How to Start Being a Vegan

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take ...more

Choose Joy This Holiday Season

I always have mixed feeling when the holidays roll in each year. There are hints of melancholy here and there. I usually end up looking at old pictures during the season and feel sad when I think about people I've loved who are no longer with me.  ...more

Get Through the Holiday Season Without Regrets

You've been doing so well this fall. Summer was behind us and it was time to turn your priorities back to you: exercise, less wine, more healthy food, more time for you. And now, ugh, the holidays are coming up and you are afraid all your good ...more

5 Tips For Practicing Yoga at Home

One question that I'm often asked is, "I love yoga but I want to be able to practice at home instead of going to a yoga studio all the time. What are some tips to start and maintain a home yoga practice?" It seems like a relatively simple thing to ...more

I Won't Let Depression Steal My Holiday Season

This won't be the usual "How to Survive the Holidays" post. I won't recite to you what you can find on WebMD, PsychCentral or the Mayo Clinic's website about holiday depression. I probably cannot give you tips on how to make it through the next few ...more

5 Things I Want My Son to Know About Mental Illness

These days, I have it under control pretty well with medications. But it was some scary stuff back then. If my child ever had any of these problems that I have? Well, I feel like I would never forgive myself, that it would somehow be my fault. What if he found out about my condition, what if he found out about the thoughts? I feel like I might die if that happened. ...more
Thank you for posting this. I am also a mother struggling with several mental health issues. It ...more

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis and the Unlikely Friendship

I didn’t like Gail, and Gail didn’t like me. If grown-up life is just high school replayed, the two of us had all the makings of a cafeteria girl fight. ...more

How to Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone! I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps. ...more
I just want to add, avoid vegan junk food if your purpose is improving health! Remember that ...more

Confessional

Last night was so fun! I hadn't been to my wine club meetings all year... mainly because I've been battling with my depression/anxiety SO much this year ....more

12 Days of Christmas Survey

I am all about...more

FINAL LONG RUN DONE! Disney World Training Week 15 Weekly Update.

Today is a big day for me. My final long run is complete for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon. My final long run, for any race, is always emotional ....more

Hey It’s Okay…

…to not be able to cook a Turkey for the holidays …if the only green drink you have this holiday season is a mojito …to have seconds of...more

What Hippi hates the rain?

I informed my husband yesterday that I had just made a "no poo" shampoo concoction and I was about to go take a "Hippi Shower".  He looked at me with his Seattle Bred eyes, and said, "honey, Hippi's don't take showers!"  Bahahah!   My husband is hilarious and I'm a huge nerd!  ...more

That which inspires cussing

I hate to admit this, but I yelled out a terrible cuss word at 4 a.m. two nights ago when Zelda inexplicably bit into my toe as I slept....more

One down. Nineteen to go.

One week down. Nineteen more weeks to go. This was my first week back with my coach and trainer ....more

Peanut Butter, Flax, and Goji Berry Dark Chocolate Protein Bars

I ended up making these bars into little square chocolates. I did this because I wanted ‘bites’ to enjoy alongside my coffee. They’re a gorgeous little snack, brimming too with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein kaPOW! ...more

Gifts That Give

What can be better than giving gifts that actually mean something? That actually help to make this world a better place? While jewelry, clothes, toys, etc ....more