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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Happy Halloween

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Forgiving, and Loving Energy is Abuzz

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Good energy was abuzz this morning when I woke up, and what do you know? Synchronicity came knocking via author Elizabeth Gilbert. It started with me telling my teenage daughter about a video I saw of a mom of a newborn baby trying to leave the house. The mom got the baby ready to go but ended up spending most of the video feeding the baby, then changing a dirty diaper, then needing to change her clothes because of spit-up. And just before finally walking out the door, she dropped the diaper bag, and everything flew out. I told my daughter that the video reminded me of how hard it was to be kind to myself during such demanding times.

I pulled up a photo of 27-year-old me having just given birth to my baby girl, and I looked so young! I felt such empathy for the scared, post-partum depressed, young woman in the picture. I said to my daughter, "Wow! I made it through some tough times, but I did a great job raising you." For the first time since my kids were born—I stopped to le…

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Quote of the Day

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It's Rarely Ever Personal!

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On a walk down memory lane, I ran into a video of my then nine-year-old daughter picking out a special birthday gift for her best friend. She was saying the sweetest things as I recorded the cuteness. A cheery salesclerk approached us to see if we needed help, and I brushed her off in a rude, "no, no, we're fine." I didn't realize it then because I was caught up on capturing the moment, but when I played it back years later, I felt terrible. I wondered how many times during my kid's early years, I was too caught up to realize my unintentional rudeness.

The video kept looping in my head afterward, and I kept feeling worse about it because that's not who I am or want to be. I hadn't seen that side of me so clearly and in such a concrete way. I showed my now teenage daughter, the video, and pointed out how rude I was to the lady. I expressed my regret for being so unaware of my actions and told her that it goes to show how people's words or actions aren&#…

Life Is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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A Better Place For All

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Grim headlines dominate most newsfeeds. It's no wonder many of us spend more time talking about what's wrong instead of what's right in the world. Step in innovators and goodwill ambassadors to our beautiful planet, Bill and Melinda Gates. Their namesake foundation is on the cutting edge in creating solutions for what Bill Gates calls "advancing the human condition." Humanity is on the fortunate receiving end of their generosity, as shown in the documentary, Inside Bill's Brain on Netflix. Bill and Melinda delivered a raw and poignant punch to brighten up the gloomy lens we view the world through these days.

The Gates Foundation works with groups of people and companies to help improve sanitation in poverty-stricken areas around the world. The innovation helped create toilets that don't require sanitation plants to process human waste--helping to prevent deaths from disease caused by extreme unsanitary conditions. Among their many goals: help eradicate pol…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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María Lorena Ramírez, A Hero In Her Own Right

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María Lorena Ramírez is in a league of her own among her indigenous group—the Tarahumara, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. They call themselves Rarámuri, which loosely translates to "light feet." This indigenous group of people known for long-distance runners with extraordinary abilities to crisscross the terrain in their home state, deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon. María's ultra-marathon achievements in the past few years have landed her on this month's cover of Vogue Mexico.

The traditional woven, long, puffy-sleeved red dress she dons on the cover of Vogue is a great sense of pride for her. She says that she's much more comfortable wearing her dress instead of athletic wear, her sandals made of leather with a rubber-tire sole. María, 25, along with many women in her community, wears the same outfits when they travel long distances between towns herding animals. Kids in her village were shown running for fun in their sandals and placing odds on the fas…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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