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Cancer is an Ugly Word: Prevention and Help Tips

There’s no easy way to talk about it. Cancer is just one of those pure evil things that affects everyone in life, one way or another. Nearly 40% of people will have a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Last year I lost my grandmother. Her and I were close, as we shared a love of travel and old movies. While she lived until she was 97, in her 80s she had a bad case of breast cancer. She has a double mastectomy and carried on though in remission for another…

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What the Heck Do You Need for a House?!

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I feel like life hands you opportunities backwards. At least, when it comes to dealing with buying your first home. I rented for the better part of a decade after college, gathering bits and pieces of kitchen items and furniture as I went along. Then before getting married, I drooled over all the dumb things we could add to a registry – from garlic presses to a zillion small spice bowls. Newsflash new home buyers – you don’t need all that crap. Or the three French presses currently sitting on…

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How Do YOU Get Fit? I Want to Know!

I might huff and puff my way through workouts, but I never regret a single time I get my tush off the couch. After lots of life changes lately, keeping active is even more essential to my well-being. Last week I shared a bit about how I get fit – which is usually a lot of stretching, yoga and walking in nature. As the weather warms, I’m hoping to add some jogging and additional cardio into the mix. I never regret a workout, but I have been flailing around a…

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When It’s Too Much: How to Seek Help for Addiction and Mental Health Crisis

There’s a lot of buzz these days about self-care. Some people, despite all their sorrow and struggle, think a long bath or a good run is going to balance them out and fix things. Sometimes, that’s not enough. There’s a big difference between feeling frazzled and feeling out of control. Self-care is a silly trend and does not address the real pain some people are going through and cannot overcome on their own. For a long time, I just assumed I was flighty, not feeling well and just weepy. It…

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How I get Fit? Any Way I Can!

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Yoga is something that is very much connected to your mindset. There’s a man in my current classes who is constantly looking at everyone else, grunting through the tougher poses and packing up before shavasana (rest) is over at the end. Sadly, although he seems to be in better shape than I am and others in class, he’ll never get where he wants to go. He’s missed the point of yoga – it’s about letting go, gently moving where your body allows and not letting ego be in the way….

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How Can Travel Insurance Save Lives?

Going back to the US from the UK always was smooth sailing. We’d visiting family and friends a couple times a year, not thinking much about the details of the trips. After all, I was just going to see loved one in my old hometown, not do anything dangerous. So why would I consider any coverage? Last summer when I went to the US for a visit, I started having debilitating panic attacks. I was inconsolable. And scared. This wasn’t anything I ever thought I’d experience on a simple visit,…

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Just Keep Swimming: Benefits of a Regular Swim Routine

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I was lucky enough in life to learn how to swim at a young age. Growing up near the ocean it was a perfect excuse to get to paddling, especially if I wanted freedom from my mom’s gaze when enjoying the beach! I also had some great lessons in outdoor pools, indoor swimming arenas and other nearby watering holes. Snorkeling became one of my top things to do while traveling as well – and I hope to add scuba diving to the roster this year as well. To Swim or…

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Yoga on the Beach: Awesome or Obnoxious?

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It took me ages to settle on the perfect yoga mat. I’m obsessed with the simple Luluemon mats at my London yoga studio, and recently have loved my Cork Yogis mat that also gives back to female empowerment programs. So when someone suggests practicing yoga OFF my mat, I’m none too thrilled. It’ll mess up my whole groove. I won’t know what to do! I’ll slip and fall more than usual! But trying yoga in some different environments has offered some benefits. A change of pace and atmosphere helps rejuvenate…

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Crooked Flight’s International Jetsetter Gift Guide

Even though I’ve crossed over into a bunch of wellness topics, mental health, yoga and general treat-yoself-ness, traveling is always at the core. I’ve updated some of my fave jetsetter finds to keep my accessories fresh and funky. My fellow travel fans and I have put together perfect items to gift to your pals, or keep for yourself this holiday season! DNA Slim Bag by Tenba The great debate: Do I lug around a bulky backpack when I’m traveling or find another solution? I don’t mind switching out my weekender bag…

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Crooked Flight’s Health and Wellness Gift Guide

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Last year I worked on healing myself and taking care of my well-being. this year I still strive for that, but want to life up others too – especially the gals! Here are some amazing items to add to your gift guide lists, curated from all over the world. They empower and inspire while helping you and your friends indulge. Have a wonderful holiday season!   Body Analyser Bluetooth Smart Scales by Activ8rlives (guest review by Elena!) Sometimes when we travel, we let it go and eat anything it appears…

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