farming practices and the rights of indigenous people who till the land. Shannon Kring

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No More Yo-Yo Diets

Hello All Year Summer Body Let’s face it; the majority of us have a difficult time keeping our New Year’s resolutions, especially when it comes to our health and fitness goals. For some reason, the guilt of holiday binge eating seems to serve as stronger motivation to get into shape for summer, than the thought

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Healthy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

These are some healthy options to switch for your Thanksgiving sides! Mashed Cauliflower (instead of Mashed Potatoes) Ingredients: • 1 head organic cauliflower, chopped • 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a BPA-free can) • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt • Fresh parsley (for garnish) Instructions: Steam cauliflower until soft and put in a blender with coconut

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Overcome Your Pain – Pain Prevention Strategies You Can Do at Home

Ouch! What was that? I’m in pain! What do I do? “Am I dying?” Determine this first. Joking aside, please seek medical advice if you feel you are experiencing something seriously wrong. Now that we’ve determined everything is ok, how do we manage our less serious aches and pains? Is this a new or acute

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