Month: June 2020

What is Shadow Work? How This Practice Can Change Your Life

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The “shadow self” is the parts of ourselves that have been pushed down to the unconscious — the parts that we’re insecure about, ashamed of, or frustrated with and therefore repress.

The concept of the shadow self is based on the notion that we figuratively bury those pieces of personality that we fear would not be welcomed, accepted, or loved by others; therefore, we keep them in the “shadows.” In short, our shadow selves are the versions of ourselves that we do not show society.

So what is shadow work? This is the practice of loving what is, and setting the shame and judgements free, so that we can be our true selves.

As Victor Hugo famously said, “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves”.

What is the Shadow Self?

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The Best Things to do In New Mexico

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New Mexico is also known as the “Land of Enchantment”, a sentiment I wholeheartedly understand after road tripping through the state a few years ago. The staggering snow capped mountains, brilliant-colored desert sunsets, mouthwatering flavors of New Mexican food (chiles – green or red), and relaxing natural hot springs all come to mind.

I left New Mexico totally enamored with the state and have compiled the top things to do there:

Las Cruces

An hour outside of El Paso lies Las Cruces, a quiet town with a growing coffee scene and fun dive bars. Las Cruces is a great spot for an overnight stay en route to White Sands – there are several eccentric Airbnb properties in the area including former artist warehouses and shipping container homes. Be sure to check out High Desert Brewing Company for local craft beer, Chala’s Wood Fire Grill for their famous green

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The Ultimate Idaho Bucket List

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Do you have those bands that you love but don’t want to get popular, so that they can be your little secret forever? That’s how I feel about Idaho.

Most people skip over Idaho in favor of more popular places like Utah and Washington. After all, why would someone want to visit Idaho?

Well for starters, Idaho has waterfalls higher than Niagara, railroads-turned bike trails, and some of the most picturesque drives in the nation. If you’re someone who loves the outdoors, Idaho is a dream.

Here are 19 places on the Idaho bucket list, ordered from south to north, starting with Boise:

1. Walk around Boise

If you’re coming from out of the state, Boise is probably going to be your first destination into Idaho. It’s a cool city to explore—there are art murals, delicious and inventive restaurants, and plenty of small businesses along the downtown

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Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park: A Complete Guide

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Visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory is or should be a rite of passage for every Australian. It is a true outback adventure, filled with beautiful landscapes, culturally important landmarks, and huge significance to this country. 

But it was always something I had put off doing.  

I’ve always thought that visiting places in my own ‘backyard’ would be something I would do later in life. There was after all, this thing called ‘the rest of the world’ to explore. Yet there was something calling me to Uluru over the last few years. So I needed to answer that call and head off on an adventure exploring the heart of this Great Southern Land.  

What is Uluru and Kata Tjuta?

Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, Central Australia. It is believed that at least 2.5kms of

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Secrets of the Road to Hana in Maui

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The road to Hana is one of those bucket list items in Maui that you should definitely put on the must-do list. Around every corner, there’s something new to make you gasp in awe and even if there weren’t tons of gorgeous waterfalls and awesome beaches along the way (but thankfully there are), the drive itself would make it worth it.

Though it can feel a bit precarious to drive at times, thanks to the 600-plus turns on this 64-mile road, you simply haven’t seen Maui if you haven’t driven the road to Hana. The little surprises, small towns, powerful waves and the dense jungle vines growing all around the road make it feel like being transported into the Jungle Book, minus the talking bears.

I drove the road by myself, and by carefully picking and choosing the best places to stop and by leaving early and beating

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The 10 Best Hikes in Banff with Breathtaking Views

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Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada, is the most popular summer destination with millions of visitors each year. While it offers breathtaking mountain views, scenic road trips and excellent wildlife watching opportunities, many visitors take advantage of spectacular hiking trails in Banff – and who can blame them?

With so many hikes in Banff National Park, it’s not an easy task to choose which one to tackle.

This guide includes best hikes in Banff based on the time of the day, length, difficulty and natural wonders along the way:

Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park

1. Parker Ridge: Best Sunrise Hike

  • Distance: 5 km return
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Located along the famous scenic road Icefields Parkway, this hike is often overlooked due to many easily-accessible lookout points. I highly suggest carving out some time for a truly spectacular view after only a few hours of hiking. It’s a locals’

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