And now I get to eat it guilt-free.

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I have always been utterly obsessed with chocolate. I mean, I’m not sure I have ever met anyone who doesn’t like chocolate. As a self-proclaimed “health nut,” indulging in chocolate was always my guilty pleasure. Over the years and for as long as I can remember, I have used chocolate as a tool to relieve stress, as a reward for myself, and as a token of self-love. …


Veganism is the future. Let’s help our loved ones realize why going vegan is the answer to many of life’s problems.

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November 2020 was my two year “veganiversary.” I was vegetarian before that and pescatarian before that. I would say it took me about four years to go fully vegan, with no intention of doing so from the start. And now, I can’t imagine my life being any different. Over the course of many years, I have been able to debunk each and every argument that tells us we shouldn’t be vegan. It took a long time to accumulate such…


They’re just as cruel as factory farmed ones.

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There was a time when eggs were one of my favorite foods. Poached, scrambled, sunny side up…in stir-fries, casseroles, and hard-boiled, plus more. One day, I decided to stop eating them completely. Just the thought of consuming an egg turned my stomach. And the accidental consumption of one some time later made me physically ill.

Here’s what happened.

I learned the truth behind the egg industry in the United States and elsewhere. And damn, did it kill my appetite.

I always loved animals. I was kind to them. Though, I ate dead animals and their secretions on a daily basis…


Dr. Joe Dispenza talks about how our unconscious programming of the mind is rooted in the deepest depths of our self.

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Dr. Joe Dispenza is a renowned chiropractor, neuroscientist, teacher, and author who trains people in using the law of attraction to create the life they desire.

We all store our own traumas, whether it be consciously or unconsciously. We have an abundance of life experiences that have led us to experience all the feelings on the spectrum of emotions. We have endured heartache, physical pain, change, and longing. Throughout our childhood, primarily during the first seven years of life, we have been programmed by those around us — our parents, teachers, peers, the media, and even strangers. …


We can find the light at the end of the tunnel, together.

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A year ago this week, I had just finished my last semester at Rutgers University. I had begun to viciously apply for jobs, amidst chaotic unpacking and mentally settling in to life at home again. Gratitude for a lack of any student loans swooned over me. Though, nerves overtook me because I had no clue where life would take me. I contemplated what I’d land with a Bachelors in psychology. I kicked myself for many months, feeling stupid for all the “mistakes” I had made through my education.


An extrovert’s dilemma at a time of a global pandemic.

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As an extrovert, Covid has been especially hard for me. In time, I have become accustomed to spending more time alone and getting to know myself better. I have explored deeper parts of myself than I have ever done before and I healed parts of me that I didn’t know were broken. I learned how to entertain myself and maintain productivity and fulfillment on days when I didn’t have any reason to get out of bed… on days when depression overcame me.

Eventually I got a full-time job…my first one…


I believe in taking your meds, but find it useful to consider how the way we think affects our mental patterns.

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When people are diagnosed with a mental health issue, they are likely to experience bouts of sadness, low energy/fatigue, and mood swings among other feelings and symptoms. If and when someone is professionally diagnosed with anxiety or depression, patients are rarely informed of what is causing this issue in their life. The root cause of these mental issues are infrequently found on the surface. These depressive symptoms may be deep-rooted in childhood trauma. They could have evolved out of repressed emotions, or the suppression of resentment. …


And it’s probably the best resolution I have ever had.

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New Year’s Eve is typically a time of year filled with hope and exhilaration for the chance at a new start. To me, the new year fills like the first page of a blank journal. My story is waiting to be written, and my thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and decisions will all determine my future. Each page will be filled with stories of memories that will continuously shape my character. …


I am grateful for emotional release.

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With every new person I meet, I learn more about myself an others around me. I realize that there is only so much that one can give until they are left feeling empty. I am reminded that there is nothing we can do to change others. We can express how we feel when boundaries are crossed or we feel we have been disrespected. And at the end of the day, the only person that we can change is ourselves.

And that isn’t a bad thing. Living with my heart wide open has granted me such magical life experiences and wise…


A meat eater's (attempted) defense of the consumption of livestock.

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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me where I get my b12 from, I’d be filthy stinking rich. I’m vegan. I have been for over two years now, and hey — I'm doing pretty darn good, considering my increased energy, brighter skin, and happier disposition among other things.

Unfortunately, most people are led to believe that b12 is a vitamin exclusively found in animal products and that vegans and vegetarians are simply destined for a deficiency in this essential nutrient. Well, it turns out that isn’t the case. Trust me, I was just as shocked as…

Susie Pinon

B.A. in Psych. Lover of all things green. Likely to be found brewing tea or making a mess in the kitchen. Boisterous, creative, free-spirited. Vegan.

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