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Learning About Whiteness: My Journey From Blind Privilege to Clearer Seeing

 

I slid quickly and quietly into the only empty desk at the front of the room. The professor, Becky, was handing out blank index cards. I was a few minutes late for my first day of class which magnified my anxiety. Twenty years had passed since I’d been a student in a classroom.

“Please write down your name, age, gender, race...

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Mending A Broken Heart: Bringing Education and Hockey from Canada to Afghanistan

Guest Post: by Zarmina Nekzai, President & Founder, Organization of Afghan Women & Youth

Her story of courage, healing and changing the future for women and girls in Afghanistan through education, entrepreneurship and hockey.


From the time I was young, I realized that women were treated differently in Afghanistan. Women weren’t...

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The Secret Marathon – Women Risking Their Lives To Run. A Story of Collaboration, Courage and A Bold Vision

I’ve written often about the joy of running…how long distance running increases my confidence and makes me feel unstoppable. In fact, running is what influenced me to launch The More-In-Me Movement because when we move, taking on seemingly ‘huge’ athletic challenges, we discover that we have what it takes. We...

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Values: Living Life From The Inside Out

Lasting motivation and focus are more easily accomplished when our intentions and actions are aligned to our values. To what matters. When we’re living our life and making choices aligned with our unique values, we feel fulfilled. Complete. As if everything is in sync. We’re content, energized and ready for what’s next. 

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The Paradox of Age, Ability and In-group/Out-Group Status: Real or Imagined?

Two situations this past summer sparked the question about age, ability and feeling included or excluded. I’ll start with the story that had the stronger initial impact on me.    

I was out with an athletic club I belong to for a ‘social’ bike ride. I’ve only been cycling for about five years and still...

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Make Movement Fun! Try These Three (Possibly) Forgotten Playtime Activities (With Options!)

After my run the other day, I went skipping, hopping and jumping down the street. Even though my legs were tired from my run, these activities were fun. The reason for doing them is to boost muscle strength, power, balance and agility. Doing them on tired legs teaches my muscles to be strong at the end of a race – to find that more...

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The Quintessential Act of Commitment to Get Moving – You’ve Got To Sign Up!

Making time to get moving is not a luxury but a necessity. The research is conclusive. Moving our bodies is not only about physical health, it has a positive effect on our mental, emotional and spiritual health too. To be our best in all aspects of our lives, we must move our bodies. Yes, exercise. Moving your body will initiate an upward spiral...

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A Heart-Centered Winning Formula For Getting Moving

Movement of any sort means knowing where you want to get to. Or what you want to change. Or at least having a pretty good idea. A focal point. A destination. A compelling future state. Once you have the endpoint determined, you need a roadmap for getting there. What do you need to learn? What will keep you motivated? And of course specific...

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Let Your Body Lead Your Mind To An Upward Spiral Of Well Being. A Story About Getting Moving

When I was in my 20’s, on my desk you’d see a can of diet coke, a jar of candies and an ashtray. Yes, it was not that long ago that we could smoke in the office. Hard to believe from this vantage point. I wasn’t concerned about my lifestyle and health choices at the time. I thought the diet coke was a good thing – better...

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