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“Be around people who make you feel like your heart is exploding, you could be levitating, and you forget what time it is. Human connection and feeling supported are integral to feeling like you are not alone, because you aren’t. Often anxiety arises from feeling like we have to take care of things by ourselves, that we must go it alone or that life is every (wo)man for (her/him)self. This is all bullshit. We are all here to support each other, we’re all struggling, and we all deeply need each other. Being an asshole is a joke. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, that you admire, that do things that make you laugh, that make you tea and encourage you stand on your head.”

— Robin Lee

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Facing Fears on Wheels

I woke up at 4 a.m. in a panic.

I had been trapped in a series of nightmares that felt real.  They were haunting.  I felt as if I’d never wake up.

I believe that your dreams can tell you a lot, so as I tried to shake them off, I also tried to find out where they were coming from.  I came to the conclusion that I am still haunted by the fears of my past as I work towards a better future.

I sat with these thoughts until 5 a.m.  It was still pitch black outside.  The moon was glowing.  And I thought to myself, I don’t want to waste my life being afraid.  I have so much I want to do.

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So I did the one thing that scares me the most.  I dragged an old bike out from behind the house, carried it up onto the street with determination, and got the hell on it. [click to continue…]

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The Balance of Things

In less than a week I turn 28.

In less than a week I get to wrap my arms around my long distance love and sink into my first relaxing weekend in a long time.

Fall is such a precious time of change and I’m trying to be self-aware.  Where do I need to make changes in my life?  Where can I improve?

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If you followed my Natural Beauty Series you know I am a huge fan of Jane Iredale.

They recently sent me their beautiful Fall Collection – City Nights.

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It’s exactly what I was looking for to transition my beauty routine into Fall.  The colours are rich and seasonal – beautiful rose, gold, green and purple hues.
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How to be Human

As I leave the drug store I notice a young Japanese woman trying to leave from the wrong sliding doors.

She looks overwhelmed and embarrassed.  I smile and point her to the right doors.  Outside she looks around bewildered.  Before I can cross the street she asks me in careful broken English where she can find the sky train.  I point across the street.  We smile.  She bows.  I bow.  I walk to my bus smiling – I know the feeling.

When you are in a strange city where you don’t speak the language, everything is terrifying.  When I lived in Berlin every day tasks felt overwhelming and impossible.  Buying a ticket for the subway, sending a package, ordering a coffee.  I once dragged my feverish body to a dentist’s office thinking it was a doctor.

I can’t describe how comforting it is to be back in my own city.  For the past few weeks I’ve been house sitting on the North Shore, where I grew up.

As I walk the dog I turn back and look at the ocean, freighters stretched out in pools of sun; the landscape of my childhood.  My eyes tear up.  I feel human again.  I give a shit.  About myself, about other people, about my future.  I know the kind of memories I want to make and those I need to stop repeating.

This ebb and flow of life will never stop fascinating me.  I am grateful for having been lost, to understand what it feels like to be in the dark, and to climb out of it.  

I am human again. Heart beating, mind racing with new ideas, aware of the bright horizon ahead.

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Healing Harvest Chicken Soup

Simple food is the best food.

I made this soup for my amazing aunt who just got home from a big trip and was feeling a under the weather.  She is superwoman and I knew she needed something to get her through the week.

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I wanted to make the most nourishing soup that could easily be reheated and enjoyed again.  Lucky for me, she picked up a ton of beautiful produce at the market so it was easy to find inspiration.

If you’re looking for a cozy, healthy meal, make a huge batch of this and enjoy leftovers all week.

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A Mourning

A friend and I sat in the park yesterday, sunshine on our faces, and she told me that it is important to grieve.

To think about all of your regrets and to fully grieve them.

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My Sweet Sleep Kit

After years of insomnia I have finally trained myself to get a good night’s rest.

I have done this with the help of meditation, eating better throughout the day, getting enough sunlight, and making sure I unwind before bed.  This means calmihg my thoughts and lights off by 10 p.m.

I am so grateful to be able to sleep through the night. It means I have more energy in the day, balanced hormones, a regular appetite, and more joie de vivre.

If you need some help guaranteeing a good night’s rest, here is my little tool kit I’ve put together to help you get your Zzz’s…

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For the Love of Tahini: 3 Ways

I love tahini.

If I could get away with it I would probably dip carrots into a jar of tahini for dinner every night (this may have happened before.)

When I’m not dipping carrots into a jar, I use it to make easy creamy salad dressings, including a killer “faux Caesar” dressing, or eat it straight off the spoon.  No shame.

Needless to say, I really do love the stuff, and to celebrate this beautiful love I’m giving you three recipes that might help you feel the same.

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Lentil Muffins (Trust Me)

My lentil muffins are as funky sounding as they are delicious.

Please try these. Do you like soft, warm, moist, bran muffins? Then you will love these. And if you don’t tell anyone what’s in them they will love them too.

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This is actually the most popular recipe I’ve ever come up with.  When I originally shared it on a previous food blog, Healthy Tasty Cheap (in construction), I received several comments about these muffins being a new family favourite.  Some readers made them in big batches and froze them for handy snacks to be reheated.

These muffins remind me of one of my favourite jokes.  It’s about an elderly couple who die and go to heaven, and the man says to his wife “This is all your fault. If it weren’t for your bran muffins, I could have been here 10 years ago!”

Yes they will keep you and your bowels happy, and hopefully be an addition to your long happy life.  So if you don’t mind kickin it with a healthy, delicious, and totally funky sounding muffin, here ya go.  [click to continue…]

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