Healthy Choices Smashed By Voices

Cravings are like eyeballs- we all have them. Some of us feel cravings and the ability to curb them more or less strongly than others, but somewhere, deep within the cavernous depths of our souls, these cravings rumble and brew, and stand on the ready to attack. Personally, my cravings are limited to salty snacks and…

Hobby The Hobbit

Hobby the hobbit was a wee man, a patient man, a kind man. Wherever he hobbled he brought with him his many hobbit friends, seeking adventure or small tables for mealtime: hobbits eat many meals in a day. No, none of this is true; I just thought that if we could transform the concept of…

When Exercise Met Substitution

Let’s flashback to 6 months ago- I was in tip-top shape. I was running 5 miles, 5 times a week, on-top of strength training, and of course, eating by the book. Cardio was my free. Weightlifting was my release. My husband and I bonded over muscle definition and protein intake and sneakers, and I challenged…

Elegant With Spice Is Everything Nice

It was a classic cable knit sweater, except it wasn’t. This light blue, lightweight sweater was adorned with colorful, shiny, plastic-like discs around the collar. It was 1998, so ditching the butterfly clips and wedge shoes was a bit unheard of. Understanding at a young age how to walk to the beat of my own…

Open The Flood Gates

It’s kind of like Pamplona: the gates swing open… and ready, set, bull! Cooking, for me, is like opening the gates of something packed-with-action: the beginning and middle are irresolute, yet, somehow, the finale brings happiness to all spectators and participators; it leaves people adamantly wanting more. As with all other tasks or challenges in life, I abandon any traces of fear before…

Courage Is Many Words

I received an email last week from one of my readers about being at a serious crossroads in her life, mainly in relation to her job. Her guttural descriptions regarding specifics facets of her life, those by which she felt so devastated and so confused- her relationship, her job, her hobbies- had me feeling so…

Love: Us Vs.Us

I feel absolutely pitiful for penning these dreaded words, but Justin Bieber nailed it when he said, “you should go and love yourself”. Simple, profound and entirely true- we must  love ourselves from within before we can expect others to love us from without. The first step on the road to finding a new friend or…

Forget Me Not

Recently, I discovered this incredible thing called ‘owning your shit’. I falter, of course, and there are times when I leave the house with my head held high, in what I think is a chic outfit, only to feel down-in-the-dumps, “fat” or off-trend when I arrive to my destination, or even my office. (I know YOU’VE ALL been there.) Yet,…

Never Put A Lion In A Cage

You know that feeling on a Saturday morning when you have a thousand errands to do, too many friends to see, a hearty brunch to eat, and a workout routine to adhere to, and you accomplish it all? That same feeling: accomplished, uninhibited, powerful- well, this is exactly how I feel about working independently, being…

Authenticity Is Authentricky

  We throw around the word “rare” or “unique” like we do “cool” or “amazing”. The truth is, the more we make a habit out of using these terms, the less value they hold; we must earn their worth. I never wanted to end up in shackles behind the bars of commonality, and thus, I fully ‘own…

Belle of the Ball… At Home

It’s as if I was in someone else’s home for the day; the kitchen feels new, bright. The house is clean and pristine, and smells of basil and garlic and red wine. The old-school hip-hop music blasting is a bit of a disconnect, but comfort and stress are all part of the hosting game for me. The…

The Company We Keep

We are judged by those around us- judged by their actions, their mishaps, their wrongdoings. If the company we keep is powerful, famous, or strikingly beautiful- regardless of our connection to them- we are paired alongside them and labeled as puzzle pieces in their entourage or crew. A huge believer in the “less is more”…