Category Archives: Newsletter

Did you send out Christmas cards this year? No worries. Send an end-of-the-year letter instead.

handwritten letters

Last January, a friend mailed me an end-of-the-year letter. It wasn’t a particularly long letter. It wasn’t fancy or complex. Just a few sentences on a simple card. In her letter, she said: “I’ve been watching all of your hard work this past year, especially with your writing and blogging. I see the articles you…

One question that can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions.

new years party favors

On January 1st of each year, millions of people jubilantly declare what they intend to achieve in the year ahead. It might be to “lose 20 pounds” or “exercise three times a week” or “start a side-business” or “stop smoking” or “save $100 a week for retirement.” And then… a couple of weeks into the…

A trio of holiday beauty products that even non-crafty people can make at home.

fruited water

There are just a few precious days before Christmas. Perhaps the thought of braving the crowd at the mall gives you shivers. But you want to give out an attractive, festive, thoughtful gift to your friends and family this holiday season. And maybe you’ve been inspired by the hand-crafted movement. You want something that’s beautiful,…

Your brain wants you to think you’re right—even if you’re not.

x-ray brain

If you’ve ever been on a first date… or if you’ve ever interviewed someone who wanted to work for you… or if you’ve ever taken a new car for a test drive, you’ve probably experienced a pesky cognitive situation known as: “confirmation bias.” What is confirmation bias? It’s when you “want” something to be good,…

What is your cause?

art is charity

Reality TV starlet & model Kylie Jenner has taken a stand against bullying. Pop singer Demi Lovato wants to educate the world about the realities of mental illness. Athlete Ronda Rousey is outspoken about why women need to stop starving themselves and punishing their bodies. These famous women all share one thing in common: a…

Face reading: useful insights or just entertainment?

woman's face

It’s often said that the eyes are the windows into the soul, and that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their smile. In my profession, I get to see lots of beautiful faces, from softly wrinkled grannies, tired but happy moms, thirty-something gals with a hint of lines from smiling,…

A Very “Selfish” Thanksgiving.

thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. It’s our peak time for expressing our gratitude, of course. On magazine covers, morning talk shows, and blogs, you start to see the “gratitude” theme popping up everywhere. You see articles like… “100 things to be grateful about!” … “22 fun ways to express your gratitude!”…

How to save the world… and still have time to eat, sleep, and shower.

Play the Free Rice game

She gives all day long at work. She’s the first one to sign up for the 5K fundraiser race, the church potluck, the summer festival event planning team. Her heart breaks when she sees a hungry man sitting on the street corner. She can’t walk into a pet rescue center without adopting a new friend….

That Sixth Sense: If you feel something is up, do something about it.

Christopher Feaster, sitting among some of the awards he received during his distinguished high school years. (Photo by Kristen Taylor Sorensen)

Christopher spent the majority of his teen years living with his mother in a Washington DC homeless shelter. Food was tightly rationed and washing his clothes was a luxury—something he could only afford to do once a month. Despite these circumstances, Christopher excelled in high school and went on to earn a full scholarship to…

Sweet treats that sneakily pack some nutrients and minerals. (Shh. Don’t tell your kids.)

Spinach Ice Cream cone

Have you checked out your child’s Halloween stash yet? Are you in the dole it out slowly camp, or do you let them feast and get it over with? Here’s another idea, chop up chocolate based candy bars (Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, etc) and add them to cookie batter or brownies instead of chocolate chips….