Finding Courage

How Briefly Getting Lost In The Wilderness Made Me Realize We Should Be More Like Ron Weasley

I heard rustling from the freely growing shrubbery that lined the dirt trail, and then I saw it crash from seemingly nowhere about 20 feet ahead of my trekking poles. The crash sounded like the moment a riding horse shifts from a trot to a full gallop. I could hear the sheer power of the hooves and the weight of the large animal as it slammed onto the narrow ledge of the rock face several thousand feet above the last human I saw. The doe quickly rolled from where it landed on its side and shot up before staring in my direction. I froze. The deer froze, and we made eye contact for what seemed like a full 20 seconds.

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That One Time I Actually Could Have Died Because Of My Opinions

“I’m sorry your January has been rough, Jasmine.”

I read the email and had to pause. For one, because I legitimately thought that we were in the middle of February, and two because I really had just experienced a wild ride of a month. 

I began 2020, speeding through the snowcapped Grapevine mountains from the Central Valley to Los Angeles. I brought in the New Year with my sister in shorts outside at midnight watching illegal fireworks shoot from backyards. Local residents twirled sparklers over dampened lawns in 40-degree weather, and I smiled as we took turns watching our exhaled breaths become visible against the pitch-black night sky. By January 4th, I had already hiked so many miles in the cold and been to so many holiday and birthday parties that I was for sure I needed to put down my Christmas tree because it had to have been March by now. However, I’m glad I took my Christmas stuff down the next day because, after that next week of traveling to Texas, I would actually almost die because of a case of the flu.

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No Resolutions

Every year millions of people all around the world think deeply about the goals that they want to accomplish and the dreams that they want to reach. They craft meaningful steps each year to make it there. As the clock strikes midnight and the last of the environmentally devastating fireworks blow black smoke and debris out onto dry suburban lawns, everyone announces their New Years’ resolutions. I have done this every year as well, that is, until this year— 2020. Continue reading “No Resolutions”

The End of Coffee

coffee being poured into and spilling over a dark cup

With a snap of the finger and a pour from my favorite mugI let the last drops of my addiction slide down the sink. The part of me that lingered on to the deeply aromatic and carefully roasted coffee beans was waning. I decided to cut the dark and rich beverage out of my life. I would no longer let the slightly bitter drink affect my health. I now lean on the herbal essence of tea instead. However, I worried that I would lose my identity. No longer the coffee-addicted writer, I would have to fuel my fire with natural energy.  Continue reading “The End of Coffee”

Goal Setting: Why You Shouldn’t Strangle Anyone In The New Year

new-years-eve-sparklesA single bead of sweat drips from my brow and down the side of my face as I continue to peddle without gaining any ground on the stationary cycle. A middle-aged woman looks over my shoulder to view what I am looking at on the screen of my phone and then coughs—directly in my face. I get up to leave the gym already annoyed at the fact that all of the treadmills have been taken. From the look of the packed gym, it’s clearly the second day of January during the week when everyone is extremely gung-ho about their New Years resolutions.

It’s not until I get back to the car that I adjust my thoughts to view the positive aspects of the situation. Yes—this is the time of year when I have to wait a little longer for a treadmill at the gym, but it’s also the time of year when people come off of the high of the holiday giving season and focus on accomplishing goals that are set to better themselves. Continue reading “Goal Setting: Why You Shouldn’t Strangle Anyone In The New Year”

To Assume Is To Make An A** Out of You And Me

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Photo by el dubb via Flickr

There I was, drowning in my own sweat that had pooled on top of the gym mat I was sprawled out on. I was exhausted, sore, and still thinking about the thoughts that ran through many heads before people stepped foot into the hour-long class from hell.

A woman, somewhere in her thirties, had walked up to the classroom inside the gym where a small group of people wearing workout clothes, including myself, waiting for the door to be unlocked. The woman had her long brown hair in a ponytail, thick cropped gray yoga pants and a large white T-shirt covering her protruding stomach. She mumbled something about keys and walked back to wherever she came from.

The woman came back to the classroom with keys in her hand and opened the door. The small group of people followed her into the room and stood around waiting for the class to start. Continue reading “To Assume Is To Make An A** Out of You And Me”

A Quick Guide to Tea

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Photo by mat.teo via Flickr

With the cold and flu season rolling in, and massive snowstorms and chilly days freezing everything in sight, hot cups of tea have been consumed as if it were going out of style at my house. The roommates were a little wary at first about the benefits of tea but, after their first cup, they were asking me to make more cups of tea to knock out their severe colds.

Teas are known to be full of flavonoids, have antimicrobial qualities, and in the East it is regarded as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom. Some teas have been found to help with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, weight loss, mental alertness, and to lower cholesterol.

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Where Do You Get Your Protein?

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Photo taken by forced rhubarb via Flickr

Every vegan and vegetarian that I have come across, including myself, has been asked this question, where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat? To be honest, you don’t need as much protein as most people think, but it’s easy to get what you do need from non-meat items such as nuts, seeds, beans, grains, soy, and greens.

The U.S. recommended daily allowance of protein is only 0.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight (.36 grams per pound) for the general population. And although athletes need more to repair tissue after working out, you can still be completely vegan and an athlete if they wanted to. Continue reading “Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

What is Nutritional Yeast?

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If you have no clue what nutritional yeast is, or you are a vegetarian curious about it, don’t worry. You’re definitely not the only one. I had a few people ask me about this already, and I took the time to answer someone on Tumblr the other day who asked me about nutritional yeast—here’s what I said, Continue reading “What is Nutritional Yeast?”

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

Have a few bell peppers that are about to go bad and need some new ideas for a small dinner gathering at your house? Stuffed bell peppers are an easy and very tasty dish that everyone will enjoy.

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Serves six

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped carrots
7 bell peppers, 1 cored, seeded and chopped; tops removed and reserved from remaining 6 then cored and seeded
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 pound baby spinach
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup uncooked rice (white or brown it’s up to you), rinsed and cooked according to package directions
Salt and pepper to taste
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