- November 1st, 2008
All my life, I’d always played it safe. So when I turned 50, I vowed to challenge myself physically and be more daring. Over the ensuing seven years, I took up yoga, qigong, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and bicycling. But none of these activities satisfied my yearning to be “wild.” I couldn’t stop fantasizing about riding a motorcycle.
How one woman let her fantasies ride off into the sunsetBy Susan Partridge
- October 1st, 2008
After decades of suffering from lactose intolerance and sensitivity to basically anything with taste, I decided to change my diet. But my fledgling gastronomic experience as a vegan did nothing to prepare me for my first raw-food meal. After all, it's not terribly hard to be a vegan—or just a vegetarian—the challenge lies in being a healthy one.One women's newfound love for living foodsBy Vicki Confrey
- September 1st, 2008
I shivered in the pitch-black night as a steady rain showered my head. I sank deeper into a state of abject loneliness with every miserable drop. My saturated sleeping bag weighed me down as I searched blindly for my flashlight, all the while berating myself for not tying up the tarp before I fell asleep beneath a formerly clear, starry night.
How one woman survived three days in the wilderness—alone.By Laura Gates
- May 1st, 2008
Luckily, it was October, and finding a pirate’s patch to wear during the drive from Idaho to Colorado for our family vacation was hardly a problem. No one but my husband really knew the true reason for the patch; everyone else just thought I loved Halloween.
How a spa treatment gave me the confidence to conquer life's challenges.By Gloria Burrell
- January 1st, 2008
Meditation teachers tell us that simply observing the chatter going on in our minds without analyzing or judging our thoughts will lead us to a deep sense of calm. Alas, it’s not always easy to shut off the mental noise and sit in silence, even when we know it’s good for us. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying—and not just to stay calm.Make mindfulness part of your routine.By Nora Simmons