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Obama Moves to Protect 12 Million Acres of Alaskan Wildlife

TIME

The Obama Administration will ask Congress to protect millions of acres of land in Alaska from a range of human activity including drilling and road construction, officials said Sunday.

If approved by Congress, the move would designate more than 12 million acres as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection, and protect native wildlife including caribou, polar bears and wolves. It would be the largest such designation in more than 50 years.

“Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement. “Just like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of our nation’s crown jewels and we have an obligation to preserve this spectacular place for generations to come.”

The proposal will undoubtedly meet opposition in Congress. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski…

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30 Life Lessons I’m Going To Teach My Children

JamesMSama.com

I’m not quite sure how to begin describe how I see the idea of having kids. If I said it is ‘one of life’s most important events,’ I feel like I would be doing it an injustice. You are literally bringing another living, breathing, human being into the world – and subsequently doing your best over the next 18 years or so to help that individual be able to effectively navigate the society he or she is being brought into.

You are literally creating the next generation of decision makers, world leaders, and hopefully – world changers.

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‘Important’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Fortunately, I was born into an amazing family who has been a source of learning and support for me through all of my decisions and life experiences – good and bad.

So, I have thought to myself: What lessons taught to me both by family…

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12 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Teenage Self, From Your Adult Self…

Top 10 Suggestions For Making The Most of This Life

1. Worry less.

It’s good to be prepared and have foresight, but as my 12-year-old daughter says, “Only worry if it is really happening.” Learn to live in the present moment. Worrying too much about the future takes away the energy you need to enjoy your life right now.

2. Be courageous.

So you think you can dance? Step outside your comfort zone and do it. If it feels right, don’t hold back. Do it, try it, pursue it. Ask the question, push the envelope, and be like the Lion at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.

3. Respect your elders.

Life experience cannot be bought with money, nor can it be acquired ahead of time. So love and respect your parents and the older members of your communities. Their wisdom and insight are valuable.

4. Trust yourself.

Have faith in your abilities! You are capable of so much more that you think. Trust your gut instinct and listen to your inner voice, your inborn truth. You need to trust yourself first, before others can trust you.

5. Don’t be so serious.

Take life as lightheartedly as possible, knowing that your habits reflect and shape who you become as a person. Learn to laugh about yourself, and learn from your mistakes.

6. Smile genuinely.

Watch how an honest smile offered from the bottom of your heart to the hearts of the people you meet changes your life.

7. Love yourself.

Self-love is where it all starts. If you get this right, there will be a lot less suffering in your life. Only when you can truly love yourself, can you be loved by others.

8. Forget what people think about you.

What people think about you is none of your business. It simply is a reflection of their own life values and experiences. This is an essential truth that takes a bit of practice.

9. Have fun.

A no-brainer really! Go, do it!

10. Be yourself.

As they say, everyone else is already taken. Find your spark, find what makes you YOU, find and celebrate your uniqueness. This will give others the courage to do the same. Shine your own light!

11. Don’t judge people.

Rather, practice empathy and compassion.

12. Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

Of course you are kind to others, right? So give yourself some self-respect and be as kind to yourself as you can. One of my favourite sayings in life and in yoga class is “Be kind to yourself,” then others can be kind to you, too.