SO YOU WANT TO BE A UNICORN FARMER: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ENTERING THE BEST OCCUPATION EVER posted by Jessica S. Marquis

Photo by Rob Boudon

These days, it seems everyone is looking to break into the unicorn farming industry. Be it the economy, the limited opportunities in the classifieds, or the undeniable allure of ‘80s nostalgia, new batches of unicorn farmers are sprouting up across the globe.

I have seen it myself at Unicornomics, the unicorn farm and research and development firm where I am Chief Unicornomicist, as our workshops on How to Raise Unicorns have experienced record attendance in inverse correlation with the Dow.

And, while unicorns are appreciative of this zeitgeist, they are also wary of the pitfalls that a surplus of unicorn farmers can bring. Thus, in the interest of unicorns’ wellbeing and preserving the future of this profession, I present to you the 5 Things You Need to Know Before Entering the Best Occupation Ever.
5. Unicorns aren’t simply grouped into “magical” and “non-magical”. Just as there is more than one breed of dog and more than one member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is more than one type of unicorn. There is the picturesque Purebred, the glitterific Twinkletoe, the fiery Karmic, and the awkwardly lovable Gigglerump. Mixing them up will create a ton of grief that – trust me – you do not have time for, especially as you are growing your unicorn farming business.

4. Unicorns don’t like to discuss their bodily functions. This may disappoint those who spend their time theorizing about the consistency of unicorn excrement or the color of unicorn vomit, but most unicorns possess a sense of decorum. If you truly are intrigued by the digestive systems of unicorns, consider pursuing your studies in gastrointestinal unicornology, not unicorn farming.

Sparkling: Unicorns are capable of so much more.

3. Sparkling is only one aspect of a unicorn’s abilities. Unicorns can do more than just look pretty. Sure, that is what they’ve been relegated to through tapestries and little girls’ stationery, but they can also perform great feats of telekinesis and reduce the number of emails in your inbox with just a swish of the tail.

2. Being a unicorn farmer requires a certain degree of awesomeness. Being awesome doesn’t just happen. Some people are born with it, and others work day and night to achieve it. So showing up the day you open your

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Weekly Horoscope Sunday, 15 March to Saturday, 21 March 2020

All Signs

This week Saturn leaves Capricorn (the suits) where it’s been since 2017, to enter rebellious Aquarius. (“To the gates!”) Saturn will be in Aquarius for only three months, then return to Capricorn to stay until the end of the year. (When it leaves, it will not return for 29 years.) This means the next three months are a hint of what is to come in 2021. Meanwhile, this week, on the Spring Equinox, the Sun enters Aries. As Little Richard would say, “There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!” (Remember: Friends don’t let friends drive naked.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Once a year, for four weeks, the Sun is in your sign boosting your energy and bringing you good fortune. Ta da! That time has arrived! This means it’s your turn to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. This month you will be powerful because in addition to the Sun in your sign, fiery Mars and Jupiter are both at the top of your chart. This makes you ambitious! It also means doors will open for you, allowing you to promote your reputation among your peers. This is a rare and opportune time so make the most of it! Get out there and hustle because things are going your way. As Patrick always says, “If you’re going to fish – go where the fish are.”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This week you’re getting mixed signals. Because your birthday is a month away, your personal year is coming to an end. This means the Sun is “hiding” in your chart for the next four weeks, which makes you want to seek privacy to contemplate goals for your new year ahead. However, contrary to this influence, fiery Mars and Jupiter want you to get outta Dodge! They want you to explore your world by expanding your knowledge through books, film and study. Meanwhile, someone younger will grab your attention this week. (Great week to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your popularity will soar in the next four weeks because suddenly, everyone wants you on their team. (You love this.) In fact, some of you will become more involved in organizations and perhaps take on a leadership role. Discussions with authority figures – bosses, supervisors, teachers and parents, will be important this week because Mercury is high in your chart. This is an excellent time to think about your life direction in general. Meanwhile, disputes about shared property, insurance issues and inheritances might be an issue. Fortunately, because Jupiter is also in this part of your chart, you’ll come out smelling like a rose. You win!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For the next four weeks, the Sun will be sitting at the top of your chart. (This is the only time all year this can occur.) When it happens, it symbolizes that you are thrust into a flattering spotlight, which makes you look good in the eyes of bosses, parents and VIPs. (Even if you don’t do anything different or special.) It’s smoke and mirrors! Obviously, this is a blessing from the universe that you can use to advance your own agenda. Make your pitch! Go after what you want. However, keep in mind that even though you make such a great impression on bosses and VIPs, with Mars opposite your sign now, relations with partners and close friends are testy and challenging. Sigh. Nothing is perfect.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a strong time for Leos! In the next four weeks, you will focus more on publishing, the media, the law and medicine. You want to travel and do anything to expand your world. You will explore learning new things, hearing lectures, going to classes, attending musical performances or doing anything unusual that is informative and educational. Meanwhile, relations with authority figures are fabulous! Don’t hesitate to ask for a favour. (In fact, things are so cozy, some of you will begin a romance with a boss.) Someone will ask for your advice about design, layout, furniture arrangement, regardless of what you do for a living. You will have something to say because you are a creative sign, who is quick to see the whole picture.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

No matter what you are doing, you will be more passionate in the next four weeks. You will be passionate about everything! (Not just sex, but that, too.) Your desire to travel and explore opportunities in the media, publishing and medicine are strong. With your ruler Mercury sitting right opposite your sign, you will be eager to talk to partners and close friends, and they will enjoy talking to you! Mars continues to make you competitive, especially in sports, as well as being playful and prankish! Mars gives you the freedom to demand to be yourself and express to others exactly who you are. (Don’t leave home without a rose between your teeth!)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

For the next four weeks, the Sun is opposite your sign, which is (symbolically speaking) as far away from you as it can get all year. This means you will need more sleep. (Naps are wonderful.) Make sure you get your rest because increased chaos and activity on the home front could be frustrating for you. This activity might be due to renovations, repairs, DIY projects or visiting guests. For some, it might mean a residential move. Of course, these are expected activities because this year is the best year in over a decade for you to improve where you live by making improvements to your current home or moving to something bigger and better. Yeah!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You’ll be in work mode for the next four weeks. This is a good thing. This influence happens only once a year and it means you suddenly want to be efficient and effective in everything you do. You will look around you to see how you can work better and improve things. You want to be better organized. This feeling is so strong, you will even want to improve your health as well! (“If I end up perfect, will my friends be jealous?”) Mars and Jupiter continue to enhance your communications making you effective in writing, acting, selling and speaking to others. Meanwhile, Venus is opposite your sign making all your relationships sweet and cozy. (Gosh.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Lucky you! This week the Sun enters your fellow Fire sign, which totally pumps your energy! Specifically, it makes you want to party, have fun and do your own thing. Your primary drive will be to do what you want and to set your own priorities. Romantic relationships will be lighter and fun filled. Vacations, social outings and schmoozing with others will be tops on your menu. Sports events will be exciting and you will be involved with children more than usual. Fortunately, relations with coworkers will be supportive and cozy. Family discussions and home repairs are also on your agenda. Your overall theme of increasing your wealth this year will continue, which is why you are busting your buns to earn money (and spend it!)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your attention now tuns to home, family and your private life for the next four weeks. You might be more involved than usual with a parent. Having said that, by contrast, Mercury and Venus will encourage you to talk to others, take short trips and explore fun times socializing and enjoying the arts. As mentioned last week, you can do all this because Mars and Jupiter give you tons of energy right now. (Mars is in your sign for about six weeks every two years, and when it happens, you are PowerPoint on steroids!) Take advantage of this boost to your energy to accomplish as much as you can. You’re like the little engine that could. “I think I can! I think I can!”

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Whoa Nellie! As the Sun changes signs this week, it enters a part of your chart that makes you super busy! This is why the next four weeks are jammed with short trips, errands, appointments, tasks and conversations with siblings, relatives and neighbours. Ph yes, the pace of your days will accelerate! But fear not because this will be “fun busy”, not frantic. You’ll be curious to talk to everyone and learn new things. You have excellent moneymaking ideas as well at this time. Meanwhile, you will enjoy entertaining at home as well as redecorating your digs. Some of you might also explore real-estate opportunities because they do exist. Good luck!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

“Show me the money!” This week the Sun moves into your Money House of earnings to stay for four weeks. (This happens only once a year.) This also urges you to reflect upon your values both in terms of what you own, and also your abstract values – the values that govern your decisions. This placement of the Sun will also make you take stock about what you own. Do your possessions serve your needs or are you a slave to them? Do they get in your way? The next four weeks are the perfect time to address this situation. This is a happy time for you because you appreciate your surroundings and you also see how much love there is in your world. Competitive sports will appeal!

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vegan meatloaf by Iosune

This vegan meatloaf is a savory, healthy and gluten-free dish. Made with easy to find ingredients, it’s a delicious plant-based version of a classic recipe.

A picture of a sliced vegan meatloaf onto a white surface

Here’s another plant-based recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, special occasions or just to make on a daily basis. I’ve never been a meatloaf-lover myself, but I do love this vegan meatloaf.

The classic recipe is made with ground meat, bread, and some spices. I’ve used legumes instead of meat and nutritional yeast instead of bread to make a gluten-free recipe.

This meatloaf is adapted from our veggie burgers, which are the best plant-based burgers we’ve ever tried. You can find the recipe in our Simple Vegan Meals ebook. I don’t know which recipe I like the most (the burgers or the meatloaf) because both are AMAZING.

I preferred to use a lined 9×5 inch (23×13 cm) loaf pan to make this meatloaf, but any other rectangular pan will do. If you don’t have any, you can also use your hands and a lined baking sheet, it’s up to you!

This vegan meatloaf is simple, easy to make and so tasty! You can eat it with my vegan mashed potatoes and this delicious vegan gravy to enjoy a delicious plant-based meal

how to make vegan meatloaf – step by step
Step by step photos of how to make vegan meatloaf
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF or 180ºC.
  • Add the chickpeas and beans to a mixing bowl and mash them (photo 1).
  • Add all the remaining ingredients of the meatloaf and mix until well combined (photo 2).
  • Press the mixture firmly in a lined 9×5 inch (23×13 cm) loaf pan (photo 3).
  • To make the glazemix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl (photo 4).
  • Spread the glaze evenly over top and bake for 50 minutes (photo 5).
  • Remove from the oven and allow the vegan meatloaf to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing it from the loaf pan (photo 6).

pro tips

  • Tahini can be replaced by any

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9 Simple Ways to Make Your Meditation Practice Fun and Exciting by Kev Wood

By now you know that having a regular meditation practice is good for you. You know how beneficial it can be to your body, mind, and spirit, yet it’s easy to go days, or weeks, or months without meditating.

Often, we associate negative feelings with meditation. It becomes something we “have” to do, instead of something that inspires us and we feel drawn to. Sometimes, meditation can feel a lot like work. Plus, we’re dealing with our minds, which seem to have an infinite supply of excuses to stop us from adding positive habits to our lives.

If you’ve been struggling to meditate, or it feels too much like work. Then, this post is for you.

Below we offer nine different ways you can reinvigorate your meditation practice and make it fun again. After all, the moment something becomes fun a lot of resistance to the activity drops.

1. Go as Small as Possible

If you jumped into meditation with a lot of vigor, then you could be overcommitting yourself. If you expect yourself to meditation 30 minutes or an hour a day, and you’re just beginning, then you’re going to be in for a rough time. You could simply be overwhelmed with the amount of time you’re making yourself spend…with yourself.

One way around this is to simply shorten the time you’re meditation. You can expand with time.

But, start small. Set a timer for five minutes and that’s it.

These small meditations can help to build the meditation muscle. And you might even begin to enjoy these little mental refreshers you give yourself throughout the day.

2. Take a ‘Napitation’

Who doesn’t love a good nap?

Now, napping can be great for our minds and even our overall health. But, you can actually supercharge your naps, by throwing in a little meditation.

By setting aside a little meditation time before your nap, you’ll give yourself some extra motivation. As soon as you’re done meditating, you’ll get to take a nap!

If you’re planning on taking a 20 minute nap, then meditate for five minutes before that. You’ll probably even notice that meditating before you take a nap will lead to your naps being even more recharging than usual.

3. Prioritize Comfort

If you’re uncomfortable when you’re meditating, then it’s going to be difficult to stick with.

Prioritize comfort, especially in the beginning stages. If you can’t sit comfortably, then try sitting on a meditation cushion, or a stack of pillows.

If your body is still incredibly uncomfortable, then try lying down, or standing up.

Choose a position that allows your body to sink into comfort, and you’ll remove some resistance to letting your meditation practice shine.

4. Make It a Treat

Meditation should be a fun practice.

If you dread your meditation practice, or find it incredibly boring, then it’s time to reconfigure your motivation.

Find that one thing that you truly love about meditation. Maybe it’s how you feel the moment you open your eyes after meditating. Maybe it’s after ten minutes into your meditation when you feel yourself truly relax.

Find that one thing that you love about the practice and do your best to bring that intention to light.

Focus on that and you’ll find it’s much easier to get yourself to commit to meditating.

5. Get Help

If you’re finding meditation impossible, then you could seek out help in the form of audios and guided meditations. Both of these can help outsource the difficult parts of meditation and still give you the benefits of practicing.

Find a guided meditation that you truly love doing and you’ll find yourself committing to the practice much more often.

6. Make It Mobile

You can walk and meditate.

If you’ve found it impossible to sit still while you meditate, then maybe walking meditation is more up your alley. A walking mindfulness meditation can be a very effective and enjoyable practice.

To do this practice find a place where you won’t be disturbed and you can focus all of your intention on your walking and breathing. Notice all of the sensations present in your body, and the immediate world that surrounds you.

7. Take 100 Breaths

It can help you meditate if you give your mind something to hook onto.

If you’re not feeling up to meditation, then take 100 conscious breaths.

This can be some sort of challenge for you mind, which can allow you to

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