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Two Costa Rican-Inspired Childhood Dessert Recipes

My mother's traditional chocolate cake, coconut paletas, guava-filled pastries, fried dough prestiños: I can't keep track of my lovely dessert memories of childhood growing up in Costa Rica. With a mix of nostalgia and determination, I've been making a list (hello glazomania) of childhood dessert recipes I want to make within the next month. They're easy to make, delicious, and extremely ...

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11 Powerful Quotes To Keep Our Lives In Perspective

There are many things that can keep our lives in perspective, and words are one of them. I've collected quotes from the very first journal I received as a birthday present at 12. Although young and unfamiliar with the art of journaling, I soon found that writing like a stream of consciousness (as said by Julia Cameron) and documenting quotes, poems, lyrics, recipes, or short excerpts was a ...

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5 Self-Care Practices To Boost Self-Esteem

We could all use some nourishing ideas on how to boost and amplify our self-esteem. Self-care entails many approaches to how we live and experience our lives; however, it's vital not to confuse self-care with self-improvement. Although a beneficial tool for our personal development and motivation, the latter can often stem from a perfectionist mind and a belief that "we need to be fixed," which ...

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On Women & Well-being: My Graduate Research Project

I pursued my M.A. in Communication & Journalism (and graduated Summa Cum Laude two years later) in 2018, driven by my vision to launch a media outlet to disseminate ideas around health, well-being, women's issues, and culture. As said by Elizabeth Gilbert on Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, I would be "making myself available" to the views of women and well-being that kept galloping ...

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5 Ways To Boost Your Well-Being With A Morning Ritual

One of the first blog posts that I wrote on ximeluz was about my devotion to having a morning routine. Many months and life events have passed since - including finishing graduate school, a global pandemic, and putting my website on a long "pause." Now more than ever, I find it vital to revisit the importance of sustaining a morning ritual. A myriad of factors contribute to one's state of feeling ...

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4 Things Costa Ricans Do To Promote Wellness

Pura Vida (or pure life in English) - Costa Rica's most famous saying, slogan, or greeting - is a direct reflection of how ticos and ticas live life. Indeed, coming from the tropics, I grew up surrounded by a lifestyle that's culturally and socially embedded in enjoying the simplest (but most important) things with a positive attitude: family, nature, community, etc. Costa Rican culture shapes how ...

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