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  • Self-Discovery and Transformation 

    Self-Discovery and Transformation 

    As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time to embark on a reflective journey to assess the past year and shape the year ahead. This process is not merely about evaluating what worked or didn’t; it’s also an opportunity for profound self-awareness and personal growth. This journey is about transcending regret or disappointment and focusing…

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  • A Symphonic Scope to Life

    A Symphonic Scope to Life

    In honor of Calin Huma’s homeland, we have provided a Romanian translation for his cover article.  To read the English version and all the SBM articles, click on the magazine at the top of this page.  În tinerețe am fost învățat să apreciez multe lucruri, inclusiv muzica clasică. Am crescut ascultând muzică și, fără să-mi dau seama,…

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  • A guide to guilt-free holiday hosting

    A guide to guilt-free holiday hosting

    The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time for loved ones to celebrate with lots of laughter and, of course, delicious food. Although indulging in decadent treats is tempting, hosting a holiday party doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your commitment to health and wellness. In fact, it’s entirely possible to create a fun, festive…

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  • A Furry Super Hero for Christmas? 

    A Furry Super Hero for Christmas? 

    Is your dog your best friend? Your guardian angel? Is your dog a super hero? I have a big yellow lab named Trooper. He is my super hero and SO much more!! It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that he sneaks out on Christmas Eve to be Santa’s not-so-little helper!  A couple years ago, I…

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  • Gift Giving Quandary

    Gift Giving Quandary

    Oh, to be young again. Not for fewer wrinkles or greater agility—although that might be nice. But no. It would be great to go back to the years when we actually wanted something for Christmas. My family gave up exchanging gifts amongst the parents and grandparents when the only thing anyone ever really needed or…

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  • Remain Compassionate

    Remain Compassionate

    We were having SO much fun! And then my husband (Funk) killed it. I recently visited my Aunt Jan and Uncle Carl—the last of my elder relatives. We met at a restaurant and then followed their son’s car back to the Airbnb where they were staying. The bonfire pit in the backyard called to my…

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  • Business as a Force for Good Is Good for Business

    Business as a Force for Good Is Good for Business

    Entrepreneurs and small businesses are important foundations in communities around the globe. Turning their passion into a business, creating jobs, collaborating with other local businesses, building a community of satisfied and recurring customers and making money are many of the reasons entrepreneurs start their business. Many want to do more. They want to leave a…

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  • Your Unique Fingerprint on the World

    Your Unique Fingerprint on the World

    “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe…

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  • The Power of Tuning in to Your Heart

    The Power of Tuning in to Your Heart

    Have you ever had a “knowing” hunch even though you didn’t have all the facts? What was that? Where did it come from? And more significantly, did you listen and act upon it? Learning to hear and trust my intuition, has been a fantastic influence on my life. However, learning to accept ideas without evidence…

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  • Bye-bye 2023!

    Bye-bye 2023!

    As I bid farewell to another incredible year, I invite you to join me in reflecting on the milestones, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped my journey this year. I am living my dream! I have always wanted to write about the things I love, and I am just getting started. My first year as…

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  • Returning to Work—Reset and Reconnect

    Returning to Work—Reset and Reconnect

    As businesses navigate their work environment structure, some are coming back to the office, some are already back, some have hybrid environments and some still work from home. The same applies to entrepreneurial business. Now more than ever, resetting our goals, reconnecting with others and restoring resilience are required skills to help entrepreneurs maintain business…

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  • The University Student’s Unofficial, Unauthorized but Totally Accurate Guidelines for a Budding Career

    The University Student’s Unofficial, Unauthorized but Totally Accurate Guidelines for a Budding Career

    This is all about you, the college or trade school or university student who is taking classes and hoping to graduate with a degree in something, then go out and start your career. It can also be for the person who is returning to school and getting more education and training to qualify for higher-paying…

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  • The Beauty Is the Same

    The Beauty Is the Same

    It’s been more than three years since my mother died.  I had just arrived in New Orleans five days prior to be with my son for a month when I got the call about my mom. She had a stroke and was put on life support. Basically, her worst-case death scenario was playing out: Having…

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  • Falling for Health: Your Ultimate Autumn Guide

    Falling for Health: Your Ultimate Autumn Guide

    Stay Active Amid Fall’s Splendor The picturesque beauty of fall encourages outdoor enthusiasts to venture into colorful landscapes. Whether it’s hiking through lively trails, jogging amidst falling leaves, or practicing yoga in a park, the season offers a perfect backdrop for outdoor workouts. Embrace the crisp air and the meditative qualities of nature while engaging…

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  • Antonio Barbosa:
    A Golden Paradise for Expats

    Antonio Barbosa: A Golden Paradise for Expats

    Portugal, the jewel of Southern Europe, is a top choice for expatriates seeking a new home. In this exclusive interview, I sat down with Antonio Barbosa, an international real estate agent and founder of Infinite Solutions, who has made it his mission to help people find their perfect piece of paradise in Portugal. Originally from…

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  • Oh, DUNE It!! 

    Oh, DUNE It!! 

    Have you ever looked at the sand on a beach and said, “Hey, it would be fun to surf those dunes?” Ever felt like you just want to be free? Off-roading is very fun! It can also be very humbling. It is a sense of thrill and freedom, mixed with a healthy dose of fear. …

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  • Help for Struggling Readers

    Help for Struggling Readers

    End of July, I went to Shakespeare by the Sea with some friends to watch an open-air, live performance of Hamlet. It was impressive that they could shorten such a long play and still make it work. Even most movies cut plenty out of the bard’s masterpieces. The site Top 10 of Anything and Everything…

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  • What the Heck Happened to Education?

    What the Heck Happened to Education?

    All that writing was just ink on a page.The last trend I will ever experience is the most absurd of all.All students need rigorous, profound, well-rounded instruction. Instructors will excel in different ways at different times. I have worked at a suburban high school for over twenty years. We began with a mostly white and…

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  • Born Magical

    Born Magical

    We’re born magical, yet that internal gift is often squelched. When we listen, we are freed from the bondage of fear.

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  • Trust Times of Shadow

    Trust Times of Shadow

    It was my senior year of college, the year I thought I would walk across a stage and accept my diploma. I envisioned this incredible ceremony, surrounded by friends, with a job waiting me. However, reality had a different story to tell.   I clearly remember the day my life changed. I woke up feeling…

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