Monday, October 28, 2013

POWER FOODS!

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Chicory, Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pumpkin seeds and  low fat turkey meatballs. MMMMMMMM LUNCH HEAVEN!

What's on your plate today?  This salad packs a punch!

I am so ready to lose myself in a great workout in a few hours.    

FEELING DETERMINED!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vision Board Underway!


So what do you do to get yourself invested in the next big goal?  Is there something that works for  you?  For me, I do a lot of visualizing, therefore what better tool than a vision board where I spend a majority of my time?    I am a huge fan of "The Secret" and believe in the power of positive thinking, so this is how I start a lifestyle change, or start moving forward after a big life change.

I recently separated from my partner of nearly 6 years, and I have been so busy with work, my son, and school that I don't think I truly processed what happened, and how different life would be.  At first I had the dog with me so I don't think I felt the loss of "affection" because I was getting so much unconditional love from the dog.  Fast forward a few weeks, and well the ex and I decided it was best if one of us had the dog, and since I did purchase the dog for him as a gift, I had to let go and let him go.   Wow, I miss my dog everyday!    

Still reeling from losing my partner and my dog, I recently received some interest from another man and it reaffirmed for me that I was not in the emotional place I needed to be anywhere in my life.  Professionally, things are fantastic, but personally, not so much.   Internally I panicked,  it was as if my mind did not have the software required to process this new information!  So, to compare myself to a computer in need of an update, I am "rebooting"my life.    Everyone is different, so some people break up and bounce right back into the arms of someone else for solace.  I on the other hand am not that person.  For the first time in my life I can say I am NOT lonely.  I enjoy my alone time, planning my routine, going through my day to day without the complications of dating or relationships.  However, don't get me wrong, I'm sure that eventually I'll get the "itch" for companionship, I have always wanted a life partner and I'm a passionate hispanic women!   I just think its time I fell in love with myself for the first time in my life.   Call it my "Eat, Pray, Love" moment.

"Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force!"  It's about time I found mine!

Upcoming bucket list item:

First Amtrak trip:  What better time to take my first train ride then in the fall?  I'm going to enjoy my first train ride from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh, NC for Thanksgiving to spend a fun filled week with my sister.  I could not be more excited!    I look forward to taking in the countryside from my upgraded business class seat with wifi and snack car!  Hmm I wonder if they serve cocktails?





Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes - Clean Eating - Clean Eating

Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes - Clean Eating - Clean Eating

Today marks a "turn around" point for me; where I am attempting to once again eat clean a "majority" of the time.  We'll just say 80% of the time, as those that know me know that I love my wine, beverages, and I have a mean sweet tooth. 

My sisters continue to be a source of motivation as they transform their lives by shear will, dedication and focus.  They live mindfully, and still enjoy what life has to offer, but not with overly regimented plans, or unrealistic goals.  I will move forward one day at a time, and try to make mindful choices in all areas of my life. 

I'm making this delicious clean recipe tonight and by the looks of it, it will pack a punch of all the things I love, taste, texture, savory and sweet!  If I add a little heat, it will be a taste virtuoso! 

Wish me luck and heres to transforming our mind, body and spirits, one moment at a time.  EAT TO LIVE, AND LIVE MINDFULLY!

Peace, Love & Light
Stephanie

Friday, June 14, 2013

Just a few of my favorite things. . .


"Chief Raven"
 Purple Pottery from "The Calico Cat", and "The Journey is the Reward Scroll"

When my animals enjoy time together.

 The love and joy their companionship brings.
 Candle Light

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Walk

Sometimes when going through a separation  or any major life change, music can speak right to your soul.  This particular song seems to be speaking to me, haunting me. "Learning to walk again" about sums up my life at the moment, but without any negative connotations.  

My morning walks with Chief help to clear my head and give me time to listen to my inner voice.  I can honestly say, this has been the most surreal break up I have ever experienced.  There's no anger, malice or fighting, and I feel very at peace with where I am and where I am going.   Additionally, my son seems much  happier and optimistic about his future as well, so I could not be more relieved.    

I"m looking forward to my sisters visit next weekend to show her the new place.  I am going to kick it up a notch this weekend with unpacking and organizing.  I need my organizing and de-cluttering Guru Jennifer and a trip to the container store!

Walk
By:  The Foo Fighters

A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern
I think I lost my way
Getting good at starting over
Every time that I return

I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?

Do you remember the days
We built these paper mountains
And sat and watched them burn
I think I found my place
Can't you feel it growing stronger
Little conquerors

I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?

Now
For the very first time
Don't you pay no mind
Set me free again

To keep alive a moment at a time
But still inside a whisper to a riot
To sacrifice but knowing to survive
The first to climb another state of mind
I'm on my knees, I'm praying for a sign
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I'm on my knees
I never wanna die
I'm dancing on my grave
I'm running through the fire
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna leave
I never say goodbye
Forever, whenever, forever, whenever

I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough
Where do I begin?

I'm learning to walk again
I believe I've waited long enough
I'm learning to talk again
Can't you see I've waited long enough

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/f/foo_fighters/

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Beginnings

The day has finally arrived; I close on the sale of my home today.  The last month has been a turbulent roller coast of reacting, acting, and trying to remain sane in the midst of continual challenges.   I'm so thankful for my Realtor Cristin, she went above and beyond!  I know I could not have sold my house as quick as we did without her.  I feel confident that she will quickly rise to great success in her new field.  

I also could not have gotten through the last month without my son Ian and my dear friend Lilibeth.  I truly believe the Universe sends the people that you need in your life at just the right time.  Her continual support, friendship, companionship and laughter has helped me feel normal when internally I'm in bits and pieces.  

Tonight, I'll celebrate the closing being behind us, and toast the endless possibilities ahead.  

Also, under 100 days to kickoff!  Things are already looking up!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Time

Once again I find myself about to venture into a new chapter of life.  Surprisingly, I've maintained my composure post break -up, and I have been steadily riding out the ripple effects of having to sell my home.   Admittedly, I feel numb, and can't help but wonder if that means all this will  hit me later.  I hope it simply means I've gotten stronger over the years, and have a kick ass survival instinct. 

New beginnings come loaded with opportunities for personal growth and self improvement, and I am focusing on that.  The love I receive from my animals is also a huge comfort, and they have started sleeping with me most nights.  Do you think they know what a mess I am inside?  Ok, so perhaps that's harsh.  I'm not a mess.  Actually I feel very optimistic of the future, and where my life is heading.  I do miss my ex; however I am not holding onto the past, or wallowing, I'm simply moving forward and not looking back.  I feel, for the first time in many years that I am on the right path. 

So, now we wait to move, then close, then ...