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When Life Hands You a Hurricane

Sep 23, 2017 No Comments

What stood out the most about our journey was the compassion being shared between everyone we encountered. At a gas station off the highway in Georgia, a woman and her family and friends were offering home-cooked food and water to evacuees (see photo).

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The GHOST SHIP and the Irrevocable Choices

Jun 12, 2017 No Comments

No matter what choices we make in life, we are destined to have a ghost ship.

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Freedom or Bust! The True Story of the American Dream

Jun 01, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera I apologize in advance if this offends you. Nevermind, I hope it pisses you off and makes you want to stop squandering your potential. You deserve more than where you are right now. I spent most of my life with one foot weighted down with the obligations of approval and conformity and […]

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Dec 29, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera Here we go again… another New Year’s Resolution. Haven’t we learned by now that a declaration to change because another year ticks on the calendar is an ineffective form of commitment? The excitement and hope that surrounds the symbolic progression of time gives us all a sense of possibilities for renewal, re-alignment, […]

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Why It’s Possible to Be SPIRITUAL and Also Care About POLITICS, Government and Social Issues

Oct 20, 2016 No Comments

(I’m spiritual, I believe in the law of attraction, AND I have a degree in sociology… so here’s my perspective.) I know a lot of “spiritual” people and most of them won’t touch what’s going on in politics right now with a 10 foot pole. Why? Because they believe focusing on the “negative” only feeds […]

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What’s Eating You? What’s REALLY Going On Beneath Healthy Eating

May 27, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera   Are We What We Eat? I eat healthy…most of the time. Low sugar, low gluten, low calorie. I try to eat mostly real food, not processed junk. I drink vegetable juice and avoid sugar in beverages. But I’ll guiltlessly scarf down a brownie when the opportunity presents itself. I’m the middle […]

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UNconditional Dreams and Desires

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera Everything we want is because we believe it will make us feel the way we desire: good, or at least better. Everything. And this is why desire has a bad reputation. Some even believe that desire is the root of suffering. This is true, but only if you define desire as “wanting […]

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4 Steps to Goal Success

Dec 22, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera Knowing what your goals are can be more challenging than you may think. Perhaps this is why so many people don’t set them. You may have heard that most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions, but did you know that most people don’t even MAKE ONE. Even during peak goal-setting season, […]

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A True Story of Christmas Giving

Nov 27, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera   I woke up on Christmas morning when I was about 10 years old, grabbed my little sister—who was sleeping in my room for the special occasion—and timidly crept out to the living room. My parents had told us that Santa wasn’t going to bring us very much this year. When we […]

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Ignite Your Path

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Rivera The Ride of Your Life You’re going on a road trip at night, and the headlights only show 200 feet ahead. As you go toward your destination, you don’t have to see the whole way. In fact, it’s impossible. But as you keep going, the path is illuminated 200 feet at a […]

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