Entries by Monica Haim

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50 Amazing Paulo Coelho Quotes to Always Carry Inside

UPDATED May 17, 2018 Brazil has graced the world with tons of sacred gifts: samba, cachaça, capoeira, açaí—and everyone’s favorite modern mystic, Paulo Coelho. Through the many spiritual ruminations of The Big C—he who has tread the paths of the hippie, the Jesuit, the occultist, the lawyer, the mental asylum inhabitant, the writer and the misunderstood […]


Accessorizing Tips from a Pro

UPDATED March 26th, 2018 The sweltering temperatures invite less fabric and more flesh, and with just the right accessories, a simple summer outfit can be transformed into a sizzling and effortless goddess look. ‘Tis the season to channel your inner Cleopatra, so dare to get creative with your jewelry to enhance the pieces that are […]


On Thanksgiving—An Attitude of Gratitude

UPDATED November 14th, 2017 Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto, goes the first line of the world famous Mercedes Sosa song that tells the story of the singer/writer’s gratitude for the many blessings that life has given to her. It’s an anthem-like ballad that depicts the notion of giving thanks as not […]


10 Things You Must Do Before You Die

Here is a list of 10 things you really must do before you die, so you can live without regrets. Go on a Crazy Adventure—Adventures are the reasons we love going to the movies—the thrill, the suspense, the great unknown of what is to come. But as we get older, we become more prone to […]

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How to Keep Your Identity as a New Mom

When a baby comes into the world for new parents, everything changes. Time speeds up and slows down at will. Night and day seem to blur into one. In short, from the instant this beautiful little creature lets out its first tiny shriek of life, everything becomes about the baby. The whole household rhythm quickly […]


Vajazzling: Vagina Bling, In?

UPDATED August 1st, 2016 Vagina bling is in. But is it for you? It seems our vaginas have also adopted the notion that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. There was a time not too long ago when hair down there was the only variable to contend with when it came to our goods. Today, in addition […]

How Knowing Spanish Helped Me on My SATs

My junior year of high school was exhilarating. The light at the end of the tunnel started to twinkle. Freedom seemed so near. The prospect of college was right on the horizon, and then, just as it seemed that I was ready to sail into the sunset of independence, I was hit with the sobering […]


Awake Zion: A Latina Jewish Girl’s Rasta-Reggae Odyssey

“More love!” says Ras Tewelde, an Italian Rastafarian at Rototom Sunsplash 2012, when we say goodbye after meeting for the first time under a scorching Valencia sun, where the scents of seafood paella, hemp and human musk mingle in the air against the ever-booming bass that thumps from the speakers and then reverberates inside our […]