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By Stephanie Marie
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Jan 27th, 2015
A quick little thought to kick off our self-loving week… there’s such a difference between living for yourself and living for others. Obviously we cannot exist in a vacuum– but if your every move is catered to someone else, what really is the point of your unique personality and perspective? I had a conversation last night with some friends bemoaning the state of Instagram– posed people, forced smiles, the whole “look at my beautiful life” syndrome– now, ...
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Jan 20th, 2015
We ALL have that story– the one where we have a dream, we have a vision, we have a true passion for something (ballet, writing that novel, volunteering at your church, singing in front of an audience, finding a solution at work), but we let doubt creep in and, slowly but surely, it poisons our desires and we quietly let them fade away. We don’t make that announcement at work, we don’t tell our person we love them, we don’t push ourselves to the outer boundaries of our limi...
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Jan 13th, 2015
To make a long story short, here’s a reminder I received last week– there’s nothing you can do about other people. You can’t control their actions; you can’t control their personalities, their inner hopes and dreams and fears; and their success. You can’t ever control someone else’s ebb and flow of success. Just when you wish they would do poorly, they shine. Just when you stop caring about them, they have a down day. So instead of putting all YOUR hopes ...
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Jan 12th, 2015
Last week, I shared my mantra for the new year on Instagram: “Do the work. Just do the work.” When I was envisioning the year ahead, I saw several tough things on the horizon: the pressure that comes from doing well the year before– the pressure of expectations; that slight deflation after a year of excitement and newness; the inner struggle that comes from navigating your next big move. I for one don’t want to deflate. I don’t want to settle for baby steps or stayin...
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Dec 16th, 2014
I don’t know about you, but the year is coming to its end and that has me in “wrap up” mode… it’s an existence that’s somewhere in between a hustle and a holiday, where I’m juggling the “fight or flight” panic of getting all the things done that I haven’t gotten done yet this year with the desire to move slowly, sink in to the season, and enjoy these last few days rather than work them away. The result? Half days of semi-productivity com...
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Dec 9th, 2014
I love today’s thought– it aligns perfectly with some of the pep talks I’ve been giving myself these past few weeks. Right now, I’m in the foundation phase of my training. Everything I do right now will pay off in six months when I’m digging deep and looking for that last shred of power and endurance– no pressure, right? But when I’m slogging through another hill repeat, when my legs are shaking at Pure Barre, or when I’m mentally freaking out becau...
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Dec 2nd, 2014
All right… here we go… the last hurrah of 2014 is here. Are you satisfied with the way the year has gone? Do you still have more to do? Are you ecstatically thrilled with what your life looks like today? Are you disappointed in yourself, in the way you’ve spent your time? Are you looking forward to the year ahead, or are you digging your heels in, insisting on staying here just a little bit longer? I, for one, am not choosing to look ahead or peer behind. I like where I’m ...
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Nov 18th, 2014
Make this your mantra today– and everyday. What do you love most about your life today? What changes do you want to make? When you think of your pie-in-the-sky dream, how close are you to living it? PS. What if you don’t feel like this at all? Take a deep breath– and remember that we are all works in progress. Find what makes your heart happy and move as close as you possibly can to it. It doesn’t always happen overnight, so be patient with yourself, be gracious with the w...
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Nov 16th, 2014
Hello Sunday! Good things that have already happened this weekend: I finally tried on my new Sezane cropped trousers (the kind I pin but never have the guts to wear) and I can actually pull them off! I went to Mass this morning and it was glorious (hey, whatever it is you choose to do on a Sunday morning, just make it the best you can make it, right?)! Heidi and I played with an adorable kitten at the end of our long run yesterday morning! I started my Christmas gift shopping! Weekends are great,...
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Nov 11th, 2014
You hear it all the time: if you don’t vote, don’t complain about the government; if you don’t change your diet, don’t complain about your body; if you aren’t following your dreams, don’t complain about other people’s success. How often do we talk the talk without walking the walk? It’s so simple– too simple in fact. If you want something, you need to do whatever it takes to get it. Often, that involves making a change in your current lifestyl...