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Jun11

Decisions, decisions

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety -Abraham Maslow

From my own experience so far in life I’m finding that I may as well step forward, every time. There is nothing safe in this world, it just feels safe until the illusion falls away, because nothing is permanent. I like the idea of stepping forward, because then it’s my choice, instead of being hurtled forward by the surprise of not being safe anymore. At least then, I can enjoy the illusion of feeling empowered and in control, through finally making the decision.

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Jun11

Fidelity is a heroic achievement.

fidelity

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Dec19

Without suffering, would we have empathy?

The most beautiful people to be around are the ones with open minds

I know it’s not really related but it got me to thinking…

Do Psychopaths have a hidden suffering?

I often notice, with the surprising amount of sociopaths and psychopaths I’ve encountered in this short life, that they actually struggle with the inability to feel. They are willing to go to great lengths to feel something, even though nothing works, no matter how extreme their method progression runs. They are so intrigued by how much the rest of us feel and suffer that they often try to play with us and hurt us and watch us, like we are puppets… to try to imagine it, perhaps? (more…)

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Jul30

You Are a Heart Being

heart being
Declare amnesty for the part of you that you don’t love very well. Forgive that poor sucker. Hold its hand and take it out to dinner and a movie. Tactfully offer it a chance to make amends for the dumb things it has done.

And then do a dramatic reading of this proclamation by the playwright Theodore Rubin: “I must learn to love the fool in me — the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.”

via Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology

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Jul30

My Life’s Ambition

One day you will learn to give and receive love like an open window, and it will feel like Summer every day.

Don’t follow the Summers; feel like Summer :)

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Jul27

What if you always took the ‘what if’ path?

ladybugI’m just noticing that I don’t recognise my life at all anymore. Nothing feels familiar about it. At all… like I’m living a totally alternate ‘what if’ life. (more…)

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Jul16

Livv(y)ing in Eden

naked life

This is where I live currently. That’s me, how I go about most days — which is mostly naked — and standing next to me is Cooper – not only my partner, but the inspiration and catalyst for the huge adventure I’ve embarked on. The biggest, most challenging, thrilling and rewarding adventure of my life so far, and we’ve only just started. I’ve taken a path I never in a million years thought I’d ever venture down. Ever.

In the past 2 months I have fulfilled more life fantasies and explored more challenges head on, and broken more wide open than I have ever had the courage to in all the days of my life combined. It’s been one crazy ride… I’m still processing the daily things that happen or I’d write more often.

Where to begin? Where did it begin? So much has happened…

In smaller news, I’m moving to Hawaii in a few months. The Big Island. And we’ll be taking all of this, and each other along.

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Jun10

The Perfect Body Stereohype

I had noticed, though not paid much attention to this new fashion trend for women — no longer being pressured to look thin, but to have perfect cyborg bodies as if they were top athletes. Except that they’re not. To me its just another form of INTENSE pressure and control directed at women by the media and even fostered and encouraged by other women who do it, under the guise that “I will become more physically powerful and sexually appealing”. (more…)

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Jun9

Photos from my first World Naked Bike Ride

All these photos were taken after the Naked Bike Ride during the massive celebrations. A truly liberating experience!! So much fun we rode it twice. Afterwards I rode naked across the city to our friend Joelle’s house for her all night birthday celebration, and the next morning Coop took me to watch the sun rise and sun gaze with him from an epic vantage point in the city before carrying me home to sleep. One of the funnest days of my life ever! Well… up until that point :)

Cooper and I - the muse and the n00b

Cooper ad I – the muse and the n00b

Me, Coop and Joelle <3

Me, Coop and Joelle <3

the love train

The love train

Pawel, the friend behind the camera, and Coop and I in the background

Pawel, the friend behind the camera, and Coop and I in the background

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Apr30

Identifying as a Victim

flight
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore to decide that I am or was a ‘victim’ of someone or something that happened to me. The person who does bad stuff to you doesn’t make you a victim. Only thoughts do. From there we decide if we are going to allow those thoughts to convince us that it is now our Identity. Our ego is always looking for some or other story to add to our importance, to make us more interesting to ourselves at ANY cost. Realise the power you originally had in that choice belief, and recognise that you can JUST as easily take your power back! You can just as easily see yourself totally differently. (more…)

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Jan19

90% off VideoBlocks Coupon

video-blocks-logoHere it is! I spent the last week downloading countless gorgeous stock videos like this one for free from Video Blocks by signing up and cancelling my subscription within the week.

video blocks 1 week free trial

However if a week isn’t enough for you, you can use my referral link to get 90% off Video Blocks usual yearly plan – usually it costs $79 a month for unlimited royalty free downloads or $474 per year which is well worth it but way too expensive for my freelance business. The site is continually updated with gorgeous fresh stuff.

Download from over 100,000 Stock Videos, Production Music, AE Templates & more! Here’s a coupon for a 90% discount: http://videoblocks.refr.cc/TXJVD8Q.

And if you’re looking for the same massive discount for royalty free stock photos, stock illustrations, icons in high res and vector format – check out my other post.

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Dec17

Grammarly 1-week free trial

I use Grammarly all the time, for proofreading all project proposals, client emails and website content. It’s the best online proofreader – in my opinion – and also comes with a plagiarism checker, as well as a plugin for MS Office.

They have a 7-day free trial for a short time so we can try out their full membership offering.

Grammarly 1 week free trial coupon

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Dec16

Treehouse 3 months free coupon!

Sweet! I’m totally self taught in the web design field so I’m fully in support of using whatever free resources are available to get into the field. I got news in my inbox that Treehouse is offering 3 months free for a short time, so grab it via this link: http://goo.gl/jZg4Z2

Treehouse deal

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Dec16

90% off Graphic Stock Coupon or 1 week free trial

massive discount code for graphicstock.comIt seems the folks who offered us a week of free stock video downloads at VideoBlocks.com are now offering the same sweet deal on free stock image downloads for a week. I downloaded tons of gorgeous stock photos, images and icons for a bunch of projects I’m working on for free all week from GraphicStock.com. I signed up and successfully cancelled my subscription within the week to see if the trail offer was safe and legit before promoting it. Now you can too.

GraphicStock 1 week free trial of unlimited downloads

However if a week isn’t enough for you, you can use my referral link to get 90% off Graphic Stock’s usual yearly plan – usually it costs $49 a month for unlimited royalty free downloads or $588 per year which is well worth it but way too expensive for my freelance business. The site is continually updated with gorgeous fresh stuff, and with the coupon code its entirely affordable.

Download from over 100,000 completely royalty free photos, illustrations and icons in high res and vector format to use in any project! Here’s a coupon for a 90% discount: http://graphicstock.refr.cc/277VT7K. Enjoy!

And if you’re looking for the same massive discount for royalty free stock videos, royalty free production music, AE templates & more – check out my other post.

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Dec14

Meet the Arctic 30

PETITION: Tell Russia to Release Greenpeace Activists

28 Greenpeace activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer have been charged with piracy and hooliganism in Russian Courts. See their faces. Even though the Arctic 30 were granted bail, piracy and hooliganism charges are still in place. These charges carry with them maximum sentences of 15 and 7 years in a Russian prison.

Please join the Greenpeace activists in becoming an Arctic Defender. Sign their petition to Russia’s US ambassador demanding Russia release the activists, the immediate withdrawal of the Russian Coast Guard from the Greenpeace ship, and an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.

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Nov9

Easy Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

Cross Stitch Card - Handmade Card - PEACE JOY LOVE

My gran Heather is a great crafter and recently started making a line of handmade greeting cards that she sells at fleamakets. It inspired me to make my own Christmas cards this year for friends and family, so I started looking online for inspiration… (more…)

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Oct17

Becoming Barenaked – the Indiegogo campaign

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Oct17

Butternut Squash Wakame Casserole Recipe

wakameFrom The Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter

  • 2 Cups of onions sliced in thin half moons
  • 1 Cup of Wakame, Soaked and sliced into 2 inch pieces – SAVE the Water.
  • 2 TBS of sesame tahini – I like the toasted but either works
  • 1 tsp of shoyu (soy sauce) or we use tamari
  • ½ small buttercup or butternut squash – or whatever winter squash you favor.

Preheat over 350. Place onion in a saucepan with small amount of wakame water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes
Remove and place in a small casserole dish. Mix wakame with onion. Dilute tahini with ½ cup of wakame water and shoyu. Mix this in with onion and wakame.
Smooth mixture evenly in dish, and layer squash over the top until covered. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 10-15 min.
To remove excess liquid and slightly brown the top.

Serves 4-6

Enjoy

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Jun19

How to backup Windows 7 Sticky Notes

All you need is to copy this file to your backup location:

C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\
Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

*NOTE*

AppData is a hidden folder. So you will not find it if you browse folder step by step in Windows Explorer (although I managed to get there by pasting with my username
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\
Microsoft\Sticky Notes”
into the top bar with no problem). To directly jump to AppData\Roaming folder, you can run %appdata% from the Windows start menu.

(thanks for the suggestion Gautam Jain)

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Jun17

Standing Man Protests

Did anyone see the extraordinary “standing man” protest in Istanbul last night? I guess we are all used to seeing huge shouting crowds fighting with the Police, teargas, water cannon etc etc.

But there’s also something very powerful about these stationary, silent protesters in Taksim Square. Needless to say, some were arrested, but it’s very difficult to see what offence is standing quietly in a public place.
–Bat Country

standing man protests Istanbul

Chapter 43 of Tao Te Ching
Written by Lao-tzu

From a translation by S. Mitchell

The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

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