Confidence And The Evil Eye

Envy killed the chickens. Or so my Bedouin mother-in-law used to believe. There once was a jealous neighbor who came to the house for a visit. Commenting on the large flock of hens pecking away in the courtyard, forgetting to invoke God’s blessing on such wealth, she drew the Evil Eye’s focus. The very next day, all forty birds lay talons up, leaving my mother-in-law...

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The Stranger Within – Getting Over Fear and Finding Your Inner Friend

I just finished reading Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night. It’s the story of a British woman raised in rural Kenya, who learns to fly an airplane in the 1930’s. High-spirited, gutsy, she leads a life of adventure, swooping across remotest Africa. Here’s the passage that I absolutely loved—such insight into her bravery—which comes nearly at the end: You can live a...

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When The Hole Is Not The Whole

  From my mother, I inherited a buzzing sense of dread and the tendency to ignore blatantly unpleasant facts. From Dad, I received guilt, a distrust of others, and an intensity of personality that could knock a buzzard off a shit wagon. Without meaning to, my parents taught me to suppress my feelings, to put on a happy face for...

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Make-Over Your Relaxation Routine: How One Woman Finds Fulfillment Through Her Weekend Hobby

As the Director of Sales and Marketing at Live Work Play, Corey Woodard spends her days networking with local service-providing professionals. Her nights offer little opportunity for restful relaxation: post-office hours are prime time for her to promote Raleigh, NC based restaurants and the bar scene. Still, despite her blistering schedule, Corey calls working with Live Work Play a “dream...

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Fashion Designer Liz Lange on Dressing For The Office

  Liz Lange, Founder & Director of Liz Lange Maternity (www.lizlange.com / www.target.com) and Co-Founder of Shopafrolic (www.shopafrolic.com), speaks with NEXT for Women about dressing for the office. Despite no formal fashion training other than working as an assistant at Vogue, Liz founded a successful fashion business. Find her on Twitter: @lizlange

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Six Things 40-somethings Miss About Being Twenty-Something

  Sometimes, I can’t wait to be established in my life and career, but I don’t want to wish away this time in my life. Is there anything you miss about being twenty-something? Our friend 40:20 Vision weighs in! 40-somethings miss:     Friends, freedom and blissful ignorance.     The energy to bounce back after long hours or short nights and...

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Beyond Food: A Green Guide To Organic Products

    As a soon-to-be new mom, I often find myself making decisions from a protective place when registering for gifts or making purchases. Where, for example, can does one buy BPA-free, PVC-free bottles, or organic, non-toxic diaper rash cream?  Although I buy organic and local as often as possible when it comes to food, I didn’t used to think...

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Podcasts: A Portable Radio For This Century

  Podcasts are an inexpensive and convenient way to learn, laugh and grow. Similar to gaining insights and inspiration from your favorite blogs and magazines, podcasts offer audio or video content for download via an online subscription. iTunes has a vast library of podcasts for free download, but you can also listen to episodes directly from the publisher’s website. One...

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A Super Food That’s Also Super Delicious

  This isn’t your mother’s mashed cauliflower! Studies consistently show that cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are life-lengthening super foods, but they’ve never been the most popular veggies at the party. That might change, however, with this mashed cauliflower makeover from our resident health coach, Samantha. Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients: 1 head organic cauliflower 1 cup chicken, beef or vegetable...

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