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I Gave in to My Inner Rebel: This is What She Made Me Do
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I Gave in to My Inner Rebel: This is What She Made Me Do

By Kristina Fortune - Apr 06 2017


My inner rebel has taken over my life. After years of suppressing her to be a *respectable* adult, I can’t say I’m surprised. She dreamed of being a Vegas showgirl when I was in my early teens. Something about the sparkly outfits and strutting around with confidence and sass like a human Aphrodite really lit […]

Home & Family

How to Stay Centered During Turbulent Times
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How to Stay Centered During Turbulent Times

By Kristina Fortune - Mar 02 2017


Lately, things have been a bit…intense. To me, it feels like someone shook up our sheltered snow globe lives and now there’s crazy, not-so-sparkly shiz flying everywhere. Wherever you turn there’s fear, anger, anxiety, and judgment surrounding the day’s latest headlines. These tumultuous times are triggering us on so many levels, both collectively and individually. […]

Health & Wellness

5 Practical Ways to Stress Less & Still Get Stuff Done
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5 Practical Ways to Stress Less & Still Get Stuff Done

By Kristina Fortune - Feb 15 2017


We all have those weeks. You know, the ones where you think it’s going to be pleasantly busy but totally manageable, and then Monday morning rolls around and… just kidding! The universe has other plans. You’re hit with unexpected projects, requests and to-dos that start piling up faster than you can say eeeeeeek. I had […]

Inspiration

4 Things About Self-Love We Should Teach Our Children & Ourselves
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4 Things About Self-Love We Should Teach Our Children & Ourselves

By Kristina Fortune - Jan 23 2017


I believe we are all here, in part, to learn how to love ourselves unconditionally. It’s easy to love yourself when you succeed at something, achieve a goal, or do something nice for another. But how about when you fail? Do you still love yourself when you feel inadequate or unworthy? When you get stuck […]

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Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
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Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

By Kristina Fortune - Dec 12 2016


I procrastinated like no other when it came time to write this article. I think it’s because since I returned from a spiritual retreat in Kauai a few weeks ago, I’ve found myself feeling both deeply grateful and in a weird funk. I was hoping that I’d be able to write an inspirational article about […]

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Want to Be Happier? Do These 5 Things for Yourself Today!

By Kristina Fortune - Nov 14 2016


The Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” I’m continually learning that this is true. Happiness is a choice. It’s something you cultivate by the decisions you make each moment. Your actions, along with the mindset, intention, and energy behind them, determine how happy you are […]

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From Pain to Peace: A Lesson in Letting Go

By Kristina Fortune - Oct 10 2016


After suffering a missed miscarriage last October, I was excited and anxious to learn I was pregnant again this August. My husband and I were both optimistic that this pregnancy was the answer to our prayers for a healthy, happy addition to our family. Our joy quickly turned to heartbreak yet again. A week after […]

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Why I Love My Cellulite, Flab and Other Body “Flaws”

By Kristina Fortune - Sep 12 2016


Dressing rooms are excellent places to witness just how mean we are to ourselves. I recently overheard an exchange between two women at a T.J. Maxx that went something like this: “Ew, I can’t wear this. My arms look disgusting.” “Yuck, look at all my gross stomach pudge.” “I look like a whale in this […]

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Child Sexual Abuse: A Message from One Survivor to Another

By Kristina Fortune - Aug 08 2016


Disclaimer: I am not a licensed mental health professional of any kind. What I am is a 31-year-old woman who knows what it’s like to be in the shoes of millions of women just like me who were sexually abused as children. I was 8. She was a trusted family friend. I told no one […]

Career & Money

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Why Do We Strive to Succeed at the Expense of Our Own Happiness?

By Kristina Fortune - Jul 26 2016


We live in a non-stop society where doing—pushing, achieving, striving—earns you praise, admiration, money, and respect. Lots of us wear the “I’m crazy busy” badge of honor, as if that’s a good thing. But is it? From my experience, it’s not. At least not as a constant way of life, and not if you’re doing […]

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There’s No Shame In Crying

By Kristina Fortune - Jun 24 2016


The other day I was watching the genealogy-based PBS show Finding Your Roots. In this particular episode, Dustin Hoffman learned of several tragic deaths in his extended family. As tears welled up in his eyes, Hoffman’s knee-jerk reaction was to apologize for becoming emotional. It’s something we all do. We feel the resistance build in […]

Health & Wellness

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Rekindle Your Joy by Making More Time for Play

By Kristina Fortune - Jun 02 2016


Imagine that you’re five years old again. In front of you is a small orange bucket. To your left is a pile of earthy brown dirt. A shiny metal shovel beckons from the top of the mound. Psst…come play with me…you know it’ll be fuuun… You grab hold of it and start scooping and pouring, […]

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Declutter Your Whole Life, Not Just Your Stuff

By Kristina Fortune - Apr 22 2016


It’s time to cut the clutter. I’m not just talking about physical clutter, AKA all the stuff clogging your closets and drawers. I’m talking about all those non-physical things that keep you from experiencing the life you secretly dream about. It’s true: physical clutter can be unsightly, annoying, and energy draining. You glance at the […]

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What My Miscarriage Taught Me About Gratitude

By Kristina Fortune - Apr 04 2016


I’ll never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. It was magical for reasons you might not expect. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for several years. Month after month, negative test after negative test; we waited and watched for any little sign, getting our hopes up only to […]

Home & Family

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Why Death is a Gift for Those Left Behind

By Kristina Fortune - Feb 15 2016


Three days after Christmas, my 91-year-old grandma passed away. I was with her in her final moments. I stood at the end of her bed, my hands gently holding her bare feet as her breathing became more labored. We knew the end was coming. Without thinking, I silently reached out to my mom and sister, […]