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How many friends do you have on social media? How many likes have you gotten and given today? And of the hundreds of online acquaintances who know your lunch was lit (insert fire emoji here), how many of them have you actually had lunch with? In this increasingly online world, it sometimes feels like the only real connection going on is the one between our phones and Wi-Fi providers. After getting fed up with measuring my own self-esteem via social media interactions, I bowed out—save for the...
  Victorians had plenty of advice on how and when a lady should offer a word of gratitude, especially when that gratitude was in response to a service rendered by a gentleman stranger. Some believed that it wasn’t fashionable for ladies to thank strange gentlemen for small courtesies—e.g., holding doors for them or giving up their seats on a crowded public conveyance. To do so was considered unpolished and countrified. Better that ladies say nothing and accept such little services as their due. Others vehemently disagreed. In...
At some point in life we all experience various levels of suffering –and regardless of which faith you follow, most people can agree that suffering is simply part of being human. But, is there a way for us to grow from suffering? I wrote this very candid piece for friends, family and strangers who may be suffering right now; hopefully knowing that you’re not alone can make the devastation a bit more bearable. It was my senior year of High School when I, in all of...
  This past Monday, the ladies of Berlin were able to purchase discounted metro, bus, and tram tickets for a good cause. The Frauenticket was available for 21% less than usual (€5.50 instead of €7) to highlight the fact that on average, German women earn 21% less than their male counterparts. This particular statistic is higher than many other European countries. The Guardian reports: “While Italy and Belgium have an average difference between men’s and women’s income of less than 5%, Germany’s figure means it joins...
  Mercury retrograde has been in full swing since March 5th. Which, in case you haven’t noticed, is the reason behind most recent drama—including “The Great Instagram/Facebook Meltdown of 2019.” Planet of communication and movement, Mercury, will continue to move backwards in retrograde motion until March 28th, leaving us one more week filled of wonky technological issues. Due to recent blunders, from Mercury’s backwards journey, @astrologybklyn, which is headed by Demetrius Bagley and Mikolaj Wilk, are providing us all with some much needed cosmic insight on March...
Veni, Vidi, Vici Salad SUNFLOWER-POWERED CAESAR DRESSING JAZZES UP A BEVY OF SPRING VEGETABLES Winter is almost over, but the urge to carb load isn’t. Meet the onslaught of spring veggies in the middle by digging into a salad of hearty potatoes and chickpeas, spiked with capers, olives, and sugar snap peas and paired with your favorite fresh greens. Layer salad dressings for maximum flavor: dress the greens with a simple vinaigrette, then garnish everything else with a creamy, sunflower-seed based Caesar dressing. Snap Peas and Potatoes Spring...
Natural disasters—fires, hurricanes, earthquakes—seem to be coming fast and furious these days. I was living in the British Virgin Islands in 2017, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria steamrolled us, destroying animal shelters along with 85 percent of housing. Residents had to evacuate in a hurry, and many pets got left behind. In California, where I live now, during the record-breaking wildfires of 2018, there were dogs, cats, horses, and even llamas needing rescue. When disaster strikes, things move quickly. Include your pets in your emergency...

I've been lucky enough to work with NY-based Hypnotist Shauna Cummins privately; her sessions are incredibly relaxing and recharging, almost psychedelic. She practices here in Brooklyn (Maha Rose) as well as her private office in Manhattan,  or you may have taken her class at one of our School for Creative Living events. Shauna recently released an audio track which allows you to experience deep, positive suggestions in the privacy of your own home, or anywhere. Better Everyday is a self-hypnosis binaural track created by Shauna...

It's one of those days. Eyeliner resembling Rocky Raccoon's sister, despite redoing it three times. A forgotten umbrella leading to a damp suit and ruined hair. A day of minor unfortunate events resulting in the drowning of sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's. Everyone has days when they feel horrible about themselves, and guess what? That's OK. At the start of the new millennium, women around the world embraced the body positivity movement. Women across social media posted selfies in gym attire with hashtags of...

Vietnamese coffee—with its dark, espresso-like brew tempered by sweetened condensed milk—is probably not something you ever thought you could easily make at home, let alone at your office, in a hotel, or while camping. But now, thanks to the woman-owned Copper Cow Coffee, you can. This ain’t your bà nội’s instant-coffee; each five-serving set includes ingenious single-serve pour-over filters filled with sustainably sourced organic coffee, plus packets of sweetened condensed milk. All you need is hot water, a mug, and a spoon to mix it...