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Entries from April 2012

Java Beach Cafe’s Joseph Liston Shares his story

April 15th, 2012 · Comments

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Robert Slaughter shares stake in the Occupy movement

April 15th, 2012 · Comments

Thousands of college students occupied UC campuses and campuses throughout the country to make a statement about keeping education an affordable and obtainable entity for all. SMC Senior Robert Slaughter was one of many arrested from the Berkeley campus while peacefully protesting. In this interview, Slaughter shares what he gained from the experience and what his stake in the "Occupy" movement is.

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Be your own advocate!

April 15th, 2012 · Comments

Be your own advocate. Imagine the life that you want, put a lot of energy into making that happen, but always leave room for miracles.

After getting diagnosed with incurable stage four cancer, Kris Carr took matters into her own hands. She moved out of the city, went back to school to study nutrition, changed her diet and lifestyle, and started a website called crazysexylife.com. Kris says the biggest killer on the planet is stress. She says stress is caused not just by our work environments, morning rush hour, and disgruntled family members, but also by the food we put into our bodies. She learned that there are no shortcuts to health.

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"I have a very rare sarcoma. Cancer basically changed my life and made my life a better journey. What I've been doing through my website, crazysexylife.com, is basically helping other people overcome obstacles--whether its cancer, depression, or crazy sexy divorce. I think that whenever we hit our tipping point, it's a sign. We can go one way or the other. I think I chose the right way, which was basically to go back to the basics and learn how to take care of myself and really take care of myself and not be a weekend warrior about it.

No one is going to give you permission to live. That permission is your birthright, and so if you can’t stand up for yourself, make it your New Year’s Resolution starting today (regardless which month and day it is when you read or listen to this) is to start doing it now. There is no time to waste. We come here alone, we leave here alone, and everything else is just delicious in between, so make it good.

BC (Before Cancer) I was an actress and a photographer living in the City. I was burning the candle at both ends. I lived on fast food and pre-packaged things. Anything that was good ‘to go,’ preferably with a Martini, was perfect. When I was diagnosed and found out there was no treatment, I left the City, I moved to Hippyville, also known as Woodstock. I moved to a house in the mountains. I started living the life that I said I was going to live much later. And then I went on a huge journey around the country for different integrative modalities that might help me. I made a film about it for TLC called Crazy Sexy Cancer. That was the beginning of cancer really being a teacher to me.

Prior to that, I was a closet journaler, but I didn't think I had what it took to be a writer. Once I was diagnosed with cancer and I could face that, writing, making a film and trying new things seemed pretty easy. What did I have to lose? Absolutely nothing.

When I heard the phrase, the rhythm of change, the first thing I thought of was energy. I think it's important to leave room for miracles. When you start to make changes in your life, the energy really shifts. It brings about unexpected beauty and peace that really connects you to your spirit."

Kris Carr, Founder of Crazy, Sexy, Life

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