A freelancing free-spirited Jersey girl who is currently crisscrossing the globe without a map or a plan. Follow along with me at travelingstrange.com.
Tips to Lose Water Weight Fast
Losing body fat can be a long and arduous journey. Though healthy weight loss must be completed over time, there may be times that you need a little boost. Maybe you are heading to our high school reunion. Or perhaps you may have just eaten too many pretzels and can no longer fit into your skinniest skinny jeans. Either way, here are some tips to help you lose water weight fast.
The Beautifying Benefits of Green Tea
We all try our best to stay healthy—to varying degrees. Some of us do the bare minimum, drinking water and exercising (semi) regularly. Others of us go the Gwyneth Paltrow route and never miss an opportunity to toss “quinoa” and “antioxidants” into any conversation. But wherever you fall on the healthful spectrum, you have probably heard of the benefits of green tea. But chances are, you probably can’t remember them off-hand. No matter, you can use some ginkgo biloba for that.
A Bug's Life
One thing is certain. After reading any story by Franz Kafka for the first time, all readers, despite their differing perspectives, means of analysis, and various conclusions and conjectures will all be of the same opinion. This story doesn’t make sense. In fact, the first line of the introduction in the Barnes and Noble classic version of The Metamorphosis states frankly in mostly bold lettering, “FRANZ KAFKA’S FICTION DOESN’T make sense.” Perhaps the writer of the introduction thought it courteous to spare from frustration all those seeking to apply logic to a story in which a traveling salesman turns into a bug and dies. And by inviting the reader to suspend her sense of logic, he invites her to experience the story, not as a spectator, but as a participant. And thus, truly immerse oneself into the genius of Kafka and his ability to convey the complexity of human emotions in the most bizarre and alternately mundane situations.
Gift Ideas for the Highly Sensitive Person
Oh, introverts! The quiet, introspective, commonly misunderstood people in our lives. While their taciturnity lends them to be the best listeners and excellent friends, it also means that their needs often go unmet.
The love of makeovers is as American as deep-fried Oreos at a country fair. We celebrate the teacher turned self-made millionaire, the former convict turned master chef and the Red Sox after they finally won the World Series. We love novelty; almost as much as we love the idea of something, anything, metamorphosing into something better.
Yin and Restorative Yoga
While styles of yoga like Hatha and Vinyasa have become somewhat ubiquitous in nearly every gym in America, there are other quieter forms that are found primarily in spaces committed to exclusively to the practice of yoga. These forms, though not as well known, offer the body more subtle benefits that ought not to be missed.
I've always had a strong sense of self. I daresay that I had a level of self-awareness as a five-year old that most people don't develop until they are in their 50s. Some would call being an "old soul" or wise beyond your years. It is generally considered to be a good thing. And from an outsiders point of view, I can recognize how that could appear to be the case. But, of course, the reality is far more complex.
Gymnosophist is a term the ancient Greeks used to describe the “naked wise men” or the “naked philosophers” of India. Suffice to say, spiritual nudity has had a long tradition in India, as well as in yogic practice. In Sanskrit, the practice of nude yoga is called Nagna Yoga or Vivastra Yoga.
We're in an interesting time socially and politically. Many people called it divided, but I would say that the divisions are just more visible now. Two, three, five years before, the type of conversations that are being held on race, class, religion, gender, culture would never have been a part of public discourse. Not because these issues weren't there, but because there was this idea that we were "past" these things as a society.