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another Bump in the Road...

thursday tips & tricks, adventure, discussion, photographyLindseyComment

I have an affinity for accidents of just about every kind, but especially when it comes to car accidents. I totaled my habanero prius c back in May and I got in another wreck on Tuesday evening. I'd have a more interesting and substantial post prepared for you today if I didn't spend most of yesterday dealing with insurance, car rentals, and all that jazz. I hope you'll forgive me. I did, however, want to pop in and share this little quote my friend Julien Elizabeth sent me after I called her to dish about my troubles. 

This made me smile, my world stopped crumbling and I was able to look at the whole situation from a different perspective. At first I was all... 'My life is over. My insurance is going to drop me. I won't be able to drive. I'll never find work again. I'm going to end up in a cardboard box'... because I'm not dramatic at all. But, after I took a moment to breathe and reassess, I was able to shift my thinking to, 'So what if my stupid orange car is wrecked, or totaled. I'm alive. I have an amazing network of friends and family. This is not a big deal. It might take a few more phone calls, a bit more debt for now, and a few weeks driving around in a nissan, but just learn something from it.' And as soon as I made the decision to look on the bright side, I felt a burst of energy and I've been taking care of business ever since.

The whole ordeal's been a great lesson on patience and I'm going to look at that as a blessing, because I patience is something I could probably (definitely) use a whole lot more of. Anyways, I hope you have a safe and happy Thursday. 



recipe for a Winter Hemp Shake

wednesday wellness, recipe, photography, lifestyleLindseyComment

Just because it doesn't get as cold here in southern California, doesn't mean we don't experience winter. We still go crazy and spend most of December eating all the cookies, skipping workouts for cocktail parties, and by the time January comes around we're all wearing our stretchy pants and shaving our legs only if we think we might get lucky. We just don't have to wear those annoying puffy jackets and lose all of our favorite shoes to salt stains. Maybe I'm just speaking for myself here, but point is I'm ready for a detox. Who's with me? This recipe is perfect for morning or night and it takes less than 5 minutes to whip up. I've been diggin' it, drinking it, whatever. You should too.


1 1/2 cups water

2 tbsp hemp hearts

1 1/2 tbsp almond butter

5 drops of vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp fresh turmeric

Salt to taste

1-2 tsp maca powder *optional


What I love about hemp milk, is it's super quick because you don't need to soak the hemp hearts- just dump it all in a blender, put it on high for 1-3 minutes and enjoy. If you want to make this more of a meal than a beverage, just add cereal and granola and top with nuts and berries. In fact, I think I'll probably do that tomorrow.

Just to recap- this is a super powerful tonic that just happens to taste delicious. To just skim the surface here- the hemp hearts and almond butter make it packed with protein, the turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, the honey will help with digestion, the cinnamon will help you regulate the sugar, the maca is super energizing, the cardamom is detoxifying, and the vanilla can increase your mental performance. So go whip yourself up a cup and have a dandy day!

Will you give this a try? Link to comment up top by the title!



Music, Magic, Mermaids & more.

adventure, tuesday tales, photography, lifestyleLindseyComment

Sunday I ventured off to the Xandu Life's Animal Adventure Festival. As you likely assumed from the sampling of photographic evidence above, it was awesome. I practiced a little yoga, met a mermaid, played with an alpaca, shot a snake, jammed out to Brightside, and worked on my hoop skills. I'll let the pictures do the talking and leave you with this: stay tuned and make sure to check out The Xanadu Life's next big adventure. I'll see you there!