Bravely Step Forward

Aria-Bella Rises



The Angels and all the magicness of the universe truly believe that you can do anything you possibly put your mind too. So bravely step forward into unknown territory. Into feeling amazing every day. Into being boldly you.

You have the power and strength at your disposal – so use it!

Choose to no longer be afraid of what is coming – instead open your arms wide and embrace every experience of this human life. Soak it up like a parched plant.

“I bravely step forward in all areas of my life, knowing I am fully supported and I will rock it no matter what comes my way”

We are all behind you, cheering you on with pom poms a bouncing and whistles a blowing.

Till next time… keep walking your spiritual path xx

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In loving memory: Grandma Weisbeck’s Dill Pickles

The Purple Almond

My beautiful and amazing grandmother passed away yesterday at the age of 101.


In her memory, I will be posting some articles today, which highlight a few of her personal recipes. These articles were originally posted in celebration of her 100th birthday.

Here’s my Grandmother on her 100th birthday…

img_4330One of my favorite meals my Grandma cooked for us was fried potatoes, homemade German sausage and her dill pickles. Of course the cucumbers and dill were always fresh from her own garden.They were amazing…of course I’m a bit biased. 🙂 My Grandma would give my mom several jars, and my friend Bobbie and I used to sneak some from my mom’s fridge. Bobbie loved these pickles…I think everyone did.

It’s been a long day so I won’t embellish with a lot of talk of memories. Here is her dill pickle recipe.

  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups…

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Here and Now (not a “feel good” show) and the scenes to Focus on in Episode 1 if you are adoptive parents.

Lifting Taboos


This new show  on HBO called Here and Now has received pretty bad reviews. As a Haitian, Black adoptee, I can give you my thoughts on why the reviews have been so bad. But that is not what I would like to focus on here. I want to focus on why it should actually be receiving raving reviews not just from the US, but from all around the world.

Adoption concepts, complexities, and a myriad of issues pervadesthis show like I have never seen before. It deals with VERY real issues adoptees face in general; and adoptees of color who are living in predominantly white homes will really be able to relate to how the adopted children in this show grapple, handle and deal with their pain, frustration, and very “loving” but ignorant white parents.

This is not a “feel good” show. After every episode, I found myself feeling very…

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Walk in Nature

Staycation Atlanta


It was supposed to rain all week, but it’s been sunny and I am not complaining. So off to a trail I went…


Lots of turtles sunning themselves…


Then these beautiful ducks were swimming upstream and then taking the lazy river back down.IMG_1468

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The April Newsletter is out! – 10 Free classes to a healthier you…

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The April edition is NEW AND IMPROVED

Follow this link to see this month’s edition of


In this edition,

you’ll find a link to

10 free classes to a healthier you.

If you’d like to join my email list and receive monthly newsletters straight to your inbox,

Follow this link


The next newsletter

will  be sent out the first week of August.

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Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash | Sweet Sugar & Spice

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash 3 sweet potatoes, about 2 lb. total 3 Tbps. non-dairy butter such as Smart Balance (can be found easily at most stores.) 1 Fuji apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 C. sliced green onion 1 C. cranberries, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash

Source: Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash | Sweet Sugar & Spice

I’m shrinking and it feels so good!

Therapy Bits

youll never believe it! clothes i couldnt get into a few weeks ago, im getting into them now. It means I’m getting smaller, yay!
I have a few new dress tops, and a new coat that my aunt gave me! she gave me this coat before she died, and it didnt tie up properly on me, so i couldnt wear it. but now i can!
im thrilled! it really makes all the hard work of losing weight so worth it!
I am on a high right now! I have been motivated and this spurs me on to continue on the journey!
carol anne

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For the Love of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia Week 3

Reclaiming HOPE

This week, we continue re-visiting the For The Love Of Food posts….

Collage of food with text overlay: For The Love Of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia (And Are Good For Us All)

For the last couple of weeks we’ve started taking a look at some foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia. If you missed the first two posts, you can find them here and here. I’m highlighting some foods because of the specific nutrients they contain that may help with fibromyalgia, but these are definitely just some of the foods we may want to include in our diets (and whenever I reference diet, I’m just talking about what we eat, not a specific diet). A healthy diet should include a variety of foods. As I mentioned in For the Love of Food, we don’t yet understand how food works synergistically in our bodies to give us all the nutrition we need, and our best bet for getting those nutrients is to eat an array of real foods, foods…

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Happy 86th Birthday Anthony Perkins


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Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 86th birthday of the actor/director/singer Anthony Perkins.  You’ve obviously seen Psycho, but have you seen Pretty Poison or Murder on the Orient Express?  Those films will give you a more developed picture of his…