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Acceptance Archives - 6 Months to Live: The Experiment Continues

(C)Riyaz Mamdani
Guest Posts
July 9, 2012

“Letting Go” by Saara Ali

Very excited to feature 6 Months to Live's first guest post, "Letting Go," by Saara Ali! Her post speaks to her experiences working with women on a farm in Africa and the incredible life lessons they've taught her. Read more about Saara below and be sure to check out her blog, Growing in Africa . Letting Go What surprises people…
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April 6, 2012

“Two Sizes Too Small”

I'm a huge advocate for stepping outside one's comfort zone. Often the best times for genuine growth stem from taking a chance on a new challenge and diving in. Although moving to the middle-of-nowhere China, not speaking the language, and being the only American female foreign teacher in the town was difficult, I learned so much from that first year…
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Illustration by Reese Kolar, "6 Months" 2nd Episode Guest
AcceptanceChoiceCourageLifeWhy not?
November 15, 2011

“Angry Girl Inhales Waffle Cone”

Today's headline might have read something like this in my world.  It was a rough day.  After biking home, I took a swift walk to the park and unloaded my frustrations.  My mom patiently listened on the phone, as I told her about everything going on in my world and then she said "I love you" and goodnight. On the…
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Running through Tea Fields in China
Trust
May 1, 2011

In-between Sizes

Remember that awkward puberty period?  That was fun.  Clothes were either too big or too tight.  Styles looked good one month and a sudden body shift would turn it into a trash item.  Our society addresses this idea of limbo with a somewhat negative connotation. There's a pressure to figure it out immediately, "What are your plans?" Although being in-between…
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The Sea of Galilee -- Photo by Jacqueline Boone
Life changing moments
December 7, 2010

The V Word

"Courage is ...to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." -Dr. Brené Brown's lecture I've tried to write this post several times in the past month.  It started with a breakup.  It took a detour with an empowering video I watched today on Youtube that essentially says the people that feel the most loved and connected…
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Life
July 14, 2010

Be You

The most courageous act you will ever commit is to simply be yourself. I rarely speak in absolutes, but after living (almost) 27 years and having a variety of experiences, ranging from the darkest nights of my soul to moments of ecstasy, I can confidently say it takes sheer courage to be all of who we are. While living in China, one…
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Choice
April 11, 2010

Day 151: Facing Mirrors

When I returned from my first year in China, I avoided mirrors. If I caught a glimpse of myself while washing my hands in a public bathroom, I would shake my head, look down, and walk out. It wasn't until a member of my family said, "Oh my god, what happened to your skin?" did I begin to acknowledge the…
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