• Let Go,  Mindset

    How I paid off $33k of debt in 18 months

    I’ve never really identified myself as someone who was good with money. The only formal “training” I’ve had was my microeconomics elective in undergrad and I got a C in the class. I was a bio major and a student-athlete on scholarship so while I enjoyed math, finance wasn’t really my jam. At that time I had a joint credit card with my dad for “emergencies” but didn’t really understand how that all worked because he was the one paying the bills every month. I landed my first big girl job 10 years ago and since then I had been semi-serious about personal finance merely because it seemed like the…

  • Let Go,  Mindset

    My Word of 2020

    2019 was not my favorite. I came home one day to 3 inches of water in my basement – which was also where my bedroom happened to be. I finalized my divorce. I said goodbye to the most amazing dog I’ve ever met (RIP my beloved Otis). I spent countless hours for a month straight getting my condo ready to sell. That hard work (and $$$$$$) seemed to pay off because I accepted an offer after just 12 days. I sold all my furniture, streamlined my belongings to just my most prized possessions and moved from a 3-bedroom condo to a single room 40 miles closer to work. 6 days…

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    Anti-Inflammation Smoothie Recipe

    This smoothie tastes sweet, tart, and warm and contains nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It’s perfect for starting the day with an energy boost and also for recovering after a long night of fun or an intense workout. Let me know what you think in the comments!

  • Healthy Green Living,  Recipes

    Healthy Green 3-Day Smoothie Cleanse (With Recipes!)

    If you’re looking for a gentle reset after all the holiday celebrations, 3 days of delicious, dessert-inspired smoothies may be just what your body needs. These smoothies are meant to be filling, but if you want to add some healthy complex carbs like oats, sweet potatoes or brown rice then go for it! This “cleanse” isn’t meant to starve you, it’s meant to give you the most amount of nutrients possible over the course of 3 days to optimize your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. The recipes follow the same basic pattern of ingredients per serving which is 1-2 cups of liquid, 1 cup fresh leafy greens, a frozen banana, a…

  • Drinks,  Healthy Green Living

    5 Eco-Friendly Straw Alternatives

    In the last 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s volunteers have collected over 9 million straws and stirrers during their beach cleanups and more continue to make their way into our environment. These types of marine debris pose a significant threat to ocean life including sea turtles, fish and albatross. Here are 5 alternatives to plastic straws that are better for the environment. 1. The “Just Say NO” Option. Make your commitment to skipping the plastic straw and announce your support for a clean ocean by taking the Ocean Conservancy’s Skip the Straw Pledge. “…commit to skipping the straw and add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand…

  • Healthy Green Living

    These Common Chemicals Are Wrecking Your Hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that that play a significant role in many biochemical pathways in humans. Every single cell in our body has specific receptors (or binding sites) that respond when a hormone compound connects to it. We can think of the hormone as a key, and the receptor on the cell is the lock. The key unlocks the lock and opens a door which corresponds to a certain cellular function. For example, when cortisol, also known as the stress hormone binds to a cell membrane, a “door” opens which allows for a surge of energy in the form of glucose to flood into that cell. This surge of energy…