Back to Life

This week APS is on Winter Break and for the first time this year I feel relaxed and returning back to my true self. Balancing full time teaching along with getting my Ed.D AND trying to maintain relationships and health has been trying to say the least. IMG_6227

However, this week I made it a point to schedule social outings every night of the week, and kept my days free to rest, clean, cook, meditate, etc..

I’m realizing once again why I love Atlanta–its the people and opportunity for new experiences/connections. And if all that isn’t enough, the airport is right there to take you somewhere else!

The timing of this Winter Break came perfectly. I’m recharging, finding myself again, and ready to move forward through 2019–the best, most abundant year yet:)

A Year Without Makeup!!

Last Nov/Dec, I decided to go a year without makeup. I actually never wore much to begin with….at most some eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara when going out on weekends or for a special occasion. But I wanted to try a year without any sort of “cover up” or “embellishment” of my features.

Today is December 25th, and I’ve done it! Gone all 2018 without anything on my face other than the occasional sunscreen, lotion/moisturizer, or chapstick.

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Food and Health

Since starting my doctoral program four weeks ago, I’ve been reading and writing more than ever. One of my goals is to become a better writer and I plan to use this blog as my platform for practice. So expect more blog posts to come!!

Today I’m writing about my journey with food and health.

Up until my senior year of college, I ate whatever I felt like and didn’t think about food in relation to my health..

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A Moment of Gratitude

I want to take a minute and just say how grateful I am for everything in my life, particularly the people in it. grate

To my family: Thank you for ALWAYS being there since day 1. Life is only possible and purposeful because of you.

To my friends: A lot of you fall in this category:) Thank you for the memories, laughs, experiences, support, adventures, and never ending fun. Even those of you I have only met once or hardly ever see, I appreciate our relationship and hope we stay connected for years to come.

To my mentors: There are a handful of you who have helped me grow in ways I never thought possible, and I am so grateful to have been under your guidance and leadership.

To my coworkers: Some things only certain people will understand, and the daily interactions and hours we spend together are unforgettable and cherished.

To my students: Thanks for keeping life full of excitement. There is a never a dull moment, and you all have taught me exponentially more than I could teach you.

And to everyone else in my past, present, or future: Thank YOU all for making every day worth living. Your stories and our connection are no accident, and I know the universe brings all the right people together at the right time for the right reason.

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I hope everyone reading this right now takes a moment to reflect on who they are grateful for and why. The people in our lives are truly the best, and what would any day be without them?? Let’s promise ourselves to keep connecting with individuals and never taking an encounter (no matter how small or short-lived!) for granted. 🙂 

Here’s to the year of loving more

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (my favorite holiday!) tomorrow, I dedicate this year to Love.

Not only Friendship love, Romantic love, Family love… let this year be the year we love a little harder ALL those individuals who bless us daily. From our co-workers, to the store clerk, to the barista, our friends’ friends, our neighbors, the bus driver,.. even those people we have never officially met before and especially those people we are too busy to remember (YES that means YOURSELF too!)–love them all a little more. love

Love is the common denominator to everything good in life. Love makes the world go ’round. The power of love is a force so strong, that we live and die for it. We can feel it’s energy through walls, across oceans and skies.

Don’t underestimate the power of the three simple words, “I love you”. Say it more often, to more people, and do not forget to include yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Here’s to the year of loving more.

Here’s to 2018!

2018 is right around the corner, and I wanted to create a list to hold myself accountable.

  1. Travel to New Places. At least two new international locations and two new domestic. 2017 was a bit of a transition period for me, and I did not get to have as many of the travel experiences as I normally do due to time and budgeting priorities. 2018 is different because I know my schedule and financial situation:) Let me know if you want to travel or would like a visitor!
  2. Learn Spanish. This sort of goes along with the international travel piece above. I took 3 years of Spanish in high school, but have since lost practice and forgotten a lot of it. I want to improve in my conversational Spanish and use it in my travels. Anyone want to practice with me or be my language partner?  2018
  3. Say Yes. After listening to a podcast on Shona Rhimes’ “Year of Yes”, I am inspired to say yes to even more opportunities and experiences this year. More parties, events, travel, experiences. So if you ever need a companion or know of fun opportunities, invite me!
  4. No Makeup. I’m not someone who wears much if any makeup to begin with, and I would like to continue this in 2018. This means not wearing any ever (not for special occasions, going out etc). Don’t think this should be too hard since I already have gone 4 months or so. Plus it helps me focus on eating and living healthy, which I believe is the key to “glowing” (better than any make up could ever do!) Note: please don’t take this to mean I am anti-makeup…you do whatever makes you feel your best!!
  5. Be Impeccable With My Word. This comes from Don Miguel Ruiz’ “The Four Agreements”, and I believe will be the most challenging. Ruiz writes that being impeccable means to use your word ” in the direction of truth and love” and to “clean the emotional poison that lies within you”. Speak with integrity and speak only what you mean. Express what you really want. Communicate truthfully. Don’t say yes if you really mean no. Don’t gossip just to fit in. Live with integrity. Don’t say you’re going to exercise or eat healthy or save money, and then turn around and do the opposite.

Alright..this list of 5 is a good start for me. What do you plan on doing or changing in the year 2018? 

Hope you have a great last day of 2017, and cheers to the new year!!