Fighting Isolation With My “Above Average” Tribe

Well hey there, friends. Long time no talk. I feel as if that is something I’m saying to a lot of people these days: Long time no talk. Life has been crazy busy. With my new work position, I am finding my days filled with work projects and new mental challenges with my training intake. […]

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The Power of Words & Continuing To Grow In My Care of Their Use

“Our words, thoughts and beliefs create specific results in the physical world. Therefore, abundance does not spring from an external source rather it comes from within, from thought, intention, attention and expectation. You, a powerful creative being, can change your perceptions, change your mind, and change your reality by changing your thoughts and expectations.” – […]

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30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle

Happy July, my friends! I am so proud of us all for surviving the first half of 2020. Wow. Has it been a year or what?! As the fresh produce season in Michigan is in full bloom, I thought now was a good time to write about the last thirty-or-so days of my transition into […]

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Tending To Life, A Gardener’s Approach

I spent Sunday morning weeding my garden. Though the garden is relatively small, it took close to two hours to fully de-weed and groom the space so my vegetable plants have their ideal room to grow. As sweat rolled down my back, I relished in the physical exertion of the work and started to think […]

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“Once Upon A Time” Versus Forever & Always

A Facebook post came across my Newsfeed yesterday. The original author, Abbey Elizabeth Boone, stressed how important it was to wait to find someone who appreciates you and who you can appreciate back. Her simple little blurb was picked up by Love What Matters and has been shared numerous times, cementing its purpose to thousands […]

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Vegan Egg Rolls

Servings: 12 egg rolls Time: 25 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 pkg Vegan egg roll wraps (I use Nasoya) 1 tsp minced ginger 2 cups cabbage slaw 2 Tbsp tamari sauce OR coconut amino acids Non-stick cooking spray Sweet chili sauce, for dipping Chives OR green onions, for garnish Cooking oil as needed (I stick with EVOO) […]

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Intentional Look Into My Emotions

With the abundance of time the world seems to be allowing me, I’ve been taking time in the mornings to meditate. This meditation has been crucial for my overall mental well-being during this challenging year. I’ve been searching my soul, talking with God, and reflecting on my well-being with deeper intention. I am a firm […]

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#BlackLivesMatter

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 I don’t want to be silent, but I lack the words to express exactly how I feel. I have never woken and been […]

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Backyard Transformation: DIY Paver Patio

Our house continues to become a home, one project at a time. Since buying the Apple House in October 2018, we have demolished walls, refloored the entire upstairs, gutted the bathroom, changed windows, and painted every wall and ceiling. With warmer weather and COVID keeping us home, Spring 2020 was the perfect excuse to complete […]

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Coping With COVID, Murder Hornets, and Closed Wineries

Coronavirus, murder hornets, economic instability — oh my! What an odd time in which we are living. 2020 has not been the start to a new decade that anyone expected. In the United States, the majority of the country has entered into some sort of “quarantine mode” with many businesses closing their doors/offices and forcing […]

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[Super Simple] Overnight Oats

Servings: 1 Time: 5 min (prep), 8+ hours (refrigerate) INGREDIENTS 1 Chobani Greek yogurt cup (any flavor) 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 Tbsp chia seeds DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients in a seal-able bowl. Mix well so oats and seeds are covered in yogurt. Seal and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy a quick, nutritious meal! Keeps in the […]

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My “Why” For Walking Up To The Starting Line

Everyone has a starting point. They are different for everyone, but we all have one. My current “starting point” began in December 2019 and took several months to inch my way to that actual starting line. After attending several get-togethers where my sole focus should have been the festivities of the holiday, I was having […]

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