Inside and Out

A while ago, my dad gave me a hard-drive that contained some old files of me and my sister. I decided to look through it and toss what I no longer need. But while looking through it, I came across all these old pictures of me, my sister, our family and our friends.

It was so strange seeing myself. I remember once, a few years ago, some of my college friends and I were looking at pictures of us through the years. And if there’s one thing that stood out, it’s how much I changed every single year.Read More »

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Creamy Italian-style Quinoa Salad

I always bring my own lunch to work. It’s cheaper , better for your health and more delicious. I usually always take the same thing; deliciously ella’s cucumber-hazelnut quinoa or a salad. But a little while ago I felt like trying something different. Something new. I came up with this recipe on a whim but it tastes so good I’ve made it several times, since. It’s fresh, filling, creamy and full of healthy ingredients. This recipe is perfect as a to-go-lunch (make this batch the day before and you can bring it as a lunch for the next two days). I imagine this recipe will be a great addition when you’ve got a summer barbeque.Read More »

Healthy Vegan Fruitcake

I love food and I love to eat. I always have. As you may expect, this means that I like snacks, too. But for a couple of years, now, I have been focused on being really healthy. So how can I snack healthily?

Well, I’ve come up with a recipe for little cakes that are really healthy, have no added sugar, are completely vegan and gluten free. I love having them as a snack or for breakfast, even! These little cakes can be made two different ways, depending on your mood or preference. But I suggest switching them off. That way you won’t get bored of them.Read More »

Difficult Changes, Beautiful Souls, Wonderful Growth

Sometimes, you lose connections. Connections to places and people. You were once tied to them by an almost unbreakable string. But the string has snapped.

You stepped outside their comfort zone to develop your own mind, person and spirit. Yours is simply changing. Taking on different shapes and different colors.

Last Saturday, I went to a potluck. We ate, as you always do at a vegan potluck, we made music, danced around, did card readings and talked, a lot. But still, this time was different. Time flew by. I was with a group of people so inspiring, positive and connected to their souls I couldn’t help but leave feeling more energized, inspired and joyful.

Picture by Geke (www.growinspirit.nl)

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Dealing with Negative Energy

In our lives we all deal with negative energy. It can come from someone in your circle of friends and family or a stranger, it can come from a place or it can even come from outside. Sometimes we don’t realize what or whom we’re being influenced by it until it’s too late. Our day can be completely ruined because we don’t realize we’ve been influenced by negative energy from around us. So what can we do to fix this? How can we make sure that negative energy doesn’t have such a strong effect on us?

When the negative energy comes from an outside source, try to be an observer. The first step is realizing what happens and finding out where it comes from. Acknowledge that someone is sending off negative vibes and that they’re getting to you.
When you realize that someone else is sending off this negative energy there’s two things you can do. Distance yourself completely from that person and don’t pay any attention. But this may actually still cause negative energy to cling to you, whether from the original person or from your own guilt of not being more helpful. You see, by ignoring the situation you’re simply shielding yourself rather than countering the negative energy with positive energy.

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Start-of-2018 Favorites

2018 is truly a new beginning for me. Not only will I be finishing my bachelors degree, I have also started connecting to my spiritual side and focused more on personal development. I’ve got some fun activities lined up where I will be connecting with like-minded people, I’ve been doing yoga every day and I’ve been educating myself more on spiritual issues.

As of Tuesday I’ve officially started the preparations for my research paper. I’m hoping I can incorporate my interest in spirituality by focusing on Native American spirituality and culture. This way I can insert some fun into a project that I wasn’t looking forward to, initially. Positive outlook, people. Manifest those positive thoughts.

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Being Your Ever-Changing Self

You should never let other people determine your happiness. It’s extremely dangerous not to be in charge of your own happiness.

I let other people control my happiness for years. I gave everyone power they didn’t deserve, or want. Someone could say a single thing and I would spiral back into a big black hole. Most of the time they didn’t even mean to hurt my feelings, but once you start being unstable, after a while, everything will knock you over. I took everything as a personal attack and every conversation left me feeling sad and alone. It’s like they say: ‘If you don’t stand for something,  you’ll fall for anything.’

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