Titiksha – (Sanskrit) Endurance or forbearance to withstand all forms of challenges in life
When I first stumbled across the concept of titiksha I knew immediately that this was something I wanted. Wanted pretty desperately, actually. Even-mindedness in all conditions. I could only imagine a life in which I could interact with other humans and not get angry. Or defensive. Or frustrated. It sounded too good to be true for someone like me, whose ego flared at the slightest inconvenience. Sure, it worked for the monks in their quiet little monasteries, but could it work for me in a loud … Continue reading
I would say that, on average, it takes me about three days to compose a blog post. The first day is really just spent furiously typing; a release of those thoughts banging around up there. The ideas are still jumbled, the whole story hasn’t been formed, and it’s just a pressing matter of getting the words down on paper. Recently, I added a blog tool that helps me with SEO (search engine optimization) so that when you type something into your search bar, somehow (some day) you end up with Follow Us Home as an option. In addition … Continue reading
Hello, everyone! Since this is my first post, I thought that I should probably introduce myself. If you’re not into the whole let’s-be-friends thing, feel free to scroll past this unnecessary, although good-natured, introduction.
Anyways, my name’s Riley Mae, and here’s a brief overview of me (know these facts and you pretty much know everything about me).
1. I’m an amateur birder
Species on camera: 60
Latest: red-breasted nuthatch
2. I’m an amateur horticulturist
What? Me, a Latin snob? Never.
3. I’m an amateur artist
My mom likes my stuff.
4. I’m an amateur knitter
I’ve been knitting since I … Continue reading
My intention for this week’s post was to start answering questions in my vegan series. I had a thought all picked out, my facts were checked, my ideas were organized…and then? As usual, things didn’t go quite as planned. (Yeah, I know. I say that all the time now.) I did manage to pull together a tasty vegan spiced apple chia parfait recipe, though, which keeps me somewhat on track and allows me to pretend that I’m still running this whole show. (It’s okay, laugh if you want. I am, even as I type out these words, because we both … Continue reading
My vegan life. Right off the bat I can tell you that this post probably won’t be an easy one for me to write. In fact, I’ve already written (and rewritten) these first four sentences several times, and I’m still not sure what direction this is going to take. See, I’ve been here before, in discussions about veganism, and it usually doesn’t end pretty. Honestly, until very recently it almost never ends on a pretty note. There’s a scene in my book, a confrontation between a vegan and a non-vegan, that many readers will probably think I dumbed … Continue reading
Here I am, one short week later, with only two lonely books left unsold.
Do you notice how I wrote that in a completely calm and chill tone? Like, whatever, I don’t really care either way. Pshhh. No big deal.
Haha. Yeah. Don’t be fooled, because inside I’m beaming. Beaming. Or screaming. I guess that depends on the moment you ask, because honestly, this week has been something of a roller coaster. But I feel like a wee bit of inner personal angst was to be expected once I finally took the leap and offered my book up for … Continue reading
In terms of productivity, I thought 2018 was a really great (and remarkably satisfying) year for me. I set goals and I met goals, just one after another. Sometimes it took me longer than I’d predicted, but if, in the end, I reached said goal, I never hesitated to crown it a raving success. But as I sit here, just one tiny step into 2019, I can review last year in one of two ways: the first is to see it as completely daunting. I set the bar so dang high (for myself, by myself) that it makes me wonder … Continue reading
I almost can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone, just like that. Because even though I made sure to thoroughly embrace all of my favorite holiday traditions, life was just so busy this year that it feels like the day kind of sneaked on past with barely a whisper. A really lovely and peaceful and joyful whisper, but still a whisper, and it’s a decidedly surprising feeling to be on the other side of it already. And yet here I am, thoroughly preoccupied with my New Year introspection and figuring out who I want to be as 2019 spreads … Continue reading
In happy anticipation of the upcoming holiday it somehow feels mandatory that I share an autumn-themed recipe with you all. And if you can think of anything that goes better with Thanksgiving celebrations than pumpkins and spice, make sure to let me know, because I think they just sum up the whole beautiful season. Throw in some apples, crunchy leaves and honking geese, and I think we might have accidentally ended up in my own personal vision of heaven — blown in on some of those crisp autumn winds. Pure. Happiness. But enough about the glory of fall, because you … Continue reading
So, welcome (wild cheers) to our little corner of the internet. Bet you thought this was never going to happen, didn’t you? Don’t feel too bad about nodding along (emphatically, even) because there were probably dozens of times when we thought the exact same thing. In fact, as I’m drafting this – one week before our “start date” – I’m STILL not sure it’s going to happen because every time we get close something doesn’t go quite as planned. Like at this very moment our stickers still aren’t here and our recycled mailers are out of stock and we had … Continue reading