We can’t rely on medical treatment when we get sick. Now what?

We can’t rely on medical treatment when we get sick. Now what?

My parents come from a generation of medical specialists who were trained to diagnose illness through hands-on, interpersonal communication. They used their experience and expertise to make a diagnosis and ran tests to confirm them, rather than running unnecessary tests to diagnose an illness. My dad is an ER doctor and my mom an ER...

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Amna, a 30-year-old Muslim, Pakistani-American Anthropologist

Amna, a 30-year-old Muslim, Pakistani-American Anthropologist

“I think first and foremost I define myself ethnically. I’m Pakistani, I’m Muslim, so my faith matters a lot to me. I’m a daughter, I’m a sister, and a friend. I love dogs. And I’m an Anthropologist. So I studied cultural anthropology. I’m obsessed with learning about people and their cultures, their backgrounds, and I think it’s like...

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Nikki, creator of Willow & Oak Skincare

Nikki, creator of Willow & Oak Skincare

“I think of myself as someone who is really and empathetic, and really sensitive as well. And lots of humor. I think there have been a lot of challenges in my life, and thankfully that hasn’t curbed my enthusiasm, but because I am so sensitive, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and so I’ve been really hard on myself. So I’m learning to relax...

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the fight inside me.

the fight inside me.

An old Cherokee man was teaching his grandson about life. He looked at the boy and said, ‘A fight is going on inside me. It’s a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,...

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Yosune, a Venezuelan designer/artist living in Los Angeles.

Yosune, a Venezuelan designer/artist living in Los Angeles.

“I would say that I am Venezuelan, but from a mom that was born in France from Spaniard parents. My grandfather was from Valencia, Spain and my grandmother was from the north of Spain in Bilbao, and that’s where my name is from. So that’s why it’s important, that side of me. My dad is Venezuelan but he is also mix. So I consider myself...

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Nicole, a social media expert and weightlifter.

Nicole, a social media expert and weightlifter.

“I’m one strong bitch. I’m 27, an Italian girl from the northeast, a social media guru, ‘single and not really tryin’ to mingle because I’m a strong independent woman who doesn’t have time to babysit no man.’ I’m shy, yet goofy, always hungry (for opportunity AND food), and a plant mom.”

Growing up with a big Italian family.

Back in the...

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Diane, a working mom

Diane, a working mom

“I used to identify as an Asian-American female. But since having kids, I truly identify mostly as a working mom. There is so much that goes along with that identity: pride, guilt, self-imposed stress, motivation and more guilt. I also identify as a woman in her 30s and less and less as an Asian American female. I find that motherhood...

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An Elegy in Tarot.

An Elegy in Tarot.

Right after Sam and I quit our careers in digital marketing in April, we decided the first order of business needed to be a vision-quest walkabout in Joshua Tree. Four days spent in the desert at a remote Airbnb away from the hustle of Los Angeles, where we could cover the walls in giant sticky sheets, arm ourselves with Sharpies and a few spliffs…and just get REAL with each other. What did we...

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Lara, owner of FitProsLA, a training studio

Lara, owner of FitProsLA, a training studio

“Exercise is the key to my balanced life — I don’t know life without it. And definitely having my own alone time where I can pause, stop and relax. It can be just simply laying or rollerskating by the beach or just driving on a freeway and listening to my favorite music or being at the house and give myself a spa time in my own...

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leaving a world behind.

leaving a world behind.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced on this journey is trying to reconnect with who I am as I move forward. Everything I thought I knew about myself was so deeply ingrained in my previous circumstances and the beliefs I formed through that single perspective. As time goes on, I realize that asking myself “what really makes me happy?” is hard. Ellen and I are both being challenged to spend...

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it’s a wrap!

it’s a wrap!

We just finished our first video shoot for daughters. with my personal trainer Lara Karapetian at the personal training studio she created 3 years ago — FitProsLA. I attribute a lot of my courage to leave my career to Lara. Every week when I trained with her, she was making me both stronger physically and emotionally. The latter is not something I expected to come from a trainer, but Lara is a...

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milestones that matter.

milestones that matter.

Growing up we’re taught to expect a certain number of life milestones. From birthdays to graduations, and wedding anniversaries to work anniversaries, we grow up anticipating certain events that will inevitably impact a significant portion of our lives. And then, at a certain age we realize there are some milestones we couldn’t have anticipated — the one’s that creep up on us. The one’s we can...

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