Selamat hari raya Nyepi!

Today marks the Hindu Day of Silence and the New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar (based on the phases of the moon), also known as Nyepi. Nyepi Day falls on the new (dark) moon of the spring equinox and because of this the actual date changes each year. The Balinese new year is seen as a time of renewal and self reflection and the locals are expected to spend the day fasting, praying, and meditating to purify their bodies and minds; while also ridding the island of demons through various … Continue Reading …

Unexpected endings create unbelievably wonderful new beginnings.

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Hello friends! I've finally got somewhat of an update for you since I've left Jiwa Damai the Wednesday before last. I've been SO busy with my new venture here, but I couldn't ask for a better opportunity! I've started working for the wonderful charity Indonesia Sole Men (www.solemen.org for details). This incredible foundation does absolutely mind-blowing amounts of work for the SEVERELY disabled and disadvantaged children living in the slums here in Bali. We have a staff of five (all … Continue Reading …

“Want to make God laugh? Tell him about your plans…”

Sunset at Batu Balong Beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia.

Not one thing has gone as planned since I've arrived in Bali. In fact, my plans have been completely turned upside down, leaving me without any clue of what will unfold over the next day, week, month, or year. But it's okay. I'm okay. In fact, I'm way better than okay — I'm alive and breathing and blessed with new friends who know the way to my heart (sunsets + fresh young coconuts + delicious vegan food). I'm SO grateful to be exactly where I am in this moment and excited to see what the … Continue Reading …

A few wise words that should be read by EVERY woman growing up in this generation.

This is a post that one of my new friends in Bali, Sara, posted to her Facebook, and it was SO powerful that I just had to share. "Lately I've noticed some ladies posting photos of themselves for 24 hours, fresh out of bed/shower, make-up and hair product free, to show/empower young girls of today that they are beautiful just the way they are, and that they don't need to get suckered into this unrealistic, stereotypical brand of beauty that was rammed down our throats, and blinded us as kids. … Continue Reading …

A Very Personal Post & Extremely Important Message

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Most people aren’t aware that it’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, so I feel compelled to share. It’s been 546 days since I decided to give my anorexia and bulimia a big “fuck you” and sought out the help I needed to overcome some of the scariest, most painful and heartbreaking years of my life. In the first 3 photos, you can see how severely underweight and sick I was in 2012 - I was literally skin and bones, wasting away. The last photo was taken post treatment/recovery. Eating … Continue Reading …

The Easiest, Cheapest and Yummiest Antioxidant-Rich Dips You’ll Ever Make

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I consider myself a multi-passionate person. You know the type (because you're probably multi-passionate yourself) - a multitude of things light you up and it's hard to stay focused on one task or project until its finished. You'll get started on one thing and before you know it, something else has tugged at your heart strings and demanded your attention. Some people may call that ADD, but I disagree entirely! I just like to do whatever keeps me creative and inspired in the moment. And … Continue Reading …

I’m moving to Bali!

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may already be aware of this incredible news. At the end of this month, I will be packing my bags and moving to Bali, Indonesia. Why? Because I feel its time to do more of what makes me happy and reconnect with nature on a deeper level. It's time for me to live in a location that motivates me daily to dive deeper into my spirituality, that give me the opportunity to give back and serve, that inspire creativity, that dares me to do something … Continue Reading …

Friday Favorites ― Education & Inspiration to Improve Your Health, Your Finances & Your Creativity

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Below are my favorite articles and websites I ran across this past week. Each one has provided great information, education and inspiration on topics I'm very passionate about and I KNOW you'll love them as much as I did. I've written a short commentary and description for each article. Enjoy! Big Ag’s big lie: Factory farms, your health and the new politics of antibiotics This article gives us further proof that our government is not concerned with human health and safety, and therefore we … Continue Reading …

Weekly Dose of Wisdom from Albert Einstein

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“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much … Continue Reading …

Today’s Superfood Smoothie Contains the Most Nutritionally Complete Food in the World

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Naturally, when most people see or hear the word "hemp," they automatically think of marijuana and turn themselves off to learning some incredible information. What many people fail to realize is hemp is one of nature's best renewable and sustainable resources, has nothing to do with cannabis, and could save our country's economy. Humans have been using hemp for thousands of years for an array of items we use everyday, and for good reason too. As Scott Thill states, "The uses for hemp — from … Continue Reading …