Sometimes pushing isn’t the answer.


Bleary-eyed, numb-handed, and red-nosed, my feet slid out from under me. Feeling awkward in my body and off-balance was a foreign experience for me.

Yesterday, I discovered my personal version of misery.

Last week was Olivia’s Spring Break. We each made a list of how we wanted to spend the week. She wanted lots of playdates and I wanted to do some organizing and deep cleaning. Yep, that’s one kind of fun for me—don’t judge.

We both got what we wanted,...

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What Moves You?


Exercise. It's one of the last things some of us make time for even though we know it's important.

What if you could integrate movement into your daily life or find something you enjoy doing so much that it makes "exercising" a breeze?

In this short video, I talk about how to transform what you think of as exercise.

Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below. How are YOU going to move your gorgeous body today?

With love,

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How to Take the Pressure Off Birthdays


As soon as I heard the question, my heart rate quickened and my mind raced around like a pinball as I searched for an acceptable answer.

After too long of a beat, “Ummm... I don’t know,” was all I could muster before I darted out of the room to avoid the question.

Kind of a silly response and especially unexpected if you knew me (I’m usually pretty straightforward and non-avoidant), but “What are you going to do for your birthday?!” can feel like a lot...

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Even though I was scared, I finally did it!

Is there something you've always wanted to do, but are a little afraid of? Yeah, me too.

Sometimes, taking care of ourselves includes stretching beyond what we think is possible and getting a little uncomfortable.

We recently celebrated my husband's birthday on Kauai and I completely stretched myself to do something I'd been wanting to for years—I got my first surfing lesson!

What an experience! Here are my reflections:

  1. Surfing takes WAY more effort than I ever thought.
  2. ...
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How to Create Space with a Pause


One of the best ways to reduce stress is to create little spots in your day to nurture yourself.

I'm a fan of simple and woven throughout the day, so today’s tip is easy to integrate into your life by using an everyday prompt like driving or waiting in line.

Instead of letting agitation escalate, test this out and notice how it helps dissolve tension in only a few seconds:

  1. Pause.
  2. Take a complete inhale through your nose.
  3. Allow a complete exhale through...
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How to Finally Belong

Growing up as the only child of a single workaholic mom, I spent a lot of time alone.

It often seemed like everyone else knew something I didn’t. I couldn’t escape the feeling that I was on the outside looking through a window watching everyone else enjoying the party of life.

When people asked if I was an only child, I thought they were asking if I was a lonely child.

To both, my answer was yes.

Much of my early life was a quest to find a feeling of Belonging.

Later, I found it,...

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How to Do What You Know Is Best for You


When I was growing up, my mom was a nurse. She told me that some of the best doctors believe that “If you listen long enough to a parent, they will tell you exactly how to help their child.”

As we become adults, we can learn to integrate and cultivate that knowing and loving parent who lives inside ourselves.

We need “only” uncover that inner wisdom.

That isn’t always an easy thing to do when we’ve grown up in a culture that has told us that we should look...

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Loaded with homemade smoky vegan cheddar cheese sauce and topped with sour cream, these twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.

Vegan Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Baked Potatoes

8 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup refined/unflavored coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced

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How to Make Better Lists

Lists. Lists. Oh, how I love my lists!

Admittedly, I sometimes cross over into obsession (confession: sometimes when I do something that isn’t on the list, I'll add it just so I can cross it out).

As compulsions go, I’m okay with this is one.

I used to write my grocery lists on paper, sometimes forget the sheet at home, and then try to remember what we needed as I stood in the produce department. Not efficient.

Always one for an update, I came up with...

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Allison’s January 2018 Events

January has been a wonderfully full month of connecting with so many people working on valuable initiatives.

This past week, I was honored to be a guest on Jennifer Blough's Compassion Fatigue Podcast and interviewed on Facebook Live with Steve Prussack - The Juice Guru (this will be archived on his podcast on I Heart Radio). I hope you'll check out both!

Saturday, the 27th, you can catch me at the SacTown VegFest in Sacramento, California. I'll be talking at 1:15p about...

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