Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes + Weekly Finds || 5.15.15

 || Catch Up or Ketchup? ||

Changes. It's all about the change and how you handle the shifts and slides of life. Will you let something that pulls you off track ruin you, or will you look at it and say hey, what's up? you wanna challenge me? alright, I'm game. It can be easy to get caught up in the day to day expectations and realities, but one day, you'll wake up and realize that living the same day for 75 years does not a life make, and growing and evolving might just be the best plan.

I've changed A Beautiful Recovery to Powered by Greens for many reasons. I started this blog as a space to heal -- there are longer pieces hidden way way way in the archives that speak of feminism, of depression, and of personal day to day life. But then this blog became a space I wanted to speak my truth and share the knowledge I was gaining -- posts about nutrition, yoga, and wellness started to pop up. There were still posts about life and the feelings that accompany humanity, but I didn't want to feel like my whole life was just a path along recovery. I wanted to feel alive, to be empowered and powerful in all of the aspects of my life. And I wanted my journey and my evolution to be a starting point for conversation, for the expansion of knowledge, and for the empowering of others. So here we are, carving out a new space for the celebration of life, and I'm telling you guys, it's all goooood.

I'll unveil the subtle shifts and changes over the next few weeks, but for now, know that I'm not going anywhere. It took me a while to find my voice again, but I am ready for a change. And I am ready to help you change, too, if you're willing. We got this (insert fist emoji)!

Xx.

What changes have you made lately? Are you ready for the weekend? Let me know in the comments below, on twitter, or on facebook!

LINKS & FINDS ||

A moral bucket list. Something worth considering, eh?

One woman's distaste for packing school lunches.

It's all about perspective -- weeds are beautiful.

So funny. Why is your millennial crying?

Expert ways to start fresh with your career. Don't regret that you never started.

How to get your beauty sleep no matter where you are in life.

For the yogis out there -- how to get over your fear of inversions.

Explore, love, hope, and be yourself. Always.

xx

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Naps, Netflix, & a Nosh Filled Weekend || 4.11.15

 || La la lazy ||

Thank goodness this week is over. I've never looked more forward to the weekend, I don't think. I'll be working a little, relaxing a bunch, and enjoying the sunny skies that have taken up this part of my world. I have too many thoughts in my head to put any of them down. How did you guys like the video yesterday? What kind of topics would you like to hear in the next coming weeks? I'm thinking of doing one a week -- every Thursday :). Can't wait. I'm happy to look into and touch on anything you wish to hear regarding health, fitness, and the like -- so comment below and let's get started!

What are you up to this weekend?

LINKS & FINDS ||

Scared to make the leap from vegetarian to vegan? Going egg free was just made ten times easier with this handy dandy guide.

Bookcases to inspire …

Stand up and slow clap for the MLB.

Summer dinner party recipe favorite …

New York’s Hottest Fictional Bachelors. Yes.

This is why I don’t drink red wine

Love Hillary Duff's style as always.

Explore, love, hope, and be yourself. Always.

xx

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Be Bad*** || Don't Be Defined By The Check Boxes -- Own Who You Are

"It's not easy being green" said Kermit.

And it's not easy being our true selves, either. In this world it's about a three sentence description to sum up who you are, but how is that even possible when we are so much more?

I'm inviting us all to embrace the roundness that is our lives and to stop forcing them into these tiny boxes that are anything but our truth -- introvert vs extrovert, tall vs short, large vs petite, young vs old, shy vs exuberant, blond vs brunette, thin vs overweight -- what is this a yes or no game? The answer is never as simple as the world wants. So, I suggest picking up a pen and grabbing a piece of paper or turning on that recorder, and try expressing yourself in every possible way you can. I've written all about myself below ;-). Recognize that it's a never ending list, because you are always changing, evolving, growing, and becoming more and more you every day.

Come back to the list when someone calls you a mean name or when you're feeling defeated or even when you just want a reminder that you are more than your title, your job, your marital status, your race, your gender, your size -- you are so so so much more. Enjoy what you discover, loves xx

So who am I ....

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I'm a mystery. A believer in the unseen. A hopeless romantic. A stay-up-too-late-because-of-cute-boys kind of girl. I'm a flowy dress in the wind, torn denim under the moonlight, barefooted everywhere and anywhere kind of woman. I'm a dreamer of the future, of lost past, of ideas. I'm a person of gratitude, strength, courage, and of freedom. I like my potatoes to come with an extra helping of potatoes and a bottomless bowl of ice cream for no other reason than I can. I'm a stop-the-fear kind of activist and a crushingly empathetic ear to humans and animals alike. I get overwhelmed easily and often, because I put myself in situations that are daring albeit sometimes too much. I lay out best intentions, but sometimes the path changes mid stride and I'm on an empty coloring page.

I write weird words together and sometimes in all lowercase because it inspires me to be authentic and honest and real. I don't practice yoga everyday, despite the tags on all my pictures, but then again maybe I do, because conscientious breathing is yoga. Ha! #yogaeverydamnday -- yes. I want to have a pig, maybe some chickens, a goat, definitely huge dogs (yes, multiple), and I somehow want them all to fit in an awesome studio apartment -- I could have a rooftop barn, right? I like to watch Netflix like it's my job, which it should be, but I'm a sucker for a romance novel and a bowl of popcorn. I like weird pairings and things that shouldn't taste good, taste good to me, like chlorella tablets, raw cacao unsweetened, Trader Joe's tofu, and cheap champagne.

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I like imagining the good in people first and seeing the unexpected later. I like to have high expectations, but sometimes I convince myself they aren't there so I can enjoy life. I want to go to all the festivals in the world, but I'm a little scared of not showering or drinking enough water. Some days I feel like the oldest soul alive. On days that I can't think straight, I often give up, but those same days I usually have the greatest breakthroughs. Somehow life is working out for me, so I'm done questioning it and finally accepting the journey.

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Sometimes I think to myself, how is this my life -- in equal parts excitement and oh-dear-lord. I could watch puppy tails wag for hours and curl up with my not-a-lap-dog baby for days. I'm still looking for the best bread out there and am just now realizing life isn't about all or nothing. Ask me my favorite song and I'll have to get back to you never. Give me anything gluten-free and vegan and I'll love you for life. Make my heart beat faster just because you smile and I'll love you as long as time.

Life isn't the characterization of a person into one group or another, large or petite, hard worker or lazy, romantic or cold. It's messy and complicated and undefined and feeling good and enjoying the time. I'm pretty content to be this crazy, chaotic, dreamer of a girl who hopes for things that never happen but loves to imagine the infinite possibilities. I'm okay with being no one's idea of normal, because who's normal? You can't capture the essence of a person with a photo and a quick description -- it's how the energy changes when you're with them, how they make you feel -- about yourself and about others, how they inspire only the best change and encourage the transformation, and most of all how they are never constant, always changing, like the sun and the moon and the stars. So let the judgement go, the ideas that hold you back, stay open and wild, but most of all, just be yourself first, and the rest will follow.

+ what is it like to realize you are so much more than a three sentence summation? how will you embrace your authentic self? comment here, facebook, or twitter ;)

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