Fitness By Natalie: Stretching

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Recently, people have been asking me about the importance of stretching as part of their workout regimes.  Stretching is often ignored, when it should be placed on the top of your list of workout routine.  Most people lead sedentary lifestyles.  That’s even true in NYC, where often your mode of transportation is your legs, because many of us spend the day at a desk, hunched over a computer.  This can cause muscle imbalances, which leads to a compromised posture.When your posture is compromised, movement in both daily life and in exercise can lead to injury, because your body isn’t in optimal alignment. Common postural distortions include: “rounding” and elevation of the shoulders , protrusion of the head, and the tightening of the hips, as the glutes (butt muscles) become weak. Proper flexibility training can help eliminate these distortions.  Today, we’re going to learn about the 3 different types of flexibility training. :-) Continue reading “Fitness By Natalie: Stretching” »

Astro Musings: Uranus in Aries. What about it?

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Inspiration comes in the blink of an eye.  It can come from a stunning view of nature, an overheard conversation, or a twinkle in your boyfriend’s eye.  It can surprise and delight.  It can change your life.  Inspiration also shares a similar quality to that of an accident.  They are both sudden occurrences, surprises unforeseen that are able to completely transform the course of one’s existence.  Both force us to be creative with our lives and improvise from that point forward.  We either have to act on our mental impulse to paint that room, buy that car, or eat that chicken OR we have to get to the hospital, clean up that mess, or exchange driver information.  One is usually much more enjoyable than the other, but both offer an opportunity to make a shift in our path.  We also call both of them into our lives on some level.  Have you ever felt like you needed to shake things up, only to have some event occur that forces you to do just that?  However, why wait for something to come along and make us change, when we can read the signposts that are trying to tell us where we need to change? Continue reading “Astro Musings: Uranus in Aries. What about it?” »

LaughLines: It’s Not Easy Being Clean

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Matt and I are painting our bedroom. Of course, we’re doing it in mid-winter, which means sealed windows and paint fumes strong enough to choke a horse, but no matter. We’re determined to replace very tired-looking wallpaper, no matter how tired we get.

The process includes moving dressers and the bed around, so that means uncovering months – make that years – of dust bunnies, dirt, dead insects and hair balls. Yuck. It’s amazing what you find under a dresser that hasn’t moved since you moved in. Continue reading “LaughLines: It’s Not Easy Being Clean” »

In Search of the Perfect Hot Chocolate

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All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

My mother was a chocoholic and I happily indulge, the joy of the moment outweighing the guilt of a few extra pounds. But I had no idea when I arrived in Paris over 3 weeks ago that chocolate –in fact, the finest chocolate in the world, has its commercial roots here in this deliciously aromatic city. Continue reading “In Search of the Perfect Hot Chocolate” »

You Are Your Greatest Love of All

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I can’t even imagine how many times my family had to listen to Greatest Love of All blasting from my room during the mid 80’s. It was usually accompanied by my own belted out vocals, though sometimes I would just give it a hearty lip-sync. Either way, it was quite an anthem for the 8 year old chubby, insecure, gay-in-training me. Continue reading “You Are Your Greatest Love of All” »

LaughLines: Co-workers Are a Lot of Work

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I recently made a career change and for the first time in my professional life, I don’t have co-workers.

I’m working as a consultant, so at any given moment, you could say I technically have a few hundred co-workers, but they’re not the real thing. Continue reading “LaughLines: Co-workers Are a Lot of Work” »

HER BUSINESS: Now Is the Best Time To Grow Your Business

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Really?  Even in this economy?   (you may ask).  Well yes, the nation’s economy is not so hot and millions of women small business owners are still earning  greater profits each year during this recession.   As I see and believe from my experience consulting with women small business owners and Fortune 500’s;  if you have been on this planet for 40 years or more, you time has some unprecedented advantages built in to it:  Here’s a few: Continue reading “HER BUSINESS: Now Is the Best Time To Grow Your Business” »

Happy New Year, Weddings, and Accountability!

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Well hello there after a long hiatus! Happy New Year! Yes, I know we are days away from February so I’m a little late to the “Happy New Year” party. I’ve been settling into my 2014 joyful, excited, elated, overwhelmed, nervous, stressed and the list of adjectives could go on. In June I will be getting married. It’s pretty much the biggest thing that’s happened in my life thus far so let’s let this pressure cooker begin! Continue reading “Happy New Year, Weddings, and Accountability!” »

The Beginning of The Rest of Your Life

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It’s time for the New Year, people. 2013 is leaving the building. Now I don’t know about you, but 2013 was kinda rough. It was a challenging one, with a lot of major change. So many people I know lost jobs, loved ones, or even senses of their life direction, causing major life questions to take hold of the mind and pummel it. While others saw births of children, career paths, or relationships. But even those new beginnings opened up a Pandora’s box of personal growth lessons that not everyone was ready to face. Still, I believe 2013 will be looked back upon as a year that “started it all”. Continue reading “The Beginning of The Rest of Your Life” »

She-Roes: Amy Adams Gives Back To Acting

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THE WOMAN

Amy Adams broke into the Hollywood circuit with her performance in the 2005 independent film Junebug, for which she received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  But before making it big, Amy was training to become a ballerina in her hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado. Feeling too constrained by the demands of ballet, Amy found she was more comfortable in the world of musical theater and soon was taking jobs in dinner theater companies first in Colorado and then in Minnesota. Continue reading “She-Roes: Amy Adams Gives Back To Acting” »

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