I'm here to share with you my journey from coffee to matcha. I have been an avid coffee drinker since I was in college and started a coffee-centered blog, Traveling for Coffee (I can't believe it's still up!).
A few years ago I got very into the Bulletproof Coffee method, and started adapting it. In January Vital Proteins released a Collagen Coffee Creamer (try it!) and I started blending that into my coffee for a healthy, frothy beverage. I've blended everything from coconut milk, heavy cream, butter, cocoa butter, turmeric, and even strawberry powder (don't recommend) into my coffee. I love it dearly... at least I did.
In February I suddenly stopped liking coffee. It was weird. I went from loving my coffee so much in the fall to feeling almost repulsed by it. The transition was fast and I didn't realize at first that my body was talking to me. I went from adoring and relishing in the delight of my morning...
I keep seeing this quote and it resonates deeply with me. We spend so much time wanting, setting goals, striving. But we often forget to pause and soak it all in. Take a good look at what you have, where you are in life and all that you’ve created.
Now I have her. Today is Mia’s birthday. She’s 2.
Before I found Mia, there were two cats that I found and wanted but didn’t work out. Plus, John wasn’t completely on board, because he is “allergic” to cats.
I always said I wanted an orange tabby. Secretly I wanted an all grey cat but didn’t think those were easy to find.
When I saw the post about kittens in my neighborhood last July I immediately messaged the girl and asked if she had an orange tabby.
Her response was “No, but we have two grey tabby cats and one girl...
Happy Day, Lovelies!
So I wanted to open up and share with you about my bad week! Yes, I have bad weeks too. Read below to see what I went through and the steps to overcome this feeling (it will probably surprise you!).
Recently, I found myself in the middle of funk. I wasn’t depressed, per se, but I also did not feel like myself.
It was one of those weeks where I was constantly looking for something to make me feel better but nothing sounded good.
I ended up isolating myself. I didn’t chat with my high vibe friends, I didn’t post much on my Instagram, and I kept to myself. This is a tendency of mine. When I’m feeling low, I don’t want to dump my energy on others. Unfortunately, that is often what I need - my high vibe people to remind me that this is OK.
Notice what I said there? I do not need people to pick me up, coach me, or give me...
I love to experiment with what I lovingly call "health tonics" - basically just combining healthy things into a yummy beverage. Seeing that the change of seasons is among us, I endeavored on making something that is warm and will help fight fall and winter colds. Note that I use Turmeric Extract and Ashwagandha Extract but you could certainly substitute for the powders, though the consistency will be a bit different. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory product and combined with Ashwagandha, a great stress reliever, you have a powerhouse of ingredients that fight common causes of sickness - fatigued adrenal glands (STRESS) and Inflammation. So brew up a cup and enjoy the healing properties.
Turmeric Health Tonic
Makes: 1 beverage
12 oz filtered water, heated
½ lemon squeezed
1 tlb Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered)
½ tsp powdered turmeric
4 slices fresh ginger
tsp cayenne (more/less to taste)
tsp (a few grinds) fresh black pepper
1 tsp raw...
Believe it or not, I actually miss the Starbucks holiday drinks, but they don’t taste good to me anymore. They are too sweet and have too many questionable ingredients. I was inspired to make something comforting and indulgent this morning, so I bring you this recipe gem.
As always, feel free to adapt the ingredients to your liking. Want extra sweetness? Add up to 1 tsp of maple syrup. Want more spice? go for it! I love this recipe because the fresh ginger adds a bite and freshness to the otherwise rich drink. The maple syrup adds just a teensy bit of sweetness (you could sub monkfruit/stevia for true sugar-free, or ¼ date) and the black pepper isn’t noticeable but boosts the turmeric’s superpower.
The warming spices help you start your day feeling cozy, energized and healthy. But the creamy, slightly sweet flavor allows you to feel indulgent. Win-win. Go make it and tell me what you think.
Each season I get a nudge from the universe about my next stage of growth. The past few months have been full of lessons and challenges about commitment and follow-through. I have come up against fear barriers left and right but I am slowly learning to move through them.
Maybe you are experiencing this at your stage of life - feelings of Fear, Imposter Syndrome, and Doubt (the Big Three). These are big barriers that EVERYONE deals with. Please know this - when these feelings sneak up, you are not alone - it is completely normal. With practice, you can learn to move forward despite the Big Three.
Typically when these feelings appear, your brain is trying to keep you in your comfort zone by staying "safe." However, safety is relative, and to continue to grow and expand as humans, we need to step out of our comfort zone and explore new ways of living. While this is perceived as "dangerous" to the brain, it is an essential part of our happiness and success in...
Maybe you are at the end of a stressful month, or returning from a trip or an interview or a big life event. One minute you are cruising along like superwomen, the next you start to feel a bit off.
I have a few favorite ways to keep myself healthy and nourished when dealing with a cold. This “Wellness Protocol” helps me when I am trying to fend off a cold, or when I am already sick and want to support my immune system. The video below goes into full detail, but the steps and supplements are outlined as well.
I’d love to hear if you have and “go to” tips when you start to feel under the weather. Please share in the comments below.
A trip is coming up and you have a long list of "to dos" to get ready. You may have a process for getting ready and getting (or rushing) out the door. But what about once you get to the airport and start the actual travel process?
Traveling can be very stressful on both your body and mind. Just the act of hustling out the door, rushing into an over crowded airport with florescent lights and being herded onto a plane with circulated air... oye!
Travel is a beautiful thing. It's amazing that we can get almost anywhere in the world in a number of hours. We can travel by car, plane, train, boat or even a private jet (#travelgoals).
However, getting to the destination can be a challenge...
As I dive deeper into living with "flow" - doing less to get more - I value the sweetness of slow-paced vacations. Slow-paced, as in not planning every minute, setting crazy expectations or trying to "do" everything that's available to me.
It's taken me a while to get to this place. I mean, aren't you supposed to see all of the highlights of the place you visit? Shouldn’t you meet up with everyone and make a solid plan so you don't miss anything? Anyone... anyone? Sometimes that is the purpose of your vacation, and it flows easily and doesn't cause stress - that's wonderful! However, without a connection to what you truly need or want, it's easy to lose sight of why you are getting away and what will serve you best while there. It is easy to get swept away by all of the fun opportunities and come home needing a vacation from your trip.
Lately, I'm finding that vacation means doing less and flowing more.
What does my body want?
What meal feels right?
Do I need movement,...
The alarm goes off on Monday morning loud and unsetling, cuing you to start your day. You think “ugggghhh, another Monday, I am so not up for this” as you struggle to find it to put a stop to that awful noise. As you are “snoozing” you decide to make a mental list of all of the crap you have to deal with today. As you go through the list you get increasingly annoyed. Finally your second alarm goes off. You sigh and drag yourself out of bed.
On the way to the kitchen you stub your tow. It hurts! You think ‘of course this is how Monday is going to treat me.” You get to the kitchen and put the coffee on. While it’s brewing you decide to open your email and see what fires you have to deal with. You find that even the most innocent email are pushing your buttons today. You grab your coffee and get moving.
Can you relate to this? Sometimes the day just kicks you in the ass! But does it have to?
Your alarm goes off....