Quitting added sugar was much harder than I anticipated.

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Challenge #2 is in the bag! No, wait

In one word: fail.

Yeah, yeah, I knew this would be a tough one… but I wasn’t prepared to fail so spectacularly.

I enjoy a sweet, delicious dessert just as much as the next girl. Nothing major, no overpowering sweet tooth — or so I thought.

The problem wasn’t so much the sugar per se, however. The main issue was all the added sugar in things I didn’t expect to find it!

Let’s go back to the early February days. I kicked off the challenge by not realizing it was February…

Kicking off a year of experimentation, discomfort and discovery! The first challenge is in the bag — but barely.

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The first challenge of the year

The good news first: I did complete the first challenge of the year successfully! 🏆

The not so great news: it wasn’t exactly one book per week. And in the last week of the month, I barely read one entire chapter. 😳

Let me explain

During the first two weeks of the month — and the year, woohoo! — I was more or less free. No classes, just a few assignments to finish. I had a lot of freedom to just stay in bed…

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How long ago did you realize this year was the last of the decade? I’ll confess that I didn’t notice the significance of 2019 coming to an end until less than a month ago. Sure, end of the year, time to think about the goals for the future and reflect on the victories of the past… but to realize that the whole DECADE was coming to a close? Man, I’m a bit ashamed to say that it took me by surprise.

It is definitely an eye-opener, right? When you start counting things in decades rather than in years, it causes…

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For the first time in my life, I’m not letting the compounding little challenges of daily life make me quit.

It can be disheartening to see how real life turns out so differently from our plans.

It can also be motivating and serendipitous.

I guess it really depends on the kind of person you are, your mindset and the way you face life.

I’m trying to become more and more the type of person who welcomes adversity, all the challenges that life throws our way and all the unplanned stuff. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m trying.


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Adopting veganism as a lifestyle might seem daunting. But here are 5 ways to make this journey go more smoothly.

In the countless Facebook groups, Instagram accounts and real-life conversations I’ve been in, relating to veganism, there is always someone interested in learning a bit more about it. And many of these people are genuinely curious about the reasons to become vegan. Sometimes, they already have read plenty of resources about it, but they are struggling with how to implement the changes in a sustainable way in their lives.

Just as there are people in every shape and form in…

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Inspiration and the “get things done” mood come and go. But not that little tiny 2-minutes promises we make to ourselves.

Today is one of those days I have no idea what to write about. I don’t feel creative enough to babble and reflect on some inspiring topic, reaching that state of flow when the words appear effortlessly in the screen. Unfortunately, I’m also not in a state of mental clarity and focus to write about some more matter-of-factly topics, listing good recommendations of places and apps or something like that.

But when you made a promise to yourself that…

Letting go of my expectations was the best thing I could do for my love life.

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My first relationship was everything I had dreamt, as a 16-year-old. All the feels, all the drama, all the passion. I developed a crush and fell in love all before our relationship really started. I hurt, wrote angsty diary entries, rejoiced and lived intensely the good and the bad moments.

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Accepting the now doesn’t mean settling for anything but rather enjoying the little nuggets of the ordinary day-to-day.

TED talks are amazing not only because they provide you with quality content, but especially because, in many cases, they really are thought-provoking. Hours and even days after watching a particularly good one, you’re still reflecting about it, still making connections between what you heard and your own life.

These post-TED reflections are proving to be rich and super stimulating, even if sometimes daunting and scary.

The self-help gurus were right on this one: free-flow writing might just give you some interesting insights.

Being 22 years old is a funny thing. I feel like I’m at a crossroad, in the middle of the way somewhere. Only I don’t know where. And when I look around, I see a bunch of people in the same situation, but some do other things while they’re at the crossroad. Some get married. Some already have children. Some give up on uni. Some are starting to make some real money.

How many times are we told not to compare ourselves with…

Maira Salazar

Foodtech, circular economy and compassion for all living beings: the ingredients for a better future. More goodies in mairasalazar.com

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