Maria McConnell

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This girl is on fire!

230 This girl is on fire!<p>Literally! *volume warning*<p><b>Added:</b>Sep-5-2013<p><b>By:</b> slamminsammy (1783.80)<p><b>Tags:</b> twerk, fail, fire<p><b>Location: China</b><p>Views: 571588 …

The Secret to Sticking with Anything

How many times have you started something new (exercise routine, meditation schedule, writing that book, a new project), got pumped and excited about …

Loving Others Without Expecting Them to Fill a Void

<b>“You must love in such a way that the other person feels free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>Conventional notions of what it means to love are populated with …

The Four Agreements - A Path to a Peaceful, Fulfilling Life

Anna Hunt, <i>Staff Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>The knowledge of the four agreements comes from The Toltec, who lived thousands of years ago in southern Mexico. …

This Is What Real Love Looks Like

“Real love is something so deep, so energizing, that you will not know it unless you experience it. Love is an expression of energy, not something …

Relationships

Finding Ease When Stress Strikes

Lately, life has been both busier and a whole lot more stressful. Years ago, I would’ve been miserable until everything magically turned out OK.<p>I …

3 Meditation Techniques For Beginners

<i>By Laura McMullen for U.S. News</i><p>Gold stars to those who can make it through this article without wondering about dinner or unattended emails, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or scanning half a page before realizing you have no idea what the heck you just read.<p>Amit Sood, author of the upcoming …

Why We Don’t Always Get What We Want

<b>“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~Dalai Lama</b><p>It’s probably happened to you. In all likelihood, it …

Mind

Being Present Via Meditation

<b>Life can be found only in the present moment.</b><p><b>The past is gone, the future is not yet here,</b><p><b>and if we do not go back to ourselves</b><p><b>in the present</b> …

5 Exquisite Replenishing Rituals | Rejuvenation Lounge

<i>“Rituals take you to where you want to be going”</i><p>Rituals are deliberate precious moments in time. We repeat them. Sometimes often.<p>They can infuse life …

Your Life Can Be Soul-Stirring - Here's How

Most of us move through live in “vanilla” mode; things are fine – things are okay – not bad, not good – just okay. Vanilla.<p>What would life be like if …

Spirituality

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

7 Ways to Let Go and Watch Your Life Flourish

<i>By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.</i> -Lao Tzu<p>So …

Happiness

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Credit Good as Gold

The secret recipe for keeping your credit score high and your credit history stellar is as simple—really!—as following these steps, and then watching …

How To Make Perfect Brown Butter

Do it right and your kitchen will smell like delicious, toasty hazelnuts. Do it wrong and your kitchen will smell like burnt coal and defeat.<p>Solid butter is actually an emulsion of water and fat, with milk protein solids suspended inside. As it melts, the water evaporates and the milk solids are …

Nesting: Colored Kitchen Cabinets

We've been living in full renovation mode around here. Every day there is a new project going on around here. I'm not gonna lie. I love this phase! …

How To Strip Painted Furniture

I am not one to be very high maintenance while painting furniture. I like to take the least<br>steps as possible for the best outcome. For that reason I …

DIY Idea: Make a Reclaimed Wood Planter Wall

Move over, wallpaper. Take a hike, paint! There's a new accent wall treatment in town -- and it's green from head to toe.<p>Reclaimed, up-cycled …

Green Living

DIY – BATIK DYE WALL HANGING

Nicole and I have partnered up again for the second installment of our DIY series! Coming at you once a month! Remember last month’s watercolor paper …

Campaign Inspired Dresser Hack

<b>Materials:</b> Hemnes dresser, sand paper, white semi-gloss paint, flat corner braces, screws, knobs/pulls<p><b>Description:</b> This super easy hack involved …

Pretty Bathroom Jars

I'm in love with the new shower curtain I bought for my kids bathroom. (target) The colors and design are just too fun. I decided to ...

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7 Ways to Find Inner (and Real) Happiness

Happiness is one of the most misunderstood words in our vocabulary, yet we search for this intangible state our whole lives. If I only had this or that, if I met the right partner, have a big house, a new car, the job I've always wanted, then I would be happy. The ancient yoga and spiritual …

Cool Kitchen Storage Ideas

Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with kitchen storage. Let’s face it…most of us don’t have a ton of space in the kitchen. This is not a place where we …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

26 Pillow Projects That are Perfectly Cozy and Comfortable

There are three easy ways to customize a throw pillow, and all you need is a tapestry needle and yarn. Buy a few affordable wide-weave cushions and trick them out simply by working yarn right into the weave with a tapestry needle, making bows, stripes, or tassels.

Yarn