How do you respond to conflict?

The most common ways are to fight, flee, or freeze. When I opened myself up to the possibility of solving a disagreement through social media, I learned that it's also possible to do all three!

So yeah, I can already hear you groaning.  And I get it. I have doubts about that medium too, so my usual policy is to stay away. This time I couldn't, so when someone challenged my doubts, I gave it some thought. I wanted to know if there was some way it actually could be a good medium for such a...

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Do you need to clean out toxic relationships?

The fact is that not everyone is going to like us and we're not going to like everyone else. Rather than seeing that as a shortfall, we can see it as a relief. Imagine if everyone wanted a piece of you at all times. Can you say EXHAUSTION? 

Sometimes we share a leg of the journey with someone very closely and then there comes a point when our paths diverge. Whether it's a romantic relationship, a friendship, or even a business relationship, it doesn't mean anyone is...

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Are you feeling it too?

No matter where you land with respect to what's happening in our world today, it's likely that you're feeling a variety of complex emotions. I feel it myself and I hear it from everyone.

I've been asking a lot of questions lately to get to uncover the feelings I've been having. Even though I'm a Self-care Coach and I know the importance of nurturing myself, even I have been having a struggle maintaining my own self-care practice in the face of the daily political firestorms. My...

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What's the difference between self-ish and SELFISH?

Is there a difference between self-ish and SELFISH?
Read that aloud, and you'll have your answer. Although there's a negative connotation with the word, it isn't necessarily so.

What's the distinction?
Being SELFISH is grabbing out of desperation and depletion; making choices that benefit ourselves at the expense of others. It's careless. Being self-ish is taking care of myself first, acknowledging limited resources, and knowing that what I prioritize becomes my life. When we...

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Do you have FOMO?

As a  chronic over-thinker, I notice that sometimes I can feel stressed out before I've even begun to take action, even if it's no action. I think it stems from something called FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. It's a plague in our culture and most of us have it. This is why I'm such a fan of "less."

Opportunities to feel FOMO abound. Just today, a dear friend asked me if I could do a project that could begin a relationship with a company that might eventually hire me as...

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Shifting "I'm sorry" to "Thank you."

As we open a new calendar, it's common to have thoughts about letting go of what no longer serves and to invite with intention new ways of being. I recently saw a post from FeministVoice that struck me with its beauty and simplicity.

For nearly three decades, I've been an avid student of practicing impeccability with my speech. That is, being clear about what I say and saying what I intend. I first learned this from Louise Hay. She talks about the implications of using words like...

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The Easiest Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is quickly becoming one of the most popular dairy-free milks in the U.S. and with good reason—it's delish!

Easily made at home, the most common method is this ultra-smooth technique that employs a nut milk bag. But...I've got a secret ingredient that requires no soaking or straining so that you'll have your own fresh almond milk in minutes!

Bonus—any blender will do!

Check out my secret:



Super-speedy DIY Homemade Almond Milk

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How to Make Homemade Vegan Butter

Want to know what to use instead of dairy butter? I've gotcha covered! While several commercial vegan margarines and shortenings are available (and they are certainly much better than dairy butter), I prefer to create my own version from scratch for most recipes.

I do this for several reasons. For one, most vegan margarines use palm oil, a product that has been linked to some major issues in the countries that produce it. Ranging from human rights abuses to climate...

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Magic Vegan Cheese Sauce

The story continues with my latest (and dare I say greatest!) version of my Vegan Mac & Cheese. In addition to veggies, this simplified and more nutritious version is made with either homemade vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and garbanzo beans. I designed the recipe without nutritional yeast for those who are allergic or averse, but if you love nooch, feel free to add 1/2 cup or sprinkle some on top!

This sauce is perfect for pouring on pasta, broccoli,...

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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty recipe offers several chances to decide just how “from scratch” you want your baking to be. The vegetable broth can be either homemade or store-bought, as can the non-dairy milk. Even if you decide to make everything from scratch, the preparatory steps including cooking the potatoes, cooking the lentils, and making the broth, can be done well in advance.

Once those steps are done, the rest of the recipe is fairly simple and comes together quickly.


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