How Studying Abroad Inspires a Soul

How Studying Abroad Inspires a Soul

Have you ever looked at pictures of a place or heard someone talk about their most recent destination and thought, "Wow, I just really want to go!"? I was sitting in an English literature class and the professor had two students come in to talk about their recent creative writing and hiking study abroad in the south of England, and I had one of those moments.

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Partner Spotlight : The Edie Company

Partner Spotlight : The Edie Company

Entrepreneurship is something that runs deep in our family. My mom comes from a very strong entrepreneurial background; both of her parents maintained successful businesses for many years, so it is something she knew well even as a young girl. It was unexpected, but not surprising, that after college she returned to her mother’s primary business, a women and children’s clothing boutique, before she decided to venture out on her own and start a men’s clothing store.

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6 Tips to Settle Into a New City

6 Tips to Settle Into a New City

Moving is never easy. Moving cities or continents is even harder. As someone who grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone, London was a whole new ball game. I remember standing on the pavement watching the people pouring in and out of the station, like the life veins of the city, jostling and striding and all with somewhere to be and someone to see.

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My Father's Daughter

My Father's Daughter

Prior to moving to Italy, I would not have described myself as adventure seeking. A high achieving rule follower with a desire to please was more my gig. Until it wasn’t. When my hard work went unacknowledged or my love unreturned, my mind, heart, and body grew restless. I broke every rule in the name of love, making irreparable mistakes at the expense of others.

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Partner Spotlight: To Eat and To Love (+ Giveaway!)

Partner Spotlight: To Eat and To Love (+ Giveaway!)

I want people to truly believe that health is about keeping our bodies running for all of the amazing things that we are meant to do! It’s not about abs, or skinny jeans, or perfect selfies - those are some cool side effects maybe - but the real win is feeling awesome, having the energy to knock the world dead, and knowing that you are doing your best for yourself.

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Badass Women: Lauren Frontiera, The Real Female Entrepreneur

Badass Women: Lauren Frontiera, The Real Female Entrepreneur

Around H&L, we're huge fans of celebrating the women that are making a difference in big or small ways.  And Lauren definitely fits that idea.  Lauren is the creator of The Real Female Entrepreneur, an online platform that combines the power of authentic, honest conversation and media to inspire, include, and empower female entrepreneurs. We talked with her about her brand and how she's inspiring female entrepreneurs around the world.

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How to Find Adventure in Your Everyday Life

How to Find Adventure in Your Everyday Life

What does exploring mean to you? To most, exploring means to look outwards, climbing your way up mountains and trekking through jungles, but this belief means we often lose out on our chance for adventure because we place limitations on ourselves, believing that we are not brave or bold enough to take those risks. You can choose to find adventure in your everyday life. 

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My Husband Left Us

My Husband Left Us

When you get married you expect it to last forever. You make a commitment to share life with someone and start a family and dream about the life you’ll lead together as you grow old alongside one another. Never do you expect that person to come to you one day out of the blue and say they no longer wanted the life that you’ve created together. That is exactly what happened to me.

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Talking About What Hurts

Talking About What Hurts

Hi. My name is Melissa, and I am a survivor of rape.
Hi again. My name is Melissa, and I am a survivor of a suicide attempt.
Hi. Still me. Still Melissa. And I am a survivor of postpartum depression.

Now, maybe you hear that and think I've been dealt a crap hand in life, but I'd argue just the opposite. I live a damn good, love-filled life, and through those experiences I've learned exactly who I am.

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In the Shadow of Silence: Postpartum Anxiety

In the Shadow of Silence: Postpartum Anxiety

I am gasping for air. Desperately searching, my hands move quickly, fumbling through the sheets. There is a hollow feeling in my chest, a sinking in the pit of my stomach. Hot tears are streaming down my face, the bitter taste of salt. Panicked pleas for help ring in my ears: it is my own voice, though it sounds frightened, foreign. I believe my son is here in my bed: I must still be breastfeeding, I must have rolled over on him. I frantically search for his lifeless body. I imagine blue limp skin.

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