Junk Food Ingredients To Avoid

Go ahead and eat your favorite forbidden snacks on National Junk Food Day, but we recommend avoiding these three questionable ingredients. Break out the Oreos and milk, because today is National Junk Food Day. Every year on July 21, people use this holiday with questionable origins as an excuse to eat their favorite snacks. Junk foodRead More

Smiling Through The Pain

With twist, turns, ups, downs, sickness, death, disappointment, and so often, very few in my corner to lift me when I found myself lacking that “self-starter – go-get-it” drive most are accustomed to seeing me function from, I lost sight of the plan. Frustrated and overwhelmed, I found myself trapped in a past plan…looking forRead More

Taking Control of Your Life

I mean, who sets out to be a first generation college graduate when statistics (and people) say it’s highly unlikely given that I was a teenage mother? Who helps those in need regardless of their own needs? Who mentors girls and boys alike because they believe in them? Who studies multiple languages because they enjoyRead More

Know thyself, Embrace who you are

“In order to know who you really are,  In order to know the power which you possess, In order to grow,  In order to live and be free,  You must first be willing to embrace every moment… The days before your existence,  The days when you came to be and the legacy that you willRead More

Happiness Really Can Improve Health

Scientists have thought for years that happiness may have a real effect on physical health, but a comprehensive new review makes the case stronger than ever. The review, published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, examines the effects of “subjective well-being”—a measure of how people evaluate their own lives—on various aspects of physical health. The topic hasRead More

Thinking About Life

A steadfastness and persistence that I cannot describe with words. Sadness, remorse, frustration, need, the appearance of emptiness and even anger causes me to search for a truth beyond what my eyes can see and even beyond what my heart feels.  Brokenness causes me to introspectively study myself – the “why I do what I do”.Read More

Keeping My Faith Strong

Lord, when we don’t know what to pray or what to say, hear what’s in our tears. Allow hugs to be enough in the moment. Surround us with love, support and encouragement. Thank you for all you are and all you do! Most importantly, allow us to rest in You. Be our strength. We trustRead More

Low-calorie sweeteners don’t help with weight loss

Artificial and low-calorie sweeteners do not appear to help people lose weight — and in some studies are linked with weigh gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues, finds a sweeping new study. Why it matters: U.S. consumption of artificial sweeteners has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. These days aspartame and sucralose aren’t just in diet sodas andRead More