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What Wolves Taught Me About Worthiness

Photo by:Jessie May Wolfe Many of us have grown up to believe in the “big bad wolf,” but how many of us have actually met a wolf? I had the opportunity to spend a day with wolves at The Apex Protection Project, a sanctuary in Palmdale, California that rescues and rehabilitates wolves and wolfdogs. One of the main goals of The Apex Protection Project is to debunk the myth of the big bad wolf by educating the public on the true nature of wolves, which is actually very similar to humans.  During my day at the rescue I learned about [...]

November 2nd, 2016|Blog|

3 Truths I Learned from Planning a Wedding in Two Months

Photo by: Amy and Stuart When people found out I had set a wedding date two months after I got engaged, they were shocked. It was almost unheard of to plan a wedding that quickly unless you were planning on eloping or doing a civil ceremony. Granted, our wedding was only for immediate family and a handful of friends, but we still had 60 people to plan for. Having a wedding in two months made the most sense with our life circumstances, work and family schedules at that time. I admit it got a little crazy for the 10 days [...]

October 10th, 2016|Blog|

What I Wish I Had Known About Having a Miscarriage

Photo by: Ballet Zaida It seemed like an eternity waiting in the doctor’s office with my fiancé for our first prenatal appointment. My doctor greeted us with so much enthusiasm and excitement for our child to be that we couldn’t help but feel just as positive. When she asked me “What do you want to do first, ask me questions or see your baby?” I said, “See my baby! I want to know that it’s in there.” I don’t know if I subconsciously suspected something was wrong or if that was a normal reaction from any expectant mother. There are [...]

September 14th, 2016|Blog|

How to Make Happiness a Priority

Does it sound simple to always choose happiness? Actually, it isn’t and most of us don’t. We all say we want to be happy but don’t realize that it can take more work to choose the path of happiness than that of unhappiness. It’s easier to continue a bad pattern than it is to make changes. Think about how much easier it is to say “yes” to someone when they ask you to do something you don’t want to just to avoid the guilt you’ll feel or the disappointment they may feel if you say “no.” Often times, finding your [...]

June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Why Our Lives Need Both Micro and Macro Vision

Much like a telescopic camera lens, I find myself zooming in and out of life more and more with every passing day. When I zoom in, I’m experiencing my life through a micro perspective. I pay attention to details, my needs, immediate surroundings and the little things I have to do. This is great for cleaning the house, doing my job well, keeping up with my health, and taking care of my two dogs. Seeing my life with micro vision allows me to function in the safe bubble I created. It encourages me to appreciate the little things in life [...]

June 2nd, 2016|Blog|

How the Pursuit of Perfection Paralyzed Me Once Again

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog. Due to my new role as fitness editor at a wellness site called Peaceful Dumpling, my usual weekly blog decreased to every other week at the start of this year. Then these crazy few weeks of April to May happened and for the first time ever I skipped out on writing one of my blogs. What was supposed to be a one week break, turned into two weeks and snowballed from there. Every day, I put it in my schedule to write a rough draft of my blog. Each time I thought [...]

May 18th, 2016|Blog|

How to Lead a Life of Love and Not of Fear

Photo by: Ballet Zaida Death has always been my greatest fear. It is the ultimate loss. I used to worry that at any moment I would experience the shock, chaos and pain of a loved one dying. This inevitability left me feeling unprepared and scared. I now believe that life has a way of constantly preparing us for death and loss. It may seem grim, but we actually experience loss and death frequently throughout every aspect of our lives. From the short life of a blossoming flower to the turning of the leaves in fall, there is death all around [...]

April 20th, 2016|Blog|

4 Reasons Why it’s Better to Experience Time Like a Dancer

Photo by: Ballet Zaida I’ll never forget what my dance coach once told me about couples on the competition floor. He said you can always tell the more experienced dancers by how they catch the music. The music is the same for everyone, but an amateur dancer will run after the music while an experienced dancer commands the music. That principle is the same in life. Are you the type of person that’s always running after the clock? Do you feel like there’s never enough time in the day? Or are you the type of person who manages to get [...]

April 6th, 2016|Blog|

Why Change Liberates, but Labels Limit

Photo by: Ballet Zaida “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” -Max de Pree Whether you are six or sixty years old, change can be frightening. Nothing is permanent, yet we try so hard to hold on to stability. We refuse to quit our jobs despite every day being Groundhog Day. We refuse to leave a partner because despite feeling unfulfilled, we cling to the familiarity. It isn’t commendable to stick with the same thing if it inhibits our growth and attainment of ultimate happiness. Read my blog, “How I stopped saying ‘Yes’ when [...]

March 23rd, 2016|Blog|

How I stopped saying “Yes” when I really meant “No”

Photo by: Steve Pereira As a little girl I was taught to be polite. Isn’t everyone? I would go to my mom’s friends’ houses and no matter how much I hated the food, I had to eat what they gave me. I could complain when we left their house, but definitely not in front of them. It was the polite thing to do. However, I was never taught how to politely decline when something was given to me that I didn’t want. I was afraid that saying “No” would hurt people’s feelings and ruin my relationships with them. This created [...]

March 9th, 2016|Blog|