Communities Where You Least Expect Them

When we think of our communities a few things pop into mind. The local coffee shops. The postal office and fire department. The grocery store down the street and our friends next door. These are people we see day in and day out and typically take some time to build the relationships that form our communities.

Communities can also show up in places where you least expect them. In the summer of 2016 I started my first internship with National Life. About a month in, I went to my doctor on a Friday and found out that I had a tumor. I had been sick before with the flu or a common cold, but I was not ready for this. It was a month before I turned 21, I was in my first apartment paying rent and looking to start my career as a young professional, and I had cancer. (more…)

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How to Make the Most of Your Commute

In the U.S., the average, one-way commute time is 26.1 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means that most of us are spending over 200 hours a year in our cars or on some form of public transportation getting to and from work.  That’s a lot of precious time that shouldn’t be wasted with road rage or subway fisticuffs.  There is a better way that can actually transform your ride into a meaningful, and even mystical mobility.  (more…)

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Spring Cleaning for Your Life

As the blooms burst and birdsong replaces the silence of winter, spring is more than a metaphor for renewal. It’s the ultimate call to action framed by nature’s boundless reminders that change is powerful and within our reach.

Many of us think of spring as time to clean out the closet and take those clothes you haven’t worn for many seasons to your favorite local charity. Decluttering is a good ritual, but how about going beyond that this spring? Here are some ways to dig deeper for a more holistic spring cleaning for your life. (more…)

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