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Bight days, Dark Nights

When it comes to lighting, there’s more than meets the eye. Are we in the dark about the true impact of synthetic light sources? We asked Building Biologist Shane Reiley to shed some… light!

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Thrive Beneath the Skies: Winter 2023

Let go of what you were taught.
After Libra’s autumn equinox sent our relationship and business dynamics into a frenzied upheaval, we needed some time to rediscover what’s truly worth investing in and some space to feel comfortable asserting it. Voluntarily or not, you were positioned to question the accepted patterns which defined your relationships with love and money. Now we’re taking this renegotiated value system for a test-drive. This winter the sun will make its way across the constellations of Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius; these represent the eight, ninth, tenth, and eleventh houses of the zodiac, respectively.

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Navigating the Shift

Perimenopause comes for all women. Before the bold and final M of menopause, there’s a gradual transition as ovary production winds down. Typically this begins around age 40, though it’s common to experience signs a few years before or after. Just like puberty, PMS, and pregnancy, the hormonal shifts play out in various physical and emotional symptoms. Irregular periods, fatigue, hot flashes, weight fluctuations, and mood swings are all par for the course. It’s just another natural process, and with the right information, you’ll be prepared to navigate the changes.

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Living in Full Color

It’s through art that Samantha Jezek learned to heal. As she reflected on personal struggles, painting became her conduit for self-discovery and addiction recovery. Her first series, “Not Alone,” launched as a testament to the resilience and solidarity of women dealing with adversity. Samantha’s work serves as a reminder that even in the face of hardship, no one is truly alone.

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5 Tips for a New Year’s Money Reset

Holiday mode: It’s a carnival of travel, parties, and gifts. Then suddenly it’s January, and it all catches up with us. We’re left thinking,”What just happened? Where am I? Where’s all my money?”

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Healing Through Reiki

1914 — Mt. Kurama, Japan. Dr. Mikao Usui sat in the mountains in meditative prayer after 21 days of fasting. Golden, flickering luminescence in the distance drew closer to form Sanskrit symbols instructing him to create a healing system of laying hands. Thus Usui reiki was born.

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Don’t Throw It Out!

They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Well, social media’s favorite shouting plant-hacker proves anyone can find riches in their own rubbish. OK, we’re not exactly turning wilted lettuce into Benjamins, but you’ll be in awe of the miracles you can perform by thinking twice about what you toss out. Give fruit a second life! Use old plants to feed new ones! How much money have you been throwing away?

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Creative Explained

You might recognize Armen Adamjan as the super energetic guy on TikTok and Instagram who gives you lightning-speed tricks, hacks, and tips. His signature style of quick cuts, yelling into the camera, and swish and swoosh sound effects, combined with his curly brown locks, has earned him the nicknames “The Plant Ninja,” “Plant Jesus,” and “The Dave Grohl of Plants.” His TikTok and Instagram accounts Creative Explained have amassed 6.5 million and 5.8 million followers, respectively. This is the story behind the viral, “Don’t throw it out!” sensation.

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Piece by Piece

If you haven’t done a puzzle since you were a kid, consider this your sign to jump back in! It not only has the power to evoke beautiful memories of the past, it also helps to slow down your brain (key for mental clarity), forcing you to focus on one task, completing a piece at a time. In our fast-paced world of constant alerts and multitasking, puzzles can be a way to bring instant calm and peace to a hectic day. We caught up with Rachel Hochhauser and Jena Wolfe, founders of the fun and funky brand Piecework Puzzles, to talk jigsaws, nostalgia, and the business of artful puzzles.

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A Deep Dive Into Castor

Eat it, treat it, put it on your face; castor oil is an age-old quick-fix to a host of common complaints. The magic behind its countless uses lies in the castor plant’s uniquely high concentration of a special organic triglyceride called ricinoleic acid. This extremely rare fatty acid constitutes ninety percent of castor oil’s chemical makeup. The rest is a mix of salts, terpenoids, and flavonoids that enhance immune function, circulation, arthritis relief, acne reduction, and may even help induce labor! Let’s take a look at the forgotten wonders of castor.

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