Chicago Diner

Chicago Diner is heaven on earth. The menu is all meat-free (since ’83)! Tons of options are gluten-free and all of them are easily made vegan.

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Reuben and Sweet Potato Fries (V) My all time favorite. The flavorful corned beef seitan, grilled onions and peppers, tangy sauerkraut, vegan creamy thousand island and cheese, on marbled rye make this a knock-out. ($12.00, served with pickle and side) (5/5)

Terrarium Tutorial

 Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Living in apartments in Chicago for 4+ years really made me miss greenery and fresh air. These little guys were a great solution (along with a whole windowsill of herbs but that’s for another day..).

 Making your own terrarium is fun and easy! They should be equally as easy to maintain (however, if you run into issues with mold or growth – don’t feel bad! It’s happened to me before too!) No matter the climate in your home, when given a healthy dose of indirect light and a light spritz of water now and then, your terrarium will be happy as a clam.  Continue reading

Your fire

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” -Ayn Rand

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15 Simple Acts of Self Care

Most of us have so many responsibilities that it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. This is a major pitfall for our health and well-being. Self care has to come first if we want to live a healthy life and be able to positively impact those around us.

At first, you may feel silly, or even selfish, about prioritizing a bath, yoga class, or 20 minutes of silence. Especially when you’ve got homework to do, or an early morning, or kids who need baths, or any other number of things that seem more important. I’m here to tell you once and for all – Self care is important.

Self care refers to the many, unique ways you respect, restore and manage the different facets of your well-being.

Self care makes you a better friends and best. When you feel happy and confident, you will be able to help others and value yourself. Self care activates the relaxation response (counter to the fight-or-flight response) which helps to prevent adverse health implications of chronic stress. Continue reading

Show up

Getting to where you want to be takes work. You are worth it.

Growth requires change and change takes work. Becoming your best self means showing up everyday for yourself. Make choices that propel you toward where you want to be.

img_4774Don’t doubt the cumulative power of those simple decisions to create real, fundamental changes in your life.

Today showing up for myself looks like an hour of vinyasa, a trip to the library, and a whole lotta h20.


 

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Spring

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“IS THE SPRING COMING?’ HE SAID. ‘WHAT IS IT LIKE?’ …

‘IT IS THE SUN SHINING ON THE RAIN AND THE RAIN FALLING ON THE SUNSHINE, AND THINGS PUSHING UP AND WORKING UNDER THE EARTH.'”

—FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT, THE SECRET GARDEN

Today

Let whatever you do today be enough.

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Give yourself credit for showing up for yourself. Respect how far you’ve come and all you’ve accomplished. Say thank you to your mind and body for getting you to here. Just keep doing and moving and breathing. That is how you will get to where you want to be.