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The Motherhood of Art

I got the message that I had to sacrificially "throw myself into my work" and prove that I was a true artist by "never giving up." If I did anything but "work on my art" 24/7, I was a failure. A sell-out. Not really committed. Giving up. I got the message that being an artist required an all-or-nothing, black-and-white approach. If I truly loved my art (my baby), then I would sacrifice everything for it. It was the most romantic idea I had ever heard. I bought in to the fantasy -- hook, line, and sinker. 

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Cultivating Compassion & Non-Judgment

It took a near mental break ("hitting bottom") for me to get the help I needed to change my negative thinking and self-destructive patterns. This effort to unlearn my conditioned beliefs and rewire my brain -- which has required the help of many professionals, mentors, self-help groups, and a daily mindfulness practice -- has been the hardest thing I've ever done, and it's a process that will last a lifetime. But it's worth it, because it has changed my entire perspective of the world, my fellow humans, and reality.  

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Journey Toward a Plant-Based Life

Over the past 15+ years, my path has taken a lot of turns and loops and bends, but my awareness around consumption and my impact on the planet has continued in a pretty straight line. In preparation for World Day for Farmed Animals, I thought I would share the story of my journey toward a plant-based life.

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Two Years Without Shampoo

To say that giving up shampoo and conditioner saved my scalp and hair would be an understatement. From about two weeks into the switch, I have been almost entirely flake- and itch-free. My hair has continued to thicken and grow fast and strong, and I've received more compliments about my hair in the past year than ever before. 

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Year-End Gratitude Exercise

Whether or not you're into all of that hippie stuff, it's always a great exercise to make a gratitude list. Even the toughest bro or the angriest nihilist can receive benefits from practicing gratitude. And what better time to do so than the end of the year? Here is a little year-end ritual that you might like to try, as a way to spend some time with yourself and get centered before setting your intentions or resolutions for a new year.

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Time is Life

Time isn't money. Time is life. I spent many years wasting time(life), letting time(life) fly by without paying any attention, or being so focused on other people's time(lives) that I forgot about my own. I want to enjoy my time(life) while it's happening. I want to spend my time(life) on things that matter to me and keep me connected to the world around me.

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Dog Poop Bags

In general, I always have an inherent knowing about things that go against my core values (in this case: my respect for and love of nature), and yet I am able to ignore and deny that quiet voice within myself that tells me, "Hey, something about this ain't right!" In the case of the plastic poop bags, that voice finally got loud enough, and I had to start researching ways to take the plastic out of the dog poop equation. 

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5 Reasons I Quit Deodorant

2015 was the five year anniversary of my quitting deodorant once and for all. For someone who used to sweat like a pig* and cake on the antiperspirant like it was my job , this was no easy task. It took determination, commitment, and a compound with the chemical formula C3H0, otherwise known as isopropyl alcohol. Here’s why -- and how -- I gave up the white stuff:

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5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

As I get older and more familiar with my body and my physical sensitivities, I have definitely noticed that I get sleepier and slower in the winter, and am more easily prone to bouts of depression. Here are some great ways to get started in beating S.A.D. to the punch this winter:

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Vitamins, Supplements, and Food as Medicine

If I could go back in time to my early-20s self, grab her by the shoulders and tell her to do one thing to invest in me, her future self, it would be: “Take vitamins!” (Well… I would also tell her to do a lot of things differently, but taking vitamins would be a big one.)

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Resources for Learning to Meditate

Like most of the changes I have made in my life in the past few years, it took a major wake-up call for me to finally get help and commit to healing. Daily meditation has become one of my most important tools in finding serenity, awareness, connection, and physical and mental health in my life.

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