Kristal Phillips

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Why everyone should work a 4-day week - Mamamia

I had no plans to return to full-time work until my youngest child started "big school". Then my dream job landed on my lap, two years too …

The Honeymoon Is(n't) Over

How one writer makes room for sex in her schedule — every single day.<p>Recently I was having lunch with two married friends when the subject of sex came up, specifically an analysis of vibrators.<p>"I don't use one," I said.<p>"But without a sex toy, how do you get off?" one asked, with unblinking …

Why I Don't Want Guys to Go Down on Me

It's supposed to be the ultimate pleasure for women—so what's my problem?<p>Recently, I was in bed with a guy whose sheets I'd wanted to get tangled up in for a while. It was our third date, but I was hoping for a thousand more, and we were having the kind of intense and passionate sex that makes you …

He Read My Diary!

When a writer's boyfriend found her secret tally of pros and cons about their relationship, she was forced to confront her true feelings.<p>"I found the list, Amy," said Neil, my boyfriend, from the doorway of the bathroom, watching me step out of the tub.<p>At first, I didn't know what he meant, but as …

Relationships

The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks

After years of dating charismatic, brilliant, slightly off-their-rockers men who were never that into me, I finally learned to quit chasing unavailable guys.<p>I recently came across a photo of a sexy Brazilian man I had an affair with a few years ago. (OK, I Googled him.) When I saw his sly smile and …

Relationships

The Power of Morning Practice

If you don't practice being in the moment, feeling stress-free when everything is well, you won't be able to feel centered when life falls apart.<p>I learned that powerfully yesterday.<p>I just got back from a dream trip with my dad. We were golfing in Scotland. Every day was a true pleasure, even though …

Mindfulness

Outdoor Activities

19 Ways to Spend More Time Outside<p>Outdoor activities improve your outlook and boost your health. Get outside now with these awesome fresh-air activities<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>1. Head to a zoo<p>Just gazing at animals can focus your attention, which helps you keep calm, says Peter J. Norton, Ph.D., …

Why Setting Goals Doesn't Work (And How to Start Moving Forward With Ease!)

The thing about most goal-setting processes is... <i>they don't work.</i><p>One of my coaching clients recently sent me a list of goals he had created for himself using other books and personal development tools. We were just beginning to work together so it was helpful to see what he was working to create in …

Positive Thinking

Joel Madden's drug stash found in a shoe box.

<b>1. Joel Madden’s drug stash a shoe-in.</b><p>Advertisement<p>In a Daily Telegraph exclusive, the paper reveals that the cannabis in Joel Madden’s hotel room …

Viral video: 'What Kind of Asian Are You'

There is this one really excellent scene in the first season of Modern Family.<p>Cameron and Mitchell are taking their baby daughter Lily, whom they …

Which actor tweets during sex?

“He’s posting Twitter tweets during sex with me.”<p>These are the lyrics in a new song titled Hollywood Douchebag, by Charlie Sheen’s ex-girlfriend.<p>Bree …

Is pregnancy the new exit strategy?

By SARAH BUTLER<p>‘I actually wasn’t enjoying my job anyway,’ my friend confided to me a few weeks ago, as she tickled her one year old under the chin, …

Happiness and gratitude: the only life lesson that really matters.

By BEC SPARROW<p>When you experience an event that brings you to your knees – it’s supposed to irrevocably change the way you live your life.<p>Actually, …

The #1 concern for young people is body image. And stress.

What was your biggest concern when you were a teenager? If you’re over 30, I’m going to bet it probably wasn’t body image.<p>This year’s Mission …