Get Inspired

  • Get Inspired: Outside The Office

    Though her character, Jan, makes audiences laugh on NBC’s The Office, Melora Hardin takes a serious tone about eschewing consumerism, embracing a greener lifestyle, and bringing back family dinners. Natural Solutions caught up with the actress—and this month’s cover model—who talks about life outside of The Office.

    Interview by Bonnie Siegler
  • The Upside of Losing

    Soon after I moved from New York City to Boulder, Colorado, I had a humbling experience that I thought, at the time, I’d want to forget for good.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • My First Time—A Drive on the Wild Side

    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 sunset
    By Susan Partridge
  • Vegan in the Raw

    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 foods
    By Vicki Confrey
  • Entering Silence

    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
  • It's a Wrap

    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
  • Take a moment to Breathe

    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