Soothing Food Preparation Rituals with Psychologist @nouralmejadi

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As a psychologist, 23-year-old Nour Al Mejadi’s (@nouralmejadi) work focuses mainly on comforting others. But when she needs her own respite, Nour turns to cooking — lots of cooking.

“I love food,” says Nour, who lives in Kuwait. “My mother is very supportive, but she complains that I am always using the kitchen. So now we’re building another small kitchen just for me.”

But Nour isn’t just interested in her final products — documenting the preparation is equally important. “I don’t make food just to take a picture, but I never make food and not take a picture of it,” she says. Nour’s attentive nature comes out during each stage of cooking. Combining ingredients from the East and West, she creates distinctive dishes with a simple presentation and style. The process is a soothing ritual for Nour and it has had bonus social benefits. “I’m really shy,” she says. “When I started my new job I baked cupcakes and passed them around so that people would talk to me. I never make food just for myself — I make it for others. It’s helping me break out of my shell and meet new people.”

A cupcake a day probably doesn’t keep the doctor away, but that’s alright. A cupcake a day keeps the blues away, which is great reasoning at that. I think I’ll have one, or 4. 💕🎂 #cupcakelogic 


RyeACCESS and the Good Food Centre are holding a free community gardening and outdoorsy support group this summer at Ryerson University! 

Who we are: RyeACCESS is the equity centre for students with disabilities at Ryerson, challenging ableism, sanism, and audism on campus. The Good Food Centre works to reduce the impacts of food insecurity for all Ryerson community members.

What the program offers: Gardening, creative arts, meditation, discussions, and workshops depending on what participants want.

Who can participate: Any Toronto student who lives with mental health stress. We recognize the following terms: mad, consumer/survivor/user, mentally ill, crazy, neurodivergent, brainweird, and other similar terms.

What students will get: a place to de-stress, connect with each other and resources, learn skills, and chill out. Meals and TTC tokens will be provided.

Our first session is this Saturday. We will be developing community guidelines for a safer space together. All locations will be wheelchair-accessible and sober scent-free spaces. If you’d like to know more, please contact And please signal boost <3

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8x08 - Parallel Resistors - post-ep. 
Takes place about a week after the episode.

“Hey, Baby, sorry I’m late. It started raining and you know how LA drivers get when it starts to rain.  This also means we have to move our picnic inside…”  Arms full with their dinner, Deeks opens the door to Kensi’s room with his back and turns to see a very pissed off looking girlfriend/fiancé sitting on her bed.  “…Why do you look like you want to bite someone’s head off?”

Kensi inhales sharply and rolls her shoulders.

“It’s not me, is it? I’m not that late with your food.”

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The only thing you have to offer another human being, ever, is your own state of being. You can cop out only just so long, saying, ‘I’ve got all this nice stuff, I know all this and I can do all this.’ But everything you do, whether you’re cooking food or doing therapy or being a student or being a lover … you are only doing your own BEING … you’re only manifesting how evolved a consciousness you are. That’s what you’re doing with another human being. That’s the only dance there is!
—  Ram Dass

This is a reminder to myself: Just because you slip up, just because you didn’t do something exactly how you wanted, just because you didn’t succeed today, does NOT mean you’ve failed. Failing would be giving up simply because I wasn’t perfect. And you know what? Nobody is perfect. No situation is perfect. Life in itself thrives off imperfection. It was that first imperfection through mutation of genes that took single celled organisms and had them evolve. Through mistakes come change, and without change, there would be no life. Life is simply the constant fluctuations of matter. If there were no change, there would be no life.

So why am I terrified of change? Why do I want to do things ‘perfectly’ all the time?

In wanting perfection, I’m actually wanting to do the same thing over. And over. And over again. And is that ‘thing’ something I enjoy doing, something that I chose myself?

Usually, it’s not. It’s something that has been conditioned into me as the expectation.

When we want to be perfect, what we’re really aiming for is subjection and repetition.

And that is not life


By popular demand, I’ve opened up a Redbubble account to sell Magical Art Therapy series prints! The shop not only includes prints of both six-sigil sets and individual sigils, but stationary like postcards and stickers. And there’s a 50% discount on six or more small stickers or postcards, which is convenient if you’d like to grab multiples.

Anyways, I’d like to thank everyone once again so, so much for the overwhelming positive response to my Magical Art Therapy series. I hope you will enjoy the shop. Please let me know if there are any other products you’d like to see and I’ll see what I can do. And feel free to reblog and help spread the word to people that might be interested!

Shop Magical Art Therapy Sigils Here!

i went to therapy & found out that one of the few good nurses from hospital is now working for the same team my therapist is in!! & she might become one of the people working with me soon!! which is good because it’ll be easier to open up to someone who i already trust!!

she’s really nice!! she makes really good pot noodles & she likes doctor who. she also smiled and talked a lot and made jokes and just had a really nice sense of humour. she was also really good at calming me down when i panicked and suggested that i went home one night when things were Bad on the ward which i appreciate!! she also never got mad at us when we pulled pranks on her or hid from her!!

anyway, also my therapist suggested this kind of ??? idk therapy i guess ??? she said that it helps your brain process memories or something like that & it helps w ptsd but you can use it for other things too. she said you look at this light that goes side to side? i was gonna google it but i forgot. i know it begins with an e though?


Inktober witches days 2+3! Urban witch trying her best to manage her coffee shop, and merchant witch selling magic (in the form of pellets) alongside other things…

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