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Harbor Island, San Diego Skyline, These People That I Love

Storyteller: Jennifer Trinkle aka Writing to Survive

1. I’ve been blogging since early 2008, when my son was two and a half and I was a SAHM adjusting to an unfamiliar city. 2. We moved from Washington, DC to Berkeley, CA in April 2007 and I not only needed a creative outlet (after years of wanting to write but not actually writing anything) but I also needed some sort of creative social circle, no matter how remote. I was struggling with some traumatic childhood memories and had one story in particular that I felt a strong need to write about at the time, to write about and…

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A BBQ With Friends

We talked about what you’re supposed to say on a day like this. You don’t want to say, Happy Memorial Day. That sounds….wrong. But saying something like, “I hope you spend the day thinking about all the people that have died for you to enjoy said day,” sounds like a bit too much. You know that many of your friends and family are getting to spend the day with their loved ones and that’s happy. You aren’t near your own family so you do the next best thing and spend it with good friends. You remember the brave service men…

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Grain-Free Cooking: Oven Fries! (With an Option for Cajun Seasoning)

Sometimes you like it a little spicy. Sometimes you don’t. And sometimes you want half and half in the same meal. I’m not here to judge. I’m here to accommodate your desires. These oven fries are super simple, easy and fast. I usually make them with just olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, but when I feel fancy I pull out my Hungarian Paprika and I think we all know what that means. Red dust on everything! Just kidding. It means delicious. First, you need some healthy-sized and firm potatoes. I like to plan about one potato per…

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On ‘Fighting for Weight Loss”

People have asked over the past year if I would divulge my “weight loss secrets” and personal weight numbers and I’ve resisted. Not because I don’t want to talk about it, but because I think people get confused. They start thinking they are in a “fight with themselves” and try to “make themselves lose weight,” when that’s actually harmful. No good and lasting change will come from that “attack.” Encouraging your body to gently release excess weight and keep it off takes time and care and love. I wrote about it over here if you’re interested in learning more. I…

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Storyteller: Maggie May aka Flux Capacitor

1. I’ve been blogging since 2009. I had a dream that blogging would be my way into the world of writers and publishing that I perceived myself having been denied through college. After I began blogging I quickly saw that regardless of where my writing went, the experience, the world of blogging would be reason enough. I started telling the story of my family and reading many many blogs and quickly I was hooked. I don’t think I’ve not looked at blogs longer than a few weeks since then. 2. I tell stories on my blog for a few reasons-…

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Orange! Bang!

I cleaned my camera lens and then I took a photo of pretty flowers. Nothing not to like about today so far.

Elan’s Blend: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry & Basil

What do you get when you mix Black Pepper, Juniper Berry and Basil together? Awesomesauce. Or, Elan‘s Blend. Same diff. To make your own roller, you’ll need doTERRA’s essential oils and an empty roller bottle. Super simple. Add 20 drops of each oil in the roller bottle. Then use FCO to fill the bottle to near the top. Add the roller top and a label. Rollers are my new favorite thing. The roller makes it easy to carry around, tuck in a pocket or purse, and simple to apply on your wrist and/or back of neck. You could roll this…

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Say One True Thing

How many days did I sit in silence and say nothing about my sadness until it turned to desperation? How many nights did I lay awake, worrying and running through emergency evacuation plans that I’d never need before I spoke out loud to someone, anyone, that I thought there might be something wrong? I couldn’t tell you, the number is too high. When your thoughts are lying to you about who you are and how the people around you feel about you, find one true thing. When you don’t know who you are anymore and it feels like it’s been…

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Want To Try Essential Oils? Do It Right Now With A Free Sample.

For the next two weeks (until May 31st) I’ll send you a free sample of doTERRA’s Grapefruit or Balance essential oil. (You pay $5 to help cover shipping in the US, $7 international.) I use both oils every day. The Balance blend has been instrumental in helping my moods. I apply it on my wrists, on the back of my neck and on the bottoms of my feet every morning and night. I drink the grapefruit oil everyday in water which can help with food cravings. (Slim & Sassy is also excellent at that and I drink it every morning.)…

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Storyteller: Kizz Robinson aka 117 Hudson

1. Blogging since July 2004. I started out reading Dawson’s Recap by Sara Bunting and Tara Ariano. That led me to some blogging awards (before blog was a word!) which introduced me to blogs and finally in 2004 I couldn’t keep my voice quiet any longer. Also, people had come out with easy-to-use platforms that didn’t require use of html which I still don’t know. I still love it, 10 years on! 2. I tell stories on my blog for a lot of reasons. I love to write and I find writing therapeutic. I’ve been very busy recently training for…

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Life Textures

It would be easy to say as things get older they automatically go towards entropy like moths to a flame in the witching hour. But the truth is, the easy answer isn’t always the true answer and where entropy is falling a little closer towards chaos and disorder every moment, we actually keep following along the perfect arc towards the inevitable, sure, but it isn’t chaos. It’s exactly what’s supposed to happen next. If I had to narrow down and categorize all the things I’ve done in the past three years that have made a huge difference in my life…

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Tam’s Blend

This blend smells amazing. You guys. I mean. I can’t. Even. I’ve been using doTERRA’s Wild Orange and White Fir together in the diffuser for months. It’s got a really warm, earthy, forest-y scent. When I met with my friend, Tam, she suggested adding Cedarwood and putting it all in a roller with some Fractionated Coconut Oil. Man, oh man. The scent went from awesome to oh-my-heckalicious. Here’s how you do it. You’ll need an empty roller bottle, doTERRA’s Wild Orange, White Fir and Cedarwood essential oils along with some FCO to top off the roller bottle. Super simple. Add…

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Marci and Delaney

I had the good fortune to spend the afternoon with Marci and her two lovely daughters plus a group of the nicest women you’ve ever met a few weeks back. (Fun fact – I actually realized I knew some of them from years ago and it was so nice to see them again!) Marci’s friends threw her a Girl Shower, all about how great it is to be a girl. Everything was pink and floral and the weather was perfect. It was such a lovely day. This is my favorite shot from all 600+ shots I took. (I know! So…

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