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Category: self care

How to Be Brave (Hint: Do One Small Scary Thing)

Yesterday, my dad forwarded me a video of skydiver Luke Aikins, who just made history for the highest jump – 25,000 feet – without a parachute. If you haven’t seen the video, please do yourself a favor and watch it. Now. Here it is.

I had actually already seen it, but I love this sh*t so much, I watched it again. While I did, I noticed I was feeling a kind of exhilaration and joy. And because I am “the introspective” type [understatement of the year], I started to think about why… I mean, I wasn’t the one…

Raw Cocoa Beans! It’s like if a chocolate-flavored almond and a coffee bean had a baby.

Hi! I sit here typing up this blog in a highly energetic state thanks, I believe, to the delicious handful of raw cocoa seeds I just ate. Fun fact, the stimulant activity of chocolate is due to cocoa’s theobromine content. If you happen to ever get a trivia question asking what stimulant is in chocolate and you get the answer right, I would appreciate it if you would please send me a dollar. Anyways. A couple of months ago, I was checking out some of the less “gentrified” food stalls at the Grand Central Market (#dtla…

A Story of 100 Thank Yous

Soooo….this past weekend, I got some kind of bad news. It wasn’t awful, but it was enough of a bummer that I spent the next day and a half trying to cheer myself up. I wasn’t successful… at first… but I tell you more about that after I’ll tell you about my bad news. You know… for fun. First, you need some back-story (of course). In October, I was cruising down my street on the way to meet a friend. I was off of work, and so I…

My Holiday Season Meditation Challenge

You bring up meditation to people who don’t meditate, and it is a two sentence conversation. “Do you meditate?” “No. I can’t meditate – I’ve tried.  It’s not for me.” End of conversation. And, really, I can relate. A lot of people I know – smart, high-functioning, go-getting types of people – really do not like the idea of meditation, and I think there are two main reasons for this.  No. 1: they don’t know all the different super easy ways there are to…