26 things that will happen to you when you decide to leave the big city:

So, you’ve been living in Toronto, (or any big city), for a while; you’ve moved passed the allure, and have decided to make a break. You’re bound to go through a dramatic shift, so here’s a list of what your first taste of city freedom may feel like. Be prepared.

(Within the first 10 minutes of departure..)

1. You’ll suddenly feel like an inadequate specimen of the human species. (What else is there outside of the city?) "I’m Bored.." begins to seep into your mind.

2. FoMo or ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ syndrome will settle in. Why would I leave the city? Nothing happens anywhere else.

3. As the city noise fades into the background, social angst begins… and so does your obvious addiction to social media, as you scroll through the newsfeed searching for something, anything, to reconnect you to city life in that moment.

(20 minutes outside of the city..)

4. You (finally) begin to accept your fate, theres no turning back now.

5. You set your phone down, and being to calm the inner anxiety. For now.

6. A.D.D. hits you. You can't stop thinking about your phone. Breathe. You got this. 

7. You realize ‘being cool’ is all a matter of perception. You can still be an awesome chick.

8. You’ll remember how to communicate without the use of technology- traditional ‘in person’.

9. You’ll be grateful that you’re not using the city transit system. 
10. You’ll start to notice the smell of the air. Without pollution.

11. You see how much open space there is around you.

(Beyond, in space and time)

12. You notice that your ego has grown, and your city snobbery.

13. You’ll recognize the defined lines between fair-weather friends and people who actually care about you.

14. You begin to realize that city life is like living in a bubble.

15. You’ll have more time, and less obligatory social pressures.

16. You will make plans, and follow through; to do things in nature like hiking, camping! (the forest will call you).

17. You remember that buildings without cockroaches actually exist.

18. You regain conscious connection with the Earth, and the food you eat.

19. You remember that there is more to life than working to pay your rent.

20. You’ll save money. (how is everything so much cheaper out here?)

21. You feel comfortable leaving your house in track pants. (not sure that's a good thing actually..)

22. You disconnect with the illusion of city life.

23. You (finally) realize you've been desensitized to over-stimulation.

24. Holy crap did you know there are billions of stars out there?!!

25. You can hear your thoughts.

26. You can breathe again. 

(your transition is complete). 


my 5 minute cream of celery soup!

I hope you guys love this one! It's so easy, so delicious, and so so good for you! Who knew you could have all those things in one?

We Have a New Beautiful Vegan Crew Member!! Danielle Champagne:

Nuit Blanche Toronto, Rainbow Laser!
Danielle Champagne & Lyn Rose.
Hi guys! Guess what? We have a new crew member, who is one of my best friends! Danielle Champagne is a fairy creature who brings cheer and introspection to every situation. Here is a quick message of introduction from her:

Hello, beautiful vegans! I am so happy to announce that I am now part of this amazing crew! Together we will bring you delicious recipes, cooking shows (coming soon!) esoteric concepts, and new paradigm thinking… not to mention stellar artwork, fabulous photography and an engaging online experience. This online world is about to take a dimensional leap into transformation and evolution of the soul.
funhouse mirrors Danielle Champagne & Lyn Rose
(James Toth taking the photo).
I'm here because I believe we all have the ability to transform our state of mind and being, and I hope to share, and learn with you about this experience of evolving life. Let's explore different concepts, ranging from quantum physics to spirit journeying, super-foods, to astrology and anything we can find in-between! 

The Queen Photo Shoot, Danielle Champagne &
photographed by Lyn Rose.
We will take a walk through the open-mind, in search for ever expanding possibilities of this (holographic) universe. We'll take an introspective look at ourselves; and learn to observe our external experiences, with intention to create progressive change in our lives, and begin to understand our emotional body with mindful awareness. Its going to be a journey to the self, through the self.

‘The changing of the season, Autumn is here, this is such a beautiful time of year. Watching the leaves as they blow, reflections of red, orange and gold. The visual reminder of the beauty of change, and growing with the flows.’

See you in the airwaves!

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Are Stressed: Video

Hello, beautiful! I am posting this video for myself as much as I for you. I tend to wake up in the morning and sort of panic through my day to achieve my goals, and even though I love what I do, and feel a lot of synchronicity, it definitely increases when I make myself RELAX!

What a concept; relaxing to get more done? YES. When we learn to be calm, and so things we love to do, it makes all the difference in the world. All of the sudden the universe opens up and crazy things fall into place! 

I am a workaholic, and it stems from a place of needing to fulfil my purpose here on Earth and from the fact that I have to pay rent. But my true purpose is to just be. Like Ralph says in the video, we are the only creatures on this planet who have to pay to live. So how do we reconcile these two things? 1. the need to earn a living, and 2. the absolute necessity to evolve into our true purpose? By learning to RELAX! Ralph goes through all ten of the suggestions to dissolve stress, and he is right. I pledge to BREATHE more fully, surround myself with nature, positive people, listen to my guided meditation cd's and see the magic all around me :)
Love you!

Fed Up- Full Documentary Movie:

Hey, beautiful! I just found this documentary that I thought you might want to watch with me. It's called Fed Up!, and here is the summary of what it's about: 

"This is Fed Up! Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives. Fed Up was released in 2002 by Wholesome Goodness Productions. More than a decade later, it still remains relevant. Most of the statistics are worse now and we are starting to see the rise of insect resistance to plants engineered to produce their own pesticides. There is still woefully little research available on long term ingestion of GMO foods and most foods in the US still are not labeled. 

FED UP! explores the unintentional effects of pesticides, the resistance of biotechnology companies to food labeling and the links between government officials and major biotechnology and chemical companies. FED UP! answers many questions regarding genetic engineering, the Green Revolution, genetic pollution and modern pesticides through interviews. 

FED UP! also introduces us to local organic farmers, presenting community supported agriculture and small- scale organic farming as real alternatives to agribusiness and industrial food." (taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaAQRfxpSjI) 
I hope you enjoy it!

Scientists Mapped 8000 Galaxies (Out Of Billions) & Made An Amazing Discovery!

Good morning! I couldn't sleep at all last night after watching this amazing short video. It blew my mind (in a good way), and I couldn't stop thinking about how unbelievably massive the universe is. No really. Try to wrap your mind around it after watching this. Scientists have actually mapped out and animated 8,000 galaxies! There are billions more to go, but this will give you a taste of where we are, and how unimportant the drama in our lives is. Laniakea is the name for our newly discovered home supercluster. It makes problems small instantly. 

I have been through a lot of things in my life, and I got through some of the really difficult times by visualizing something a friend told me to years ago; To picture yourself floating up outside your body to look back down at yourself, then float up even higher outside your home, then above your city, your country, your continent, and then hover above the Earth and look down. What happens is something astronauts call "The Overview Effect", which is a term that expresses the pristine awe felt by anyone who gets the privilege of looking back at the Earth from space.

Just think about that when you are having a bad day, and you will instantly feel better. I love you tons, and I'm sending you all my light :) 

Jim Carrey, Famous Vegan: Inspiring Video :)

Good morning! I found this short, inspiring video, and thought you might like it. Jim Carrey has been transformed in the past several years, and if you don't already know, he now goes all over the world giving inspirational talks on consciousness, the soul and how to achieve our dreams by getting past fear. 

You can see in his eyes that he has gone through something and come out the other side changed. He's now vegan and an advocate for non-vaccination. I love listening to him, so take a minute to hear his words. If you are receiving this via email just visit the blog to watch the video: beautiful-vegan.com.

Thank you for being YOU!!

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