Welcome to my happy place!

Introduction

I am a woman, writer, wanna-be photographer, traveler, yogini, cook, vegetarian, wine lover and coffee addict who laughs and cries regularly.

Those close to me know that I am passionate about myriad causes. I don’t buy anything or do much of anything without minimally THINKING about its impact and, when at all possible, doing what I can to minimize my negative impact upon others.

So I read articles and watch documentaries and work jobs that I hope make a difference, but I am always frustrated by a feeling that I should be doing more. I am in awe of those people who make the documentaries, who organize the marches, who actually are change agents.

Is this blog going to change the world? Obviously not, but what I am hoping is that I can share some insight, some recipes, some thoughts and some ideas that I think are important. The goal of most humans is simply to be happy and I feel like most people are far from that, and going down a path that will never lead to happiness. I am not trying to pretend that I’m some sort of sage and have the answers, but I have done a lot of searching and thought maybe some people out there would care what I found. I have gone from being very unhappy to a place of general contentment, but I am not aspiring to write some self-indulgent blog about me….it just so happens that I am the one writing, so it is bound to include me!

I believe our own happiness is directly linked to our relationship with the world around us. I believe most people have lost the connection our ancient ancestors had with the earth and with one another and I think that leads to a lot of unhappiness. I am trying to rebuild that connection, and I always feel inspired around others who are doing the same. Our collective positivity can be powerful. (I am a little bit of a hippie, it turns out.)

I am not a health care provider, but I have been reading and researching about healthy living for 20 years, and I continue to improve my own health, so I will share my ideas with you.

This is not a religious blog, but I may at times raise and question issues of spirituality. is not a self-help blog, but I may share resources or experiences that have helped me. This is not a political blog, but I will advocate for those things I believe are important. 

Sometimes I don’t have any statistics or data or anything concrete to back up what I am saying; it is just the nice thing to do. At the end of the day, I don’t see why people can’t just choose what is kind.” So, at risk of sounding utterly banal and vanilla, this blog will strive to be about kindness, so please do comment, debate, argue and criticize, but try to be kind. I can admit when I am wrong and I can change my mind, but if you want to change my mind, please remember that I want, as much as I can, to choose kindness…I definitely don’t always succeed, but maybe by publicly airing the times when I have failed, I will learn to be a happier human from the experience too!

Follow the blog by clicking the “Follow” button at the right to stay up to date. Also, feel free to follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.  And most of all, be kind to your fellow humans and be a happy human!

Choose a topic to get started!

Health and Wellness
In this section, I share ideas on general healthy choices for a healthy body and soul.
Unity. Yoga + Pilates
I am a certified yoga and Pilates teacher with thousands of hours of practice and thousands more of teaching. Here I will share my latest videos, tips and benefits of practice.
Recipes
I have a few healthy, vegetarian smoothie, soup, salad and other recipes to fuel your life!
Life and Love
This is my most personal section where I talk about my journey on this Earth navigating relationships with other humans.
Op-Ed
I have opinions on everything. I have endeavored to keep this blog from going into angry rants, but here I share my views on important topics, usually with a focus on ethics and humanity.
*NOTE: All of the opinions are my own and do not represent the views of my current or previous employers.
Basic-Bitch Kitchen
Basic Bitch is my alter ego.  She doesn’t give a F*#$~! These are easy, fast recipes that are not necessarily healthy, but offer simple comfort. The tone of this is a bit more…colorful!

Cover photo and “About Me “credit: Ulelli Verbeke Photography

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  1. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal. I must say you have done a great job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari. Exceptional Blog!

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  2. Hello, I linked to your good article about sex work without asking for your permission beforehand, for which I belatedly apologise. I also hadn’t allowed for any comments on my post. I wasn’t expecting there to be a Pingback from your article. At any rate, I have now deleted the blog post and the blog itself. As a subject in itself it may be worth updating with how the various national lockdowns have affected the livelihoods of sex workers?

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    1. Hello, I don’t mind you linking to it, but it is a bit out of date at the moment. When I wrote it, I was more connected to that world because of my work in HIV, but I am somewhat out of the loop right now, so the data isn’t super recent. For that reason, while I think you are right, that COVID has likely impacted that world, as with everything else, I won’t be writing about it because I would only be writing based on what others are writing about right now. I don’t have anything original to add. I am glad that you appreciated the post!

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  3. Thanks for replying. I think that the economic impact on sex workers, as with many other professions, is due to the lockdown measures as a response to COVID19, rather than COVID19 itself (for which I’d recommend following Ivor Cummins @FatEmporer, who has done excellent statistical analysis of the infection rates in different countries, including the different climatic zones within the US).

    Suffice to say that the comments on your post were also mine and that my interest in the subject was based on that fact that I think that there should not be any taboo about it. Arguably sex work should be fully decriminalised, but allowing that there will always be some form of regulation, as there is with any business that is legal. I may re-draft my post on another blog and if so, thanks for saying that it would be OK to link to yours.

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