This is me during the holidays.. my gift to the ones I love? Food of course! Instead of mass consuming this Christmas give someone something that really matters…
In the past couple of days I have forced myself to be aware of my inner dialogue and who I am being as a person today. I have become very emotional lately when it comes to my career and the goals I have for my future. I find myself putting off what is important because I have a fear of…
What to Eat? It is the question on everyone’s minds at least three times a day. By showing how our food choices have a more serious impact on our environment than the car we drive, the light bulbs we use or the ways we recycle, the film makes the point that we can all take small steps for positive change.
It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.
The world will continue to move whether you decide to join in or not. Smile, You’re Beautiful!
The world will continue to move whether you decide to join in or not. Smile, You’re Beautiful!
It’s that time of year! Time for a recoup, time to get re-inspired and time to undo all those terrible things you’ve been doing your body lately. It is time for an all raw, nutrient dense Juice Cleanse. It may seem daunting but really it is just like doing anything else you put your mind to. Stop thinking so much and just effing do it.
This is not just a body transformation for me but also an emotional and spiritual experience. T is going to make the emotional part a bit difficult, as he turns into a Grumpy Gus while he is juicing… But that is all part of the challenge. Having a support system as you embark on such a journey is so so so important. Why bring temptation into your home? If you have a partner that is unwilling to Cleanse with you, I suggest staying in a hotel for a few days. Saunas and steam rooms and hot tubs, oh my But seriously, try doing a Cleanse with a loved one, be it family or partner. It has the ability to bring you closer to the ones you love… and the sex is fantastic. Just Sayin’.
But seriously, do something when you are feeling uninspired. Hit the reset button when you make a large life transformation like I have. Sometimes you just need the power of nature to help you along! Juice is a fantastic way of letting your body rest, while allowing it help you tackle the really big decisions. I often feel scared about leaving my job to pursue my dream of blogging. I feel like I made a huge mistake, I feel sick to my stomach out of fear. So now I am grabbing that fear by the balls and saying NO! You re part of me, not taking me over… here, have some juice…
I am juicing all of my juice myself, mainly because I needed routine and this was a great way to ensure I was making time to do this. Just there are a number of companies committed to providing you with Juice Cleanses making your life easier. My personal favorite in the GTA is Belmonte Raw. The juices are all raw, and delivered to your home in glass bottles every morning! Talk about making your Cleanse fool proof.. all you need to do is wake up! Carol (Owner and Executive Chef) Uses only the freshest ingredients and the juice taste soooooo goood! So if you don’t have the time to commit like I do, do that route, Fo Sho.
What are you doing to better yourself today?
This month I left my job to pursue my dream of teaching all of you the ways of a Happy Urban Vegan. Leaving your job when you have no money and no plan is scary. But I woke up one morning and thought to myself. I WANT THIS! I said a little prayer asking for guidance and guidance told me to commit myself to this dream 100%. So here I am. Every morning I wake up with a little fear, but I say a quick prayer and my mind is put at ease. No matter who you choose as your God, ask for what you want out loud. It will find you.
The little tramp, Charlie Chaplin. Making viewers smile and laugh with a clumsy disposition and a funny walk for years to come. What a genius.
Children laugh about 400 times a day, adults laugh less than 10. There is something wrong with this ratio. Imagine living in a world where every person, big or small, child or adult laughed an average of 400 times a day. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful place to live?
Take some time today to stop and laugh. Take some time to think about something funny a loved one did, a childhood memory of your most infamous prank, or simply Google a cat video. Whatever it is that makes you smile. Stop and spend some time doing that today. See what happens to those around you when you begin an impromptu laughing fit… are they laughing at you? Maybe… But they are laughing so your job here is complete.
I’m a Taurus. Big surprise there, is anyone shocked about this revelation? No, probably not. I am loud and creative, loyal and honest. But I am also stubborn as fuck. My way is usually the right way. Every time. Even when I am not right, I’m right. Yup. Stubborn and bull headed, always have been.
Recently, I have been teaching myself to listen more. Even if I don’t agree. It is amazing what you can learn if you just shut the fuck up for a second and listen to, or even consider someone else’s opinion. I have given up arguing and debating my peers and loved ones. Because no one else cares if you’re right but you. Right?
You can still be right, by letting someone else feel as though they are. Try it
What you are comes to you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today Is The Day You Change Your Life
If you were to ask me what my deepest desire is. I would tell you that I want to see the world.
Before I could walk I was travelling in an airplane. This happens when you’re an Army Brat of sorts. As a curious child I grew up to become a curious adult. I would watch movies and read books about faraway places and decide at a very early age that these were the places I would see before I died. I wanted to know what the people were like in the places I dreamt about. I wanted to know what they ate, how they celebrated, what they did for fun. I wanted to learn their traditional music, songs and stories. I have a been carrying this list with me from apartment to apartment and city to city. Marking off each magical place as I take it in.
Like most entrepreneurs or working folk, a vacation can sometimes be on the top of the list of desires, but in the back of our minds in terms of priorities. We are too busy to go away and relax, we have bills to pay, and often find ourselves caught up in a world of iphones and networking. This is where I am at in my life now, financially, I’m fucked. I just left my job without really thinking about it, to pursue my dream. Time, technically I have tons, but realistically I have a career to nurture… long story short.. I am not going anywhere anytime soon.
So what do I do to feed this obsessive need to travel? I take mini vacations and create an experience out of what I have in my own backyard…I have lived in Toronto for almost 3 years now. I leave my apartment to go to 5 main places. Work, the grocery store, the health food store, my favourite bar, and the yoga studio. That is about all I have time for in a week. Looking at this list, sure I go places… but I have stopped exploring my own city!
After an evening of listening to french accordion, drinking wine and whining about how long it has been since my last trip to europe, my man asked me if I wanted to go do work in The Distillery District instead of at the office. Not knowing what it was I said sure without thinking too much about it and went to bed. Little did I know I had a mini Europe down the street from my flat! The atmosphere was divine, the coffee fantastic. My brain went from Canada ti Europe immediately and I pretended I was walking the streets of France. We had shots of mayan chocolate at the chocolatiers, and admired art walking hand in hand as though we were tourists. It really got me to thinking about how little I explore my own surroundings. Here I was, visiting France with nothing other than my imagination and a few older looking buildings. I created my own happiness by doing what children do every day.. PRETEND! Why do we give up this form of play as we age? Just be and do who and what you want! why not?
Happiness is a choice, you can whine about the vacations you are not taking, or go explore. You can complain about the money you are not making, or be grateful for what you have.
So I challenge you all to go explore something new, find out what has been hiding in your backyard all along. Take a weekend away my renting a friends cottage or stay in a hotel downtown. Just because your wallet is on a budget, doesn’t mean your experiences have to be. You are in control of creating your own experiences. Life does not just hand them over.
Sit with it. Some times life hands you a gift, good or bad, it is a gift. And what you decide to do with that gift is up to you.
So sit with it. Meditate. Go for a walk. The answer is staring you in the face. Just reach out and grab it.
A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940′s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’
‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’
‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.
‘Nothing,’ I said
‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.
‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.
‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life…
I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
Thank you to my friend Cory for sharing this beautiful story with me. You always know how to make me smile.
Earlier this week Meghan Telpner shared her creed on her blog, “Weird over boring. “ I love this.
In high school I was pretty odd. We didn’t have much money so I wore weird, second hand clothes, some of which I made myself. I had horrible acne, frizzy hair, read a lot of books, and wrote poetry. I was shy and kept to myself. I was too nervous to say how I really felt about anything for fear that my views would come off as weird or strange. I didn’t need to give the kids any ammo. I knew how they felt about me. Being the real me would just make matters worse. I had a couple good girlfriends, but for the most part, people just thought I was “weird.” My family confirmed this accusation. My sisters were just as weird as I, and my parents… well let’s just say, having your mom show up to collect you from a party, with the fury of a bull was far from “cool”.
But what is cool really? When I was younger, cool was the group of girls you remember from high school all wearing the same outfit, walking, talking and smelling the same way. But as I developed into who I am now, I realized this was not true. Cool is the strong female in her daring outfit, with the awesome personality and the ability to do what she wants, when she wants and not give a damn what anyone else thinks. Do people think she is weird, probably. But I would much rather be that woman… wouldn’t you? To me, that woman is my mom. What a fireball. This woman does not care about what anyone thinks. She just does, says, and dances to disco with her kids, the way she wants. It is her life, and you are just passing through. I always admired this. I remember my mother consoling me after a boy broke my heart and saying, “one day, someone will just see the smart, beautiful girl I see, and he will love each quirky thing about you.”
About 5 years ago (wow, how time flies) I decided, that I was sick of shoving who I really was, to the back of my mind. I love to paint, and wear colourful and unique clothing. I love to play Abba and jump on my bed in the morning, and then chill out and write with Jim Morrison serenading my every thought. I love to dance in the street for no reason other than the fact the song playing in my headphones is so friggen good that I can’t help myself. I LOVE to talk to strangers, the stranger the better. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than just taking off on an unplanned adventure, without preparation or plan.
5 years ago I made a vow to myself that I would be as far out of my comfort zone as possible 98% of the time. The day I made this promise was the day I started to live my life.
Are you living the most satisfying, full life you possibly can? Have you made a promise to yourself lately?
Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This show clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness – Lao Tzu
Treat meat as a condiment
Let beans, veggies and grains be the main focus for your meal and use meat to flavour the dish instead of having it as the main attraction. It could be as easy to doubling up on the vegetables in your chili, or topping your salad with a couple strips of chicken or bacon. Meat would be a side dish not the main focus. 1 steak used to feed a family of 4.
Extra-firm tofu is easy to cook and soaks up the flavor of whatever you cook it with. This is true for many meat alternatives like seitan, and tempeh as well. These items will keep you fuller, longer and will satisfy that meaty craving. Try making two days a week meat free and see what happens!
Get familiar with Umami
Umami, or the “fifth flavor,” is the meaty flavor you get from certain foods that aren’t meat. An example of this is sautéed mushrooms or roasted tomatoes. These types of full flavour foods add the texture and bold taste that carnivores usually crave from meats. Try using caramelized onions or eggplant, and miso in recipes to add a heartiness and kick.
Take a cooking class
Trying a new way of eating, or a lifestyle change can be scary. This is why I always recommend taking some sort of class! A vegan, vegetarian or raw food class will open your mind to new, creative and fun ideas when it come to making magic in the kitchen. Ideas you never may have dreamed of, and introducing you to foods and dishes that you never knew existed.
Go vegetarian during the day
Food writer Mark Bittman came up with the the idea of “vegan til six” in his book, Food Matters. If this is too extreme for you try vegetarian till 6 instead! This will reduce the amount of meat you are eating in the long term, making it friendly on your wallet and the environment.
Get your friends & family on board
A support system is necessary for any drastic changes you are making in your life. Having that person to push you through the day, or scold you as almost give into a craving is a great way to keep yourself, and them, on track. Get a group of friends together and try being vegetarian till 6 for a week and see what happens!
Drive : R.E.M.
Hey kids, where are you?
Isn’t it the truth!?
Life is so much brighter when we focus on what really matters…
The climax of one of my favorite films… 70 years later it all applies.
you are the cosmos