Dear Yoga Mat…

Yoga is a way of life……

From the moment I found you, sticking out among the rolled up mats on a bottom shelf, I knew we would have this beautiful connection. I bought you a sling so you could feel comfortable as I lugged you from studio to studio and on public transportation and through the city streets. I cleaned you with a lavender spray after every use because all good mats are an extension of a practicing yogi. You became another limb.

At our first class together, I was terrified and excited and coming out of a long-term relationship. I didn’t know what to expect for the full 60 minutes. All I knew was I needed support and you were it, carrying my entire body weight for an hour or two (or sometimes three on those extra rough days).

For three years, I have spent a good chunk of time with you. You have seen…

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This Video Sums Up How Our Behavior on Social Media Is Super Creepy

This is hilarious! Happy Friday!

TIME

This new video produced by Relationship Science (a networking tool for business professionals) aims to show Internet users how interactions on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are extra awkward when they occur in the real world.

For example, actress and Internet prankster Jena Kingsley spoofs new Twitter follower notifications by walking up to a random New Yorker and saying, “Ma’am. Hi, I just want to let you know that I’m following you. Just like, [to] give you an alert. You don’t have to do anything. Just know it! And enjoy it! …Just like, do whatever, and I’ll just watch. Is that creepy?”

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Facebook friend request nearly costs woman thousands of dollars

Tis’ the season….beware of these scams!

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Cheryl Albrecht says she almost fell victim to a $2,000 scam on Facebook.

It all started when Albrecht, a nutrition director at Randolph County Senior Adults Association, received a friend request from an elderly woman she knew.

The woman claimed to have been awarded money from the federal government.

“She had seen my name on the winners list as well and wanted to know if I’d gotten my money,” Albrecht said.

All Albrecht had to do was send a Facebook friend request to man she’d never met, who supposedly would fill her in on how to get the cash.

So she did and the man asked Albrecht for personal information — like where she lived, whether she was married — then asked her to send him $2,000 to claim her prize.

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Bill Gates lists his 5 favorite books of 2014

Looks like there are a few additions to the book list this year…..

Fortune

In between running one of the world’s largest charitable agencies and acting as Microsoft’s technology advisor, Bill Gates manages to find a significant chunk of time to read books, both long and short.

Now Gates — who has been labeled a voracious reader — has released a list of his favorite books of the year. Not all of them were released in 2014; some were published in past years, and one is still unreleased. All of the books, though, are standout reads, according to the billionaire techie.

Most are focused on business and the economy. While that wasn’t necessarily intentional, “that’s fitting in a year when Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ put a big spotlight on inequality,” Gates wrote on his blog.

Here are Bill’s top five picks for 2014 (with extracts from his full review of each book).

1. “Business Adventures,” by John Brooks

Brooks’ collection…

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You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

“I’m sorry, I’m too busy.”

Fortune

This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at Entrepreneur.com.

By Sujan Patel, Entrepreneur.com

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.

Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say:

1. “We can’t do that.”

One thing that makes people and companies successful is the ability to make solving their customers’ problems and demands their main priority. If a need arises repeatedly, the most successful people learn how to solve it as quickly as they can.

2. “I don’t know how.”

Instead of automatically shutting down solution-finding, successful people learn what they can in order to succeed in a project or in their career. For example, you would never see a…

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Terminally Ill Woman Who Planned Assisted-Suicide Dies

RIP #BrittanyMaynard

TIME

Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon when diagnosed with terminal brain cancer so she could take advantage of the state’s physician-assisted suicide law, and whose eloquence in describing her decision to do so made her the new face of the right-to-die movement, died Saturday. She was 29 years old, and her death was confirmed by People on Sunday night.

Maynard said goodbye in a message to her friends and family on Facebook.

“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she wrote. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have…

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Brittany Maynard ticks off last item on bucket list before choosing to die

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Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who plans to take her own life, has checked the last item off her bucket list. She visited the Grand Canyon last week. “The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful,” she wrote…

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