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20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

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Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.
Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore. [Read more...]

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Excercise Your Right

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You can’t change the system spectating! #VOTE #GetInvolved #BeHeard

 

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Mo’ne Davis: Throw Like A Girl Documentary

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Amazing. “The best summer of her life is only the beginning for 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis. With the support of her family and passion for sports, Mo’ne stands for girls who want to play with the boys. She embodies the spirit that drives an athlete to push further, work harder, and overcome challenges. Are you ready to listen to her open letter, America?”

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AYA MARKETS – WASHINGTON, DC

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Farmers Market Two

Location: Located at 900 4th Street SW, at the corner of 4th and I Streets Southwest.

Nearest Metro: Waterfront-SEU (Green Line). For more public transportation options please visit www.wmata.com.

About this Market: Located on the hallowed grounds of Christ United Methodist Church, Aya @SW Waterfront provides us with high foot traffic, close proximity to public transportation and incredible community support from the span of diversity represented in Ward 6. With an aligned set of values centered around impacting the Southwest community, CUMC makes a great partner. Come on down and join us in Southwest D.C. — a.k.a. “The Little Quadrant that Could” — and enjoy the many great destinations in the area such as Arena Stage, Nationals Stadium and the Wharf.

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The Facts About Ebola

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With Ebola now dominating news headlines worldwide, the increased level of fear and public concern, as a result, is both understandable and legitimate. Anxiety is a normal human emotion, especially when there are questions floating as to how an infected person can spread a deadly disease.

That said, it is perhaps most important for everyone to know what’s fact and what’s fiction about Ebola and how it is transmitted…because, let’s face it, no one wants to be stressed out over misinformation.

The infographic below provides detailed information on how you and your family can remain safe and clear of infection.

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Five Ways to Get Fit at Work

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The great Ron Burgundy led the way on how to “feel the deep burn” of an effective work out while on the job.

So, in honor of the legendary “Anchor Man,”  we offer the following list of on-the-job work out options, compliments of Huffington Post.

 

Squats

Benefit: Strengthens and tones quads, glutes and core.

1. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Deeply bend both knees and shift hips back until thighs are parallel with the ground. Make sure knees are behind toes and never round your back. Hips will go back like you are sitting in a chair.

2. Drive through entire foot to come back to standing. Keep chest up and core tight the entire time. Immediately, switch direction and squat back down to your lowest point. Continue the movement for one minute.

 

Mini Hops

Benefit: Increases heart rate and circulation and helps boost endorphins.

1. Stand with feet hip-width and parallel. Bring both arms out to a 90-degree angle like you are holding a jump rope. Keep arms out as you begin to hop off the balls of your feet.

2. Move forearms in a circular motion like you are swinging a jump rope (no rope required). Continue to hop, staying light on your feet and gazing straight ahead. Continue the movement for one minute.

 

Standing Crunches

Benefit: Slims down the waist and helps flush out toxins.

1. Stand tall with hands behind head and elbows out wide. Engage abdominal muscles to bring left knee up to hip-height. Twist from the waist to draw right elbow toward left knee. Maintain length through the spine and core engaged the entire time.

2. Come back to center and switch directions, drawing left elbow toward right knee. Make sure to keep hip flexors relaxed as much as possible and lift knee up using the abs. Continue to alternate, performing standing oblique crunches for one minute.

 

Arm Raises

Benefit: Strengthens the shoulders and improves posture.

1. Stand tall with abdominal muscles engaged, shoulder blades drawn together and chest up. Lift arms directly above head, palms facing forward. Bend elbows and draw arms down by your sides. Engage upper back to perform this movement.

2. Lift arms back overhead, keeping shoulders drawn away from the ears. Continue to move up and down at a controlled pace for one minute.

 

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Benefit: Can help regulate blood flow, relieve back ache, calm anxiety; stretches the back of the neck.

1. Scoot hips all the way up to the wall with knees bent. Lie on back and swing legs straight up over hips.

2. Keep legs straight and completely relax head and neck. Begin to take slow deep breaths.

3. Hold for 10 slow deep breaths.

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Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga

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We’ve seen plenty of modern takes on classic green army guys as of late, from skateboarders and surfers over at Toy Boarders, to an array of plastic breakdancing people. Yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson now joins the fray with Yoga Joes, a collection of green army figures doing popular yoga poses like the warrior, cobra, and downward-facing dog. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter.

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DRAW THE LINE NYC: 9/21

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Looking for something cool to get into this weekend? The good folks at 350.org have you covered with their “Draw The Line NYC” rally against climate change on Sunday, September 21, in New York City.

Last year’s effort to raise awareness around this critical issue attracted over 10,000 people in Washington, DC. This Sunday, 350.org expects an upwards of around 100,000 in the Big Apple.

“The point is to put more pressure into the global and national political systems. A march isn’t very subtle – it is a way of saying ‘there are a lot of people who want serious action commensurate with science, not your endless speechmaking,’” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said an email to Politico.

For more information on how you can get down with this great cause, access the link provided below: http://act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/6131/signup/?akid=&zip=new%20york

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The Biggest Mistake Dieters Make With Their ‘Healthy’ Salad

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When on a mission to eat healthier or lose weight, there’s one dietary staple everyone seems to turn to: the salad. While many dieters know to avoid creamy dressings and load up on darker, leafy greens, there’s one often-overlooked mistake that many people make when trying to eat lighter.

Georgeanne Brennan, the author of Salad of the Day, says overusing olive oil is a major calorie trap when prepping a salad, especially an otherwise healthy-sounding Mediterranean variant.

“Olive oil tastes so good that it’s tempting to use it in all of your ingredients — peppers roasted in olive oil, grape leaves [packed] in olive oil, olives cured in olive oil,” Brennan says in the above video from #OWNSHOW. “That’s your biggest trap.”

Instead of using so many oil-based products, Brennan offers a few key substitutions that can help make a salad much healthier without sacrificing flavor.

Instead of: Tuna packed in olive oil
Use: Water-packed tuna or garbanzo beans

Instead of: Oily roasted red peppers
Use: Crisp, fresh red peppers

Instead of: Kalamata olives preserved in oil
Use: Black olives

Brennan also suggests adding fresh tomatoes, string beans and cucumbers to the mix, topping it all off with a bit of feta cheese. “You don’t need to have a whole bunch [of cheese],” she says. “Just think in terms of moderate portions.”

Of course, Brennan isn’t about to leave out olive oil entirely. When it comes to dressing the salad, she opts for a smooth, controlled drizzle. “Now we’re using the olive oil, but we’ve decided how much to use,” she says. “It’s going to bring all the flavors together.”

Finish by seasoning the salad with Greek oregano — and apply liberally, Brennan says. “We’re making up for fat flavor with other kinds of flavors,” she explains. “Now you’re ready to serve!”

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City of Toronto pulls great anti-littering campaign

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The City of Toronto is buried in lawyers. Try to pay a parking ticket online and you have to check through pages of acknowledgements and disclosures that make most software EULAs read like Sandra Boynton. So how did they not see this one coming? Advertising agency Publicis Canada mashed together the typical litter you might find on a city street to deliver messages describing the kind of people who litter, Say Reese’s Pieces and Gatorade to get Pig; [Read more...]

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5 Tips For Summer Running

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While surfing the net in search of health tips, I came across an interesting to-do list for runners venturing into the summer heat. Below, @jason_devaney1 gives a few pointers on how to remain active and healthy when running  during the dog days of summer.

 1. Hydrate

Hydration is never more important than during a hot summer run. Your body heats up as you work out, and some people can lose five or 10 pounds of sweat during a long run. You can do one of three things: Drive your running route ahead of time and stash some water and sports drink in various spots, bring a fuel belt, or leave cold drinks at your house and run a loop past it every few miles so you can drink up.

2. Dress Lightly

Now is clearly not the time of year to be wearing running pants or heavy base layers. A pair of light, breathable running shorts, along with a top made of a wicking material, is all you need. Throw on a hat and sunglasses to protect your scalp and face from the sun, and wear sunscreen—particularly on your nose, arms, neck, and legs (the back of my calves always burn). If you’re wearing a tank top, be sure to get your shoulders.

3. Be Prepared

You should be prepared for every run, whether it’s 20 degrees and snowing, 85 and sunny and everything in between. Being prepared means bringing identification (try a Road ID), cash and/or a credit card and a phone. You never know what can happen out there. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious … if you start to feel ill, call for help or flag down a motorist.

 4. Cool Down

When you return home from your summer run, you’re most likely drenched with sweat and feeling overheated. Grab a drink of cold water and hop in the shower. Turn the water as cold as you can stand it and let your body cool down. Or, if you’re feeling particularly bold, give yourself an ice bath and bring your body temperature down to a normal level again.

 5. Ease Into It

After months of running in colder temperatures your body won’t be used to pounding out 15 miles in the hot summer sun. So don’t jump right into it. If you have a long run scheduled and the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, head out before sunrise when it’s not as warm. Or wait until the evening. Try to run along shady paths as much as possible. After a few weeks your body will adapt—but don’t become complacent. If it’s too hot or if you’re not prepared, it’s better to wait a day than to to go put yourself in potential danger.

 

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Smile Project Back to School Carnival

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Join Broccoli City, in association with the District of Columbia Department of Environment (DDOE) and the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) for the 2nd Annual Smile Project Back-to-School Carnival would be held on Saturday, August 16th at the Gateway DC Pavilion (1100 Alabama Ave., SE near Congress Height Metro on the Green Line).

The Smile Project encourages a positive mental attitude towards education through having fun and smiling in an effort to excite young students about the upcoming 2014/2015 school year. Students will receive backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, books, water bottles, lunch boxes, calculators, and other useful tools and information for learning while supplies last.

This fun-filled afternoon will also feature rides, games, moon bounce obstacle courses, giant slides, water activities, rock climbing, live music, healthy eating demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and much more!

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4 Things We Need to Give Up to be Happy

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV [Read more...]

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