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It’s classic: We go about our lives, striving to achieve the next big thing, and the itch to be successful clouds the importance of taking care of our inner self, of nurturing our well-being. Sometimes we have to experience a traumatic event before the alarm bells start screaming in our minds.Five years ago I experienced that traumatic situation when I was sexually molested and exploited. I...
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The world fascinates me in a way that can never be satisfied. I desperately want to take pieces from the puzzle of world cultures and make a home out of it. And that is why I love Black Bamboo, an interior design and Asian antique store in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo.Black Bamboo has given locals a worldview through rare Asian antiques for the past 10 years. With...
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“How on earth did you guys make $10 million in one week with that product launch?”I was on the phone with Larry Benet, the wizard behind the curtain of the annual SANG author and speaker seminar. He had seen our launch, which, at the time, was the biggest Internet marketing launch in history.“Larry, why don’t I stop by SANG in a couple months and show everyone in detail?...
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Brad’s Swingside Caféis a 24-year-old cozy Italian restaurant near my home in Seattle that makes it feel like you’re eating at a friend’s house. Lending to the homey feel, at closing time, owner and chef Brad Inserra lets his dogs, Lucky and Finn McGinty, saunter into the tiny restaurant adjacent to his home. The wood-paneled place’s décor—black-and-white photos of...
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Like everyone, you face numerous moments of self-doubt in life. You’re keenly aware of how much you really don’t know. You’re surprised when people consider you an expert because you don’t feel confident in your expertise. You think it is circumstance that you got your promotion or title, and you didn’t do anything to deserve it. Maybe you live in constant fear of...
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Bookstores are a dying proposition—anyone will tell you that Amazon has gobbled them all. But Ken Sanders would beg to differ.Enter his bookstore, carefully, between rows of old books stacked on the floor up to eye level, and it’s likely you'll see Ken himself, seated on a sagging sofa amid more piles of books, sporting his white ponytail and looking like a stray Santa Claus who...
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OK, so now I’ve finished week two of the 21-day meditation challenge hosted by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Clearly I am becoming wiser as I point my consciousness in the direction of my “deepest desires” and leave my often-childish sense of humor behind (hey, I just realized that if Oprah married Deepak, she’d be Oprah Chopra!).Seriously, I’m mystified as to why the...
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