take me to church

An important part of my boho soul is social activism.  I like to be part of current events, to take a side and know why.

What feeds this side of me the most is social commentary in the arts.  There’s nothing that moves me more than a song with a powerful message or insight into something going on in society.

Cue: Hozier.

This Irish artist is new to the music scene, but is already topping the charts in his home country.  I discovered this song on my favorite music blog, Pigeons and Planes, and instantly fell in deep, deep love.  He has a “voice that’s smooth as it is powerfully emotive,” according to P&P’s write-up of this single.  He has those deep soul vocals that really get your gut, and I cannot describe the shivers that go up my spine every time I hear this song.

Not only does he have a powerful voice, but his songwriting is rich and intriguing, something many artists these days skimp on for fancy synth effects.  ‘Take Me to Church’ calls out the hypocrisy that infiltrates society, the judgment that people place on one another.  The video is even more haunting because it depicts a very extreme case, the lynching of a homosexual man because of his sexual preference.

Though art like this can be tough to handle, I think it is so important that artists and musicians continue to spread social activism and awareness and take a step back from the money making to send a message.

Have a splendid week. xx

lucky 13

I’m sure you had a pretty similar Facebook News Feed to mine this weekend, with over 30,000 women from around the world sharing their experiences from the 10th Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco.

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I have always said that a half marathon is out of reach for me, that people who run that much have to be crazy; but, something sparked in me this weekend as I looked through pictures of my peers crossing the finish line after 13.1 inspirational miles…

aaaaaaand….

I have officially started my training for a half marathon!

I searched the date for the Hollywood Half Marathon, downloaded the Map My Run Training app on my phone, laced up my bright pink running shoes and raced off…

for 15 minutes.

Yes, it was a very anticlimactic start, but I have not been this motivated about something in a very long time.  I do run regularly, about 3 miles 3 times a week, but I have always been okay with that being my limit.  I am ready to push past that and be able to say that I can run 13 miles without stopping.  It is good for my health and overall fitness, and the mental resurgence it has given me in just a few days has been amazing!

Let’s just hope it lasts.

What are you doing for your health right now? Any new fitness goals or just goals in general?? If not, I highly recommend forcing some motivation into your life.  A positive attitude does the soul wonders!

Until next week. xx

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my favorite season

I. Love. Fall.

Slouchy sweaters, warm soup, piping hot coffee and tea with every meal and, most importantly,

PUMPKIN EVERYTHING.

I am absolutely obsessed with pumpkin.  Soy pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks™, pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin granola, pumpkin lotion, pumpkin candles…

I could go on forever.

And my roommates can go on about how you can smell the pumpkin from down the hall.

But, I can’t help it.  In Miley’s words, “I can’t be tamed!”

Living in Southern California, I kind of miss out on the beautiful changing season, so I make up for it with my pumpkin obsession.

Here is my list of my favorite things pumpkin; and the best part is…it’s all totally organic, totally vegan!

1.  KBC Pumpkin Ale: it’s more pumpkiny than most pumpkin beers I’ve tried, and the extra cinnamon is the perfect fall touch!

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2. Vegan Pumpkin Bread: found this recipe on the blog Hell Yeah it’s Vegan and fell in absolute love…it’s like pumpkin heaven in my mouth.

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3. Pumpkin Soup! Nothing compares to my Teta’s (grandma in Lebanese) pumpkin soup on a chilly fall evening.  All I need for the rest of my life is a breeze, a blanket and pumpkin soup.

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4. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter: so I can smell autumn wherever I go.  Caution: keeps you constantly hungry!

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5. Last, but not least, Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream! Made with coconut milk.  This is the ultimate fall treat, especially on those 88-degree fall days that we have here in California.  Courtesy of Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats!

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Enjoy these recommendations, and let me know of any pumpkin delights that make you swoon for the season! xx

my weakness

So here I am writing every week about my bohemian lifestyle, doing yoga, meditation, and eating organic and vegan.

Well, I think it’s time to come clean.

I am a vegan…for the most part.  I have a weakness (as do most people who swear off of anything that is not grown from the Earth) and that weakness is sushi.

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I know, I know. It’s a big one, but honestly I couldn’t give it up…I’m only human!

I believe that everyone should live the way they want to, not how a social label tells them they should.  I believe in the organic lifestyle and only putting in my body what is meant to be there and what the Earth has given to me.

I also believe that if my one cheat is raw fish, I’m not doing too bad for myself.

Anyways, on that note, I went to the most gorgeous sushi restaurant called Asaka in Palos Verdes on Sunday night.  It was my birthday last Monday, so on Sunday I went to dinner with my family.  The restaurant was an average sushi restaurant; good quality, typical rolls, etc.

But the view…

The restaurant is overlooking the cliffs of PV; the view is absolutely breathtaking.

It is things like this that make me appreciate the world around us and remind me that it is my responsibility to take care of it. I cannot impose my views on others, but to think about the harm we inflict on our beautiful planet daily is so sad.

We need to appreciate the Earth and give back the plenty that it gives to us.

Go green, people! Or else who knows how long we have to appreciate this beauty:

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miracle juice

Yesterday was my 21st birthday, which can only mean one thing.

Today greeted me with a vicious hangover.

Most people recommend pain killers, sugary electrolyte drinks, and fast food.

I say try Kombucha!

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Kombucha is a fermented black tea drink, made with only organic materials, completely vegan and the best hangover recovery drink ever.

Yes, it is made by fermenting bacteria and yeast which sounds gross, BUT it is so healing for your body and so helpful when your liver is screaming at you for last night’s decisions.

Food Republic published a piece about Kombucha, claiming that it has detoxifying elements AND apparently if you drink it while getting rowdy it can even prevent a hangover!

I am now a believer and recommend that everyone ditch the unnatural remedies that just put more toxins in your body and try a more healthy, body-friendly option.

There really is nothing that makes your body happier than something that comes from the earth and is meant to benefit it.

That’s not to day don’t have fun…I would never recommend giving up a bit of wine! Just remember to treat your body well so that you can get the best out of every day. xx