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28 things I now know about life, work, and relationships at 28

AT 15, I wanted to be 16. And when 17 hit, I couldn’t wait to be an 18-year-old licensed driver. While I blew out the candles on my 20th birthday …

Relationships

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

How to Cross a Half Marathon Off Your Bucket List in Just 2 Months

This bare-minimum training plan will get you over the finish line in one piece.<p>So you want to be able to say you've run a half marathon, but you don't want to go through a 12-week training program. You just want to survive the 13.1-mile trek <i>once</i> in your life. Well, there's a shortcut to crossing …

Marathons

The 5 Best Travel Hacks You've Never Heard Before

There are bunches of articles out there about travel hacking with a variety of focuses from saving money to saving space when you pack. While they are all incredibly helpful, I'm not looking to recreate the wheel. I will be the first to admit that, the older I get, the more concerned I become with …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

11 Things Not to Do When You're Kissing

Stop thinking so much about your next move. This is not chess.<p><b>1. Don't put your tongue before your mouth.</b> Some people lead with the tongue and I truly don't understand why. The tongue is a garnish: If things are going well with the tongue then cool, use more tongue. Otherwise, keep the training …

This No-Gym Workout Gets the Job Done in 10 Minutes

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Books that make great conversation starters

Sometimes you just have to talk about a book, even if you’ve never met the person holding it. We’ve been sharing stories of such encounters all week, but what are the books that introduced you to the friends you hadn’t yet met?<p>We love a good anecdote – especially one that starts with “Summer, …

Following Your Internal Compass and Making Your Own Decisions

Dad, who at the time was a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps, taught me how to navigate using a compass. The family was on a vacation in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I was nine.<p>He got me up that morning before dawn. Mom made us a huge breakfast. I was so excited because I knew …

'The 36 Questions' for Falling in Love: What Makes Them Work?

The world is full of love-worthy, eligible people looking for a way out of involuntary singleness. They want to put an end to their cycles of abandonment and find a long-term mutual relationship. They are determined to overcome any self-sabotaging patterns that might stand in their way. Some may be …

30 Top Travel Accessories of 2015

As you are getting ready to pack for your summer getaway, shopping for father's day gifts, or simply want to add to your collection, make sure to check out my favorite travel accessories this year. Each one offers a creative way to solve a travel challenge.<p>From access to clean water, coping with …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

You can totally wake yourself up for a.m. exercise! You're just going to have to pull a fast one...on yourself.<p>You've tried to become one of those morning workout people (gotta love 'em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your body is all, 'No. Just no.' And by the time your mind remembers …

This Is What a Real Woman Looks Like

<b>I used to think that the perfect woman was uncomplicated, effortless and slim.</b> That was back when I thought "perfect" was a thing. When I thought I needed to look like the women in glossy magazines. The women that ticked all the boxes.<p>I've had the privilege of living many years since I first had …

Explosive Dance Portraits Reveal the Powerful Movements of Elegant Dancers

Studio dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev creates stunning portraits of professional dancers that are brought to life with the use of airborne flour. Yakovlev doesn't only utilize this powdery element to make his images pop, he has also created a portfolio that allows black and white to meet …

Beautiful Photos of Mysteriously Surreal Scenes by Nicholas Scarpinato

Photographer Nicholas Scarpinato has the incredible ability to make his work appear as if it's part of a dreamscape. We first featured the young creative a few years ago, and since that time he's developed his talents with more conceptually intriguing scenes that are bathed in gorgeous, …

The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.<p><b>Most of September 17, 2012,</b> has evaporated from my mind. I still have a few …

7 Reasons Why Prime Lenses are Better Than Zoom Lenses to Improve Your Photography

Debates in the photography community are quite common, ranging from topics on photographic gear to brands and much more. One such never-ending debate …

For the Last Time, I Have Type 1 Diabetes, Not Type 2 Diabetes! There's a Big Difference

Here I go. But first, to all my brothers and sisters struggling with and managing Type 2 diabetes, my hat is off to all of you. As you endure the daily grind of judgment, fluctuating blood glucose levels, pain, diet, exercise, and scrutiny from society and loved ones, we, as Type 1s, empathize with …

19 Heartfelt Pieces Of Advice From Women #ToTheGirls

If you have any advice for the young girls of the world, it's time to offer it.<p>Author Courtney Summers launched the hashtag #ToTheGirls on April 14, the same day that her YA novel <i>All the Rage</i> was released. Her hope is that women will share their best pieces of advice to young women seeking guidance …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

9 Signs You Will Be Exceptionally Successful

It's not that hard to be successful. But it is hard to be incredibly successful.<p>Yet we all hope to achieve exceptional success (something we all define differently -- and <i>should</i> define differently.)<p>Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. There is no one-size-fits-all prescription. But there are …

What Every Photographer That is New to Flash Should Know

Pro Tip: For this image we placed Grace’s back towards the sun so that it would give us a natural hair light. The softbox was then placed camera left …

6 Exercises You're Doing Wrong—and How to Get 'Em Right

Tiny tweaks can add up to major payoff.<p>So you can do squats, pushups, and other classics with your eyes closed. Challenge yourself—and maximize results—with these simple tips from the new <i>Women's Health Little Book of Exercises</i> (published by <i>Women’s Health</i>’s parent company, Rodale).<p><b>Squats</b>Miami …

6 Reasons You're Settling for a Lackluster Life (And What to Do About It Starting Now)

photo credit: 365 x52 A Faraway Land of Magic Where I'd Sit and Dream of Places I'm Going To via photopin (license)<p>I believe in a lot of things, but one thing I don't believe in is <i>settling</i>. Whether you are settling for a relationship that doesn't meet your needs, a job that doesn't light up your …

The top 50 apps for creative minds

Our pick of the best tablet and smartphone tools to enable you to make video, music, art and more<p>There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do …

Apps

15 Gmail Productivity Plugins that will Save You Hours

Business owners and their employees can spend a lot of their working days dealing with, sorting through, and replying to emails. Because of the sheer …

Mark Duplass: 'There's no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends'

The key to becoming a successful and fulfilled independent filmmaker is shooting films on your mobile phone for $3 and never giving in to the temptation of studio schmaltz, according to Mark Duplass, the co-creator of Togetherness.<p>In his keynote speech at SXSW in Austin, the filmmaker outlined his …

Shooting a Portrait of a Man with a Cloud of Falling Lemons

Israeli photographer Ronen Goldman was recently commissioned by UK-based premium luggage manufacturer Redland London to shoot a series of advertising …

Emma Watson Opens Up About Feminism, That Horrific Nude Photo Hoax, and Dating Etiquette

The Harry Potter actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador sat down for an hour-long discussion touching on women’s rights, male feminists, online …

Advertising Theater on Television -- What Works

What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess. A star really helps, sure. But what else? My spring preview will …