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Why Pole Dancers Make Great Leaders

In a competitive environment, passion is long-term.  Passion is constant.  When a person is passionate about what they do, they consistently look for better ways to improve themselves, their role, and the business at hand.  The woman who calls her bruises “pole kisses” with pride is not going to shy away from a difficult task.  She will embrace it.  And what organization would not benefit from people who are willing to work longer and endure the hardships in order to achieve results?  Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love - Tales From the Path To Joy - Under His Skin

"If you bury your sadness under your skin, what else can it do but grow in your veins to your heart?" -Nikita Gill Read More

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Paulina

Infinite Possibilities - Thoughts From the Metrowest Conference for Women

I am not alone in believing women have a great deal to offer the world if given the proper platform.  I am not alone in thinking that being a woman is something to celebrate.  I am not alone in thinking it’s time to be authentic.  And I am not alone in thinking that with the right leadership, women can make incredible things happen.  In a room full of 550 entrepreneurs, leaders, professionals, writers, public service officials, consumers, creators who all happen to be women (along with a few men who believe in them), no woman could feel alone.  It was astounding! Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Playing House

J and I were a few weeks into our sugar detox when he got a mad craving for some candy. His housemate kept bags of his favorite mint-chocolate M&Ms in the pantry. He was debating whether to have one. Seated at his left side on the oversized couch, I reminded him of all the reasons he had for giving sugar up. On his right side she said, “one won’t kill you.” J’s eyes darted quickly to me and back to the TV. With difficulty, he resisted. Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Starving

In the 1940’s the government starved a bunch of male volunteers. The men wanted to serve our country this way instead of going abroad to fight in WWII. They were starved to understand the effects of hunger on people. You see, war and famine go together. Hitler had been starving Jews. The victims of war would be finding refuge on our shores. They wanted to be ready for them. Like me, what they discovered is that hunger turns men into beasts first, then zombies, and often, both. The consequences of starvation endured long after starvation ended. Read More

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Paulina

Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Hangry

Wandering around, taking it in, J. suddenly says the fatal words, “I’m hungry”. The anxiety in me ignites. We decide on a restaurant, but there is a 20-minute wait for a table. I see the shadow cross J’s face as he begins to pace around the hostess station. Agitation and desperation infiltrate his gait. I suggest we go to the bar. He snaps at me accusingly, “I don’t need to drink, Paulina, I need to eat!” I ignore him and walk to the bar. I order a mudslide and bring it over. He takes a sip. No sooner does the chocolate ice cream hit his tongue than I see a wave of calm wash over his face. The serotonin has been released and the beast is soothed. I can almost hear him purr. Read More

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Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Date Night

“Paulina, there’s someone at the door for you and he is veeery handsome!” my roomate cooed. I grabbed my purse and walked down the stairs of the Seaport loft we shared. “Are you ready?” asked my date, smiling. The sleeves of his navy blue suit revealed just a glimpse of cufflink on his French cuffs when he opened the door to let me pass. Outside, he stepped to one side holding his hand out for me to hold as the driver held the limo door open. “West Broadway, Joe. The Odeon”. Read More

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Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - The Most Precious Gift

I decided to make us a drawing of two yin-yang symbols in the shape of four Japanese fish. It would represent the choice we had every day to see things in terms of rhythms of light rather than binaries of judgment. Upright, the drawing looks like the number eight, as in the 8-fold path of Buddhism. When you turn the number eight sideways, it makes a mobius strip. I called the drawing, “Two Fish, Four Directions, Infinite Possibilities”. Read More

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Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - The Light That Shines

An open heart shines light onto the world. The light that shone through J’s eyes that night reflected my own longing for someone to give all that I had stored in the dark recesses of my heart. Love that had been carelessly treated, thrown away, savagely threatened, or neglected lived there waiting for the person who could recognize and ignite it. J and I were reflections of each other. Somehow we had made it through the perilous journey to that point in time with our desire to give love still intact. Read More

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Paulina

Sugar, Gluten, Love: Tales from the Path to Joy - Making Excuses

I think about the awful places J put me - places I never in a million years thought I’d find myself. I have to dig deeply into my yogic lessons to recall that the good-for-you that you get does not always resemble the good-for-you that you imagined. Blessings often come in strange packaging. If I was drawn to him, it's because of something I needed, regardless of his intentions. I had to take responsibility for the excuses I made in order to be with him. Read More

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