Be Gentle For We Are Delicate

The world is harsh. We go through rough patches, hard times, and events that are downright terrifying. There are a lot of people in the world who are currently living in fear. (Let me just clarify that I’m not speaking about a specific event; this fear exists day in and day out and for a wide number of reasons.)

It’s easy to give in to the fear, it’s easy to let it control you and dictate your life. And it’s okay if it does – no judgement.

But please don’t let it convince you that there is reason to lose hope. There exists a force of people in the world who are good! And who are actively trying to make a difference.

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The Ultimate Test

The Starting Line

In my mind, there is a difference between dreams and goals. Dreams are the bigger picture, long-term, “wouldn’t-it-be-nice”, kind of over the top visions. Dreams are the big “what-ifs” on your vision board; the ones that when you sit and seriously think about them coming to fruition you get misty-eyed and choked up. Goals are the smaller (but still quite large) steps in progress to bring you closer to that dream.

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My One Year Veganniversary

It takes an average of 21 days to make or break a habit (depending on the habit) and I do remember the first 21 days being some of the most difficult. But before I dive in to my experiences over the past year, let’s take a look back at why I started.

How It Happened

To summarize what I outlined in Accidentally Vegetarian (little did I know at the time that I actually meant Vegan):
I had decided and truly thought in my past that I couldn’t ever become vegetarian, let alone vegan! I was a hard-core carnivore; I loved chicken and fish but most of all it was red meat that I adored. I would go out for dinner with friends and family and order steak and potatoes, only my steak had to be done “blue rare.” For those who are unfamiliar with this fairly uncommon term, it basically means the meat is seared on both sides and served…it’s not on the grill long enough to even heat all the way through so the middle is not only mostly raw, but still cold. Yeah – you read that right; I wasn’t kidding when I said “hard-core carnivore.”

So how does a person go from a diet like that to being completely vegan? When your body no longer gives you the choice.

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Kintsugi: The Art of Healing

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. There is no attempt to hide the damage but instead it is highlighted and made beautiful as it makes the object unique.

Kintsugi Pottery

I like to think that my brain and my veins are laced with gold.

Unique and beautiful because of the history, not despite it.

No judgement; just healing.

Kintsugi Woman

xoxox

Moments: Big Change & Why It’s Good

Change is scary. The smallest change of plans is sometimes enough to throw me off. Bigger changes get my wheels turning and I feel my stress levels rise. So what happens with life decisions and major change?
I hit panic stations. We’re talking full-body stress and the anxiety levels to match. (The secret’s out, I have anxiety issues .. funny enough, I think my cat does too). 

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3O Before 3O

The first of June. First of a new month and about half way through the year. I’ve been challenged a lot these past few months to think of my desires and dreams of the future. So I challenged my friend over at The Wolf and The Wardrobe to create a 30 Before 30 list. I’ve only just completed mine but wanted to share it with you.

3O BEFORE 3O

  1. Walk around the CN Tower
  2. Walk the Kerry Way in Ireland
  3. Promote to Arbonne Executive Regional Vice President
  4. Travel British Columbia
  5. Visit a Buddhist Temple
  6. Go skinny dipping in the ocean
  7. Go Sailing
  8. Camp without a tent
  9. Create a cookbook
  10. Drive a motorcycle
  11. Run a 5K
  12. Cross the finish line at Tough Mudder
  13. Attend VanCon
  14. Donate Blood
  15. See Canada’s East Coast
  16. Complete a 365 Project
  17. Learn to drive stick
  18. Make a t-shirt quilt from all of my Fandom tees
  19. Put in an offer on my dream house
  20. Go away on a Yoga retreat
  21. Volunteer in a country in need
  22. Reach my goal physical condition
  23. Dance in New Orleans
  24. See one of the wonders of the world
  25. Have a photo published in a known magazine
  26. Complete a photo essay
  27. Host a class or seminar on mindset and empowerment
  28. Have a photography exhibit
  29. Plant a successful veggie garden
  30. Stand on a movie set

Have you ever done a 30 Before 30 or dream/goal challenge? Did you have any trouble with it?

Until next time!
xoxox

Moments: New Year, New Thinking

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate! I got to spend some great time with family and friends while enjoying a few days away from the office. I took this holiday as a time to reflect on all the things I was grateful for, not just during these holidays but also throughout the year. I find that Christmas is always a good time to reflect because my heart is so full of love and cheer!

Now that we’re coming up on New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share one of my new goals with you – I won’t call it a “New Year’s Resolution” because it’s more of a “New Year’s Change”.

“Have you ever loved someone so much that you would do anything for them? Yeah, well, make that person yourself.” 

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10 ThingsYou May Not Know About Me

As Day 4 of the Feel Good Blogging Challenge I was asked to list 10 Things that most people don’t know about me. Some of these answers may be obvious – others may be a little more surprising. It was surprisingly difficult to come up with 10 things. 10 is not a large number and yet trying to think of 10 things about myself was hard! But then to think of 10 things that people might not know .. WHAT?! I did it though – I recruited the help of some close friends to complete the list but I’ve finally got some juicy Tasha-related details for you. Here they are:

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