The Power of Now chapter 1

Have you ever re-read a book and found a hidden message you overlooked.

Well as I was re-reading chapter one in this book I got so many messages. I thought to myself how did I not see this before? It is pretty simple, I wasn’t ready to see what answers lied in front of me.

So as I kept reading on I knew that this was the answer I was looking for. With each page I read I felt the need to go back and highlight passages that spoke to me.

Let us begin….

You are NOT you Mind.

The first thing the book talks about is how to separate you and your ego.

Ego is described by the author as, “false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind”. If you are like me, you over think and it can be extremely toxic. You create thoughts and problems that were never there. The book describes it as creating a false reality.

The longer you take to break that connection the harder it will be to identify you and your ego. The chapter ends with an exercise on how to observe yourself and how to learn to ignore egos thoughts.

After reading the first chapter I was drawn in and I couldn’t help continue reading. So next week I’ll post about the other chapter’s I have read.

Happy Hump Day!

 

Monday/ Tuesday Motivation

Sorry for posting this today but yesterday I got a nasty cold and I’m still fighting it off.

You would think that because I have been in bed that I would’ve been able to click post but I had to avoid any screens.

So to stay positive and in a good sprit I wanted to post my motivational quote for this week. Many of you know that this Sunday was a new moon. It honestly explains why things haven’t really gone according to plan.

"Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life." — Unknown Author #SimpleReminders #SRN @bryantmcgill @jenniyoung_ #quote #today #yesterday #beginning #morning  #life:

Feliz Día de la Independencia!

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Today marks a significant day in my culture.

It was the day that Mexico stood together and revolted against the Spaniards.  Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla  was the father of this whole movement. He gave a famous speech known as “Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores”.  It became very powerful because Hidalgo was captured and executed right after he armed his people.  When Hidalgo was killed the people finally had enough of the Spanish rule and fault back . Mexico had won the battle and got back their country. So today Mexican’s all over the world celebrate the glory of victory.  The Mexican President every year go out to the balcony and yells, “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!”  In Mexico they have all these festivals and many make their signiature dishes. It really is a celebration worth seeing.

So today to represent my culture and roots I decided to dress up. As far as my plans I guess I will just have to wait and see what I come up with. Hope you all have a great Friday!

 

 

Meatloaf Meltdown

Every now and then I like to switch up my recipes. Since my bf is diabetic I tend to explore meals that he can enjoy too.

So on Monday I decided to try out this new recipe for Bacon Meatloaf.

Here is how it turned out for me.

So I got all the ingredients that it asked for and prepped everything.

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I combined all the ingredients and put it into a 12″ glass pan. After that I applied bacon on top to cover the whole thing. What the person never mentioned is the fact that it will be so fatty that the juices will make it hard to crisp the bacon.

So as I pulled it out of the oven I poured out all the juices and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. I wanted to make a side dish so I made Cauliflower mash potatoes (without the potato). By the time both were done we were already hungry so I apology for the cut meatloaf.

When I had my first bite it was disappointing. Since the ingredients weren’t measured to be balance correctly I had some bites that tasted good and other that tasted bland. My bf tried to be nice and say that it was okay. But I didn’t bite my tongue when I said I hated it. After that one piece I did not go back for left overs if anything I told my bf to throw the rest away. Made me sad that I wasted all this meat and food on a dish that was such a pain to eat.

As I served myself more mash cauliflower my bf said that I should probably stick to my original recipe and I couldn’t agree more. But the Cauliflower was beyond delicious. All you do is boil it until it is tender then throw it into the food processor with olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.

Oliver oil (1 tbs)

Butter (1 tbs)

salt and pepper (to your taste).

 

Hopefully the next recipe I make will be a success.

Happy hump day!

 

 

This Weeks Lesson

Happy Friday!

I so happy that the end of this week finally came. I have been so stressed out trying to make sure I am on top of celebrating everyone’s birthday. This week and next week I have friends and family that have birthday’s back to back to each other.

This week it was my Dad’s birthday (2nd), Boyfriend’s (7th),  my friend Jesse (8th), my Mom (9th) and my bf Mom (10th). So that was pretty hectic! I’m so grateful that my Mom and boyfriend don’t mind sharing the same weekend.

With everyone sharing the same month it becomes overwhelming so this year I learned some new things. One being that it isn’t always about the amount of money you spend on someone but the amount of effort.

This year for my boyfriends birthday I decided to approach it with a different mentality. Since I love getting an amazing response from my gifts I always go big or go home. So as I was on Best Buy’s website, I was browsing their gaming section to see what new toy I can get him. Once I looked through all the pages of products I found myself seeing nothing that he would love. I was rattling my brain on what would be a great gift. Then it hit me, I wanted to give him multiple surprises. I wanted to surprise him in the morning, while he was at work and when he came home.

For his Morning surprise I put a note on the mirror that said Good Morning and to go to the kitchen for his surprise. In the kitchen I taped a sign that said surprise inside with a balloon to the fridge. Inside the fridge I made him a lunch from scratch with some fruit and beef jerky I got from Whole Foods. Right in front of his bagged lunch was a handmade card. I jotted down some things that I love about him and how much he means to me. My whole goal was to make sure that he started his day off right.

When I got to work I wanted to create a nice photo collage of him and all the photos we have together. So I wrote a sweet note and posted it on Facebook. He loved it so much and people were complementing me on how nice it looked.

Here is where the headache really started. So my plan was when I get home I have two hours to bake a cake and decorate while I’m waiting.

What I didn’t know was that baking a cake with coconut flour gets pretty tricky especially if you have never worked with it. I decided to be bold and make him a sugar- free, low carb cake. So as I was mixing all the ingredients together I started noticing that it was pretty thick and hard to stir. Before I started panicking I kept adding water and even skim milk  to the mixture to see if it changed. Well sadly it didn’t but I was running out of time and I said, ” F*** it I’m just going to put it in the oven.”

One task was taken care of, so now I had to tackle decorating. I had this idea for his last surprise to tape a note outside the door to go to the kitchen, that a surprise is waiting for him. I was going to make a balloon avalanche so when he open the kitchen door balloons were just going to fall on him. I was going to be inside waiting with a cake with candles and sing him happy birthday.

But of course things didn’t go as I imagined so I just had to adapt. I hung the streamers and began to blow up the balloons. Just to do a time check I text my bf to let me know when he is almost home and what did he respond with… 10 mins away. So the idea of an avalanche was thrown out the window.

I ended up placing the balloons on the floor, bed, couch and on his desk area. I took the cake out and started putting in the candles because clearly there wasn’t any time to wait for it to cool. So as he walked in and was surprised by the decoration I started to sing to him.

For his gift I got him a Pacific candle and massage oil from Whole Foods. He absolutely loved it and I was beyond relieved. I told him of my ideas of getting him something expensive and he said that I chose the perfect gift. After he opened his gift we went to Gen (Korean BBQ restaurant) and we had a feast since it was all you can eat.

At the end of the day everything fell into place and made it one for the books. It taught me not to get so invested in an idea because some times things don’t go as planned. Another thing it taught me is that the gift means more when it comes from a place of love instead of money. I think that’s why I fell in love with my bf because material things don’t mean anything to him he prefers love.

 

P.s. The cake I made was okay, I had some left over batter and the cupcakes saved the day. While the cake ended up in the trash. You live and you learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someone’s Birthday is Today…

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Today is my boyfriends birthday, he is turning 31! Birthday’s are so much fun for me. I love shopping for the perfect gift and getting the opportunity to spoil someone.

So when it comes to this month I am surrounded by birthdays. Most of my family and friends all happen to be Virgos. Guess that just means that our signs just get along.

I was going to show you everything I did and plan on doing but since my boyfriend reads my blog I can’t really do that. What I will do is post everything after today.

I was just so overjoyed and excited that I had to share with you what I’m celebrating today.