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Cyber Monday is NOW LIVE: I’ll be updating this page continually with the best deals as soon as they come out, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back more than once. The event will last through to midnight, so you’ve only got one more 24-hour period to shop. This page will be the main hub for all the best deals. 

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Tetris Effect: Players Finally Find Stage With THAT Music

Tetris Effect puts a refreshing and entrancing spin on the puzzle game we’ve been playing for decades, and a large part of that comes down to the music. Still, fans hoping to hear the classic Tetris theme won’t be disappointed, as it has just been discovered as part of a weekly challenge.

According to Eurogamer, during the game’s launch weekend, a “Weekly Ritual” event tasked players with contributing points in order to hit a collective goal. They managed to do it, and Tetris Effect unlocked the “1989” stage as a reward. It is no longer available to most players, but those who hit level 50 will unlock it for good.

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Looking for a Retro Mini Console? Here’s Where to Find Them

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Plug and play retro consoles have come a long way. We still have the simple consoles with the composite video cables you can buy pretty much anywhere, but the NES Classic introduced a whole new class or boutique, collector-quality retro consoles that output through an HDMI cable. The fact the original mini, the NES Classic, was so hard to find for so long, and eventually inspired a second, much more plentiful run, shows there is enormous demand for these.

The adorable mini Super NES and NES aren’t hard to come by anymore, and the PlayStation Classic can still be picked up at some retailers. The very cool C64 Mini is the first competent retro all-in-one computer console, and it just came out and can be scooped up, too, so you can finally see how those C64 games look in crisp, digital HDMI output.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Next Royal Date Is Right Where They Belong — Find Out Why!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are about to come face-to-face with their royal namesake!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to make their first joint visit to Sussex (about 50 miles south of London) on October 3, where they will see the historic Sussex Declaration, open a Tech Park and visit with locals.

Queen Elizabeth gave the couple their brand new royal titles — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — on the morning of their royal wedding on May 19. Bestowing titles to members of the royal family on their wedding day is a longtime tradition. When Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Just like most royal dukedoms, the title Duke of Sussex carries quite a bit of history. Though it first appeared as early as the 800s, it’s traceable origins start with Prince Augustus Frederick, son of King George III (who was the British monarch during the American Revolution).

Meghan and Harry’s first port of call in the southern English region will be a blending of both their backgrounds. The royal couple will be shown a rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence, which is kept in Edes House, in the heart of Chichester, West Sussex.

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The Sussex Declaration is one of only two contemporary handwritten ceremonial manuscript copies (the other is the signed copy housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.), and it comes only weeks after Harry and Meghan’s trip to see Hamilton, which captures some of the story of the Revolutionary era.

The next stop is along the coast at Bognor Regis, where Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will officially open the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park, which partners with local industry to offer students practical experiences in the sectors.

They are then scheduled to leave the county of West Sussex and travel along the coast to East Sussex to see the seaside city of Brighton and Hove. They start at the Royal Pavilion, which was built in the mid-1780s and was used by George IV as something of a pleasure palace. The grand structure has a flamboyant style, with expense spared on its interior decorations, matching its royal patron’s tastes for fashion and the arts. His regular visits to Brighton helped put the seaside town on the map and it grew in importance after that.

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The couple will then walk to Survivors’ Network, a charity that supports survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex to talk with to service users, volunteers and staff.

The royal couple’s final engagement of the day will be a visit to JOFF Youth Centre in Peacehaven. The community hub offers activities, from a chill out area to a music practice room and Harry and Meghan will meet young people to hear their plans and priorities around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The visit is part of Takeover Challenge Day, which is a national initiative that encourages organizations to put young people into real life decision-making positions.

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Adopt Us! Cats Fell in Love at a Shelter and Hope to Find a New Home Together

Home: Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an adoptable pet every week. Today, in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat month, meet The Fox and Bunny, a bonded pair of kitties available through the CATS Cradle Shelter of Fargo, North Dakota.

These adorable adult kitties are both former strays who have struck up a friendship (romance?) at the shelter.

The Fox, as they call him, was blind in his left eye due to scarring/cataracts when he arrived there, but CATS Cradle helped him get the lens replacement surgery he needed, and now his vision is restored.

“His right eye is a little cloudy but he can see through it,” says a bio for the orange kitty. “Between being rescued, living indoors with plentiful food and attention, and his ‘new’ eyes, The Fox’s future looks much brighter all around.”

The apple of The Fox’s eye is Bunny, a female kitty who was quite skittish and lacked confidence when she came to the shelter. Over time though, she has adjusted to being held on “trusted laps” (in her kitty bed) and she’s also shown her affectionate side.

“She’s even taken naps with one of the volunteers,” says her bio. “She’s spending ever-increasing amounts of time out and about in her room, laying on the big bench or toward the front of the Kuranda tower.  She’s making great strides and we couldn’t be prouder of her!”

Because of the sweet relationship these two share — there are lots and lots of cuddles! — the shelter would love to see them get adopted together. If you’re interested in them, contact CATS Cradle at 701-356-7877.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Oliver.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.

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Kenneth Cole Teams With Aloe Blacc on Find Your Bold Campaign

Kenneth Cole is searching for the next big thing in music.
The designer, along with his fragrance licenser Parlux, has teamed with recording artist Aloe Blacc and Indaba Music for the “Find Your Bold” campaign. “Find Your Bold” is a talent search to discover up-and-coming musicians — the grand-prize-winner will collaborate with Blacc on a new original track.
The campaign is designed to bolster visibility and sales for Black Bold, Cole’s latest fragrance that was released last year.
“The program is very authentic for Kenneth Cole because he is so supportive of the arts — he works very hard on the board of Sundance [Film Festival], and he’s a great philanthropist,” said Donald J. Loftus, president of Parlux Fragrances Ltd. “In line with that, he’s going to help a young artist realize his dream in a great creative process.”
The track, to be recorded in Blacc’s studio, will be released on iTunes and Spotify, along with a music video on Blacc’s YouTube channel. Kenneth Cole Fragrances will also grant the winner a $ 5,000 gift to further pursue the arts.

Submissions for the contest close on May 10, and entries will be reviewed and selected by Blacc and Cole.
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How to Find a Love Relationship in 2017

It’s a New Year and if you are open to finding a romantic love relationship, your horoscope could help you understand the kind of person who is most likely to make you happy and inspire your deepest loving feelings.

Did you know that your Moon Sign can tell you the type of person who will make you feel emotionally comfortable and secure on a day-to-day basis.

The Moon sign also indicates our habit patterns and gives us insights into who we can live with in harmony. After all, once the initial excitement of a new relationship wears off, we need to be with a partner who we can enjoy a happy domestic life.

While we want to find a partner we are emotionally comfortable, we also want to feel a deep love for them. That’s why our Venus Sign is important. It tells us who we will be romantically attracted to and find lovable.

When someone inspires our love, we can look beyond many of their flaws. For example, when they upset us, we may find ourselves saying, “He can really make me angry, but there is just something about him I love, even when he ticks me off!” (At the end of this article, you can learn how to find which sign your Moon and Venus are in your horoscope.)

Our Moon and Venus Tells Us About Our Emotional and Love Needs

After you learn the sign your Moon and Venus are in, look at the description below to learn about your emotional needs in a relationship and the qualities you need in another person to find them lovable. This information will help you understand the qualities of a person you will be attracted to as a romantic partner, and the type you’re most suited to have an intimate relationship of love and passion.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Aries?

You’re attracted to a bold, independent type who assertively goes after what they want (especially if it’s you). They are especially appealing if they have an impulsive nature. You’re likely to respect and encourage them to be their own person. You are turned on if they are willing to compete with you in games or sports, especially if they are capable of giving you a good match (even though you want to win). A fiery, passionate person is who will excite you. You enjoy being pursued or even seduced by them.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Taurus?

You’re attracted to an easy-going, earthy type who is affectionate and likes to cuddle and kiss. You’re especially drawn to them if they have a pleasant voice. You like a feminine female (or masculine male) and find the “scent of a woman” (or scent of man) arousing and sensual. It’s a turn on if they enjoy great food, enjoyable music, loves nature and the outdoors. You feel sensual pleasure and emotional comfort with a person who likes physical touch, affection and engaging in frequent passionate sex.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Gemini?

You’re attracted to a witty, interesting person with a quick tongue, who stimulates your mind with great conversation, and doesn’t bore you. Great communication is what’s most important to you. You’re drawn to someone who is both a good talker and good listener. Curiosity keeps you interested, so a complex person intrigues and engages you. Words are important to you, so you are sexually aroused by them, if they are the type who will flirt with you; or tell you how they feel about you with words. You enjoy talking “dirty” in the bedroom.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Cancer?

You’re attracted to a person who will comfort, care for you, and take care of your needs (i.e. who “mothers or fathers” you). It’s a plus if they reminds you of your mother. Sharing a home with a person in an intimate way makes you feel wanted and secure. You like the idea of being that person’s protector and taking care of them, too. The nostalgic part of you yearns for an “old-fashioned love relationship,” with a person who you can share a house and create a family. You’re sexually attracted to a woman with large breasts or a man with large pecs.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Leo?

You’re attracted to someone who is striking or gorgeous and whose glamorous manner make you proud to be with them. The fact that they are a bit of a drama queen (or kind) is part of what you like. You’re easily enticed by that person if they flatter your ego with compliments and praise. You need a person who makes you feel admired and respected (and never criticizes). They must make you feel like a king (or queen) by lavishing lots of attention and affection on you in an out of bed.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Virgo?

You’re attracted to a person who looks neat, well groomed and is conservatively dressed. You are drawn to someone if they are honest, intelligent, practical, modest and loyal. You look for the perfect person; if they are not perfect, you are open to fixing them to make them more perfect. You have the ability to fall in love with a person who becomes useful to you in ways that make them indispensable. You are turned sexually, if they are an earthy and skillful lover behind closed doors.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Libra?

You’re attracted to a pretty woman or a handsome man who is charming and has a feminine or masculine look. While you seek harmony in a relationship, you enjoy an occasional argument or conflict from time-to-time to keep your relationship interesting. You’re not interested in a person who is rude or crude. You are very turned onto someone if they are sensuous and romantic. The type of person you seek enjoys lighting a candle, putting on some romantic music and curling up on a couch with you, which is their invitation to make love.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Scorpio?

You’re attracted to an intense, passionate and strong-willed person who seems both mysterious and powerful. Your connection to them brings into play psychological power struggles where one or both of you vie for control. You only respect a partner who can stand up to your strong personality. You’re likely to test the person you are romantically attracted and demand absolute fidelity. Sexuality is important to your relationship, so you are enticed by the type of person who exudes a raw animal magnetism or an overly sexual appearance.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Sagittarius?

You’re attracted to a person who is smart, honest and direct with a good sense of humor. They are especially appealing if they can be playful one minute and philosophical the next. You like a person who is adventurous, into the outdoors, even athletic. You may be especially attracted to a foreigner from another culture. You need a great deal of independence, so you seek a person who will give you your freedom. You enjoy platonic friendships and casual sex until you’re totally committed.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Capricorn?

You’re attracted to a person (often younger) who you see as being socially acceptable, enhancing your status, and even boosting your career. Or, you may be attracted to a powerful career type (even an older one) who has attained great success. You are careful about taking emotional risks until you’re certain that person is seriously committed to you. You are turned on when they appear to be prim and proper in public but behind closed doors they are earthy and hot in bed.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Aquarius?

You’re attracted to a person who is independent, free-spirited and can be your friend. It’s important to you that they be intellectually interesting, opened minded and willing to try doing things they’ve never done before. They are especially exciting if they seem rather unconventional, even offbeat. You’re attracted to them if they are an idealist and even a rebel. You are not interested in a person who is a drama-queen or drama-king. Your ideal person is sexually exciting because they willing to experiment when you make love.

What If Your Moon or Venus are in Pisces?

You’re attracted to a person who is kind, romantic and emotionally sensitive, even passive. Their caring nature makes you feel secure. That person is especially appealing, if they appear mysterious or confused, yet compassionate. You are drawn to them if you see them as someone you can care for and “save,” (or who might save you). Sexually, you seek a sensuous person who is imaginative and bewitching in the bedroom, able to bring fantasy into your sex life.

Your horoscope can give you insights into your emotional needs and a better understanding of the kind of person who will inspire feelings of love within you. It can be a map that helps you find the way to that special person you are meant to love and who is meant to love you.

To learn what sign your Moon and Venus are in, use the Free Transit Calculator and enter your birth date. It will compute your personal transits for 2017 and the planets in your birth chart. Then, make sure to scroll down to the end of the page, where you’ll see your planets and the signs they’re in. Then, match them up with the description in this article.

If you want to know more about your sign and how the planets may be bringing changes to your life, go to the Free Transit Calculator and enter your birth date. And, if you’re curious to learn what your Horoscope says will be happening this year in such areas as your love relationships, and marriage prospects, as well as career, investments and health: Order your customized Report: Your Horoscope & Future in 2017.

If you want to know about the planets affecting your love compatibility with another person, go to the Free Love Compatibility Calculator and enter your birth date and theirs. And, if you want a customized report on your compatibility together, order Your Love Compatibility Report.

If you want to learn more about Sun sign, go to the Free Horoscope Calculator and enter your birth date. If you want to learn about your unique personality, strengths, weaknesses and talents you were born with, order your: Personal Horoscope Report. It includes a copy of your birth chart.

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Many Ways for Artists to Find New Sources of Inspiration

The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the case, the wait could be a long one, leaving artists with little to do between brainstorms. In fact, most artists rely on good work habits to solve technical, aesthetic or intellectual problems. These include maintaining a regimen of drawing or painting for a certain amount of time every day as well as pursuing certain ideas to their completion in the hope that they might lead to other, new and interesting concepts. In the mostly hands-on profession of art, inspiration comes from doing.
In Search of the Muse
No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. There are really two aspects to this problem: The first is the feeling of having run out of ideas, which tends to be a very temporary condition; the second is a general lack of enthusiasm about creating art itself and losing a sense of what makes art exciting, which can be far more troubling. For artists who have established a market for their work, fear of negative criticism or turning off past collectors may also enter their thinking. “When I’m at an impasse,” photographer Sandy Skoglund said, “I try to do whatever feels good. The internal satisfaction has to be the focus.” That may be more easily said than done, as some methods work, others don’t. Jackson Pollock, who was stung by criticism of his later work, largely gave up painting in the last few years of his life. Italian comic opera composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini’s mental block lasted for the better part of three decades, as he wrote almost nothing of any length or importance for the last half of his life.
Different artists have approached the problem in various ways. Pablo Picasso, for instance, periodically looked for rejuvenation in various media (ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, stage design) and subject matter (copying Old Masters, ancient Greek mythology). Painter Janet Fish “started doing watercolors as a way of loosening up my use of color. I had begun to find that subject matter had come to dominate my painting.” Ben Shahn, who by 1950 felt trapped in the socially conscious work he had done in the 1930s and ’40s, took a teaching position at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which proved stimulating to him. “Black Mountain was a very argumentative place. A lot of the abstract expressionists were there,” said Shahn’s widow, Bernarda Bryson Shahn. “It helped clarify his ideas, and his work also went in a variety of directions after that. He moved from just continuing on with the same subjects that had come out of the Depression–the poor, hungry and homeless people–to more universal themes.”
The search for a way out of a dry period may also lead to new ideas for artwork as well as energy for the task. Edward Hopper, who is best known for his paintings of urban life, lived most of the year in New York City but he frequently became restless there, unable to paint. His restlessness led him to travel around the country and to Mexico, subsequently yielding a sizable body of paintings devoted to people on trains and highways, at gas stations and hotels.
Some artists delve into art’s past for a source of ideas, although others feel a bit more detached or want to get away from the art of the past altogether. Photographer Mary Frey noted that she gets “solace and sustenence from looking at the work of artists of the past but, after all, I’m a contemporary artist and I need to find the work of contemporary artists. I think that my work has become part of a dialogue with contemporary art, and so it is more important to me to see what similar or not-so-similar things other artists are doing currently.” Noting that a mental block indicates “something that you are trying to avoid,” Janet Fish said that a dry period “can lead you to stop working entirely. As they say, when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on the horse because, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to get back on the horse. You just have to keep painting. Going to museums can easily become another way to avoid working. It certainly is that way for me.”
For many artists, the act of creating a work of art is analogous to following a train of thought, developing and reworking ideas that may or may not come together to form a successful piece. A dry period may arise when artists have not pushed their ideas far enough or when a particular problem has already been solved–leaving artists only to repeat themselves. Janet Fish has found that her response to a problem in her work is to open herself to new ideas and experiences, and to keep working. “Sometimes, I work small when I’m not sure about what I’m doing,” she said. “Better a little bad painting than a big bad painting.” Fish noted that it is important to distinguish between a dry period, when problems in one’s work need to be confronted, and just having a bad day, when nothing seems to go quite right. A particularly rough dry period can lead an artist to “do anything to avoid dealing with the painting.” To her mind, the worst thing to do is “indulge in a dry period and let yourself quit working altogether. That way, you lock yourself into a mental block. If you get too polemical, or overly embroiled in a certain narrow idea, you can’t go anywhere.”

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Yes, There Is Free Lunch At Work, And Here’s How To Find It

Editor’s Note: HuffPost reporter Ron Dicker is well known for ferreting out crazy, NSFW stories that our readers often love (and our Newsdesk editors invariably loathe). But as great as he is at spotting penis-shaped clouds, he’s even better at finding free food.

Indeed, this always-noshing 55-year-old Brooklynite has reptilian-like efficiency when stalking his prey ― leftover lunch from sales meetings, training sessions and big shot events lowly reporters are typically excluded from at work.

We’d like to assure you that Ron also has a heart of gold, a lovely wife, and two great kids, to whom he is devoted. He’d also like to put his great talents to good ― to prevent food waste. And help us all eat for free.


I scavenge for free food in the office. Or, as I like to put it, well, there’s no nice way to put it. I’m just a cheap man who enjoys eating for nothing.

I forage on a daily, even hourly, basis, making the rounds on all three floors of our New York City office. These aren’t stops on the way to somewhere else. They are planned expeditions to fill my belly on gratis grub. 

On the plus side: I’m doing my part to combat food waste. I’m chowing down on the house. At any one time in the AOL/Huffington Post headquarters, there are sales meetings, editorial planning sessions, all sorts of top-level powwows.

I stalk these huddle rooms. I note when catering comes in. As I file each story, I pass by, again and again, to perfectly time out that magical moment when the food comes out. These people always order too much. After all, they’re big shots. 

And I’m popular among some associates who follow my lead to the complimentary treats.

On the negative side: Are you kidding? It’s FREE. I imagine some coworkers think I take my mission overboard and that I’m rude. I say let them eat cake ― and leave me the leftovers.

Here are several tips to score free food in your office.

1. Follow your nose. No joke. If something smells delicious, find the source. It might be the pre-packaged lunch just nuked by a colleague. Bleh. Or it could be that someone just lifted the Saran Wrap off a giant catered spread waiting for you to attack. Huzzah! 

2. Watch the traffic flow of the room. You can get a sense of when shareable vittles have arrived by noting if a few colleagues are walking faster than usual toward certain areas. There could be a birthday party about to kick off. And does it really matter what the occasion is? Just go!

3. Know the delivery pattern of goods. Public relations firms and vendors are constantly sending samples to HuffPost. I try to be aware of when they first arrive on my floor so I can get an early green light to indulge. But sometimes deadlines distract me. Damn you, deadlines.

4. Cruise the free bins. We have areas for free stuff ― some designated with a sign and others understood. Visit them often.

5. Act like you belong. If you’re insinuating yourself into a catered lunch, calmly serve yourself and leave before anyone objects.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask. There are times when chutzpah won’t cut it. If you see a buffet that you suspect is meant for a certain group at a certain time, ask if you can have some. Even if you’re told no, at least you look semi-polite. You can still move in later when the invited attendees have had their fill.

7. Know your time of day. It sounds silly, right? But it’s critical. If you see a meeting that’s stocked with yum-yums, have an idea of when it will adjourn so you can swoop in and do a hyena number on the remains. A few reconnaissance missions to the area beforehand can’t hurt.

8. Work with a colleague. Hey, even Batman has Robin, right? My Robin is Lee Speigel, who sits behind me. It is Lee’s job to watch a training room that often hosts both breakfast and lunch. Lee casually does surveillance on the comings and goings out of that room. I do not even buy a $ 1 bag of Cheez-Its until I get a briefing from Lee on what could be up for grabs and when. Lee covers UFOs for HuffPost. For me it’s all about other UFOs ― Urgent Food Offerings. 

 9. Know your time of year. At a media outfit like ours, the swag pours in according to calendar. Fall and winter are particularly full. Halloween = candy. Christmas = tears of joy for the bounty of free shit everywhere. Super Bowl = beer and other alcohol promotions. Keep an eye out.

10. Develop a high tolerance for the complimentary snacks that may already be on hand. At HuffPost we can generally have our fill of cereal, yogurt, string cheese and carrots. But you can get tired of them fast. If you simply refuse to pay for food, you must make due with the staples until the next windfall.

Who says there’s no free lunch?

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After the jewelry store where Loni Jacobs works is robbed, a stalker makes her life miserable and she’s sure it’s the thief. She’s followed, gets threatening phone calls and her apartment building burns. She retreats to her hometown of Canton, Minnesota, thinking she’ll be safe where she’s always been accepted and loved. She buys a gift shop and hopes for happiness, but will settle for security. In Canton she meets Matt Bennes, former Special Forces agent and closet psychic. He’s seen too much violence in the service and doesn’t want anyone to depend on him for safety. Matt is an outsider, resigned to being a loner because he thinks no woman would put up with his gift, but he’s very attracted to Loni and senses she’s in danger. A protector, he can’t resist helping her. Loni falls in love with Matt, but who does she dare to trust to stay alive?

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Been There, Done That, Kept the Jewelry helps you take a no-nonsense look at your dating history, including the most common types of guys you’re sure to have encountered. No matter how much of a dud he turned out to be, you certainly learned something from dating him, right? This book will show you how to put those mistakes to work for you and create your own, highly personal, and totally effective plan for finding Mr. Right. You’ll analyze your exes and learn why you chose a loser like that for fabulous you; identify-and end-harmful dating patterns; create a foolproof Essentials list that will start you on the path to your dream guy; and much more! The most precious gem of all-a bright future with the man of your dreams-is within your reach! All you’ve got to do is put those tarnished costume jewels of relationships past behind you, and set your sights on something truly brilliant.

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This short guide will focus on electronic related product that are readily available for purchase from various wholesale sources. Electronics are the hottest selling categories on eBay & Amazon. But you need to understand the marketplace before trying to procure items for profitability. It is not a simple matter of trying to buy a new laptop from HP and reselling it. This short guide was written for those sellers that are looking to expand into Electronics market on eBay & Amazon. It offers a basic fundamental understanding of what the market is like. A seasoned seller may find much of this information redundant but get a few gems out of it. A novice seller should read and understand this in full. Selling Electronics online is NOT easy to do.I will discuss the demands on certain categories such as Cell Phones and Video Games. I will then point out what kinds of product are popular so you do not need to waste time and money researching and buying items that will not sell. If necessary I will provide additional details on sourcing and managing the procurement of that product. From this guide you will get a great foundation to understand what you need to do to sell in the Electronics Category successfully and which product types sell the best.

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Sweater Up: 10 Ways to Find Your Knit

Pumpkins, yes. Boots, sure: all signs the weather is turning. But when you fumble in your drawer for your favorite knit, it’s a telltale sign that fall is on the move or what we also affectionately call “sweater weather.”

Designers this season are getting downright cozy with all kinds of knits and expanding the regular repertoire of what we’d normally see. From cardigans to duster coats and everything in-between, the sweater is getting reworked. While aran and cable knits were certainly celebrated down Altuzarra and Carvens’ runways, there are additional twists to this seasonal favorite that extend to accessories too.

Having grown up in the 80’s, I never knew that leg warmers could be so tasteful, but their resurgence proves that a rebirth can sometimes be for the better. Here, far more streamlined and feminine than I wore back in the day.


Thinner yarns perfectly suit early fall dressing and layer well with other pieces and under jackets.


How low can you go? Well, to the length of a sweater duster of course! Look for flat-pockets or seamless collars that flatter, built-in bonuses like a scarf and knits that run vertically to maximize visually lengthening.



Mustard anyone? A favorite condiment to some, mustard is a favorite hue for fall and will complement any number of colors in your wardrobe such as navy, cream, brown and black. For thicker sweaters on top, pair with a streamlined silhouette below like a pencil skirt, fitted pants or jeans.


Part scarf, part cape, this knitted caplet with its two-toned yarns hits another styling high note with the fringe. Throw this over your shoulders and head to a bonfire.


I adore when it gets cold enough to grab a knitted cap and pull it over my ears (namely to control my wild mane!). A pom pom adds just the right level of sweet chic.


Plenty of women might balk at the idea of the sweater dress, claiming it adds bulk in all of the wrong places. But depending on the way a piece is knitted, the thickness of the yarns and how it lies on your body, the end result can flatter your silhouette. Don’t rule one out without trying it on.


Keep the cold an arm’s length away with stylish pointelle arm warmers: great for driving or when you need your fingers free to use electronic devices.


Playing against symmetry, a hi-low dress isn’t just for summer: here in a flowy, marbled knit. Pair with leggings and riding boots and you’re ready for a day of fall foliage viewing.


I’m actually not too huge a fan of the thinner infinity scarf that you have to manipulate and figure out how to twist to get to look good. A thick, braided variety allows for an easy, over-the-head look that you can throw on and dash out the door: more my speed.


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Inside The School Where Children With HIV Find Refuge From Discrimination In China

Kun Kun, a young boy living with HIV, was banished from his village in China last year by residents who described him as a “ticking time bomb.” The case drew international attention to the severe discrimination faced by children with HIV in China.

Kun Kun has since found a new home, at the Green Harbor Red-Ribbon School in Linfen, China. The boarding school is a rare refuge for HIV-positive children in China, where infection rates are relatively low, but social stigma is high.

The school is the subject of an ambitious documentary project called “Children of the Harbor,” which is following the students’ passage through the boarding school until the first class graduates in 2017.

The project was conceived by Bryan Anker, a 27-year-old medical student originally from Los Angeles, who lived at the Green Harbor school in 2012 during an internship at the affiliated hospital.  

“It broke my heart to learn that these children had been shunned by society all of their lives,” Anker told The WorldPost by email. ”The level of awareness these children possess is mind-boggling. They fully comprehend their current situation and are well aware of how society perceives them.”

Anker and his small team of filmmakers, including Myanmar-based photographer, journalist and cinematographer Ann Wang, started to document the students’ lives in December and plan to follow their stories through graduation. “We want to film up to this point and see what road the students take after graduation. Will they go to university? Will they return home? Will they find a job?” Anker said.

“These children are smart and resilient, and some of them have thought up intricate plans for escaping the HIV stigma in China,” he told The WorldPost. 

The school was set up in 2006, and is home to around 30 children and teenagers with HIV, ranging in age from 6 years old to 19.  The students have “very complicated feelings … about themselves, about the school and about the disease they’ve been carrying since birth,” Wang told The WorldPost by email.

Many of them are the children of patients being treated for HIV/AIDS at the affiliated Linfen Infectious Disease Hospital; others have been orphaned by AIDS or thrown out of their schools and local communities due to stigma.

This is a pervasive problem for children with HIV in China. “If their HIV status has been disclosed, it’s very common that parents of other children complain to the school and force the school to separate their children from HIV positive children,” Xu Wenqing, an HIV/AIDS specialist at UNICEF China, told The WorldPost by email. 

Nearly 10,000 children in China live with HIV/AIDS, among some 500,000 reported cases in the country. (Experts estimate the total number of cases, including those undiagnosed, may be around 800,000.) This is relatively low compared to countries like the U.S., which has a population a quarter of the size of China’s, and an estimated 1.2 million HIV/AIDS cases among people 13 or older. 

Yet discrimination is widespread, and affects old and young alike in China. Advocates say people known to be HIV-positive are often barred from attending collge or refused public and private-sector jobs. The main problem is a lack of information about HIV/AIDS, including how it is transmitted and treated. Experts point to China’s poor sexual health education and the ongoing repetition of myths about HIV by public officials. 

China’s leaders have made a high-profile effort to combat this prejudice in recent years, as well as stepping up free treatment for AIDS patients and measures to prevent mothers from passing on HIV to their newborn children. In 2006, a new law banned discrimination against people living with HIV, although it has been difficult to enforce. On World AIDS Day last year, China’s first lady Peng Liyuan released a music video with the students of Green Harbor-Red Ribbon School, urging an end to the stigma they face.

Anker hopes that telling the stories of the children at Green Harbor can convince more people to leave their prejudices behind.

“I believe the children’s stories are so poignant, and their personalities so radiant, that our viewers won’t have any choice but to empathize with their situation,” he said. 

To learn more about the media project and support the documentary, go to the Children of the Harbor website.

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Michael Moore’s ‘Where To Invade Next’ Deserves The Nonpartisan Audience It Won’t Find

Michael Moore is the 21st century’s most famous documentarian, but not for the same reasons that Ken Burns and Werner Herzog and Errol Morris defined the genre in the previous century. Moore is hyper-aware of the platform he’s carved out for himself. It’s the same platform that got him booed at the Oscars and landed him on Time’s 2005 list of the globe’s most influential people. He galvanizes his core audience — liberals who criticize gun laws and long for universal healthcare — and alienates the non-choir folk who might actually have something to glean from his films. 

That was blindingly transparent at Thursday’s opening-night Toronto Film Festival screening of Moore’s new documentary, “Where to Invade Next.” A packed house at the expansive Princess of Wales Theatre not only laughed at the movie’s many witty moments, but gleeful cheers and applause broke out at regular intervals as the film’s interview subjects pointed out the copious examples that prove America, however great, is culturally, politically and sociologically inferior t0 other countries. Sitting among the crowd, and agreeing with the bulk of their endorsements, I wondered whether what should be seen as a relatively nonpartisan doc would register anywhere outside of the admitted echo chamber that exists within the mainstream entertainment media. Will anyone who doesn’t already question America’s military industrial complex see this film? Aren’t proponents of women’s rights already aligned with the points Moore raises? Doesn’t anyone with half a brain think the country’s lack of paid-vacation laws is chintzy?

The answers to these questions, in all likelihood, are resounding affirmatives. That’s not to say that “Where to Invade Next” isn’t good. Its execution, in fact, is quite effective. It’s built on the guise of Moore assuming the Pentagon’s duties by “invading” — aka visiting — other countries to poach ideas that would make America a fairer, more hospitable place. Along the way, he learns that Italy provides citizens with eight weeks (!!!) of paid vacation. In France, school-cafeteria lunches are five-star affairs. Slovenia offers free college education. Portugal has decriminalized all drug use and seen its usage rates plummet. Women’s health clinics in Tunisia are government-funded.

Wouldn’t it be great if America emulated such policies? “Obviously,” the TIFF viewers shouted by way of periodic applause in response to the film’s talking heads, who blanch at the notion that the United States doesn’t offer the same advantages. The fact that “Where to Invade Next” is built with practical alternatives to America’s systemic flaws makes it a stirring work of political theater, and with only a gentle presence from Moore throughout, progressive audiences will continue to howl, just as they did at Thursday’s screening. But watching the movie with such a devout congregation was a living reminder that a Moore documentary serves constituents rather than the overall populace. With peachier projects like “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” that was inevitable. With “Where to Invade Next,” which ends on a hopeful note and should be seen as Moore’s least parochial outing yet (there’s only one George W. Bush crack!), it’s just a shame. This isn’t a quote-unquote liberal movie — it’s a look at the decency that exists across the globe but is often undervalued on our home turf.

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The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy

The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy

Who among us haven''t dreamed of turning our passion into an income-producingenterprise? Whether it''s arranging flowers, creating our own beauty products, or taking care of children, we all have our special talents. But how do you turn your hobbies into something more lucrative? And when would you ever find the time?In an uncertain economy, there is no better time than now to get started andThe Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profitoffers the step-by-step answers you need to turn your ideas into a business plan and your business plan into a bona fide business. Whether Kimberly Seals-Allers, an entrepreneur herself, is directing you toward resources that will tell you which licenses you need to get started or advising you on how to pick an accountant once your business starts to grow, you can count on her counsel to be clear, concise, and inspiring. Her wisdom on everything from marketing ideas to managing employees is combined with advice and anecdotes from everyday women who have founded companies ranging from small IT consulting businesses to massive operations such as Carol''s Daughter. Whether you want to quit your job and start your own company or supplement your existing income with a side hustle, this inspiring book is for you.
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Michael Eisner Apparently Can’t Find Any Beautiful, Funny Women, But We Just Did

Last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO and clueless white man Michael Eisner reminded us that women aren’t usually funny because they’re too busy doing their makeup. Eisner was on stage interviewing actress Goldie Hawn about her experience as a woman in entertainment, The Atlantic reported. When Hawn mentioned that she didn’t grow up thinking she was pretty — but obviously got there, eventually — Eisner offered his own horrible theory behind our supposed dearth of picture-perfect comediennes.

“I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they win Miss Arkansas, they don’t ever have to get attention other than with their looks,” Eisner stated. “So they don’t tell a joke. In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women — a Lucille Ball — that are funny, is impossible to find.”

You know what’s also impossible to find? A smoking hot male comic who isn’t Chris Pratt. But we’re not complaining, because there’s nothing less relevant to comedy than how any one comic — male or female — looks. Mr. Eisner may be the only one who really cares.

If you’re out there, guy, we’d like to introduce you to just 32 of all the hilarious female comedians out there, and let you know we don’t give a sh-t whether they’re “really beautiful” or not. 


Amy Schumer

Her Comedy Central show is killing it, and her new feature film “Trainwreck” has already garnered some rave reviews. It premieres July 17.

Mindy Kaling

“The Mindy Project” may be moving off cable, but the author of “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” has a new book of personal essays due out Sept. 15

Kristen Wiig

We can’t wait for Paul Feig’s lady-centric “Ghostbusters” to hit theaters on July 22, 2016, but until then, you can catch Wiig on Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer,” premiering July 31.

Amy Poehler

There are too many reasons to love Amy, not least of all being her voice work as Joy in Pixar’s new “Inside Out.” (She’ll also appear on the upcoming ”Wet Hot American Summer” reboot on Netflix!)

Melissa McCarthy

We adored her as the lovable chef extraordinaire Sookie St. James in “Gilmore Girls,” and still today as the unlikely (yet badass) heroine in “Spy.”  


Tina Fey

If you haven’t yet watched “30 Rock,” it’s on Netflix for your binging pleasure. 

Jessica Williams 

She’s not taking over “The Daily Show” because she’s perfectly comfortable being one of our favorite-ever correspondents, thank you very much.

Ellie Kemper

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (created by Tina Fey) was one of the best things on Netflix in 2015. But of course, you may simply know Kemper as the innocent Erin Hannon on “The Office.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

Ross — starring as Bea on “Black-ish” — had some revealing things to say about women in entertainment in May’s round table discussion with The Hollywood Reporter.

Kate McKinnon

Get ready to see more of McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton spoofs on “Saturday Night Live” as the 2016 election season heats up. Oh, she’s also in that all-female “Ghostbusters” movie. 

Gina Rodriguez

The actress stars in “Jane the Virgin,” one of TV’s breakout comedy hits, which centers around a virgin who was artificially impregnated by mistake.

Chelsea Peretti

Oh, you don’t watch “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”? No bother, catch Peretti’s stand-up feature, “One of the Greats,” on Netflix.



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Kristen Schaal

Schaal has some thoughts on Dadbods, but you might know her best as the Senior Women’s Correspondent of “The Daily Show.”

Jenny Slate

The voice of “Marcel the Shell” is also hilarious as the hopelessly self-absorbed Mona-Lisa in “Parks And Recreation.” And every weirdo she played on “The Kroll Show.”

Ilana Glazer

This list would be an utter failure without mentioning “Broad City” …

Abbi Jacobson

Which follows Ilana and Abbi on their pot-laced misadventures through New York City. It’s beautiful.


Elizabeth Banks

Banks has honed her comedy chops with supporting roles in a slew of TV shows and movies from “30 Rock” to “The Hunger Games” to “Pitch Perfect.”

Cecily Strong

She’s been on SNL since 2012, and did a fantastic job hosting the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Miranda Hart

Her self-titled BBC sitcom is amazing, but so is her performance as McCarthy’s equally-unlikely sidekick in “Spy.” 

Vanessa Bayer

Another SNL cast member, we’re enjoying seeing Bayer in more silver screen roles — most recently alongside Schumer in “Trainwreck.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Veep” is one of our favorites, but anyone without an HBO Go password can still catch her on “Seinfeld” reruns. (Now also on Hulu! Huzzah!)

Megan Mullally

Since “Will & Grace,” we’ve particularly enjoyed Mullally as the utterly batsh-t Tammy Two in “Parks and Recreation.”

Anna Kendrick

Equally talented at drama as she is in comedic roles, Kendrick is another lady you want to follow on Twitter

Carrie Brownstein

This “Portlandia” star is the reason we ask to see all our organic free-range chicken’s papers. She’s also got a book coming out.

Aparna Nancherla

We can only say that we hope to see a LOT more of Nancherla’s absurdist humor in the future. For now, we have these video clips on the Internet.

Iliza Shlesinger

The food-loving winner of 2008’s “Last Comic Standing” has a comedy special, “Freezing Hot,” up on Netflix. 


Tig Notaro

Known for a legendary 2012 set on her breast cancer diagnosis, Notaro runs a podcast, appears on “This American Life,” played Barb on “Transparent” and premiered a self-titled documentary at Sundance.

Kate Berlant

Berlant’s style has been dubbed “experimental” yet “magnetic” by The New York Times. Hear her make it weird with Pete Holmes on his podcast.

Nicole Byer

Here’s an Upright Citizens Brigade alum you can spot on MTV’s “Girl Code.” She’s also appeared in a Nestle commercial that only runs in Israel. 

Michelle Wolf

This Brooklyn girl made her first “Late Night with Seth Meyers” appearance last summer.

Megan Neuringer

Here’s another longtime UCB performer we hope to see a lot more of on the Internet. 

Did we leave your favorite off this far-from-exhaustive list? Let us know in the comments.

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“I Need A Miracle: Two Generations of Deadheads Find Peace”

It’s 20 years since I’ve been to a Dead show. But on the eve of the Dead’s reunion tour, it’s time to come out.

This summer, Dead members Phil, Bob, Bill, Mickey and Bruce, practiced and prepared with Jeff and Trent (a (tie) dyed in the wool younger Jerry) to go on the road. I’ve been pumped up, and not just a little excited. Last week, two dreams sent me a message of joy and healing.

I’m running toward a house that’s being remodeled – the window frames painted purple! – In preparation for the show. I am skipping along like my eighteen-year-old self – energetic and buoyed with anticipation!

The reunion is big news. Millions of dollars will be earned. Snarky commentators claim that the two-city tour (Chicago and Santa Clara) is the Dead’s ‘pension plan’ but I’m going out on a limb here. We need a miracle. The timing couldn’t be better.

I was fifteen at my first Dead show. 1969. Fillmore East, late show. I was asleep one-half hour into the Dark Star space jam.

Fast forward. Fillmore East 1971. Was it my connection with “Workingman’s Dead” or my willingness to imbibe that which I had flirted with but feared? Nonetheless, I fell madly, passionately in love with the Dead. Yes, I was ‘under the influence’ of Osley’s special “sure to bring enlightenment” tabs. And yes Pigpen and the band made sexy, delicious love to my mind with “Turn on Your Love Light.”

After the show, I was sure that I had been “reborn.” A cliché, but the truth is, I don’t think I would have ever been a poet or a writer without that experience. That show blasted open my mind and my expectations. It blasted apart rules and about what I – what our entire generation – could say and do. (Don’t forget that Steve Jobs was an acid taking Deadhead himself. Remember ‘Think Different?”)

It’s not a stretch to say that the band also helped to heal an injured part of my soul by providing a connection to something large and deep. Those early years were difficult ones for me. I’d lost my father at eleven and my mother was emotionally absent. Dead shows were my happy place. My miracle.

In 1972, I told my mother I was ‘going to California for six months.

Those six months turned into the rest of my life.

I had a new group of Berkeley Deadhead friends now. Jake and Michael Star, Sonya and Arthur and Jeff and Gary Cherry and the Angels of Light performance troupe. We went to shows, we dropped acid, we sold handmade jewelry on Telegraph Avenue. I wrote poems. We went to Dead shows. Stanford, Kezar stadium, the Fillmore West.

Much as I would have liked to stay in that particular bubble, I was a budding poet. Strengthened by the feminist community’s support to ‘come out as an artist,’ the powers that be were rallying behind me – publishing my work and organizing readings. My poem, “Strong and Free” was recorded by the most popular feminist rock n’ roll band of the early 70’s and aired nationally. But the feminist community had no interest in trucking with the Grateful Dead.

I was out of the Dead scene for nine years.


I met Debbie at a women’s business networking conference in 1983. Her accounting skills were just what I needed for my new energy conservation company. And Debbie was a Deadhead. A lesbian Deadhead!

We went to some of the great shows: The Greek Theater, Stanford, Henry J. Kaiser, Bill Graham Auditorium, Laguna Seca (one of the seminal shows labeled as ‘Monterey’ in the Rolling Stone commemorative book) and Southern California too.

“They learned how to play!” I told Debbie. And it was true. The 80’s were the Dead’s apex. I longed to write a poem to honor the moment, but I only had one line: “When Jerry solos, it’s like the stars are crying.”


In 1988, I had a daughter. Yes, Debbie and I were starting an ‘alternative family.’ And things changed again. Although I went to shows with Debbie when I was pregnant, after Simone was born, I preferred to stay home.

In another twist, Deb met Melissa who had backstage connections to the Dead. Through grace or necessity (I didn’t possess the emotional or physical resources to single parent) Deb and I worked out a manageable co-parenting agreement.

The second dream involves my next relationship. Fay was also a Deadhead. But it was the 90’s. I was preoccupied with parenting and working. We made it to just a few shows. I didn’t know that Jerry was using heroin; the music was still awe-inspiring. I grieved in 1995 when Jerry passed. I grieved for him, for the band, for my happy place. I needed a miracle.

After an acrimonious split, Fay and I went our separate ways. My next love – my current husband and life partner – was Adam – a techhie Deadhead. Again? Yup. Cranking up the Dead has been a tremendous source of joy for us. We dance around the house, we go on road trips and we party – with Debbie!

The second dream:

I’m in a concert hall – a small one like the Fillmore East. Everyone is electrified, excited, waiting for the Dead to play. People are streaming in, old friends! I’m hugging all of them. Fay, Louis, all my old Deadhead pals that I haven’t seen for years.
Joy. Happiness. A miracle.

This Sunday, Debbie and me, Adam and Simone, Debbie’s daughter Gavi and Simone’s boyfriend Nick are all going to hear the Dead at Levi’s stadium.

Here’s my question: If the Grateful Dead’s music can heal the wounds of my family, maybe music can heal the earth. Maybe we need to be dancing and singing more. We need a miracle. Fast.

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The Interior Department’s Stunning Instagram Photos Will Help You Find Your Inner Explorer

It’s officially summer, season of beaches, iced coffee and, of course, the great outdoors.

The Department of the Interior has been chronicling the beauty of America’s public lands on its Instagram account. The photos, taken by parkgoers, department employees and sometimes even Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, feature stunning vistas and the more-than-occasional baby animal.

Americans have quite a few options when it comes to exploring the natural world. Nearly one-fifth of the landmass of the United States is protected land managed by the DOI. This includes more than 400 national park sites (find one near you here) overseen by the National Park Service, a division of the agency. The NPS is celebrating its centennial next year, and has been actively encouraging people to get out there and “Find Your Park.”

Below, take a look at some of the spectacular photos — baby animals included — that have been featured on the department’s account over the past few weeks. If you’ve taken a photo of America’s public lands, you can upload them here for a chance to have them featured on the DOI account. Follow along throughout the rest of the year @usinterior.

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Which True Detective Star Was Questioned in a Real-Life Attempted Murder? Find Out in “True Confessions” With Jimmy Fallon

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This Couple Is Traveling The World To Find The Perfect Wedding Destination

In 2011, Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant sold all of their belongings and left their home in Manchester, England. They embarked on a four-year (and counting) journey around the world with plans to hold wedding ceremonies along the way.

“We wanted to meet local people, experience local culture and understand what makes the world tick,” Gant said. “We are crazy romantics and to give us some purpose, we decided to look for somewhere to get married [in each place].”
The couple in Budapest, Hungary | Credit: Flashkuvo

So far, Pelling and Gant have tied the knot 70 times in roughly 70 different countries, including Argentina, Morocco, Austria, South Africa and Jordan. None of the ceremonies thus far have been legally binding. At the end of their trip (they still have 10 to 15 more countries to visit), they will return to one of the locations with their friends and family and make the marriage official.
The couple in Petra, Jordan | Credit: Jeff Wood Visuals

“After two years on the road — our initial plan — and 48 weddings, we realized that life is all about the journey, not the destination,” Gant told The Huffington Post. “We learned that our adventure is all about the people, making new friends and being made welcome into homes, lives and even the most sacred traditions.”
The couple in Mull of Kintyre, Scotland | Credit: Crear Weddings

The couple live in a camper van to cut down on travel and lodging costs. Their biggest expenses? Fuel, car repairs and visas, they say. Many of the wedding photographers and other vendors they’ve used charge them little or nothing for their services. In exchange, Gant and Pelling recommend their businesses and write about them on their blog, where they document their adventures.

The couple in Seattle, Washington | Credit: Jonas Seaman

“What is amazing to learn is that every culture celebrates the union of two people,” Gant told HuffPost. “Making a commitment to one another is cause for celebration, sometimes a week or more of celebrations in some cultures. It is such an important part of everyone’s lives, literally every person on the planet. Even if [they’re] not the ones getting married, whole communities come together to wish the couple well and rejoice with them.”

Below, check out more incredible photos from the couple’s journey.

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Now You Can Find the Perfect Flip-Flops Based on the Emoji You Use the Most

Looking for a way to turn your social media habits into actionable shopping advice? Well, Old Navy is now offering one idea in the form of, a site that not only tells you which emojis you use the most but also recommends the perfect flip-flop and beach vacation based on that data.


Here’s how it works: Enter your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook handle, and the site instantly calculates your most-used emoji. Cool, right?

The site then guesses your mood based on that particularly emoji—say, the dancing woman in a red dress or the one with hearts for eyes—takes you to a mood board of results, made up of the perfect flip-flop color and beach vacation. (If you share the board, you’re also entered for a chance to win the dream getaway.)

Even if you don’t win, the fun doesn’t stop with knowing what emoji you use most—you can enter anyone’s social handles—from your friends to, say, Beyonce—to see what they use most as well!


In an exclusive survey, Old Navy unearthed a slew of interesting data around emojis: the top-used emojis, for example, are the tongue sticking out, crying faces, thumbs-up, heart eyes (a personal favorite) and, unsurprisingly, poop. Forty-six percent of millennials apparently use emojis daily and 28 percent of emoji users feel it’s very important to have a taco emoji (we concur).

When asked to describe themselves as an emoji, 22 percent of people said they would use the cool-glasses emoji, 27 percent would describe themselves as the emoji with its tongue sticking out, and—get this—only 7 percent describe themselves as the dancing lady in a red dress.

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This Meow-nificent ‘Cat Library’ Helps Shelter Felines Find Forever Homes

You don’t have to be a book-lover to fall in love with this pawsitively furry library.

At the Doña Ana County Government Center in New Mexico, there is a “cat library” where employees can “check out” a feline to play with while at work.

The “cat library.”

Though the program has been around for about three years, Tiffany Tillison, one of the employees, recently posted a picture of the adorable concept to Reddit, where it quickly went viral with more than 5,500 upvotes as of Friday. And while the cat library seems like a pet lover’s dream-come-true, it also serves a greater purpose: to raise awareness about shelter animals and help get the cats adopted.

“Most animal shelters are out of the way outside of towns (usually outside the city limits), so you have to really be thinking of adopting an animal to take the trouble to go over there,” Tillison told Buzzfeed. “But with this program, hundreds of people come through our lobby every day, so they can’t miss seeing them!”

The county works with the Animal Service Center of the Mesila Valley to get the cats, and according to the shelter’s director, Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, using the library is simple. Her shelter brings kittens to hang out in “kitty kondo” — the office’s cat play area — and employees can then take a cat back to their desks to play with and return them once they’re finished. The shelter director says that the program benefits both the cats, some of which have special needs, and the workers.

“[The kittens] run around and they get socialized,” Vesco-Mock says. “And it helps reduce stress in the office and in the cubicles.”

Many of the kittens get adopted by employees who just can’t get enough of the little furballs. When all the cats get forever homes, the shelter sends down a new crop of furry friends. About 100 felines have found new families because of the program, Vesco-Mock said.

Meow, can we paw-lease get one of those at our office?!

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Looking for ‘The Real Thing’? Find Someone Comfortable

Ask him for a date, or let him pursue you? Respond to the text immediately, or let her wait? Tell him you love him, or stay mum until he says it first?

The early days of a relationship are thrilling, but also stressful. That heavenly new-love high can feel pretty precarious, as if one false move could unravel the whole thing.

So, you plot and plan and strategize — discussing every move with a panel of your 12 closest friends. In some ways, that’s part of the fun, but a new book by Washington Post reporter Ellen McCarthy says it’s probably a waste of time.

McCarthy was the Post’s wedding reporter for four years — a gig she landed on the very day she and a former boyfriend broke up. McCarthy thought that covering weddings while heartbroken would be torture, but she discovered that it actually inspired her.

“All of these people — young, rich, poor, plain, beautiful, sophisticated, and simple — they’d all found someone. I was reminded again and again that love happens every day, in all kind of ways, to all kinds of people,” she writes in her terrific new book, The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook.

By investigating real relationships rather than the ones in rom-coms or dating guides, she discovered that a lot of conventional wisdom about romance didn’t jibe with her fieldwork.

For example, we all love a good origin story, those tales of lovers whom fate brought together through snowstorms or missed trains. But McCarthy says that people who meet in less goosebump-inspiring ways, like online dating, are just as likely to have high-quality relationships.

“All of the couples who got together with a little help from technology feel the same sense of fate as couples who met while serving in the Peace Corps mission or while sharing a wall as next-door neighbors,” writes McCarthy, who estimates that 35 to 40 percent of the couples who apply to be featured in her column met online.

McCarthy also discovered that the happiest relationships didn’t require obedience to antiquated dating maxims:

One of the things I’ve heard over and over again from couples describing what was different when they met ‘the One’ was that for the first time, they didn’t feel like they were in the middle of a romantic chess match. There was no guessing whether or not the other person was interested. They didn’t worry about ‘the rules’ on how long to wait before calling or setting up the next date. The whole thing felt relaxed and transparent, not fraught with the typical ‘Does he or she like me?’ anxiety.

In fact, McCarthy often stumped college classes when she asked them to guess the most common word she heard when couples described their relationships. It wasn’t “love,” “laughter” or “chemistry” — it was “comfortable,” a word 70 to 80 percent of her couples used.

The students thought this sounded like a drag, but I think it’s great news. “Comfortable” doesn’t mean you aren’t also counting down the seconds until you can see your beloved again. It just means that when you find the right fit, you probably won’t have to stress about the precise wording of your latest text — or spend much time decoding his or hers. If he says he’s going to be late because he got stuck in a meeting at work, that means he’s going to be late because he got stuck in a meeting at work.

In other words, winning someone’s heart doesn’t require employing a lot of complicated schemes. You’re more likely to find lifelong love by listening to your instincts and sticking with what works. That might be bad news for those who earn their living peddling strategies and tricks, but it’s great news for everyone else.

Sara Eckel is the author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single. You can get a free bonus chapter of her book at You can also find her onTwitter and Facebook.

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Debutaunt Examines Traditional Rites of Passage While Encouraging Young Women to Find Their Voice


I’m sitting in an airy warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn filled with plush white beach-house furniture, rustic chandeliers, and freshly cut dogwood branches. The space is an old converted ice cream factory used for weddings and other events but will soon be transformed into a charming ballroom for a new immersive show, Debutaunt. Director and choreographer of the show, Mary John Frank, twirls and moves swiftly in front of me as she maps out the three act structure of the immersive dance-based show. Between rehearsals she takes a beat to sit down and answer a few questions.

TR: Tell us a bit about Debutaunt. What is it?

MJF: Debutaunt is an interactive dance-based show where audiences are invited to attend a debutante ball. Guests are divided into teams or “families” and encouraged to root for a specific debutante. Thematically the show explores coming of age rituals, tradition, and the notion of being presented or being on display.

TR: Why is the title of the show Debutaunt and not Debutante? Tell us about the “taunt” part of title.

MJF: The show pokes fun at the notion of arrival. In my twenties I had the mentality that, “when I get this job, or that boyfriend, or when I make more money, then my life can start!”. I was living in the future and missing the good stuff that was right in front of me. When I learned that we actually never arrive, that life is a process, things became more interesting and I was able to show up for my art and the people in my life in a more genuine way. The joke, or taunt, is on the debutante characters who are future tripping and waiting for specific milestones, in this case their “debut”, in order to feel validated.

TR: What inspired the concept and how did this show come to be?

MJF: About a year and a half ago I saw The Glass Menagerie on Broadway starring Cherry Jones. I was particularly moved when Amanda put on her old debutante dress and entertained Laura and the gentleman caller. The image of Cherry Jones in the debutante dress performing heightened feminine gestures stuck with me as did themes in the play like time, aging, and memory. Shortly after seeing the performance, I went home to Texas for the holidays and experimented with some movement in my old debutante dress. My parents were concerned! The experiment turned into a short dance film called Lady in Waiting, and making that short allowed me to dig into the themes and choreography for Debutaunt.

We did our first run of the show last October at King’s County Bourbon Distillery and audiences seemed genuinely interested in the experience and the concept. This was really exciting to us, and when an opportunity came up to do the show again we decided to go for it with the goal of strengthening the narrative and deepening the characters.

The night quickly devolves into competitive chaos.

TR: Even an offbeat show in Brooklyn is quite a feat to stage. Who did you work with to get this mounted?

MJF: I’ve been working with friends and producers, Bettina Barrow and Lydia Thew. Bettina has been a close friend since childhood and my writing partner for almost a decade. We have a book to film project coming soon that explores themes similar to those in Debutaunt. Lydia is a talented producer for CNBC and has a background in finance. The three of us have been raising funds since last July through our fiscal sponsors, The Field. Our venues, King’s County Distillery and Atelier Roquette, have been great to work with and helped us out, big time, by providing rehearsal space. I also got to workshop the idea and make many of the films at a dance on camera residency at Cucalorus Film Festival. We have also had performance and rehearsal support from SILO, Triskelion Arts, Lightbox, and Communities In Schools.

TR: You are directing and choreographing the show as well. Tell us about your work as a choreographer. Did you always dance?

I danced growing up and stopped in college when I was struggling with body image issues. Instead of pursuing dance, my first job out of college was an assistant gig in film. From there, I moved to Los Angeles and worked in production at studios like Paramount Vantage and Warner Bros. During that time, dance gradually made its way back into my life and I was eventually ready and able to make it a priority again. I began looking for choreography opportunities and taught at dance studios wherever they would let me. When I turned thirty, I took a major leap of faith, left my production job at Warner Bros., and started freelancing. I am now choreographing, directing, teaching, and blending dance and film whenever I can.

TR: How does dance function in the show? What type of dance is it?

MJF: Much of the movement was inspired by black and white cotillion photographs, contemporary dance, and Esther Williams-style synchronized swimming moves. Because the girls are wearing large white dresses, we rarely see their legs and a lot of emphasis is on the placement of the arms and the movement of the upper body and head. Structurally, dance serves as a transition between scenes in the show. It also functions as a means of expression and storytelling for our characters during their debutante ball and, ultimately, it unites the cast and audience at the end in a communal dance party.

TR: Since much of the show involves movement, how did you develop the characters and the script?

MJF: Some of the scenes were scripted in advance and some came from improvising in rehearsals. We have a really smart and curious cast who have been open to all kinds of improv, movement, and writing exercises. Regarding our characters, we have five personalities: the perfectionist princess, the competitive ice queen, the people pleaser, the rebel artist, and the fish out of water who does not want to participate. I’ve basically taken all of the traits that I think hold us back as humans and put them into these characters. For example, the perfectionist, Beatrice, is a control freak and is constantly telling everyone what to do and how to do it. Everything is measured and calculated and directed. Her movement style is precise and quick. Her bossiness is coming from a good place (“we need some order here!”) but she irritates the group and this keeps Beatrice separate from them. Eventually all of these wacky personalities have to learn to function harmoniously in order to stand up to the Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha McMillen.

Some of the performers have started Instagram accounts for their characters for fun. If you’d like to get to know them early check them out: @catherineelizabethjane, @cecefitx , and @melanieannewinslow.

TR: In the script, you described Martha McMillan as a “steel magnolia who leads with a contagious smile and an iron fist”. Tell me more about this character.

MJF: Much of the Martha character comes from the negative voices in my head (with some major polishing from producer/writer, Bettina Barrow). The negative voices say nothing is enough and that I always need to do more, try harder etc. The voice is insatiable, risk-averse, and narrow minded. Martha is tricky as she delivers some pretty cutting comments, but with a smile. She is hard on the debs because she wants to protect them from the harsh realities of the world. She has had a challenging life and is convinced that by being Mistress of Ceremonies at the deb ball, year after year, she is instilling some kind of hope and order. Martha pushes the girls a little too far in this run and eventually they revolt. Her movement style is precise and quick. Her bossiness is coming from a good place (“we need some order here!”) but she irritates the group and this keeps Beatrice separate from them. Eventually all of these wacky personalities have to learn to function harmoniously in order to stand up to the Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha McMillen.

Some of the performers have started Instagram accounts for their characters for fun. If you’d like to get to know them early check them out: @catherineelizabethjane, @cecefitx , and @melanieannewinslow.

TR: You have spoken very highly of your cast. Is there anyone in particular you want to give a shout out to?

MJF: All of them! I’m listing the cast here so readers who are still with me will look up these talented people: Melanie Comeau, Elizabeth Dunn, Rachel Guest, Brittany Posas, Cara Seymour, Cecily McCullough, Beck Hartke, Catherine Cobb Ryan, Julian Devine, Teddy Tedholm, Taner Van Kuren, Michael Spencer Phillips, and Donna Fish. Read more about them here.

TR: Who are some other artists that inspire you?

MJF: Pina Bausch, specifically the way she blended dance and theater and how her dancers embody human emotion so vividly. Mary Oliver for her poems The Journey and The Summer Day. I am also inspired by Wes Anderson and Christopher Guest and filmmakers who create very specific worlds for their actors to explore. Lena Dunham for her book, Not That Kind Of Girl. I re-read the “condom in the tree” passage whenever I need a laugh and dose of honesty. Kurt Vonnegut for Who Am I This Time? and other shorts. Bruce Weber whose photos are just fun – smoking, naked on a beach – it doesn’t matter. He makes me feel like we are all free to do whatever and that it is okay to take a nap in the middle of the day.

I also have some talented friends and peers whose work really inspires me like photographers Victoria Will and Amanda Jasnowski. Filmmaker, James Ponsoldt. Screenwriter, Natalie Krinsky. Also, choreographers like Shannon Gillen, Celia Rowlson Hall, Chihiro Shimizu, and Dana Katz. Stellar humans and creators!

TR: How do you want to see Debutaunt grow?

MJF: I would love for Debutaunt to find a more permanent home in a convenient location so more folks can see it. Creatively, I am interested in continuing to deepen the script, the choreography, and I would love the time and budget to dig into the film projection piece of the show. We are also looking to enhance our team and hope to bring on a producer who has experience in live and immersive theater for the next run

One heck of a party.
Emily Post meets Lord of the Flies


TR: Do you think there is a place in today’s world for the traditions and culture of the debutante?

MJF: I’m not really sure to be honest. I recently went to some debutante presentations in Texas to research and was expecting to think, “This is elitist and weird and white and why did I participate in this when I was twenty-one? And this tradition should become extinct!”… however, I was surprised to find that I didn’t actually feel that heated about it or observe anything particularly noteworthy or offensive while I was there. The parties are certainly extravagant and some of them take place at country clubs so can be viewed as pretentious; however, I noticed that the girls were all very grateful to be there and respectful. The fathers were proud and doting and it seemed like a sweet exchange between fathers and daughters in that particular community.

I actually left with an appreciation for the warmth and friendliness of Texans and I was reminded of how nice manners can be really attractive! I know it would be way more exciting to give you some dirt, but I didn’t leave with much, other than feeling I had just observed a somewhat bizarre ritual that ended in a dance party.

TR: What’s next for you after the show?

MJF: After we open, I’ll be directing video content for some online magazines, choreographing a film project, and teaching dance and dance for camera at studios and universities. For now I’m doing my best to stay focused on the show and getting people to come and see it. I hope you will join us!

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How to Find the Best Bikini for Your Boobs

Bathing suit shopping is about so much more than picking what your eye is drawn to. To find the most flattering style, you’d do best to examine your bust and try the cuts likely to work best with what you’ve got. Ever since we found out that with breasts, it’s about shape, not just size, it’s been apparent that the key lies with your ladies.


For Ladies With a Large Chest

Generally, the best fit is… The extra support that comes with an underwire style makes it the wisest pick and turns drooping into a nonissue. “They should be sized by your cup size, which is how most women buy a bra. The actual underwire keeps you in place and the foam pad gives you shape,” explained Amy Romanowsky, head of technical swim design at J.Crew.

Certain straps will be more supportive than others.
“I’d look for straps that cross in the back. They keep the pressure off your neck and allow for a little less coverage in front,” Romanowsky advised women who might not like the full-coverage look that underwire styles can give. “Halters are great because it lifts you, but the common complaint is that the ties at the neck start to hurt after a while.”

“What other styles can I wear with my large bust?”
“You can definitely make other styles work!” Bikyni founder Jude Al-Khalil told us. “Our bandeau has removable pads and neck ties, so you can add support as you want. Look for styles with side boning that keeps things in place.” Rather than a tube style, shop for one with a thick tie in the back so you can tie as tightly as you feel comfortable in. Plenty of styles, including the below J.Crew option, have built-in underwire so you’ll be supported, even sans straps.


J.Crew’s floral suit.

For Ladies With a Small Chest

Generally, the best fit is… You’re fortunate enough to have your choice of tops, though Romanowsky and Al-Khalil both say the French bikini top is a particular favorite since it makes for a clean, simple line and opens up the neckline. Says Red Carter, designer of the eponymous swim label, “I prefer a padded triangle top for small busts. The less fabric, the better for enhancing the curves.”

Stellar tricks for faking size but not cleavage
Severely padded tops or push-ups can read as too synthetic. To add size to your bustline without pinup cleavage, look for tops that have something extra going on. Think ruffles, tiered fabric, cleavage, or 3-D florals that all add volume in a playful, trendy way.

“What about an underwire style for me?”
“Even though we think of it as a more supportive style for bigger busts, it can work for small-breasted women as well. Look for one with soft cups that will conform to your body—they’ll actually give you a little boost,” Al-Khalil said.

What Breasts Look Best in a String Bikini?

“Women who have firm small to midsize breasts will look best in a triangle top given the nature of it being less supportive,” Al-Khalil said.

And About Everything Cleavage…

The best bet for a sexy look is the flattering molded-cup halter. “The cup shape is complementary to all, and the adjustable neck straps let you add the lift that you want,” Al-Khalil said. Unlike string bikinis where the triangles are able to shift around, this retro-inspired shape has its cups in place…exactly where the designer intended them. “There’s a small gap between them that creates a super-flattering look,” adds Al-Khalil.

Another little touch to keep in mind is the construction of the cups themselves. Often you’ll find seamed darts, but Al-Khalil suggests a ruched style instead for a prettier look. “Darts take away the integrity of the look.”

J.Crew’s Romanowsky echoed the note about looking for “great side coverage.” It’s the area that might be the unsung hero of cleavage and is worth searching for in a suit. An underwire that ends abruptly at the side of your torso, rather than curving up toward the armpit, will keep breasts up but not together, a key placement for sexy curves.


Bikyni’s halter top.

Make Sure It Fits

“Fit tip number one is adjustability. Always look for adjustable straps, no matter what shape the suit is. Adjustability around the bra and extension of the straps is what helps provide versatility to get a proper fit,” Carter said.

When trying on different options, make sure you’re somewhere with a mirror that allows you to see how things look from behind. “Make sure the back is straight across your body, and that it doesn’t pull up toward your neck,” Romanowsky instructed.

Other Breast Conundrums

“What about boobs that sit far apart?” Go with a halter that has extended coverage on the side. The extra fabric will help to push your breasts toward the center of your chest, as does the classic neckline. “The ties help pull your ladies in and up!” Carter likes underwire since it “supports and brings things together.”

“I’m just planning on lying with a book all day. What style of top will be most flattering while horizontal?”
“Any top with pads. They’re constructed to give you shape and definitely still do the job when lying down,” Romanowsky said. Carter was practical about tan lines too, suggesting an underwire with removable straps. “It’ll keep all of your assets front and center, not in your armpits when lying down.”

“What’s that you said about different shaped breasts?”
Like we said, breasts come in different sizes, not just shapes. “It definitely affects the shape that’s best for swimwear. For instance, a triangle top doesn’t do teardrop shapes justice,” Carter told us. “Don’t be afraid to head to a speciality store and ask the staff for suggestions.” Large swim retailers will have the selection and expertise to help, and many lingerie and bra shops also stock swimsuits when we get into spring and summer.


Red Carter strapless suits.

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‘Mad Max’ Tells Us Where We Think We’ll Find Salvation

Theatergoers will flock this weekend to an imagined story set in a steampunky dystopian hellscape. Or will they just be looking in a mirror?

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Saying No to Find Our Greatest Yes

I did three crazy things today:

1) I UNsubscribed from the job ad daily alert that showed me opportunities within the government daily
2) I said NO to a potential secondment opportunity
3) I said NO to teaching yoga at a local studio for $ 30 an hour on weekday evenings

These were all scary moves for me, but very empowering. I cannot run myself thin. I cannot keep reaching out for more things instead of focusing on the key elements of a good life. I cannot keep thinking that my value lies in taking on another job or another opportunity. I must be still, do less, and allow my calling to blossom slowly but surely into what it’s meant to be.

I feel that right now in my journey, I have a dream that seems like an impossibility. It is to teach mindfulness, to find joy and balance in my own life and help others do the same. And to do this always. I keep finding excuses to run away from this dream, but it is my calling. It is what makes the world make sense for me. And I also dream of getting paid to do this at a rate that reflects my experience and worth.

While the full version of this dream may never come true, I realize today that this is not the point. We must work diligently and kindly towards our highest calling, and it is through the journey itself that we come to open to the most beautiful parts of ourselves.

As an example, this morning I buckled down and worked on jump back and jump through, one of the most elusive and difficult parts of the Ashtanga series. Before, I would sway between giving it up altogether, or powering through hoping that somehow I would attain it. But this morning, I slowed down. I broke it down. I did less poses. I stayed in the poses longer. I noticed where I am weak, without judging.

By the end of my practice, I felt stronger, closer to the impossible goal of jumping through. And it was exhilarating. Not because I will be able to jump through one day (I may or may not), but because I honoured my desire to reach further than I have before, I learned something new.

In between my shoulders, a deep sadness emerged. I cried at having tried so hard to find a job in government that reflected my truth and failing. When I stayed with the sadness and pain, I recalled a time when an old boyfriend broke up with me. I had felt like I had tried everything in my power to find love, but it wasn’t coming. Then, like now, I needed to surrender.

We move towards our goal or desire with passion, commitment and vision, but ultimately we have to let it go. We have to return to the reality that we already have everything we need, the love and purpose we desire is already within us. And ironically, when recognizing that nothing outside of us can bring us the love and purpose that we seek, we find it within ourselves, and the goals that we so desire come to us effortlessly.

For today, I embrace my greatest dreams and passions and move confidently towards them. With grace, with humility, with patience, and deep acceptance of the mystery of life.

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6 Proven Ways To Find Love Online

If you’re one of the 54 million single people in the US, there’s a 1 in 10 chance you’ve set up an online dating profile. Back when there were only a few options—when Match and eHarmony led the industry—it was fun to quickly check in and see who’d winked or flirted. But now that online dating is a $ 1.2 billion industry, there are dozens of technology-based matchmakers trying to woo you to their sites. As a result, you can spend months combing through communications and profiles and still end up at home on Friday night.

Yes, there’s a way to improve your odds of finding a suitable date without getting carpal tunnel syndrome, provided by two doctors who mined 86 studies on successful dating profiles looking for consistencies or recurring themes. Success was defined as the probability that the users would graduate from computer-only communication to a face-to-face date. One of the doctors, Sameer Chaudry, an internist at the University of North Texas, had an online profile that seemed clinically dead. He asked his friend, Khalid Khan, a professor of women’s health and clinical epidemiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry to help him research the data on attraction and persuasion with the hopes of improving his odds of finding a date online. Here’s what their research says will work. (As you put these techniques to work, take time to figure what you really want from a relationships by enrolling in Life Reimagined’s 3-day program, Stop Searching for Your Soulmate.)

Play the name game. Believe it or not, choosing your user name is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make. Women prefer names that indicate intelligence (TheaterBuff) while men are drawn to names linked to physical traits (BrightSmile). Both sexes respond well to playful names (FitnFun), and avoid connecting to those whose names have negative connotations (Scarface). So take a good look at your online handle. Are you turning people off before they ever have a chance to get to know you SquidSmell? FoxxxyLady, are you attracting the wrong kind of attention?

Enter alphabet city. User names that begin with letters from the first half of the alphabet do better than those from the latter half. Researchers say it’s because we have a tendency to give things at the top of a pile more value.

Balance the personal and the physical. Online profiles that enjoyed the most success effectively divided content into personal information (70 percent) and a physical description of the desired partner (30 percent).

Tell the truth and be funny about it. Honest, likeable and succinct profiles written with a touch of humor got the best results.

Be humble-ish. Self-aggrandizing or using “rhetorical flourishes” are turn-offs online (as in real life). Save your philosophical musings for a more appropriate audience, like your cat.

Picture this. Photos that worked best showed the user smiling and standing in the center of the frame, surrounded by others. Researchers suggest that the viewer may infer you’re a fun-loving person whom other people like to hang with.

Once you’ve tweaked your online profile and are ready to reach out, make sure you’re making an effort. Keep your initial missive short and sweet, but personalize the greeting, demonstrating you’ve actually read the person’s profile. A “wink” or a “nudge” or a lame “wow, yr awesome” won’t win you any points. It likely won’t even warrant a response.

What it all comes down to, according to the researchers, is paying attention to courtship behavior, something to which the human brain has learned to subconsciously react. In real time, face-to-face, approaching someone of interest would see you on your best behavior, making an effort to be noticed and remembered. You don’t have to write an original poem for every person you contact, but you should let them know that they caught your eye for a reason.

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Feeling Pressured to Find a Significant Other? Here Are 5 Ways to Deal

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As someone who has spent the vast majority of his adult life single, I like to think
I’ve come up with useful tactics for combating what seems like constant pressure to
find a significant other. At times, when it nearly breaks me, I’ll remind myself of all
the reasons I’d rather be single than take up a hasty courtship with someone I’m not
certain about. While I’m all for dating and dating often, I’m also for reflecting on
what I want out of my dating life and honoring my answer. If you’re like me,
faced with albeit well-intentioned outside pressure to leave your single life behind,
but just aren’t ready to budge until you feel you’ve met someone of importance, here
are some pointers to help you stay the course.

1) Remind yourself that good things happen to those who wait

Once you hit your mid-twenties, your Facebook feed no longer provides the usual
litany of drunken photos and complaints about finals, but is replaced by engagement
announcements and snapshots of newborns (I personally loathe the ultrasound
photo. TMI IMO, ok!). Suddenly you feel the pressure of time. All these friends of
yours are transitioning into new stages of life, and here you are, single, eating pizza
in bed. It’s important to remind yourself that everyone’s life progress at it’s own
pace. While we may think we can just fabricate big life transitions whenever we
please, my personal experience leads me to believe it’s more effective to set your
intention and let life follow accordingly. Be patient. I promise you good things
happen when you wait for it — don’t force it. We all know how often relationships fall
apart and marriages fail. Wait until it feels right, not when the clock tells you it’s
time. Your life is a very long marathon, not a sprint to the altar.

2) Take pleasure in preserving your free time

We hear it all the time — your twenties are your time to be selfish and explore. As
someone whose dreams are constantly shifting, I am beyond grateful that I have
been able preserve some free time to actively pursue them (such as making time to
write these posts!). While it’s right to be open to letting new relationships into your
life, I hold the personal mantra that spending time with me-myself-and-I offers the
most return. Sure, in the beginning of a new relationship, it takes a few dates to
sense compatibility. But if you begin to feel that the time endowed will not lead to a
satisfying relationship, consider chalking up your loses. You and your time are
valuable. Invest it wisely.

3) Consider all the negative relationships you’ve observed

We all have that friend — whenever you see him/her out with their
boyfriend/girlfriend you think to yourself, “Really?” I’m not advocating judging a
relationship that you’re not in. But I am emboldening you to pay attention to your
friend’s relationships and how you interpret their emotional status to be when they’re with a significant other versus when they are not. You may scoff at your friend’s
obvious relationship of convenience, but consider all the factors that brought
him/her there. Life can be lonely and monotonous at times and as such, it’s tempting
to find someone, anyone, to share these day-to-day struggles with. But unless that
person truly brings you joy and eases your aches, tread carefully. What may bring
temporary relief could lead to heartache down the road. Revel in your security and
self-confidence in your singledom. Surely, when you do enter a relationship, it will
be that much better — because you will know you can handle life both with and
without someone by your side.

4) Redirect your energy into something new

It doesn’t do anyone any good to dwell on what you don’t have. Instead, focus on the
immediate opportunities available to you. Now could be your chance to throw all
your effort into that new project at work, accomplish your new years resolution
you’ve almost given up on or sign up for those art classes you’ve wanted to try. Take
that anxious energy spent lamenting on your single status and redirect it fully. I find
that I learn tremendously, gain the most ground and surprise myself with my own
abilities when I wholeheartedly invest myself in a new project. It really is the perfect
way to not give any of your negative thoughts even the slightest breath — all your
emotional energy is busy being recruited for productive and exciting endeavors.

5) Reinvest in existing relationships

Being single is the perfect time to focus on all the good, quality, long-standing
relationships already present in your life. When we concentrate on who we don’t
have, it’s natural to downplay the support of all the magnificent, ever-present
people in our lives. Make a commitment to see your parents more, gather together
with your old college pals or reach out to that long-lost friend. I find that the further
I invest in strengthening all of these types of relationships, the more confident and
strangely, invincible I feel. When you know you have people who will stand by you
no matter what, you’ll feel more apt to take chances and fight hard for the life you
want. Hopefully, in the future, you’ll have that significant other who will also
provide this sort of enduring, trusted support. But it should never come at a cost to
those of your current allegiance. You shouldn’t have to, or be expected to, decide
between the two.

Hopefully these pointers will help you think more positively about your single life.
Remember, it won’t always be this way, so enjoy all the opportunities being single
affords you. Eventually, someone will recognize you for all the fabulousness you
have to offer.
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A Couture Designer on How to Find a Cheap Party Dress That Looks Way More Expensive

For ladies with champagne taste and a beer budget, I’m here to help with tips to find an inexpensive party dress that looks way pricier (for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?). There’s a wide range of quality in the “cheap” category: Some items look flimsy and shoddy when they’re brand-spanking-new, while others could fool a diehard fashionista into thinking it’s fresh off the designer floor. Scoring items that fall into the latter category is easier than you think, so long as you know certain factors and things to look for. For expert help, I called in designer Zuhair Murad, he of the fabulous dresses seen on Alessandra Ambrosio, Rita Ora, and Jennifer Lopez, plus a couture collection that regularly leaves me speechless.


When you’re shopping, don’t just take in how the dress looks—peek under the hood. “The inside of the garment tells half the story, if not more,” he told me. “Look for reinforced stitching, the quality of the zipper, and a clean hemline as they are important signs of the piece’s quality and fabrication.” If something looks like it could break at any minute, well, that’s not a good sign.

Skip sequins and satiny fabrics too, as both are hard to make look expensive without putting money into them. Crepe, on the other hand, is a do since it drapes beautifully, feels delicate, and can be done well for a non-astronomical price point.

“When working with pieces that are a lower price point, less is more when it comes to the overall look,” he offered as a general way to approach your shopping mission. “I would avoid embellishments [since they] can wear over time, and a beaded dress can begin to look dull and old when some of that beautiful beading falls off. If I had to choose between a solid and a print, I would avoid prints—they can really look cheap if not done in good taste. And there is no doubt that some colors look more expensive than others, like black!”

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Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Find the Right Graduate School for Fine Arts?

“My friends and I are all beginning to look into graduate school and what our future may hold for us as fine artists. We range in age from our mid-20s to mid-30s and are at all at different stages of our adult life. We all dream the dream of being strictly a studio artist, and have considered the advantage of being professors one day. We all want to apply to the right graduate school to help set up our future, and don’t want to be in a school that doesn’t fit us. What advice do you have for students like us? How do we approach the hunt for graduate schools?”

Before you apply to graduate school for fine arts, you have to honestly ask yourself what your long-term goals are. Do you want to teach at the college level? Do you want to show in commercial art galleries? It may seem premature to think that far ahead, but it’s important to think through and answer these questions before you leap into applying to graduate schools. When I was getting ready to apply, I primarily thought about graduate school as a place where I could mature as an artist, and continue to push myself creatively. I wasn’t thinking ahead in terms of my future, and didn’t realize that one of the most critical goals of graduate school would be making professional connections. No artist can build a successful career on their own; they have to make key contacts that will launch their careers in the right direction.


On top of that, I was not prepared for how obscenely competitive the process would be. Applications are continually growing at a rate that cannot match the scarce number of openings. When I applied, I assumed that I had done everything “right” up until that point: I had graduated with a high GPA from one of the top art schools in the nation; I had been consistently teaching and exhibiting my work professionally; my portfolio was mature and cohesive; and I had outstanding letters of recommendation. I was confident enough that I announced my departure at my teaching job before receiving the decision letters.

I received five rejections, was put on two waiting lists, and was offered admission only at my safety school. I was in complete shock. I was so ready to stop working and return to school. Having already quit my teaching job, it never even occurred to me to start over and re-apply the following year. I felt like I had no options, so I enrolled at my safety school with extreme reluctance. To this day, I regret that decision. Experience has shown me that there are doors that never opened for me because of that decision. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken off only one year (I took off four) after art school to clear my head, and then started the application process, knowing that it would likely take several years of applying before I was accepted to a program that I really wanted to be in.

In retrospect, I can see now that there are five main aspects to research when applying. There are other considerations like studio space which might seem important, but actually the five factors below carry far more weight.

1) The faculty.
Do extensive research on the faculty. What kind of artwork do they make? Does their work engage with a contemporary audience? What kind of venues do they show their work in? Have they had solo exhibitions at major galleries? Is their studio practice active? What is their online visibility? What is the turnover rate of the faculty and administration? (A high turnover rate is a red flag.)

2) Location.
Location matters in graduate school. For example, if your ultimate goal is to show in New York City art galleries, going to school in Kansas is not a good choice. The professional contacts you make will be based in the city the school is in, and these contacts can launch you right into that art community.

3) Teaching opportunities.
One of my colleagues told me that her biggest mistake was attending a graduate school that did not have teaching opportunities for their graduate students. The consequence was that when she started applying for college level teaching positions, she had no teaching experience and had difficulty getting hired. If teaching at the college level is a priority for you, make sure that the school you attend provides teaching opportunities for their graduate students.

4) Current student work.
Viewing the artwork being made by current students is one of the best ways to get a sense of the school. Can you envision yourself having a lively creative exchange with these students based on their artwork? Look for diversity in the student artwork; it’s not a good sign when all of the student artwork looks the same. If possible, take a tour of the school and talk to some current students in person.

5) Alumni.
What are recent alumni doing? Where are they showing their work? Peruse their resumes online and try to get a sense of what kind of careers they have. Do they teach at the college level and if so, at what kinds of colleges? Do they have full-time or part-time teaching positions?

Remember, choosing a graduate school program is all about finding the right fit for you. Every artist has different goals, and a program that is right for one person may not work for you. Figure out where you want your artistic career to be in 20 years, and then find the program that will help put you on track to get to there.

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Can You Really Know All Your Facebook Friends? This Photographer Tried to Find Out.

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By David Rosenberg


Willow & Foris Williams, Gorham, Maine, 2013. Relationship: friends, family friends, met through Toby and Lucky Hollander. Years known: 25-30.

Like many Facebook users, Tanja Hollander realized that when she was sharing information on the social network, some of the people reading her posts she was in constant communication with, while others she barely knew. Some, she didn’t really know at all. She wondered: “Am I really friends with all of these people?”

That question would evolve as she traveled through 43 states and five countries, averaging two weeks of travel per month, to photograph every one of her Facebook friends for her project Are You Really My Friend (she didn’t include people she added since beginning the project in 2011). She is currently trying to figure out how to translate this project into a March 2017 show at Mass MoCA that will include all the portraits plus accounts of her experiences both on the road and via social media since she began the ambitious undertaking.

“That’s what I’m obsessed with right now, trying to visualize all the data,” Hollander said about the intriguing connections that come up when meeting people for the project. “All of these experiences I’m having to me are almost more important than taking the picture of the people. So how do I visualize all of these experiences besides saying go to my Instagram feed or let me tell you this cool story?”

All of the portraits for the project have been shot on film, which in some ways might seem like a paradox for a project that delves deep into the modern, digital oriented virtual world. For Hollander it’s the only thing that made sense, although she does bring along an iPhone and digital point and shoot camera for backup.

“It’s not like I’m going back to film,” she said. “I never left film. I went from records to an iPod. I’ve always shot film and it’s funny because I’m doing a super tech project—I’m not a techie at all—I came kicking and screaming into even using Photoshop.”

Most photographers will tell you that shooting film also slows things down. To keep things casual and less intimidating for her subjects, Hollander travels by herself with no light kits and no assistants, armed only with her Hasselblad camera, a couple rolls of film and a tripod. Not only does it bring down the tension for her subjects, it has also affected Hollander.

“I’m a much nicer person now because you have to be,” she said about making the portraits. “You can’t be a jerk when you go into someone’s house to take a picture.”

Working on the project has also reshaped Hollander’s definition of what a friend is, although she isn’t convinced there is much difference between online relationships and those based in “reality.” She said friends have always represented different roles from those you might only run into at an art show to those with whom you share more intimate details of your life.

“The word friend is hard because Facebook took it and corporatized it,” she said. “I’m a person who loves meeting people and I’m always introducing people … I would say I definitely have a connected network of people and I think Facebook just mimicked what I already had and made it easier to connect with people.”

So far, the majority of people Hollander contacted about participating in the project have agreed to sit for her. Her sister and her wife liked theirs; her parents, not so much (“I don’t think they really understood what I was doing and it was the first time they’ve seen themselves portrayed in this way.”) Hollander said she tries reaching out to people few times about taking their portrait and if they don’t have the courtesy to respond to her request, she unfriends them.

She made a conscious decision to shoot her exes last, something she might end up changing. “I’m starting to think that’s not the best idea to save all the people I don’t want to see,” she laughed. “It’s going to suck the last six months!” She added that simply going into each home is emotional enough.

“The emotional part is hard because I never know what situation I’m going to walk into, even with close friends. You never know what’s happened in the last couple of days—and when I’m there, I’m in it!”

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Counting Crows Frontman Adam Duritz Explains Why No One Can Find Him On Tinder

Single ladies, take note: Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz is on the market, and he’s on Tinder.

You can follow in the footsteps of former Duritz love interests such as Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Emmy Rossum by simply downloading the dating app, which the musician recently joined. After tweeting a screenshot of his profile, he explained to HuffPost Live why he isn’t ashamed to use the popular dating service.

“Everybody is on Tinder,” he told host Ricky Camilleri. “My married friends are on Tinder. Seriously, there is nobody who is not on Tinder at this point. It’s a video game. My married publicist who told me not to go on Tinder is on Tinder, and so is her husband.”

Duritz is surprised that people even came across his profile to begin with.

“I don’t think most people would even have me on their [age] range. Most people my age aren’t on [Tinder],” the 50-year-old said. “They don’t even know how to use a phone.”

The singer seemed less surprised, however, at the fact that he was still single.

“You muddle through and you crash into a wall,” he said, referring to the relationship trajectory he finds himself frequently succumbing to. “I blame myself because it’s my fault. … I’m crazy, and I write a lot of songs about that particular wall. I don’t know why more people haven’t picked up on it.”

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To Find Your Mission, Disrupt Your Life

We saw how choosing the mission-driven life is the basis of social entrepreneurship. We choose it out of a sense of responsibility to the world and to the value of our own lives.

But that sense of responsibility and the yearning for a more purposeful life often come to us before we know what our mission is.

How do we find our mission?

In my experience, the answer is to disrupt your life and search for it.

New Perspectives

When I quit my career to embark on a new path, I didn’t know what I was doing or seeking. My instincts were strong but their message unclear. I just knew I needed to get away.

I bought a one-way ticket to Mexico, where I’d never been. I told myself I was taking a sabbatical, but beyond that, all was unknown. I didn’t even know where I would sleep the night I arrived — let alone that I would discover my life mission three months later.

But that was the point: it was a time of not knowing, of experimenting, of exploring and deepening a new awareness.

For the first few weeks, I discovered the joy of traveling aimlessly and lightly through a new country, reawakening my sense of curiosity. Settling in Oaxaca, I gained a deeper appreciation of craft by studying ceramics and music, and fueled my self-reflection by studying philosophy at a local university.

I wasn’t interested in a single “truth,” but in learning to see life from multiple perspectives.

Doing By Not Doing

My whole life up to then had been about “productivity.” As a business consultant, the key metric was billable hours; as a global trade executive, financial returns. Time was literally money, and the ideal person a kind of productivity machine.

Now I could see that old model in a new light. I was re-humanizing my relationship to time and my understanding of value.

But it wasn’t easy. The old metrics still haunted me. What was I doing with myself? What value was I adding?

Self-doubt began to wrack me. For weeks I’d wake in the middle of the night scared I’d made the wrong decision. I’d thrown everything away and what had I gained? Was I really an escapist like my family and many of my friends said?

Gaining Clarity

Then, one night, I overcame these doubts by simply deciding I’d done the right thing. That was it: a deep, defiant decision. I woke in the morning with a newfound sense of clarity.

When I walked outside into the day, I met the person who would soon help reveal my mission to me — a neighbor who introduced me to the farmers with whom I’d eventually start my social enterprise.

That was the most valuable lesson from this exploratory time. When you have clarity about your commitment, the right opportunities emerge. I’ve experienced it again and again ever since.

Curiosity, joy, integrity, clarity of commitment — all of these are essential to social entrepreneurship in its deepest sense. But I had to disrupt my life and take a risk in order to rediscover them.
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Love in a Dumpster: Where Does It Go and Where to Find It

I’m (Doug) sitting in a restaurant and pondering life, marriage and some of the pressing questions we all ask. Questions like this one. Where do the waiters and waitresses go while you’re waiting to be served? It seems at times they just disappear and you’re left wondering hard at their temporary escape. Are they in the back smoking weed? Eating our food? Running errands? Sitting on the toilet barely able to get back out to bring us our food? Did they wash their hands?

And where does the garbage go? There’s a million dollar inquiry. Really, with so much stuff piling up, where do they put it all? How is it all possible that at some point, we don’t see it pouring into our streets or backyards or playgrounds?

And how in the world do we have enough grapes to make all the wine, gallons of grape juice and thousands of bins and barrels full people buy every day? Let alone apples, wheat, corn and other staples we depend on.

But sometimes the questions get much more personal. We wonder where our zest for life went –when we once had radiant hope and believed we could conquer the world. When we knew we would be wealthy before our 40s. What happened to laughter and fun, when life got too serious? Why our careers don’t seem so exciting and we wonder if we chose poorly.

And then we face the truly million dollar marriage question — where did our love go and why? What happened to our sold out passion for one another? The passion that got replaced with complacency and doubt. Laziness and carelessness. When we at one time knew we married our soul mate. And we can’t remember exactly why or what happened to the best friend we once had.

Did we throw it away in some rusty, blemished dumpster that collects old love, determined connections and deep commitment between zealous lovers? Is it sitting in some back room, doing shots, hiding and refusing to come out and serve its guests in a now empty restaurant once devoted to fine dining and exclusive love?

And like the grapes, apples and amazing edibles, have we forgotten where love comes from? Because we thought it would just be there always? Never stop filling up our cupboards to overflow without any effort or attention on our part?

Love happens:

• When we start wondering and wondering hard what makes it work. Where it comes from. How to find it, buy it in the market place of the heart, and never take it for granted. When we give up our sometimes infantile need to just have it there, magically, no matter what.

• When we understand that, unlike grapes, love is endless but it is also truly manufactured. In the spirit that won’t let go of wonder, hope and passion and a deep desire to reach out to our lover. We find it and create it every day, every hour and each moment we breathe.

• When we stare hard in the mirror and commit ourselves to selflessness. When we define the enemy as selfishness. When we desperately want to be a lover that makes a difference — first to ourselves and then to our lover, life partner and spouse.

In closing, I like what Tom Robbins said: “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”

Yes, indeed. “Creating the perfect love.” Creating. The. Perfect. Love.
Weddings – The Huffington Post
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Is Your Life in Balance? 6 Ways to Find Out

Maintaining balance in your life enables you to be more fit, have better overall health and embrace a better attitude toward life. Balance helps us feel more peaceful and at home in just about any situation.

We often forget to notice and give thanks when our body and soul are in balance. When we’re out of balance, however, we definitely notice the symptoms — having an illness or injury, feeling anger, fear or jealousy, or being burned out, unmotivated or stressed.

Here’s what you’ll have in your life when you learn to restore balance. You’ll wake up excited and happy for the day. You’ll have time for others. You’ll be in harmony with the outside environment. There will be less worry in your life, and you’ll feel motivated more often than not. There will be measurable improvement in fitness and health.

If you want more of the good stuff, you need to pay attention to these aspects of your life that may be out of balance:

1. You would rather pull the sheets over your head than march out the door to tackle the day.
Solution: If this is your overwhelming feeling, it might be a good idea to take a break and have some down time. Rest is just as important as productivity and action.

2. There is always a burning feeling of stress or anxiety that just won’t go away.
Solution: Focus on trust. If you need renewed enthusiasm for the road ahead, whether it’s a marathon race coming up or a work assignment, remind yourself of your goals and what you want to achieve. Let these be your inspiration. Trust in your ability to get it done and do it well.

3. You can hardly stand it when people want to talk with you or need your help, because you’re barely able to take care of your own life.
Solution: Take some moments to disconnect from whatever gives you the stress, and do something positive for yourself. Take a short walk, watch the sunset — anything to increase the positive “readings” on your meter. In other words, find and nurture your higher self.

4. You don’t have time to be in nature.
Solution: It doesn’t require a lot of time in nature to restore balance to your life. Drink your morning tea or coffee outdoors. Take a walk at lunch. Go outside before bed and look at the stars. When you check in with nature and you’re aware of the seasonal changes, the temperature changes and all the transformations that are going on around you, it “resets” your equilibrium.

5. You have ongoing injuries and/or frequent illnesses that recur or don’t seem to go away.
Solution: Do a life stress reality check. What parts of your life are using up the energy you need to nurture your own health? Find fixes that energize you, whether it’s getting more rest, having more alone time, saying no to demanding people or taking on less work.

6. You feel too overwhelmed or lack the motivation to exercise.
Solution: Do what you need to do to clear your plate a little bit so there is time. Our bodies want and need to move in order to stay healthy. Everyone has 15 minutes a day — even you! Plug in to your community of support for help and motivation. Get a walking buddy, join a canoeing group or take a dance class.

Seeking and appreciating the balance you do have can be part of your journey in life. Consciously take note when negative thoughts aren’t present. Notice events in nature — such as the sun rising yesterday or the phase of the moon. Give yourself kudos when you’ve been consistent in your workouts, and appreciate how good you feel when you’re active. Acknowledge moments when you feel generous, and be grateful when you feel healthy.

Maintaining a balanced life is an important key to happiness and health.
GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
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