Morning lovelies, I thought I would start this open letter to everyone who fears letting go with a quote from J. K. Rowling.

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” 

Typically I write these blog posts for my audience, and hope to shed light on real-life situations and problems but this post is different.  I am also writing it for myself.  Last week I hit a breaking point, - well it actually might have been while I was at a drag show when I started to bawl harder then I have ever cried while the man sung along to Celine Dion's "I am Alive" - I felt heavy, more heavy than I have ever felt.  All I wanted to do was sleep.  All I wanted to do was hug the person I miss most.  But I could not.  I had to make the situation I was in better, by myself, and for me.

So I began to think about everything going on around me and I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness but there was a space in my heart that was filled with darkness and misconception.  A place I try not to think about very often... hence why I never address things - things in the the darkness - , or talk about them.  That is why I decided to write this for myself, because at that point in time I wish I had something like this to read to make everything better, or go away for a few minutes.


The keys to goal setting are in Organization

"We become what we think about, we are all self made, but only the successful will admit it."

Hello everyone! Every day I am asked "Maria, how the fuck do you do it"?  Typically I answer by saying, "I guess it is in my blood to hustle."  Hours spent thinking about it and I realized that since I was young I developed habits to success! Before we jump into my 5 tips I would just like to quickly get very cheesy with you guys. As you read the list below you may realize that I do not mention one of the most important things to organization, and success...........

In order to succeed, and stay organized you have to believe in yourself.  You have to learn to train your mind to believe in yourself more than anyone ever could.  The power of believing is the strongest gift you could have.  If you are reading this and know that you do not believe in yourself then let me tell you this.  YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. Try your hardest, sweat your balls off, never give up, because I swear something amazing is destined for you.

Sharing the love with all of you again on this Beautiful Wednesday morning.  Talented Calgary (YYC) based photographer @jasonbephoto welcomed me and my photo shoot with opens arms two weeks ago, as we invaded his home, and basically cook over his living room. Nothing would be the same without gorgeous + edgy make-up artist, @sofnotsoph, talented hair stylist @k8ferg, and our handy man dan on the lights @andrewjcamacho.  Thank you all so much for working with my crazy self, and for making me feel as comfortable as possible!

Photo Credit: Lux Media Group

"The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself"

It has been awhile folks, but I am back with an important topic; learning to love yourself + self confidence.  For years and years I would tell myself, and people around me that I was strong. I don't know if I did this because I thought I was, or because I was confusing the word strong for something else.  Maybe I was confused because for years I was strong; I was ripped, I had tree trunk muscles legs, and I had the pain tolerance of The Hulk.  I guess what I decided to believe is that when I was young (and I believe this to be the same for a lot of people) I was taught that being strong means you are strong.

Definition of strong - at the age of around 13-16:

  1. You can take on the world, defend yourself, and not be walked all over.
  2. Lift really heavy things, and carry your dad.
Well hello friends, about time I write about this motivation topic is it not? I mean after all it is my most asked question "Maria, how the hell do you do it? How have you not crashed from being so tired, and involved ALL THE TIME?" Is what I am asked a lot.  I guess I just got used to it but the more I thought about it I realized I am a product of my two biggest motivators.

My parents.  

*Yep, now I am crying*.  These two goof balls came to this country with nothing, and I mean that honestly.

My. Parents. Had. Nothing.  

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Hey everyone, and welcome! This is a new part of my blog that I have finally found time to work on, how exciting! You can expect loads of fitness related videos to be posted on here, and linked to my FoodbyMaria YouTube Channel.  Fitness is a huge part of my life, I do not go a day without hitting the gym, or being active. So before I go I will leave you with my fitness philosophy... and why I believe we should all try out best to be active, be well, and eat better!
tacos Avocados and refried beans are the highlight of this Taco dish!  Vegan Tacos are the perfect natural food recipes for your plant based diet, not to mention they certainly do not miss out on any flavour! It is so fabulous because it is a simple vegetable recipe that takes only around 10-20 minutes to prepare depending on what you have ready! In the recipe I recommend making homemade Guacamole, so here is my fave recipe, ever!
rootandbones Did someone say Ice Cream?!? Yep, I did! Made using natural food like cacao, fruit (banana) and maple syrup.  All you need to do in blend up all the gorgeous ingredients and you have yourself the most delicious and nutritious recipe, ever! This raw food recipe is a super simple raw food diet idea too - so add it to your favourites! Should I also mention that this recipe is extremely high in plant based protein (from the nut butters) and antioxidants (from the Reishi).