Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

In honor of my grandfather and my 34th birthday today (also inspired by my friends Christina Thelin and Mei Liu), I decided to take a look back at my 33rd year to celebrate some of my favorite grounding, adrenaline pumping, joyful, challenging, proud and fulfilling moments. Thirty-three definitely came along with it's challenges (starting with waking up on my birthday last year to learn that Trump was the president-elect!), but I feel so grateful for the amazing experiences I've had this past year. I don't think I've quite realized yet how much they will continue to affect me in the years to come.   

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Wabi Sabi: Tale of a Recovering Perfectionist

There's a period in my life that I don't talk about much.  Only those that have known me most of my life or that know me very, very well are privy to it.  I bury it in the trash with the journals that helped me through it.  Not because I'm ashamed, but because I don't want it to define me.

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Subsidize to Supersize

I've had multiple conversations over the last few weeks surrounding the topic of agricultural food subsidies- once during a group dinner with a few friends who were on a vegan documentary watching kick and another time as a friend was presenting her business idea for a social enterprise meant to improve the nutritional education and overall health of a particular community.  It's an important topic that few people know enough about and so one friend involved in said conversations asked me to write a blog post about it!

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Eat for Your Health: Recipes from my Bulgarian Yoga Retreat

Last month I had the pleasure of going on the most rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat at the Bakyovo Retreat Center outside of Sofia, Bulgaria.  The weekend was filled with good company, self-reflection, healthy movement (ashtanga and yin yoga and hiking), meditation, laughter, relaxation and nourishing food.  It was the perfect addition to my month of rejuvenation in Bulgaria. Fortunately Albina, the chef at Bakyovo Retreat Center was kind enough to share some of her delicious recipes from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Can My Voracious Appetite Survive a 3-Day Juice Cleanse?

Last week I committed to a three day juice cleanse with 4 other people from my Remote Year crew. Though I'm a somewhat regular green juice drinker, I NEVER forgo chewing.  I did a 5-day juice cleanse a few years ago, but many of the juices were filled with chia seeds and I was allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I wanted.  I felt great. This is the first time I committed to 3 days of no chewing.  So yeah, not really the same thing. 

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