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The Experience Life Team Shares Their Favorite Articles from 2013 (Slideshow)

Enjoy this compilation of our team’s favorite pieces from this year — and learn what we love about them.

  • A New Path: Courtney Lewis Opdahl's Success Story (Sept. 2013)

    A New Path: Courtney Lewis Opdahl’s Success Story (Sept. 2013)

    “Since January 2010, I’ve been on my own health-improvement journey. I hesitated in sharing my story because part of me didn’t feel like I had reached my goal yet, but I realized that’s important to the story, too. We’re all a work in progress.” —Courtney Lewis Opdahl, Senior Editor

  • The Science of Stress (June 2013)

    The Science of Stress (June 2013)

    “I’ve owned the workaholic title for too long and always knew I was stuck in the stress loop, but reading about the health implications of chronic stress had me stopping to meditate in my office. It’s nearly impossible to avoid stressors in our society, but I’m working on managing my response to stress because of this article.” —Courtney Lewis Opdahl, Senior Editor

  • The Healing Power of Sleep

    The Healing Power of Sleep

    “I read this article at a time in my life when I wasn’t sleeping well or enough — maybe 4 hours of disjointed sleep a night — and was in complete denial about how it was affecting me. “The Healing Power of Sleep” was a wake-up call that I really needed to do something about my poor sleeping habits.” —Maggie Fazeli Fard, Staff Writer

  • Planning for the Inevitable: End of Life Discussions (Nov. 2013)

    Planning for the Inevitable: End of Life Discussions (Nov. 2013)

    “Death remains a taboo subject in American culture. I hope this article helps people understand that end-of-life discussions don’t have to be depressing or morbid or inappropriate. They help make death, a universal life experience, more peaceful.” – Maggie Fazeli Fard, Staff Writer

  • Yoga 4 You

    Yoga 4 You (April 2013)

    “Being at the photo shoot for this article inspired me to begin my own yoga journey, which has changed my life completely.” —Stephanie Glaros, Graphic Designer

  • Radical Acts of Eating

    Radical Acts of Eating (Sept. 2013)

    “I loved the description Dara provided about seeking out the lonely organic farm in Iowa’s corn fields. (She’d know the farm by the number of hawks flying overhead.) The stark difference between the bird-less non-organic fields and the organic field surrounded by hundreds of birds was a powerful testament to the current imbalance we have with nature.” —Christy Rice, Circulation Coordinator

  • The Heritage-Wheat Renaissance

    The Heritage-Wheat Renaissance (Dec. 2013)

    “I love to learn about the roots of what we consume, and this piece explains ‘ancient grains’ in such a clear way. It also shows us the evolution of grain strands and reminds us to question the reasons why we modify products we consume. I also loved the web extra bread recipe!” — Casie Leigh Lukes, Digital Content Specialist

  • Functional Medicine: A Science Whose Time Has Come

    Functional Medicine: A Science Whose Time Has Come (Dec. 2013)

    “I’ve loved a bunch of pieces I’ve worked on this year, including articles on heritage wheat, superbugs, and autoimmunity, but this one I’m particularly proud of. It’s so important to explain what functional medicine actually is — especially as it is poised to take on a larger national profile.” —Anjula Razdan, Senior Editor

  • The 20-Minute Kettlebell Workout

    The 20-Minute Kettlebell Workout (Dec. 2013)

    “I loved working on it because Fawn Friday is super crazy awesome the best! Really, MN-based readers should make haste to her studio and take a class ASAP. Also, KB workouts are so efficient and so effective that its hard to find a better way to get a good workout if you only have 20 minutes.” — Laine Bergeson, Senior Editor, Fitness

  • Almost Roughing It

    Almost Roughing It (April 2013)

    “The fact that I got to step out of my comfort zone and experience nature in the space of glamping was so much fun. I would do it again in a heart beat. I loved writing about the experience and sharing it with the Experience Life audience.” —Jamie Martin, Director of Digital Initiatives

  • Brussels Sprouts: Autumn Jewels

    Brussels Sprouts: Autumn Jewels (Oct. 2013)

    “I loved the Oct13 article ‘Autumn Jewels’ on Brussels sprouts because I love the sprouts themselves. They are kinda tricky to cook — or at least cook well — and the piece gave some good cooking advice as well as fun recipe ideas.” —Michael Dregni, Managing Editor

  • Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer

    Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer (June 2013)

    “This article resonated with me because I’ve lost too many family members to this terrible disease. The proactive approach outlined here gives me hope.” —Jamie Martin, Director of Digital Initiatives

  • Walking Trips: Amble On

    Walking Trips: Amble On (Oct. 2013)

    “Wandering from village-to-village in the Cotswold region or trekking through the terrain of Vermont sound like pure bliss to me. Such an inspiring travel idea.”— Casie Leigh Lukes, Digital Content Specialist

  • Meditation Quote

    Meditation Quote

    Community Engagement Specialist, Heidi Wachter, not only engages our readers, but chooses quotes for our Meditation page each month. Her favorite of 2013 not chosen was: “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”— Pema Chödrön

  • Meditation Quote 2013

    Meditation Quote (Nov. 2013)

    Community Engagement Specialist, Heidi Wachter’s favorite quote of the year was by Lao Tzu: “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.”

 

 

Readers, now you tell us! What were your favorite pieces of content from 2013?

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