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EL manager editor Courtney Lewis Opdahl is tubing in the snow.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Moving past aesthetic goals during resolution season is possible, if you explore what true happiness means to you.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor on how to bring joy to your winter life.
A Black woman holds a broken paper heart.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
It’s time to do the work on creating racial equality, says our managing editor, if we want to improve community health and see vitality for all.
A rearview mirror on a car is displayed.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor reflects on the 20 lessons she’s learned 20 years after a car accident.
Soapy hands in a bath make a heart shape.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
We all need a break to recalibrate. How I’m using my timeouts for self-care.
A photo of empty railroad tracks on a sunny day with mountains in the distance
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor copes with the loss of a loved one and wrestles with the intricacies of grief.
girl in snowy yard
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
The joy of the season really does come from the little moments. Our managing editor shares a few ideas to make it memorable — and less stressful.
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By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor discovers how the birth of a child can bring up complex feelings and vulnerabilities.
grandmother-holding-baby
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Whether it’s end-of-life realities or a new beginning, our managing editor learns the key is support, preparation, and comfort.
toddler and baby holding hands
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
When baby No. 2 arrives, so does a new reality. Our managing editor shares how she’s shifting her vision.
toddle touching pregnant belly
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
My midwife and doula assure me there’s a healthy baby in my belly. That’s all I know.
peanuts and peanut butter
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
The changing science and recommendations on peanuts is enough to make a new mom’s head spin.
child-parent-hands
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Watching my toddler show love to others has expanded my own heart’s capacity. Did she develop this emotion by nature or nurture?
toddler-kid-child-crying-upset
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
How my toddler’s tantrums are helping me better understand conflict resolution and misunderstandings.
new-year's-resolutions-goal-setting
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Do you set too-big goals and resolutions? What I’ve learned from life coaches on how to get real.
holiday-season-quiet-silence-meditation-peace-winter
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
A bustling holiday season has this mom seeking silence more than ever.
holiday-stress-frustration
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But does it need to be the most chaotic?
casted ankle
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Three things I learned about life in the year since my ankle break.
person holding stomach
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
At 35 and without incident, I didn’t think much about my colon. That is, until my doctor recommended a colonoscopy.
generational hands holding clock
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Distance may separate us, but the moments and memories keep us united.
baby in crib
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Social-media platforms offer a trove of ideas — and insecurity for my perfectionist mindset when it comes to decorating the nursery.
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