I don’t know about you, but I miss pizza. I walk by the NY Pizza on NW 23rd here in Portland and the smell kills me. I LOVE pizza, so eating gluten/dairy-free is pretty brutal. In fact, the boyfriend loves pizza so much, he’ll sneak over to NY Pizza just to get his fix.

And then, we found Gluten-Free Pantry pizza mix. Add some Lisanatti Almond Pepperjack cheese, BBQ chicken, red onions and fresh pineapple for a YUMMY pizza treat.

One word of caution – follow the directions very carefully. I made the mistake of following the french bread mix and burned the pizza crust (on our first try). But, if you follow the pizza directions (and only cook for 10 minutes) you’ll have an amazing dinner (and lunch and dinner again – it makes a HUGE pizza). Enjoy!


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08 Jul / Yoga Is the Way

I’ve been a bit stressed. I mean, I didn’t feel THAT stressed, because nothing too major is happening (aside from a change in my writing niche, another move in two weeks and friend issues). My body, on the other hand, has been letting me know that something isn’t right. My neck muscles were tense, my low back was tight and my psoriasis came back in full effect. So, I knew it was time to do something different. Last week, instead of my hard-core Tae-Bo and weight training, I went walking and practiced yoga. I found a fabulous book to help with the muscle tension – Yoga Heals Your Back. It’s awesome! 10-minute sessions with a different focus are featured throughout, including strength sessions for your abs, butt, and thighs. My body is so much happier with me now! I feel taller and my body feels more at peace.

Add to that an amazing massage from Arti at AG Massage on NW 5th. If you’re looking for quality, therapeutic work – he’s the guy to go to. I’ve had NMT (neuromuscular therapy) in the past and was thrilled to find another NMT in Portland. Arti is professional and intuitive. Best of all, he’s patient with the stubborn knots in my back.

So, despite the additional stress, I’m doing everything I can to keep my body relaxed and happy.

Have any ideas on great ways to care for your body?
Do tell!

–Heather 🙂

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Happy Sunday! I’ve got two great finds for you this week. A conscious living e-newsletter/website you’re sure to love and a movie that brought me great peace and comfort.

First up, White Apricot. Have you checked this out yet? If you haven’t – sign-up for their e-newsletter pronto. You’ll find fabulous conscious living lifestyle recommendations, everything from food (be sure to check out my upcoming piece on the GF lifestyle), travel, yoga, beauty (the good stuff – not the “making you feel bad about yourself” kind!) and a lilphilosophy. It’s a perfect weekly pick-me-up – that’s right, not a daily, filling up your inbox annoying email – a weekly conscious hook-up. Let me know what you think. They rock!

And then, a movie you HAVE to see. Peaceful Warrior. Read the book? I haven’t – but you bet its on my list now. Inspirational, peaceful (of course!) and just absolutely life-changing/thought-provoking. For those of us already on the conscious lifestyle path, it reminds you of what is truly important (the JOURNEY PEOPLE!) and why we’re really here.

Let me know your thoughts on both.
Can’t wait to hear from you!

Much love,

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Want to take the Law of Attraction to the next level? Create your own Mind Movie!

Find out about Mind Movies here.
And become a Mind Movie affiliate to earn passive income.

This is an awesome way to take your affirmations and vision boards to another level. Even better, import your own photos and choose your life theme song to go along with it. Get ALL the tools you need in one location with Mind Movie for only $27!

Watch in the morning and then again in the evening – that’s all it takes to increase your vibration. Watch your dreams come to life!

Also, once you create your Mind Movie, share it with us. Post a link in the comments section of the blog or email it directly to me at: heather@risingupforlove.org. I’ll be posting mine shortly…

It’s a toss up between Feist’s, “I Feel it All” or Frou Frou’s “Let Go.” What do you think? Let me know!

Much love,
Heather 🙂

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Amazon delivered it on Friday afternoon. And I haven’t been able to put it down since. Of course, I had plenty of fun weekend activities planned (like touring Clear Creek Distillery, noshing at DragonFly Cafe – stay away from their quiche – it was terrible! – & golfing with Dad), but I devoured this book in small pieces every chance I had.

Think you’ve got the Law of Attraction down?
Think you know what reality is?
Think you know money?

I challenge that you don’t. I certainly thought I knew a lot, but this book has taken my knowledge of what ‘is’ to a whole new level. I understand the human experience in a way that I never did before.

I LOVE a life-changing book and I know you will too.

Busting Loose From the Money Game takes your knowledge of life and what we’re truly doing here to an entirely new level. Get clear on your purpose, how to handle life’s frustrations (particularly around money) and free yourself from the ridiculous games our culture has us playing (you know, like thinking that we’re our net worth and what we own!).

Let me know what you think of this book.
I can’t wait to chat with someone about this advanced way of understanding our human existence.

Much love,

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Make your chocolate chip cookies a healthy treat with the following substitutions:

-Substitute whole grain spelt flour in place of traditional flour.
-Substitute raw sugar or Splenda in place of sugar.
-Substitute organic brown sugar.
-Replace butter/margarine with Smart Balance or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light.
-Add 1/4c soy protein powder (and remove 1/4c of spelt flour).
-Add organic dark chocolate chips.

*As a side bonus, dunk warm cookies in vanilla soy milk. LOVE it! 🙂

Then, you can feel good about eating chocolate chip cookies (I know – I ate a dozen of these cookies over the weekend – yum!).


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I’ve been in a bit of a funk. A simple negative exchange with a family member sent me into a spin. Don’t you just hate that?! I’ve continued to write my gratitude and intention lists and I’ve even employed a new tactic of delegating to my spiritual team (more on that in the future!). But, for some reason, I was immersed in my old way of thinking – negative, aggressive and guarded.

And then I remembered something. For some time before this, I had woken up every morning and visualized what I wanted in my life, to the Hawaiian version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” For some reason, I had stopped. When searching my brain for, “how can I turn around this negativity” – I remembered my visualization song. I promptly began listening to it. It has helped tremendously.

I’m recommitting to my goal of visualizing every morning to that song. It’s helping to shift the negativity that entered my sphere. Jack Canfield was right – its all about the visualizing. When you can keep your dreams front and center, the negativity can’t get in. Try this out next time you find yourself in a crummy mood. Oh, that and a lot of dancing – to Frou Frou. Love it!

Must-Watch Movie:
This is spiritual, sci-fi and just plain thought-provoking…

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This weekend was the Northwest Writers Workshop, sponsored by the Oregonian & the Poynter Institute. Surprisingly, it was full-up of newspaper writers from across the country. Speakers such as the Oregonian’s Jack Hart and Pultizer-Prize winning newspaper reporter Diana Sugg taught classes on the writing craft.

Unfortunately, the program was mainly geared towards newspaper writers, but there was still valuable information to learn. Jack Hart’s workshop was outstanding, as was the Keynote Address by the amazing Jacqui Banaszynski.

Will I go next year? Probably not. I would rather spend time/money on conferences geared towards freelance writers, as opposed to writers with “beats”. Good god, I am so grateful I don’t have one of those. 🙂 Newspaper writers always say,in disbelief “You can really make money freelancing?” I just smile and nod. And again, feel so blessed to be living my own writing life.

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