Category Archives: Living

Constructive Turns

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It’s rare that I post something when it’s not fun or a good experience. I’m not having a good day. I’m going to sit in this feeling for a while until it passes. That’s where growth happens, right? Or maybe inspiration for another blog post. Moments of clarity sometimes come from a place of uncertainty. Things happen in our lives that expose what we choose to ignore. I’ve made a habit of turning the other cheek for a more pleasant change of scenery. Growth happens here. As much as I try to let things pass, the more I realize that it will not go away until it is addressed. This is in all aspects of life: Love, family, work, passion, career, responsibility, etc..

I can’t control everything, this I know. So in knowing this, I’m going to sit in this feeling. Drink my green juice and read some. I’m going to take a minute to close my eyes and meditate on what I can control, which is how I feel. I’m grateful for this day. I’m grateful for family and friends, whatever happens after that will come regardless of how I feel. So cheers guys! Cheers to life, blogging and getting your mind right when it’s dark in your world, and finding inspiration when you feel it’s lost. I feel better already.

30 days..

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My cousin and I always seem to find time to have meaningful conversations. I always leave them feeling more motivated and refreshed for what’s to come. Recently we’ve started doing 30 day challenges together. I am a self proclaimed procrastinator, which makes it hard for me to start and keep positive habits. They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit, so we’ve decided to start small goals that we’d like to work on and stick with it for 30 days. Being roommates helps! We’ve posted a calendar on the fridge and we’re already in our 2nd month.

The first month went pretty well, I must say. My goal was to make my bed everyday when I got up. Now this may sound super trivial but I was never much of a “bed maker”. I’m sure you’ve all said to your parents, “What’s the point in making it when I’m just going to mess it up again later?” 🙂 Yes, we’ve all said it! So, I felt this was a small enough task to practice and I have to say, it made me feel better as the days went by. I started to tidy my room a bit more, making sure everything was in its place. I’m no slob, mind you, but life tends to get in the way of keeping my laundry pile nice and neat on occasion.

As for the oil-pulling, there’s a link below if you’re interested in learning more. I follow this amazing woman, http://heyfranhey.com/ , she’s all about living a natural and healthy lifestyle, which I aspire to more and more every day. Very interesting, open your mind and take a look! Let me know what you think in the comments! Have you ever tried it? If not, would you?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5sz2UYUj7Y&list=UUuI7Ymbo-ZY269U51fuZ_iA&feature=share&index=4

This next 30 days, I’m focusing more on writing. I’m going to write everyday and hopefully post at least 3 times a week. I’m excited about what I come up with and hope I get to share more experiences with my growing audience. I appreciate the growth process. This is why we’re all here, right? To peak into each other’s minds a little..or a lot? Stay on this journey with me guys! More good things to come!

Good energy = Good food

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I’ve been dumped. This isn’t a pity post in any way but I have to say that to get to the inspiration of my day. It was quite strange, the energy I felt after the phone call. We live in different states, I am grateful for that now. I popped up and decided to get to cooking instead of crying. In a haze of shock and….anger? I found a couple of yummy recipes that I wanted to prepare for the week ahead. This cucumber salad turned out great! I stumbled upon this recipe on Tumblr and tweaked it with what I could find in my pantry and fridge. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/05/farro-with-feta-cucumbers-and-sun-dried.html

Check out the original recipe up top. This is the kind of recipe that gets me excited for the upcoming spring weather. Instead of farro, I used quinoa. I used cilantro instead of mint/parsely and omitted the sun dried tomatoes, I didn’t have any but can see how it would add a depth of flavor into the dish. I’m excited to try out the original recipe when I have the money! I’m not going to let this get me too far down, I’ll use how I feel for something productive. Writing and sharing will continue to be my therapy! Happy Sunday everyone!

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Walking Dead in Chicago

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Who’s not posting pictures of the snow these days? I had to do at least one. It’s not much but you get the gist of it. I can’t stress enough how much the weather affects me internally. I wake up only to find myself wishing the whole of the city will freeze to the point of a subway shutdown just so I don’t have to step foot out of my room. Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m working on my second winter here in Chicago and my first winter without a car since I was 15. Let’s not count years and just say…it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve lived without a vehicle. I have traveled a great deal in my life and seen many winters, but this one has taken a toll on me more than the ones past. The up and down of just above 10 degrees to well below zero is…well…quite frightening at times. After all, 5 degrees does make a difference. It does. I have to be grateful for the choices I’ve made in my (more than less) healthy lifestyle and not getting sick with all these crazy weather changes. My body has stayed strong and true, with only the occasional thought of possibly losing my right big toe to frost bite.

So, this post is to you walkers out there! No reference to my Walking Dead fans;)Woo! But if you’re driving in your warm car and see us “walkers” barely holding it together in our 7 layers, looking damn near dead, send us good warm thoughts from that heater blasting you in the face. And when we get home after hopping a train and you’re left digging your way out of your parking spot for an hour, we’ll try to do the same from the warmth of our living room. Stay sane my fellow city walkers, the end is coming.