GAURDING YOUR HEART

Good morning

So today, I just wanted to share what I learned in my moment of Quiet Time. The topic talked about “Gaurding Your Heart” and the verse of the day was Proverbs 4: 23:

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. -Proverbs 4:23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.4.23.NASB

The pastor directing the sermon for the morning, asking the question “What are we consuming?” Thinking about it, most times, I’m consuming things that make me feel good and that’s ok. But, I’m learning that I need to consume more of God. I watch a lot of YouTube and social media and Netflix, but I don’t consume enough of God’s Word, time with Him, and time in prayer.

Starting today, I made a reminder for myself to consume in the Word, and in good things. 2020 is still a year of learning for me. And I’m learning so much about myself everyday. I’m not perfect, I have flaws, and that’s what makes me special. 🥰

Ok, it’s time for me to go. I’ll leave with you this scripture as well as Phil. 4:8 and Matt. 6:33 for you to indulge in:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
‭‭-Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/php.4.8.nasb

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
‭‭-Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/mat.6.33.nasb

Until next time…

❤️

AN EVENING OF SELF-CARE

Good evening

I’m back from spending the remainder of the evening at my brother’s house. It started off going over to Mom’s to do our evening walk. Unfortunately, I had deal with some adulting issues that involved a stern talk with Mom about my spending. Long story short, July is NO SPENDING MONTH!!!

Anyway, we arrived at my brother’s apartment, and the three of us took a family stroll around the block. We stayed and ate Chipotle while watching “Becoming” on Netflix. After it went off, Mom and I returned home, and after I said good night to her, I opened the door to find my Dad asleep on the couch until it’s time for him to go to work.

I smiled because the weekends, for me at the moment, are spent with family. During these times, we need to just surround ourselves with family and friends right now. Even though we can’t do it physically, we have time to be creative and come up with a way to make it happen. Note to self: text Jasmine and Paris tomorrow and check in on them to make sure everyone is ok.

So, I’ll add spending more time with family, texting and calling friends, and indulging on uplifting documentaries to my list of good intentions for the weekend, and for the remainder of this year. But for now, the other thing that I need to add to the list is get some much-needed rest. After the week I’ve had, I deserve some good sleep.

I’ll check in with you guys in the morning.

Stay safe and sweet dreams!

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTION: MAY 2020

Good afternoon

So we have come to the last day in May. Another month of working from home and other things. Here are my words for May:

✨REST

✨BALANCE

✨PASSIONS

✨DISCIPLINE

✨DETERMINATION

✨POSITIVITY

I’ve been persistent with my meditation. This morning, the scriptures taught me some things about myself and the times we are living in. Then, I tuned into InTouch Ministries where today’s message talked about meditation on courage. Here are my notes from this morning:

Finished my final paper for Week 05, and posted my introduction for my fifth class. I’m still on a roll with school, I have a feeling that I’ll continue to pass each class with an A or A- until graduation. I can’t wait and my date could change at the rate that I’m going.

One thing that I’ve indulged for the entire month is California roll and potstickers. Drunken Fish has been my friend at least five times this week alone. But I can’t help it, I love sushi, and it’s so delicious. But I need to start back on my health journey.

Time to get down, no pain, no gain.

Well, time for me to change some things around in the apartment. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this beautiful Sunday.

Until next time…

❤️

AN EVENING OF SELF-CARE

Good evening

So, I’ve been taking it easy for the past couple of days. I’m still keeping up with school, as well as improving on my passions. Today was just one of those days where even though I tell myself that things are going to get done, I end up taking things slow.

After work was over, I walked over to Mom’s apartment to enjoy dinner with her, followed by browsing on Zillow for houses. She has her boxes ready for packing so the process will be starting soon. She’s so excited, and I can’t wait for touring some of the homes with her tomorrow. After driving around to the different locations, we grabbed ice cream from Doozles and came back to my apartment to hang out, watching YouTube, playing Candy Crush Jelly, and informing my aunt in California the news.

I ended my day with a little self-care by cooking myself a B.E.L.T (Bacon, Egg, Lettuce, and Tomato), curled up on the couch with my snack and iced water, and just finished watching Ratatouille on Disney+. Its quiet since Dad is at work right now, but tomorrow, I’ll find him right here on the couch in the morning.

Well, time for sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day and I need all the rest I can get.

Until next time…

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIDAYS

Hey guys and gals!

Happy Friday and all that comes with it. And I know we’re all excited for the 3 day weekend coming up. If any of you are off to a head start, congrats to you. 👏🏾🥳✨💖

So, started my morning off right and made me my favorite breakfast: Oatmeal patties with Avacado spread, and an egg sunny-side up. Instead of a nice cup of coffee, I brewed a nice cup of TAZO passion tea ( if you haven’t tried this flavor, I recommend it- so yummy). Then, I turned on the Bible app, and listened to today’s message.

All this week, I have a routine of applying anything positive to start my day off right. Even if things don’t go well at first, I’m still in an upbeat mood to do the things I love later on as well as my schoolwork after the work day is done. The other thing I’m going to do a little later is take me a quick nap so I can feel refreshed for tonight and for the weekend.

Alright, let me get back to my day. Talk to you guys later…

💖

MENTAL HEALTH & WORKING FROM HOME

Good morning

So lately, there has been so much going on since the last time I blogged. I’m now into my second month of working from home, I’m improving on sticking with a schedule and slowly trying to create a routine for myself. I’m getting better sleep, and I’m not stressed about work as much as I used to be. The only thing that is worrying me is the current situation of cities trying reopen. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed more and more people not wearing their masks or practicing social distancing. I read stories of people that have contacted COVID-19, and their experience with the illness. And now, we have some people that also sick with the virus and it’s hitting close to home because it’s some of our members in the church.

All the while, I’ve been trying to get my physical health in order, while my mental state has been the same. I try not to worry or stress about the what-ifs in life, but now, poured all my time and energy into my online classes (currently in Week 04 of my fourth course as we speak). Also, I’ve continued to practice my art by sketching almost everyday or at least fill up one page during the week, as well as listened to positive podcasts and watched uplifting YouTube videos on how to be more productive, how to overcome failure, different things that put me in a positive mood or helps me feel creative to work on my passion projects. Earlier this month, I focused so much on my paper for class, that I forgot to post anything for the first couple weeks of May.

I’ve started listening to this podcast called SOUL ARTISTRY. It’s hosted by two artists: Alejandra and MOJO. If you can, look up the podcast and listen for yourself, they are awesome to listen to during these hard times. Also, I listened to InTouch Ministries, and they talked about creating a Believer’s War Room. During this time, my faith has been tested and there were multiple occasions where I was thinking negative, and not falling through on my plans, my projects, and my goals for the year. Now, I’m learning to stay positive by starting my day off by talking to God, or just listening to Him. My mental health is improving and staying strong and positive during this time. My friends are even motivating me and checking up on me while I’m working from home and are cheering me to get closer to my goals and dreams.

After all these things took place over a period of a couple of days, I’m learning that I need to keep the faith and know that everything is going to be alright and that I will make it to my dreams and goals on time. I’m going to get to where I want to be in life.

Until next time…

❤️

#SELF-CARE 101: GIVING 50% IS OK 👌

Good evening 🌙

Happy Friday, hope everyone is staying healthy during this time of quarantine. Today’s post is about self-care and work. Let’s rewind back to earlier this morning…

  • Time: 5:30AM
  • Mood: Irritable, Nauseated, and Tired- all due to an upset stomach, followed by a migraine that felt like my head was going to explode, NOT A GOOD START ON A FRIDAY, OR A WORK DAY!!!!😖😡🤬🤯

Got up and took medicine, and laid on the left side, while putting ice cubes on the right side of my face. I woke up to the buzzing of my alarm on my Fitbit, washed my face, brushed my teeth, got my morning started for work, and my head slowly started to subside…until I started on my work, my migraine comes back with a vengeance. 😈😈😈

I feel my mind being my cheerleader, as I try to push through and do my work. But my body was giving me the signs to throw in the towel. I broke out in a sweat, my stomach was still upset, and I squinting at my screen trying to do simple tasks, only to look away, rubbing my temples for relief. My co-worker even could tell that I wasn’t my cheerful self through texting her, so when I explained what was wrong, she told me to get some rest, and feel better.

Most situations like this, I’m fighting through an entire day with a throbbing headache at work, only to feel drained at the end of the day. Today, I worked for 5 hours, and called it a day. And… that’s ok. For the first time, it felt good to just remind myself of that. After I finished what I could, I sat in my comfy chair across from Dad, ate a little food, and the next thing I knew, I woke up with him giggling at me:

  • Me: What happened?
  • Dad: You fell asleep 😴
  • Me: What did I miss?
  • Dad: You didn’t miss anything, I didn’t bother you
  • Me: How long was I asleep?
  • Dad: About an hour, you looked like you needed it 😂

In the past, if I had a migraine at work, I felt like I was weak for wanting to call it a day if I knew I couldn’t function. Now, if my body is showing me that I’m not feeling good, I’m going with my gut and giving my body the rest it needs. My last therapy session, my doctor told me that days like that, it’s ok to have those days. Whether you work for a half day or you call in, don’t beat yourself over not getting work done because you don’t feel well.

So, Self-Care 101- it’s ok to give 50% for the day. If you don’t feel well, just relax and get some rest. Good news, my migraine is gone and I’m going to make myself some tea, drink some water, and have a peaceful evening.

Hope everyone has a good night’s sleep 😴 and enjoy your weekend. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Until next time…

❤️

WEEK 02: CREATING A ROUTINE

Good morning 🌞

I sit here in the comfort of my living room, watching another episode of Criminal Minds, waiting the arrival of my Doordash order for myself and Pops (he wanted Arby’s). Earlier, went out for a walk with Mom, talking about how its been like working from home, our grocery lists and how to prepare to get them, early spring cleaning, and my hit/miss experience of coloring my hair.

After our walk, I browsed on Pinterest for inspiration for approaching my self-care routine, which has also been a hit/miss experience lately. The question I keep asking myself and been asking myself all week is:

“What helped me the most when I was on top of my routine in the past?”

This week, I did a few things to start. I’ve gotten back into the habit of listening to audiobooks. I finished “Their Eyes Are Watching God” and will start “Queen Sugar” next week. Books like these help me stay creative. It helps with my imagination and keeps me sane and calm. Things like this is what I need for my self-care routine. Pinterest is a great way to destress just by looking at the pictures and reading the posts.

So today, I’m just going to take things easy, see where the day takes me, and what activities I can get into to get me back to the old me from 2019. I laugh thinking about how I told myself that 2020 was going to be the year for me. Guess we were all telling ourselves that, and now, 2020 is telling us to stop doing things so quickly, stop doing things by yourself, and just enjoy the moment. God is showing us that 2020 is the year of changes, the year of making things right.

Well, I’m going to continue to read, reflect, and…wait on my Doordash for today. Stay safe and healthy you all, and stay positive 😊✨🌹💕

Until next time…

#SELF-CARE 101: HAIR DYE STAINS & ADULTING IS 50/50

Good evening 🌙

So woke up thus morning around 8, relieved to learn that I took vacation from work. Today was going to be a day of slow and steady relaxation, productivity of spring cleaning, and just sitting back thinking about…. Things. Woke and got into the groove of binge watching Criminal Minds on Netflix. After taking care of errands, I deep cleaned my living room, disinfecting everything, wipe down surfaces, and putting things away.

Then, it was time to take care of me. I decided to try out Overtone, an all natural hair coloring system. I got the color Ginger, and started the process. I wore my gloves, took out a glob, and went to town on my hair, saturating it with the beautiful reddish-brown hue. In the midst of equally distributing the color, my glove broke on my left middle finger, causing the color to stain it. Then, I played the waiting game of letting the color sit for 15-20 minutes. Once I let it sit, it was time to rinse. Cue the OH SHIT!!!!!

As I’m standing in the shower, slowly rinsing the color out of my hair, I look to see my hands turn orange, and almost 1/2 of my bathtub turns a light yellow 😨😨😨. I go through my hair, seeing the issue, that maybe I put a tad too much color in my hair. Taking my time and enjoying the rest of my shower, I got out and dried my hair, only to see it turn to a deep burgundy. That’s a start…

Then I continued binge watching Criminal Minds until Dad came home. We hung out for a little while, had a little heart to heart, until it was time for him to go to work.

So here is what I learned from today…

  • Dying your hair will ALWAYS require gloves- the good ones
  • Wash/Rinse color out in KITCHEN sink to prevent stains
  • Ask Mom to assist in hair coloring process
  • It’s ok, you’re learning and trying new things
  • I DID IT BY MYSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!

Well I hope everyone is still staying safe and healthy through these times. Hopefully you got a few laughs from this one. Time to call it a night.

Until next time…

WEEK 01: WFH PROS & CONS

Good evening 🌙

So, I survived my first official week of working from home. I thought this would be a great time to share with you guys my experience, and the pros and cons of WFH:

Mar. 30th through Apr.03rd: WEEK 01

This is what my day looked like since I started working from home. My old routine used to be that I would wake up at 5:00am, get dressed, and walk over to my mom’s house until it was time for both of us to leave for work at 7:00 (sometimes, we’d leave out before 6:30 so Mom can get to work early). Once I got into work, I get settled and check emails, review my Passion Planner, and plug in my hours for the day before starting work. From 8:00 to 4:30, I’m on the computer. I made sure to step away from my cubicle to move a little bit. Once work was done for the day, I came home and spent the remaining 3 hours taking online classes. Then I went to sleep anywhere between 9:00 to 10:30, unless I had to work on a paper, then it would 11:30 or Midnight when I’m climbing into bed.

My routine now, I wake up at 6:30, make myself a cup of hot tea and breakfast. I come into the living room where my workstation is set up, and I open my blinds so that the natural light of the day brightens my apartment. I play InTouch Ministries while I set up to start working. From 7:00 to 4:00, I work and then spend the rest of the day finishing schoolwork. Now let’s get into the pros and cons:

PROS:

  • More flexibility in my work schedule
  • Starting to find a balance between work, home, and school
  • Able to make time to workout and focus on my health
  • Naps are a lifesaver
  • No longer feel rushed in the mornings or throughout the day
  • More energy and more hours of sleep

CONS:

  • Less interaction with people, especially with social distancing
  • Wearing more sweats which leads to feeling SUPER comfortable and wanting to take longer naps- currently working on planning my outfits again

Overall, after doing this for a week, I can personally say that I enjoy working from home. I find myself having more energy, I don’t feel tired or groggy throughout the day after waking up, and I’m able to make time to do things that I normally couldn’t do when I’m at work. So, just need to plan outfits ahead of time, and I’ll be ok.

I’ll continue to keep you guys posted on my well-being. New things are coming up soon, and I’ll share them with you all once I’m finished working out the kinks.

Until next time…

❤️

2019 so far…

Well goodbye to June and hello to July. We are now 6 months into the year of 2019. Here are my reflections of the past couple months, what I’ve learned, goals to achieve, and dreams to turn into reality:

  • January to March- Kicked off the year spending a few days at my Aunt’s house and played with my baby cousin. Also, kicked off my health journey by writing down goals, dreams, and such. Experienced some digestive issues mid- February, but had a healthy talk with my doctor about life overall 😊
  • April- was kicking major ass in my weight loss journey, and hung out with my best friend for an insane weekend, only to suffer from a sinus infection the following week, which helped me learn to listen to my body, and to just take my time to recover and get back on track
  • May- did some MAJOR decluttering due to practicing the Konmari method, learning to purge what I don’t need, and cherish the things I have 😍😍😍😍 and spent Mother’s Day with my mom and Dad since my Grandmother had passed away
  • June- practiced NO SPENDING ON VISA month, which was going great until it was time to splurge 😣😒😭😌 so still learning to adult with my money and still staying on the straight and narrow for my health journey

And we are now in July…. 😱😱😱😱😱

This year is going by SUPER fast, so today on the first, I made the best of it. After work, Mom and I both went outside for a walk session. Even though I was a little winded, we both did really well on our walk. Came home, blasted some tunes while I took a nice shower, and binged watch some YouTube 😊😍😊😍😊. But overall, I’ve fallen off a few times with my health….but that’s ok. I haven’t fallen completely off where I can’t even get back into the swing of it all. I’m still positive, upbeat, and happy being happy and healthy.

Well, that’s it for today. Need to get something’s together for tomorrow. Just wanted to pop up and say hey since things were busy for me this past month. Hope everyone is enjoying their night.

Until next time…