Breakfast Doesn’t Have To Be Boring — Chia Pudding (Recipe)!

They say breakfast is the most important part of the day, mmmkay. My go-to was always coffee, ☕ but now that’s no longer the case. We sort of broke up, it was painful but necessary. I knew that I had to find a replacement, quick! I drink 16oz of water every morning, and then come to a meal — chia pudding!!  Made from chia seeds, these omega-rich seeds are exactly what you want to have for breakfast.

Chia Pudding For Breakfast! Try it!

I am happy to share my recipe, but I will say that it does have an acquired taste. I am not big on sugar and this recipe is not it if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet-tooth. BUT, you can totally add agave/any sweetener you like and adjust to your liking. I have once added peanut butter and coconut shreds- ohmy yum! Chia seeds are kind of amazing. If you’re looking for a superfood to kick-off two thousand eighteen, look no further, dear! These babies are high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids rich, heart healthy — great for inflammation, regulates cholesterol, energy booster, high in vitamins + minerals, protein, and plenty more. I have been eating them for ages now, and I have found no reasons to stop! I also like to eat this chia pudding during the day for a fulfilling snack. Plus, it makes for the perfect on-the-go companion. There are tons of ways you can add chia seeds to your diets such as smoothies, baked goods, pies, burgers, oatmeals, or even fruit salad. There is no harm in eating chia seeds raw or soaked. If you like a good crunch, go for it!

Choco Chia Pudding

  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk (Any plant mylk should work)
  • 1/3 Cup of Chia Seeds (organic + non-GMO preferred)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Organic Cacao Powder (This is the brand that I use.)

Directions: Pour your mylk first into a glass/mason jar, and then add the chia seeds, cacao powder, and sweetener of your choice. Stir, and leave overnight or up to 2 hours in the fridge until you find a gel-like consistency. I would also suggest that you add the extra sweetener to your chia pudding once it is ready, that way you can decide if it needs more sweetness or not.

Note: You can add ANYTHING you’d like to your chia pudding. I also like to top it off with fresh fruits, and nut butter, too!


 

**DISCLAIMER: Any health-related tips from Self Wellness Chronicles is for educational purposes only. This educational blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please advise your physician before making any changes.

Are you a fan of chia seeds? How do you like to have them?

 

** Featured image by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash **

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Road Trips Are Essentials — It’s Time For A Ride. 

In an era where all things are possible online, it can be challenging to dive outside of your routine — pack up, and go! Yes, I’m talking traveling. A misconception of traveling I used to dwell on is that traveling should be done when your place of work grants your vacation days, or after saving money because — can’t afford it. When I speak to other people about why they haven’t traveled as much, these are also the two answers that become runner-up. If you’ve read the latest posting titled “exploring your city is a form of self-care” you know that it doesn’t have to cost much to see what’s in your own backyard.

I am very thankful that last year I had the chance to travel every other month with my best friend ds. Together we explored Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, New York (2x), Athens, Georgia, and Alabama. ✈ #jetsetters

— You can learn a lot about a person through traveling.

It is SO healthy to find a companion to travel with. It may sound funny to read but finding the right person to travel with is like taking a compatibility test. It matters. There are tons of details that come into play such as:

  • are you both a fan of walking in the city exploring or much rather uber everywhere? 
  • are you both comfortable sharing a room together? ds (male) and I share rooms and we’re pretty okay with hearing each other snore. #bff
  • are you both open to trying different things when it comes to eating out? Ditch the chain, eat locally. 
  • are you both taking in the moment to breathe, and seek a point of relaxation in a new city or are you simply on your phone doing it for the ‘gram?

Taking a trip somewhere doesn’t mean you have to stress yourself over a five-star resort on a private island. Nah. 🙅 It means taking that extra step to see the other states that surround you. I live in Georgia, and my surroundings states are Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Have I gone to each one yet? Absolutely! And it didn’t take much time either. Knowing where to go first, and knocking down popular sight-seeings helps — make a list. Each of these states is a couple hour from me which translates to #daytrip in my book. If you feel like you’re falling in love with a city and need more time? Book a room, and enjoy some more!

I find leaving my surroundings once a month helps with my mental health and creative side, as it brings me back to reality with a boost of energy filled new ideas. Plus, food. 🤤

I encourage you to take the challenge to visit a new place this year. Again, it doesn’t have to be to a galaxy far far away but simply a 2-hour drive to an unknown location around you.

Are you a jet-setter?! ✈🚂🚌 — Do you plan and take road trips every once in a while?! 

 

** Featured image by Herson Rodriguez on Unsplash.**

Writing with a point of view vs writing to discover a point of view

I have been working on writing one book and helping to revise another one recently. For a while I found it really hard going because I expected it to work like writing a paper (or blog post) is for me now. But gradually I came to realize that I needed to write in a different way and that in fact there were other situations when I wrote that way. I have gotten very used to writing with or from a point of view, where as for the book I was needing to go back to the way I wrote my very first papers – writing to find my point of view.

Every piece of non-fiction writing has a point of view. By which I don’t mean the perspective from which the story is told (e.g. 1st person vs 3rd person), which is the meaning of point-of-view in fiction writing. In non-fiction writing I am using point of view as synonymous with slant, angle, spin, argument, claim, thesis, hypothesis, interpretation. It is impossible (and deadly boring and misleading) to write as if you are just laying out a set of facts with no personal take or view point on those facts. Indeed the main point of most good non-fiction writing (journalism possibly aside but even there I doubt it) is to convince others of your point of view by marshaling your arguments with evidence and good writing. This is true whether it is a biography, a history, an essay, an editorial, a term paper for class, or, yes, a scientific paper.  In a scientific paper the slant is usually of the form “X is true and important”, but of course figuring out X is really critical. You need a cohesive narrative to organize your facts and to decide which facts to emphasize, include but downplay or just throw away. And your reader needs to walk away feeling like they know what you were trying to say. Nothing is more frustrating than spending valuable time reading something and walking away and thinking the author didn’t have a coherent point  And that is where my ah-ha moment came in. I had gotten very used to sitting down to the blank page to start writing when I already knew what my point of view was. It was pretty easy. Words flowed – it was more just a matter of finding time to write. But now suddenly I was staring at a blank page without knowing what my point of view was. I could force myself to fill a page, but I knew the words weren’t coming together into good writing. And I would get frustrated and unsure of what to do next.

Eventually I realized there are two very different kinds of writing. Writing where you already know your point of view, and writing to discover your point of view. The first happens when you’ve done a lot of advance homework to figure out the point of view and the writing flows but you don’t learn anything new from writing. The second is slow, awkward, and involves massive amounts of rewriting, but also can be very illuminating. Once I recognized this distinction I came to realize that I had done the latter, writing to find a point of view, in other cases besides writing a book including:

  • Writing review papers
  • Writing most grants
  • Writing many of my first papers

I think I had forgotten that I sometimes write to discover my point of view because the papers I did that on were so far in the past that I had forgotten how I wrote them. And the grants and review papers were always done on such a deadline that I eventually just had to bludgeon my way through whether they worked out not and were a fog in my mind anyway. But it shouldn’t have been a shock. As a PhD adviser much of what I help students do is to help them figure out how to find a point of view and they (like me as a student) rarely manage to figure it out before they start writing.

I want to be clear that writing to find a point of view is an ugly, two steps forward, one step backward, throw-away half of what you write, very inefficient process. So you should avoid it whenever possible. Always do the homework to figure out your point of view before you start writing if you can. For writing papers this usually looks for me like presenting my results several times to several different groups and having lots of conversations about it, trying out different points of view, seeing what gets other people excited and engaged and what I can defend. And also just explicitly talking about what my main point is and asking people for their opinion. This is because literally talk is cheap (timewise) in comparison to writing,

But there are times when you cannot get your point of view first. For me these are usually the most novel, creative types of writing. Where I’m really trying to do something novel but also de novo where I haven’t spent the last year doing experiments and analyses to baby-step my way towards the point of view.

So what do you do if you have to start writing without a point of view? You start writing until you find your point of view. Then you rip everything up, throw half of it out, reorganize everything and tweak everything that remains all steering towards a point of view. Writing to the end without discovering your point of view is not an option. Discovering your point of view and not rewriting everything to line up with that point of view is not an option (unless you want your reader to be really mad at you).

Writing without a point of view is not efficient. It is a lot of work. My best guess is it takes 2-3x longer to finish when you start writing without a point of view as to start writing something with a point of view. So by all means if you can get your point of view before you write, do it. But if you absolutely cannot get your point of view any other way, sit down, force yourself to write garbage. And your point of view will emerge. Then you can rewrite your garbage. I’m sure it is theoretically possible to write all the way to the end and not find your point of view, but I don’t think it is very common. Indeed, to the contrary, I have found that I have had some of my most creative, interesting and worthwhile ideas emerge while writing to find a point of view. The chapters in my book have been a slog (until I revised my expectations), but I am happy with how they are turning out. And some of my very best research ideas emerged from writing grants that never got funded but that I wouldn’t have ever thought of if I hadn’t slogged through the writing without a point of view stage because of a grant deadline.

To give a concrete example, I spent a good chunk of November and December writing a chapter on macroevolution to go in my macroecology book. Now I have always been an evolution-friendly ecologist and I didn’t expect it to be hard. And indeed I was easily able to launch into a summary of Darwin and the modern synthesis, connect these points to a Price-like equation that captures key aspects of evolution, cite a number of cool papers that take macroecology-style summaries of evolution that present histograms of the frequency of heritability or selection strength and such across many studies, etc. But the whole time I was writing I knew that my writing was pedestrian, boring, read like a listicle and felt disconnected from macroecology. Then I realized that my point of view was that most of microevolutionary processes identified during the modern synthesis disappeared in macroevolution and in particular that selection happened so fast that a macroecologist or macroevolutionist could get away with assuming it was instantaneous, but that Drawin’s ideas of descent with modification and fit to environment were very relevant to macroevolution. Now I expect somebody (probably Jeremy) will disagree with that point of view. But it was a point of view that did all the things a point of view should do. It:

  • Told me which things were important so I could focus on them, discard some irrelevant stuff (even though they are generically considered “important”) and generally shorten and tighten my writing.
  • Providing a coherent narrative so the reader felt like they started in one place and got moved to a new place by investing time in reading what I wrote (even if the place they got to was vehemently disagreeing with me and vowing to prove I was wrong)
  • Completely organized my focus (i.e. let me write with a point of view) for the second half of the chapter related to phylogenies and the fossil record. This was an area I knew less about, but my reading was quite directed and I came up to speed quite quickly and was able to write quite quickly.
  • In the end I think I had not just a review of material but a novel point that made it worth the effort even for people who knew much of the material

The net result was that I had 20 or so coherent pages that I was happy with (at a first draft stage). Now I have written 20 pages in 24 hours under the gun before* (albeit not great writing) and certainly have cranked out 20-30 pages of good writing in a week (of 30 hours of writing) when I knew where I was going. This chapter took more like 90-120 hours. But I got there. And I got there faster than waiting and thinking and reading until a point of view emerged before I started writing. I had been trying that on my book for a couple of years and I can tell you it wasn’t going real fast. I think synthesizing lots of material in your head is very hard to do. Devoting the time to writing, even if you throw most of it away, is actually a great way to get the creative juices flowing and make them happen somewhat on a schedule.

And now that I recognize writing without a point of a view as a legitimate but slow form of writing, I am much happier. I know what’s going on. I know it generates forward progress. And I know it ends up well even if it is a twisty road. So I just get on with it instead of waiting (often months) until my perfect point of view emerges. But I also know that I have to go back and do the rewriting once I’ve found my point of view.

What do you think? Have you experienced these as two distinct styles of writing. Under what types of circumstances do you write with a point of view vs. write without a point of view?


* You could argue that writing to a deadline is a 3rd major style of writing. In my experience the point of view usually emerges on the last page or so. But the writing leading up to it is completely disconnected. So really, if it is something you care about, you should allow enough time to go back and rewrite the whole thing to have a coherent point of view. Conversely, you could argue that writing without a point of view is basically creating an artificial deadline to force you to plow ahead writing even if it is not good writing until the point of view emerges.

Increasing the conservation value of commercial stands

Can plantation forests offer conservation value to some species? Guadalupe Peralta comments on recent article Plant, herbivore and parasitoid community composition in native Nothofagaceae forests vs. exotic pine plantations. ‘Conservation value of exotic plantation forests’ is a controversial idea. The term conservation value of plantation forests does not refer to the need to preserve plantation forests from […]

Butterbeer Cupcakes

My son was blessed with a snow day on his 13th birthday! We were able to load him up with his favorite meals all day long. 🙂 After having Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for breakfast, some sort of meaty concoction involving kielbasa, sliced sourdough baguette, melted cheese and garlic powder prepared by my husband for … Continue reading

Supplements – cleanses – alternative medicine THE FAKE SCIENCE 5

SWAZILAND - JULY 15: Sangoma's hut on 15 July 2000 at Swaziland. Sangoma is the shaman, healer and magicician in Swazi and Zulu culture.

This may be a touchy topic but it has to be addressed and explained because many people are being fooled and same as in the mainstream medicine, the results are interpreted the wrong way.

In the field of the alternative medicine, the supplement market is running wild. The health-food stores are popping up on every corner and the supplement market is more and more resembling the pharmaceutical industry showcases.

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I know many people who have been listening to health gurus like David Wolfe (avocado) and Dr. Joseph Mercola and after initial success, their health stopped to improve and in time ended with dysfunctional bodies.

I am mentioning only two health gurus who became wealthy by spreading false information although the Internet is loaded with such people. Most of them are parrots simply repeating what they are served.

The truthfulness of their science is very obvious. One of them is becoming fat and the other is becoming bold and dry like a twig.

Why do I call the alternative medicine the fake science?

Because it is guided by the same manipulated “truths”.

The alternative medicine is guided by the same scientific beliefs that are supporting the allopathic medicine (modern medicine).

There are some deviations like the acupuncture for example, where the presence of energetic meridians is acknowledged and utilized. This is a step forward but it is not enough since the energetic pathways will become clogged again if the habits that brought the health problem are not changed.

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Holistic medicine acknowledges the spiritual power of healing and the homeopathic medicine recognizes bodies ability to manufacture antidotes and create its own healing but they are all basing their scientific knowledge on the same false and controlled science of the modern medicine.

They all have one thing in common and that is to deal with the symptom and the real culprit or the underlying cause of the disease is never touched.

The result is ongoing deterioration of the body and premature death often associated with discomfort and pain.

In my opinion, any one of the alternatives is better to follow than the modern medicine. You will have a healthier life with less pain at least further into the older age. Why did I specify older and not old age?

Because unless we change our habits and the principal science about the workings of our body, our lives will be short. Do not think that being 120 years of age is a long life. Since our genetic signature points that human life was programmed to last 600 years, 120 years old is just a teenager.

As I had pointed out in many of my articles we had forgotten what to eat and how to eat. Our diet and our lifestyle is to be blamed for our short lives and since we started to exaggerate and we have started to stuff our faces with tremendous quantities of the wrong and toxic stuff that we call our food, we had further shortened our lives and we have created many health issues which we classify as diseases.

Since we have lost the ability to communicate with our cellular structure, we have no idea what is going on in our body until the problem escalates to the point in which our body sends an ultimatum message in the form of the pain. This message means if you do not change what you are doing, you will die. The cellular structure has exhausted all alternatives and no longer can cope with the toxicity.

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Now we go to see our health provider and the focus is on the pain. As soon as the pain is suppressed we are told that we have been cured and everything is ok.

The toxic body changes the cellular environment. This reprograms the genetic expression which results in different cellular behavior. The blood picture changes and here is where we see the different approaches dealing with those changes but not a single one goes down to the core problem of the nutrition.

Some health-conscious people are realizing the importance of the proper diet but then they follow the same wrong and manipulated scientifically approved dietary recommendations.

There are some old beliefs about diet which many people are following. One of the oldest is the Ayurveda diet of India. This diet promotes ingestion of dietary carbohydrates but classifies our bodies into digestive groups. All this is incorrect and I proved this to my friend who is an Ayurveda doctor.

There are only those digestive types that we had created through the food that we eat but there is only one healthy diet for all humankind. I had explained this in my previous articles on nutrition. and in my book “The Resonance of Nutrition”.

Since we are in the time of evolution and great changes are happening all around us and within our bodies, I will start writing a couple of articles that will allow us to accept those changes and empower us to be able to use those extraordinary new abilities in forming our perfect world around us. We will be able to heal ourselves and others in an instant and we will be able to change whatever we do not like about our body. I just hope that there will still be some diversity and that not everyone will look like Barbie and Ken. I can’t stand them.

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After you learn more about the way our reality operates, you will realize that all of the money you had spend on supplements, vitamins, and aphrodisiacs was a pure waste.

When our scientists tell us that there are essential elements that our body cannot produce and we have to kill to get to them, they are wrong because no one is really healthy so all those scientific findings are based on tampered samples.

Instead of medicating people with drugs, the alternative health gurus are medicating people with additives, supplements, and vitamins. All those things our robot (body) can produce by itself but only when we know how the robot works and how to use it correctly.

Many health enthusiasts become surprised as they let go of their supplements and vitamins during the Self Healers Protocol and their bodies start to work better than ever. Even Viagra becomes obsolete.

Some people undergo unpleasant liver, colon and kidney cleanse. They go through this annoying process sometimes several times a year thinking that they are healing their bodies. Well, this is what they have been told. Yes, they can see the difference. They witness what comes out of their bodies and they feel lighter and better (sometimes) but if this is a healing protocol why do they have to repeat it so often?

The reason is the fact that those cleanses are exactly what they say they are, cleanses. They clean the passages through the increased flow of fluid but they do not heal anything, and they do not do one thing that they all claim happens when they are implemented, and that is a deep cellular cleansing.

All those specific cleanses are based on medicinal action (medicinal = toxic). They actually stop the cellular hydration and this means that not only do they not perform the cellular cleansing, they further pollute the cells of your body.

I do not mean to discourage you from doing those procedures but at least you understand what is exactly happening when you do them.

Since the Self Healers Protocol does flush the organs but performs the cellular hydration and cleansing as well, there is no benefit of any kind of doing any other separate cleanse.

I am mentioning this because I was asked about this individual cleanses from my clients on several occasions.

Again, for those who find themselves surprised why I refer to the people I help as clients and not patients, the chronic diseases do not exist, they are just reaction of our bodies to the toxicity. The names differentiate them and put them in different boxes when in fact they all have the same origin and cause.

Love and light to us all.

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Friday links: history of the Fields Medal, optimizing grad student recruitment weekends, Frodo vs. your PhD, and more

Hard as it may be to believe given how viral Mark Vellend’s guest post went on Monday, other people did write other stuff on the intertubes this week. 🙂 Read on to learn about student evaluations of teaching vs. student learning, the recent ASN meeting in Asilomar, how your choice of PhD program affects your prospects of a faculty position (in some fields), and more.

From Jeremy:

I’m a bit late to this, but here are Jeremy Yoder’s notes from the recent ASN meeting in Asilomar. It continues to kill me that I can’t go to this meeting (it’s always the first week of classes here in Calgary). Interesting tidbit I learned from new Am Nat EiC Dan Bolnick’s talk: ecology replaced genetics as a topic in Am Nat papers in the 1950s-60s, and genetics hasn’t bounced back in Am Nat even as genomics has taken off. Jeremy remarks that the rarity of genomic datasets in Am Nat actually means Am Nat is on the leading edge rather than stuck in the past. The novelty of genomic data as data is going to wear off soon, and it’s just going to become another tool for asking good questions–which is what it is already in Am Nat papers. I agree with this. I’m now in my third year of service on the ASN Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Awards committee, and one thing I’ve been struck by is the high proportion of applicants who use genomics as a tool to answer great questions; the genomic data are a means to an end, not an end in themselves.

The history of the Fields Medal. Very interesting. Gets you thinking about the broader question of what awards are for, and what should they be for.

Statistician Stephen Senn pushes back against the recent Deaton & Cartwright paper critiquing randomized controlled experiments as an approach in the social sciences. See also the comments, where Andrew Gelman argues that Senn is pushing back against the less important bits of Deaton & Cartwright’s paper.

What makes for a good grad student recruitment weekend? When you figure it out, tell me, because I have no clue. We don’t have a recruitment weekend here at Calgary. And back when I was looking at grad schools in the US, I never went to a recruitment weekend; prospective supervisors brought me out for one-on-one visits. For many years I naively thought that’s how it was everywhere, for everybody. I only learned a few years ago that my experience wasn’t typical.

Nine out of 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board, a federally-mandated board, resigned this week. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke refused to meet with them or convene any meetings last year. By law, the Advisory Board is supposed to meet twice/year. Many other Interior Dept. advisory boards are unable to work because the department has yet to approve their updated charters, as legally required. (ht @dandrezner)

A new, high-powered meta-analysis of studies of student evaluations of teaching in multisection courses with different instructors in different sections finds no correlation between student evaluations of teaching and student learning. Previous meta-analyses finding moderate correlations were driven by small-sample studies and publication bias.

Quantifying where graduate sociology programs hire their faculty from. tl;dr: if you don’t have a PhD from a top-ranked sociology program, you’re not getting hired by a top-ranked sociology program. I know economics is the same, though I don’t have a link to the data. There are actually some good reasons for this (which aren’t mutually exclusive with bad reasons, of course); see this old post and comment thread. If you collected the same data for ecology and evolution in North America I’m pretty sure you’d find it’s also hierarchical but much less so (it’d be interesting to check, but also a lot of work). That’s in part because EEB hiring committees typically have lots of information about the applicants. The applicants typically are postdocs with more extensive track records of research and teaching experience than applicants for social science faculty positions usually have. The EEB faculty job market in N. America also is less hierarchical than the social science faculty job market because EEB PhD programs typically don’t involve that much coursework. So knowing which university someone got their EEB PhD from doesn’t tell you much about their training.

Forget about trying to change the minds of anti-vax parents. Just legally oblige them to vaccinate their kids if they want to send them to public schools. It turns out that very few parents are so strongly anti-vax that they’re willing to homeschool their children to avoid having to vaccinate them.

Here is the American Economics Association’s draft code of conduct for its members and an associated interim report. The background to this is that economics, a quite male-dominated field, is currently having a field-wide conversation about diversity, equity, and professional conduct. The conversation was kicked off in large part by a Harvard undergrad’s research quantifying the prevalence of sexism (and worse) on a popular anonymous economics forum. (ht @noahpinion)

Mostly just for my own and my Calgary colleagues’ reference: some discussion of the current state of play in post-secondary education policy in Alberta. And some discussion of the Canadian House of Commons Finance Committee’s recent report as it relates to science funding and post-secondary education. Argues that MPs aren’t convinced by the Naylor Report.

Your own learning ought to accelerate over time. Interesting, inspiring, cogent. (ht @noahpinion)

And finally, how doing a PhD is just like Lord of the Rings. Hopefully minus the Tom Bombadil bit. (ht @dandrezner) 🙂

Knowledge To Your Ear: #gowrkgrls™ Radio!

There’s a new girl gang in town, and I am a major fan —  #gowrkgrls™. If you remember Ladypreneur League then you’re in for a treat because #gowrkgrls™ is the 2.0 version brought to you by the ultimate boss gal, Porsha Thomas. Porsha is bringing us gals with an app that will help us connect, and hire professional women for our businesses. Whether it’s branding, budgeting, legal advice, or development, #gowrkgrls™ will soon become our go-to before anything else.

Don’t fret, even with the app in production, Porsha has managed to keep us engaged with a podcast. The #gowrkgrls™ Radio has launched its first season, with its first episode starring Sydia Bell “how it didn’t go according to plan”. You can hear it below, and on the #gowrkgrls™ Podcast Soundcloud Page.

 

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On the Way To A Less Wasteful Wedding

135 days to go until our wedding day.

Less than 5 months.

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That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you start this wedding planning journey a whole year and a half beforehand, it’s a lot.

Plenty of things have been crossed off the to-do list, but there are still many more tasks to go.

Here is a roundup of my less wasteful wedding planning experience so far:

Yet there is still so much to do!

 

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This is NOT my wedding dress. Just one I tried on.