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A video interview with Fatima Sultan (10) and her 8-year old sister, who believe in using their voice to make a difference.
www.twosistersonamission.com

Question: You are doing important work and have powerful messages. As two young girls, what advice do you have for others to avoid being unfairly judged and make sure that people listen and take you seriously? 


How did you discover your passion at such a young age?

When we were going to build a library in a First Nation community, we met an artist. He showed us his art and what it meant to him. We knew in that moment, we had to bring his art to the world through an online art store. It’s called “Two Sisters on a Mission”.

A few months later, we went to the Dominican Republic and stopped at an art store. It wasn’t too big and we noticed a scooter in the corner and heard a banging on the wall. We realized that this little space was the artist’s store, his house and his garage with four people living in it. And again,  we wondered ‘Why isn’t someone helping this person?’ And then it hit us, that ‘someone’ should be ‘me’. Why are we holding ourselves back from achieving something that has never been done before? I believed we had a voice and it should be heard. We speak for all the people, who cannot speak for themselves right now. And with that belief we are able to help people and artists around the world.

How do you overcome the fear of starting something new?

When you start something for the first time, there will obviously be a lot of fear. For all those girls out there, for all the artists, for everyone that’s trying to follow their dreams but is told over and over again that somehow maybe they are not enough, because they don’t have this or they don’t have that, our message is simple: you are enough. You have everything you need to be successful, all you have to do is start following your dreams to the fullest potential.

What’s next for you?

We believe that we can get artists from around the world, and help them. Also, we want to bring our art to the world and we want to grow our business and help more artists. That said, our next business will be built around technology and coding to empower girls and let them know that they are the change the world needs.

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Emmz Guide To Life by Janakornberg1 - 4M ago

Everyone feels stress – it’s a normal part of life. But sometimes it’s just too much. It lasts too long and anxiety creeps in taking us to really dark and scary places. It’s not easy to be objective and slow down while spinning and find a way to hit the brakes on stress. Here are a few apps that helped me and the people I love. Some of them, like Headspace and Calm, I use on a daily basis.

A few notes:

For non-believers: “Anxiety disorders are serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States. An estimated 264 million people worldwide have an anxiety disorder and women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.” Find out more at Adaa.org

For health-seekers: I applaud you – seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Identifying and addressing anxiety underlying factors is not easy. Be patient and ask for help.

Helpful apps:

Headspace

Andy Puddicombe is the founder and the voice of this app. If you have time, I would highly recommend watching his Ted talk or to watch/listen/read his interviews. His story is very unusual and his personality and outlook on life are as kind and calming as his voice.

This meditation app is good for beginners and teaches you how to reduce anxiety and stress, sleep better, and much more. You can pick and choose and create your own practice and adjust it to your needs and the time you have.

Headspace serves over 35 million people in 190 countries, so don’t be intimidated and join them. Start with short and guided meditations.

Calm

This beautiful app will teach you meditation and how to reduce anxiety, improve focus, increase happiness and practice gratitude. It will also help insomniacs.

My favorite parts are the sleep stories. They are exceptional, and I guarantee that you will be asleep in 10 minutes. Choose something that works for you, switch from nonfiction to fiction, or listen to fairy tales. I love the story by Matthew McConaughey, “Wonder” and my kids love “The Velveteen Rabbit.” And please check the ASMR* section where Emma Whispers Red quietly whispers this calming tale. Enjoy, and you’re welcome.

*ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s a tingly sensation that usually begins in the crown of the head and works its way down the back and through the limbs. The feeling is extremely relaxing and is often triggered by soft sounds, soft voices, whispering and light touching. Many people have an ASMR experience during a head massage or a facial, having their hair played with or while someone strokes their arm.

And, if you are not in the mood for a story, go straight to soothing music sounds.

10% Happier

If you are a skeptic and don’t believe in calming your mind with meditation and mindfulness, go straight to the 10% Happier app and watch and listen to the “The Basics” and “Essential Advice” with Joseph Goldstein. This app will change your mind.

Stop, Breathe and Think

You will have to face yourself and think about how your mind and body feel. Just by answering a simple question and marking down how you feel physically and mentally (great, good, meh, poor, rough), it will help you identify and name your true emotions. Based on this feedback, the app recommends a list of meditations tailored to your needs.

For more apps find out more at: adaa.org

For more information, questions and support please visit: www.nami.org and www.screening.mentalhealthamerica.net

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have.

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An interview with Mitra Raman
Founder, Buttermilk
Seattle, WA
www.thebuttermilkco.com

You were an Amazon Engineer with a degree in Computer Science – what skills from that part of your life helped you to build your own food business? What new skills did you have to learn quickly?

The website was easy. There wasn’t much coding involved and there are so many great tools out there like Squarespace  and Shopify. Also, the branding – I’m not a designer but I know exactly what I like.

I had to learn how to create a physical product. I researched everything related to production, packaging, supply chain and making sure my products are safe.

What were the first steps you took to get started?

I started trying out my mom’s two recipes by giving them to a few friends and family with the instructions, “Just add water”, and asked them to tell me how they like it. Then, I started doing a lot of research on how you start a food business – Google has been my best friend. When it comes to setting up business documents, INCFILE was really helpful.

Food businesses are subject to FDA regulation, so how difficult is to meet all the requirements and how long did it take before you could sell your first products?

It’s not that difficult, it just takes some initial research to understand what you need. The most difficult part is that there’s so much varying information, it’s not simply laid out. When it comes to legal things, it’s very complicated, so I spent a few weeks researching and going to the Department of Health in Washington. I had to go in, talk to them, and figure it out, but they were super helpful and told me exactly what I needed to do.

What were the key lessons learned – both failures and successes – that helped you get to where you are today?

Being constantly in a problem-solving mindset. You have to react quickly and not dwell on the issue, you have to think, “How do we fix problems and what are the alternatives?” Also, thinking in terms of scale, that’s something I’m still constantly reminding myself to do. Learning from Amazon and from Y Combinator, those are the two things that they drill into you. Start with one problem (even in computer science terminology), solve it, and now do it for a hundred. How you scale is not one solution for one problem, but for everything. Those two things are important.

And yes, I’ve made tons of mistakes, and each one has taught me something, each one has made me better as a business person. After a first few hiring issues, I’ve learned to slow down and not just give an offer to the first person I want to hire, but change the questions I ask and the whole interview process. Also, training people – I don’t want to sit and build a training manual for every role that suddenly comes up. I prefer to just push someone in, start working with me and try and figure it out.

I’m definitely learning a lot continuously and I feel like all these mistakes have been really teachable moments.

Your crowdsource and profit-sharing model is fascinating – how does that work and what are the requirements for participation?

We are currently only creating Indian food products, so we are looking for Indian recipes, and they also need to be vegan. We’re not a vegan company, but our products are vegan and we do have an environmentally-minded mission so the vegan community folds into that. We see that as a product that everyone can enjoy versus a product that only some people can enjoy.

It has to be simple as all our products are just ‘add hot water’ and that’s something we want to be able to maintain so it’s super easy for a customer to make at home.

What keeps your customers engaged and loyal?

The fact that we crowdsource the recipes and you can really taste the quality and freshness. That’s what keeps people coming back. Usually they are surprised to see that such good quality food comes from something that’s so affordable and prepackaged. It’s fun to be able to dispel that myth. And loyalty, I mean authenticity is just built into our brand. I literally started this with my mom’s recipes to solve my own problem, and that I think a lot of people can relate to.

I’m also running our social media, marketing and doing a lot of the test points where the customer reacts. I read and respond to most customer emails. That also keeps people connected to us and the humans beyond the brand, and we’ve always been very focused on not letting it seem like there’s a company bot, but there’s a real person really responding to everything and we really want people to feel that.

You were was chosen to participate in Y Combinator, the well-known startup accelerator program in Silicon Valley. How did that experience help you on your journey?

The best thing is the community and the network. We’re connected now to all the alumnae, which is a large network of awesome founders and awesome companies. Having the mentors just a call away is a huge benefit. It also taught me to focus on what’s important.

What venues/books/websites/events would you recommend to a new entrepreneur to help them with product-development and access to a strong support network?

Utilize your network. I got most of my help at the beginning by posting on Facebook to my friends and family and saying, “I need a designer to work with,” and I had people that I haven’t talked to in years either saying, “Hey, I can talk to you,” or saying, “I know someone.”

Additionally there are a lot of great Facebook groups. I was just added to one for CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods). Those groups have been really helpful because people can post their questions and get answers or solutions to their needs quickly.  

And for books, I haven’t really turned to one specific one. There is one on value propositions I liked. You need to know what you’re creating and what problem you’re solving and you cannot lose focus on the exact problem you’re solving. If you do, then you don’t know who your customers are and you’re not able to target well. It’s important to always keep coming back to what problem are you solving for who and get specific. And once you’re able to write it down, you can then figure out who the customers are.

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I want to eat chocolate-covered almonds every day and heal my emotions with ice cream just as often. Lately, I’ve realized that I need to cut back on my winter sugar cravings for the sake of my skin and my waistline. I also want to gain control of my emotional eating rather than being controlled by my mindless habits. Sugar in our “go-to comfort foods” increases inflammation, contributes to weight gain, diabetes, aging and is highly addictive. So, read food labels and try to cut back on sugar in all its villainous forms: brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, malt sugar, molasses and all syrup sugar molecules ending with “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose). Love yourself – remember that small changes can make a big difference and keep your life sweet, even without sugar.

Here is how I beat afternoon cravings:

Golden Milk
Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon and fresh or ground turmeric in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. You can add raw honey or stevia before you drink it. This is a great drink to boost your immunity and it also helps balance your blood sugar.

Variations:
Use almond milk, goat milk, macadamia milk, or oat milk. You can add fresh or ground ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg – make it yours!

Licorice Tea with Almond Milk.
Pour the milk in your tea, sprinkle it with nutmeg and ground turmeric. This tea is simple, satisfying and improves digestive issues.

Mushroom Hot Cacao 
Pour hot water and add your choice of nut milk. I don’t add anything else but sweeten it with stevia, xylitol or monkfruit as you like. This is a very satisfying, guilt-free and refreshing drink. And no this delicious creamy chocolate drink doesn’t taste like mushrooms. The active compounds in cordyceps mushrooms are there to support your stamina and endurance.

Banana Split with Almond Butter
Cut two bananas, cover with almond butter, add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips or cocoa nibs and slivered almonds. Finish with a (controlled) drizzle of honey. Keep it simple. When I’m desperate, or in a hurry, I just drizzle honey over two bananas and that’s it. This mini-dessert is great, especially when you want to go crazy and dive into your snack cabinet or a chocolate cake.

Love to hear your ideas!

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There are red hearts, discounted chocolates and unrealistic expectations everywhere I go… I can’t avoid it. So, I’m forced to think about love and my relationships, including the most important one  – with myself. Yes, it goes up and down and changes (for the better) with time. I’ve realized that more than ever the only way to fulfill my potential is by loving myself and paying more attention to self-care – a hard realization for someone who is their own worst critic and ‘people pleaser’.

My advice for Valentine’s Day – you must first love yourself before you love another. So here is my Valentine’s Day Challenge: after a long day (away from all your different identities and labels), find a silent moment and connect with your inner world. Celebrate yourself, all your gifts, achievements, lessons learned and the wonderful work in progress you are. Then take a bubble bath and watch a movie!

And whether you’re celebrating alone or with others, here are some movies to watch for all ages. Let us know your favorites:

The Notebook

If you want to cry uncontrollably and be in love with Allie and Noah, watch this classic movie again. Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook will capture you in its sweeping and emotional force.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

A sweet teenage romance about how writing love letters to all of the boys you ever loved is a great way to heal yourself, and make your life complicated.

Crazy Rich Asians

A beautiful, colorful and unrealistic tale where money can’t buy love. You’ll find out how dating a rich guy can really complicate things.

Chocolat

A movie about change, chocolate, magic and love. And yes, you can eat chocolate while watching.

Before Sunrise

You will fall in love with Celine and Jesse who meet on a train and impulsively decide to jump off together in Vienna. They know they have only one night.

Choose your own and use secret codes on Netflix:

From classic comedies to coming-of-age romance, The Daily Mail has uncovered the latest batch of Netflix codes for all the movies to celebrate the Valentine’s day:

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Emmz Guide To Life by Janakornberg1 - 6M ago

I’m a messy person – cleaning and organizing have always been unpleasant and unimportant chores until I realized it’s very difficult to be calm and focused in the midst of total chaos.

In today’s society, we sometimes measure our self-worth by the things we own. We need the latest stuff, we accumulate and get attached, making us hoard piles of things we don’t use or forget we even have. Being intentional about being tidy is not easy. Do I really want to devote my physical and mental energy to cleaning? Is this really important? After reading Marie Kondo’s book, I reframed how I view my environment and it made cleaning more meaningful and less boring. And it didn’t kill my creativity. Above all, it taught me to keep my space organized (most of the time). It’s crazy, but when I declutter I feel more calm and happy. I also have much more clarity because I get rid of my mental clutter at the same time. It’s worth it!

Messy places can make you feel overwhelmed and anxious. So try to reevaluate who you are today, what you need, what you want to wear and how you want to live. Do it for yourself, not for others. What do you want to see every day? Get rid of the old, clear your mind and let fresh energy in. It doesn’t look like it, but spring is coming! Feel new! And remember, small changes can make a big difference.

And keeping Marie Kondo’s ideology in mind, choose to keep the things that make you happy. Choose joy!

“When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. In the end, all that will remain are the things that you really treasure. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, best-selling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.

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Emmz Guide To Life by Janakornberg1 - 6M ago

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, the classic dilemma of what to get for myself comes up. I don’t do heavy makeup, just a simple lip gloss and mascara is enough for me. Recently, I was looking into lip balms and was surprised to find that many products aren’t all-natural and aren’t cruelty-free.

I started to wonder how my personal skin care could be harming me or the environment, and I found that many beauty products contain preservatives that release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, skin irritant, an allergen. These preservatives can go by many names, such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and bronopol. I also found parabens, which can act like estrogen and cause breast cancer due to exposure over time.

So, for Valentine’s Day this year, I’m going to get non-toxic products, starting with lip gloss, lip balm, and lipstick, whose ingredients and formulas are not harmful to my health. So love yourself and  here is a non-toxic, cruelty-free lip list for you and your friends:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip

B Glossy Lip Gloss

C’est Mois Reflect Lip Gloss

Weleda Everon Lip Balm

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner

Be Green Lip Balm

Sources:

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While all of us want to learn new things in order to perform well in school, work, or just to learn a new skill, we rarely stop and think about the effectiveness of our learning strategies or techniques.

To look at these methods, we interviewed Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., PE, a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” (she is the co-author of the most popular online course in the world – https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn). Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior.

An Interview with Barbara Oakley
www.barbaraoakley.com

How important is routine when you try to learn something difficult and new?

You don’t want to just cram and study one time right before a test. When you’re learning something new, you need to be hitting it repeatedly for a number of days. Having a bit of a routine every day will help. The routine can be to do a ‘Pomodoro*’ on that material every day. The time can differ – you can do Pomodoro in the afternoon or when you first wake up as long as there’s consistency, especially at the beginning so you can start building sets of brain links with repetition.

*The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that uses a timer to break down work/study into intervals. To do a “Pomodoro,” turn off all distractions (cell phone off!), set a timer for 25 minutes, work as attentively as you can for those 25 minutes, and then take a 5 minute or so break.  The break is as important as the focused part of the Pomodoro session–it allows your brain to consolidate the material.

When feeling overwhelmed with school workload and tests, how should we prioritize or structure our study time, and how often should we switch from one subject to another?

First, write down a list.  This will help you to create an overview of what you need to be doing–and it will help clear all the swirling tasks out of your working memory. Then step back and ask, “Okay, how much time do I really have now, and what’s most important for me to be doing in that time?”

Pick a task, or a few tasks, from the list. If the item would take a long time (“finish writing report”), then break it into something bite-sized–for example, do one Pomodoro on the report. I like to have a big list of my tasks for the day, but then I have a sublist beside it of three to five small, doable tasks from the big list. I work from the smaller list, so I can cross it off and complete the smaller list within a few hours. Then I make a new smaller list. I try to keep my focus on the smaller list, to help prevent me from getting overwhelmed with everything I need to be doing.

You said you were not a “natural” with math when you were younger, so what was the final impulse to change? What were the first steps and how did you stay motivated?

I heard over and over that I should follow my passion, as that’s what would make me happy. So that’s what I did. I wanted to learn a new language so I did. I hated math–that was not my passion–so I avoided it.

After I enlisted in the military I began to see that following your passion is not the best advice. I mean, it’s okay to follow your passion, but it’s also a really good idea to broaden your passion.  Eventually, because I had just followed my passion and studied language, I ended up in a box career-wise. I was 26-years-old when I got out of the military with a Bachelor’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Literature. There were not many jobs available because I had just studied what I felt like studying instead of what might actually give me some skills that were needed in society.

A lot of the guys I worked with in the military were West Point engineers. They had great training–so many career doors were open for them, but not for me. I realized that I should try to retrain my brain, to  open my mind to the fact analytical skills are increasingly important.

So what kept me motivated was that I couldn’t get a very good job. It was scary to go back to university–to remedial high school algebra. I didn’t know whether I was going to be successful. But I knew if I failed, a lot of interesting opportunities would pass me by.  

When we say to kids follow their passion, we’re really saying it’s okay to be totally selfish about your wants and needs and ignore what’s going on in society. That’s not very healthy advice for a person in the long run. Follow and broaden your passion is the best advice.

Some studies suggest that young girls become interested in math and science around the age of 11, and then quickly lose interest and confidence when they’re around 15. Why do you think this is, and how can we change this trend?

There’s plenty of scientific evidence that boys and girls share equal capabilities in math and science. They’re pretty much the same. But the difference is that boys lag behind verbally where girls go ahead. So a boy will look within himself and say, “I’m better at math than I am at verbal sort of things.” And it’s true.

A girl will look within herself and say, “I’m really good at is verbal sorts of things, not math,” because on average, even though she’s just as good at math as a boy, she’s even better at verbal. When boys and girls hear “follow your passion”, that is, in essence, saying “do what comes easiest for you.” This sort of advice can cause girls to veer towards verbally-oriented jobs. They can lose out on a wide variety of job opportunities that are open for those who are also capable of quantitative skills.

What is the best way to conquer tests in an efficient and calm way?

Well, the best way to conquer tests is to study well for them. But if you have studied well, a helpful trick is to  start with the hardest problem, then pull yourself off whenever you feel stuck, which is probably going to be around one to three minutes into the problem. Then go work on the easier problems. What will happen is when you are working on the easier problems is that an alternate network in your brain (the default mode network)  is actually working in the background on that first problem. Later on, you can go back to the first problem and make progress. Your brain can work something like a dual processor.

Look on Coursera.com – there is “Learning How to Learn for Youth”. It shows you exactly how your brain is doing that.

Another technique which you can use to retain as much as possible is what’s called ‘active recall.” You don’t want to just read a page in a book. You want to read it and then look away–checking to see if you can recall the key idea on the page.  In a similar fashion, you’d never want to just look at the solution to a problem and think you could solve it yourself. Your mind fools you. You want to see if you can work that problem without looking at the answer. If you have to sneak a peek at the answer, you should work it again–perhaps over several days. Ultimately, for important problems, you should just be able to look at them and the solution should flow from your mind.

How do you tame wandering attention?

That’s a tough one and, part of the reason it’s tough is that the more you try to stop it the more it will want to keep wandering. I find the Pomodoro Technique to be the best way for me to tame my wandering.

Just set the timer for 25-minutes and, when distracting thoughts arise,  just tell yourself, “Oh, that’s a distracting thought.” Return your focus to what you’re working on because you only have 25-minutes and after that, you can wander all you want. Also, make sure to  put away distractions such as your phone, and turn off pop-ups and such on your computer.

What tricks would you recommend to memorize things such as vocabulary, historical dates or the periodic table?

Mnemonics* work. The more you can make what you’re trying to remember into something visual, the stickier it can be. The more you can learn about memory tricks, the better. A very good book is called, ‘Remember It!: The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget’, by Nelson Dellis – that has some good advice on remembering all sorts of things.

*A mnemonic is a memory aid, such as an abbreviation, rhyme or mental image that helps to remember something.

How do you see the future of learning?

What we’ll gradually see is an increasing use of artificial intelligence in helping reduce teacher workloads in areas like grading papers and homework. I think that’s going to be a fabulous relief for teachers. Artificial intelligence will also be helpful to teach students how to write well and give  feedback on writing, which takes a lot of time. My dream would be to see more of a mastery learning approach for students that depends less on grades and more on just mastering the subject matter.

What is the best piece of advice that you ever received as a teenager?

I remember complaining to my father once about a terrible teacher I had. He said, “Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the problem is you?” Learning to reflect on my own role in the learning process was valuable.

What is your morning ritual to ensure you have a productive day?

I try to get on track with a Pomodoro and identify the big task that I should be working on during that day. I find if I get started with that task, that even if I take a break and have breakfast and so forth my mind will be geared on my big task for the day.

What are your favorite failures that moved you forward?

Being in the military and being so bad at what I was doing. That was a big failure for me and yet it motivated me to turn around and become an engineer. So it was a good failure. Although at the time I just thought “this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me!”

Name one book every young woman should read and why?

There’s a terrific book I just finished called ‘Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War’. I think it’s just a wonderful book about actually accomplishing something significant, that can save lives.  Women and girls–everyone, really–can benefit greatly from understanding some of the ideas that are put forth in this book.

Name a documentary, or a movie or a TED Talk that every young girl should watch and why.

“The Green Book” is absolutely fantastic. It’s about an African American man who was a brilliant pianist in the 1960s who was breaking down doors so black people were integrated instead of separated in society. It’s so beautifully done. I just think it’s a wonderful movie that helps one to understand how society can change over time.

Another great movie is “Apollo 13.” It’s a triumphant story of brave people who had “the right stuff”–and of engineering ingenuity.  

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The benefits of learning a new skill include improving memory, better verbal intelligence,  building confidence, and increased social and language skills. Also it makes us happy! As human beings, we have a natural desire to learn and progress. We encourage you to explore the following link to discover how being open and curious can change your life:

www.barbaraoakley.com/books

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Emmz Guide To Life by Janakornberg1 - 7M ago

I get this a lot: “Why would you give up meat? Why would you do that to yourself? Man, I can’t imagine!” so I would like to debunk this mystery of why vegetarians would want to subject themselves to a meatless life.

To start off, to any vegetarians reading this, I applaud your life choices, willpower and perseverance. To any non-vegetarians, I’m glad that you are taking 3-minutes out of your day to be open-minded.

It’s difficult to be a vegetarian in today’s society, especially being American where turkey is the center of Thanksgiving every year and hamburgers and hot dogs are a way of life.

Even so, an increasing amount of people are trying to reduce the amount of meat in their household, and the simple question is, why?

Well, firstly, pollution! Our Earth is not doing great right now, whether you think climate change is a real issue or a ‘Chinese hoax’, there have been some abnormalities lately, with frequent natural disasters harming societies. A large part of the Earth’s pollution comes from agriculture as raising and then transporting millions of animals causes more pollution than all transportation systems in the world combined. Also, animal waste can get into groundwater or the air, and harmful toxins can be released into nature harming all kinds of species – including humans who eat the fish in polluted rivers or just breathe air in these areas.

Secondly, resources: raising animals requires millions of gallons of water which could be used for different things, such as helping with increasingly frequent droughts. Also, raising a whole lot of animals for billions of people to eat takes up a lot of valuable land which could be used for so many other things! Since most land is being used for agriculture, the need for viable land leads to deforestation and other forms of destruction of nature which is leading to many entire ecosystems being destroyed and species continuing to face extinction.

Thirdly, health: most animals are not given proper and humane treatment or a healthy diet. Companies find all kinds of loopholes to exploit just to make more money, so you have to be careful at the store. “Cage-free” can still mean cramped in a tight space, just not technically in a cage. And, to save money, animals can be fed a cheap GMO-filled diet, which is not healthy for humans to consume. Being a vegetarian can lead to a lower risk of having many health conditions as well, such as high total cholesterol, high blood pressure, high body mass index (BMI), and more. These can all lead to life-threatening problems in the future, such as heart disease, cancer, and type-2 diabetes.

To begin to help with all of this can mean even small steps – perhaps try to implement “Meatless Mondays” in your household, where just once a week, you eat no meat. It can make a HUGE impact:

According to “The Environmental Impacts of Going Vegetarian for One Day” by VegNews.com, if the whole country ate vegetarian for only one day every week, we would save –

  • 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost four months
  • 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would otherwise be fed to livestock—enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year
  • 70 million gallons of gas, enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico with plenty to spare
  • 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware
  • 33 tons of antibiotics
  • 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages
  • 4.5 million tons of animal excrement, which would eliminate almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant

Overall, even just trying to implement a more aware lifestyle, choosing organic and pasteurized animal products, can make a big difference for your health, your family’s health and the health of the entire planet.

To view some great vegetarian recipes (like the awesome veggie burger in the photo), see https://vegnews.com/recipes

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Sometimes the easiest and best way to move forward in life is to get advice from others who have already learned the hard lessons and are willing to share. We asked several of the women we interviewed to share the best advice they ever received, and added a few of our own. We hope these help – enjoy and let us know which one inspired you the most and feel free to share your advice back with us.

Sharon Salzberg:

It’s going to get better.

Carmita Semaan:

You can’t do epic sh*t with basic people.

Be honest and be kind.

Vulnerability is your strength.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Biet Simkin:

Get very clear on where you are versus where you want to be, and don’t live in ‘La La Land’ – you need to figure out a strategy. You can’t just sit around hoping for it.

Jana Kornberg:

Surround yourself with as many extraordinary people as possible.

Free yourself from other people’s rules, assumptions and expectations.

By changing nothing, nothing changes.

Your daily habits are the only things that stand between where you are and where you want to be.

Emma K.:

When stressed out, I always think, “the emotion you feel is real, but the reason behind it is not.”

Your weaknesses can be your strengths.

Be honest and be vulnerable, especially with yourself.

Trust your instincts.

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