• Lifestyle

    How to become a morning person.

    For the longest time, I wasn’t a morning person.  Unless my work schedule forced me to wake up early, I would stay up late all night and often go to sleep at dawn. I have to admit my quality of life wasn’t the best – waking up at 3PM or later didn’t make me want to take very good care of myself and stick to healthy habits.  In the past two years, despite working from home, I have trained myself into waking up early in the morning and going to bed “early” (that, to me, is anytime between 10PM and midnight).  I discovered that, unlike what I had believed for…

  • Lifestyle

    Seven Natural Tips for a Glowing, Radiant, and Youthful Skin

    Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “wow, they have gorgeous skin?”. You may think that their secret is expensive products and regular facial treatments at a high-end spa. But more often than not, the key to getting healthy, beautiful, and youthful skin is by nurturing it with natural ingredients and mindful practice. I should know something – I went from having very severe cystic acne at 19 that even Accutane couldn’t cure, to a clear, glowing, and blemish-free skin that still gets me carded even though I’m now 28! So if you’re struggling with acne or other skin problems, don’t panic. Here are the natural skincare tips that…

  • Lifestyle

    Fresh herbs, rebirth, and growth during a global pandemic.

    In tarot, The Tower (16) represents chaos and devastation, not unlike what our world is going through right now. It shows the consequences of poor planning, and of choosing instant gratification over solid foundations. However, in certain decks, The Tower shows, at the bottom of the lightning-struck, flame-engulfed structure, new growth. These mini-shrubs carry the promise of rebirth and renewal, and represent hope that we should cultivate all around us as we wait for this pandemic to end. My girlfriend, who knows gardening really well (how lucky am I, right?! #TotallyManifestedHer), bought some aromatic herb seeds a couple of weeks ago and is sprouting them in an egg carton. It is…

  • Lifestyle

    Rest and reset.

    Do you ever get to a moment where everything is so overwhelming that you can’t take it anymore? This week was quite stressful to me, with important deadlines having to be met. Having my period and feeling drained (and quite emotional) all the time didn’t help either. But many good things happened as well, most of them small, but with enough of an impact that they made my life easier. Going to a community meditation on Monday, getting good feedback from clients, feeling like I was moving quite fast on my work, unexpected payments from a writing platform to which I contribute occasionally, and getting my new contact lenses finally…

  • Lifestyle

    How to OWN Winter!

    It’s kinda funny that I’m writing this because winter hasn’t fully struck my little Virginian beach town yet. But I know that it’s usually in February that the only snowstorm of the year happens – and it makes drivers become hysterical, as I’ve experienced firsthand. Fortunately, after over a decade of Washingtonian winters (and one in Montréal, which I barely felt, for some odd reason), I’m well equipped to handle the cold weather, and here’s a list (because I loooove lists!) of eleven tips so you can do that too! Swap your facial creams for thicker balms. Especially because your car’s air-conditioning will dry your face more than cold weather.…

  • Lifestyle,  Spirit

    How to replenish yourself spiritually.

    I have been writing a lot about power recently, so today I thought I’d continue on with that topic by talking about how to replenish our spiritual powers when they feel down. There are many times our powers feel like they are down. It can be after an illness, a stressful period, a life-changing event, living in a toxic, abusive household, or just having an argument with a relative, friend, or partner. Personally, I felt pretty drained spiritually after the holiday season, especially when I was hit with pretty bad PMS. While the root cause doesn’t necessarily stand out, and can be an accumulation of things all at once, the symptoms…

  • Lifestyle

    Things I just love about fall

    I have to confess, I am feeling a little blue that summer is over, and it was so chaotic that I didn’t get to really enjoy it. But I’m finding consolation in the fact that there will be many more summers and countless memories to be made, and that for now, my favorite season is back. At the risk of sounding like a walking Pumpkin-Spice-Latte Girl cliché, yes, I admit fall is my favorite season. I always loved the energy of renewal that came with the back-to-school season. Fall, after all, has always meant new beginnings to me, even more than January 1st. Aside from that, here are nine more…

  • Lifestyle,  Recipes

    Moroccan-inspired chicken and vegetable tajine

    I love cooking. Separate ingredients all coming together to create something magnificent is nothing less than magical. To me, cooking is a meditative practice that relaxes and centers me. I may have not been raised with the notion that food is love, but that notion still came to exist within me. Good food makes me happy, whether I’ve made it myself or someone else has, but what makes me even happier is when the food I prepare makes people happy and lifts up their spirits. Lately, I’ve even started infusing my dishes and baked goods with my own brand of Reiki/magical vibes. I’ve even made some eggless raw cookie dough and…

  • Lifestyle

    Ten Healing Crystals For Beginners

    I love healing crystals. When I was a child, I was not only fascinated by diamonds, but I’d always feel a connection to various stones gathered at the beach or during walks in nature. So when I discovered years ago that semi-precious gemstones were used for healing for healing purposes, I was thrilled but not surprised. I did feel a bit overwhelmed during my first visit to a metaphysical store because I didn’t know where to get started using crystals for healing, what stones to get for what purpose, or how to use them. But a few years (and an expanding crystal collection) later, I can say I got the…