• Mantra

    002. A MANTRA FOR THOSE BATTLING WITH ANXIETY

    Repeat this aloud: I AM ENOUGH. On my off days, I am enough. On the days where I’m running late to everything, I am enough. On the days where it’s a victory to make it out of bed, I am enough. On the days where I only accomplish a few items on my to-do list, I am enough. On the days that I lay on the couch all day dealing with anxiety, I am STILL enough. . . . . We are each our own worst critics. Set a goal in attempting to see yourself through kinder eyes. What difference would this make in your life? . . . .…

  • Blog,  Lifestyle

    HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR: THE EARTH CONSCIOUS AND ECO-FRIENDLY

    Shopping for those who care about the planet can be a difficult task. To make it simpler, we have rounded up some of our favorite products to give as gifts to those who have a less materialistic approach to life, and for those who simply care about the sustainability of the globe.     For those who prefer to know where their food comes from, opt for a choice in growing your own in home edible plants. This Organic Mushroom Farm from Back To The Roots is one of our favorites!     Subscriptions to magazines need not only be in print. For the eco-conscious, opt for gifting a digital…

  • Blog

    001. A LETTER

    Dear World –   How to begin? My first personal posting that will be for public consumption, and I’m starting it out like this. Fuck.   Welcome to my personal blog. Thoughts for today:   Writing down thoughts as an unexplainable feeling. A wondrous release. Writing as making a mark on history rather than fading away amidst memory. Rah Zimm – South Of Zen Creator   Affirmations are not a crutch, rather a positive – My current is “I am a work-in-progress” Rah Zimm – South Of Zen Creator  

  • Blog,  Health,  Lifestyle,  Wellness

    LIVING WITH BACK PAIN AND BODY ACHES

    If you are someone that has ever dealt with a sports injury or unfortunate car accident, even a physical deformity – you may know what it entails to live with permanent daily pain.      I am someone who knows all too well what it feels like to have lower back pain CONSISTENTLY that pretty much never alleviates, and when it does, it’s only for a few short moments.  Today felt like as good a day as any to begin the discussion on pain management with you lovely people, and talk through methods I have stumbled across to deal with what may be a forever problem in my own life.…

  • Blog,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    SURVIVING ACL

    ACL is one of those events you wait for all season, only to realize there is a reason you only subject yourself to this type of torture once a year.     Between searching for the last available spot in the shade, having your group split up at least every set or two, enduring sweaty bodies thrusting against you during intense sets, and searching for the perfect drink and food pairing at Eats!  –  there were some moments that I am glad I planned for in advance. For those of you headed to ACL Weekend 2, here’s what I learned this year during ACL Weekend 1.        Tip…

  • Health,  Lifestyle,  Wellness,  Zen Reviews

    ZEN THOUGHTS: LIVING A BALANCED LIFE

    Do you have days where you’ve tried everything, but something still seems, well, “off”? I have slowly come to the realization of the importance in my own life of scheduling out each part of what is important to our personal existence and trying to set aside dedicated time for each piece.     Though we are individuals this does not mean that we are lacking in complexity. In fact, it is through the moments of silence and quiet thought that we are given the gift of seeing the full complexities of ourselves.     Meditation is one area in which I have had to begin scheduling time for. A set…

  • Blog,  Health,  Lifestyle,  Wellness,  Zen Reviews

    ZEN THOUGHTS: CANNABIS

    As I sit down to begin the writing process for this post, I am met with an uncertainty. An uncertainty in how this piece in its entirety will be received. For those of you that may have avoided the debate on cannabis or have just yet to inform yourself, I encourage you to make it to the ending of this post. I will try to the best of my ability to come from an objective vantage point, while sharing what I have come across in my own research regarding the utilization of cannabis and the products derived from the plant itself.   Cannabis currently sits with some sort of medically…

  • Blog,  Lifestyle

    MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR INBOX

    Do you ever open your mail account and think “Woah there, when did I start getting this amount of junk in a day?!” This crossed my mind earlier today. I spent the morning organizing my space, met up with my partner to relax and enjoy a new sushi spot in town, and then came home to sit down at my desk and realized my account has gotten a little further out of control than I would like to admit. There are businesses I haven’t purchased from in ages that still send daily messages, free trials I signed up for back in the day that continue to spam my inbox weekly,…

  • Blog,  Recipes

    CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES

    These classic no-bake cookies were a staple of my childhood, and a quick summer treat to share with friends and family. With 15 minutes of your time, and a little bit of love, these are impossible to mess up! TIME ALLOTTED: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS (Makes about 20 cookies): 1/2 cup Peanut butter 1/4 cup Cocoa powder 2 cups Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Milk 3 cups Oats (Old fashioned oats) INSTRUCTIONS: Measure oats into a large bowl and set aside. In a large skillet, combine butter, milk, sugar, peanut butter, and cocoa. Stir together over medium heat until fully combined. Once it is boiling set the timer for 4 minutes, continue to stir during…

  • Blog,  Health,  Zen Reviews

    OUR TOP PICKS: SUNSCREEN EDITION

    There is a minute chance that you or someone you know has not been affected by cancer in some form or fashion. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, yet has one of the highest rates of those affected. Is this due to lack of care, lack of knowledge, forgetfulness of reapplication, or simply purchasing products that we as consumers have been tricked into thinking that we can rely on. Not all sunscreens are made equally – this is why we have composed a list of our top choices for Summer 2018.   First of all, how do we choose the right sunscreen?   To begin,…

  • ABOUT ME,  Blog,  Lifestyle,  Wellness

    WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE, HUH?

    So, you’ve clicked on a link and found yourself here – a wellness and lifestyle blog, huh? This is the point at which I am supposed to “wow” you, as a reader. To make my life seem over the top, perfected, approaching the un-achievable, all while making you desire to achieve what it seems I have accomplished. Reality is, I am just your average, run-of-the-mill human. I enjoy gardening, home decor, sleeping in on the weekend (sometimes accidentally on the weekdays), spending time with my adopted fur babies, going hiking and taking time to meditate and practice yoga. I spend time advocating for the oppressed, and have a heart for…

  • Lifestyle,  Pet Care,  Zen Reviews

    ZEN THOUGHTS: FUSSIE CAT

      Fussie Cat: Food for Cats, Co-Created by Cats, Extremely Palatable.      While Fussie Cat offers the typical salmon, tuna, and prawns options, they also offer a range of other cat friendly proteins in their product. These include: anchovies, chicken, muscles, shrimp, chicken liver, beef, and duck. They also provide nutrients through the use of sweet potato and egg.     Fussie Cat has the approach of using “complete proteins” within their products, and adding flavors to keep them feline desired.     Through the use of “feline focus groups” they were able to create their extensive list of well made product.     High quality animal protein is…

  • Blog,  Lifestyle,  Wellness,  Zen Reviews

    ZEN THOUGHTS: PROMISE COSMETICS’ LIQUICK DEAD SEA MUD MASK

    While there are many facial mask products on the market, many tend to fall short of expectations. Some have dyes in them, others are tested on animals, and some continue to use low quality ingredients or contain ingredients that are promised on the label to be absent.      Those with sensitive skin and morals are left to reading the labels closely and hoping for integrity in the companies manufacturing and marketing departments.     Promise Cosmetics caught our eyes due to the beautiful purple bottle and the wonderful ingredients. Containing only natural ingredients, here is what makes it into the bottle:   Dead Sea Mud – Found in the depths…

  • Blog,  Pet Care,  Zen Reviews

    ZEN THOUGHTS: PRETTY LITTER

    As someone who is changing out cat products quite frequently, testing out this litter was exciting to say the least. The thought of being able to manage the health of both of my feline buddies by a simple glance at the litter box is more than any cat lover can ask for!     Visually this litter is much nicer to look at throughout the day in passing, as the white appearance does send a subliminal “clean” message to the user vs. utilizing a grey or dark colored litter. And the package that Pretty Litter comes in is not only resealable and compact, but is mailed monthly! That is where…

  • Blog,  Zen Reviews

    PICKS FOR THE BEGINNER CONNOISSEUR

      Entering into the world of cannabis can be overwhelming. We have put together this list for the beginner connoisseur to potentially alleviate the mystery behind what products are worth purchasing.     The products listed below include a large roller, a practical and compact rolling tray, organic hemp wick, and two products that will keep your pieces from clogging or becoming a mess.   The Tommy Chong Roller is nothing short of nostalgic for any stoner that gets their hands on this product. Chong, somewhat of an idol for stoners across America, created this exclusive roller for those that truly want to unwind in cannabis bliss.   This roller…