December 31, 2009

Year-End Reminder

Academy of American Poets

December 31, 2009

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Dear Friend of,

Happy New Year! Before you ring in 2010, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Academy of American Poets to keep ringing well into next year.

We love to provide you with new poetry, essays, poet bios, audio, and video for free, and it's the generosity of friends like you that help us pay for bandwidth, servers, staff, and all other expenses that a huge and popular site like requires to function.

Plus, donations to the Academy are completely tax deductible. Don't miss this 11th-hour opportunity to receive a tax deduction for 2009. Please send a little holiday cheer in support of poets and poetry, then let's all raise a toast to a new decade!

All of us at the Academy of American Poets wish you a happy and healthy 2010.

Yours truly,

Tree Swenson
Executive Director

Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10012

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December 30, 2009

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

Beat the Stress Away With These 50 Stress Buster Tips!

Posted: 29 Dec 2009 08:59 PM PST


1.  Listen to soothing music that can calm you down after a stressful day.

2.  Relax before you suffer from burnout.

3.  Learn to say YES to leisure and recreation.

4. Learn to say NO to too much work and extra curricular activities.

5. Practice the art of BREATHING slowly and deeply.

6. Prioritize, you cannot do everything at the same time.

7. Don’t rush. Avoid cramming to beat the deadline.

8. Work only on activities you are passionate about.

9. Learn to handle stressful people, do not get intimidated by them.

10. STRATEGIZE. Learn to follow the easiest path instead of making life more difficult for you.

11. PRAY. Connect to God who is the Source of all Grace and Rest.

12. Get enough SLEEP.


13. Avoid stressful people.

14. Clear your mind from unreasonable expectations and avoid unnecessary frustrations.

15. Dont sweat over the small stuff.

16. Instead of worrying, make a realistic plan to solve your problem.

17. Let go of your fears.

18. Arrive early in the office and avoid the stress of rush hours.

19. Learn to communicate well in order to avoid undue stress from misunderstandings.

20. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

21. Exercise and release those toxins from your system.


22. Keep a journal of things you have to do instead of worrying about them in your head.

23. Take care of your health.

24. Buy aromatherapy candles and set a relaxing atmosphere.

25. Have a body massage that will relax your tensed muscles.

26. Pamper yourself! Go shopping if you want to and buy that dress you want.

27. Manage your finances and avoid the stress of being unable to pay your loans.

28. Learn the art of ACCEPTANCE. Accept the things you cannot change.

29. TRUST GOD. He will never let you down!

30. Enjoy an out of town vacation once in a while.

31.Travel to a place you have never been.

32.Meet new people.

33.Write letters of gratitude to those who help brighten up your day.

34.Spend a day away from your computer and mobile phone.

35.Write ten things to be thankful for.

36.Listen to the soothing sound of crashing waves.


37.Have fun playing with children.

38.Get a hobby. Paint or learn to cook new dishes.

39.Ride a bus instead of driving your car once in a while. It will take the stress of driving away.

40.Delegate tasks that stress you out.

41.Imagine a perfect day. How would your day feel like?

42.Take a hot shower and enjoy the sensations that comes along with it.


43.Change into some comfortable clothes when you dont need to wear formal attire.

44.Have a footspa and pamper your feet!

45.Unwind with a good book.

46.Learn to let go of your anger.

47.Learn to let go of your past if it keeps on hurting you.

48.Learn to let go of the future if it worries you. Let God take care of it instead.

49.Take a nice walk around the park.

50.Learn to accept your mistakes instead of punishing yourself for committing them.

December 27, 2009

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

What Is An Empath?

Posted: 26 Dec 2009 04:32 PM PST

what is an empath

I am an empath. I could easily feel other people’s feelings, good or bad, as though they were my own. To an empath, the problem is not in connecting with another person, for it is as natural as breathing. The problem of an empath is how to set boundaries between herself and that of another person’s skin.

This boundary is not a wall that completely shuts out all the rest while enclosing oneself within. But it is more like the human skin, still sensitive, still able to touch, but is able to DEFINE the person within one’s own unique and beautiful personality.

There had been many times when I felt being absorbed into the personality of another. I could understand so well and actually live within the other person’s perspective. But along the way, I also lose my own self, like I didn’t exist at all! I didn’t like it when I felt as invisible as the wind. The wind touches you and knows you, yet you couldn’t grasp it. And at times, you aren’t even aware it’s there.

I don’t like to live like I’m invisible. I want to leave a mark, my own mark saying that I have lived and I have made a difference.

It could only happen if I’m able to define who I am, the person who is going to make that mark.

Yes, I am an empath, but I am somebody who needs also to be seen and understood.

I am special.

I am beautiful.



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