How to Have an Instagram Account and Maintain Your Sanity

Instagram can easily be a sinister app that can consume our every spare moment if we let it. It is designed to be highly addictive and to keep you consuming its content for as long as possible which ultimately results in more advertising dollars for Facebook (which has owned Instagram since 2012). While there is

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Allie holding her puppy

Meet My New Bestie & Surf Buddy Gidget

How cute is our new furry best friend Gidget! We are in love! I have wanted my own Golden as an adult ever since we lost Sunny, my childhood dog. Right before we moved into our new place with a yard we found out my Uncle’s dog was having puppies so I put my name

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Embracing a Life of Digital Minimalism

I recently “read” the audio version of Cal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism” which is about living a focused and intentional life in an increasingly noisy world. As a millennial I grew up with a lot of technology. My dad worked for IBM, we owned the first home computer and my mom was an early adapter

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Unstoppable Premiere with Bethany Hamilton

As a benefit for Wonderfully Made, we hosted the Santa Barbara premiere of Bethany Hamilton’s new documentary, “Unstoppable.” This event has been several years in the making so I was a dream come to true to see it become a reality. Thank you Santa Barbara and friends for packing the theatre full and it has

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Is Consuming Less the Answer to Creating More?

Like many of you, I have an Amazon Prime account. My heart seems to skip a beat when my doorbell rings, dropping off another brown box. I find satisfaction in my constant consumerism and perhaps you do, too, but I also experience frustration. As my condo and especially my closet get more cluttered, the more

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Shopping Your Joy Away

Call me shallow, but one of my most vivid prayers as a little girl was for L.A. Gear shoes and pierced ears. Yes, in case you’re wondering, I got my way. To this day I still struggle with buying into our culture of over-consumerism. Even if I don’t act upon my purchasing compulsions, you better

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When a Friendship Ends

We all know that romantic relationships can come to end, but what about friendships? As we grow older and more distant from friends we used to hold dear, is it possible to end friendships in a healthy way? Life transitions such as moves, school, career changes, new relationships, and shifts in personal values and world-views

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The Problem With Happy

We are always getting ready to live but never living.–Ralph Waldo Emerson When’s the last time you thought, “Once I get that job I’ll be happy” or “Once I meet that guy I’ll be happy” or “ Once I fill-in-the-blank I’ll be happy?” In his book “Happier,” Tal Ben-Shahar calls this the arrival fallacy – the belief that when you arrive

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5 Signs You Need A Digital Detox

While technology and social media have their advantages, a growing amount of research is proving that the overuse of both might be making us sick. Millennials (individuals with birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) are the most digitally connected generation. When it comes to social media they are biggest consumers,

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Shame, You Can’t Stay

Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging. —Brené Brown To experience shame is to be fully human; to at times feel inadequate, insufficient, inferior, unworthy and even unlovable. While guilt is the feeling of doing wrong, shame is the feeling of being something wrong. While shame is most noticeably experienced the moment

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What It Means to Self-Objectify and How We Can Stop Doing It

An obsession with the female form has existed for centuries across different cultures and geographic regions. An over-obsession with the female form without regard to personhood is self-objectification. Most of us are familiar with the idea of men seeing women as objects through behaviors such as catcalling or engaging in pornography, but what about women

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The Lies My Depression Told Me

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, age 18 and older in a given year. I want to share some of the lies depression told me. I believe that clinical depression is a complex medical issue. It’s like an onion with many layers and each layer needs to be

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