I was out for a walk last week when I came across this tree that grew out at a 90 degree angle and then turned another 90 degrees and reached straight up to the sky. It was tall and healthy and beautiful. I was amazed at it’s ability to do this and survive. I took…

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Five years ago I first heard about Brene Brown, a research professor who studied shame, fear and vulnerability. I listened to her Ted Talks, read her books and went and heard her live when she was in Winnipeg. The minute I heard her speak I knew she could help me on my life journey and…

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FOMO, “fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” Oxford English Dictionary Yikes! Can you believe that our new vocabulary is based on acronyms? Whether you say the words or use the shortcut, I do believe we have…

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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” Sylvia Plath, poet Optimyz women’s wellness April/May 2019 pg. 12 This quote caught my attention in a magazine the other day and made me smile because happy is exactly how…

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Are you obsessed with how many steps you get in each day? Do you check your smart watch hourly? Do you walk in circles around your house before bed waiting to hit the magic 10,000? Or perhaps you just love to go out for a walk or run and take in nature. Regardless of your…

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As a kid I use to lay in the grass and watch the birds float across the sky. I imagined how peaceful and fun it would be to play in the wind and view the world from above. I wondered why people couldn’t fly? I thought about making myself some wings and jumping off the…

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Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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What is a Blue Zone? A Blue Zone is a geographical area that has been studied and identified as a place where people live on average 10 years longer than the rest of the population. Not only do they live longer but they do so independently, doing what they love. You can imagine how this…

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Ingredients 15 oz black beans drained & rinsed 2 whole bananas 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (and/or cacao powder) 1/3 cup agave nectar 1/2 cup dry oats 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 1/2 cup almond butter or whatever nut butter you prefer 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8×8…

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As I reflect on our Costa Rica adventure: exploring the blue zone I have a huge smile on my face. We learned about the 9 lessons for living longer, explored the culture, the incredible biodiversity and beauty of Costa Rica and challenged each other to step outside of our comfort zone and try new things.…

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