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Author: Melissa

I am an artist, blogger, cozy minimalist, book worm, Wiccan, yogi, and personal growth focused.
Judgement Detox the Book and How I Grew Reading It

Judgement Detox the Book and How I Grew Reading It

I am an avid reader and I was recently told that I would benefit from the Libby App. This app helps you set up an eLibrary card so you can check out ebooks and audibles. As I am a fan of personal growth I perused the titles available and the book by Gabrielle Bernstein JUDGMENT DETOX: Release The Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living A Better Life caught my eye. I will be honest and tell you I had…

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Minimalism: 3 years practicing

Minimalism: 3 years practicing

I started my minimalism journey 3 years ago in April 2018. I was transitioning from being a student and felt unsure about what to do with all the free time that was previously taken up by studying. I remember feeling restless and I was looking for a way to declutter my mind to help with my anxiety. Using Pinterest I found an article about declutter thoughts that quickly led me to information about decluttering my physical space. I immediately started…

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2021 Word Of The Year

2021 Word Of The Year

It’s that time of year again where I select a word to focus on for the year to come, but first I would like to reflect on my word for 2020 which was Present. As 2020 comes to a close it is important to recognize all that we, as a global community, have had to navigate this year. March 2020 in the US we were encouraged to quarantine to flatten the curve on the coronavirus. We hoped for a short…

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Anti-Racism Journey and Resources

Anti-Racism Journey and Resources

In February I joined a thought work book club and where we read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. While reading this book we did the values activity as a group. During this exercise you select all the values that apply to you and categorize them into your top 2 main values. My top two values were connection and growth, but one value I was reminded of during this process was my value for equality. By focusing on survival and controlling…

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Growth During Isolation

Growth During Isolation

It’s been a few months since I last posted on my blog, but these are not normal times we are living in. This pandemic and accompanied isolation has given each of us more time with our thoughts and how we are living our lives. In this space I’ve been taking time to learn, grow, and do a lot of inner work. I have been slowly but surely working toward my truth, seeing the most impact in the last few years….

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Santa Fe Meal Insta-Pot Recipe

Santa Fe Meal Insta-Pot Recipe

Gluten Free Naturally and Dairy Free Recipe if cheese is omitted. Serves 5: Or 5 days of Meal Prep Cook Time: 20 minutes 1 1/4 cup white rice 1 1/4 cup water 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 cup ground turkey 1 cup salsa 1 can black beans 1/3 cup Mexican cheese: Optional Cook Rice in Insta-Pot on rice setting by combining white rice, water, chili powder, and garlic powder. Cook ground turkey on stove top or…

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Why I Dyed My Hair Purple

Why I Dyed My Hair Purple

It’s June 2020 and we have been in quarantine for several months now. This time has brought space for me to grow by reading more and taking a look at what matters most to me. During this time I joined a book club and we decided to read Untamed by Glennon Doyle. In this book Glennon talks about breaking out of the box that society places us in and embracing your true self. I’ve been going through an untaming of…

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What Staying at Home and 2 years into Minimalism has Taught Me

What Staying at Home and 2 years into Minimalism has Taught Me

April 2018 was a vastly different world we lived in. For me personally, I was rediscovering myself after just finishing my bachelor’s degree and just starting on my minimalism and mindset journey. Fast forward to April 2020 and we are encouraged to self-isolate due to the pandemic plaguing the world. Fortunately, I am able to self-isolate because I now work from home full time. My husband, however, continues to work in the public where they are doing their best to keep themselves…

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12 Ways to Add Hygge to Social Isolation

12 Ways to Add Hygge to Social Isolation

We are well into social isolation with the coronavirus, and a lot of people are struggling without social interaction from others and possibly too much from your own household. Now is a great reminder of how to be intentional this season. I know by now Spring is upon us, but the majority of the world has been encouraged to self-isolate. This is usually a great time of the year to enjoy the weather, but we can’t do our normal activities…

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Perfectionist Fantasy During Social Isolation

Perfectionist Fantasy During Social Isolation

It is April 2020 and we are experiencing a global pandemic. Where I live in Utah we also experienced our first large earthquake in mid-March with well over 200 aftershocks that we are winding down from. To slow the spread of the virus many people have been forced to stay home. Individuals have lost their job, are forced to not go in, or if possible work from home with the exception of front line health care workers, grocery store employees,…

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