Reset Your Self-Care Routine – by Mindy A. Early


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I am an introvert in an extroverted field. Sometimes, instead of networking, I find a quiet hallway where I can do half sun salutations to stretch out my anxiety. During long meetings, I use a trip to the restroom to practice pranayama breathing and recite mantras in the quiet of the stall. While my coworkers may think I’m typing on my phone to fire off a quick email, sometimes I’m doing a free write on a Google.Doc to process a strong emotion. A great self-care plan can certainly take as long as a nature hike, but that plan is useless if we can’t hike until the weekend and we need to decompress right now.

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Recalibrating The Present – by Mindy A. Early


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A catharsis about living in the present moment caught me off guard last week. On this run-of-the-mill morning, I was walking down the sidewalk on my way to a meeting. For the third time in a matter of minutes, I checked my phone to get yet another reassurance that I’d reach my destination on time. The clock showed good news, but still I recalculated the number of blocks left on my journey so I could be absolutely sure.

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Loving Yourself One Sentence at a Time – by Mindy A. Early


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March may come in like a lion, but there’s no time like the present to start treating yourself as gently as a lamb. Making changes to the things we do can have a powerful impact on our lives, but we mustn’t forget to apply this same process to how we
think – especially when it comes to how we think about ourselves.

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It’s Time to Choose Your Adventure – by Mindy A. Early


Even though we’ve never met, I bet your couch is comfortable. Mine is too, as is my mountain of blankets. I bet you also have daily routines that keep you organized and help you get things done. Me too. If we never leave the comfort of our couches, if we devoutly stick to our routines every day, is that so bad?

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Looking Up: Enchantment Through the Senses – by Mindy A. Early


Invigorated by an uncharacteristically warm day for Philadelphia in January, my heart was filled with gratitude as I walked the dog. We strolled down a side street around the corner from our home that’s been one of his favorites for years, but what made this day different was my focus on appreciating the moment; I knew the next day would be thirty degrees colder and winter would be here, so I didn’t want to miss a thing. As a result, I was open to hear a rhythmic rapping coming from above me that probably wouldn’t have registered in my ears on a regular day. Curious, I urged the dog to stop so that I could look up to find the source.

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A Healthy Dose of Risk – by Mindy A. Early

We all have personal development goals.  Maybe you want to adopt a new habit, a new outlook, or a new skill?  How about moving to a new career or a new location?  Within the infinite possibilities of our lives, there are any number of next steps we can take.  What’s more, there’s no question that we want to achieve these goals; they come up in conversation, in our nightly dreams, and even in the things we see and hear around us.  When a desire won’t leave our minds, no matter how far-fetched it may seem, that’s confirmation that we do truly want it.

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Why Not Warm Up? – by Mindy A. Early

 

What do you do in the morning to warm up for your day? When I asked my friends, family, and colleagues this question, the most popular answers were grabbing a bite to eat, getting a jolt of caffeine, checking e-mail or social media, taking a shower, or a combination thereof. Once upon a time, my routine looked a lot like this, too. I would set my alarm to give myself just enough time to shower, pack a breakfast to go, walk the dog, and head to the bus for my morning commute. It wasn’t until I had a particularly stressful year last year that I realized that it was time to reconsider how I approached the start of my day.

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The Answer is Retreat – by Mindy A. Early


As the world gets faster and the amount of connections and information we experience increases every day, so does the number of times we hear how important is to unplug. “You have to make time to take time,” might be a message you’ve received lately, or perhaps more “me time” is at the top of your resolutions for 2015. Find silence, find stillness, find serenity, these admirable goals are things that many of us yearn for amidst the hustle of the modern day. The question is, how do we achieve them?

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Defining Our Ages – by Mindy A. Early

I have long believed there’s great benefit to funneling portions of our lives into art; in fact, I’ve dedicated my career to helping students ages seven through seventy do exactly that. The great Oscar Wilde believed that it’s human instinct to channel ourselves into art because, “the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realise that energy.”

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Living Your Ideal Verb – by Mindy A. Early

Art imitates life because it allows us to examine issues true to the human experience at arm’s length. This distance gives us the opportunity to observe, question, and reflect more comfortably. While it’s always good to take advantage of this, the true payoff is when we bring that learning tangibly back into our own lives by turning reflection into action. This is when life would be well-served to imitate art – the same methodology that artists use to create and shape art can be used by us to create and shape our lives.

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