A BATTLE ON SACRED GROUND

If you ask a woman what she loves about her body, she will likely name one or two minor things – she has long eyelashes or shiny hair. If you ask a woman to name what she hates about her body – well, the conversation can go on ad nauseam. Let’s end that. Let’s stop the negative chatter about our bodies. Let’s change the conversation – because there are so much more life to live than what we limit ourselves to.

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FOMO & THE QUEST TO RESTORE SUNDAY DINNER

In a world where we are all busy and life goes by too fast, how do we give slow food a go? How do we give time to what goes into our bellies, when there are so many convenient and quick options out there? How do we sit down together, put down our phones and just enjoy each other’s company? Here is one take on how to start.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS & WHITE SPAGHETTI

Funerals can serve not only as a stark reminder of our own mortality, but also as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of those closest to us, especially if our memories are all that remains of a beloved relationship. A reminder to cherish what we love most – both when we have it and after it has left us.

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ALWAYS LICK THE BOWL: MY BAKING NOSTALGIA

There is something quite magical about the first time in the kitchen as a child. The domain that had traditionally belonged to one of your parents or guardians is now open to you to explore. It’s a delight for the senses and something that stays with us well into adulthood. It shapes us in ways we can’t foresee and leaves us with memories to keep us warm, always.

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THE (ALMOST) FORESTALE & THE ROAD TO GREEN RIVER

There are some places that sit in our memories bathed in gold. I find many of my remembrances from the childhood trips my family took to the western US situated in this way – warm in my mind and full of great beauty. A new friend recently brought these memories back to me, as can happen when we connect with another person – they bring us back to part of ourselves.

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A ‘GOOD ENOUGH’ REASON: THE LONG PATH TO TRUSTING MY GUT

‘Just trust your gut’, they say, ‘it will never lead you down the wrong road’. And while the vast majority of us know these words to be universally true, the act of trusting your deepest self can be quite difficult in practice. Especially when you are making a major change in your life or when there are the feelings and futures of others at stake. This is the story of learning to trust your own intuition – and the peace that comes with being true to yourself.

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MY TEAM: LESSONS IN NOT GOING IT ALONE

We often believe that we must function independently – that our worth is determined by how well we can ‘go it alone’. However, when we let go of this idea and embrace the support of those around us, our lives open up in ways we could have never imagined. We find our teams. This is how I found mine.

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LOVE AND GRATITUDE (AND PASTA)

I have always had an affinity for love stories – and I undoubtedly always will. Little did I know that the more experience I had with those moments of romantic love the more I would appreciate their complements – the love found in family, friendship, and, perhaps, greatest of all, that elusive love of self.

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