Keeping it Light in 2016

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Captured while road trippin’ across Scotland, 2015.

Happy 2016 friends! It is still 2016 right?! It’s January! Okay okay… so it’s the third week of January. My internal clock is moving at a snail pace these days, so it takes me a bit longer to settle into reality.

I don’t know about you but 2015 was a spectacularly hectic year for me. A busy work schedule paired with a glorious year of travel, naturally took a toll on my physical health. Towards the end of the year when the pace picked up all around me, my body and mind were screaming for me to come to a halt. But I didn’t do that. Instead I kept going, pushing further, ignoring my all-knowing internal compass.

So at the outset of January, when the air is typically filled with hope, wishes and beginnings, I was drained, flustered and downright broken.

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After some thought and conversations, I decided to take a timeout from the hectic pace of things, and take care of myself; a pledge to rest and regroup. This isn’t about going back in time and becoming the person I was 2 years ago or something. It’s about acknowledging where I am today, and growing from where I’m at in this moment. Ultimately, it’s about feeling good and reconnecting with the things that help me get there.

There’s a fantastic line in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where one of the main characters is advised:

I am no jedi, but I know the force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes, feel it. The light. It’s always been there. It will guide you.

So this is my moment to slow down, take care of myself and do the things that make me feel super. And of course, blogging is one of those things.

Do you have any intentions, goals or thoughts about 2016? For me, 2016 is all about ‘keeping it light.’

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On a side note- if you’re going to do one thing before the end of the month, go and see Star Wars The Force Awakens, if you haven’t already. Geez!

Are we supporting those who support us?

Tomorrow Canadians will be voting in one of the closest federal elections in decades-so we’re told. Although at times it feels like we hear more about American politics than Canadian, I can’t emphasize what a big deal these elections are- especially to our lowest wage earners. Below is a post I wrote for SEIU Healthcare’s blog. Check it out by clicking on the link:

Source: Are we supporting those who support us?

Don’t hide your Pride!

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Toronto pride parade 2013

Friends, today I’m doing something new.

The unique position I find myself in these days is that I’ve created a blog about one of my true loves: food, and primarily vegetables. Yet often times my mind is racing with ideas about “unrelated” themes such as social justice, education, universality, rainbows, and my desire to be Mindy Kaling’s best friend.

And so for the last few weeks I’ve found myself debating whether I should (a) create a new blog for these thoughts (and more) or (b) shut up and write about food already!

Since (a) is too much work, I decided to mentally align myself with option (b)….

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And this is why I’ve been silent for weeks! I’ve realized that I cannot motivate myself to write about food unless I allow myself to write about these other themes that are swimming around in my mind.

So I came up with lucky option (c) which is, from time to time, post non-food ramblings on this blog. For those of you who are thinking “hey now…I only signed up for luscious food blog posts”, feel free to skip the posts under my “non-food ramblings” category. For all the rest of you, enjoy, comment, and engage!

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Today I don’t want to write a novel, but I just want to express my utter joy at the Supreme Court decision in favour of marriage equality. As someone who was born in the USA, today I feel proud of the country. Yes, a great many social issues in the past year have made me cringe, and in some cases affected me to the core, but I think that today’s decision is much needed beacon of hope.

I remember a wonderful professor who once said to me “If you’re against the oppression of one group, you cannot be for the oppression of another.” It’s just plain contradictory. This is a quote I’ve used as one of my guiding principles for the past 14 years, and sums up exactly why I believe today’s decision is a stellar one.

I feel as though I could write a dissertation about this topic, but today is not about that. It’s about acknowledging wins and expressing appreciation.

Thanks!