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TED Talk: Geena Rocero “Why I must come out”

Geena Rocero is an American transgender super model and advocate born in the Philippines. She founded an advocacy and aid organization called Gender Proud, which “envisions a world where all transgender people are able to self-identify with the fewest possible barriers.”

In the video below, Geena shares her life story including her journey to America and the events that started her successful modeling career.  Geena also advocates for trans rights and uses the speech to come out as transgender to the world. You can watch all this and more by clicking “play” below:


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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash, Courgette, and Chickpea Hash

Happy Meatless Monday!  Today we are sharing a recipe that will be sure to make your mouth water!  Not only does it photograph well, but it will be impossible to resist running home and cooking after reading the ingredients. Just follow the four easy steps and in 45 minutes you will have a deliciously filling meal for two!

You can see the original the recipe Nomsies Kitchen!

Butternut Squash, Courgette, and Chickpea Hash





400gm (half of a medium butternut squash) Butternut Squash

3 Courgettes (cut into small cubes)

1 can chickpeas (400gm)

400ml Pasta Sauce

½ Onion (diced)

3 cloves Garlic (peeled and diced)

½ tsp Paprika

¼ tsp Chilli Flakes

1½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Fresh Coriander (small handful – chopped)




1. Roast the butternut squash with the skin on for 30 minutes at 170°C. Once roasted, remove from oven. When it has cooled, the skin should be easy to remove, cut into cubes. Set aside.


2. Pour the olive oil into a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the olive oil is hot enough, add in the diced onion. Sweat it out for about 3 minutes before adding in the diced garlic. Fry until aromatic, be careful not to burn the garlic.


3. Add in the butternut squash and courgettes. Fry evenly in the pan. I like to try to get the vegetables in a flat layer on the pan so that they can crisp up and colour instead of steaming up in a pile. Fry for about 8 minutes until vegetables are cooked and nicely coloured.


4. Next add in the pasta sauce, chickpeas and seasoning. Stir through until nicely combined and fry for another 3-4 minutes. Just before switching off the heat, add in the chopped fresh coriander and stir through. Remove from heat and serve.


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TED Talk Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American writer best known for her best selling novel and memoir Eat, Pray, Love published in 2006.   Eat, Pray, Love garnered Gilbert a great deal of critical acclaim, which lead to its adaption into film in 2010 starring Julia Roberts. Aside from her success with that novel, Gilbert has made a living as a freelance writer for national magazines and as an author of various novels and short story collections.

Gilbert uses the TED talk podium to address the ideas of success and genius. She takes a new approach to the two entities, saying that people are not geniuses, but all of us have genius within us.  The talk is filled with humor and biographical asides, which make it an entertaining watch!

Learn more about Elizabeth Gilbert by visiting her Official Website!


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Meatless Monday: Roasted Cauliflower and Citrus Pasta

Once again it is Monday meaning that we are going to share a mouth watering recipe with you… that’s MEATLESS!

For pasta lovers the idea of a meatless recipe may seem a little underwhelming. You might think that this dish is missing texture or depth of taste; however, this recipe will change the way you think about meat-free pasta! Cauliflower is a great substitute for chicken, because it is hardy, filling and when cooked, can even resemble chicken!

Follow the recipe below at Cookistry!

Roasted Cauliflower and Citrus Pasta

Image Ingredients:

1 small head cauliflower
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound dry thin spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary*
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers
6-8 ounces grape tomatoes
1 teaspoon Buddha Hand or lemon zest


Cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces. Put it on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Roast at 350 degrees until the cauliflower is cooked to your liking – 20 to 60 minutes.

Just before the cauliflower is done, cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Add the butter, red pepper, and rosemary to the pasta over low heat and cook until the butter is melted.

Add the lemon juice and capers, and stir them in. Add the cooked cauliflower and the grape tomatoes and stir to combine, and cook just long enough to warm the tomatoes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, if desired.

Add the Buddha Hand zest and stir to combine.
Serve hot.

*If you like, chop the dried rosemary into smaller pieces.

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My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

Sam Berns was an American teenager who suffered from a rare disease called progeria.  Sam was one of about 250 children suffering from the disease worldwide and dedicated his life to increasing awareness about the disease.  His mother and father, both pediatricians, established the Progeria Research Foundation, while Sam’s charismatic personality allowed for the creation of his HBO documentary Life According to Sam.  By putting his life on display, Sam was instrumental in bringing around mainstream recognition of the disease.  The video below is Sam’s speech for the TED foundation, where he shares his philosophy for a happy life. Watch by clicking the play icon:

Though he speaks through the experience of having a rare disease, his words can be applied to people of many different walks of life.  How do you feel about his approach to happiness?

Sam passed away on the 10th of January, 2014 at the age of 17, but his words and life work continue to thrive.


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Virtual Tour: Tree of Life Painting

This piece of décor is may not be the first to jump out at you as you walk through our doors, but is an eye-catching as you explore our space. If you have ventured into our tea room, where we also house our Live Peace Store, you may have noticed this colorful painting on the wall.


This painting depicts the Tree of Life, a symbol appearing in mythology and in many of the world’s religions. The Tree generally symbolizes the interconnection of all forms of life on this planet.

In the Center, we like to view it as a reminder that despite the different upbringings and different cultures that we come from, we are still interconnected as beings here on this earth.

What does the Tree of Life represent to you? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Continue your virtual tour with other CLP Décor posts!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Mandela and Changing the World

Nelson Mandela education quote

Having heard the sad news that former South African President and activist Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95, it seemed appropriate to repost this beautiful quote about the importance of a solid education as a tool with which to change the world.

Left behind was a legacy of peace-building and love for all mankind. This quote encapsulates Mandela in the way that it accentuates the necessity to teach and to learn, to inspire and to be inspired, and in the face of difficulty and maliciousness, to help change and to be changed. As the world continues without the physical presence of Nelson Mandela, his teachings will continue to persist.

The most important lesson that Mandela has taught us, however, was never directly said by him, but was inspired by him: if one man could help change the course of a country, imagine what all of us could do.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Remember to say thank you.

Now that the Halloween month of October has come and gone, November and Thanksgiving is beginning to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Our focus is on where we are going to spend the holiday, the craziness of travel and seeing old relatives, or who will be cooking the turkey on the big day. But what is this “thankful” season all about? Sometimes we can forget how a simple few words like “I love you” or “thank you” can mean to another, especially those who are the closest to us.

Here is a  simple 3-minute talk, where speaker Laura Trice muses on the power of the words “thank you.” Dr. Laura Trice is a therapist and a coach, devoted to practices that help people find fulfillment in their lives. She has created a therapeutic program entitled “Writing in Recovery” that uses creativity such as journaling or music to help others develop a better sense of self and set goals for themselves.

Whether they are to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, or to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

“The father told everybody else that he was proud of him, but he never told the son. It’s because he didn’t know that his son needed to hear it. So my question is, why don’t we ask for the things that we need?”

If we are wanting this love and affection from those closest to us and feel like we are not getting that, why not ask? We like to be praised, but are afraid to ask, so chances are those family, friends, and others closest to you are craving the same thing. Take a step up, and say to them what you would want them to say to you.

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. Say a simple kind few words to those you love. Even if it is a simple “I’m proud of you”, “I love you” or “Thank you.”

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3rd Birthday Wrap-Up

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate our 3rd birthday with us! We had a record number of 1,200 people stop by to enjoy the occasion and we couldn’t be happier with the way things went! Please enjoy these photos from the event! We hope you will come to celebrate our 4th anniversary with us next year!
















Photos by Drunken Pixel

Here’s a slideshow from the awesome Drunken Pixel photo booth:

You can see all the photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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Discover Your Strength

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”

– Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life Of Water 

White Lotus flower

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