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How I Stopped Chasing Happiness and Started Enjoying My Imperfect Life

 

“I want to live my life without stress and worries. I don’t need to be rich or famous. I just want to be happy.” ~Unknown

Have you ever set a goal and then become obsessed with it, making it the center of your life and arranging everything else around … Read the rest

A Simple and Natural DIY Bubble Bath Bar Recipe

 

I love to take baths!

Most of the time I take a shower, just for convenience and saving water, but every now and then I like to indulge in a long soak. I’ve used bath salts, scrubs, bar soap and liquid soap, but I’ve come across a solid soap

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If Your Life Story Depresses You or Holds You Back, Change It

 

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” ~Pema Chodron

Too often we let stories from our past define us. We tell them over and over to ourselves and to others until it becomes our truth. What if, without deviating from actual … Read the rest

DIY Lip Balm for Kids, Also Great on Chapped Cheeks!

 

How to Make Lip Balm for Kids

There is nothing worse than a three year old with chapped lips and cheeks.

Especially when that three year old will lick off anything you try to put on them. That has been my winter so far.

The colder it gets, the

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Herbs For Depression, Anxiety, and General Sadness

 

The holiday season is upon us, and for many this means happy memories and time with friends. For some, the holiday season is not so happy. It can be a strong reminder of those who are no longer with us. It is often a time that amplifies feelings of

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Cultivating Beginner’s Mind: Adventure Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone

 

“The don’t-know mind… doesn’t fear, has no wish to control or foresee, steps off the cliff of the moment with absolute trust that the next step will land somewhere, and the next step somewhere else, and the feet will take us wherever we need to go.” ~Byron Katie

I … Read the rest

Train Your Mind: Overcoming Negative Thoughts Is Half the Battle

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I could not find the bottom of the pool.

The task seemed simple enough: Wearing no more than twenty pounds worth of gear, swim to the bottom of an eight-foot pool, remove your gear, and swim back up.

My feet … Read the rest

A Conditioning DIY Beard Oil Recipe Men Will Love

 

Our Other DIY Beard Oil Recipe

In addition to the recipe below, we also have this DIY Beard Oil recipe. Enjoy!

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About a year ago, my husband started growing his beard.

I’m not sure if it started because of hockey season or just because he was tired

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Seeing Rejection As Redirection: What We Gain When We Lose

 

“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ~Steve Maraboli

Rejection hurts. Whether it is from family, friends, co-workers, or a new company, when we experience rejection it hits us right in the heart—the control center to our … Read the rest

A DIY Whipped Hot Chocolate Body Butter Recipe

 

There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.

That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to

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3 Tools That Can Help You Calm Your Mind and Let Go of Anxiety

 

“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

I’ve struggled with anxiety throughout my life. A difficult childhood and my highly sensitive personality meant I grew into an anxious kid—there was just too much pain and emotional … Read the rest

7 Things You Need to Know to Live Your Best Life and Make a Better World

 

You know those “moments of truths”?

When what you hear, or come to realize, turns your world around. When one or several things turn out to be exactly what you needed to hear at the exact right time. Bo-boom.

For the past couple of years, I’ve had several ah-ha … Read the rest

20 Things to Remember When You Feel Anxious

 

Your heart races. Your body temperature rises. Your hands may shake. Your stomach may churn.

Your thoughts start spiraling to the worst could that happen, and suddenly you feel so unequipped—like everything’s going to fall apart, and you won’t be able to handle it.

It can feel so powerless … Read the rest

40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind

 

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy

There was a time when I thought peace was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at happiness or success.

It seemed like something I needed to chase … Read the rest

Why We Feel the Need to Explain Ourselves and Justify Our Choices

 

“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” ~Amy E. Smith

I’ve realized that I put a lot of energy into trying to explain my decisions. Sometimes those explanations are an honest attempt to connect with another person or to step a little further out of hiding. Often, … Read the rest

If Only I Knew My Worth…

 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

Looking back on my past, I see that I have spent most of my precious time striving to improve … Read the rest

How To Be Open-Minded When Others See the World Differently

 

“Most disagreements are caused by different perceptions that created different realities.” ~Unknown

When I was thirteen, I experienced a monumental change in my young life.

It wasn’t a big move, no one close to me died, and although puberty was rocking my world in the worst way, it was … Read the rest

How to Make Anxiety A Lot Less Painful

 

“You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.” ~Glennon Doyle Melton

Anxiety can be hardwired and genetic. It can be passed down from generation to generation. It can be a result of trauma and high-stress scenarios, including divorce, moving, and death. These things … Read the rest

5 Reasons You Should Be Growing Herbs Indoors

 

Indoor Herb Garden

I’ve wanted to start my own indoor herb garden for years. Time, inexperience, and lack of opportunity prevented me from trying.

However, a few weeks ago I was at my local health food store and found organic, non-GMO herbs. I had to buy them!

I brought

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We Can Choose Different Ways Without One of Us Being Wrong

 

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Many of us are committed to a journey of change and personal growth. While these are traits to be admired and celebrated, … Read the rest

3 Empowering Ways to Reframe Anxiety: Work With It, Not Against It

 

“If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life—and only then will I be free to become myself.” ~Martin Heidegger

If you are a lifelong anxiety warrior like me, you’ve been … Read the rest

Learn to Grow, Make, and Use DIY Stevia Sweetener

 

Learn how to use stevia as a sugar substitute. Grow it, harvest it, use it, love it!

I’ve just come in from working in my garden. As I was trimming, pulling weeds and watering, I finally got to my stevia tree! I have several, but this one is about

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7 Reasons to Abandon Your Comfort Zone and Why You’ll Never Regret It

 

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~Jack Canfield

Imagine with me for a second. You wake up, roll over, and blindly reach to hit your alarm to start the routine of the day. Make the same thing for breakfast. Maybe go to a new coffee … Read the rest

4 Natural Beauty Tips For a Healthier Beauty Routine

 

Natural Beauty Tips

Every day we are exposed to chemicals through the products we use.  From toothpaste to shampoo, the average person is exposed to at least 126 chemicals each day (source). The Environmental Working group reports that 1 out of every 5 adults is exposed to

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Quit Trying to Be Perfect (You Already Are)

 

“Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.” ~Maria Shriver

Like many of us, I spent a big part of growing up feeling like I wasn’t enough. I was quite a studious kid, and this coupled with being terrible at sports and also quite chubby meant … Read the rest

How Expectations Can Drive People Away and How to Let Go of Control

 

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ~Bruce Lee

About five years ago, I had a falling out with a close friend. I was irritated because she didn’t do the things I thought she … Read the rest

Purify your Indoor Air with A DIY Succulent Garden

 

Having an indoor succulent garden is all the rage, and for good reason.

From simple plants to elaborate gardens, this trend is skyrocketing and it’s easy to see why.

Reasons for a DIY Indoor Succulent Garden

Succulent plants are easy to grow, require little attention, and look adorable. With

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Measuring the Quality of Your Day with a To-Be List (Not Just a To-Do List)

 

“Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do in life.  You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, than when you don’t…you aren’t.” ~Wayne Dyer

As you crawl into bed, thump your pillow to make the perfect little cave for your head to rest in, … Read the rest

How to Identify Your Emotional Triggers and What to Do About Them

 

“Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.” ~Deepak Chopra

Ever wonder why some people respond in the same destructive way over and over even though they keep getting the same bad results?

Many of us can relate to … Read the rest

How I Healed My FOMO and Started Saying No

 

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” ~Paulo Coelho

My sister-in-law returned to Montreal after spending three months in Portugal. She told me that the biggest adjustment to being back was spending twenty minutes in the pharmacy aisle deciding which shampoo … Read the rest

We Can’t Run from Ourselves and 6 Other Lessons from Living Abroad

 

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you… so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” ~Unknown

From the outside looking in, my life was picture-perfect. I had a corporate job that paid … Read the rest

It’s Never Too Late to Start Living in the Moment and Enjoying Your Life

 

The philosopher Alan Watts always said that life is like a song, and the sole purpose of the song is to dance.

He said that when we listen to a song, we don’t dance with the goal of getting to the end of the music. We dance to enjoy … Read the rest

How I Turned Fear and Anxiety into Joy and Fulfillment

 

“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.” ~Alain de Botton

I know fear and anxiety. We’re old friends. When I was fifteen, and school was over, I’d have to force one foot in front of … Read the rest

12 Ways To Lighten and Highlight Your Hair Naturally

 

Last year I wrote an article on how to color hair naturally with homemade herbal hair dyes. My sister Karyn, who naturally colors her hair frequently, recently asked if I could do natural highlights. I got to work right away coming up with several interesting and simple options.

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How Our Egos Create Drama in Our Relationships (and How to Avoid It)

 

“The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.” ~John O’Donohue

I started a new relationship in December 2015, then moved countries to be with my Swedish partner in August, 2016.

The last year has been life changing in the best possible ways. I’ve learned so much … Read the rest

Rock Bottom? How to Start Digging Your Way Out

 

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not too long ago, I had the worst week of my life.

Let me give you some background. Just … Read the rest

Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps

 

For many women, including myself, painful menstrual cramps are a monthly reality.

Sometimes the pain just won’t go away no matter what I try. I’ve tried drinking more water, over-the-counter medications, changing my diet, exercising, and still no relief.

Before having children, I could take it easy on the

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Overcoming Defensive Thinking: If You Try to Avoid Criticism, Read On

 

“We are used to thinking of thinking as a good thing, as that which makes us human. It can be quite a revelation to discover that so much of our thinking appears to be boring, repetitive, and pointless while keeping us isolated and cut off from the feelings of Read the rest

How I Stopped Trying to Please Everyone and Started Prioritizing Myself

 

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you don’t say ‘no’ to yourself.” ~Paolo Coehlo

My whole body was shaking. Tears streaming down my face, my nose blocked and throat sore from crying. Yet, no sound escaped my mouth except an occasional gentle sigh or hushed sob I … Read the rest

Take a Chance: Don’t Let Your Inner Saboteur Hold You Back

 

“Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

On my first day back in college, I sat on a bench outside a classroom and wrote in a tiny notebook. Glancing around at the young students lining up, my sunglasses slid down my nose as … Read the rest

50 People Share What They’re Grateful to Do Every Day

 

At night, when you think about how you spent your day, how often do you focus on all the things you had to do?

I worked. I ran errands. I went to the gym. I made dinner.

And when you tell someone about this kind of day, how often … Read the rest

7 Crucial Steps to Minimize Drama in Your Life

 

“When you are not honoring the present moment by allowing it to be, you are creating drama.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Well into my twenties, all of my friendships with women looked a lot like junior high.

One day, we’d be codependent and attached at the hip, sending incessant play-by-play emails … Read the rest

How to Stop Dwelling: A Simple Practice to Let Go of Anxious Thoughts

 

“Change your thoughts and you change the world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

We all encounter times in life when someone says or does something that offends us. After the fact, no matter how hard we try to let go of feelings of hurt or resentment, we might find it hard … Read the rest

Think You’re Not Good Enough? How to Stop Holding Yourself Back

 

“Stop holding yourself back. If you aren’t happy, make a change.” ~Unknown

Growing up in a culture where physical beauty determines how successful you are in finding a job, a suitable husband, and a promising career, and most importantly, bringing honor to your family reputation, I was a disappointment … Read the rest

A Natural Homemade Tick Repellent That Works!

 

Homemade Tick Repellent Naturally

For months I have been searching for a natural homemade tick repellent. I’ve come across a lot of recipes for at-home tick repellents, but very few that cite ingredients and research. I’m always hesitant to try something if there is not enough research to prove

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Why We Procrastinate and How to Finally Do What You’ve Been Putting Off

“Low key change helps the human mind circumnavigate the fear that blocks success and creativity.” ~Robert Maurer

I’m currently working on my doctoral dissertation. It’s something I’ve been working on for many years. It’s something that I deeply believe in and want to complete, but I’m also the mom of … Read the rest

‘I had a meatmare’: Why flesh haunts the dreams of vegetarians

 

One night, it came to me in my dreams, dripping juice and melted cheddar, the crisp lettuce a mere afterthought. I held it in my hands and took a bite.

Instant horror: I stared at the burger like it was an alien object as the realization that I’m a … Read the rest

Here’s how no-slaughter meat goes mainstream.

In a new report, Grist 50-er Liz Specht identifies the obstacles that prevent earth-friendly meat from taking over the world. If meat stopped coming from cows and was instead grown in the lab, she argues, it would slash meat production’s environmental footprint.

So, Specht and her colleagues at the Good … Read the rest

How to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff and Let Go of Your Grudges

 

“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge and harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul.” ~Steve Maraboli

You are tired of it, aren’t you?

You find yourself arguing again. You feel anger rising up in you.

You realize there’s … Read the rest

The Fascinating Reason We Fear Rejection and the Key to Acceptance

 

“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” ~Steven Pressfield

“We need to talk to you.”

I looked up from my book. The other thirteen girls in my class … Read the rest

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