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I like to keep calm with some Yogi Positive Energy Tea!
Mind

Keep Calm 

How many of you are reactionary? Before you fully assess a situation, you’re already reacting? I’ve been guilty of this too. Whether it’s over-analyzing or overthinking situations or not fully understanding a situation, flying off the handle is never good for you or anyone involved. There are times to get fired up and there are times we need to breathe. Learning to let the water roll off the duck’s back is challenging. But, in order to keep your mind happy, you need to learn how to stay calm. Eventually you’ll be able to remain calm in any situation.

Soul

The Joy You Feel 

Acknowledge when you feel joy. It could be as simple as a quote on a tea bag that makes you feel joy, but it’s important to be conscious of the things that make you feel this way. No matter how big or small they seem, the joy you consciously feel will help shape your frame of mind for when you’re in not so pleasant situations. I have come to celebrate the little things in life. I acknowledge the joy a California sunset gives me, the joy I feel when I experience nature, they joy I feel when I realize that the simplest things are all I need in life…

Nikki Says Eat More Calories!
Body

Eat More Calories 

One of the common misconceptions when losing weight is that you have to drastically cut your food intake to see results. I’ve been there too. I would eat below 1000 calories a day, essentially throwing my body into starvation mode. I now know that if you eat more you can lose more. WHAT, NIKKI?! Yes…. Fuel your body with MORE food and you will lose more. Of course, you still need to be moving that booty to burn calories or you’ll gain weight, but you definitely don’t have to starve yourself to get results any more!

Passion Fire
Soul

Passion Fire 

We all have a fire inside us that burns bright. That fire is your passion. For some of us, especially creative types, there are multiple fires each wanting your focus and attention. While have all these passions is amazing, it can often times leave us feeling exhausted and confused. If you ever wondered why creative people are so screwed up, now you know. We have a million voices, projects, and ideas in our brains all day and we never know where to start. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We just need to learn to focus on one thing at a time, come up with a plan, and find an outlet for all that energy.

Mind

Go, Travel, Plant Roots! 

Never feel stuck. You are not a tree. Although I think it’s important to plant roots eventually, you should be flexible. There’s so much to experience in life that if you get to be like my friend, you can look at a map, pick up and go.

Recipes

Thai Coconut Noodle Soup 

Let’s take a trip to Thailand! Tom Kha Gai, or Chicken Coconut Soup, is one of my favorite soups on the planet earth. It is THAT good. I’ll eat it any time, but it’s awesome if you have a bad cold. It’s so fresh and soothing that it clears your sinuses and helps you heal. Let your food be your medicine right? The fresh ginger and lemon grass is all you need to feel better. Soups are great for fall and they store easily, so you can make double or triple the recipe to freeze it. Meal prep friendly recipes have a special place in my kitchen, especially ones that are perfect for fall. What I love best about this recipe is that there is no salt added. You don’t always need to cook with salt!

Listening to the World
Soul

Listening to the World 

I went for a walk recently and although I had my Ipod on me, I didn’t use it. Typically, I love to have music playing and blasting in my ears while I’m working out, but I noticed on this particular walk that by the time I was done, my head was completely clear and I was motivated for the week to come. I attribute this sense of euphoria to actually listening to the world around me. It was a bright, warm day and I was present in that moment. I was conscience of my breathing, something I haven’t been listening to for some time. I was alive.

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe
Mind

How to Identify Toxic People 

We all have people in our lives that we like, but we also want to keep them at arms length. I’ve talk about these people before… the ones who seem to have a storm cloud over them at all times. These people aren’t necessarily the worst people we could keep in our lives, and we, as positive people may eventually have a positive impact on them, but there are some people that are just toxic. Toxic people suck and change your personal energy. These are some ways to identify toxic people.

Recipes

Vegan Yellow Curry 

I enjoy food from many different cultures; Indian is definitely one of my favorites. It has the tendency to be spicy, so a word of caution… if you’re ever in an Indian restaurant and they ask you on a scale of 1-5 how spicy do you want it, say a 2. I know, that sounds like nothing if you like spicy food, but I found that their spice meter is vastly different from everyone else’s. The day I ordered a level 4 has scarred me forever. I was white knuckled, sweating and couldn’t feel my tongue. The waiter tried to talk me into ordering my chicken curry at a 2, but I didn’t listen.

Learning How To Use Tarot Cards
Soul

Learning How to Use the Tarot 

There is a stigma around tarot card readings and I want to ease some of your minds right now. It is not black magic; it’s not about conjuring the devil or denying God… It’s a method of understanding your life, past, present and future and seeking guidance for goals and problems in your life. If you believe that nothing in life is random, like I do, you’ll understand why we believe each card and its meaning was drawn for a reason. It’s all about good mojo and finding guidance to overcome and pursue things in your life.