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Sri Lanka: A Photo Diary

The coast of Sri Lanka is picture-perfect with its lush emerald green jungle that rolls down to the palm tree-lined ocean. Locals gather along the roads with coconut and fruit stalls as their massive smiles and friendly demeanor spread to travelers passing by, reminding them of the pleasures of simple living and human connection. It is a natural paradise beautifully captured by staff photographer, Renae Saxby during her stay at Sunshine Stories Surf and Yoga Retreat.

Ten Amazing Things We Can Learn From Our Favorite Women in History

Women’s History Month is celebrated in the beautiful month that holds the first day of Spring, March. We gathered 10 women who have broken boundaries in their fields, opening many doors for us to follow; from voting, to running for POTUS, to protecting our bodies, every curve, every dimple, and becoming exceptional citizens. Let’s carry the torch and continue to celebrate the power of being a woman!

The Mermaid Way: 3 Habits to Make the Most out of Your Morning

Life guru’s including Tony Robbins and Marie Forleo are known to preach the value of becoming a morning person. Growing research shows making the most of your precious time at the initial jump-off of your day results in a more productive work ethic, a clear creative mind, and improvement in your overall well-being. Early risers feel more in control of their lives and generally exhibit character traits that are more optimistic and proactive than night owls.

Getting To Know You Before Love

Slow. The word itself glows if you give your eyes a moment with it — not exactly the most typed-out word in my emails and text conversations.  Frustration is often my initial reaction when I text or type the word “slow,” usually coupled with grumbling disappointment for something being “too slow.”  It’s as if my secret mantra is, “if it takes a while, then it is not worth my time or my energy.”

Do You Pay Regular Visits to Your Soul’s Mirror?

Post, share, stare, repeat. A millennial’s rhythm in everyday life includes rendering moments from the day, perspectives, interests, statements, missions, even #goals. Who we are can be known instantly through a few seconds of scrolling. It’s the easiest way to proclaim what we’re about and even to remind ourselves of our own personal proclamations.

TAMGA Design Teaches Us How to Create Responsible Fashion Design

  Environmentally and ethically responsible consumption and productions are two of the main themes behind the Canada-based TAMGA Designs. A brainchild of Yana Barankin and Eric Dales, the fashion brand focuses on using sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing and production in hopes of influencing the present and future of the fashion industry.

Hindering Your Own Happiness? Flowing Wisely Into 2017

I love a quote by Charles Spurgeon that imparts the following wisdom, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” The last couple of weeks have been serendipitously abundant with information about how 2016 has been quite the rough year for many. Whether it’d be via social media posts, podcasts, personal conversations or comments from passersby, the general consensus seems to be pessimistically melancholic. And while most things in life flow naturally in both directions of the spectrum, I couldn’t help but wonder what made this year so terrible for most. I’m not quite sure that I’ve figured that out yet, but what I can contribute to the somber tone of 2016’s departure is a list of practices,…

En el Barrio

Tell us about yourself. My name is Cierra Creer. I got into modeling when I was 16, but I’m going to school because education has always been the most important thing. Right now, I’m studying Communications and Spanish, with a minor in PR, at Arizona State University. However, I’m still very passionate about modeling and trying to find a way to integrate the two.   What is your passion? There aren’t many things that I’m super passionate about, but if I had to pick one it’d definitely be music. I’ve always grown up listening to so many different artists and my love for finding new music hasn’t stopped. At the moment, I’d say I’m most passionate about my journey of self-discovery. I’m just an 18 year-old…

Risa Marie’s Natural Mystic

Self-proclaimed daydreamer, collector, mermaid, tea enthusiast, lover of nature, and gypsy soul, Risa Marie has captured the eyes and hearts of many through her inspiring collection of nature-filled photos on her social media platforms. How exactly did she get to where she is? The dynamic and alluring blogger lets us in on her life, beginning with a tiny Northern California town, to the serene Hawaiian Island of Maui, where she currently resides.

The Urgency of Playfulness

“But if you observe children who are two or three years old, if you see how they behave, they are playing all the time. You see them laughing all the time. Their imagination is so powerful, and the way dream is an adventure of exploration. When something is wrong they react and defend themselves, but then they just let go and turn their attention to the moment again, to play again, to explore and have fun again. They are living in the moment. They are not ashamed of the past; they are not worried about the future…

Grilled Banana Foster

This recipe offers one of the easiest and healthiest ways to splurge on the original bananas foster without missing the flavor. The hint of spice with the smokiness from the grill pan makes this by far my favorite version of a mock bananas foster. Top it with your favorite goodies and serve! Ingredients Serves 2 1 large semi-ripe banana [slice lengthwise with skin on & tips removed] 1 tablespoon of coconut oil [pour in a small bowl] 1/8 teaspoon of ground clove 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or turbinado sugar ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder Optional Toppings  Freeze dried strawberry slices [as seen on picture] Goji berries Fresh berries Ice cream or yogurt [to liking]   Tools Grill pan or medium sauté pan Pastry brush…

High Tides

As the ocean fluctuates in its mysterious vastness we observe and marvel at this body of life that brings serenity and peace while simultaneously invigorating the spirit to reach new heights. Funny thing about the sea is that it’s tides subtly change numerous times throughout the day and only if we stop and observe will we ever notice its peculiar residue on rocky surfaces which marks the levels of change. Living in places like Hawaii and Costa Rica where monumental mountains separate bays and secretly hidden natural treasures, it’s not uncommon to see people cross over while the tides are low. But as the tides begin to rise, an anxiety wave takes over, urging us to rush out before we get stuck on the wrong…

Stress Relief: There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

From the pressures brought on to us by our jobs, the overwhelming amounts of studying in school, and dealing the relationships with others in our lives, stress is bound to happen. Deadlines, expectations, problems, and personal issues can often send us over the edge to the point in which we’re losing sleep at night over the amount of stresses in our lives.

Fashion Shrewd

Sandra Aji is a 20-year-old model, wardrobe stylist and fashion blogger from Essex. This UK blogger is always in London, which most of us know is a Mecca for fashion; so don’t be surprised if Sandra can school some of us in the fashion world. Not only does this stylish fashionista model, style and blog, but she is also the co-founder of www.vinchi.co.uk.