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We all get stressed out from time to time, right? (My hand is raised.)

But did you know stress can actually shrivel your brain like a California raisin? No joke. Research shows that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function, and not in a good way.

Specifically, making you more prone to anxiety and depression while making it harder for you to focus, learn and remember new things. Serious stuff.

If you’re like me and want your brain to stay plump and healthy, today’s MarieTV is a must watch. Because let’s face it, stress happens. That part is largely out of our control.

But what we can control is how we respond.

That’s why it’s vital to have a simple toolkit to not only get out of stress mode more quickly, but also save our brains from unnecessary and dangerous shrinkage.

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“What’s wrong with me? This is nuts. I should be so much further ahead by now.”

Do you ever get caught up in this truly shitastic thought loop? Here’s how it goes.

Based on your age, the ultimate vision you have for your life and the non-stop work you’re putting in, you can’t help but feel behind. Like, desperately behind.

You look around at friends and colleagues. Yup, 100% confirmed. Pretty much everyone is leaving you in the dust.

The proof? They’re getting the exact kind of gigs you’d hoped for. Making the kinds of things you’ve been meaning to make. Essentially living your dream life — just better, faster and first.

If you ever feel like you’re always in last place, today’s episode of MarieTV is for you. You’ll learn a simple way to rescue yourself from this toxic emotional vortex we all seem to slip into.

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When Josh and I first got together, he’d often surprise me with jewelry for my birthday and Christmas. Nothing too crazy or extravagant. Just something small and lovely and sweet.

While I was deeply grateful, invariably we’d wind up returning whatever piece he chose so that I could get something that was more, well, me. (I don’t own a lot of stuff, so I gotta loooove it to keep it!)

Josh said, “How about this: why don’t we go shopping together and you can pick out exactly what you want?”

Smart man.

I walked us over to a beautiful little store near our home called Satya Jewelry. It’s the kind of place that you stop at every time you pass by because your eye always catches something heavenly in the window.

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit. Their mission is to create pieces that are meaningful, inspiring and beautiful. Plus, they believe in giving back so with every purchase, you’re helping to improve the lives of women and children worldwide.

I was captivated. This was the first fashion brand I’d seen that not only had gorgeous product, but that executed a for-profit, for purpose-business model in such a genuine and elegant way.

On one of my many visits to the store, I remember thinking to myself “Wow, I really love this. Wouldn’t it be cool if someday I had my own little Satya line of jewelry?”

A few years later, I was at a friend’s party and bumped into Satya herself. I was totally uncool and fangirled on about how much I loved her work and that it was the one brand of jewelry I keep going back to.

(Being nonchalant is not one of my strong suits.)

After chatting for a bit, one thing became clear. The reason I loved the jewelry so much had everything to do with the authentic soul who created it. Her generous and optimistic spirit spills forth into everything she touches.

Here on MarieTV, one request I often receive is for more stories of everyday people who decide to leave the safe path to follow their crazy, unconventional heart.

Wish granted. In today’s episode you’ll hear about Satya’s adventurous journey from being a disenchanted social worker to launching an enormously successful global jewelry brand from scratch.

I’m also deeply honored to announce our first ever capsule collection with Satya called #BeBlessed. I love having small totems around to ground me in my truth and inspire me towards my dreams, and I hope these lovely pieces can do the same for you.

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Depending on how long we’ve known each other…

You may already know that I love karaoke. And, hip hop. And, sharing ideas and possibilities that fuel your life forward.

But never did I fathom a day when I could do all three, pretty much at once. Thank the sweet goddess of pumpkin lattes, that day has come.

The spark of inspiration was lit when Donna, one of our delightful readers, wrote in asking about how to change her company’s culture as an intrapreneur.

She has a bucketful of smart ideas to take the company profitably into the future, but she’s feeling stymied because she’s not the boss.

Hers is a tricky and important question: if you’re not in charge, how can you create positive change within the business you work for?

Frankly, even if you are the boss, these five steps will help you more effectively create alignment and gain faster momentum within your company. Personally, this framework can help get your significant other, family or friends onboard with your next exciting idea or big adventure.

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Doesn’t matter what you might be dreaming of.

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush…

Today’s show is an absolute must watch.

It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life. And our tour guide is none other than the legendary Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Here’s just a sampling of the gems you’re about to discover:

  • The unconventional (and very specific) thing to say and do when fear tries to stop you from taking inspired risks
  • The contract Liz made with her creativity long ago and why it’s made all the difference
  • Why you shouldn’t try to “help” anyone with your art and what to focus on instead
  • The vital distinction between originality and authenticity and how to manage “it’s all been done before” syndrome
  • How to know whether or not you’re on the right creative path

Plus, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Liz speak (tens of millions have watched her Ted Talks and I’ve had the honor of seeing her move a stadium full of folks to tears), pay extra attention around the 25 minute mark.

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