Benefits of meditation and how to start

Why you should meditate

Have you ever wondered how to meditate and why you should? What are the benefits of meditation? I have heard people say, “it’s just stress” countless times. In fact, I used to be one of those people. I would take physical ailments seriously, but stress? What was the big deal?  Advertisements

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Creativity exercises

Writing exercises

I’ve never been one for writing prompts or formal creativity exercises. My cure for so-called writers’ block is simply to sit down and write. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic, creativity is a gift not a given. However, everyone’s process is different and many authors swear by them. For the benefit of my followers, I decided… Continue reading →

Lessons from Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Quotes

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is my writing bible and I re-read it regularly. In it, she references one of my favourite mindfulness books, Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (you can check out some of the others in this post and see a picture of Buster the boxer with the book here). I shared… Continue reading →

Weight loss tips

Weight Loss Tips for Women

Health and fitness are important parts of my life and I’m often asked for my best weight loss tips. When my dad got sick, I spent a lot of late nights at the hospital, which meant skipping the gym and eating food that was convenient (read: processed and unhealthy). After losing him and reprioritizing my life,… Continue reading →

Finding our strange jewels

Finding strange jewels

In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert explains how inspiration and creativity are divine interventions. She argues that we all have ideas buried inside of us and that it’s simply a matter of finding our strange jewels so we can write the novel, choreograph the dance, or take the amazing picture. Stick with me even if what… Continue reading →

The importance of word counts

How to finish a novel in three months

If you’ve ever participated in NaNoWriMo, then you know the importance of word counts. If you’re part of any social media network, you’ll see constant updates about other people’s word counts and this number will be tied to your success for the day. Before reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, I never put much stock… Continue reading →

Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie bowl

Healthy Smoothie Bowl

I love peanut butter (check out my recipes for protein cookies, pancakes, oatmeal protein balls, chocolate chip protein balls, and even dog treats for proof). I also love bananas (check out my easy 2 ingredient cookies and healthy bakery style donuts for further evidence). I’m combining my love affairs in a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie bowl that… Continue reading →

Don’t wait to start

How to get started on a goal

It can tempting to put things off until tomorrow (or some other arbitrary date in the future that will probably never happen) when you have x, y or z. You’ll take more pictures with your family when you lose weight, you’ll write your book when inspiration strikes, you’ll eat better when you have more time,… Continue reading →

Benefits of Himalayan salt lamps

What do Himalayan salt lamps do

I’m always researching the latest health and wellness information. It’s a good thing James is patient to a fault because I’m always bringing home random things, creating new recipes, and reading the latest books while I regal him with the exciting ways we’ll improve our lives this week (and many of these ideas make their way… Continue reading →

Motivation Monday: thoughts matter

How to meditate

For a long time, I was one of those people who said, “it’s just stress” and dismissed it without any regard. I make a conscious effort to focus on learning about diet and nutrition, exercise science, and disease prevention, but for a long time, I only focused on my physical body. I hadn’t yet realized… Continue reading →