The importance of following your heart

Why you should follow your heart

If there’s one thing I’m committed to in life and that I feel pretty good at doing, it’s following my heart. I tend to group this closely together with following my intuition because to me, the two are inextricably linked. My intuition always leads me to wonderful people, places, and things that open my heart and mind. And my heart always wants to go where I’m feeling called.

I’ve never been very good at being the overly rational, logical type, though I certainly know what it feels like to prioritise that in life. Since starting up this site however, one of my biggest values – one of my biggest promises to myself – has been to continue following my heart. Life is just too short not to – I’ve written about this before in the past.

I’ve followed my heart all the way around the world. To Iceland, Budapest, Thailand, British Columbia, Freiburg, Bali. Every one of these spots I’ve felt passionately drawn to and without questioning it or disregarding the pull, I went. The experiences in each of these places has touched my heart in a way that I will remember and hold dear to me always.

Following my heart has led to my meeting soul sisters. It’s led to incredible opportunities, teaching meditation, discovering Kundalini and joining the teacher training I’m currently in, eating in a way that’s healing my body. And now it’s led to this journey of a lifetime that I’m about to embark on in one month’s time…

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What I’ve learned after 2 months of being 100% raw vegan

What I've learned after 2 months being 100% raw vegan

As a follow-up to my last post earlier this month, I thought I’d take some time to write about several big lessons I’ve learned along the way whilst eating a 100% raw foods vegan diet. Never in my life did I think I’d go fully raw like this, let alone be able to maintain it for months! Yet here I am 2 months in and what’s more, still loving it! If you’re curious to try this way of eating either as a short-term cleanse (highly beneficial!) or even longer, here’s my personal experience so far along with some recommendations.

First I’ll explain a little of what I’m doing exactly, as there are a few different ways of eating raw vegan. The path I’ve taken revolves almost entirely around fruits and veggies. No grains, no oils, no sweeteners. I’ve recently started introducing a small amount of nuts and seeds in but kicked off the first month without them to really do some deep cleansing.

Interestingly enough, I just recently discovered there’s a diet out there that basically sums up what I’m doing which is called 80/10/10. This consists of eating 80% carbs, 10% protein, 10% fat (from whole food sources only). This 80/10/10 format is more or less what I’m following. I’m not a fan of adhering strictly to set diets out there but I AM adhering to the protocol given to me for liver cleansing and healing – which is to eat extremely LOW in fat (think no more than a couple spoonfuls of nuts or 1/4 avocado per day), as well as incorporate specific healing foods into my diet everyday.

The low fat part is the #1 most essential key to what I’m doing and also the big reason why I’ve chosen to make this a raw foods diet for myself over a cooked one. Without the addition of fats in the form of oils, meats and dairy, let alone no grains in the diet as well, I don’t feel any strong pull to eat cooked food. That’s just been my personal choice!

Ok so now that you’ve got the gist of it, onto the lessons and revelations…

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The struggle with saying NO

The struggle with saying no

Recently life has been — how shall we say? — delightfully FULL these past few weeks, keeping me well out of the blogosphere. So much happening around these parts and one thing I’ve been aware of lately is just how often I’ve had to say NO to things. Fun invites out with friends, dinners, get-togethers, classes, outings. I’m still (eagerly) waiting to do my annual fall rock-climbing trip up in the mountains before it gets too cold… if I could just find a free day to block it in! :)

Saying no isn’t something I have much of an issue with nowadays (in fact, over the last year or so I’ve become a little bit of a ’NO’ extraordinaire as I get better and more comfortable with setting clear boundaries for myself). However, this is an issue I used to struggle with constantly in the past and there is definitely a lot I can say on it. Inspired by a convo that I had with some girlfriends just recently, I thought I’d delve into this topic more. Saying no is such a huge problem for so many of us… WHY is that?

Why is it so hard for us to turn down invites to things, to forgo helping out a friend or family member, etc, if we genuinely don’t want to or don’t have time?

WHY do we struggle with saying no to others?

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Why your setbacks are your greatest blessings

Why your setbacks are your greatest blessings

A health crisis. A painful breakup. A job loss. A serious accident. When your world feels like it’s falling apart, how do you react to major setbacks in your life?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since the health crisis happened – the one that left me unable to stand up or walk. This was one of the most profoundly devastating experiences of my life. Yet when people ask me about this experience, I always say it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

No, I am not a masochist. And no, I’m not being sarcastic. I can’t say that losing the ability to walk and being stuck in bed for months was an enjoyable experience – far from it – but it just taught me so much. It changed my outlook on life for the better, as well as changed my direction in life in a huge way.

Often when we’re going through a really difficult time we feel completely devastated and defeated. We can’t see anything beneficial about what’s happening in the moment – what can possibly be good about experiencing so much loss and pain? Though we often don’t recognise it at the time, we are being handed a new path – an opportunity to go in a different direction than the one we’ve been heading down.

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