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The 3 Most Devastating Kinds Of Loss (And How To Recover)

I’m a long-time fan of Louise Hay who is big on affirmations for emotional and physical healing. And according to Louise and co-author David Kessler of You Can Heal Your Heart, understanding what kind of loss you’re experiencing can sometimes help you find your best self in the situation.  Especially if you use these specific affirmations. 1. Complicated …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Underwater Healer

Erena Shimoda is an underwater healer and portrait photographer.  She travels the world to work with cancer patients, helping them to improve their self-esteem and heal their mind and body. There’s magic in being underwater and Erena hopes the experience to be a transformation, allowing them to feel their beauty and heal emotional scars. Beautiful concept. She …

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50 New Year’s Aspirations For Better Mental Health (Yes, You Do Too Need Them) – Part 2

Linda Esposito of Wired For Happy wrote these – I’m such a fan of her work. And New Year’s aspirations don’t have to begin on 1/1…my own New Year starts on my birthday. (Already working on #32.) Check out the first 25 here.   26. Make Sunday your self-care day: get a massage, a mani-pedi, extra sleep, …

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50 New Year’s Aspirations For Better Mental Health (Yes, You Do Too Need Them)

Linda Esposito of Wired For Happy wrote these – I’m such a fan of her work. And New Year’s aspirations don’t have to begin on 1/1…my own New Year starts on my birthday. 1. Recognize all the times you got it right. Grab a notepad or create a new document: Make a list of three times you …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, published 2015. Shortlisted (1 of 4) for the 2015 National Book Award, shortlisted (1 of 6) for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and finalist for The 2015 Kirkus Prize For Fiction. Buckle up and prepare for the most challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book that you may possibly ever …

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Cool Mona’s Top 10 Posts Of 2015

A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Magda Sayeg & The Art Of Yarn Bombing  The Cool Mona Community: Meet Mr. Ted of Boston! A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Stunning Photos Of Atypical Models In Honey Be A Depression Detective 13 Things I’ve Learned From Being Married 3 Times A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Iranian Women Remove Hijabs On Facebook …

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Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads Of 2015

I can’t quit talking about them. I wonder how the author developed such concepts and characters. I bring them up in random conversations. I won’t forget them. Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman, 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010. Fates And Furies by Lauren …

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10 Unexpected Gifts To Give And Receive This Christmas (Part 2)

Allison Vesterfelt caught my attention sometime last year and she really caught it with this beautiful article on gifts. And so I pass it along, a gift to you from Allison and me… There is going to be a lot of gift-giving this Christmas and it’s always good to remember the gifts we don’t even have to …