Link: Demystifying Massage Terms

My awesome massage therapist has an awesome blog. Rebecca is a fabulous LMT and one of my best friends (normally not really advisable, but we are both Boundary Superstars).

She recently decided to start writing explanations for some of the things massage therapists say that can leave our clients kind of, well, confused. That’s no good.

What the heck does that mean?
What the heck does that mean?

I’ll bet that at least a few of you have experienced this before. Even if you haven’t, Rebecca’s a really talented writer. Go on, you’ll be entertained at least!

She takes on undressing here and breathing here. Enjoy!

A Little Monday Inspiration

One of the reasons I decided to make this a wellness blog several years ago was because I wanted to demonstrate that it is possible to live a wellness lifestyle without spending a lot of money. (Access to things like organic produce is very complicated, of course.) “Wellness is for Everybody” is my unofficial motto around these parts.

When I read this article on Deliciously Ella last week, I was really inspired. Whenever possible from now one, I’ll include a price breakdown at the end of my recipe posts.

This blog is my trail guide to self-care. I feel more committed than ever to using it as a tool to help as many people as possible find a sustainable self-care regimen.

Keep on adventuring!

Culinary Adventuring

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food -Hippocrates

One of the coolest things to come out of my adventures these past few years is seeing how changing my diet has changed my life. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been, and I’ve started to really enjoy eating food that I’ve made myself.

This wasn’t always so; I was all about convenience food. I only had a couple dishes in my repertoire, and while I liked experimenting, most days I just couldn’t be bothered (ah, my old priorities!).

Luckily, there are people who love to experiment and blog about it.

Yes, this is a post about food blogs.

I love food blogs. You can find recipes for just about anything, and they can really get you out of a rut. Plus, seeing all the gorgeous pictures people post of their dishes got me to step up my presentation.

I think experimenting with new recipes gives me the same kind of satisfaction that learning anything else new does; it expands my horizons. I’ll never forget the summer I decided to learn to cook Indian food, it was awesomely fun (and tasty, but so much canola oil…)!

Here are a few suggestions to get you started, then go forth and enjoy! Culinary adventures await you!

  • Oh She Glows (this is my favorite vegan blog, everything I’ve made is delicious! be sure to check out “the best shredded kale salad”)
  • Deliciously Ella (so many awesome veggie recipes, this site got me hooked on celeriac)
  • Manjula’s Kitchen (this is where I learned some Indian dishes, all vegetarian and lots of gluten-free)
  • I Quit Sugar (this is the place I use most often now, quitting sugar has been the best!)

Any recommendations for me? How about favorite recipes?


Simplify, Simplify

If you follow me on social media at all, it’s no secret that I am a Sarah Wilson fangirl. I Quit Sugar pretty much changed my life earlier this year, and I’ve been on a long streak of low-moderate pain.

I first read this post a couple weeks ago and it’s been kicking around the back of my brain ever since.

Coincidently, over the past couple of weeks I’ve had three or four pairs of shoes wear out, my hairdryer broke, I lost one of my favorite earrings (but only one, of course), and I’ve been struggling to find the time to keep my apartment clean to my (admittedly somewhat-high) standards.

That’s when I realized that I just plain have too much stuff. Probably because I live in a bigger apartment than I need. It’s a gorgeous vintage place, to be sure, but I don’t think we need this many hallways.

For example, this hallway that separates the kitchen/dining room from the rest of the apartment.
For example, this hallway that separates the kitchen/dining room from the rest of the apartment.

Anyway, the new plan is that as things wear out or run out, I’ll replace only what I need, rather than what I want and what I need/want. I’m pretty sure I can get by just replacing one pair of shoes, and I definitely don’t need a hairdryer.

In a time when so many of my friends and contemporaries are buying their first homes (or buying their first Upgraded homes!), I’m pretty excited by the idea of downsizing. Simplify*, baby!

* This is where I should admit that I hated Walden when I read it in high school. In fact, read should be in quotation marks because I only read every third page of it. Sorry, AP English teacher whose name I forgot.