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Fill Your Day with Joy
With all the chaos that surrounded 2020, it can feel like happiness has taken a back seat to stress, anxiety and fear. Here are a few simple ideas to help you cultivate more joy in your everyday life.
Savor some music. Put on your favorite feel-good playlist and dance like no one is watching, or kick back and relax.
Journal your thoughts. In the morning, write down three things you're grateful for, then spend five minutes in the evening journaling about your day to help release any stressful thoughts before bed.
Greet those around you. Because humans are social creatures, even small interactions with others can bolster your mood. Ask your grocery store clerk how their day is going, make small talk with coworkers or call a friend on the way to work.
Limit the news. Constantly consuming the news can cause more harm than good. Try setting boundaries to set yourself up for a relaxing evening and restful sleep.
Go outside. Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood, eat lunch at an outdoor café, or relax on your deck, patio or porch.
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8 Businesses That Give Back
In March, we celebrate Women's History Month and World Water Day. Leverage your purchasing power to make a difference by supporting businesses that give back to empower women and provide clean water for communities around the world.Empowering women
- Food52 – This female-led business offers unique recipes and products from kitchenware to pantry goods. Popular in the foodie world, the company also gives back to charitable organizations that focus on fighting hunger.
- The Little Market – This organization offers ethically sourced handmade goods that provide a living wage to women and their families. They also offer literacy workshops, business training and health programs for their female artisans.
- The Citizenry – Purchasing this company's home decor items helps sustain a source of income and provides a positive work environment for artisans around the world. The Citizenry also gives 10% of proceeds back to some artisans to develop their businesses through Entrepreneur Development Grants.
- SPANX – The famous women's undergarment company donates millions of dollars to organizations that empower underserved women and girls. Founder Sara Blakely pledged to donate half of her wealth through her foundation. In 2020, she created a new program called The Red Backpack Fund, which gave 1,080 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their businesses.
- S'well – Buy a stylish water bottle or other products from this female-owned business that partners with UNICEF to contribute clean and safe water to vulnerable communities.
- LifeStraw – With a variety of water filtration products available for purchase, LifeStraw gives back by providing filtration devices to kids around the world. They also conduct follow-up visits for five years to ensure sustainability.
- Hand in Hand Soaps – With every sale of a bar of soap, this company donates a bar of soap to someone in need. It also helps build wells to provide clean water around the world.
- MudLOVE – Your purchase of pottery products provides a week of clean water to someone in need through their partnership with Water for Good.
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Revisit Your Resolutions
Are your new year's resolutions fading into the rearview mirror? Perhaps you're realizing the goals you set in January need to be changed, adapted or amped up now that you have had a few months to adjust.
Let spring be the perfect time to re-evaluate or re-commit to your 2021 resolutions.
Forgive yourself. If you have cheated on your diet or fallen short on a financial goal, don't give up and settle for another failed resolution. Instead of feeling like you have to make up for lost time, just start with a clean slate as if today were January 1.
Evaluate the reality of your resolutions. If you're exceeding your goals with flying colors, consider upping your game. If you're having trouble getting started or being consistent, write down the steps to your success and commit to tackling them one day at a time.
Find some accountability. Tell a trusted family member or friend how eager you are to reach your goals. Even better, find someone with similar aspirations so you can encourage each other.
Whatever you do, don't give up on your resolutions. Make needed adjustments, and adopt the attitude "better late than never" rather than settling for simply, "never."
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Corned Beef Hash
1 lb. russet potatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. avocado oil
½ tsp. thyme
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. basil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups finely diced corned beef
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400° F. Place potatoes in a single layer on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with oil, then sprinkle with thyme, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Gently toss to combine. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high. Add garlic and onion. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until onions are translucent. Add corned beef and cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in potatoes and Worcestershire sauce. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.
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