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Tomorrow is my swan song …

posted by Victoria Moran

Tomorrow will be my last blog on Beliefnet.com. Thanks for a wonderful year. My little holiday gift to you is a free teleseminar on getting organized. Listen live tonight (Monday) or later from the archives.

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My top 10 favorite posts of 2009

posted by Victoria Moran

As Victoria Moran retires from daily blogging on Beliefnet.com, she offers a retrospective of her ten favorite posts from the past year.

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Preparing for Christmas

posted by Victoria Moran

A tiny article from Miracles Magazine suggests finishing up on Christmas preparations by St. Thomas Day (Dec. 21) and leaving those last few days to prepare our hearts.

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Peace on Earth … but maybe not quiet …

posted by Victoria Moran

Author Victoria Moran looks at the pros and cons of quiet and stimulation.

Do You Use the Guest Towels? — a guest blog from Elizabeth Grant

posted by Victoria Moran

Guest blogger is Elizabeth Grant, “the quantum coach,” is filling today for Victoria Moran. And she’s asking, “Do you use the guest towels?” In other words, just what do you think of yourself?

Tiger’s women and the lost art of discretion

posted by Victoria Moran

I am waiting to hear about the woman who had an affair with Tiger Woods and who is trying to keep that information to herself….

Writing today …

posted by Victoria Moran

A writing quotation, a writing day

A writer’s log/charmed-life blog

posted by Victoria Moran

No real blog today since Victoria is working on her book proposal. A nice writing quote from Toni Morrison, though.

A Schedule to Consider …

posted by Victoria Moran

In response to my squawking about all the time I spend on busywork, the son-in-law of the late Thomas E. Powers, author of Invitation to a Great Experiment, sent me Mr. Powers’ daily schedule during the time he was writing the book.

Tuesday’s Top 10: Christmas-y Things to Do

posted by Victoria Moran

Watch seasonal movies, make fudge, do an Advent calendar….

Approaching December …

posted by Victoria Moran

As we approach December, I’m looking to write a book proposal and, probably give up daily blogging.

Gratitude, in times of change

posted by Victoria Moran

On this Thanksgiving eve, whether you’re seeing change in your job or your bank account, in the shifting of relationships or in time’s going faster than it used to, you can probably agree that it takes some grit to do this life-on-earth thing.

Thanksgiving menu … it doesn’t change much from year to year

posted by Victoria Moran

Our family classic vegan Thanksgiving menu

A Pot Pourri of Quotable Quips

posted by Victoria Moran

I had cause today to pull quotations from several of my books and thought I’d share a sampling with you.

Simple Ways to Have a Charmed Family Gathering, a guest blog from Kate Hanley

posted by Victoria Moran

The most adorable — and helpful — little book recently made its way to me, The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide, by Kate Hanley. I asked if she’d provide a guest blog for today as our thoughts turn holiday-ward.

The top 10 things we should all be hearing, Part II

posted by Victoria Moran

The truth about ourselves, Part II: Victoria Moran’s second top 10 list of things we should all be hearing.

Friday’s 5 Faves: Natural Products in My Bathroom Cabinet

posted by Victoria Moran

Some of you have told me that you really like “Friday’s 5 Faves” which I haven’t done in awhile, so here goes: Natural Products in My Bathroom Cabinet.

Could Thanksgiving be Thanksgiving with the Turkey Off the Hook?

posted by Victoria Moran

Today a message came from Mary Max, a devoted advocate for mitigating cruelty in the world and the wife of the wonderful artist, Peter Max. I’m using her message as a guest blog today, and plenty of food for thought.

Some thoughts on peace on Veterans Day

posted by Victoria Moran

As I ponder the complexities — the bravery of fighting versus the bravery of pacifism, the necessity of fighting versus the necessity of, some day, turning swords into plowshares — I feel moved to share this story from my past….

The top 10 things we should all be hearing, Part I

posted by Victoria Moran

A top 10 list of truths about you that somebody ought to be telling you. Life coach and author Victoria Moran is telling.

30 days to a charmed life Day 30: go forth & shine!

posted by Victoria Moran

Everybody needs some time to shine, time to be recognized, special, admired. It’s not selfish: it’s human.

30 days to a charmed life Day 29: compose a personal affirmation

posted by Victoria Moran

The very best affirmations are the ones you come up with for yourself. They fit your life, your circumstances, the way you talk, and the way you think. They “fit” you and with that comes their power.

30 days to a charmed life Day 28: if it works, don’t fix it

posted by Victoria Moran

Write down on paper what is working in your life today and what has worked in the past that may work again.

30 days to a charmed life Day 27: organize and simplify

posted by Victoria Moran

Life is meant to be rich and full and fabulous, but if it’s too full, you lose the fabulous. It’s necessary to slow down, pare down, discard, de-clutter, and simplify.

30 days to a charmed life Day 26: clean up your diet

posted by Victoria Moran

Your body is the receiving station for every impulse of your life. The food you eat determines, in large part, the frequency at which you’re vibrating.

30 days to a charmed life Day 25: invest in enhancement

posted by Victoria Moran

If your life, your work, your growth, and your future matter, you have to be willing to invest in them — your time, your effort, and yes, even your money. What can you do today to invest in yourself?

30 days to a charmed life Day 24: live preventatively — reposted

posted by Victoria Moran

If you don’t want to have regrets, live in a way that doesn’t create them…Under the rubric of prevention, I’m sharing “The Super Eight Food Groups” from Eat to Beat Cancer by research scientist R. Robert Hatherill, Ph.D.

30 days to a charmed life day 23 — increase your willingness

posted by Victoria Moran

Willingness is a powerful quality because it’s the bridge between self-will and the flow of life.

30 days to a charmed life day 22 — be a tourist

posted by Victoria Moran

Life is supposed to be Disneyland…Get out and explore your very own part of the world.

30 days to a charmed life day 21: take a look at your top 5 ‘want-to-do’s’

posted by Victoria Moran

What have you not done yet that you’d really be miffed about missing if your time to leave this earth were to come sooner than you’re planning?

30 days to a charmed life day 20: learn to say no

posted by Victoria Moran

You can’t have a charmed life unless you’re able to say no. You don’t have to give reasons, excuses, or explanations.

30 days to a charmed life day 19: forgive yourself

posted by Victoria Moran

It is easier to forgive yourself for a momentary lapse than for awful, ancient sins of omission or commission….They’re wretched and these replays make you feel like hell.

30 days to a charmed life Day 18: change just one habit

posted by Victoria Moran

Change just one habit. Figure out what its opposite is, write that as your personal affirmation and glue it to your memory. And every time you actually do this thing, the opposite action of the habit you want to sever, give yourself a fabulous compliment.

30 days to a charmed life Day 17: express gratitude to the ancestors

posted by Victoria Moran

Today, bring to mind those who have been your teachers, who gave you something that your cherish today.

30 days to a charmed life Day 16: back up and catch up

posted by Victoria Moran

As you embark on the second half of your 30-days-to-a-charmed-life adventure, this is a good time to go back to what you wanted to work on in the first place.

30 days to a charmed life Day 15: Balance flexibility with commitment

posted by Victoria Moran

My invitation to you today is to find where you can be solid in your convictions and where you can give yourself a little elastic-waist treatment.

30 days to a charmed life Day 14: Say yes

posted by Victoria Moran

For the next two weeks, say yes to life every day. Don’t argue. Don’t deflect. Say yes and see what you get.

Swine flu prevention

posted by Victoria Moran

Swine flu prevention with salt water gargling and other simple techniques

30 days to a charmed life Day 13: define & refine your spiritual life

posted by Victoria Moran

Success or failure (in any real sense), happiness or lack of same, a charmed life in the here and now and in whatever comes next — that’s soul stuff. That means that spiritual disciplines such as prayer and spiritual study are among the keys to a charmed life that’s real and lasting.

30 days to a charmed life Day 12: up the class quotient

posted by Victoria Moran

Add a touch of class to your life today

30 days to a charmed life Day 11: rest enough

posted by Victoria Moran

We are a sleep-deprived country. We don’t know how to take breaks without adding stimulants (caffeine, nicotine, sugar). Resting scares us. Face the fear.

30 days to a charmed life Day 10: Go forth and prosper

posted by Victoria Moran

Today’s charmed-life charge is “go forth and prosper,” with suggestions on getting out of debt and opening up to more prosperity, practically and spiritually.

30 days to a charmed life Day 9: Domesticate

posted by Victoria Moran

Unearth the delights and deliciousness you’ll find nowhere on earth except under your own roof.

30 days to a charmed life Day 8: Get up, get dressed, get going

posted by Victoria Moran

Sometimes you have to get up, get out of the house, and put yourself where the action is.

30 days to charmed life day 7: Do what’s in front of your face

posted by Victoria Moran

Today’s assignment is to do what’s in front of your face, the proverbial “next indicated thing.”

30 days to a charmed life — Day 6: role with the punches

posted by Victoria Moran

Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.

30 days to a charmed life — Day 5: letting your Higher Power in on your charmed life goals

posted by Victoria Moran

Today, day 5 of this month-long adventure, I invite you to invite your Higher Power — God, Higher Self, however you see the Force that can do things you in your human expression can’t. I did this and was told to work on “lateness, laziness, and late nights.” Thanks for the ego boost, HP…

30 days to a charmed life — Day 4: Commit to the basics: exercise

posted by Victoria Moran

Charmed life day 4: get off the couch and out to the gym.

30 days to a charmed life — Day 3: Commit to the basics: meditation

posted by Victoria Moran

Day 3 of 30 Days to a Charmed Life has to do with taking quiet, reflective time each day; and Victoria shares her own charmed day that included seeing the opera Ellen Craft, written by and staring Sherry Boone.

30 days to a charmed life — Day 2: Decide what you want to accomplish

posted by Victoria Moran

Day 2 of “30 Days to a Charmed Life”: Decide what you want to accomplish.

30 days to a charmed life — Day 1: Ascertain your advantages

posted by Victoria Moran

Life coach and Creating a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran embarks on a 30-day experiment in super-charmed living and brings readers of her blog along.

Paradise health in my 50s

posted by Victoria Moran

Author and holistic life and health coach Victoria Moran discovered the raw food diet in her 50s and feels better than ever.

Tax relief to keep pets at home

posted by Victoria Moran

A bill before Congress would help people keep their pets in these hard times.

The love of a dog…

posted by Victoria Moran

A photo of Adair Moran with an adopted elder-dog and a quotation about the love of a canine.

Top 10 ways to accept the things you cannot change

posted by Victoria Moran

Ten tips for accepting life as it is today (and getting in gear for changing the things you can) from life coach, inspirational speaker, and author Victoria Moran

A thing of beauty is a joy forever….

posted by Victoria Moran

Two books, some handmade cards, and a note with a $2 bill from artist/author Mary Ann Radmacher inspire blogger Victoria Moran to consider abundance, gifting, and how relatively little it can take to make somebody’s day.

Gandhi’s birthday

posted by Victoria Moran

On October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Victoria Moran sees a bus ad promoting a vegetarian diet.

A life-coaching exercise

posted by Victoria Moran

Certified life coach Victoria Moran shares a life-coaching exercise to illustrate who’s really closest to us and how to best use our relational energies.

Top 10 simple ways to detox

posted by Victoria Moran

10 simple steps to detox and purify the body, from holistic life coach Victoria Moran.

The death of William Safire — and one amazing memory

posted by Victoria Moran

The death of columnist William Safire inspires author Victoria Moran to share a memory of meeting this man who encouraged her, long ago, to write books.

Overcoming invisibility — why midlife women need to show up, be seen, and make noise

posted by Victoria Moran

This excerpt from Younger by the Day, by Victoria Moran, shares techniques for overcoming the invisibility many women feel that they experience when they’re no longer young.

The Ten Commandments — a Nightline series & thou-shalt-not’s for thought

posted by Victoria Moran

The Thursday night series on the Ten Commandments that started September 23 on ABC’s Dateline inspires Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran to look at the time-honored list and see where each admonition fits her life today.

National Punctuation Day 2009

posted by Victoria Moran

Celebrate National Punctuation Day 2009 with Creating a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran whose fondness for punctuation extends to the stalwart semi-colon and the ever elegant dash.

Baby chicks, eggs, & a YouTube sensation for a kinder world

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran’s guest blogger, Marisa Miller Wolfson of Kind Green Planet, shares a high-rated YouTube video on the perils of modern egg production, a couple of yummy vegan recipes, and the challenge: can you go egg-free for one week?

Detox 101: Top 10 ways to lessen your toxic load

posted by Victoria Moran

Everybody is on some kind of detox regimen these days, but what about keeping ourselves from being toxic in the first place? Holistic health coach Victoria Moran shares her Top 10 Ways to lessen your toxic load.

First day of fall 2009

posted by Victoria Moran

As the first day of fall 2009 approaches, Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran some of her favorite aspect of her favorite season.

Protein shakes, protein obsession, & how much is enough

posted by Victoria Moran

People are looking for info on protein shakes, and holistic health coach Victoria Moran says, “Yes! Make shakes! Just don’t worry about so much protein, unless you’re worried about getting too much.”

Mastering the Up-Spin

posted by Victoria Moran

If the politicians and PR people can spin things to suit them, you can certainly spin things to the upbeat, the positive side. An excerpt from Victoria Moran’s book, Younger by the Day.

Kanye West, Joe Wilson, and my husband’s values

posted by Victoria Moran

Kanye West’s Video Music Awards outburst and Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” comment during President Obama’s speech inspire life coach Victoria Moran write about her husband’s values: discretion, integrity, tolerance, civility, and humility.

Charmed life radio & handmade dog sweaters…

posted by Victoria Moran

Link to The Dr. Pat Show, “Talk Radio to Thrive By!” when her guest is Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life; and check out Snuggle Pup custom-knitted dog sweaters from Victoria’s daughter, actress Adair Moran.

Fab free fitness info!

posted by Victoria Moran

A hour of helpful, practical fitness info from Dustin Maher, “trainer to the moms,” when he was guest expert on Victoria Moran’s “Come Into Your Own in 2009″ teleclass. Listen to the call at no charge before Oct. 19, 2009, by calling 605-475-4849 and keying in the PIN 120653#.

9/11, in memoriam. 9/12, too

posted by Victoria Moran

A blogger’s 9/11 recollections, and thoughts on the death of her stepson on September 12, 2007.

Big government

posted by Victoria Moran

Big government is a big topic today. Blogger Victoria Moran ventures an opinion, and quotes from a letter that appeared last month in Investors Business Daily by a Russian expatriate who finds that, when it comes to government, small is beautiful.

Dine like a yogi

posted by Victoria Moran

The ancient yogis had precise dietary recommendations for creating a body that’s healthy, beautiful, and ripe for spiritual practice. In this excerpt from her Oprah-featured book “Lit from Within,” Victoria Moran shares yoga’s nutritional wisdom.

The Power of the Present

posted by Victoria Moran

Living in the moment is a way to a better life and possibly a longer one. An excerpt from Younger by the Day, by Victoria Moran.

A money quiz!

posted by Victoria Moran

Coach Elizabeth Grant and author Cindy Ashton offer a fun, insightful quiz on how you’re relating to money. Victoria Moran took the quiz and is a believer.

Hammer curls, triceps pushdowns, Michelle Obama’s trainer and what I learned from mine

posted by Victoria Moran

We’ve learned some of the secrets Michelle Obama’s trainer uses to get her those glorious arms. Here author/coach Victoria Moran shares the arm workout she learned from a Tibetan-Italian trainer she believes to be irreplaceable.

The Steve Maraboli Show

posted by Victoria Moran

A link to the most popular radio show of its kind on the web, the Steve Maraboli Show. The guest is Victoria Moran, with her book Living a Charmed Life.

Another New Year…

posted by Victoria Moran

The back-to-school ‘new year,’ a life coaching special, cute dog pix, & dealing with online name-calling.

5 favorite fitness books

posted by Victoria Moran

The 5 fitness books that keep life coach, speaker, and Fit from Within author Victoria Moran in shape.

“September Issue” — Anna Wintour, Vogue, fashion, and spirituality

posted by Victoria Moran

The Vogue magazine documentary “September Issue” inspires writer Victoria Moran to explore her fashion history and how a love of lovely clothes can fit into a spiritual life.

Raw savory breakfast recipe

posted by Victoria Moran

‘Want something savory for breakfast? Blogger Victoria Moran passes along Ani Phyo’s recipe for raw “Spanish Scramble.”

Adair at Farm Sanctuary (I just learned to upload video…)

posted by Victoria Moran

“Help me celebrate that I learned to upload videos! See my daughter at Farm Sanctuary, a refuge for rescued farm animals in Watkins Glen, NY.” — Victoria Moran

The latest on Adair’s dog adoption…

posted by Victoria Moran

Just a note (and photo) on the senior chihuahua that may join the Moran extended family.

Top 10 truths I learned from Dede

posted by Victoria Moran

The greatest influence in the early life of author Victoria Moran was a woman named Dede, whose practical and spiritual insights are shared here.

Winning motivational quotes

posted by Victoria Moran

Dustin Maher, “America’s trainer to the moms,” ran a contest on his site for favorite motivational quotes. One of the winners came from Victoria Moran’s Fat, Broke & Lonely No More.

Raw Spirit, Philip McCluskey, & the fine art of self-trust

posted by Victoria Moran

Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran shares about her day at the Raw Spirit Festival and some inspiring thoughts on self-trust from weight loss expert Philip McCluskey.

Taking Woodstock, coconut yogurt, St. Francis, & saintly acts

posted by Victoria Moran

Blogger Victoria Moran shares a multi-faceted Friday including words of St. Francis that lured her into a church for some quiet reflection.

Prosperity — and living a charmed life

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran ponders the cost of a charmed life and shares specifics about how she lives (and what she doesn’t buy so she can afford organic vegetables).

Picture Day

posted by Victoria Moran

Photos of Victoria’s daughter and stepdaughter and a reader/blogger’s cat snuggled up with a copy of Living a Charmed Life.

Try eating this every day…

posted by Victoria Moran

Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren of the Minneapolis raw food restaurant, Ecopolitan, shares “what you should eat every day” with a group of yoga students. Life coach and author Victoria Moran passes the information along.

Alli weight loss drug and liver damage

posted by Victoria Moran

In the wake of suspicions that use of the popular weight loss drug Alli may lead to liver damage, Victoria Moran, author of The Love-Powered Diet, suggests a proven program for losing weight for good, drug-free.

Top 10 ways to discover your purpose

posted by Victoria Moran

Ten questions and suggestions to coach yourself into discovering your life’s purpose.

Health care follow-up…

posted by Victoria Moran

Following up on Friday’s controversial post, blogger Victoria Moran poses more questions on the health care reform debate, asking questions about health freedom and alternative health care.

Whole Foods boycott, health care reform, and I guess conservatives can eat arugula, too

posted by Victoria Moran

Author Victoria Moran considers the Whole Foods Boycott and the health care reform question, wondering if, even though she eats arugula and tofu, she just might be a conservative after all.

Pens, paper, handkerchiefs, and panache

posted by Victoria Moran

Creating a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran explores her appreciation of good pens and other accoutrements of the good life. They don’t have to cost much.

The ease of doing things right

posted by Victoria Moran

Life coach and cat-parent Victoria Moran learns from a capable cat groomer the ease and grace of doing things right.

PeTA save the whales

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran, a vegan and author of The Love-Powered Diet, has long been a supporter of Peta. Their current campaign that refers to obese persons as “whales” puts Moran, who struggled with weight for years herself, on the other side.

I wasn’t at Woodstock, but…

posted by Victoria Moran

Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran shares her Top 10 Charmed Life Experiences, with an invitation that readers make their own Top 10 Life Experiences list.

How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

posted by Victoria Moran

Inspired by Jordan Christy’s book How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World, blogger and author Victoria Moran finds the Hepburn-esque qualities in a friend.

Martha Graham’s Prayer

posted by Victoria Moran

Modern dance pioneer Martha Graham’s statement of purpose than can inspire us all, shared here by Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran

Mediterranean kale salad from Jennifer Cornbleet

posted by Victoria Moran

A delicious dish for anyone interested in the Mediterranean diet, raw-food diet, or just great cuisine is Jennifer Cornbleet’s “Mediterranean Kale Salad,” shared here by Beliefnet blogger Victorai

Making the Mediterranean diet even better

posted by Victoria Moran

The Mediterranean diet is good. Victoria Moran, author of The Love-Powered Diet, says we can make it even better by steering it in the direction of Mediterranean-vegetarian and high-raw.

The Fois Gras Wars: Like WWII, This Is a Just War

posted by Victoria Moran

Vegan blogger and author Victoria Moran looks at journalist Mark Caro’s new book, The Fois Gras Wars, and leaves impartiality to him as she takes a no-fois-gras stand.

If You Knew Who You Really Were, You’d Be Starstruck

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m lecturing at the New Age Health Spa where Internet access is limited (that’s part of what makes it a spa), so I’m offering an excerpt today. I hope you enjoy it. I apologize for the giant picture: I hit […]

Aging gracefully: lessons for life from my new role model

posted by Victoria Moran

Younger by the Day author Victoria Moran gets some instruction in aging gracefully from an octogenarian named Zelda that she met at the New Age Health Spa.

Top 10 Ways to More Life Energy

posted by Victoria Moran

Life energy — prana, ch’i — is that amazing zest for living we are want, but how do we get it? Longtime yoga student and Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran shares 10 Tips for getting the pranic glow.

David Wolfe, Gabrielle Brick and healthy chocolate

posted by Victoria Moran

Chocolate, when it’s in the form of raw cacao, has enough nutrients and antioxidants to count as a health food. Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran looks at the work of chocolate gurus David Wolfe and Gabrielle Brick.

Avocado adventuring

posted by Victoria Moran

Avocados have been maligned for their high fat content, but here Victoria Moran, author of The Love-Powered Diet, shares how they fit deliciously into a healthy diet.

Bill Clinton, Saving the Day, and Caring Enough to Send the Very Best

posted by Victoria Moran

Bill Clinton’s negotiating the release of the journalists held in North Korea may have started with a letter of condolence sent to Kim Jong-il. Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran considers how this kind of diplomacy could change the world and our lives.

Greg Tamblyn’s Newest Song

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed, owes much of the charmed nature of things to the input of informal gurus. The one she focuses on today is singer-songwriter Greg Tamblyn and his upcoming release, “Analog Brain in a Digital World.”

Michael Vick, Forgiveness, & Top 10 Reasons to Do It

posted by Victoria Moran

Should Michael Vick be allowed to play football? Author and animal advocate Victoria Moran thinks it’s all a matter of forgiveness.

Chat with Montel Williams

posted by Victoria Moran

Among Montel Williams’ guests today on “Montel Across America” was Living a Charmed Life author, Victoria Moran, who provided as the Living Well Tip of the Day: “Enliven Your Diet.”

Raw food diet and feeling amazing

posted by Victoria Moran

Vegan author Victoria Moran shares the joys of her raw food diet and lifestyle.

You know about Oprah’s favorite things…

posted by Victoria Moran

Oprah has her “Favorite Things,” and here Living a Charmed Life author Victoria Moran selects her “Five Friday Faves” ranging from a watch that protects against EMF radiation to a natural, raw-food candy bar.

My gorgeous action partner Sherry Boone

posted by Victoria Moran

Broadway and opera diva Sherry Boone models coat from the fall/winter collection of New York-based Tokyo designer Mieko Mintz.

Every little life…

posted by Victoria Moran

Vegan author Victoria Moran attempts to save a crayfish in Central Park, being reminded of the Jain admonition: “To every creature, his own life is very dear.”

Madonna’s biceps and a call to arms

posted by Victoria Moran

Madonna’s biceps (and Madonna’s arms in general) have ignited controversy on how buff is buff enough. Wellness expert Victoria Moran contemplates arms’ significance as the fitness litmus test, and how we can all get great ones.

The Red-Carpet Technique

posted by Victoria Moran

standing up for yourself, taking a stand, red-carpet technique, yoga

Today, in all honesty, I have nothing to say

posted by Victoria Moran

writing, blogging, being true to oneself, authenticity, the writing profession, journalism

Raw Pie Recipe

posted by Victoria Moran

In “Raw Pie Recipe,” blogger Victoria Moran shares the recipe for Blueberry Pie (copyright 2005, Jennifer Cornbleet) from Cornbleet’s book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People (Book Publishing Co.). This is a vegan pie, all raw, with no refined sweeteners.

Subway Serendipity

posted by Victoria Moran

This evening I got on the best subway car ever, heading for the workshop I was to give at the Integral Yoga Institute downtown. I saw the guy with the guitar, but this fellow was no mere troubador. Instead of […]

Vegetarians Are Cool, Says ADA

posted by Victoria Moran

Before my mother died, she said, “We used to think you were crazy, doing that yoga and eating all those vegetables. But now people’s doctors tell them to do that.” I thought that was the ultimate vindication for my lifestyle. […]

The Miracle of Space Clearing

posted by Victoria Moran

This evening I was blessed with a house blessing—well, condo blessing: a space clearing ritual performed by Donna Henes, “Mama Donna, the Urban Shaman.” We’ve lived here nine months, the longest I’ve gone without a house blessing in the past twenty […]

A Charmed Life: It’s Never Too Late

posted by Victoria Moran

I have always kept this blog and my subscription newsletter, “The Charmed Monday Minute” (www.victoriamoran.com/contact) separate and discrete, but someone sent me a “Question of the Week” for the newsletter that so touched me I wanted to share it with […]

To all commenters …

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m not ignoring you: this browser problem means that not only can I not do links or images, I can’t respond to comments either. To Theresa who just asked about organic food: I’m with you — sometimes buying conventional produce […]

Feeling Fab on Raw Food

posted by Victoria Moran

The way the charmed nature of my life is showing itself most today is in how amazing I feel. I tweeted yesterday (www.twitter.com/charmedlifelady) that I was feeling so good and found myself adding: “Being raw is better than being twenty.” […]

Dick Gregory at Caroline’s Comedy Club

posted by Victoria Moran

I had the best night. William and I got our Dick Gregory tickets a month ago, as soon as I made a wrong turn on Broadway and saw in the window of Caroline’s on Broadway that he’d be performing. He […]

A Beautiful Letter

posted by Victoria Moran

I already knew I missed writing and receiving real-letters-on-paper, but I was just reminded how much I miss them. I was looking through old photo albums for pictures of commedian/activist Dick Gregory. (He’ll be in NYC tonight and tomorrow night […]

Top 10 Power Principles of the Spiritual Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I’ve been doing some very popular presentations of late under the rubric of “How to Live a More Spiritual Life.” To that end, I’ve come up with “10 Power Principles of the Spiritual Life.” Take these out for a spin: […]

Vegetarian Summerfest 2009

posted by Victoria Moran

Gosh, I had a great 5 days. I know I didn’t do much to catch up on blogging after my computer crash, but being online at Summerfest (http://vegetariansummerfest.org) was tough. There was WiFi in the public spaces, but that was the […]

What I Learned Offline

posted by Victoria Moran

I feel as if I should produce a note from my mom as to my extended absence. My dog didn’t eat my blog, but my hard drive came near to shuffling the mortal coil and had to be replaced. It […]

Take Train Trips & Road Trips

posted by Victoria Moran

In honor of your holiday weekend, I thought you’d enjoy this clip from my latest book, Living a Charmed Life: TAKE TRAIN TRIPS AND ROAD TRIPS(c) 2009 by Victoria Moranfrom Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in […]

The Necessity of Time Off

posted by Victoria Moran

Remember how, when you a kid, it was almost worth being sick so you could stay home from school? I’m having a similar feeling right now: my computer is acting funny. It’s running slowly and it gives me the black […]

Thousands of People…

posted by Victoria Moran

I had lunch today with a writer-friend who asked for a reminder about how we met. He said, “I must know thousands of people. It’s hard to keep everyone straight.” I know what he’s talking about. We know more people—even […]

Your Kindness, Michael Jackson, & a Book Party at Pure Food and Wine…

posted by Victoria Moran

I’ve had a jam-packed day. Sometimes I think the best way to write this blog called “Your Charmed Life” is just to share about my charmed life. First: thanks to everyone who posted comments or wrote to me with condolences […]

How I Felt Better

posted by Victoria Moran

Thanks for bearing with me through the loss of my dog. You know what I did Sunday afternoon to feel a little better? I went out. I just walked out into the world where life was going on and felt […]

Aspen’s Obituary

posted by Victoria Moran

I don’t usually write on Sunday, but I’m making an exception, as I watch my life trying to rearrange itself in the wake of Aspen’s death.  It’s always hard when someone you love leaves, regardless of species. The tragic deaths, those […]

The Next Indicated Thing

posted by Victoria Moran

This is the latest I’ve ever blogged: after midnight in New York but earlier where the blog posts so I get in officially for Friday. I’m writing this now because, late as it is and with everything else going on, […]

Losing Michael and Farrah and Control…Gaining Acceptance and Faith and Appreciation

posted by Victoria Moran

Late again. I feel like the Night Blogger of South Harlem.  I guess the keynote I’m sensing right now is the fragility of life. We lost Ed McMahon, and Farrah Faucett lost her battle to cancer. Michael Jackson died with […]

Sometimes It’s Just Hard

posted by Victoria Moran

It’s after 10 and I haven’t blogged yet. This morning my daughter saw that Aspen’s side was distended. She took her to the veterinary oncologist and learned the worst: Aspen’s lymphoma is no longer in remission. We were looking at […]

Chop Wood, Carry Water

posted by Victoria Moran

This is a really big day in my life as a writer. It is the first (and most important, they tell me) day in a week-long campaign to get my new book, Living a Charmed Life, into the hands of as […]

Protect Your Skin This Summer

posted by Victoria Moran

One of the hats I wear is as a health person. I started my career as a health writer and with books such as Younger by the Day and The Love-Powered Diet, I’m still very much a part of that […]

Peta, the President, and a Housefly

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m the odd one out in even my pro-animal-rights family when it comes to Peta‘s antics that seem well outside the scope of serious work for the cause. The latest flap about the executive fly-swatting incident is a case in point.  […]

Passing a Kindness On

posted by Victoria Moran

Nearly two years ago, my teenage stepson died suddenly. To try not to add to my husband’s grief, I did my crying away from home, usually on the subway. Ever tolerant New Yorkers left me to my feelings, or touched […]

Tuesday’s Top 10: Stress and Meditation

posted by Victoria Moran

I speak periodically at the New Age Health Spa, and discovered there these astounding facts on stress and the effect meditation has on reducing it. These were collected by David and Karen Gamow, Clarity Seminars, Mountain View, California. With thanks […]

Loving Kindness Meditation

posted by Victoria Moran

This is a Buddhist prayer that shows up in myriad places every now and then. I was re-introduced to it by a lovely Reiki practitioner in New York City, Sandra Ploth (www.namastereiki.com). I hope it fills your heart and soul […]

“Hang on to God”

posted by Victoria Moran

A wonderful little book arrived in my mailbox the other day from the good people at All Addicts Anonymous. It’s called How to Get Going: On the All Addicts Anonymous Way of Life — a program of recovery for all […]

Origins of a ‘Charmed Life’

posted by Victoria Moran

Who first used the term “charmed life”? Shakespeare! Good heavens, he came up with a lot. I was researching the roots of “a charmed life” and found this on www.phrases.org.uk: Meaning A life of guaranteed good fortune or invulnerability, by […]

Thoughts on a Simpler Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I wrote this over a year ago. It feels even more applicable now. Maybe you can relate:          I want a life with less stuff in it – fewer clothes I don’t wear, less mail and less paper; fewer to-do […]

Top 10 Ways to Live Without Regret

posted by Victoria Moran

A successful life is, I believe, one that can be viewed from its end without regrets. May this help you to that: 1. Don’t hurt anybody. This means anybody, but especially those close to you. And if you hurt someone […]

Honesty Exercises (for Addicts and Others)

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m speaking at the New Age Health Spa (yeah, it’s wonderful) and thought I’d share with you this clip from The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy [(c) 2009 Victoria Moran, Lantern Books, NYC]. Honesty is essential in overcoming any […]

California Dreamin’

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m on the road so much for work that I don’t really take pleasure trips, and yet sometimes travel for work seems like a pleasure trip. This past week in LA was like that. Even though it’s “June gloom” season—cooler […]

On the Road Again…

posted by Victoria Moran

This is a quick post before I head for John Wayne Airport in Orange County. I’ve driven valiantly in LA these past five days, but my only freeway experience was Sunday when there was no traffic, so today will be […]

Some Thoughts on Balance

posted by Victoria Moran

    Someone told me a long time ago that life has four basic parts that we can visualize as an all-arms-equal cross, like the Red Cross symbol. The four arms are: faith and spirituality; health, joy, and personal well-being; family, […]

Top 10 Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home & Change Your Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I asked fabulous feng shui consultant, Liz Brown, for a few easy tips anyone could implement in a hurry without having a background in the Chinese art of placement. And she wrote this whole article. I do know some of […]

Making a Home to Soothe the Soul

posted by Victoria Moran

I am visiting my friend Suzanne who lives in heaven. Not harps-and-angels-heaven, earth-heaven. She has created in her home tucked away in the Sunset Hills of West Hollywood something of a cross between Eden and Fantasyland. Her back patio and […]

Book Party at Peter Max Studio

posted by Victoria Moran

Okay, I live a charmed life. The party for The Love-Powered Diet happened last night and it was like Baby Bear’s porridge: just right.  For starters, we were in the midst of all those amazing Peter Max paintings. I grew up […]

Playtime: the Power & Importance of Play

posted by Victoria Moran

PLAYTIME!an excerpt fromThe Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy(c) Victoria MoranLantern Books, May 2009 Play is as essential for a happy life as are good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. It’s an excellent de-stressor that can clear your thinking […]

Bouncing Back

posted by Victoria Moran

Some people think I have a very exciting life, even borderline glamorous. And sometimes I think so too. But the lessons of life get in there for all of us—karma or whatever it is—and I sometimes feel like one of […]

John Lennon: Remember. Imagine. And Give Peace a Chance.

posted by Victoria Moran

Last night William and I went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex to see the John Lennon exhibit. I was a major Beatles fan in my youth, got to my first Beatles press conference in Kansas City at […]

Conventional Wisdom: Loosening Up and Learning to Love

posted by Victoria Moran

I thought you might enjoy this. I wrote it a couple of years ago. Two different magazines bought it and then un-bought it. Maybe that means you’re supposed to be reading it now. I find this a joy-filled tribute to […]

Quick Clicks to Help Animals

posted by Victoria Moran

If you’re a champion of the non-humans with whom we share this planet, here’s a way to help some of them without writing a check. Just click on these sites — daily if you can — and your clicks keep […]

Making Peace with Food & Losing Weight for Keeps

posted by Victoria Moran

The Kirstie Ally interview on Oprah a couple of weeks ago nearly broke my heart. I identified — and not just because Kirstie and I are about the same age and we’re both Midwestern gals with a lot of spunk. Here’s […]

Top 10 Ways to Practice the Presence of God

posted by Victoria Moran

When I was in seventh grade, my friend Rebecca Gott and I worked hard at being mystics. (She moved away to Nederland, Colorado. I’ve looked for her ever since. If via the magic of the Internet you know her, please put […]

Blended, Extended, Et Al: Family Is Love

posted by Victoria Moran

I just spent two days with my stepsisters, Jan and Pam. This is probably the most concentrated time we’ve had together since my mother married their father when I was nine. Jan was older, a teenager and a beauty queen […]

Reinvention, Re-creating, & Starting All Over Again

posted by Victoria Moran

Sometimes things happen. Everything was great and then: wham! The job goes, the truelove isn’t true, the yearly checkup has bad news. What do you do? You marshal your resources, give it all you’ve got, and RE-create a charmed life […]

Time, Time Management, & Having the Time of Your Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I received an intriguing message from my friend and colleague, holistic pyschotherapist Dr. Lynda Klau. The subject line was “You probably don’t have time to read this email.” I thought, “You got that right,” and for that very reason, I opened […]

Last Tango in Portland

posted by Victoria Moran

More video from Living a Charmed Life … This is the story of the most amazing manicure on record. Intrigued? Give a look. (Note: the clip is a bit longish — 7 minutes, 38 seconds.)

Top 10 Ways You Can End the Recession

posted by Victoria Moran

Okay, that’s a hopeful title. It will take more than one person, even President Obama or Bill Gates, to get the national and global financial system back to health. But each of us can do our part. Here’s my Top […]

Knowing When Enough Is Enough

posted by Victoria Moran

I shared with you last week a video clip from a Living a Charmed Life presentation, “Your Inner Epicure.” She’s inside you to help you enjoy the varied sensory and earthly delights of life. Her big sister is “Your Inner […]

Preemptive Happiness

posted by Victoria Moran

This is my daughter, Adair, and her husband, Nick, at their wedding. (And Aspen, flower dog, whom you already know if you’ve read this blog for awhile.) They’re spending Mother’s Day with Nick’s parents in Vermont (high time, too — […]

Pleasure, Good Times, & Joy of Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I”m so excited: everybody who didn’t get to come to Barnes & Noble Monday night can join me for pieces of it right here! Thanks to a wonderful Internet marketing consultant who happened to be there on Monday, I have […]

One Life Saved

posted by Victoria Moran

Today a year-old cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, NY. She was apprehended but spared, and she’ll spend her life at a sanctuary. Tonight on the local news the anchors cheered her on, saying that she deserved her freedom. […]

If I Were My Own Life Coach …

posted by Victoria Moran

If I were my own life coach, I would say: “Victoria, the hell with it. Seriously. Take care of yourself, take care of your family, and everything else can take a number.” And since I am my own life coach right […]

Broadway, Belgium, and Having Inspiration Your Way

posted by Victoria Moran

This weekend William and I saw Every Little Step, a splendid documentary about the casting process for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. I loved it and I cried. Sobbed, in fact. William asked if I wanted to leave. I […]

A Dozen Life Charmers to Turn It All Around

posted by Victoria Moran

You’re reading a blog called “Your Charmed Life,” and I’d like to give you on this May Day some suggestions that I think lead to living one. These are the 12 I came up with, drawing on my new book […]

Friends, Home, and Hospitality

posted by Victoria Moran

William and I have lived in our new “green” condo for nearly six months. I haven’t had it space-cleared or house-blessed yet (note to self: do that), but yesterday it was blessed inadvertently by the presence of a couple of […]

Love and Caring

posted by Victoria Moran

This is Aspen. She is fifteen. I found her on a street corner in Kansas City when she was a skinny young stray, and she and my daughter have been inseparable ever since. It wasn’t an easy beginning. I was […]

Top 10 Ways to Keep an Author Afloat

posted by Victoria Moran

My husband commented a few days ago: “You’re always weird when you have a book coming out.” This month, I actually have two: Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day is going on […]

Joel Osteen at Yankee Stadium, Part #2

posted by Victoria Moran

Here’s the second half of what I took from Joel Osteen’s message Saturday night in the brand new “house that Ruth built” (this one is the house that George built, the sportscasters are saying…). Anyhow, I was extremely taken with […]

Joel Osteen at Yankee Stadium

posted by Victoria Moran

My friend Sherry, who is incredibly spiritual and positive, invited me to go to hear Joel Osteen in the new Yankee Stadium. It’s called “A Night of Hope.” I’m there as I write this. Here are my notes, quoted as […]

Meditation 101

posted by Victoria Moran

When my first yoga teacher told me that meditation would do me good, I had two thoughts–both terrifying–in rapid succession. First was, “I’ll get bored.” Second: “I’ll miss something.” It turned out that I was sometimes bored, but I lived […]

Healthy Eating Made Easy

posted by Victoria Moran

Let’s review the components of a charmed life. It’s a life characterized by: Confidence Health Abundance Radiance Magnanimity Equanimity Delight This post deals with the second charmed-life requirement: health. I want to share with you “The Nutrient Density Line” that comes from […]

Top 10 Power Blockers

posted by Victoria Moran

Oh, my gosh: it’s a negative Top 10 List! Well, yes, but the opposite of these negatives is a way to tap into your power and grow beyond your wildest dreams. The Blockers  1.    Ego — This is major. And I’m […]

Inspiration, Revelation, and Living in the Now

posted by Victoria Moran

 I would like to write these blog posts ahead of time. When I have a few uninterrupted hours on a plane or even thirty minutes while waiting for an appointment, I’d like to write, write, write, and get a cushiony […]

Self-esteem, Self-worth, and Self-love, Part 2

posted by Victoria Moran

I left you yesterday with a cliffhanger: the three ways I know of to ease the burden of doubt, despair, guilt and shame that can not only build up over a lifetime, but that we take on at birth. (If […]

Self-esteem, Self-worth, and Self-love

posted by Victoria Moran

As I look around at the state of the planet and the lives of individuals—my life-coaching clients’, my friends’, those of people in the news, and my own—it is clear to me that most of the ills the flesh is […]

I “Heart” NYC

posted by Victoria Moran

I moved to the magical isle of Manhattan in August of 2000. I still get chills when I see the skyline or walk in Times Square. Not everybody loves New York City. Some people can’t stand it. But they love […]

Top 10 Ways to Feel Beautiful (or Handsome) Every Day

posted by Victoria Moran

Today I am going to get my makeup done. It’s fun, the four or five times a year it happens, to be facially transformed and feel a little bit like Cinderella at the Ball. The reason for this entree into […]

Valentino and Reverend Billy

posted by Victoria Moran

I love doing Monday blogs since they’re so full of the wonders I discovered over the weekend.  The first joy was the documentary, Valentino: The Last Emperor. The clothes were so exquisite; his relationship with his 45-year partner in both […]

The Vegan Diet, and “But What Do You Eat?”

posted by Victoria Moran

Fairly often, I get a question from a reader about exactly what I eat. Especially now, with my book The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy, coming out next month, this aspect of life is one I’m thinking […]

Pay As You Go: The Miracle of a Cash Economy

posted by Victoria Moran

Good Lord, we’re in a lot of debt! We’re in debt as individuals and we’re in debt as a nation. This is bad metaphysics. You cannot dig yourself out of a hole by digging the hole deeper. But you can […]

The Law of Compensation

posted by Victoria Moran

When you read this, I’ll be away. I speak five or six times a year at the New Age Health Spa in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. These are some of the sweetest times in my whole year. […]

Avoid Recession Depression: Top 10 Ways

posted by Victoria Moran

These are strange times and for a great many people, very difficult ones. But we’re all connected and, however severely or marginally this economic season has impacted your life, we owe it to one another to come through graciously, generously, […]

Poetry for the Soul

posted by Victoria Moran

With National Poetry Week upon us, I’m reminded of my favorite poem: “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” by William Wordsworth. The poem is long (you probably figured that from the length of the title), written over a […]

Yes, You’re Flawed. And You’re Perfect. Chew on That

posted by Victoria Moran

An excerpt from Fat, Broke & Lonely No More: Your Personal Solution to Overeating, Overspending, and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places©  Victoria Moran, 2007HarperOne, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers In order to feel full on the inside and […]

Floral Economy on the Upswing…

posted by Victoria Moran

I saw daffodils in Central Park today. I was coming crosstown on the bus, looking at the tall buildings to the south and thinking that this isn’t such a great spring for many of their inhabitants. Stock portfolios have tanked, […]

Top 10 Bible Passages for the Holistically Inclined

posted by Victoria Moran

    My husband, William, and I were at a benefit, talking about spiritual things with a woman I know. William, whose top score on the Beliefnet Belief-o-Matic quiz was secular humanist, volunteered that he views the Bible as “no more […]

Divine Referral

posted by Victoria Moran

I was walking south on Broadway at 86th Street and heard my name. A gentleman I know from church was walking uptown with his Fairway Market bags. I told him he looked wonderful (he did) and he gave the credit […]

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Hi, friends -- I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would be giving up this blog at the end of my contract period. It's not an easy parting, since I look forward to our chats, but I haven't been able to figure out how to blog every day, have ...

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