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7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Own Will Power

While reading Psychology Today online, I found a column titled, "The Way You Think About Willpower is Hurting You." The column was written by a man who wrote a book on how to create "habit-forming products," which was interesting in and of itself. But what really surprised me was to learn that willpower isn't just a euphemism or excuse. It's a neurological function. After falling down a rabbit hole of academic and scientific studies dating back to the 1980s, I wrote this piece.   

9 Reasons Every Woman Should Try Olympic Weightlifting

Most of my friends know I'm a life long cardio addict. Carrying my kids around suffices as weight training. But one of my nearest and dearest began Olympic weight training and experienced so many benefits from it. True to form, I wanted to research and write about the exercise, rather than actually try it, so I pitched the idea to Shape.com. The response was bigger and better than I had expected. Women are very responsive to learning more about how they can incorporate serious weights into their fitness routine.

Getting to Zero in the Fight Against AIDS

This assignment was quite close to my heart. After having lost a family member to AIDS in the mid-1990s and becoming involved with The Recollectors, a storytelling site and community for the many children and families left behind by parents who died of AIDS, writing about just a few of the brave people who have moved the fight against this disease forward was inspiring and rewarding. If I had to choose one piece on this site that I hope everyone reads, it’s this.