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When I felt trapped in my apartment at the start of the pandemic, I started going outdoors more. I had never been much of a runner, but with all the time I had, I figured this was a good time to pick it up. The summer heat and humidity made running later in the day harder, so I decided to do something I never thought I would be able to do: I was going to attempt to become a “morning person.”


How to Prioritize Fitness In Life After Graduation

Navigating the transition from college to adult life is a process, and prioritizing your health requires flexibility, patience, and intentionality about how you are spending your time. No matter what stage you are at, investing in your fitness can help you feel grounded during a time of instability. 

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Learn about how to stay fit after college with these tips.
Read these 8 ideas for travel self-care.

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Care While Traveling

“Travel in itself is a form of self-care — a way to break out of our daily mold and remind ourselves of the beauty and variety surrounding us in the world.” Here are some self-care tips to take with you while you travel to your next destination.

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‘We Needed an Influx of Love and Joy’

When you’re dealing with a long-term stressor like mental health, grief, or chronic pain, the daily struggle to care for yourself can be exhausting. It’s a challenge to step out beyond whatever walls have you boxed in. Sarah and her husband had reached a low point in their journey through infertility when they found a new source of love and joy: a puppy that got them back into the sunshine. 

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Read this reflective narrative about finding joy in life when things are hard.

An 8-Mile Swim In Lake Michigan

Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is a marathon swimmer and religious brother. He swam eight miles in Lake Michigan to raise money for Cristo Rey High School in Chicago. His fundraiser netted over $25k for the cause.

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Your Parents Just Divorced – Now What?

The divorce of your parents can be destabilizing, regardless of your age or life circumstance — here are some approaches to help you navigate this difficult time:

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Read these approaches for how to deal with parents' divorce.
Jam to these summer party songs at your next outdoor party.

Summer Party Beats | #GrottoMusic

Hosting a summer party doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep the energy going with some speakers and a playlist. We’ve curated one for you with old and new songs reminiscent of summer, good people, and good times.

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Breaking Up Isn’t Easy — Here’s How to Do It Gently

Breaking up can be a difficult situation. But if you want to end the relationship, here’s how to do it gently.

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Learn here for how to break up with someone in a gentle way.

Reconnecting Through Colors

Rachel Yumi Chung is an artist & illustrator who uses vibrant colors to express her imagination. Her art helps her reconnect with her Korean heritage.

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The Powerful Invitation to “Just Stop In”

What would you do if a friend stopped by, unplanned and unannounced? Chances are, you may feel a little flustered. And if you were in the middle of something, probably even a bit annoyed. This author shares what we gain from accepting (and extending) the invitation to “just stop in.”

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Use these apps to get off your phone and spend time outdoors.
Use these apps to get off your phone and spend time outdoors.

These 12 Apps Can Actually Help You Break Away and Get Outside

Even though the whole point of getting outside is to get your nose away from the screen, your phone can actually help you — if you use it the right way.

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Ease into Summer with a Minor League Baseball Game

Hot dogs, cold beer, some good company, and summer fun. You already know the good vibes we’re feeling — take us out to the ball game!

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Read why you should attend a Minor League Baseball game this summer.
Find the beauty of the game in pickup basketball.

How Pickup Basketball Opens the Door for Community

Making new friends as a young adult can be difficult. That post-college, early-career phase of life doesn’t always seem conducive to finding community. It’s hard to break from our sleep-work-eat mode and get out to find people. And even if we wanted to, where do we start? One writer shares his secret: pickup basketball.

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Good and Decent S2|E8: Backstrokes and Headspins

In this episode, breakdancer Nimoy Vaidya and marathon swimmer Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, meet for the first time. We walk with them from a Chicago coffee shop, and then down to the lake front, as they discuss their passions — and dive into how they started getting out of their comfort zones.

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Read this reflective narrative about construction workers.

A Letter to Say ‘Thanks’ to the Workers Building Skyscrapers

At 4:30 in the morning — as Shemaiah makes her way downtown to early morning workouts at the gym — the only people moving in the world are construction workers. This is some of what she’d like to say to each of them.

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What’s More Important for Fitness: Motivation or Discipline?

When it comes to fitness, what’s the difference between motivation and discipline? This author goes in depth about how the two differentiate.

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Read to learn about motivation vs discipline in your fitness journey.
Dance and sing in your car to these road trip songs.

The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist | #GrottoMusic

“So you’re on a road trip. Maybe you have carefully planned out your route in advance. Maybe you’re just winging it. Maybe you’re craving some music you can sing and dance with.”

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The Surprising Way Self-Care and Service are Linked

“Studies repeatedly show that living lives of giving has enormous, measurable benefits for our health.” The best part? You can start small — even just 16 minutes a day can make a difference.

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Learn about how living a life of service can have physical and mental health benefits.

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