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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5 things to keep in mind when going (back) to the gym

I’m going to the gym again. A lot.

I used to go every day when I was living in New Orleans, and for some reason when I came back, I just stopped. It’s been almost two years, but I’m back.
In order to make sure I do everything right I asked for help from a good friend of mine. She’s studying to get a trainer certificate and helped me make sure my posture/exercises are safe and set up a plan.

But now that I’ve been going for a couple of weeks there are a few things I’ve noticed. Things we all need to keep in mind when getting back into old habits (or when we’re just starting new ones). I think these tips are applicable to any new healthy habits you’re trying to adopt. So be sure to use them in any way you want or that suits your current situation, whether you’re going to the gym, eating healthier or trying to adopt a positive mindset.Read More »

Back To Me

A little while ago, I let go of some people that had played a big role in my life. It wasn’t that they did something to hurt me. It was just that, over time, I started to realize they were adding more negativity than joy to my life. While this was definitely the right thing to do, letting go of people who you have been around for a long time is taxing. Over time you learn to identify yourself by the people you hang out with. You start wondering whether you were a bitch for no longer investing time and effort into someone who didn’t purposely hurt you and who’s been with you for so long. You never thought you would do something like that. After days, weeks, months even, you still wonder whether you did the right thing.Read More »

Summer

Hello everyone,

I’ve been living in a strange state these weeks.
I’ve got so many ideas running through my head. Projects to start here on my blog, things to do photography-wise, new things to cook, ideas for books (!). I want to start them all. I want to have the time to write a book. To be able to put all my creativity and effort into creating some wonderful piece of imagination that helps people. Makes them smile.

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Like a Boomerang

Too often we get stuck in an imaginary race. We want to be better than people we know or see online. We want to have more followers, more likes or more friends. We create these challenges for ourselves that are unattainable and end up leaving us feeling empty and failing. Why?

It just ends up making us all scared to admit we want something. For years I’ve noticed people saying things such as ‘I don’t care about this’ like it’s cool not to care. Read More »

Seed Crackers and Fresh Hummus

I love savory food. I always have. Especially things like little crackers with a topping. Only problem is: they’re not very healthy and incredibly easy to eat way too much of.

So what to do when we get those munch snack feelings? I recommend the following recipe. They’re seed crackers, completely whole foods, which means they’re less fattening and actually contain healthy omegas. They’re also super easy to make and keep for little while in a closed container.

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I’ve also included my favorite hummus dip. These crackers taste great when topped with this hummus. The perfect combination of soft, fresh hummus and the full taste of all the seeds.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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Healthy and Filling Vegan Kale Salad

Hey everyone,

Aside from work and university I’ve been really obsessed with Ellen Fisher’s Youtube videos, lately. I just love the positivity that radiates from her and her family. Living on Hawaii with fresh food in the garden…. she’s living the dream.
But she’s also inspired me to eat healthy again. These last couple of days I started to notice that I was eating slightly less healthy (which is okay, once in a while!). I usually notice when I start to eat less and less healthy and I think it’s okay to eat unhealthy occasionally, as long as you pick it up again in time.

So what’s the plan? I want to focus more on greens and fruit. I know I can’t eat too much fruit since that will upset my digestive system but I do want to slowly prepare my body for more fruit, as I love to eat lots of fruit in summer. (Don’t get excited, though. It’s still freeze-your-ass-off cold here in the Netherlands).

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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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