Looking back to earlier in 2020, I wrote of a particularly uncomfortable feeling. Like you probably, I was feeling that this major shift and change we were experiencing in our world was like having car keys taken away, and my ability to go, do, and be was completely removed from my grasp.

I remember feeling this boisterous laughter, growing larger and louder by the day, mocking us humans for thinking we have control over the world. As we humbly learned last year, we didn’t.

Much like the greeting tree of my nucleo home, the Himalayan Cedar, has done in ki’s…

Here’s something you might not know about me:

I have Body Dysmorphia.

Body dysmorphia is a mental disorder in which a person is preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. For me, it manifested in seeing certain parts of myself as fat and mal-shaped.

I’m not really sure the source of it — it’s kind of always been with me.

I was officially diagnosed in my late 20s when I couldn’t figure out why I felt so bad about parts of my body even though by this point, I was “technically thin”…

I want to let you in on a little secret.

You are much more flexible at changing and evolving than you think you are.

I’ve spoken before about how humans tend to be scared to evolve in life: how flexibility and change can seem daunting. But when you have self-confidence and self-faith, that ability to really trust in yourself, your soul mission, and your deep patterns, that’s when your self-growth and evolution exceeds every expectation you’ve ever had of yourself.

Feedback and Change in the Plant Kingdom

The plant kingdom has a very specific way of teaching you how to build your self-trust and confidence, and it…

Evolution and Growth

When it comes to evolving and growing as human beings, I find that individuals — maybe not all of you, but many — voice very different desires to the actions taken. It’s as if humanity is suffering from a collective state of Cognitive Dissonance, “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.”

When I was in graduate school, this was a big topic of discussion. Before that, I hadn’t even realized it was a “thing”. I tend to be an idealist, which often translates to being on the rigid side…

Everything we do has a cause and effect. Nobody knows this better than plants! They have this distinctive way of operating that delicately dances between competition and collaboration.

Decision-Making Skills: Intuition When It Comes to Competition vs. Collaboration

Scientists may have a difficult time defining it, but plants have a unique intelligence. From memory to decision-making skills, kin use these abilities to decide on a course of action.

Some would say that this concept is a little woo woo, then again I could easily show you why it’s biomimicry. Ultimately, what really matters is that the plant kingdom has an innate knowledge. …

2020 has got me thinking about relationships: how they come in all different shapes and sizes, how they can make you feel, and how they can be pretty fragile if they depend on your external circumstances. Regardless of what form it takes, there are benefits to different types of relationships. That, I know for sure. Simultaneously, I often think of how plants create a whole array of relationships differently from humans, relationships that carry out other functions. I also know that for sure!

Being consciously aware of the various types of relationships you have helps you better value their purpose

Recharge and Reprioritize

Recently, I find myself thinking about how important it is to recharge in times of difficulty. It’s so important to take the time to consciously make decisions. As well, to update priorities based on changing conditions during these times, and how can you do either of these when you’re exhausted? Self awareness and connection to self is essential to being a leader in your own life. And from that point of clarity, showing leadership to others in your community.

It’s probably the political turmoil the world is witnessing right now that’s sparked these musings. Polarizing opinions and segregation being shown…

You can’t deny that 2020 has been a crisis of a year.

No one looking back at New Year’s Eve 2019/2020 would have expected the upheaval the world has experienced: the Covid 19 pandemic, devastating fires across the globe, political unrest, racism, riots, ‘murder hornets’, climate disasters, the loss of beloved public figures, financial crashes.

Yet, opportunity has also been able to be found this year. The opportunity to actively find the positive and the good in the world, in little moments and big ones. The opportunity to go deep and look inside to see how you can still grow…

Sometimes, We’re Scared and Fearful

Humans are funny creatures, aren’t we? We often wonder how to move forward when scared. It’s a valid and comical concern simultaneously.

We often spend a lot of time focusing on how to evolve and grow, how to make an impact and truly transform our lives; we take courses, we read self help books, we listen to podcasts. But most of the time, we focus on the theory and don’t actually integrate the changes!

It’s often a matter of what we say VS what we do.

Cognitive Dissonance: “the state of having thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes that are inconsistent to…

Strategy is a word thrown around quite a bit in the world right now. I’m sure you’ve heard it in one context or another: business strategy, money strategy, political strategy, marketing strategy… Strategy constantly on the mind!

We use strategy in our personal lives, too: parenting strategy, savings strategy, development strategy. Probably in a less methodical way — not so much boardrooms, slideshows, and whiteboards, more like journaling, time budgeting, and calendaring. As creatures of habit, humans generally like to have a plan or direction to work towards our desired goals.

Sometimes, when you sit to work out a strategy…

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