Fitness Goal Setting: Triathlon Coach Rick Niles

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You hear this from everyone from fitness experts to my fellow dreamers here on 8 Women Dream. Goal setting is vital to success.  With big goals, planning them out is really the only way to get there. I had the opportunity to interview Rick Niles, triathlon coach and athlete with decades of experience in sport […]

Finding Happiness On A Real Summer Vacation


Who doesn’t remember the essays that our teachers made us write in grade school, every September, after returning to school following summer vacation? “What did you do over your summer vacation?” was always the big question. I worry that most adults lose this concept of a fun “summer vacation” once “real life” kicks in which […]

Finding Happiness Through Being a Mermaid

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It was something I have dreamt about for at least a decade, but possibly forever. I finally had the chance to be a Mermaid in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, and it was beyond amazing. It was epic. It was life-changing. I am forever a mermaid now, until the end of my days! The Coney Island Mermaid […]

Finding Happiness Through Being A Sexy Vegan

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A lot of my friends have what seems to me to be a rather unhealthy obsession with bacon. It’s hard for me to understand it, because I stopped eating meat ten years ago, and recently transitioned from being vegetarian (no meat) to vegan (essentially no meat, dairy or eggs, i.e. no animal-based products). But everybody […]

The Quiet Mission of a True Hero

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What a Hero is Not We live in a society where the loud and boisterous are rewarded and the quiet are marginalized. From the classroom where the extrovert child jumps at the chance to tell the teacher what he knows, to the boardroom, where the most vocal are given a stage to loudly thrust their […]

Mother’s Day: What She Really Wants… by Age

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Happy Mother’s Day! For many of us, entering midlife means being pushed into a whole different lane of travel. It’s the surreal experience of having not just children, but grandchildren as well. When I became a grandma a year and a half ago, it was a beautiful, amazing, and life-changing experience. The time from then […]

Finding Happiness in Every Breath


I am so thankful right now, feeling gratitude and finding happiness in every single breath of clean air, just a week after my family finally escaped to safety after being deeply impacted by the volcanic eruption and ash cloud from Calbuco in Chile.