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In our world of “eco-friendly everything”, you are constantly bombarded with ways you can make a difference. It can sometimes be overwhelming to wade through it all and decide where you can make effective change for you and the lives surrounding you. Recycling seems to have positioned itself as the go-to way for people to ally themselves with the eco-friendly revolution. Recycling is a way to earn immediate gratification with no real accountability. I’m talking about the “wish-cyclers” out there who throw anything into their blue bin just so it looks full when they drag it to the curb on pick up day. To the neighbors, it looks like you are living green, but in reality, you have thrown so much unrecyclable trash into your bin that only about 10% can truly be recycled.   Every year, the average American goes through more than 250 pounds of plastic waste, and much…

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Women are not safe at work, in public, and at home Mark Twain once said, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” It’s ironic how fondly he is referring to India as a female persona, yet today India is known for being the most dangerous county in the world for women – according to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation survey. Government data shows that there are four cases of rape reported every hour in India. This fact leads me to the quote by Melanne Verveer, “No country can get ahead when it leaves half of its people behind.” Although India has the world’s largest functioning democracy, gender equality is far worse there,…

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Have you heard of the Enneagram – maybe on a podcast or in the breakroom? Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people conceptualize the world and manage their emotions. The model is split into nine different personality types based on how you see the world. Our world today is filled with covered faces, which makes it difficult to “read” people and gauge their emotional reaction to you. It’s like texting but in person. To make your life easier, we have used the 9 Enneagram personality types to identify people by using just their face mask. If you don’t have time to go through the full Enneagram questionnaire to determine what type you are, just look at the face mask you wear. The Reformer Photo by Julian Wan on Unsplash The rational, idealistic type: Principled Purposeful Self-controlled Perfectionistic Although Ones have a strong sense of…

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According to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 84.9 million homes. Of the 67% of pets, a whopping 63% are dogs. That means that 6 out of 10 people reading this have a dog and have probably taken their canine companion on a walk. I’m going to walk you through the full-body workout that I engage in each morning with my dogs. I am the mom of 3 German Shepherds. If you have ever lived with one, then you are aware that they are known for their courage, loyalty, and guarding instincts. They also need a job to do so they don’t succumb to boredom and chew the leg off your kitchen chair or empty the stuffing out of your sofa cushions. My German Shepherds have taken the initiative of creating a job for themselves by waking me up each morning…

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