Jan 15, 2018

2018 Goals


Happy 2018!! In know that we are already through the first half of the month but I wanted to share my 2018 goals with all of you. I have been M.I.A  due to being busy trying to get my classes sorted out for the semester which has consumed my time for the first week and a half. The last week of December, I did some reflecting on the year. I have been trying to decide what I wanted to focus on this year. I tend to make goals at the beginning of the year so I can track my progress a little better. Many of the goals tie in with each. 

Get healthier
Health and wellness is on everyone list at the start of the year. Getting healthier this year is not just about the physical but the mental and spiritual as well. After gaining all the weight I did last year, I have not really been feeling like me. Since last Sunday, I have been doing a 21 days of prayer and fasting through the church I go to but do not go to (I watch online since I like the 8 am service and they are literally on the other side of town at the moment).

 Now, I am not completely fasting. I am just cutting back/ taken out some items from my diet for the next 21 days: caffeine, sugar, white carbs, and alcohol. For the most part, I feel pretty good. I did have headaches from the caffeine withdrawal for three days. This has been a good time for me to reflect about a number of things in my life that I feel need to change to grow.

I use to write pretty much everyday from the time I was ten until about four years ago. I find that writing can be pretty therapeutic. One of the reason that I started back is because it has always help be release any feels or thoughts that I have that I can not verbalize to others. The only difference this time is that I write first thing in the morning and at night as reflection of what happened during the day. I have been writing in a journal from Cardtorial. The covers are made out of wood with the words or design being made using a laser cutter. They have a variety of journals and covers. This is the one my friend gave me for Christmas:

Try to not stress as much
 For the last almost three years, I have been meditating with the Calm app on my phone and a Prana  breathing technique every morning . Both of those have helped a great bit. I am looking for other ways to handle stress (writing again has part of that).

Take control of finances
Last year, I did put a dent in getting rid of some of my debt. This year, I set amount of my debt that I want to pay off. I know that I am going to have student loan payments for a while so I have
to make a game plan. This year I want to travel some and I have a wedding to plan too. I decided to take a spending break and not buy anything unless I really need it (food and gas are not included in that).

Been doing good so far except that I did need buy this dress and this dress from Tuckernuck for the spring/summer since they are having a ridiculous sale right now. Plus I bought this tank in four colors: black, white, silver, and pin from Victoria Secret. They are on sale for $15 right now so I decided to stock up since I had a $30 off coupon. I will wear all of the items so it is not random spending.

Get organize
To get organize, I am using a planner to stay on track. This year I decided that I wanted to use a different planner after using a Lilly one for the last few years. The planner that I am using I bought on Amazon and is called The Simple Elephant .
There is an area at the beginning that ask what you want to focus on for the year and the five main goals that you want to achieve. A space is even designated for a Mind Map where you write the steps you want to take to reach the goal and a Vision Board. The main item that I like is at the beginning of each week it has an area where you write the goals for that week. At the end of the week, you have an area to write what you accomplished and what you need to work on. 

The other planner I would recommend is the Passion Planner.
One of my co-workers has this one. This planner has more broken down areas such as a section to write about positive things and personal/ work to do list. I was going to buy this one but the one The Simple Elephant one is as the name says more simple. I may buy the passion planner next year.

Tomorrow, I am going to go more in depth about what I am doing to reach my health and wellness goal. Peace & Blessings, all. I would love to know what your goals are for the year and some of the steps you are taking to reach them. Have a great Monday!!!

Dec 28, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday

Can not believe this is the last Thursday of 2017. It is crazy thinking about how fast this year has flown by. Since there are only 4 days left in 2017, I am already thinking about all the things that I want to do in 2018. 2018 I have decided is going t be a year that I truly making some changes for the better.

With that said, here are some quotes that I found that I think are appropriate for the end of one chapter and the beginning of another from Pinterest:




Peace & blessings all! Happy last Thursday of 20171!!!

Dec 27, 2017

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo with Maple Holistics

I received this product from Maple Holistics for review. This opinion is and mine alone.

Sometimes, you need a break and the last few days were definitely needed. I was a little sick for a day or so (no surprised there). Excited about the new year and getting back on track. One thing that I  I have been doing this year is trying different products to change up my regular routine. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Haley at  Maple Holistics about reviewing a product of theirs. All of the products that the company has are made in the USA and are all natural.  There are a range of products that they make from skin care to bubble bath. 

I ended up receiving the Tea Tree Shampoo to tryout. 
I have used the shampoo a few times since I received it at the end of November. The verdict is that its a good product. One of the major pluses for me is that it has kept my hair from being so brittle. A lot of shampoo tend to dry out my hair for some reason. This one does not do that at all.

 It helps with the dryness of the scalp.  My scalp has not flaked or been as dry as it was before using this product. People use to mention that to me sometimes. No one has said anything about since using the shampoo. I am going to tryout  the conditioner sometime soon. One crazy thing that I have noticed too since I started using this is that my hair is been growing softer. If you ever want to try some of the shampoo out, here is where you can chose a free sample of one of there products

Peace and Blessings, all. I would love to know if any of you try some of their products. Have a great Thursday!!!

Dec 18, 2017

Pomegranate Acai & Blueberry Spritzer

Hi all!!! I officially have my life and some of my time back for the moment. School is finished for the semester. I even surprised myself this semester I ended up with a 4.0 so for me it is time to relax and celebrate. One thing that I did this week end was make a new drink.

Ever since last summer, I have been using the Pomegranate Acai & Blueberry sorbet from Kroger. I usually put some in my Champagne. I decided mix it with something different. I call this a spritzer since its made with club soda. It ended up being very refreshing. This would be a perfect drink for the Summer or Winter (since it is still technically Fall) with cranberry.

Here are the ingredients that I used:
One can of Q club soda
1 shot of vodka (I used Skyy)

The one can of Q was added with the shot of vodka. Then, the melon baller was used to make the three balls, dropping each ball of sorbet in the glass. I used a stirrer to help the balls melt some. Finally, the 2 splashes were added for color. I think I am going to try it with cranberries or something else to make it more festive for the season.

Peace & blessings all!! Have a great Monday & I would love to know if any of you have tried any new drink recipes lately.

Dec 5, 2017

Fitness Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, all!!! I can't believe that December is not only here but in less than 4 weeks, that it will be 2018. This last part of the year has gone by so fast, its ridiculous. Since it is getting cooler down here in the South, it is time for one of my favorite things: Soup.
I know that everyone makes soups using all different kind methods (crock pots, stove cooktop, microwave, and so on). In the next few weeks, I am going to try making these in the next few weeks. I found most these on Eating Well, which is one of my favorite website for healthy food recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:

Smoked Gouda-Broccoli Soup

Egg Drop Soup with Vegetables

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Slow-cooker vegetable soup

Many of these are healthy and great options if you trying to add vegetables into your diet. Soup is also great for weight loss/maintaining. I would love to hear what soups you all like or what soup you love in colder months.

Peace & blessings, all!! Have a great Tuesday!

Nov 30, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday

It's Thursday!!! Most importantly it's almost Friday. I finished my last exam of the semester on Tuesday. This means that I am officially free (excluding work) until January when the Spring semester starts. Since this is that last Thursday in November (I can't believe that December starts on Friday), I decided to post some funny quotes from Pinterest:

Peace & Blessings all!!! Have a great Thursday!

Nov 28, 2017

Fitness Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Since it is Cyber Monday was yesterday, I though I would share some of the exercise clothes that I bought. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that most of my exercise clothing is Victoria's Secret. They had some great sales on exercise pants and sport bras. Here are the ones that I bought:

I am loving all the cut-outs and mesh on  the pants and tops right now. Some of these I wear to the gym but I also wear them on the weekends running errands and just running around. Off to finish studying for my last final of the semester (YAASSS!!!)

Peace & Blessings all!!! Has anyone else found some new exercise clothes or styles that they are loving lately