How Going on a Spiritual Retreat Helped Me Love Myself

When I think of February, I think of Valentine’s, and that means love. Usually, that love comes in the form of candy or cards from others, but more and more people are starting to understand that we need to be able to love ourselves before we can be stable enough to love someone else. So what does that even mean? Last year I wrote THIS article for basic self-love ideas, but this year I tried something different. I decided to go on a spiritual retreat, and this is how it went!

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Luxurious Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

I really can’t express how much I hate winter in Massachusetts. I know I’ve said this before, but truly, it’s not even the snow, it’s the icy wind and just the frigidness of it all. To be honest, I actually deal with a subtle form of depression during the winter because things slow down and it’s like everyone is hibernating. I get extremely lazy during the winter, so cooking dinner is usually a struggle, which is why I love this recipe so much.

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8 Things You Need to Know If You’ve Already Dropped Your Weight Loss Goal

Ah, January, it starts off with so much hope and promises so many good intentions. We’re reaching the end of the month though, and already people’s resolutions are fading. I have a lot of experience for this in both the good and bad, so I wanted to talk about one that is relevant for me like the goal of weight loss. If you find you’ve already dropped your weightloss resolution, I’m going to give you a few facts that might get you back on track without the guilt. You still have TONS of time to make this your year, so let’s get started (again).

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Five Fabulous Finds for January

Welcome to Five Fabulous Finds. This is a once a month post where I bring you five interesting (and possibly unrelated) things I’ve found while scanning the internet that I think you all either might like to read or buy! The focus here is for January so if you’re looking for some topics to check out while you wait out a snowstorm or warm up by a fire, this is the place!

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Happy Chinese New Year to My Fellow Rats!

Tomorrow celebrations will be held for the year of the rat!!! So to all my fellow rats out there, this post is for you where we’ll take some time to learn a little about the Chinese Zodiac as well as some fun ideas to celebrate it!

To start off, let’s discuss what the Chinese zodiac even is. It’s actual orgins are foggy at best but the story itself revolves around 12 animals. These included the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, and Pig. There are several versions of the story, told by anyone from the Jade Emperor to the Buddha but the basics is that the animals are invited to the palace for either a dinner party or a race. On the way, The Rat came firt because he road on the nose of the Ox.

While I’m not Chinese, I found that my zodiac animal is pretty accurate, and it’s kind of fun to see all the celebrations in Chinatown!

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The Best Book to Start Your Year Off Right Especially if You’re a Perfectionist

I LOVE New Years’ Eve and Day. I would even go as far as saying it’s my favorite holiday because it’s a great time to look at your life and make some really awesome plans for your 365 days ahead. HOWEVER, it’s so easy to take planning a better life to such a crazy level of perfection that it becomes easy to fail, and feel bad about that! Today’s post is about a book I read that really had a major impact to how I view myself and my life. This book taught me a level of compassion for myself that I think everyone really needs to cultivate especially if you’re a perfectionist like me.

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Cantaloupe with Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad

In this season of dieting, I wanted to talk a little about this new salad for those who don’t like tomatoes or greens.

A traditional Caprese Salad has mozzarella, tomato, and basil and it’s delicious, but not everyone likes tomatoes. My husband for example really doesn’t like them and I don’t always want a traditional green leafy salad so finding this was a major win for my home.

I would like to give credit to the website I found this on, but unfortunately, this recipe was removed and I had to remember it from scratch. I’ve seen variations on this where people have added basil or mint, and even balsamic vinegar, but I’m going to give you the recipe I like to put together when I want a sweet and savory meal. This salad serves 4.

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How To Make a Cozy Winter Center Piece

The holidays are over! This might come as a relief for some of you. There’s a new problem though, what to do with all that extra space left behind from your Christmas decorations. While I could honestly write a book about decorating after the holidays, I’m going to show you a small design that can work on your dining room table, above your mantel or on your coffee table. It’s warm and inviting and will hopefully fill in some of those gaps.

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