Words

by Beth Stewart


The sound of a word is an aural feast in itself, like my favorite Italian verb coccolare (“to cuddle”). Doesn’t it just sound like two lovers nuzzling into each other? Words are personal. They carry stories that are unique to each of us, through our individual and cultural contexts. Certain words smack us awake while others paint subtle shades. They possess weight and energy, like matter. They are mystical and ethereal. To me, they are life force.

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100 Days of Marchesi

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As it turns out, following obsession and endless curiosity lead you to the pot of gold: your purpose. If intensity and passion illuminated my purpose, it’s the boring, mundane, tough, mechanical, but necessary work that has contributed most to my realized potential. My coach Laurent Philippe calls the daily discipline of showing up Serving the Muse. For the next 100 days, beginning today, the first day of autumn, I will Serve my Muse by recommitting to the boring stuff – specifically, Marchesi vocalises. Join me!

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5 Ways to Enjoy London on a Budget

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Now that I’ve been a London resident for a few months and I’m comfortably settled into my dream flat, I feel prepared to write about the city I love so passionately. London and New York are close cousins: cultural meccas, full of diversity and excitement and possibility. While both cities have electric vibes and loads to explore, going out often leads to a pile of debt after a week’s time! There are “tourist traps” in any major city, but now that I’m a proper local, it’s been my mission to scour London for great deals. After some seriously fun searching, here’s what I found...

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What I've Learned from Running

by Beth Stewart in


If there is one rite of passage into the “thirtysomethings” club, it’s creating a Bucket List, and checking it off. When I first made my Bucket List, or “Life Goals Checklist,” I was shocked to discover what desires bubbled to the surface. Five years ago, I would’ve bet money I’d never enter a half-marathon; now, I’m running one in less than three weeks. 

It’s as simple as this: running is a microcosm of life. I realized that the roadblocks I face running are the same I face (or don’t face) in my daily life. If you’re considering taking up running but fear that it’s only for superfit athletes, keep reading. 

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