Nearly 5 years ago, I found the Blue Zones https://biglaura.com/2016/12/15/ruth-and-blue-zones/, gave up Diet Dr. Thunder https://biglaura.com/2016/11/18/diet-dr-thunder-made-me-look-like-this/, and embraced a whole food plant based (WFPB) way of eating. It made me feel strong, energized, clear-headed, and happy. Food is a tricky thing. It just is. (If you have no emotional issues surrounding food, I’m pretty sure […]Read more "Nourish, not numb."
Yesterday, I listened to a solidly challenging podcast with Dan Harris and Evelyn Tribole. Evelyn is the mother of intuitive eating, and Dan likes to eat. I too, like to eat. Or do I? I have used food as medicine, as a distraction, as a numbing device, as a celebration, as a reward, and for […]Read more "French Fries"
Life and the world are a bit challenging right now. Every morning for the past month or so, I’ve spent 30 minutes in silent prayer and meditation. At the end of each session, I ask God, or the Universe, or something bigger and smarter than me, to guide my path. To give me a sign, […]Read more "Princess Laughing Woman"
I just finished reading a book, “North of Beautiful” by Justina Chen. Chen tackles our concepts of physical beauty vs. TRUE or authentic beauty. Who are the people and what are the “things” we love most in the world? The people I love most? Easy. My children and my family. (Family includes those who may […]Read more "Perfect"
Ahmaud Arbery was executed. In discussing this inexcusable and heinous act with someone from the opposite side of the political fence, he brought up Occam’s Razor. He said, “This just doesn’t make sense. If the two white men really executed this innocent black man, they would be brought to justice. There must be something the […]Read more "Occam’s Razor and Good Ole Boys"
Listening to some Gary Zukav. He’s an interesting fellow, and from what I can gather, he has experienced skillful growth and learned some, in my opinion, valuable lessons over the course of his life. Don’t be an ass. It is helpful to determine if desires, goals and passions coming from a place of love or […]Read more "SIZE DOESN’T MATTER"
Today, as I walked through my neighborhood, I was scared and angry. I was confronted with bloody condoms, drug dealers and users, trash, aggressive stray dogs, aggressive men, aggressive drivers, thumping bass, flooded and smelly culverts. As hyper-vigilance consumed me while walking past two men in my path, I was just pissed. I was pissed […]Read more "Options"
There are fruitless conversations. Conversations with people who think Melania is smart because she speaks multiple languages and in the same breath, negates the intelligence of Elizabeth Warren, claiming, “people think EW is smart because she taught at Harvard Law. (Well, it’s a pretty good start) Conversations where indefensible behavior, such as separating immigrant children […]Read more "Ora and Labora"
Sometimes, I am so fucking exhausted. Just want to lie down, pull the covers over my head, and sleep Rip Van Winkle style, exhausted. I have been doing some work on becoming “wise” (did you know there’s a course for that??) Part of the work towards self-actualization and wisdom includes knowing where and who I […]Read more "Rip Van Winkle my ass."
I have written about anger. TWICE! I have written about love. More than that!! How about a little fear. Oh snap, I did fear already, too! Apparently, I’m a slow learner. I got pissed last night, and that has stayed with me through today. I do not like being pissed, no matter how “righteous” my […]Read more "Anger, Love, Fear. Mostly Fear."