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When I was a little girl, I used to sit cross-legged in my grandmother’s walk-in closet, close my eyes and chant “OM” to myself over and over. I didn’t really understand what I was doing, but I knew that meditation offered a more peaceful life, and at the age of eight I was already craving
Throughout her life, Leila Parnian has worn many different hats. For starters, she’s a cross-fitter, a multi-instrumentalist and a three-time all-American racquetball player. Until about six months ago, she was also the general manager at Parnian Furniture in Scottsdale, Arizona—a family business specializing in bespoke luxury accent pieces. But she left to pursue her most
“It’s hairy down here.” That was my boyfriend’s four-year-old son alerting us to the amount of hair that was on the carpet where he was sitting. I had developed a habit of running my fingers through the back of my hair while watching TV and depositing the strands onto the floor next to the couch.
Over the past couple years, I’ve come to see my life as an ongoing project. I have established a fitness routine, embarked on a major career change and crossed items off my bucket list, not to mention quit drinking. I could choose to take a breather and rest on my laurels for a bit, but New Year’s is a time
I can’t believe this is happening but it is. Yep, it’s true. I’m growing older. Look, I get it—most of us are appalled by aging. But I feel like it’s different for me. Every day that it happens, which is to say every day, I feel more and more like one of those people you
Christmas shopping followed by drinking alone. Hanging out in a dive bar where the cocktail waitresses had Santa hats on. Making jokes about having a “White Christmas” while snorting cocaine in the bathroom of a dingy Hollywood gay bar. While I’m not exactly Julie Andrews and these are not exactly my favorite things (which is