Simply Ramen

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I love Ramen noodles, plain. Sometimes I will even eat them dry as a little crunchy snack. This recipe came to me one day at the office when I was thinking about something warm to make for dinner. It was winter and very cold outside, so soup it was! I absolutely love wasabi paste dissolved in soy sauce, so I added a couple tablespoons at the end as a bit of a liquid “garnish”. Anyway, this is a totally versatile inexpensive dinner or lunch.


INGREDIENTS

2tbs coconut oil

Half Yellow Onion (Chopped)

1tsp minced garlic

1/2 C frozen broccoli

1/4 C chopped mushrooms

garlic salt + red pepper to taste

2 C water

1 serving of dry Ramen noodles

“garnish” wasabi paste soaked in 1/4 C low sodium soy sauce

(optional: extra firm tofu squares or hard boiled egg)


INSTRUCTIONS

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add the chopped onion, garlic, broccoli and mushrooms. Add salt and red pepper to taste. Cook until onions are transparent. Add 2C of water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add Ramen noodles. Cook 3 minutes. Optional: add wasabi + soy sauce. Serve.

Makes 1-2 servings.

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10 Ways To Add Vintage Boho Decor To Your Home

Love the boho pins over on Pinterest? Do you think you need tons of money to get that same look in your own home? I’m telling you, you don’t have to be rich. You just need a savvy eye and some patience. Here’s what to do: hunt the aisles of thrift stores, scour garage sales, and maybe try an estate sale or two.

Plus, there’s that online gem, ETSY.

Below are some ideas on how to add unique, vintage boho decor to your home.

1. Find brass, gold, silver, gilded anything. I love this stuff. I’ve found platters, vases, and small plates for cone incense. They may need a good scrub, but after that they are so versatile.

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2. Two words: Macrame and Fringe. These two items scream boho and they are key for your decor. Find fringe on scarves on boots and on purses. Snuggle up in a fringe lined retro blanket. You can find inexpensive macrame items online, thrift stores or you can make your own. From wall hangings to vintage plant holders, this twine art is IIIIIN.

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3. Bring nature inside. Houseplants (to hang in the macrame), twigs, branches, rocks, you name it. Go for a hike or a nature walk. Collect some crystals. Maybe try a bonsai tree or succulent. Hang jewelry from a birch branch! Feathers have both a spiritual and a practical decorating purpose. A small tabletop fountain will also keep the good energy flowing.

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4. Tapestries, old-school crocheted afghans, handmade quilts, and deep colored pillows all add a rich texture to your home. Large cushions or pillows placed on the floor call out for a cup of chai tea and a novel. If it makes you want to swaddle yourself, meditate on it, take a nap in it, or melt into it, you’re on the right track.

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5. Never underestimate the ambient power of a good set of twinkle lights. Stay away from the green wire Christmas lights. Go with the white or the new LED types. Amazon is teeming with them, but I’ve even found cute twinkle lights at the dollar store.

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6. Find items from around the world. Colored glass, a globe, that postcard your friend sent you from Greece, or a collection of coins in a small dish. If it’s worldly and reminds you of your travels, past, present and future, put it on display.

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7. Put a bird on it. One bird word: OWLS. Owls are really in right now. It’s always fun to find vintage owl stuff too. Owl candles, owl cups, owl pictures–you would be wise to find some owl stuff for your abode. Other birds are good too, but owls are king.

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8. Keep it unfinished and distressed–or make it look that way. Nothing says “boho character” like a scuffed trunk turned coffee table or a few mismatched chairs. If you want to paint end tables, cabinets, or walls choose bold colors like turquoise, wine, and tangerine.

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9. Find unique, funky, and durable vintage mugs and dishes. This is so easy to do at the thrift store on the cheap! The more mismatched your collection, the better. Look for things like milk glass, kings fire, and vintage Corning Ware from the 70’s. You can sometimes get these items for 25 cents at garage sales!

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10. Most importantly, make your space all about Y-O-U. This is the place you come for comfy pillows and hot cocoa in a mug that says “Surf Hawaii”. Curl up with a book or an animal friend on that overstuffed cushion. Greet the day gazing up at the tapestry above your bed! This is your space, boho it UP!

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It does take patience and a keen eye to find some of these treasures, but in the end you get a boho cozy, up-cycled and unique pad.

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How to Raise Your Spirits

Raising your vibration is just another way of lifting your mood. It not only benefits you, but those around you too. Here are some simple tips on how to do it. I bet you already do a few on this list.

1. Laugh your a*s off. To online memes. To a movie. With your friend or significant other.

2. Crystals. Touch them. Sit with them. Take a bath or meditate with them. Look at them. Oooooo. Awwwww.

3. Meditate for at least 10 minutes. Om.

4. Dance your a*s off. In your kitchen. In your bedroom. In the grass outside your apartment.

5. Take a salt bath. Use lots of Epsom salt. Let go. Cleanse. Float.

6. Hug a tree. Who cares if someone sees you! Think of how long it’s been since that tree had a good hug. Hug hard.

7. Turn your gadgets off. For real. Off.

8. Pay attention to the information you focus on. Be mindful what you are listening to, reading and watching. Is it all news and politics? Maybe take a break from this type of info. Information should lift you up instead of drag you down or make you angry. Limit. Not avoid altogether.

9. Eat healthy, vegetables and drink water. Avoid alcohol (this is one of the lowest vibe substances you can ingest). Root veggies like carrots and radishes are grounding. Lean meat. Avoid processed food.

10. Create. Art. Writing. A recipe.

11. Go to a waterfall, ocean, or any body of water. Catch those negative ions where the flow best.

12. Listen to music. Outside. In your car. At an outdoor live show–not in bar. In your house. On a walk.

13. Declutter and organize. Your fridge. Your house. Your car. Your nail polish collection.

14. Spend time or call a high vibe friend. The ones who lift you up and don’t drag you down.

15. Keep your heart open. Use rose quartz. Heart chakra meditation. Reiki. Be in love with a person, with a book, with an idea. Be it.

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How To Love A Narcissist

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“You can judge behavior without condemning a soul.” -Bryant McGill

I’ve noticed that “Narcissist” and “Sociopath” are huge buzz words on the internet and in psychology right now.  I’ve done a ton of reading on this personality trait and the personality disorder of narcissism.  I’ve dated narcissistic men.  I’ve even been guilty of being a bit narcissistic myself from time to time.  We’re all guilty of it.  This is not a piece of writing on how to identify and stay away from narcissists.  This is an entry about setting clear boundaries and *gasp* loving them anyway.

I spent a lot of energy trying to identify every narcissistic trait out there so that I could protect myself from these evil, energy sucking vampires.  I read as much material on the subject as I could.  What made them who they are?  Why do they see me as “prey”?  How could I protect myself from them so I never ever get hurt by another narcissist ever again? I also wanted to save everyone from those horrible people.  It was exhausting.

The energy I put into avoiding these personalities was taking away from the opportunities I had to meet really cool people who weren’t narcissists.  Also, as I focused so much of my attention on them, I was just inviting more of them into my life.  Dwelling on past hurt and being scared of future hurt gets you nowhere.

“What we resist, persists.” -C.G. Jung

That’s why this is the last, and only, piece I will write on narcissism.  I am also tired of placing limiting labels on people.  I hate when people do that to me.  Don’t you?

So what if some people display narcissistic personality traits, are self-centered or have full-blown narcissistic personality disorder?  Who cares?!  I am the one in charge of how I react to other people.  As an empath and HSP, I’ve learned how to set boundaries with people who have these character traits, but that doesn’t mean I have to totally exclude them from my life.  Sometimes I just have to love them from a distance.  Everyone has different levels of grandiose thinking, and empathy, as well as a need for admiration.  People are just different and differently wounded–that’s where the root of this behavior stems from anyway.  The most important lesson I’ve learned from the “narcissists” in my life is:  Not everyone is like you and you aren’t going to change them.  Just limit the energy you put into the relationship.

“Here’s where it gets tricky. And frustrating. And maybe even a little heartbreaking. The topic of narcissism has penetrated the social consciousness enough that most people correctly associate it with a pattern of behaviors that includes grandiosity, a pervasive need for admiration and a lack of empathy. What almost no one understands is how every level of severity in this diagnosis is underpinned by shame. Which means we don’t “fix it” by cutting people down to size and reminding folks of their inadequacies and smallness.” -Brene Brown

I’m not suggesting you stay in a terrible relationship, feels sorry for them, or become co-dependent on a narcissistic person.  Sometimes you have to identify and cut the toxic people out of your life.  Severe narcissistic abuse which includes gas-lighting, discarding and even addiction are good examples of behavior no one should tolerate.  I understand.  Get out.

“Once I care about you, I will never stop. It’s just that if you do me wrong, I’ll have to care about you from a distance.” –Phil Good

But what if the toxic person is someone you have to deal with everyday?  You don’t point and scream “narcissist!” and then slam the door and run way.  You know what you do?  You see their attention seeking, grandiose, low empathetic behavior for what it is:  behavior and accept that it is their life to live however they choose–not yours.  Then set those boundaries, live your life on your terms and love yourself first.

Works for me.

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How To Clean Up Your Facebook Newsfeed

I used to get really burned out by FB.  There was a TON of negativity in my news feed.  I used to contemplate deleting my entire profile once a week!  I actually did delete it once and lost contact with a lot of cool people.  So, with that being said, I have some tricks for you to try!

I just want to give you a quick tutorial on how to avoid the drama.  It is really, really EASY!  Unfollow people, bands, news organizations, or products that bring drama into your life.  Trust me, you are not missing anything, and if you are, that’s what “search” is for.  Check out how easy it is to “unfollow”–and NO ONE KNOWS you’ve done it.
You can also put people on a “Restricted” list.  This prevents their status updates from showing up in your newsfeed, plus it only allows them to see the information you set as public.  So, if you still want to interact with someone on Facebook in a more passive way, the “Restricted” list is a perfect option.
  1. Cick on the “Friends” button on the person’s main page.
  2. Scroll down to “Restricted”.
  3. Click and a check mark will appear next to “Restricted”
  4. Done!
If you are feeling the down pull of Facebook’s massive information overload, bro–clean up your newsfeed.  I promise you will smile more!
Please remember to FOLLOW my FB Page though!  I try to keep the vibe UP!
Love YOU,
Nik