Category Archives: Balance

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.

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Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

SUPERCHARGE YOUR BRAIN: 3 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Focus and Concentration

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Researchers have found that the average person’s attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it’s just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don’t need to convince you that our world is…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

10 ways to fall asleep fast

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It’s 2:48am. You’re completely awake, tossing and turning, wishing you could slip into slumber because your alarm clock is scheduled to go off in just a few hours. You’ve got an immensely busy day tomorrow, and you can’t afford to be sleep-deprived. But for whatever reason, you just can’t fall asleep…   We’ve all been…

Dancing for the health of it

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A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing my friend Cris Linnares speak about her journey back to health through movement, especially dancing. The warm-blooded Brazilian native described her first winter in North Dakota, the birth of her daughter, subsequent baby blues and her father’s passing as “the perfect storm.”  She was down,…

Mindfulness Goes to School

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Our kids are back to the routine of school. The energy is high as we walk through the hallways, with lots of chatter and sharing events from the prior day. But high energy doesn’t always translate well to listening and focusing on tasks at hand in the classroom. Some schools around the country are turning…

So much to celebrate on July 4 and every day

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At our house, the trip to Memory Fireworks with my son is an annual tradition. Sparklers, little poppers and those crazy snake things are bringing lots of joy as we celebrate freedom. It got me thinking about the beauty of celebration and why we should do more of it. For all types of celebrations- birthdays,…

Why We Love the Lake

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 The weekly exodus of vehicles on Friday afternoon and evening has begun. Those cars and trucks and campers, filled with food, beach towels, fishing rods and smiling faces, seem magnetized by the call of the water. We get to follow “rules” like these: Nap Often Watch the Sunset Go Boating Wake Up Smiling Soak Up…

Kids in the Kitchen: Common Ground for a Delicious Life 

A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The ND women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does…