How to Improve Your Work/Life Balance and Reclaim Your Time

Making My Time on This Planet Count the Most
No matter how I slice it, I only have twenty-four hours in my day.

Caring for Ourselves Means Saying No
One of my idols, Warren Buffett once said,  "The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say 'no' to almost everything."
"Letting go" Also Means Letting Other People Help
One of my favorite theories is the law of diminishing returns. Sometimes, this shows up when I work more than fifty hours at my day job and seeing my output decline. Other times, when I say "yes" to too many people and can't spend quality time with my family.
The Power of Using Deadlines
Have you ever noticed the power of deadlines?
In college, when I had professors set a project deadline, I knew it had to get done. I could cram all I wanted the night before, but no matter what it needed to be finished on the due date. On the other hand, when I have something I need to do "eventually" it gets pushed off...again...and again...and again.
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Welcome to the most vibrant and dedicated laughter meetup in Richmond! RVA Laughter and Wellness Club is a weekly laughter club dedicated to creating healthier and happier lives in our community through laughter. Our events are very social and offer a fabulous way to meet new people. Here, you'll meet others who want to laugh, exercise, have fun, relieve stress and connect with others.

For upcoming dates and information on meet-ups, click here!

Eggplant Ricotta Bites

Level: Easy
Total: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 6 servings

1 medium eggplant
Kosher salt
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 large eggs
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 cup ricotta cheese
Shredded fresh basil, for topping
  1. Thinly slice the eggplant into rounds and season with salt. Pour some flour into a shallow dish. Beat the eggs in another dish. In a third dish, mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dredge the eggplant in the flour, then dip in the eggs and coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, about 2 minutes per side, adding more oil between batches, if necessary. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  3. Toss the tomatoes with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the vinegar in a bowl. Spoon some ricotta onto each eggplant slice. Top with the tomato mixture and basil.
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Hot or Cold? The Benefits of Both Kinds of Showers

Some Like It Hot
Hot showers can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles. If you have a powerful showerhead, even better! Let the hot water work like a minimassage on your shoulders, neck, and back.

Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Anyone working with stress can use more of the love hormone in their life!

A hot shower also acts as a natural decongestant to relieve cold symptoms, since the hot steam moisturizes nasal passages.

Some Like It Cold

Cold showers - as unbearable as they are - are actually really good for our bodies! Turning your shower cold for the last five minutes can help "shock" your body awake. This instant change in temperature relieves your body of fatigue and increases your mental alertness.

 A "cooler" shower (around 68 degrees) for two to three minutes once or twice daily is recommended by researchers as a treatment for depression. Just make sure you check in with your doctor before testing this out!


On the more vain side of the spectrum, cold showers are better for our hair and skin. Where a hot shower can dry things out, cold showers hydrate and help with split ends and dry skin.


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Mindfulness Bar
A fun and adventurous place of yoga, meditation, and self-actualization. Where each moment is filled with complete joy.

Event Details:

Curious about mindfulness and wonder about the science and psychology behind how/why meditation works?

Come learn all the magic and mystery about this life changing art of sitting

Saturday March 23rd | 3-5 P.M | Members $10 Guests $20

With Yedda Stancil

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Kids Can Make: Crunchy Breakfast Tacos
Add some crunch to your morning with these egg-filled breakfast tacos. Both little and big kids can help measure, and big kids can help scramble the eggs.
8 hard corn taco shells
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon taco seasoning with salt or chili powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
3 or 4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup salsa or taco sauce
1 cup shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
Sliced black olives and sour cream, for serving, optional

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Warm the taco shells on a baking sheet, about 5 minutes.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the taco seasoning and whisk well with a fork. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the skillet; when it foams and bubbles, add the eggs and reduce the heat to low. Cook the eggs, stirring regularly with a wooden spatula to break them up, until set, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Line the center of each taco shell with about 2 generous tablespoons of the scrambled eggs. Top with some of the cheese, scallions and lettuce and a spoonful of salsa. Garnish with some chopped tomatoes, and serve with olives and sour cream on the side if using.

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How to Honor Your Sensitivity (Because It's Actually a Strength)

Are You Highly Sensitive?
Does any of this sound familiar? If you sometimes push through your own needs it could be a sign that you're highly sensitive. Other signs you're an HSP include:

  • You feel the tragedies reported on the news very deeply
  • You sometimes get overwhelmed by beauty-a breathtaking view or the kindness of a friend
  • You're sensitive to bright lights and loud noises
  • You're highly empathetic
  • If someone's in a bad mood, you feel the energy in the room
  • Sometimes when a coffee date gets cancelled, you're ecstatic that you get to stay hiding under the covers
  • You love creativity whether it's music, dance, photography, writing, visual art or interior design
  • And when an HSP tries to fit in, it takes a lot of energy. Ignoring your sensitivity will leave you drained. You'll end up exhausted without much to give.
How HSPs Can Heal After Years of Pushing
1. Rest when you're tired.
2. Learn about your sensitivity.
3. Honor your needs.

Your Sensitivity is Your Strength
As a highly sensitive person, you have the real gifts of empathy, creativity, attention to detail, and bringing quality into everything you create. Because of this HSPs like you make the world's best writers, therapists, coaches, interior designers, actors, caretakers, and artists.

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7 steps for getting sick kids back on their feet
Many kids relish missing school for a low-grade fever or a minor cold. All three of my children have enjoyed sick days curled up under a big blanket in front of a movie with a slight smile on their lips. But this time, when strep hit my oldest hard, he was desperate to get better yesterday. He had already missed a month of basketball season because of a broken wrist and was determined not to miss another day on the court.
When my children get sick, usually they just want to sleep. This time, however, once his strep test came back positive, my eldest started begging me for anything that would get him back onto the basketball court as soon possible. This is what I told him to do.

This is especially important after a high fever. Liquids will wash bacteria and viruses from the throat and through the digestive tract. Liquids will also replenish a body dehydrated by excess sleep.

Take probiotics
This is key if your child has been taking antibiotics, which shoot to kill bacteria in the body and gut and do not necessarily discriminate between good bacteria and bad bacteria. A round of antibiotics for strep or another illness can leave the gut stripped of the healthy bacteria we need for digestion and well-being. It is essential to rebuild this bacteria quickly.

Eat prebiotic foods
Garlic, onions, artichokes, avocado and cider vinegar also act as nourishment for the good bacteria in our digestive tract. They complement the probiotics by creating the environment for the probiotics to thrive.

Consume protein
After illness, kids often lack energy because they've taken in limited protein and calories while sick. High-quality, easily digestible protein such as salmon or lean chicken can provide needed energy. Bone broth is especially powerful, because it delivers protein, collagen, minerals and nutrition in an absorbable, operational form. This can increase energy, boost the immune system and rebuild a damaged gut lining.

Try spicy foods
Hot peppers can help clear nasal congestion. But for children recovering from a digestive illness, stick to bland foods. A little bit of crushed ginger can be added to anything, including baked goods, to help with digestion, give the food a little extra flavor and the patient extra immunity.

Start with small meals
It is best to eat smaller, more frequent meals to ease your body back. A fruit and vegetable smoothie is a faultless first breakfast.

This is how we regain lost energy and how our bodies repair.

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