Category Archives: Inspiration

Amoena USA’s Mission Strength Contest and Ambassador Search

This year, it’s time for us to honor you with something special, something different. It’s time for Amoena USA to give back in a really big way. Win the chance to be an Amoena ambassador, enjoy a spa day getaway … Continue reading

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Clear As Mud

I recently had the delight and privilege of visiting a place I’ve heard of for years, but had never seen, called Lotusland. Since I’ve lived in this area for most of my adult life, I was actually a bit ashamed … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Problem

Young women, health, and body image A young female co-worker recently regaled me with tales of woe after spending time trying to find a bikini that fit her. A bit of an aside is necessary so you will empathize, as … Continue reading

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The Miracle of the Belle

I knew from the moment I met her Belle was going to be a delight. I’d been dealing with the holidays in my usual funk. I’m happy that other people are buying and decorating trees, thrilled that nighttime brings such … Continue reading

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Going 4th: Navigating life beyond breast cancer

As I write this, I’m preparing for a trip to New York City to spend a few days with a childhood friend. She has had the good fortune to sublet an apartment in Brooklyn Heights for a couple of months, … Continue reading

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Charities we love: Jenn and Liv (again), and The BC Relief Foundation

In the next issue of Amoena Life magazine, coming to your mailbox in a few weeks, you’ll read about Jenn Gibbons, an inspirational athlete who’s going the distance for breast cancer awareness and support. I mentioned her earlier this year, but … Continue reading

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I Am And So Are You! Moments of clarity after breast cancer

Growing older after breast cancer is such an amazing gift. I often wonder if everyone begins pondering life’s beauty and mystery with the same intensity as they age. It’s easy to think that, because I’ve dealt with my mortality a … Continue reading

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Zen Habits: How to be happy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to be happy — pondering the question, “How is the best way to live?”  There are plenty of resources for discovery in this area — probably too many! But every time I … Continue reading

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Mothers and Breast Cancer: A Courageous Journey

Yes, there is an official day to celebrate mothers, but we really celebrate mothers every day. We have mothers, we know mothers, we are mothers. (Well, sort of. I am no one’s biological mother, but I am mom to my … Continue reading

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Pinterest -aholics welcome.

Hello. My name is Shan and I’m a Pinterest-aholic. Oh, the lovely photos of crafts, DIY projects, interiors and, of course, food pull me in night after night. I can’t get enough searching for pretty pictures, repining pretty pictures, liking … Continue reading

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