Cultivating Self, Family, Community

Music for the Ailing Soul

Is there value in the dark times? L.A.-based singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed wild child Dorian says, “Let the blues transform you into something more powerful.” Download his positively-charged soul music from iTunes, or learn more about his latest album, Everyday Warrior, on his Facebook Page.


Make your own: Black Soap

soap2When my son was a baby, someone recommended African Black Soap for his skin, which was prone to eczema. My Ghanaian husband concurred; black soap is pretty popular in Ghana. But the stuff you find on the store shelves here in the U.S. is not quite like the stuff “back home” in West Africa. I have found that making my own batches of Black Soap (called that because of its dark brown/black color after boiling) can often produce a more satisfying, gentle soap for cleaning and soothing face, hair, and body. Plus…it’s fun to make stuff! 🙂 Continue reading “Make your own: Black Soap”

The 10 Cures for Burnout

We all know that feeling of being done. How many times have you said “I just can’t” in the past week? Might be a sign that you are burning out, and this doesn’t just affect your performance at the j-o-b. Burnout is the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sense of being drained beyond belief. Not only does it affect us as individuals, but friends and family can often feel that they’ve lost us when we are so stressed, tired, and irritable that we can no longer be fully present for them.

So here are 10 self-care strategies for avoiding the dreaded Burnout, at work and everywhere else Continue reading “The 10 Cures for Burnout”

Some of my best friends are vegan…

But I’m not. After I became pregnant with twins in 2013, my vegan lifestyle (which I had strongly advocated for two years) got the boot after I realized that beef was the only thing that my body would tolerate. Turns out that I had run headlong into anemia without realizing it, and was bordering on a serious B12 deficiency despite tons of supplements. Anyway, I reverted to an omnivore diet and I haven’t looked back since. Continue reading “Some of my best friends are vegan…”

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