How To Get Published on the Huffington Post

HOW TO GET PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST?!

I posted this in two Facebook groups and it got so popular… I bet there are some of you that are still curious how to get published on the HuffPost. I copy my comment below 🙂

#1 first you need to email Arianna at arianna@huffingtonpost.com. You can either send her a pitch for your article or email you article or just send her an email with your interest. For a Pitch you can just include your title/topic suggestion or an outline. If you send your article, send a few lines along with it along with your interest of contributing. Or simply introduce yourself + your expertise that you would like to write about 🙂 I personally set an article along with a super brief 2 line message.

#2 You will receive an email back from Arianna that she would love to have you on board & publish your stuff. You don’t need to worry about this, I got an email within 24 hours, and most seems to receive a response within a week the most.

#3 You will receive a link how to set up your profile & read/accept the terms/conditions and guidelines.

#4 You are READY to post!!!

#5 From this point on you do NOT need to pitch, in fact, I don’t even think there is an option for it. Just write your article keeping mind their guidelines (word count etc) & upload it according to the direction you received along with your profile. smile emoticon Submit. Now it is up to your editor smile emoticon

#6 If your post is approved, chances are it will be posted on the HuffPost within 24-72 hrs. It can take longer of course. The editor may require some changes (eg. more links, change in your language etc) or may even reject it if it doesn’t seem to resonate with her/him/theHuff’s mission… I’ve never had an article rejected, but I know that it can happen (it can even happen with the original article you’ve sent to/pitched to Arianna). You can upload articles are often as you’d like.

That’s it smile emoticon

It is very similar to writing for Elephant Journal, Tiny Buddha, or whatever other websites that accept articles..except on the Elephant, for example, it is so easy to find the contributor guidelines etc – somehow the HuffPost keeps it a ‘secret’… I was surprised how easy it was.

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Yummy Quinoa Burgers

Yummy Quinoa Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Quinoa
  • Burger Fillings:
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 stalk of celery, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, minced or finely cut
  • 1/4 cup of mushrooms, finely cut or minced
  • 1/4 small onion finely cut
  • 4 tbsp flour (multigrain, all-purpose, GF)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbps of flax seeds + 3 tbps of water)
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • little turmeric, optional
  • a little bit of parsley

Directions:

Measure 1 cup quinoa. Rinse it in lots of cold water. Add 1 cup rinsed quinoa to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil then simmer until the water is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Turn off the heat. Cool the quinoa. When the quinoa is cool mix in the burger fillings. Shape burgers from the mix. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat with 1-2 tbps of oil. Fry both sides until golden brown. Serve it with vegetables, with a salad or burger style in a bun.

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Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Apples & Pecans

Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Apples & Pecans

 

  • 3/4 organic quiona (+ 1.5 cups of water)
  • sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh, organic parsley chopped
  • 1 ripe, organic apple, washed, stemmed and cored, cut into piece
  • a handful or two cranberries (raisins work as well!)
  • ground pepper
  • a handful (or more) pecans (walnuts or almonds work too!)
  • Dressing: 2.5 tbsp virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp pineapple balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp pure organic maple syrup

Directions:

Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add quinoa and salt. Cover, bring it to low and simmer for about 20 mins until the water is evaporated and the quinoa is tender. Add the rest of the ingredients. Fluff with fork. Mix the dressing and add. Fluff again

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Cranberry-Nut-Orange Couscous Recipe

Cranberry-Nut-Orange Couscous recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • ½ cup of walnuts
  • ½ cup of almonds

Orange-Mandarin-Pineapple Dressing:

  • ½ cup of mandarin and pineapple juice
  • Some orange zest (in this case mandarin zest ;-))
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of orange muscat champagne vinegar
  • Salt and pepper as desired

Directions:

Boil some water, add couscous, simmer for about 10-12 minutes, drain. Set aside.

Mix the nuts and the cranberries, add to the couscous. Mix well.

Mix the mandarin-pineapple juice, orange zest, oil, vinegar, add salt and pepper as you like.

Add the dressing to the couscous, mix well. (You can add the dressing ‘as you go’ during dinner.)

Eat it warm (perhaps with a salad of your choice) or cool it for a few hours for a cold couscous salad.april-8-mke-and-food-055

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Find Your Happy: 1st step to mirror work

The past few days I had several posts about how to unlearn your pain, how to find happiness, health, self-love and freedom. I am so excited about all the comments and lots of personal messages I am receiving continuing the conversation.
I am SO excited that YOU are excited about creating happiness in your life.
A lot of you have asked about mirror work. How to do mirror work?  The awesome thing about mirror-work is that you can do so much with it. It is literally an amazing tool to create a connection with yourself, to develop self-love, to solve problems, to use it along with many other tools and just to start smiling again out of excitement for your life. But how to start it? Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself. Not only look at yourself, but actually make eye-contact. Look deeply in your eyes. Yes, create a deep eye contact. It may feel emotionally or even physically uncomfortable. You may cry. You may get sad or angry. It is okay. Just keep the eye contact. Resist the urge to look away for as long as it’s possible. Then let go. Whether you can make it for 5 seconds or several minutes, it is okay. It is ok to feel uncomfortable. Do this again the next day then the day after and so on until you are able to keep eye contact for 2-3 minutes at least. Then start the positive self-talk and other mirror-work exercises, we can get to later.
If you are new to this, or even if you are not new, but still not fully comfortable, just relax. It is okay. It is normal. It is a process and a practice. But it will help you creating a connection with yourself, developing self-love and happiness.
It was difficult for me at first. I felt so much hate, I literally wanted to spit on my image instead of looking into my eyes. I cried. It got better. And suddenly, one day, I felt a deep sense of connection, compassion and love…yes, I felt love for myself. And I knew it was possible. 
It is possible for you too.
This is why I developed a program, A Course on Happiness: Unlearn Your Pain & Find Your Happy to teach you tools and help you to unlearn your pain, to heal your mind, body & soul to establish self-love, to establish self-care rituals, to release anger, judgment and negative emotions, to eliminate negative beliefs, to learn positive patterns of self-talk, to establish a positive relationship with your body, to finally fall in love with yourself and your life…and yes, to find your happiness. 
If you want to feel happy, loved, loving, healthy, amazing, excited, joyful, energetic, connected, clear-headed, inspired, balanced, courageous, beautiful, confident, creative, radiant, motivated, free…in another words, ALIVE…the Course on Happiness is for you.
The course starts on August 31st and doors open on August 14th. PM me for details.

How to create happiness and self-love

Yesterday I shared that once I started looking at my life from the holistic perspective, stopped trying to fix things, but decided to actually be happy, healthy and to love myself, my entire life changed: I healed from chronic physical pain, depression, trauma from abuse, self-harm, ED…I developed self-love and created happiness in my life.

I’ve received some kind comments from you (thank you, xx) and also some questions.

The question I received from so many in personal messages that ones you’ve made the decision to be love yourself and to be happy where to start. There are so many techniques to use, my favorites are mirror work and journaling. But it is the best to start at what feels the best to you. Ask yourself the question: “When do I feel loved?” Everyone has different answers to this. You may feel loved when someone gives you a hug, looks into your eyes, cooks you a nice meals, gives you a present, buys your flowers or watches the sunset next to you…or… it is all personal. But everyone has at least a short list of things that makes them feel loved: you do too. Write this list down. Write down everything that makes you feel loved. Pick one or pick a few and do that every single day for yourself. It really doesn’t matter what it is, just start doing it and be consistent.

Then you can start using proven techniques like mirror work, journaling, affirmations, positive self-talk, body talk, movement and more to create happiness, self-love and health in your life. I can share more about those later, I don’t want to overwhelm you 😉

But remember, small and consistent steps. This is a process. It’s a practice. But you can unlearn your pain and create happiness in your life.

To teach you all the steps to create your happiness and to unlearn your pain is the reason is why I developed a program, A Course on Happiness: Unlearn Your Pain & Find Your Happy to teach you tools and help you to unlearn your pain, to heal your mind, body & soul to establish self-love, to establish self-care rituals, to release anger, judgment and negative emotions, to eliminate negative beliefs, to learn positive patterns of self-talk, to establish a positive relationship with your body, to finally fall in love with yourself and your life…and yes, to find your happiness.

If you want to feel happy, loved, loving, healthy, amazing, excited, joyful, energetic, connected, clear-headed, inspired, balanced, courageous, beautiful, confident, creative, radiant, motivated, free…in another words, ALIVE…the Course on Happiness is for you.

The course starts on August 31st and doors open on August 14th. PM me for details.

But regardless, I will be sharing things I learned throughout my journey here bit by bit.

What makes you unique?

“What makes you unique and beautiful?” – someone asked in a FB group I belong to…
It is not one thing that makes me unique but the special combination of all the tiny tid-bits.
When I read the first response to the question, I nodded “wow, this is me, this is true for me too”. I could say 10 or a 100 other things that is “unique” yet at least one if not half or all members could nod, ‘wow, so true for me” too…
So if it is true for so many of us, is it unique?
Not so much.
But the combination of all these not-so or only-somewhat unique stuff makes us all unique.
It’s like cooking. Hm, pasta marinara. There is always some pasta and the sauce with tomato puree, tomato, basil, and such. Cheese, maybe vegan cheese. Pretty basic with the same basic ingredients. Yet, it is never the same. What kind of pasta did you choose: spaghetti, penne, GF or whole wheat? How much garlic do you add? What kind of pasta do you choose? Do you add cheese? A lot or a little? Do you add olive oil to your sauce? Is it all fresh or the puree is canned? Is it a raw pasta with zucchini pasta? And so on. And most importantly, how much LOVE and JOY do you add to you sauce? The unique combination of all these same-old, similar, simple ingredients make your pasta so unique, delicious, beautiful, satisfying, nourishing and fun!
The way I smile, the way I feel, the way I am…noone can be that, do that, feel that exactly just like that.
This is what’s beautiful: all our similarities, not that unique tid-bits connect us but the combination of all this makes us unique, special, beautiful and helps us make a difference in our unique ways.

How to Create Mood Shift

It happens to all of us. Likely daily, maybe several times a day. Someone says something, something happens and you get pissed, angry, frustrated or sad. Often we even get pissed at stupid things. In the end, feeling bad only hurts us. But how to get out of a negative, pissy mood?

First: acknowledge what’s going on. Tell a friend, write it in your journal, tell it to yourself. Don’t ignore it. Acknowledge it and acknowledge that it is OK whatever you feel.

Second: Check if it is ‘real’. Ask yourself “Is it {what I am experiencing/the reason behind my experience} real?” It may be or may not be. When I kicked my toe and broke it, my experience of a broken toe was real, the fact that I would be in pain for a while and I wouldn’t be able to run for 2-3 months was real, but the fear and anger that “it is the end of the world” was not, that it “would ruin everything” was not and that I was the “clumsiest person ever” was not either. Whether it is real, not real or mixed, it is ok.

Third: Now also ask yourself: “Is it worth it to be upset over it?” Again, you may feel like it is, may be it is, but you can still choose to let *some* light in. In many cases it likely doesn’t worth it.

Fourth: Then ask “What’s my alternative? How do I want to feel?” Make a choice to make a shift and let happiness/forgiveness/positivity in.

Fifth: Do something positive that immediately shifts your mood. Do a few jumping jacks, turn on the music, dance for a song, do some art work, watch a funny video, color, take 3 deep breaths, center yourself or whatever else that works for you, something that normally brings joy, balance and happiness into your life. There is no right or wrong, 5 minutes of meditation, listening to a death metal song loud, hugging a tree or coloring for 10 minutes can be easily good as long as it shifts YOUR mood and brings YOU joy.

Sixth: Do something positive for someone else. Give someone a genuine compliment, help an old lady across the street, donate to Kiva, send a thank you note, call a friend with a positive message or whatever else. But DO something positive for someone else to get your positive energy into action and use it for ‘service’.

Seventh: Continue to be compassionate, accept your feelings, welcome the small shifts. Repeat these steps as long as you need to. Choose to allow happiness in, to feel happy feeling and to think happy thoughts. Not forcefully, just be open to it.

What are your ways to get out of a funky mood and to raise your happiness?

Notes from the track

I walked by the local university’s track today. I pass it often, but this time I insisted on walking in.

I started walking on the track and immediately felt an indescribable joy. I took my sandals off and felt the roughness under my feet. I sat down. I laid down on the red rubbery surface.

The sight, the smell and the feel of the track – of any track – is happiness to me. It may sounds silly, but it is.

Oh, those memories…

I didn’t grow up playing sports. I was kicked out of gymnastics at 4, then from jazz ballet at 12 – both after few months of trying. This sums up my athletic career: that, and failing gym in 5th grade and walking the gym mile every time. Oh, and I broke the mirror at my first – out of 3 ever – aerobics class. Athletics was not for me. And running: forget it, not even after the bus.

Yet, at 19, freshman year in college, I decided it was somehow a good idea to join the cross country team. Great going. Attending the informational meeting, the coach rambled on about cross country frequently mentioning words like running, practice, workouts and races. I am pretty she was talking about it like it was fun. I wasn’t so convinced.

I walked to my first practice, but seeing a group near the track I decided “it must not be them” so I decided to walk away. It was too late, they spotted me already. “Miss, miss, are you from MATC?”, a guy with dread locks was waiving towards me. There was no way out. He asked me about my running experience. “My running what? I don’t run…”, I thought when he continued telling me that the day’s workout was “just an easy 6 miler”. I didn’t really know how long a mile was back then, but I didn’t think 6 of anything that is related to running can be easy. I suffered through the run. I didn’t stop. I took me about an hour and 12 minutes. I can run 9 miles with that finish time and I am pretty sure my 10 mile PR is faster. At home I quickly learned 6 miles is about 10 kilometers…

After 2-3 more practices I had my first race. I didn’t get last, let’s leave it at that. I ran my first 5K somewhat over 27 minutes I think, possibly close to 28. I didn’t care or know about times back then. But as I quickly improved I soon became obsessed.

Running became a love affair. An obsession. And my identity.

I ran cross country. 5Ks and 6Ks. I ran track. Mostly the 5K, but also the 10K, 3K, 1500, mile, 800 and I was thrown into the 4×400 for good measure as needed. I ran road race. 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks, and 10 milers. I tried two trail races. I raced during college season and continued during the summer. I raced every weekend and went crazy during the few off-weeks. I got a scholarship to stay in the US. Then I stopped track and focused on half marathons and roads instead. Eventually I did my first marathon in 2008. I BQd.

I hit my 800 repeats. I lifted weight 4 times a week. I ran in rain or shine. I ran with migraines. I ran sick. I calculated my splits all day long. I became somewhat anorexic obsessing about calories and jumping on and off the scale 2-3 times a day. Then I lost control, started binging in secret, everything sight and gained weight rapidly. I got better eventually.

Let’s be honest, I became obsessive about running. At one point it was my only friend. It was my identity. It was the only thing I thought I was good at, but never good enough always having room to improve and far from the Olympics. Running was my social life and for short times even my love life too. Running gave me self-esteem, yet ruined it even more by comparing my body and my times to others’. Running was life and without that there was no life. Running was a way of hiding. Running was an escape.

Yet, despite of the obsessive and unhealthy relationship I had with running, I truly loved it. A part of me always had a healthy relationship with. Running was true love for life.

In 2008 the worst thing that could’ve ever happened to me did happen. I lost running…for a long-time at least. Suddenly I developed hip issues. Femoral neck stress fracture? Labrum tear? FAI? MRIs, bone scans, x-rays, doctors, PTs and a LOT of money…nothing helped. At times I couldn’t run for months on end, other times I could tolerate short runs in pain, Eventually I started having lower back pains too and spent a summer practically in bed. That was fun considering that I even had chronic, non-stop headaches by that time too.

Then after 2.5 years after a radical yet simple change in shoes and healing approach against all doctor, PT and internet advice, within a few weeks I was running pain-free. As in, no hip and back pain. I still had headaches. Worse than ever. All the time.

I started building my mileage slowly. I ran in the Turkish mountains and the grey streets of Albania. I ran flat surfaces and ran hilly trails. I ran rain or shine. I raced a few times. I ran more and more. I was happy. I knew I would run again, and finally I could. I ran with chronic headaches. It sucked, yet running still helped bringing some joy into my pain.

Running was not an obsession anymore. Running was a good friend. Only that.

I ran through pain. I ran through another major weight loss due to my sickness, healing diets and an elimination diet. Then I ran through another rapid weight gain, increased healthy calories, unhealthy binging, bulimic episodes, revisiting my ED phase and struggling with my body image. I ran through healing physically and emotionally. My headaches stopped. I was completely pain-free. I could run with a clear head. I worked on myself. I dropped the self-hate slowly. I became happy.

I ran happy. I run happy.

I am not perfect. There is always so much to learn and work through on.

But running is there with me.

Running was always there since my first practice run nearly 13 years ago. It was there through obsession, through depression, through eating disorders, through physical pains and through times when I wanted to give up everything. It was there through healing, traveling, freedom, joyful moments, small improvements, and happiness. It was there when I was a fast college runner. It was there even when I couldn’t run at all. It was there as I was increasing miles. It was there when I finally hit my old mileage. It was there when I broke my toe – again – and had to stop for 9-10 weeks. It is here now as I am increasing my miles.

As I was laying on the track I remembered everything. I remembered my running journey. I felt grateful.

Running on the track – practice and racing – was a beautiful time of my life. I can’t imagine doing it again. Never say never: maybe I break the master’s record at 80… But for now, track is just a memory.

But running is for life.

I have no desire to race and to do speed workouts. Sometimes I tell myself negative things “You are just scared”, “You are lazy”, and “you are making excuses”. But the truth is: it is not in my heart.

Running is true love. But it is not an obsession anymore. It is not about times, PRs, comparisons and grueling workouts.

Running is just running.

When I am running I am free. Running on trails I feel one with nature. Running on streets I still feel closeness the the universe. I see the sky, I feel the sun (or the cold, the snow or the rain…), I notice cute animals and I feel happy. It is a sacred time with myself. My ideas are flowing. I feel energetic and creative. I feel supported somehow. I feel more than who I am. I feel loved.

I may do races again, though not any time soon. I want to run an ultra, then possibly many more. But I will never look have goal times or look at the clock. I will never obsess.

I will only run for happiness. I only run for happiness. I see no other reason to it.