life lessons

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

Hello Friends,

Recently, I decided to take on the challenge of a sugar cleanse. This wasn't meant to be a following of fads but rather an attempt to change some unhealthy eating habits I had found myself in. Leading up to the cleanse, I had gotten to a point where I was having at least one can of soda almost daily, as well as eating way too much candy, chocolate, pastries..all the sweets. I was feeling heavy, tired, and held back in achieving some of my health goals. So, when I saw some people on social media post about sugar cleanses, it seemed to be just what I needed. 

For me, I decided to make it two weeks and cut out all soda, candy, pastries, sweets, and tried to cut back on sneaky culprits of sugar, like cereal, bread, and condiments.

Loving our Dark Side

Loving our Dark Side

Hello Warriors,

Today I want to talk about our dark sides. You know what I'm talking about, that side of you that you try to hide, pretend it's not there, don't dare show to other people. Ring any bells? This can run the gamut from hiding a bad habit or a specific part of our personality to repressing a traumatic past or an addiction we're struggling with, maybe ways we've hurt others. Either way, the issue here is that we refuse to put our guard down, allowing others to see us for who we truly are and sometimes, we actually hide these parts of ourselves so well that we don't even see them ourselves. 

So, why is this a bad thing? We all hide things from people and show them only the parts that we choose, right? While I think many people do this to some extent, the shame in hiding part of yourself is the message behind it. What you're telling yourself while hiding is that your entire being isn't worthy enough to be accepted or loved by others. The bigger meaning underlying hiding our dark side is the problem here. It ends up leading to shame and a cycle of lying to others and ourselves.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Hello Beautiful Warriors,

Uh, the winter months, they sure can be tough to get through. Long, dark days, the cold, snow, ice, and the post-holidays slump. This has become even more true for me since moving to Iceland last year.

...as with many challenges in life, I have found some new ways of dealing with the dark winter months and am managing the symptoms now. The promise of longer days and spring coming doesn't hurt either! So, in case you're also struggling a bit, here are some tips that have helped me so far:

A Year of Exploration and Healing

A Year of Exploration and Healing

Hello lovelies,

Welcome to a new year, 2018! It's hard to believe another year has passed, and for me, it's hard to believe all that's happened over the course of just 365 days. It's been one whirlwind of a year that's taken me from living and working in Boston, to moving to Iceland where I returned to school, and all the way over to Ireland. There are so many things I have to be grateful for looking back, all the opportunities and growth I've been afforded, and at times I still can't believe where I've ended up.