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(and do more good as a result!) BY COLLEEN RIORDAN

“When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” - Author Eleanor Brownn

After bouncing from the California coast to the New York City skyline, the charm of the Midwest drew Colleen Riordan back home. She is a passionate writer whose work focuses on the incredible people, culture, and innovation in Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @OliveWildly.

We spend a lot of time being everything for everyone. To be at your best for the ones you love, you must first take care of yourself. Every moment spent building yourself up will benefit you and every life you touch each day. Taking care of yourself gives you confidence, energy and peace of mind.


“How often do you spend time with someone completely focused on you? Get a massage, and let someone else work through all of your tension,” suggests Ann Early, owner of Elite Wellness Spa in Green Bay.


Go see a movie by yourself. Turn off the cellphone, curl up with a popcorn and revel in your solo date.


Take a note from the Italians and go for a passeggiata. After dinner, leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. Breathe in the fresh air and smell the fall leaves. That’s a suggestion from Sarah Mastroianni, www.notjustanother

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Compliment every single person you meet for a whole day.


Challenge your mind with intellectual puzzles. Crosswords, sudoku and brain teasers are great ways to exercise the little gray cells.


Spend time with your pet. “Playing and cuddling with a pet lowers blood pressure and anxiety,” says Cynthia Thomas, LCSW, therapist at Innovative Counseling in Green Bay.

YOU Magazine  

Green Bay YOU Magazine. October 2016. Green Bay, WI

YOU Magazine  

Green Bay YOU Magazine. October 2016. Green Bay, WI