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Hello and thank you for following me. My name is Rose Bak. I am a writer based in Portland, Oregon.

I am a dedicated multipotentialite which means I have a wide array of interests and creative pursuits. I write about everything from yoga and mindfulness, business, personal finance, self-help, animals, humor, aging and so much more.

In addition to my work here on Medium, I am a published author of romantic fiction, I teach accessible yoga and I work in social services.

Here are some of my most popular posts for you to enjoy. Thanks for reading!

Women’s lives around the world continue to be a struggle.

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Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s event is “Choose to Challenge”.

According to the official website of International Women’s Day, this year’s theme is meant to encourage people to call out prejudice and bias instead of turning the other way.

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions — all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive…

You don’t have to spend the winter wet and miserable.

Photo by Alesia Kazantceva on Unsplash

So you moved to a place where it’s rainy, like Oregon or Washington.

Congratulations. What brought you here? Was it the beautiful green landscape? The proximity to both the beach and mountain skiing? An exciting tech job?

Chances are good, it wasn’t the rain.

People who move to the Pacific Northwest are often surprised at just how much it rains. Sure, Oregon and Washington have a reputation for a rainy climate, but you can’t really appreciate what that means until you go through a long, wet Pacific NW winter.

Snow is pretty rare in the city of Portland and its…

Twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference in how you feel.

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If you join a conversation with women in their 50s invariably the conversation will turn to menopause.

“These hot flashes are killing me!” someone will exclaim, fanning themselves.

“I can’t sleep anymore,” someone else will say. “My mind just races, then I feel itchy all over.”

Menopause occurs when your body ceases ovulating and menstruating, which typically happens around age 51. A woman is considered to be in menopause when it’s been twelve months since her last period.

However, the transition into menopause is a lengthy process that can take up to ten years to move through. During the transition…

Learning yoga made me stop blaming my weight and instead come to terms with my invisible disability.

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We were near the end of an early morning yoga class when the instructor cued us to move into bow pose. I moved onto my stomach and tried to grab my ankles so that I could draw them towards my shoulder blades.

I looked around and realized that everyone in the class had easily moved into the pose — except for me.

I immediately started criticizing myself in my head. “You’re not flexible enough,” I chastised myself. “Your butt is probably too big for this.”

Seeing I was struggling the male instructor came to assist me. He kneeled by my…

Chili Bar and an Ice Cream Bar Accommodate Everyone’s Dietary Needs

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If you’re looking for a great food idea for your Super Bowl party, look no farther. Here’s a great idea for a no muss, no fuss meal that will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the big game

Whenever I host a big event, my go-to is my famous chili bar and brownie sundae bar combination. It’s easily customizable for every guest and can be ramped up or down depending on the size of your guest list.

And best of all, it won’t break the bank. The chili and sundae bars can be made for a relatively low costs…

New Law in Oregon Decriminalizes All Drugs for Personal Use

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On February 1st, Oregon became the first state in the country to decriminalize so-called “hard drugs”.

Thanks to voter-approved ballot measure 110, passed in November 2020, police can no longer arrest individuals with a minor amount of drugs in their possession. Drugs such as methamphetamine (meth), heroin, LSD, cocaine, and oxycodone (oxy) are included in the measure.

Possession of hard drugs is no longer a criminal offense, meaning that people in Oregon will not be arrested if law enforcement determines that drugs are in their possession. However, that does not mean it’s legal.

Possession is now reduced to a Class…

My grandmother gave me her name but also changed my life.

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Thirty-two years ago today the world lost the original Rose Bak — my grandma.

Oh sure, there have been other people named Rose Bak throughout the years, but my grandmother was truly an original. One of a kind.

Grandma was born in Chicago in 1914. She grew up in the Polish neighborhood of West Pullman with her six brothers and sisters, in a brick house on Normal Avenue. Her parents had immigrated from Poland at a young age, and my grandma was a first-generation American.

She was deeply impacted by the death of her brother Leo when he was only…

The constant pursuit of perfection will only make you feel worse about yourself.

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Are your New Year’s resolutions already fading? I’m going to say something that may surprise you: you are perfect just the way you are.

Yes, YOU. You are perfect the way you are right now. And so am I.

It doesn’t matter if your thighs jiggle or your hair is frizzy or you eat donuts for dinner or you’re cranky until you have coffee or you can’t touch your toes or the only exercise you do is looking for the remote.

You are still perfect just the way you are.

This month my email and social media pages are clogged…

The biannual community count is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every other January, cities and counties across the nation conduct the “One Night Street Count”, a census of people experiencing homelessness across the country. The count is scheduled for January 27th, but that count won’t happen in many cities, including some of those that have been the hardest hit by the homelessness crisis.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many cities have determined that it just is not safe to conduct the street count this week. This risk to volunteers, staff, and individuals experiencing homelessness is too great.

Cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco…

Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit or follow @authorrosebak on social media.

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