Tag Archives: environmental

Self-Care Challenge (Day 23): Overcoming Fears

nurse shark at the reef in Belize

On day 23 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored overcoming fears of the ocean–specifically, what lurks below its surface. The large, mysterious creatures of the deep with their sharp teeth and hungry eyes make my heart race. But sometimes you just have to suck it up and move past your irrational fears to fully […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 19): Fly Fishing

Two women fly fishing in Belize

On day 19 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the art of fly fishing with world-renowned instructor, Lori-Ann Murphy. Before Monday, I had never properly held a fly rod in my life. I had only listened (with skepticism) to my husband’s tall fishing tales and complained about having to step over the entangled mess of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 16): Traveling (without the stress)

sunset near the tip of an airplane wing

On day 16 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored traveling without the stress so I could actually enjoy my vacation. I’ve traveled enough to know what not to do when planning a trip, and rushing around at the last minute is one of them. Vacations are supposed to relieve stress, not create it. Done well, […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 13): Tidying Up

nicely folded clothes in a dresser drawer

On day 13 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the so-called life-changing magic of tidying up. (FYI – It was pretty life-changing.) I still don’t talk to my clothes, but Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up* , really did change the way I live. Decluttering can be therapeutic because it allows us […]

Vegetable Fermentation with Elijah Santoyo

Elijah Santoyo man making kimchi

In this episode of Living Upp’s Conversations with Smart People, I interviewed Elijah Santoyo, who serves as director and professional chef at The Permaculture Academy in Los Angeles, about how to get started with fermentation. Q: What is the most difficult aspect of vegetable fermentation? Elijah: Fermentation is very simple and elegant, the only practical problem […]