Nice Weather Ideas

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The weather is starting to get nicer! Sure we still have our token rainy days or weeks, ahum PNW, but the sunny warm days are becoming more and more frequent and I am LOVING IT! It’s crazy to notice my motivation all of a sudden get better and the feeling of…

Thifting Adventures

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Who doesn’t love a good thrift store find!? Or spending an afternoon looking through shelves and racks for that treasure of a life time. The bummed feeling of leaving empty handed, but hopeful that next time you will hit gold and find something exciting. Watching a certain item hoping it will…

F.A.S.T.

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I wanted to share an acronym my therapist shared with me a couple sessions ago. I keep a journal of our sessions and write down things that stand out to me, things that help me, what we talk about. I struggle with really bad anxiety and stress and my brain likes…

Martha, Marley & Mom…Dinner’s On!

Meal kits. I never thought I would be making dinner from meals I had ordered and received essentially in the mail. Ironically, I love them. My family seems to be enjoying them as well. How did we get started on these? Easy, I had a lovely dinner while visiting a friend on vacation last month….

What Inspires You?

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What inspires you to get up each morning? To start the day off on the right track? To consciously stay in that headspace, that mindset, of positivity and love… What grounds you each day, each moment… Are you working towards constantly growing, constantly evolving or are you stuck in place? What…

Overcoming Depression During Social Distancing

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With all the craziness going on in the world and then the fact most of us are social distancing ourselves our mental health can definitely be affected during this time. The uncertainty of our world and all the regular normal everyday things being taken away from us can definitely take a…

Spring Meal Ideas

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I ran a poll and questionnaire on my instagram about a week ago asking what people wanted to hear about on my blog. I had one person ask if I would share ten of my top or ten popular spring foods and meals. I thought that could be a fun thing…

Guatemala: Women’s Health and Hygiene

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Sorry about the lull in posts… Life happens sometimes and I have been busy these past two weeks with work/holiday hours and then out of town photo shoots. I am back however! AND this just stretches the Guatemala experience out more for you all since I have a few more posts…

Guatemala: Clinic Days

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Who else loves the feeling of a warm shower washing the dirt off your body after a long hard day of work. Seeing all the dirt and sweat swirl down the drain away from you, leaving you clean, fresh, and renewed. That is only the surface feeling of what it’s like…

Guatemala Series: Stove Day

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On our trip each day we had different tasks and jobs to do in two different small villages, Los Corrales and Cojahualten. Monday was stove day…. Looking back stove day was probably my favorite time of mission work in the villages. It was incredible to get to go into these people’s…

Guatemala

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November first through the twelfth I was in Guatemala for a medical mission trip with Adventures in Missions (AIM). This trip was something new and something unexpected.. A truly eye opening trip. I honestly was a bit nervous heading out on this adventure and there were multiple times during the trip…

Holy Week for the Orthodox

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This blog post is going to be incredibly different from the ones I’ve done in the past. Completely different. Some of you may know and some may not, but I am Greek Orthodox! To many the way they connect with that would be “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, then they know…