October 24, 2018

Over 10 years ago, I received one of the best pieces of wisdom I have ever gotten. An incredibly wise soul said that a powerful way to increase harmony with others is to treat them as we would treat individuals we want to impress. How would we act if the person we most admire on earth appeared at our doorstep? What respect, kindness and and courtesy would we show them? What if we...

October 12, 2018

Last week I listened to a podcast (Deliciously Ella, Season 1, Episode 5) that literally stunned me. Through it, I learned the following mind-blowing facts:

“Over 1/3 of all food produced around the world goes to waste.”

“An area larger than China is used to grow food that is never eaten every day.”

“25% of the world’s freshwater supply is used to grow the food that is never eaten.”

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September 28, 2018

Feeling achy, tired and all around blah? Here are three super quick fixes that are sure to make a difference! Most likely, you have tried at least one of them and maybe even all of them. Nonetheless, because these activities are more powerful than they seem at first glance, it is absolutely worth putting them down in one blog post so, if nothing else, they serve as a reminder for...

September 15, 2018

I recently saw a girl wearing a tank top that said: “be relentless in the pursuit of your happiness.” It immediately got me thinking about what it means to be a happiness warrior, and how the concept changes and evolves with age.

As a teenager and through my early 30s, pursuing happiness meant making dreams come true. I thought about what made me happy, what I was passionate about...

August 31, 2018

The kids are back in school and the usual routine is in full swing! Now that the “vacation” has started for so many of us, we can hopefully make more time to read.

I could wax poetic about the benefits of reading novels and back them up with scientific studies (improved vocabulary, emotional intelligence and writing skills, reduced stress). But I will keep it simple. I am often as...

August 17, 2018

There are many things about aging that aren’t altogether fun. To me, the worst one is the way time seems to be speeding up. I remember thinking a day was a lifetime. Now, a month feels as short as a week, and a week as fast as a day. Looking on the bright side, however, there are a few things I adore about getting older. At the top of my list: deep, supportive, joyous friendships...

August 3, 2018

During the summer, I am always craving ice cold drinks. Sometimes I want them to be fruity, sometimes I need them to be sweet. I always want them to be refreshing. Making them reminds me of growing up in Mexico City where aguas frescas are readily available. At my own house, we usually had a pitcher of agua fresca in the center of the lunch table (lunch is eaten later, at around...

July 20, 2018

During a recent LYB staff meeting, a colleague asked me what I make for dinner on the days I am too tired to cook something elaborate. I immediately pictured those days following sleepless nights when I dream of getting home, changing into loungewear and just resting. I also thought of the nights when I have cooked my kids’ favorite meal and have no desire to eat it myself. I don...

July 7, 2018

One of the things that keeps me up at night is the thought of plastic in our bodies of water. From the islands of plastic in the oceans to the microplastics found in our sea salt supply, I shudder when I think of this pollution.

Because plastic is found in everything and everywhere, I feel the best approach to reducing our consumption of plastic is through baby steps. For example,...

June 20, 2018

There is a scene in the movie Moana that I believe depicts the truth about human beings and is the key to having better relationships.

[Spoiler alert!]

In the scene, Te Ka, a lava monster, is getting ready to destroy Moana. Moana sees the monster is missing its heart. Instead of retreating, she asks the ocean to part so that Te Ka can walk towards her. As the water moves aside to r...

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