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The Call to Courage

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | May 3, 2019

Five years ago I first heard about Brene Brown, a research professor who studied shame, fear and vulnerability. I listened to her Ted Talks, read her books and went and heard her live when she was in Winnipeg. The minute I heard her speak I knew she could help me on my life journey and…

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Do you suffer from FOMO?

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | April 25, 2019

FOMO, “fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” Oxford English Dictionary Yikes! Can you believe that our new vocabulary is based on acronyms? Whether you say the words or use the shortcut, I do believe we have…

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The power of nature.

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | April 15, 2019

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” Sylvia Plath, poet Optimyz women’s wellness April/May 2019 pg. 12 This quote caught my attention in a magazine the other day and made me smile because happy is exactly how…

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Turn your steps into $

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | April 1, 2019

Are you obsessed with how many steps you get in each day? Do you check your smart watch hourly? Do you walk in circles around your house before bed waiting to hit the magic 10,000? Or perhaps you just love to go out for a walk or run and take in nature. Regardless of your…

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Never give up on a childhood dream!

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 24, 2019

As a kid I use to lay in the grass and watch the birds float across the sky. I imagined how peaceful and fun it would be to play in the wind and view the world from above. I wondered why people couldn’t fly? I thought about making myself some wings and jumping off the…

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Women’s Health

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | March 3, 2019

Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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Lessons from the Blue Zone

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 15, 2019

What is a Blue Zone? A Blue Zone is a geographical area that has been studied and identified as a place where people live on average 10 years longer than the rest of the population. Not only do they live longer but they do so independently, doing what they love. You can imagine how this…

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Black Bean Chocolate Chunk Brownies

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 13, 2019

Ingredients 15 oz black beans drained & rinsed 2 whole bananas 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (and/or cacao powder) 1/3 cup agave nectar 1/2 cup dry oats 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 1/2 cup almond butter or whatever nut butter you prefer 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8×8…

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From 51-81, age is only a number.

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | February 11, 2019

As I reflect on our Costa Rica adventure: exploring the blue zone I have a huge smile on my face. We learned about the 9 lessons for living longer, explored the culture, the incredible biodiversity and beauty of Costa Rica and challenged each other to step outside of our comfort zone and try new things.…

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Belly laughs and Giving Back

By Carol Ploen-Hosegood | January 20, 2019

Two pillars I love #HaveFun and #GiveBack, what a great combination! I was at a comedy show before Christmas and I honestly was laughing so hard I wanted the comic to stop because my stomach hurt so much. You thought I was going to say I peed my pants but thankfully I had that under…

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