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Stop Being So Passionate! 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Enthusiasm

Preface: I don’t want you to actually stop being passionate. The title is meant to grab your attention. I ENCOURAGE you to be insanely passionate about everything and everyone you can. Truth: I have…

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Writing Your Own Story – Tips to Really Be the Author of Your Own Life

I was frustrated. I was tired. I wasn’t able to lift the last of my heavy power cleans and I was agitated about it. I had found myself, all week long in fact, feeling ‘off’ at the Crossfit gym and…

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Be Sheltered: Protecting Your Heart and Mind From Negativity

Growing up, my mom had one favorite go-to quote. “If I die tomorrow, Daff, you need to know how to do ______” (fill in the blank with any variety of life action verbs such a plan, learn, apply, pay,…

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6 Small (But Important) Things I Did in 2015 to Be a Better Person

2015 was a phenomenal year for me and I hope you're saying the same. One of the most important thing I've learned, not only this year, but over the past few years, is that self-improvement is crucial…

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6 Siblings and 5 Valuable Lessons Learned

I'm number 3 (the best number of course) out of 6 children. Let that sink in. That is a LOT of children. As the years pass by, as we all get older and grow into the adults and citizens we were meant…

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3 Ways CrossFit Made Me a Better Human

We've heard the jokes: You know someone does CrossFit because it's ALL they talk about! I used to laugh (and agree) with this before I started my own CrossFit journey. Now, just shy of three months…

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5 Ways to Make Your Life More Positive

As we grow, we naturally become more in tune with the things and people that facilitate a safe, comfortable and empowered environment. Our experiences and interactions with people and situations give…

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4 Innovative Ways to Give Back

The act of giving back is timeless. With social media usage at an all time high, it makes it easy to not only educate yourself on who and what could use some help, but also how everyone else around…

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Why We Need to Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

I wrote this topic down months ago as something I really wanted to address. I knew, however, that the best words would only come during a time of abundant get-shit-done thoughts and lots of positive…

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How to Embrace Change Like a Champion

Writing about the things that are close to my heart is so important to me. I want you to know that my most meaningful articles come from a personal place of ups, downs, high and lows. This particular…

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When Technology Loses: 3 Things I Won’t Give Up

Technology is a beautiful reflection of how intelligent, foreword thinking and innovative the human race is. We create technology that saves lives and makes other components of our lifestyle so…

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Measuring Success: Why It’s Time for a Change

In a bustling society driven by technology and to-do lists, we tend to define our successes by how hard we work, what we have to show for it and what our next steps look like. For every individual,…

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5 Ways to Create More Love

Life is yin and yang. With good comes bad, with love comes hate and with positivity comes negativity. It only makes natural sense to accept both as routinely orders of energy in your life. The beauty…

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Prostitution and Prison: Vicious Cycle Must Stop

If you think prostitution is a choice, think again. As the activist Norma Ramos once said, "Prostitution is not the world's oldest profession — it's the world's oldest oppression." In Orlando,…

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6 Must-Have Pieces of Advice for College Graduates

Leaving college and entering the workforce is both exciting and terrifying to say the least. The workforce is dramatically different from what it was 10, 20 and 30 years ago when our parents and…

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5 Steps to Making a Healthy (and Cheap) Lunch via Xerox

I was so excited when Xerox and their small business blog reached out to me via Twitter to find out a little bit more about how I personally manage healthy a busy business schedule and eating right.…

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The Only Reason You Ever Need to Get Serious About Your Health

Unfortunately, our society has truly over complicated health. There are endless amounts of foods, diets, pills and routines that promise health, weight loss, more energy and just about anything else…

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Why Society is All Wrong About Barbie

It’s crept up on us everywhere: skinny shaming Barbie, putting her down for her unrealistic bodily proportions and long wavy locks. “She’s giving the wrong impression to children!” we say. “She’s…

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2013 Zumba Recap

2013 has been an absolutely amazing year in more ways than one. I have had the pleasure of teaching over 150 Zumba classes to some absolutely amazing people. With each class that passes, I have made…

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DIY Stamped Mirror

Friday: I had been experiencing a dry spell in my creative world and decided it was time for a new project. The last crafting journey I had embarked on was weeks before, when I completed another page…

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