If you’ve flown commercially, you’re undoubtedly familiar with standard safety procedure. It goes something like this: In the event of a loss in cabin pressure, secure your own oxygen mask before helping your children or others. The reason is simple and practical; a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching your brain (hypoxia), will render you useless. It is critical to take care of ourselves first in order to be able to take care of others. Beyond flying, the principle has application in daily living.

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I recently took up weightlifting. The whys and wherefores aren’t relevant here, but just know that this is highly out of character—fitness and I have never really been friends. And yet here I am, in an unfinished, unheated outbuilding, trying to squat down and stand up again with forty kilos balanced on my back. The thing with weightlifting is it’s a raw example of deliberate practice in action—you get stronger by continually working at the edges of what you’re capable of.

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I’m a wife, mom, licensed cosmetologist, and part-time virtual assistant. My days are full and wonderful with keeping up with my two little boys, running our home, and working a little side-hustle business. During this busy season of life, here are the things on My Good List.

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This holiday, what if we voluntarily set our screens aside for a few weeks and turn our attention to the season and each other? What if we gave ourselves—and our families—the gift of our best selves?

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