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Musings from Laura, The Hidden Hippie

5 Lessons Learned When I Competed Against My Hero (A Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist)

There is one day in the year 2000 that I remember very clearly; I was jumping around the living room, cheering like I had won the lottery. Well, there was no winning lottery ticket but the Hockeyroos, the Australian Women's Field Hockey team, had just won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.  Best. Day. Ever. One of the players on the field happened to be my sporting hero; goal scoring machine and field hockey legend, Katrina "Triny" Powell. At 12, I wanted to be just like her, winning gold for Australia. At 14, I did a fake interview with...

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The Counterintuitive Secret To Daily Joy All Happy People Live By

Who would have thought that feeling sad, angry, frustrated and every other icky feeling in between could lead to big, big happiness?  Honestly, I was a little taken aback when I was first given this advice, but maaaan did it help. Forget about bottling up and ignoring all the 'bad' stuff. The trick is to sit with it, feel it, process it and then let it slide away. Then hooooge joy can flow. Bananas.  Read more about it in the article published for MindBodyGreen :) 

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When Someone is an Asshole, Write Them a Love Letter

Dear Darla,   I hate your stinkin’ guts. You make me vomit…   You know when people say “I have commitment issues”? Yeah, that’s not me. Decision issues, maybe. But not commitment. When I decide to do something, I lock it in tight and throw ‘what if’s’ out the window. Well, there’s a saying that I took to heart; You can’t control other people, you can only control your reaction to them. After spending too much time being miserable and pissed off at people, I made a commitment to live from a place of love and positivity. Yep, I decided...

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The Fear of Writing About Spirituality & You Know, Living My Truth

"What if all men think I'm a weirdo and I become a lonely spinster with 30 cats and 2 ferrets?" - Me I’m going to be honest; I’ve been trying to write this piece for weeks now.  Well, that’s a lie. When I say ‘trying’ what I really mean is avoiding it at all costs, procrastinating and binge watching The Inbetweeners (best. show. ever.). Hmmm maybe it’s more accurate to say I’ve been resisting what I need to write, rather than trying. Apparently being vulnerable is harrrrrrrrd…. *reaches for blanket to hide under*   In fact, there is a quote from Paddington (yes, the...

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I'm A Crystal Healer. Here's Why I Don't Think Meditation Is For Everyone (MindBodyGreen)

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Have you ever told someone you're a little stressed, maybe having trouble sleeping, and they immediately start nagging "meditate! You should be meditating!"? Me too. But to be honest, one size doesn't fit all and I don't think anyone should feel pressure to do anything that doesn't feel right in order to be "successful" or "happy". I get it, there's little doubt calming your mind has some awesome effects, I'm just suggesting that there are plenty of ways to do it. Check out my thoughts on meditation over here at MindBodyGreen. If you love it, please share it on Facebook...

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