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THIS IS THE KINDEST WAY TO FUEL YOUR BODY

Plants people. Take a look at the power of a plant based diet. And before you go running with all your pre-conceived notions, like Clark Griswold trying to get out of the house during the holidays, open up your mind and look at the scientific, as well as anecdotal information out there.  If you’re not into reading studies, watch the top three documentaries that influenced my decision to clean up what I was putting in my mouth: Forks Over Knives, What The Health, and Cowspiracy. All three present the data for you. When I stopped to truly learn and think about what was going on inside  ...

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HOW TO HANDLE THE MUD OF LIFE

‘Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? ~Lao Tzu Great question … um … sometimes? Maybe? Not really? Yes? It depends right? Are you in a burning building? If so then hell no you’re not going to wait for shit to settle down! You’re going to get the F out of there. But what if your partner, friend, child, employee, or family member does something you don’t like? Are you going to fly off the handle and toss around F bombs like a salty sailor? Because Lord knows I’ve been there…but I was always too chicken to  ...

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KINDNESS WITH GRIEF – TWO WAYS TO HELP

I’m sitting at Busboys and Poets, a”cultural hub where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.” I’m surrounded not only by this beautiful vision of the establishment but also by an awesome array of conscious cuisine, amazing art, and inspirational quotes. A true creative’s haven. Originally this trip to Virginia was planned because I was running the Richmond Marathon, but after being diagnosed with a significant stress fracture in my heel, the trip has morphed into something bigger. My injury allowed me to put my energy elsewhere and to be  ...

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I AM NO LONGER BEING QUIET ABOUT THIS

I’m angry. I’m angry that in 2018 there is so much discrimination in this world and that there is so much fear and hate for our neighbors, friends, and fellow human beings. As election day rapidly approaches, I am particularly bothered by the Vote “No” on 3 campaign that is happening in Massachusetts. For those of you unaware what question three is, a “yes” vote would preserve the existing law that went into effect in 2016 prohibiting discrimination in public places on the basis of gender identity. A “no” vote would repeal the law allowing  ...

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WHAT THIS CAN DO FOR YOU AND IN TURN FOR OTHERS

One bitterly cold April morning back in 2016 I was trekking through the icy, wooded trails of Scorton Creek in East Sandwich. Kindness was the furthest thing from my mind. This happened to be a transitional time in my life as I had recently left my career at New England Organ Bank – essentially abandoning my identity as a nurse. It was a difficult but necessary decision. I had lost the joy in my life and was working hard to heal the emotional hemorrhage from my heart. A series of past traumatic events had left me questioning, months earlier, whether life was worth living. I would  ...

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RUNNING AWAY

I think I’ve been wanting to run away for over a year now. I finally did it. Here are my recommendations if you do the same. But first let me define “running away”  – An act of self care; specifically focused on getting your creative work done. We’ve all heard the stories of writers locking themselves away in a cabin somewhere deep in the woods or the painters perched for days on the edge of a cliff. It all sounds so romantic doesn’t it? I wrestled with the idea of doing it – but the usual low vibe, fear based business ensued. Guilt – I  ...

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TOP 4 TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY WITH GLENNON DOYLE

You guys … ERMAHGERD! What just happened!? One minute I’m in Stop & Shop with my oldest spawn – I mean my sweet seven year old son – who was quarantined to home due to a lovely case of pink eye, and then fast forward 2.5 hours, 114 miles later, I’m in Boston sitting in Faneuil Hall waiting for Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach to take the stage. WTF!? Talk about a gift from the man upstairs! (If you don’t know who Glennon Doyle is you need to stop reading this NOW. Look her up and then, only then, come back to my blog). It all started with a phone call  ...

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HOT MESS WELCOME

It’s safe to say that the Johnson house has never been such a hot mess. I’m talking 6 piles of laundry; some clean and some soaking wet with a combination of sweat from dear husband’s noontime run and the morning Bikram yoga class I taught. There’s at least 5 pounds of beach sand embedded into the hallway runner along with dried grass clippings and tuffs of dog hair. The fruit flies that have descended upon the bathroom trash can are treating the banana peel I threw away on Thursday like an object of art at Burning Man. The living room floor is a war zone of  ...

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YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE

Draft #2 … 1 step closer to publication. Tomorrow I have my weekly call with my editors and then exactly 1 hour afterwards I’m having dinner with Lisa Genova, author of “Still Alice.” Someone pinch me! OVERVIEW – “Lessons From the Edge of Life” The erratic, twitching line turned to a flat, fluorescent green band across the monitor. The six nurses and three doctors stood in stillness around the bed – their heads bowed and their hands down by their sides. One of the nurses stretched up and over the pale,lifeless body to shut off the monitor  ...