My First Half Marathon

In September I ran my first half marathon. What an experience! Along with 22,000 other runners we took to the streets of Copenhagen and were cheered on by friends, family, and spectators at nearly every corner.


A little over half way through  I began to feel my thighs - really feel them - so at each opportunity to take a sip of water or saft I would walk briefly. This helped me reset and I felt even more powerful when I began to run again. 

Also, an obvious reminder to anyone running a half to make sure to properly and adequately hydrate after the event. I thought I had but in the middle of the night I woke up feeling a strong headache and as if my legs were very very sore. I thought I might need to venture to the 7/11 (the only place open in the middle of the night) but I remembered this awesome product I was introduced to by my brother. Nuun is an “electrolyte enhanced drink tab is gluten free, dairy + soy free, safe for clean sport, and made from plant based ingredients.” A total win for my sugar conscious, plant-based pals!

All in all, I felt proud of myself for trying something new and ultimately, finishing in under two and a half hours. My goal is always to finish the race so I met my goal and was happily surprised with a relatively good time.

If you are wanting to train for a half I recommend starting exactly where you are and slowly but surely increasing your mileage as well as amount of time you run. There are some great training guides that can help you along. Check out the guide from Nike, PopSuguar or this one from Free People. Choose the one that is most appealing to you and be honest with your fitness level. There is no shame in where you start, the key is that you start!

If you are interested in running a half marathon in the U.S., check out this link that contains all of the coolest halfs around the country. You never know what it will do for you so why not give it a shot?

You won’t regret it! 

If you have done a half before, did you enjoy it? Did it inspire you to go for the whole or were you satisfied with the half!?


 Ready to go!

Ready to go!

 Post half stillness and stretch :)

Post half stillness and stretch :)

My First Sprint Tri

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

-Arthur Ashe


I took the train from Nørreport and remember seeing many participants with their speedy, sleek racing bikes. For a milli-second I felt out of place with my beautiful but heavy, wide-basketed Raleigh city bike. With self-awareness and a non-judgmental approach, I decided to embody the above quote when I showed up to my first sprint triathlon.

Starting where I am, using what I have, and doing what I can.

I have two girl friends that I met in college that I know are “into” triathlons. They have the gear, are strong, and are fiercely active. I also have a colleague at work who is very much into long endurance runs and tris and I remember that my brother participated in a tri the year before. One of my above mentioned friends is the biggest inspiration to me. She trains daily, stays motivated, and has even done multiple Ironmans - both half and full. While that may or may not be the end goal for any one person, I admire the drive to do something daily to move and to challenge yourself.

Over the course of the past few months I have come to believe that:


Curious about the tri experience and with the encouragement of my brother who had done one himself, I signed up in the dead of winter for a women’s spring tri in May. I felt a little nervous once I signed up but I believed that I could do it. Taking notes from my friends, colleague, and brother, and staying semi-active I trained off and on during the spring. Of course, I could have always trained more.

Returning Wednesday before the Sunday race from a transatlantic two week journey with jet lag and an epic tiredness, I felt even more nervous. Being a no show was not an option so I prepared my gear, my self, and I showed up. I was in good time (as you can see in the picture below!) and coincidentally met the nicest two ladies who I ended up spending a few hours with as we waited for our time to start. I knew I was in good company when one of the ladies said to me “This is such a hyggeligt tri.” and “I have not gotten into a pool in months.” It was then that I remembered why I had signed up - to try something new/challenge myself, to move my body, and TO HAVE FUN.

 Heaviest bike on the course!

Heaviest bike on the course!


All in all, it was a great introduction to and first experience with the triathlon sport. I had fun, laughed a lot at myself, and felt accomplished. I also really enjoy recounting my experience with family, friends, and colleagues - one in particular, C! We really cracked up when I shared and showed pictures from my first tri experience ;)

Have you any experience with triathlons? If so, would love to hear in the comments below!


Emotional Hunger vs. Physical Hunger

I tackle this subject today because I feel the need to bring it to light especially when it might not otherwise be discussed. Often times it is easy to notice that you or someone you care about has a problem with x substance (think: alcohol) but it can be harder to notice that you or your loved one are leaning on food as a crutch or using it in, an unknowingly abusive, way to your body by consuming too much or at times, even too little.

Eating when we are not physically hungry is called emotional eating and each of us experience it to some degree. Put another way, “emotional eating is eating in response to something other than hunger. Often times people eat out of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and happiness. “ ( For example, we go to a birthday party and enjoy a piece of cake or we feel extremely happy about good news we received so we decide to treat ourselves - despite feeling hungry or not - with a yummy bite. In this sense, emotional eating can and does happen to each of us.

 Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

While this habit and behavior is nothing to be ashamed of it is one that is usually brushed under the rug to not really be discussed. I am writing about this subject in part because I am quite familiar with it meaning I have dealt with it and from time to time, I have needed to remind myself the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Whether eating to feel “social” (whatever that means!) or eating because you simply are distracting yourself from how you are truly feeling, I have experienced it. Another reason I bring this topic to light is to help you bring awareness to your own habits and behaviors for I am a firm believer that in sharing what we have learned in our experience, including during our struggles, we can help someone who might be going through the same thing.

Looking at the table below, The Eight Traits of Emotional Hunger, it becomes quite clear what is Emotional Hunger versus what is Physical Hunger. If it is something you want to remind yourself of, I encourage you to take a few minutes to study it and familiarize yourself with it. Again, we are focusing on the awareness and having awareness of when we are feeling emotionally hungry and physically hungry - we are not creating judgments in this space!

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Source: Pinterest

When we can recognize the difference between the two, it becomes much easier to distinguish what our feelings are and more specifically, what emotions we are experiencing. Reaching for food or fueling our emotional hunger might seem like the easiest choice in the moment but we each know it really does not further our true ambitions and desires. When we are not tuned into our physical needs, we might be eating the healthiest ingredients and/or dish on the planet. However, it is still a response to emotional hunger and not physical hunger.

In challenging you to become aware of your emotional and physical hunger, I also challenge myself to stay awake, aware, and tuned into all of the emotions that come and go throughout the day. By doing this it becomes easier to recognize what we are experiencing and feeling. Even if you are feeling desperate for X (whatever your specific craving might be), remember that you have tools at your disposal to utilize that will help you become more aware so that you are not pushing away from or even avoiding certain emotions when choosing to eat in response to emotional hunger versus physical hunger.

Tools to utilize:

  1. Follow your breathe. In the moment, this might seem like the last thing you want to do but try it out. Give yourself the space and time to breath deeply - inhaling and exhaling - for ten counts.

  2. Make yourself a cup of tea. Boil the water. Prepare the tea and make a ritual out of. Holding the cup in your hands, feel the warmth of the cup. Inhale the aroma of the tea.

  3. Write down how you are feeling. This is an opportunity to become extremely intimate and honest with yourself and it does not need to take much time. Simply take a scrap piece of paper and write exactly how you are feeling. Are you feeling tired? Do you need a break? In writing, your feelings will be shown to you and then you can understand the thought process behind wanting to reach for X.

  4. Take some fresh air. Excuse yourself from wherever you might be and go outside or to an open window to breath in some fresh air. Giving yourself these moments of fresh air can be invaluable especially when you are on the cusp.

  5. Get moving. If possible, go for a short walk. Sometimes a brief change of scenery is just what we need.

I concede that the following five tools are not completely comprehensive. However, I believe them to be extremely useful when, after cultivating an awareness about habits and behaviors, we are learning ways to alter our experience and not emotionally eat.

Do let me know by commenting below if you have experience with this and the best way you have dealt with it.

Love & light!

Travel Tips both Professionally & Personally

Having been exposed to a bit of our beautiful planet by plane, train, ship, canoe, kayak, car, bike, or solely my legs, both personally and professionally, I have learned a few tidbits that might make your journey a bit more comfortable and even save you from having to spend unnecessarily.


While I do not claim to be an expert or know everything when it comes to healthfully transporting myself and my belongings, I was recently bestowed the title “professional traveler” by a dear friend of mine. So this one is for you, B, as well as anyone who is curious about ways to ease travel professionally and personally and infuse their next journey with a few of my favorite practices.

  1. Carry an empty glass or stainless steel water bottle with you so that you can fill it up once you pass security. In the airports I typically depart from I have a routine where I usually go straight to the water fountain after I pass through security. This saves $$, time, as well as can be said to be more environmentally friendly as you are not purchasing a plastic water bottle but are instead refilling your reusable bottle. Remember, if you ask politely the flight attendants will more often that not fill up your bottle if you get low during a flight.

  2. Wear/pack your most comfortable walking shoes. If you will need to dress up during your trip either for a business function or for an event, make sure to pack comfortable "fancy" shoes that can withstand more than the few steps you anticipate taking. Wearing uncomfortable shoes can most certainly be in the way of staying completely present and enjoying your new surroundings, especially if you will be walking a lot. It might not be the time to try out your “cutest” uncomfortable new shoes. This almost always leads to frustration, blisters, and discomfort. Not to mention it might be annoying to your fellow travel companions as they will hear about it from you!

  3. Invest in compression socks. It might sound a bit cuckoo but they help increase circulation in your legs, reduce the risk of swelling, and in the prevention of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and blood clotting especially when you are flying longer than three hours. If anyone takes a second glance at you putting them on, smile and feel good knowing you are helping your circulation.

  4. Be mindful of your tummy. In the past when flying transatlantic, more often than not, I would arrive to my destination with so much joy and excitement while at the same time quite uncomfortable with an unexplainable bloated belly and the need to lie down. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least! Although I experimented numerous times, I never ate the same thing therefore I could never isolate what was hurting my tummy until one time I ate quite light, I semi- fasted, and I arrived feeling great with no bloat and need to be horizontal. What a relief! While recommending to fast during a long journey might be a bit much with your individual circumstances, I do recommend tuning into your body and seeing how best you can support yourself throughout whether with lighter food, more water, less caffeine, etc., etc.

  5. In continuation of number four, always be sure to pack plenty of snacks that you like! You never know whether or not you will be delayed at an airport and if so, for how long plus airports tend to be quite pricey. Also, remember that most airlines give you the option to request a vegetarian meal if that is what you would like. Just remember to file your request prior to 24 hours of your departure time. I have found the following snacks easy to transport and munch on:

          • Carrots

          • Apples

          • Almond butter

          • Nuts

          • Dried fruit

          • Berries

          • Protein bar (no or low sugar!)

          • Homemade sandwich

          • Granola

          • Instant miso soup (ask for hot water at any coffee shop for a warming snack)

  6. Move as much as you can. Planning ahead by choosing the aisle seat or having a long layover sets you up for many opportunities to get moving. Whether you walk from terminal to terminal or you get up on the airplane to stretch, make sure to do it. Your entire body will be relieved and will silently be saying “Thank you! It has been a while since I moved around!” When you land at your destination, if at all possible, try to aim for at least a 20 to 30 minute walk outside. This will help you feel a bit calmer and “grounded” so to speak. Also, feel free to pack an exercise mat with you, especially if you will be on the road for a few days. It feels so good to stretch out after a long day of being on the go. Light weight and easy to transport, I recommend this mat for travel.

  7. Make sure you pack a cosy scarf. It is even better if it can be worn with the majority of your outfits. This habit has been cultivated over the years and is one that one of my older brothers always giggles and comments about. He doesn’t laugh about the scarf per se but what can be done with the scarf! Tee-peeing or making a teepee with your scarf to ensure that you are blocking as much light as possible so that you can comfortably fall asleep and rest en route is essential. If you forget your scarf, an airplane blanket can do but it is always recommendable to have a scarf especially when you feel a little cold at a business function and/or event. 

    The above are but a few ways I continue to move about both professionally and personally while supporting myself in feeling my best! How do you stay well and at ease while traveling?

Simple, delicious banana bread

When you have three ripe bananas and you start to see little fruit flies congregating in the kitchen you know it is time to make a move! Whether you unpeel the bananas and place them in the freezer for a smoothie at a later time or you begin to think about what you can make with them, I would begin by pointing you in the direction of this simple, delicious recipe for banana bread that can easily be adapted into your own variation by adding chocolate, nuts, seeds, apples, etc..


I give all kudos and credit to my friend, Sabrina, of Sabrina Patricia, because she shared this recipe with me. Thanks again!

PS - Sabrina will also be the next guest on the MNB Podcast so be sure to tune in!



2 ripe bananas

80 ml plant milk (1/3 cup)

80 ml oil (1/3 cup)

50 g oats (1/2 cup)

1 tsp baking powder

210 g flour (a little over 2 cups)

Optional: chipped nuts, chocolate, seeds, apple, pears

To make:

Mash the bananas and mix with all wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the bowl. Stir.

Spoon the dough into a loaf pan add toppings as you like and bake for 40-50 minutes at 180 degrees celsius (356 fahrenheit).


You are invited...

Studying for the bar? Join me this Saturday, see your invitation just below.

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This presentation focuses on the non-black letter law essentials for passing the bar and I will be talking about the importance of the following:

  • practicing self-care,
  • stress management,
  • mindfulness, and
  • organization

as you continue to study hard and prepare yourself for the bar exam.

Together with the ICE Foundation, and, specifically, G.C. Murray we are creating a lively, light, and fun space to discuss the above topics (which also happen to be extremely close to my heart). Practical tips will be shared and I will speak a little about my experience preparing for the Florida bar - yes, all three times - and I am certain it will bring a smile to your face :) 

So I invite you to take a little study break, make yourself a cup of tea or a smoothie (coffee - anything you like!), and tune in!

I look forward to seeing you there. 

All of these pictures were taken directly by me during and throughout my prep experience.

A Word on Self Care

Self-care is an essential practice in my life day in and day out.  To me, it encompasses my habits, attitude, activities, and the way that I carry myself. If I feel run down or overwhelmed I am careful to  amend my schedule or take time for myself so that I can recharge and show up my best. 

While more and more self-love can be cultivated from self-care we must be mindful of our attitude towards ourselves. Whether we are internally criticizing the way X looks or comparing ourselves to others, we must be mindful and not judge ourselves when we are having these thoughts. We must recognize them, like clouds in the sky, and direct our attention towards something else, something that will make us feel confident, strong, and happy.  


Green Smoothie Bowl

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning and have the luxury of spending a few extra minutes preparing breakfast I almost as much get struck by a lightening bolt (fun visual!) idea instilling this picture of a beautiful green smoothie bowl in my head. Once it happens I am set on preparing it and the rest is history.


Most of the time I stick to a more or less simple base of - a nut or oat milk, frozen bananas, and a handful or handfuls of spinach.  Of course you can add any sort of frozen berry or fruit or a different green. Once I have given it a go in the blender for some seconds it becomes a creamy, dreamy consistency and has a lovely green color. The creative and perhaps most exciting part of preparing this breakfast bowl comes now... when it is time to "decorate" the top! Decorations can include goji berries, granola, bee pollen, and cacao nibs to name a few. 

There you have it, one of the lightest and easiest ways to get your greens first thing, before you have even left your house! It's also quite fun to go loco with the toppings.

Green Smoothie Bowl
enough for one


1/4 cup nut or oat milk
1/2-1 banana, frozen
handful of spinach


Like I mentioned above you can put whatever you would like on top of your breakfast bowl. For example, slivered almonds, granola, dried cranberries, buckwheat groats, goji berries, etc., etc.!


Put all of the ingredients - the milk, frozen banana, and spinach - into a food processor and blend until you can no longer see spinach leaves. The green of the leaves will integrate well with milk and bananas and if you let it process long enough it will begin to turn a bit creamy.  Congratulations, this is your base! 

Pour this into a bowl and now it is time to decorate with whatever toppings you have on hand. Make it your special creation! After, sit down at the table, take a deep breath in gratitude of the time you spent preparing it, and enjoy :) 


Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki | Finland

Prior to visiting Helsinki late March, early April many friends and family members were baffled at our desire to travel further north for a few days as usually this time of year everyone is craving sunshine and warmth! Although we still crave that (as I type this it is snow/blowing outside!), the days spent in Helsinki proved to be bright, sunny, and totally enjoyable. 

Below I have linked a few neat places that we checked out and are highly recommendable if you find yourself in the Finnish capital. 


> See the White Cathedral. Tuomiokirkko (Cathedral)

> Walk by the Sibelius Monument, a monument erected for the famous Finnish Composer.   

> Take the ferry to Suomenlinna

> Visit the Rock Church / Temppeliaukio Church

> Walk through the beautiful, Hietaniemi Cemetery  

> Get your sauna on at Löyly

> Go swimming outdoors in the sea pool at Allas


> KUUMA. Cosy cafe where the green smoothie, avocado toast, and coffee are aplenty. 

> YES YES YES. A great veggie place with mocktails, naan, and live music. Not certain if they have live music each day but they had a lovely D.J. singing. The decor and environment is colorful and inspiring.

> DATE + KALE. If you are wanting a bowl or a juice, a smoothie or even a beauty bite this place is for you. Co-owned by Anni Kravi who is the queen of making delicious and beautiful plant-based pørridge (she even wrote this awesome book), DATE + KALE is an extension of her creativity and smarts.  

> The Cock. A must-try! From the eclectic menu to the difference between the ground and basement floors, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Cock. 

> GIWA. The finest South Korean food in Helsinki.  You can try the traditional Bibimbap dish in a dolsot (stone pot) which keeps the dish warm the entire time you are eating. It was delish! 

> Roots. If you venture towards the Kallio neighborhood this is a great cafe to check out. It was recommended to us by my friend, I, who lives down the street from it and even met us there for a cup of coffee. 

> Cafe Regatta. The cosiest cafe right on the water. The day we were there, we walked right up - from the water! Yeah, it was frozen over so we took the scenic, scenic route. It was fun!

 Green smoothie + yogurt,&nbsp;KUUMA

Green smoothie + yogurt, KUUMA


If you are visiting Helsinki maybe these suggestions will point you in the right direction, however, I hope you will find a few neat places of your own!

Hasta pronto :) 

Moving Past Failure And Towards Success On The Bar Exam

The news is still settling - you did not achieve your goal of passing the bar exam.  You might feel mad, angry, sad, disappointed, or anything under the sun that does not feel good. As someone who sat for the bar exam three times, I am quite familiar with the way it feels and what thoughts you might have running through your mind.

I encourage you to let yourself work through your thoughts and feelings and to be kind to yourself. Below are a few practices that can help you move through this time period and towards success on your next attempt.


1.    Accept the results. Although the result is not what you had hoped for know that you gave it your all.  Nobody prepares for this exam with failure in mind so you should feel comfort in the fact that you worked hard, showed up, and made it to the other side. To even be eligible to sit for the bar exam you have had to work hard. Relish in your achievements up until now and remember – this does not define you and this does not make you any less of a human being or lawyer. 

2.    Deep breathes. You might be thinking what can deep breathing do for me and why now? When we take time to mindfully be aware of our breathing by taking five to ten deep breathes, it signals to our internal fight or flight mechanism that we are safe, calm, and results in a calming effect on our body. Deep breathing at this stage will not only help you collect yourself and your thoughts about how to move forward but it will equip you with a great tool you can utilize at any time when you feel overwhelmed or stressed whether it is bar exam related or not. 

3.    Become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Not only in your study habits but in your knowledge of the law. Are you extremely strong in Contracts but do not feel as comfortable in Property? Do you struggle with time management on the exam? Do you need to write more practice essays under timed, test-like conditions? Ask yourself these uncomfortable questions.  Honest self-observation and self-reflection can help you fill in your blanks and be an extremely informative guide moving forward. If you have a professor familiar with your performance and whom you trust, reach out to them. They might be instrumental in giving you those few words of encouragement that you need to strap your boots back on and make your way!

4.    Be kind to yourself. I saved the best for last and for good reason. This time period can be exceptionally unsettling and stressful so I propose that you be as kind to yourself as possible.  Of course, this can take shape in many different forms.  Whether it means giving yourself time (unlimited or not) to let the results sink in and decide what to do next, spend more time doing something you really enjoy or even taking a family member or friend to your one of your favorite places or restaurants, these actions are important and signal to yourself that life will go on and that you are taking care of yourself. 

Although at times not passing the bar can feel as if all of your hard work over the years did not pay off, rest assured that you can overcome this challenge if you aspire to and that the result of this exam is not a reflection of your work ethic, persona, or character. May you incorporate what above practices resonate with you into your current life experience and may you keep yourself in good spirits.  

Hummus à la Bun Shop

Hummus is a great spread to say in the least!  Typically it consists of a puree of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and a dash of citrus (think lemon juice).  The spread is versatile on rye bread sandwiches or when used as a dip for raw veggies and crackers. You can even get creative and add things like sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, chili flakes, and garlic to mix it up a bit. 

Garbanzo beans are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber. Olive oil is beneficial for your heart as it contains monounsaturated fat which help lower the levels of the "bad" cholesterol that can buildup as plaque in your arteries causing blockages. 

Living in Denmark, I often buy the Løgismose brand of hummus but when we finished off the our last little jar I was inspired to create my own at home.  Not only is it cheaper, I am preferring more  and more to make things in our kitchen. A total win-win! 


Hummus à la Bun Shop

Makes about two cups and is enough to fill a large glass jar

1 garlic clove, peeled (you can use more it depends on your taste)

1 1/2 cup or 1 can of chickpeas

2 tbsp tahini

1/2 lemon juice 

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp cumin

1/4 cup water 


Add the garlic to the food processor and process until nice and chopped. Next add chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, salt, cumin, and a tad of water.  Blend until nice and smooth. Feel free to add more water if the mixture seems too chick.  Taste and add salt to preference. Spoon into a bowl to be served right away or put into a glass jar to be enjoyed later. 





Råkost aka D Slaw

This recipe is one of the easiest, freshest, and can be made at the drop of a hat. I named this recipe D slaw because the ingredients and combination seemed as prevalent in Denmark as coleslaw does in the south of the US. It is also a bit on the lighter side as it does not contain mayonnaise or buttermilk. 


The first year of law school I would make a batch of it on Sunday so that I knew I had something fresh and fun to look forward to at lunch time. If you would like feel free to substitute the apples for beets - mmmm! A good friend of mine and law-brary study buddy though it was cute and always asked me if I was gonna go eat my "turtle food" as he made his way to Dunkin Donuts (Dunks) for a coffee at lunch time. If only he knew how good it is and how good you feel afterwards... So really the joke is on him! 

For some reason after travel days I tend to gravitate towards making it and enjoying it with a side - rye or seed bread topped with avocado or a smiling egg or as I had it most recently with a healthy homemade not too sweet muffin.

D Slaw

Serving size: completely depends on how many you want to feed so feel free to adjust the amount of ingredients by keeping an eye on the proportion. And of course, if you want less apple add more carrot and vice versa. 


2 carrots

2 apples

handful of sunflower seeds

dash of sesame seeds, optional

handful of raisins

1 orange



Clean and rinse each of the carrots and apples. Slice the orange into two, set aside. Either with a grader or a food processor grate or shred the carrots and apples. (In Asia, I used a hand peeler and made it look more like a fusionesque D slaw.) Once you have the apples and carrots shredded place into a large bowl or container and mix together. Squeeze the orange over the ingredients and gingerly sprinkle the sunflower seeds, raisins, and optional sesame seeds and cinnamon over the combination. There you have it - your first batch of homemade D slaw. I am so proud! Share your D slaw with me at #mynaturalbeet


Be well and within the next twenty four hours, do something for yourself that you enjoy and also encourage someone close to you to do the same.

Happy International Women's Day!

My dear friend! Today is yours, and so is every other day. Be happy, live your life fully, do whatever you want and may all you dreams come true! Happy Women’s Day!
— K. K.

“Here’s to strong women.

May we know them.

May we be them.

May we raise them.”

– Unknown




Sending light and love to all women, today and everyday <3

Successfully practicing gratitude and law in 2018

In the New Year, resolutions are made, aspirations are high, and we each have the intent to have the best possible coming year.  What about making gratitude an integral part of your life this year?


So. What is gratitude? And how can I incorporate it into the practice of law?


Gratitude is giving thanks, feeling and being thankful and appreciative for what you have, where you are, and what is now - the present. Gratitude makes everything you have enough. 


Incorporating gratitude in the practice of law can easily be folded into your everyday routine. Consider the following tips and remember, be patient with yourself and take one step at a time.


1. Start the day - either mentally or physically - recounting what you are grateful for. You can be grateful for the warm, quiet rest you just had, to the roof over your head and anything in between. If you like to write, get a special journal, and make a list of what things you are grateful for each morning. Make it a morning ritual. If you have a busy morning before you get out the door with kids or walking the dog, consider taking a few seconds once your alarm rings to put in your mind and heart what you are grateful for. 


2. Spread your gratitude. Say thank you, open doors for others, and do one kind thing for a colleague or even for a stranger. You never know the difference you might make in someone else's day by just slowing down and being a little kinder than usual.  As a litigator, go out of your way to be extra thoughtful to even your most dreaded and despised opponent. Compliment your adversary on a job well done, forget your ego, and, for a change, be courteous to the other side. As a non-litigator, emphasize the importance of your employees’ work to your practice and let them know you appreciate their contribution to the overall administration of justice.


3. Practice present-moment appreciation. Put down your electronics, push back from your desk, lean back in your chair, look up at the ceiling, and bring the moment into your consciousness and awareness. Take a deep breathe and be thankful for your life, its meaning, and your contribution and service to others. By staying in the present, you slow down, and can truly appreciate what you are experiencing - from preparing for a trial, writing a brief to meeting with clients. 


 4. Observe your surroundings, especially the natural environment.  What do you hear, smell, sense, feel? As lawyers we spend nearly all of our time inside at a desk immersed in the demands in the tasks before us so it can be difficult to pull away, observe, and even take in fresh air.  If you have just five minutes to pop outside for fresh air and sunlight it will contribute to your feelings of calm and wellbeing.  If you do not have any time during the workday to get outside, try to incorporate a pre-work or even post-work routine that includes spending time outside, observing and, if possible, exercising. 


May this be a gentle reminder of the positive contributions that you can each make in the legal profession and, on a larger scale, the world by practicing gratitude. It is never too late to show kindness, be gracious, and start to practice gratitude. May you seamlessly and successfully practice gratitude and law in 2018.


1. Lee from America's Facebook Live about her PCOS journey. Anyone who is remotely interested or struggling with polycystic ovarian syndrome can learn a lot and feel at ease knowing they are not alone. Lee's sweet and fun way of being shines through as she details her journey as well as gives tips. Scroll down the link and see the saved video. 

 Photo credit: Lee from America

Photo credit: Lee from America

2. Do you also dig pumpkin this time of year? If so, check out Sprouted Kitchen's Almond Meal Pumpkin Muffins. "Gluten free, dairy free, maple sweetened but most importantly, really good!" to quote the creator, Sara, herself. 

 Photo credit:Sprouted Kitchen

Photo credit:Sprouted Kitchen

3. I made these delicious buns earlier this week. Sarah B is totally rad and her recipes are nutritious and creative to boot. Give 'em a try! To me these, toasted and with butter slathered on, taste like cheese grits. Weird I know but yum!

 Photo credit: My New Roots&nbsp;

Photo credit: My New Roots 

4. Looking for a workout program you can start anywhere? I started this one in Thailand and have continued it in Copenhagen.  Jillian Frein of Like A Girl Fitness has got it going on and has got you covered. She is strong, smart, and totally fit! 

 Credit: Jillian Frein   

Credit: Jillian Frein


Any links that caught your eye this week? If so, please share them with me - would feel happy seeing what you like :) 

Recent Reads

So. The last few months I have been become a total bookworm. I finished Love Warrior in three days. (UH OKAY!) So if you are looking for a good read, I recommend checking out the below. The links are affiliated. 


Breaking Vegan by Jordan Younger 

A memoir based on her experience descending into and rising from orthorexia. Orthorexia is the coined term for the eating disorder that develops when someone has obsessive thoughts and behavior about eating healthy. The line is crossed between mindful, healthy eating when the person experiences symptoms from anxiety and might even accompany other eating disorders. Jordan's playful voice sets the tone for a smooth and insightful read. 

Let It Out by Katie Daleabout

A learn-by-doing book where Katie shares her journey through journaling, recovering from an eating disorder, and coming home to herself via self-love and self-acceptance. She details over fifty tools that y-o-u can utilize in your journal so light a candle, grab a cup of tea, your fave notebook and pen, and get writing! 

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Heart-wrenching memoir about Glennon's experience thus far in life. She experiences infidelity, has suffered from alcholism, and bulimia, and is living proof that you can recover and make the most of your deepest, darkest struggles. Her writing is thoughtful and at times humorous as I laughed out loud a few nights in my bed as I read before dozing into sleep. 

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield 

Lent to me by one of my fave amiguitas, this book was an interesting read. I quote Wikipedia on  the alt, this "1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas rooted in multiple ancient Eastern traditions and New Age spirituality. The main character undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights in an ancient manuscript in Peru. The book is a first-person narrative of the narrator's spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life."

Since I finished those I am currently on Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

Have y-o-u read any of the books mentioned? If so, did you like? Or? 


Happy reading my friends :)


P.S. - Do you have any book suggestions for me? If so, comment below. 

Six plant based cafes to check out in Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the first things I do when I find out I am going to visit a new town is scan the plant-based (okay, solely vegan!) cafes.  Whether it is the neighborhood green smoothie joint or the hole in the wall that serves the most delicious and creative plates each day, I am down to trying any and all. You never know what you might be introduced to and who you might meet! 

Recently I was visiting with a friend and she asked me if I knew of any yummy, primarily veggie, vegan cafes in Copenhagen. I  replied with an enthusiastic y-e-s! and starting spouting out names and characteristics of cafes I am known to frequent. Below are just a handful of plant-based cafes to check out in Copenhagen. !Que disfrutes! And be sure to report back as well as share with me the names of new veggie places I can try and add to my list. 

1. Morgenstedet

A cosy veggie cafe in the heart of Christiania known for using new and different, fresh ingredients each day. Go with an open mind and your tastebuds will thank you! If the weather is nice there is space for you to sit outside and if not, feel free to get hygge (untranslatable Danish word for cosy; enjoying life's simple pleasures) indoors. Make sure to bring cash, last time I did not bring any and had to return at a later time - they did not take mobile pay or cards as of June 2017.



Fabriksområdet 134
1440 København K


2. 42Raw

42Raw has an array of items on the menu to choose from.  Depending on what you are in the mood for - you might try their brunch (served until 14:00) with banana pancakes w/agave syrup, sweet potato fries, their 1/1 glutenfree bread, avocado & hummus, and granola bowl or their New Orleans juice with beetroot, ginger, and apple. However you decide to order, rest assured that you cannot and will not go wrong - everything is delicious!




Pilestræde 32
1112 København


Waterfront Shopping
Tuborg Havnevej 4-8
2900 Hellerup


Frederiksberg Centret
Falkoner Allé 21
2000 Frederiksberg


3. Simple RAW

I visited this cafe quite often in the spring and I was very happy to see that since I had last visited them (a year prior) their menu was more varied and uber creative. There are bowls (YUM), noodles, and yummy treats to finish off the meal. There is lots of seating and space to feel cosy and comfortable. 

 Poke bowl

Poke bowl

 Cosy seating&nbsp;

Cosy seating 


Gråbrødretorv 9
1154 København K



4. Souls

I visited this cafe just last weekend and fell head over heels for their viking bowl, picture below. With the different tastes and textures, I felt happy trying something new and totally enjoying myself. It was not my first visit nor will it be my last. They have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner so feel free to pop by any time. 

 Viking bowl

Viking bowl

 Matcha latte

Matcha latte


Melchiors Plads 3.
2100 København Ø


5. The Organic Boho 

Although this cafe is tiny it packs a mighty punch - the menu is colorful, nutritious, and indeed delicious! Whether you go for smoothies and a side of sweet potato fries with your gals or treat yourself to one of the burgers you most certainly will enjoy yourself. And as a bonus, when the weather is nice, you can sit outside as I was doing when I took this picture.

 Green smoothie&nbsp;

Green smoothie 


Gothersgade 5
1123 Kgs. Nytorv, Copenhagen


Prinsessegade 23
1422 Christianshavn, Copenhagen


6. Cafe N 

I would be remiss to fail to mention this cosy little cafe nestled in Nørrebro. It is often best to reserve a table if you know you would like to dine there. It is quaint with warm sips, burgers, and even brunch. A must visit!

 Enjoying the nice weather with a juice outside Cafe N

Enjoying the nice weather with a juice outside Cafe N


Blågårdsgade 17
2200 Copenhagen



7. Copenhagen Nice Cream

Want to try a delish vegan ice cream option? Look no further than Nice Cream. You can get an ice cream sammie or even a little cup with their homemade seed granola put on top. If you are in the market for vegan ice cream, you will not be disappointed.




Enghave Plads 10
Copenhagen, Denmark 1670


Elmegade 30
Copenhagen, Denmark 1670


So there you have it six, well six plus one veggie/vegan cafes to check out while either visiting or living in Copenhagen. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and that you keep me updated on your veggie cafe finds around the city too.

Cheers to delicious plant based creativity, nourishment, and continuing to share the deliciousness plant power with friends and family!

 One of my sweet gal pals visiting, kombucha in hand!,&nbsp;after brunching at Simple Raw.  Love &amp; light amigos!

One of my sweet gal pals visiting, kombucha in hand!, after brunching at Simple Raw.

Love & light amigos!