by Mary Pipher
All my life, I have been motivated by two powerful passions - to learn and to be loved. My most intense curiosity has centered on relationships and the human spirit. I've always wanted to better understand human nature.
As a therapist, I have spent my adulthood asking clients to share their lives with me. My reward has been a continuing education program on the foibles, flaws, strengths and courage of ordinary people. With my first seven books, I shared what I had learned from my work as a therapist. In my latest, I offer what I have learned from my complicated, dense, sad and joyous life. Here are ten lessons to live by:
The Best Snacks To Beat Stress
1. We cannot work with, live with or negotiate with others unless we respect them. As a therapist, I learned to search for what was lovable and worthy in my clients. It wasn't that difficult to find. Almost everybody is doing the best he or she can. All people are capable of growth and most people want to improve
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by Mary PipherRead More »from 8 Ways to Get Happy- For Free
by: Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Haideh HirmandRead More »from 4 Topical Eye Treatments That Really Work
The eyes. The windows to our souls. They seem to be the first feature we notice when looking at a person. We note the color, shape, lashes and brows. They are what we were raised to politely stare at when speaking to someone. They are also what we sometimes say we've fallen in love with. So, if we love eyes, why do we often neglect to take good care of their beauty?
Most women do not tend to the eyes the way they do their hair, hands or lips. Unlike the hair, which we wash and condition daily, or skin, to which we apply countless lotions, sunblocks and scrubs, or lips, which we protect with lipsticks and balms, we seemingly spend less time protecting our eyes from elements that can harm them. Lifestyle choices definitely influence changes around the eyes. Inadequate sleep and a high-salt diet have been found to cause puffiness. That's why I'm sharing with you the scientifically proven treatments available for your eyes. From
by Mireille GuilianoRead More »from 4 Ways to Travel Like A Frenchwoman
Though I have many passions in life, I consider myself a bit of an expert on two subjects: champagne and travel, both of which my love for began at an early age. Before I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to travel. It's a goal I can proudly say I've accomplished in my life and I continue to enjoy today. I've spent so many years promoting champagne, and now my books, all over the world that I could probably be considered a professional traveler! I even met my husband of more than 30 years on a weekend jaunt to Istanbul and some of my dearest friends were met while traveling. Though I love to travel, I dislike the process of it. That is, I like it once I get to my destination. Whether for business or for pleasure (sometimes both), over the years, I've developed some helpful tricks to make my many hours of travel as enjoyable and smooth as possible.
Employ these time-tested tricks and you might find that your journey can be (almost) as pleasant as
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Fashion – Wed, Apr 7, 2010 4:29 PM EDT
by J Sister Janea Padilha, With Martha FrankelRead More »from 5 Ways to Channel Gisele Bundchen And Be Brazilian Sexy
You know exactly who she is: the woman with the nowhere-near-perfect figure who walks into the party as if she owns it … and within seconds, she does. The rhythm-less girl next to you in dance class who is having more fun than anyone else in the room. That gal whose megawatt smile blinds you so you don't even notice her two-inch roots. What these women have in common is that they've learned how to be Brazilian Sexy - which has nothing to do with a great tan or a perfect body, and everything to do with being at ease in your own skin. Here's how to capture that spirit in a bottle:
11 Celebrity Looks You Can Steal - Without Plastic Surgery
1. Remember that you're perfect, just the way you are. Some people look in the mirror and see every flaw, every imperfection. They can't get past the dark circles under their eyes, or those wrinkles that they've worked so hard for. Instead, look in the mirror and see the good person you are, remember how
by Megan SmolenyakRead More »from 4 Steps to Discovering Your Roots
I'm one of the lucky ones who got bitten by the genealogical bug while still a youngster. Following the instructions of my sixth-grade teacher, I asked my father where the Smolenyaks came from, and proudly claimed all of the then-Soviet Union on the world map. I would later learn that I was misinformed, but still recall feeling sorry for my classmates whose surnames were mostly crowded about the British Isles. Obviously, there was something special about my heritage, and that was all the encouragement I needed to become a full-blown roots addict. Who wanted to spend allowance on Top 40 tunes when there were all those death certificates to order?
If you're like many, you've probably contemplated looking into your roots a few times. And that urge might be stronger now, thanks to prime-time TV shows such as "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Faces of America." If this is the case, I'm pleased to inform you that you were brilliant to wait until now. As I wrote in my
by Julie MorgensternRead More »from 4 Ways To Clear Your Mind and Fall Asleep
Ah, to sleep, perchance to dream. If you have trouble settling down at night because your mind is racing, you need to first determine what is keeping you up at night. Are you trying to remember your to-do list for the next day? Is your mind brimming with ideas for a big project you are in the midst of? Sleep deprivation is serious - it can lead to weight gain, memory loss, mood swings and chronic disease. Worst, it steals energy and productivity from the next day - so you don't enjoy your waking hours either, and the cycle starts all over again.
10 Tips To Sleep Like a French Woman
Here are six ways to clear your mind and reclaim the pleasure of sleep back into your life:
1. Unburden your memory. Eradicate the need to worry about what you might be forgetting by having a reliable system for capturing to-do's and ideas all day long. Get yourself a single, consistent planner and commit completely to it, recording every to-do, call, task, project and meeting as it
Diane MeierRead More »from 5 Ways to Entertain From Your Heart
Our staff has lunch together every day around a great, round library table, with guests included at least a few times a week. Sometimes, I actually cook. In the country, weekends encompass quiet dinners with friends and more elaborate events when we open our home to help raise awareness or funds for causes that are important to us, such as land preservation and libraries. Amid a busy business, a husband, friends, a social life - and the added dollop of "authorship" to the mix, life is, to put it mildly, a little hectic.
But I also believe in making our lives our canvas. Intentionally creating environments and events that reflect our authentic personal style are ways of being self-expressive and celebratory of the qualities that make you unique. It's not about spending money or impressing strangers. It's about presenting yourself - your best, most creative and authentic self.
Crafting gatherings and events with a strong dose of personal style is an effort, no doubt. I've
By celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes
Even if you feel you have something to hide, caking on the concealer is not the solution. "Creating your most beautiful self doesn't require a lot of makeup," says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes in his new tome About Face. A loving soul, self-confidence and comfort in your skin are the most essential elements to achieving a tasteful and alluring you. And because most wOwers have step No. 1 covered, we're skipping to step No. 2: the right balance of makeup and tools.
You should have one cream and one powder blush. Make sure at least one of them is a natural-looking color (soft rose or peach tones usually work best). The other color can be something bolder, more dramatic. You can always expand from there.
These are my tools of choice for makeup application.
Have this on hand for warming your Maybelline eyeliner pencil.
- Blushes (2)
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 22, 2010 5:34 PM EDT
a wowOwow interview with Carol EvansRead More »from 3 Goals all Women Should Aim to Achieve in the Workplace This Year
The office landscape isn't the same as it was for our mothers.
Our mothers, who went to work when we were babies or tweens, may have provided the only estrogen in the room. The chances of that in an office today are much slimmer. With women comprising 50 percent of employed people in the United States, it's no fluke if you share an office with a female or if your elevator is packed with both sexes. Considering that only one third of the typical 1940s office roster was made up of women, this is quite the change. The chauvinistic atmosphere portrayed in the AMC smash "Mad Men" gives a realistic glance at the 1960s workplace.
Fast-forward to present. In one fifth of American households, the wife is out-earning her husband. And in more than one third of households, the missus is bringing home a significant portion of the bacon. While the numbers illustrate that corporations are recognizing the talent of women in business, there is still a long way to
By Paola GianturcoRead More »from Women Who Light the Dark
At a time when the International Women's Movement faces challenges, photojournalist Paola Gianturco's latest book serves as a reminder that positive change is underway. Women Who Light the Dark documents local women - from 23 women's groups in 15 countries on five continents - all of whom are helping others with issues that make life dark.
"These women have little by way of material resources so they use creative arts and creative strategies to leverage change. Their imaginations light the dark," says Gianturco. "I had seen groups of local women working against the intractable problems that face families everywhere, such as domestic violence, sex trafficking, war, poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, inequality, malnutrition and disease - and slowly but surely, they were making progress."
All of Gianturco's projects are philanthropic and the proceeds from her latest book, recently published by powerHouse Books, benefit the Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit that