Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a copywriter, yoga blogger, translator, mindful teacher and author.
Heart Wisdom: Yoga + Mayan Cosmovision Retreat
Join us for a week of intentionally cultivating relaxation, mindfulness, joy, gratitude, and peace in a small group setting (4-12 people). We’ll deepen our yoga and mindfulness practices as we learn about the Mayan cosmovision and calendar through fire ceremony and personal readings.
The Mayan Cosmovision is a worldview in which our interdependence with all of nature is explained through the wisdom of the Mayan calendar and the cycles of the sacred day count.
This work reveals great mysteries...
Happy World Penguin Day!
Today is World Penguin Day! Penguins live on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere and they move onshore to live in giant colonies during their breeding season. Most penguins are actually monogamous — which means males and females not only pair up exclusively for the dura...
What Is a Moonbow?
The rainbow’s cousin, a moonbow 一 or lunar rainbow 一 is an unusual nighttime phenomenon that takes place with the help of moonlight rather than sunlight. In England, the 18th-century poet William Cole wrote, “The atmosphere with humid vapors flow / And the moon displays her lu...
Why Do We Shake Hands?
The handshake is a symbol of good faith and clasping hands indicates that one’s word can be trusted. But how did this custom begin? Archaeological ruins depicting handshaking practices date back to ancient Greek times. For instance, images on ancient pots show people touching ...
Strawberries Aren’t Berries
It's National Pick Strawberries Day! However, the truth is that those sweet red summer fruits actually aren’t berries. A berry is a fleshy fruit with its seeds embedded on the inside. Of course, a strawberry’s seeds are clearly located on the outside of the fruit. Strawberries...
How Canon Got Its Name
Canon is a multinational corporation from Japan that specializes in optical products including medical equipment, scanners and printers, and cameras. With over $30 billion in global revenue, Canon has been successful for nearly nine decades. In 2020, the company recorded its f...
The 3 Things we Should Know by the Time we’re 40.
Here are the top three life lessons my 30s have delivered. While we each must live our own lives and experience our own falls and get back up again, I hope that sharing my personal experience will be of benefit.
5 Ways To Use Extra Weed
Having too much weed certainly isn’t the worst problem to have. As a backyard grower, you’re likely to end up with a surplus at harvest time. So, what are you going to do with all that extra weed? Each plant yields at least a quarter to half a pound of bud (112–224 grams). That’s why you’ll probably cultivate more weed than you can smoke. Sure, you could store your excess for later, but they won’t be as green and fresh and will lose their potency over time.
Keep reading to discover five ways ...
Terpene Series – Linalool
The fourth part of our terpene series focuses on linalool. We highly recommend checking out our previous blogs on terpenes here: Myrcene – Pinene – Terpinolene
Remember, the cannabis plant produces hundreds of terpenes which help balance its hundreds of cannabinoids (i.e., THC and CBD molecules). Most plants produce terpenes, which act as a line of defence against disease by helping other chemicals within the plant work together. Around 200 plants contain linalool, including jasmine, lavend...
Cannabis Seeds 101
Any budding cannabis grower needs to learn all about marijuana seeds.
Naturally, planting low-quality seeds leads to a weak harvest or a failed crop. You also need to be familiar with the federal or provincial cultivation laws that apply based on where you live.
Read this handy guide to access a helpful intro to cannabis seeds and how to germinate and grow them!
Cannabis Plant and Seed Basics
Most cannabis plants are dioecious. That’s a fancy way to say that their male and female reproductive...
8 of the Wisest, Most Sane-Making, Soulful Quotes I’ve Ever come Across.
I’ve lived what feels like many different lifetimes since then. The frustrated communications specialist in a boring office. The overwhelmed alternatively certified bilingual third-grade teacher. Fresh-faced ex-pat in Guatemala City working at a posh private school. Retreat coordinator. Blogger. Yoga teacher. Mother, partner, writer, editor, translator. Interpreter of Mayan fire ceremonies. A 41-year-old woman who lives in the woods and off the grid but on the internet.
8 Things Living in Guatemala Taught Me
My daily life in Guatemala is sweet, natural, colorful, and educational. I’ve lived here for 12 years, including three in the capital (Guatemala City), and 9 at Lake Atitlan in the western highlands.
My mom often asks if I’ll live in Guatemala forever. Although I am a “permanent resident,” my answer is:
My main motivations for moving to Guatemala were adventure, work, and better Spanish. Living in Guatemala has taught me countless lessons, the 8 most prominent of which...
15 Totally Weird Facts About South America
Some facts about South America are standard. It’s the fourth largest continent on Earth and covers a land area of 17.84 million square kilometers, for example. Packed with picturesque places to visit from mountains to beaches, exhilarating activities to take part in, and beautiful cultures to get to know, South America is a gem for travelers.
The 12 countries in South America are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Th...
44 Essential Spanish Quotes and Proverbs to Fuel Your Motivation
Spanish quotes, sayings, and proverbs motivate you to live your best life! Plus, they’re beneficial to Spanish learners and language lovers on the path toward fluency.
Oftentimes, proverbs and idioms in one language make no sense if translated directly into another. That’s why I’ve listed the original Spanish quotes with English translation, as well as a brief commentary.
Are you seeking motivation in life and in Spanish learning? Keep reading to access 44 excellent and inspiring Spanish quot...
Nature & Forest Bathing: the Ecotherapy our Souls Crave.
Forest bathing is like a bubble bath for the soul.
It is intended to be a practice, similar to and aligned with yoga, meditation, prayer, exercising, and other endeavors, rather than a one-time event.
Developing a meaningful relationship with nature occurs over time, and the connection is deepened by returning frequently throughout the natural cycles of the seasons.
Have you ever gone in the woods, not to hike but just to be?...