The Brazilian Bikini experience- Sensual living in Body and Beach

The Brazilian Bikini experience- Sensual living in Body and Beach

My friends, I have arrived.

I am finally settled into my new apartment, two blocks from the beach in Copacabana, with some really lovely roommates. I have a place to cook, ground, and unpack. Yup, my Brazilian experience has truly begun.

To be honest, my assimilation started soon after I got here. My Brazilian friend Camila, who I met in Toronto 8 years ago, has been a god-send in showing me the ropes. She has taken me to farmer and hippie markets, tourist sites and even an amazing Samba party in an old slave trading yard. I promise to write more on her later. She truly deserves her own blog posting.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And the start of something magical.

I am here. I have arrived. By the grace of god and/or by my own shear-force determination, I managed to move my life and my career to Brazil for the winter. I will be teaching Aromatherapy and Hooping, doing massage and energy work and a revealing a big secret reason very soon. I am currently in a friend’s apartment in Botafogo (which has similar energy to my home base in Riverdale) in a bikini and short shorts. It is hot, humid and sticky and only 9:10am. For the record, I am not complaining.

My first impressions of Rio are honestly still forming. I only got here on Friday and I am still working through jet-lag, fear for my safety, culture shock and resting from the ridiculous cyclone of energy it took to get here.

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Sensual Living is Moving to Rio

Sensual Living is Moving to Rio

A few months ago, it became clear that I needed to make a very serious life change. My once-thriving healing practice slowed down to a near halt, my first book didn’t explode in the way that I hoped and I received an unexpectedly intense punch to the heart from a man who wasn’t ready or able to meet me in love. The universe was screaming at me to change and the thought of spending another winter in the cold made me shudder, shiver and cower.

I sat down with myself and had a good, long, honest talk to figure out my next moves. What has been working is my deep, passionate love for hooping, teaching hoop and hoop dance performance, a profound connection to a Brazilian spiritual practice and an overwhelming love of essential oils, herbs, flowers, sensuality and exalted beauty. When I went down my list of desires, it became very clear that Rio de Janeiro is just about the best place for me to thrive during the bitter cold Canadian winter months. Rio has lush mountains, city indulgences, pristine beaches, waterfalls, botanical gardens, music, culture, and… Brazilian men; these are a few of my favourite things.

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How to start a LOVE revolution in 10 steps

How to start a LOVE revolution in 10 steps

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1. Stand up for love. We vacillate constantly between love and fear. It’s exhausting. Fear is a pattern, love is a choice. Take notice when you are shutting down or expanding in your heart. That alone will create a huge, positive change in your life and in the world. Move deeply into your heart, connect in with all the beautiful things that make your heart expand. Push out love to all your cells, into your etheric field and out into the world. It is a good act of service. Love it all, even the stuff that hurts. Love is divine.

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Rock and Roll Tapenade

Rock and Roll Tapenade

Dinner for two

Of all the blissful things I love to do, cooking for is high on the list. Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of cooking for my sister-friend, Nicole the other night. Nicole is transitioning from a strict 13 year vegan diet to one that includes some animal fats. Having recently transitioned myself, Nicole entrusted me to make her a beautiful meal that would be healing, easy to digest and oh so delicious. Mission accomplished.

I won’t go into all the details of the meal but I do want to share my interpretation of Olive Tapenade. It was a total home run, especially with fresh cherry tomatoes and fragrant thyme from my garden. You can put this tapenade on just about anything from fish to raw crackers to steamed greens. We managed to eat almost a whole jar in one sitting. Make lots.

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