Learn to Let Go This Holiday Season

By Alicia Sparks

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For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together.

Who’s going where?

Who’s cooking what?

Did we finally decide what to get Mom?

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!

Of course, deep down we know none of this really matters. The holidays are all about being together—not food or presents or even where we end up with one another.

Still, every now and then I feel like Ralphie getting his faced kicked in by Santa.

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10 Journaling Prompts for the Mind and Body Conscious

By Alicia Sparks

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Journaling is a healthy way to express how we’re feeling—and, sometimes, discover how we’re feeling. Ideally, journaling is time we spend by ourselves exploring our inner most thoughts—those that we don’t always feel comfortable sharing with others (or sometimes even with ourselves).

Below are 10 journaling prompts to help you dive a little deeper into your mind and body consciousness. Although journaling can take any route, I’ve chosen to provide ways to positively explore your minds and bodies.

So, grab a cup of Joe, your favorite quite corner, and get ready to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys—whatever the case may be!)

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How to Stop Feeling Guilty Over Others’ Accomplishments

By Alicia Sparks

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Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others’ accomplishments?

Aren’t we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people’s success?

Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we’re NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too — especially if we feel there’s something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well…why aren’t we?

Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.

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Thanksgiving Meditation: Giving Thanks vs. Being Thankful

By Alicia Sparks

“Thanksgiving is, after all, a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron

This has always been one of my favorite holiday-related quotes. During Thanksgiving, we feel thankful for all we have…but do we actually give thanks for those blessings? Do we pay our blessings forward so that others might enjoy a little of what we have?

Tomorrow, many of us Americans will devour feasts fit for a king, but how will you actually give thanks?

Will you:

  • Pray for or meditate on your blessings?
  • Volunteer to help others less fortunate than you?
  • Donate to a local charity to help those in need?
  • Send a care package to a lonely overseas soldier?
  • Visit a hospital or nursing home to let others know they aren’t alone?
  • Spend some time with a shelter dog or cat?
  • Invite over a family who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal?
  • Sponsor a child in a less fortunate part of the country or world?

These are just a few ideas on how you can mindfully give thanks tomorrow –how YOU can turn “Thanksgiving” into an action word — rather than just feeling thankful.

Does your family have its own mindfulness giving thanks traditions? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!



How My Late Father’s Death Helped Keep Me Alive

By Alicia Sparks
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CC: Alicia Sparks

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s death, and I’m completely at peace with it.

Over the years I’ve heard so many people talk about how a part of them died when they lost a loved one. Hearing this makes me sad. A part of me did not die when I lost my father; if anything, a part of me came bursting to life. Everything he’d ever instilled in me came to a head and, at that point, it was up to me to use it or lose it.

I chose to use it.

I did not die with my dad, and frankly, he would have been pissed if I had.

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12 Quotes to Refresh Your Body and Mind This Winter Season

By Alicia Sparks

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Although he’s not quite here yet (there are still a few red and orange leaves clinging for dear life), Old Man Winter is definitely heading up the driveway.

Personally, I love winter. I love snow and fireplaces and hot chocolate. I love snuggling up with my dog (and other loved ones!), decorating for the holidays, and baking warm goodies.

However, winter is hard on some folks. For many, it’s difficult to nourish our bodies and minds when we’re overwhelmed by the cold and dark. Some people deal with seasonal affective disorder, while others simply cope with the winter blahs.

Below are 12 quotes that can boost your spirits and keep you going throughout the rest of autumn and the upcoming winter months. As always, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.

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Invest in Your Appearance and Boost Your Self-Confidence

By Alicia Sparks

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Last Saturday was cold, rainy, and—in my opinion—the perfect day to go to the mall.

I had no plans and I needed things.

Now, you might be thinking, “Did you really need things or did you just want things?”

Yes, I needed them.

I needed jeans. I needed skin care. I needed makeup…

…and yes, as superficial as that all sounds, I still stand by the idea that I, personally, needed them.

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I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)

By Alicia Sparks

As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat.

Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands, handstands, and other yoga inversion poses, I’m ready to run screaming for the door.

I start feeling panic and anxiety, and later I’m a little depressed that I didn’t give it a try—three emotions yoga intends to reduce, not encourage.

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The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It)

By Alicia Sparks

So, I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks.

Don’t congratulate me; I wasn’t trying.

You see, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for the past decade and, as such, I juggle several clients and a variety of projects during any given day. Having been at it as long as I have, I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time. I know how to handle responsibility—whether it’s responsibility to my work or my overall well-being (i.e. any activities that enrich my mental, emotional, and physical life unrelated to my work).

However, I’ve taken on a new project and although I LOVE IT, I’ve let it consume most of my waking hours. I’ve become so obsessed with doing this project and doing it well that I’ve…

…forgotten to eat.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Fall Foods for Good Moods!

By Alicia Sparks

Happy Fall, y’all!

It’s that time of year again! We’re not quite bundled up just yet but we’re definitely enjoying some crisper air, gorgeous leaves (especially if you live in certain parts of the east coast), and…

…delicious fall-inspired foods!

I’ve already made two pumpkin rolls this fall — how naughty of me ;)

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