Valerie Smith

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10 Amazing Day Hikes Near Vancouver, British Columbia

With the warm days of summer just around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to start planning some day hikes in the Coast Mountains. I make …

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41 Genius Camping Hacks You'll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

May the forest be with you.<p>Click here for 41 more ingenious camping hacks!

26 Lazy Girl Hairstyling Hacks

These time-saving tips are basically your hairway to heaven.<p>Thumbnail image: Myriam Fares.

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life

I think that most of us would agree that Dr. Seuss is awesome. Check out this infographic featuring 30 inspirational Dr. Seuss quotes 'that can …

31 Delicious Things To Cook In March

If it's warm enough to actually go to the farmer's market, you might as well take advantage.<p><b>WHAT'S IN SEASON:</b><p>(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live.)<p>Artichokes<p>Arugula<p>Asparagus<p>Avocados<p>Beets<p>Broccoli<p>Brussels …

How Meditation Changes Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains

Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, …

The Not-To-Do List: 15 Habits to Stop Now

Wayne Dyer told me, “Stop giving energy to the things you don’t want.” This advice changed my life. I realized that if we all followed a “Not To Do …

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10 Empowering Quotes For Anyone Who Wants To Be Happy

Like a fish out of water, change and uncertainty can feel life threatening. Branching out into the unknown is extremely unnerving for some, but I …

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How To GAIN (Not Lose!) Weight In A Healthy Way

A few months ago I was working with a group of five women who wanted to gain weight in a safe and healthy way. This was not a typical group, since …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

15 Signs You're Living In A Depressed State + What To Do About It

There are different levels to depression, but when you're depressed, you know it. There's an internal collapse. Walls narrow. Your soul hallows. Your …

What You Can Learn From Your Failed Relationships

Jane, in her mid-30s, recently ended a year-long relationship. She wanted to take time to regroup. She heard all the mantras: <i>Live in the moment</i>, <i>Don't</i> …

10 Awesome Life Changes That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

Around this time of year, many of us are preparing ourselves mentally for all the things we want to “give up” in order to get the body we want: …

5 Things Healthy People Do Every Day Before Work

Adding five things to your day usually means taking more time out of it, right?<p>Usually. But not in this case.<p>When the five additional tasks are …

31 Ways To Be A Better Person Every Day

We've all heard the advice to "be the change you wish to see in the world." But what does it mean to "be the change" in daily life? I've pondered …

7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

<b>“We can't hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori Deschene</b><p>Sometimes I am really terrible to myself and relentlessly compare …

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20 Signs You're Unhappy (But Don't Even Realize It)

<i>This post is just the tip of the iceberg! For even more of Dr. Lissa Rankin's wisdom, be sure to check out her newest class, Getting Back To 100%: A</i> …

Why Eating Fish Is Even More Dangerous Than You Thought

Bad news for seafood lovers: fish isn't quite as healthy as we've been led to believe. If you eat fish regularly, chances are you're getting too much …

5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day

<i>This post is just the tip of the iceberg! For even more of Sheryl Paul's wisdom, be sure to check out her newest class, How To Have The Greatest</i> …

6 Tips That Make Handstands (And Everything Else!) Easy

Whatever it is you're doing, make sure it's playful and fun. Don't push hard to get past the tough spots. Instead, just move gently around them.<p>With …

11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Pole Dancing

I started pole dancing after I saw it at a live event in New York City. The women mystified me with their grace, strength and sensuality. I wanted to …

How To Be Alone, But Not Lonely

It wasn’t too long ago that I was telling the world about my failed engagement, which included watching my loved one hit rock bottom, stashing a …

10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer

As a physician who interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside and who studied patients who experienced …

20 Awesome Side Effects Of Practicing Self-Love

Self-love isn't about being narcissistic. It's not about “me, me, me.” It's not about fighting the world to express ourselves or to get what we want. …

3 Tips To Stop Being A Wuss & Start Running More

When I was growing up, both running and runners made no sense to me. It downright baffled me when someone was able to run more than a mile without …

5 Things To Discuss With Your Partner Before You Move In Together

After a million bad dates, a few heart-rending, soul-shattering breakups, and a lot of perfectly nice people who just weren’t right for you, you …

The Best Way To Get What You Want Out Of Life

From my work with my clients, I know how much energy and hope can go into setting New Year's resolutions. I also know how dispiriting it can be when …