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Seize the Change



Experiencing a major life transition? How about the discomfort of the unknown?
According to Lori Webster, owner of life- and lifestyle-design businesses, if you’ve answered yes to these questions, you may be poised for transformation on an epic scale. And I mean epic. 

Consider, as Webster does, that a single change can set off a chain reaction, amplifying the effects of any action you take now. Forget whether or not you’ve chosen this transition. Focus on what you will do with your newfound momentum.
I spoke with Webster to learn how she harnessed the power of transition, and how you can too. The first thing that struck me was the sheer audacity of her professional pivot. She began her creative career in time-honored fashion, lending her talents to advertising agencies and boutique design firms. Then she began to climb, quite literally ascending to a high-rise office (one with the kind of panoramic city view that screams American dream) at a Fortune 500 company where she held key roles in marketing and communications. 

But Webster wanted more out of life. 

To find fulfillment, she had to give up the position and the prestige she had worked for two decades to attain. Her first move was to go back to square one — joining a tech start-up as its inaugural employee. Then she made forays into the world of freelancing and consulting before landing on a business designed around her priorities, namely her family and her well-being. As the proprietor of Life Design With Purpose, LLC, and Belle Vue, an interiors firm, Webster helps clients bring their personal and professional lives, including their spaces, into alignment with their deepest values and loftiest dreams. 

As Webster can attest, when you heed your inner voice, you can expect to raise a few eyebrows — and your quality of life. Read on for Webster’s insights into the well-designed life and check out her podcast, Being With Purpose. Her advice may flaunt the dictates of convention, but leave it to a designer to find a better way.
Beth Doane: What was the catalyst for you to break away from your corporate background?

Lori Webster: Leaving the corporate environment in 2017 was just one step, albeit a big one, in my journey. After decades of working hard to get somewhere, I began to feel tired and uninspired and questioned, “Is this all there is?” I was seeking personal and professional growth in a different way than I had known, and the internal nudge was something I couldn’t deny. 
I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and wondered if that path would offer the stimulation my curious mind craved. The thought of a little more freedom and renewed responsibility energized me to take the leap. What I didn’t know at the time was that the experience wasn’t just about a job change, it would bring me closer to myself and who I was becoming. My path has led me to start a business that’s in alignment with my values and provides some flexibility to balance other parts of my life.
The longings we have inside are not to be ignored. What I longed for most was to have time in the morning to see my daughter off to school and welcome her home from school, before she left home to spread her own wings, like I experienced with my older son. I realized that time was slipping through my fingers. When I shifted my life to be home, I created space for myself and my family.
As I’m reflecting on this, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” plays in the background. How perfect the timing; the lyrics echo, “There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” It’s never too late to reinvent an aspect of your life, to learn something new as you follow your inner guidance and intentionally Design A Life That Lights You Up.™
Doane: How has practicing wellness helped you in your personal life?
Webster: My life is full of variety. I work from home, so it’s a bit easier to incorporate self-care into my everyday routine. Having daily practices — even if it’s just five minutes of quiet time in the morning before things get moving and a walk outside any time that day — has helped me balance my energy. And being around animals is very grounding.

On days where I can fit in more, I do. And the combined habits that offer something for my body, mind and spirit support overall well-being. I prepare healthy meals from ingredients I grow in my garden and my personal life is woven into the mix of work. It’s more fluid. I am productive and have the flexibility I need at this time in my life.
Doane: What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome and what did you learn that you most wish others would know? 
Webster: Stepping into the unknown with my career felt like moving the nose of a ship. It affected all areas in my life. I had to get comfortable following not only my logic, but also my intuition. It required some patience, self-compassion and not getting overly attached to a certain outcome. Change gets harder when we resist our inner guidance. 
I would invite others to follow their path of self-expression versus following a system or way our culture measures success. Experiment, even if it’s just with a hobby. Lean into what brings you some joy. Dare to align with what is authentic for you. If you discover it’s not for you, pivot. Yes, it may require some sacrifices as you follow your soul’s guidance, but if listened to, that can lead to improved happiness and well-being.
Doane: What are three coaching tips and/or wellness tips that you swear by? 

  1. Start your day with gratitude.
    Find at least one thing to be grateful for every morning and make a practice of it. You’ll begin to notice a shift. You don’t need to start big. Begin by noticing the sunshine, hearing the birds or enjoying a cup of coffee. Have gratitude for not only what’s working in our lives, but even the things that are challenging, for the challenges make us stronger, more resilient, more aware. This practice sets the tone of the day and packs a punch of optimism. 
  2. Be your own best friend and take a higher perspective.
    Remember to be kind to yourself. If you tend to be hard on yourself, notice your self-talk and any limited or negative thinking, then begin to shift it to something soothing and gentle. Over time, that practice will help you notice any patterns of thinking that you have the ability to change. 
    If you’re in the throes of something challenging, ask yourself what the situation is teaching you. Breathe and go with the flow of life — accepting, letting go and being in the present moment, until you gain clarity on any next steps.
  3. Simplify life.
    Be in nature: unplug from technology and the news and go for a walk in the fresh air. 
    Spend your free time doing simple things you enjoy. 
    Notice the energy in and around you. Do you surround yourself with people who lift your energy up or drain you? If your life and space feel cluttered and overwhelming, what do you need to fix, eliminate, give away and beautify? Simplifying our lives and surroundings to focus on what’s most important to us helps to keep the mind healthy.  

Doane: What is your favorite quote?
Webster: There are so many meaningful quotes I love, so I will mention a quote and a poem that hit home for me.
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” – Brené Brown
“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly” – Patrick Overton

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Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know



Is Crypto Safe? What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About Crypto Security

The cryptocurrency market is booming with more new coins and startups than ever, but they’re not all created equal. Cryptocurrency is a trailblazing technology that could overhaul the financial systems of the future. However, it’s wise to do your homework before actively trading or investing in cryptocurrencies with price volatility and privacy concerns.

What Is A Cryptocurrency?

Digital money that makes use of cryptography to safeguard transactions and regulate the generation of new units is called Cryptocurrency. It’s called a cryptocurrency because it relies on cryptography’s encrypted form of data. Cryptography also provides anonymity for users by obscuring their identity and, indeed, all aspects of their transactions.

Cryptocurrencies can be mined, traded or used to purchase goods and services. A person would have to rely on already established relationships with merchants or banks to make purchases in the past. 

How Safe Is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is more than an idea to create a digital form of currency at its core. Cybercriminals have learned that they can target these digital currencies because they are not regulated and not backed by any government. In theory, it’s tough to track down the source or the location of cryptocurrency transactions.

Cryptocurrencies are a prime target opening for cybercriminals since it’s difficult to trace transactions and identify the individuals involved.

How to Safeguard Your Cryptocurrencies

Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency is a common issue and one that you should be aware of if considering an investment. Though the concerns are real, these problems can be mitigated mainly through a few simple security steps before trading or investing in Cryptocurrency.

Here are some basics steps to help secure your account from Cryptocurrency transactions:

Password Protection

Enable two-step authentication and password protect your computer when searching for cryptocurrency exchanges. This will prevent anyone from accessing your machines if they are stolen or hacked.

Use a Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network (VPN) is a computer network where you can hide your proper IP address. If a hacker were to try and break into your account, they would see an IP address from the VPN, so it would be impossible to gain access.

Backup Your Wallet

Backup information that includes public address and private keys. This will help you retrieve any lost currency or prevent others from transferring Cryptocurrency from your wallet.

Use Multiple Wallets

Using more than one Cryptocurrency wallet helps protect your investment from theft even if your account is compromised. If you have a cryptocurrency wallet on multiple devices and platforms, it’s easy to keep a backup of your information in case of an account breach.

What Are the Risks Associated with Cryptocurrency?

With all the blockchain talk about decentralization and anonymity, getting swept up in the hype is easy. Cryptocurrency has become a rapidly growing portion of the investing market, and many retail investors are looking to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.

While the technology behind cryptocurrencies is impressive, risks are rushing, making trading and investing in Cryptocurrency risky for inexperienced traders. 

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams come in many forms, including emails and text messages. These scams can occur on an individual or a more general level, as most commonly happens. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes information on detecting phishing scams. Still, it’s hard to tell the difference between a legitimate cryptocurrency exchange and an imposter because most large cryptocurrency exchanges do not have contact information listed for regulatory reasons.


Cryptocurrency is a very volatile market that can swing wildly in either direction in almost no time at all. All cryptocurrencies are responsive to news, which can cause price changes within minutes or hours. There are also several different types of currencies, so you may have a hard time getting used to the volatility of each type. If you see only one digital currency (e.g., Bitcoin), it’s easy to assume stability when it’s still highly volatile.

Online Payments

While using crypto for online payments is a convenient method to pay for products and services, there are significant hazards involved with such transactions. When you pay for anything using bitcoin, you have no way of knowing the seller’s identity or having your payment details validated by a third party. You’re on your own if there’s an issue with the transaction.

With online purchases, you don’t have access to a complaint process, and there is no recourse if something goes wrong. This all results in anonymous transactions that pose risks online. As long as Cryptocurrency continues its rapid growth, this will be an iCryptocurrencyilers and sellers will need to solve.


Cryptocurrency is a highly sought-after currency for investors due to its untraceable nature and ability to exchange value without interference from a third party, such as a bank. However, this feature also makes it an appealing target for cybercriminals.

If you’re considering investing or trading in Cryptocurrency, educate yourself on the processes used to make transactions and invest your money safely and securely with reliable services that vet every transaction before letting it go through. Before diving in headfirst, make sure you research the different types of Cryptocurrency available and what risks are associated with each one. For more information on Cryptocurrency and its different types, visit our blog now!

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Food Is Medicine And What We Eat Is Important



Your mental state is a critical component of your physical health. And when you’re under a lot of stress, you might not be eating the healthy food that provides nutrients for fighting anxiety and depression. So when we examine what we’ve been eating, most of us discover that the decisions we’ve been making in the name of simplicity, convenience, or saving time have been damaging to our total health – body, mind, and spirit.

A person’s diet is a direct reflection of their health. When a person does not eat the right foods, their body breaks down. This can lead to an overall decrease in quality of life and many other diseases linked to improper nutrition. In North America, our current diet mainly consists of an excess of grain, sugar, fried and fatty foods. As a result, disorders including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and certain malignancies are becoming increasingly widespread.

The science of food has always been discussed; however, with recent technological innovations in food processing and agriculture, people have enjoyed more convenient foods that are less expensive than ever before. Unfortunately, with every convenience comes a trade-off. Smart foods are often packed with sugar, salt, and calories, leading to poor health in some individuals. 

To understand what a person is putting into their body, it’s essential to realize that the small molecules in food are responsible for allowing our bodies to function. These small molecules are called nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and enzymes. A nutrient is not a value unless absorbed by the body through a specific pathway. For example, if you absorb calcium without vitamin D, your body will not use that calcium. 

Eating a balanced diet keeps you healthy, but it helps reduce your stress. For example, eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants because they help augment your immune response and prevent toxins from damaging your cells. Vitamins A, C, and E serve as antioxidants that fight off free radicals in the body. Free radicals are toxic products of metabolism that cause damage to your cells. Experts claim that they are responsible for the aging process. Good sources of these vitamins are deeply-colored vegetables- green leafy, yellow, and orange vegetables, such as squash, broccoli, kale, spinach, and carrots.

Iron is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, and it mainly functions to deliver oxygen to your cells. Hence, an iron deficiency, medically termed Iron-deficiency anemia, is associated with weakness, easy fatigability, and pale skin. Tea, coffee, red wine, grapes, and berries are rich in antioxidants that function the same as your vitamins A, C, and E. 
You need a diet that’s healthy and balanced – and one that can fit comfortably into your busy lifestyle.

Here are some of the recommended dietary guidelines.

Eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, vitamins, and minerals. 

Exercise every other day to release endorphins, feel good, get the blood flowing, and reduce stress levels. 

Eat salt only when you need it, but not too much as your body does not need it. Many people with anxiety are hypothyroid or have low magnesium. When your body needs more sodium, it can indicate that you are not producing enough cortisol or are dehydrated. If you experience chronic anxiety, I recommend working with a physician to run tests on cortisol levels and then take salt supplements as needed. Use spices like turmeric, ginger, curry, and aromatic herbs like parsley, rosemary, sage, and basil.
Eat low-fat meals because they will cause a minor spike in blood sugar levels: think lean meats, eggs, vegetables, and nuts; avoid dairy if it makes you feel anxious. 

Drink lots of water — keep hydrated all day — ideally at least half a gallon if possible — your brain needs water to function optimally! 

Avoid foods that you know will make you feel bad, such as dairy, even with low-fat content. You can cut out dairy and not worry about it! 

Avoid sugar, caffeine, processed foods, alcohol, and any other substance that makes you feel bad or increases anxiety levels. Also, avoid coffee — drinking more than one cup a day can cause anxiety in some people. Coffee is also dehydrating and inhibits the absorption of minerals from food/water/supplements — try caffeinated water as a substitute for coffee if you like the caffeine kick. 

Find a natural health professional that you can talk to or work with to quickly get the results you want. 

Healthy foods and nutrition can help you stay fit, but they can also assist you in treating disease. When you nurture your body physically with these nutrient-dense foods, your mental capacities improve, as does your spiritual welfare. Moreover, because your spiritual health is at its best, it will radiate to the exterior world, causing others to notice you’re happier and more relaxed, and your stress levels have decreased dramatically.

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The Points of Light Civic Circle Offers Real Ways You Can Change the World 



Sixty-six percent of Americans don’t believe they can make a big impact in the world. 

That figure is according to Points of Light’s research on civic engagement. But what if I told you there are actually many ways to drive change? 

Today’s political climate can feel divided or even stagnant, but the truth is, you really can make things better, starting with your own community, one act of kindness at a time. And those aren’t just words. I’m here to share real, practical ways for you to make a difference. 

The Points of Light Civic Circle helps people connect to opportunities and understand that doing good comes in many forms. It is a framework that represents your power to lead, lend support and take action for causes you care about and live your best civic life. 

The Civic Circle provides actionable examples of all the ways you can change your community to reflect the world you want to see around you. In fact, you’re probably doing some of these things already. Are you helping a neighbor by picking up groceries or chaperoning on your child’s class field trip? You’re volunteering. Did you vote in the last election or help others get to the polls so they could vote? Those acts of civic duty illustrate the “vote” element. When you buy a product, do you choose to support companies that reflect your values or advance a social cause? That’s called “purchase power.” There are nine elements of the Civic Circle, and countless ways to bring each one to life. 

This blog is the first in a five-part series that will help you find real and manageable ways to activate the Civic Circle through apps, documentaries, podcasts and books. 

We also offer other resources to help you connect with all the ways you can become empowered to be the change you want to see in the world. Check out our videos that provide an in-depth look at each element of the Civic Circle. And don’t miss Civic Life Today, our digital magazine series. Each issue takes a deep dive and provides materials, ideas and inspiration so that you can become civically engaged.  Get started today, and launch your own civic engagement journey with these tools. 

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