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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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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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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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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The No. 1 Question to Ask to Ensure Your Success

There is nothing I read more about than mindset and habits. And though there are hundreds of thousands of different strategies out there, the majority of what I read share one basic guideline — a single question to ask yourself in order to ensure lasting success. That question is: “Can I keep doing ______ forever?”

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What “80/20 Clean Eating” Means to Me

Moving forward in my health journey requires having a game plan. I’ve been steadily increasing my movement since the beginning of the year, but my eating habits are lacking in discipline. I may eat super healthy one week, but completely fall off the wagon the next. My issue is deprivation: I do not handle strict […]

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Yes, I Know How I Got To This Point.

This past winter I heard an acquaintance whisper, “Wow, she really let herself go,” as she walked away from me after a friendly exchange near the plus-size clothing section at Kohl’s. Our quick exchange was filled with hugs, smiles, and an introduction to her boyfriend. It was a turning point for me. Only moments before […]

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6 Steps to Achieving Your Goals

I have set and achieved some lofty goals throughout my life. Yet as many times as I’ve achieved a goal, I’ve failed as well. A lot of lessons came from those failings though. First and foremost, that failing does not always mean a definite end to a goal. Failing at something might mean a change […]

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My Health Journey & Where I Am Now

Before I dive into my past health journey, I’d like to begin by stating my honest feeling about body image, weight, and self-esteem: The number on my scale is how much I weigh. That number matters in terms of health reasons, but beyond that it is simply a number. That number does not represent my […]

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Introducing The “badashery” Approach To My Health

A key component of Uncorking Peonies will be covering topics concerning my health. Moving forward, I plan to cover topics on taking control of my nutrition, exploring exercises I can sustain and perform regularly, and researching how to help my body feel (and look) its best. I’m referring to this newest approach in my health […]

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