Warning: Some photos are graphic and should be viewed at reader’s risk. A picture is worth a thousand words. And these photographs are riveting, unforgettable and extraordinarily moving. They say a tremendous amount about the human condition – and some of the best and worst moments in human existence. We should warn our readers that some of these images may be upsetting, while others may fill you with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience. Whatever emotions they conjure up, it is our hope that these images will remind everyone that the world can always use a little more love, tolerance, and compassion.

If you’re like most women, you probably thought it was only possible to be nauseous, bloated, overweight, cramping and pregnancy. But, believe it or not, there IS another possibility. You can have an extraordinary level of health, fitness, and vitality AND feel sexy and fully self-expressed as a woman, WHILE being pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can be the catalyst for realizing your best and highest self in many areas – mentally, physically, and emotionally! You can be energized, feel great, have an amazing body, feel empowered in your heart and mind, have intimacy and romance, and have some of the BEST SEX of your life – belly and all! And, if you want to, you can have a SAFE and NATURAL birth, ideally in a birthing center or the privacy of your own home, in a loving, peaceful, and beautiful space of your own design. Now, you may be thinking, “Come on Nandi, you’ve got to be kidding me! It can’t be possible for me to have ALL of that!” Of course its true that every woman’s experience is different but, it’s also true that there’s a whole world of outdated thinking and expectations based on the past, that you have to overcome to reach for the pregnancy and birth of your dreams – otherwise, they can become a self-fulfilling prophecy! Nowadays, women are told all kinds of things about natural pregnancy and childbirth, especially home birth, and its difficult to know the difference between myth and fact.

Byron Wien is an American investor, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners, and a billionaire many times over. Below is his outstanding list, formed from his life experience over the past 80 years, of his 20 greatest life lessons: “I was scheduled to speak about the world outlook at an investment conference recently and shortly before my time slot the conference organizer said the audience was more interested in what I had learned over the course of my career than what I had to say about the market.  I jotted a few notes down and later expanded and edited what I said that day. I have since been encouraged to share my thoughts with a broader audience. Here are some of the lessons I have learned in my first 80 years.  I hope to continue to practice them in the next 80:

By: Sandra Garest How many articles, books, or blog posts have you seen over the last year that emphasize the importance of establishing work/life balance? From my experience in running Lifebook sessions and coaching, one of the most common complaints people have shared is that they want more “balance” - and this is something I’ve been seeking as well. Balance has become such a buzz-word, yet it seems that just about no one has it, and just about everyone wants it.  So I set out to determine if the concept of “life balance” was just an illusion. Over the last few months I've been doing some reading and soul-searching on this elusive search for balance.  I’ve summarized three learnings and breakthroughs that have helped me fall in love with imbalance.  (Feel free to use them if they resonate with you, if not, throw them out!)

Written by Lifebook Member Mickey Trocolli I have to admit that I got pretty choked up while writing this.  I didn’t fully realize how much my Lifebook meant to me until I took the time to write about my experience with it… My Lifebook story actually began before I was even aware that it was happening. Believe it or not… Lifebook actually found ME! I was a 33-year old making a decent living in the nightclub industry. According to my industries standards, I was "the old guy" in the scene and I knew that I needed to make a change in my life. The problem was, I had no idea what to do next. I was in limbo.  I had no direction at all in my life. I really wanted more for myself, but had no idea where to start.  Change is one of the scariest things in life if you don't know where you're going. 

Having the right people in your circle is the quickest, most effective way to bridge the gap between where you are now, and your Life Vision. There is simply no greater life hack. And the best part is… it’s completely in your control. Yet so few of us know how to put ourselves out there in ways that attract genuine connection and expand our circles in the directions we want them to go.  We tell ourselves all the scary stories… we don’t live in a big city, we’re introverted, we’re not worthy, we have nothing valuable to offer… The stories go on and on. It’s time to stop standing still…. and your social life is just the thing you need to fuel your fire. The search is on… And we’re after people who ignite our passion, and lift us to something higher. Here are 8 Ways to Make Powerful New Friendships and Elevate Your Life:

Everyone has their own unique emotional recipes to manifest the emotions that are most important to them. When’s the last time you opened your Lifebook and revisited yours? This month, the Lifebook Team got together and contributed their very own emotional recipes, complete with their ‘secret ingredients’...

Written by Lifebook Member Devers Branden Devers Branden is one of the happiest people on the planet. Her joy is radiant, her compassion is remarkable, and her contentment in life is unshakable. Devers has achieved the most successful emotional life imaginable.

With no formal education in psychology, Devers forged an entirely new path in the world of psychotherapy. Alongside her former husband, Nathaniel Branden, Devers worked in clinics all over the world, helping thousands of individuals find new roads to happiness. She is also the co-author of books “Achieving High Self Esteem,” “What Love Asks of Us,” and many more publications. For several years, Devers also taught seminars through The Branden Institute. The most recent and compelling seminar is based on the discipline of happiness. After studying the subject for many years, her approach is simple, comprehensive, and profoundly wise.

The concept of happiness is often vague, subjective, and too overwhelming for most to approach. However, Devers defines happiness as two fold. Happiness is the existence of an inner-peace - the creation of a quiet internal environment that allows people to hear themselves. Happiness is also the experience of striving for achievement, the realization of personal goals.

Devers shares the following crucial elements in the creation of happiness:

Want to hear what Jon, Missy and the Lifebook Team want to do before they die?  Well here it is – Our EXOTIC Bucket List - featuring some of planet Earth’s most daring, beautiful and mind opening adventures.  Are you in?! Share what’s on YOUR bucket...