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Bye bye Christmas hello New Year!

Today everyone is returning back to work. Sadly my three day weekend went by so quickly. I did however enjoy every since minute of it. I loved that I was able to sleep in and enjoy the comfort of my warm bed.

Right before Christmas we were gifted a space heater so I was beyond excited about getting the luxury of having a warm home. The whole weekend I was just unwinding and treating myself to an at home spa experience. One of my co-workers gifted me a spa care package and it was definitely not wasted.

On Christmas Eve my boyfriend and I went to my grandmas house for our traditional tamales. This year my uncle was the one that got the masa ready (which is never easy). So inside of waiting until nine for them to by ready we all started eating around seven. We waited until midnight like always and exchanged gifts.

As for Christmas day we spent it with my boyfriends mom. We decided to go to Gen which is an all you can eat Korean BBQ place. You wouldn’t believe that we stayed their for about two hours just eating. Whenever we go there we make sure that we get our moneys worth and this time we definitely with above and beyond.

Then on Monday we decided to go to this amazing Guatemalan and Salvadorian restaurant that was less than five minutes away from our apartment. Since I’m half Guatemalan I was very curious to see what kind of food options they had there. My expectations were set very low but once I had a bite of their asada, pollo and chorizo my mind was blown. Everything was so delicious that both of us weren’t stopping at all. The flavors of the meat and the salsa complimented each other perfectly. We found each other mmming after every bite. After that experience we know that we will be back soon. My boyfriend joked that we might come back this week.

I hope you all had a great time enjoying your holiday vacation. Soon enough it will be Friday and the New Year will be here!

 

 

 

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Friday Madness

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Now that Christmas is around the corner I can’t help but spend this week reflecting on how soon it will be 2017.

Apart of me is excited for a new year with new beginnings. But there is still some sadness of how fast this year went by. There are a lot of unresolved things that I need to tackle before I dive into the new year.

Some self reflecting I believe is needed in order for me to properly welcome 2017. Just yesterday at Target I realized how crazy people are getting over buying gifts. One man was starting to get aggressive with one of the employees just yelling and justifying his behavior towards another employee.

So many of us forget what the holidays represents and I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but its not a designer bag or an IPhone. It is simply being surrounded with the people that love you and of course some delicious food. One of my favorite memories when I was little was having all my cousins, aunts and uncles together at my grandma’s house. We would all wait until midnight to open our gifts.

Now we are lucky if one day out of the year we all see each other. Just as we get older our responsibilities change and many of us sadly have to work during the holidays. So if by chance we are all under the same roof that alone is just an amazing gift in itself.

I say this because if you decide to do some Christmas shopping this weekend or even during next week, please stay mindful of the employees. They are just like you and I, except they have to put up with this madness and crazy customers. So stay safe and mindful of others .

Love,

Erika

 

Monday Motivation

This weekend I got the chance to get away from the everyday and visit my hometown.

I love going back home and recharging myself. Something about a small town makes all the city problems just fade away.

Since I live in an apartment we aren’t really allowed any animals so I love getting the extra cuddle time with my cats and dog. Whenever I go, I have to make sure I visit everyone that I rarely get to see. One stop that I always make it a point to go and see is my grandma. She always makes me feel loved and missed. Everyone gets excited when I come into town and it feels like I never have enough time with them. I guess that’s why it’s always hard to say goodbye.

But the amount of love and happiness I receive when I visit my family and friends is so heart warming. It can honestly make all your problems completely disappear. No matter what stresses I have they always let me know that they are right next to me cheering me on.

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So this weeks quote is all about leaving that negativity out of your everyday and embrace the positive.

 

 

Monday Motivation

I would say that this week’s theme is change.

Why is it the one thing that can help us in the most positive way is change. But yet we have this whole fear of it. Whether it is applying for a new job, getting married or moving to another city. No matter what, you have that hesitation to move forward with change.

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So I found that this quote to capture how to view change as a positive thing. I hope that it helps you ease into change as much as it will for me.

Monthly Detox

Do you ever start the month with the thought of a fresh start.

Well last month I was doing some research on gaining mental clarity. One article popped up that was really intriguing, it was called the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. She created a calendar of things to do to keep you in a clear mind set.

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I had to share it with you because I read the challenges and felt so inspired to follow her movement. So far I have managed to stay on top of each activity and it really has changed my mindset.

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Another challenge that got my attention is the 30-Day Closet Confidence Challenge. The one thing that I always have a hard time doing is keeping my closet organize throughout the week. Since my closet is never organized, I always find it hard in the morning to get ready. I usually throw on a tee, sweater, and jeans. But as I kept reading the article it turned into a different challenge than I thought. Which was about developing confidence through your clothes. She gives you small assignments throughout the month that forces you to get creative with what is in your closet. So I felt why not join this challenge too.

I hope this inspires you as much as it did for me. Nothing sounds better then to detox your mind and start this month off on a fresh start.

Love,

Erika

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Today is not only my birthday but my friend Brittany too!!!

I can’t believe that today I turn twenty three years old. Yesterday my birthday Twin surprised me with a ticket to see a taping of The Voice. Amazingly I got to see Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine! They were so sweet and just as beautiful as I imagined. Alicia Keys was so loving when fans from the audience would yell out that they loved her she would just give the sweetest smile and mouthed I love you too.

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We waited for almost three hours to get in and seat but it was an experience I will never forget. It was a perfect way to start off our birthday week.

I’m pretty excited to see what the week brings, I’m hoping that the universe sends me some luck.

Monday Motivation

It’s Finally October! Are you guys just as excited as I am!?!

This month is my birthday so like any other year I spend this whole month enjoying every single day. I plan on welcoming every day with a wonderful beginning by meditating.

Since the universe loves me so much I get to share my birthday with my friend Brittany, so I’m overjoyed that I get to spoil her.

Even though I live in California the fall weather hasn’t really caught up yet. So I’m looking forward to those cold fall days ahead. I know that this year has been the hardest for costume ideas so if you guys already know what you will be feel free to share. When Halloween comes closer I’ll share with you what I ended up deciding to dress up as.

So to welcome this amazing month here is the quote for the week!

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Have a great Monday!