"The very pink of perfection" - Oliver Goldsmith
We all know that the color pink makes the world go round... along with a spoon full of sugar, of course.
Here are some of my favorite pretty and pink places:
The Graduate Hotel lobby, Oxford, MS.
Peggy Porschen, London, Enland
Brennan's, New Orleans, LA
The Mills House | Wyndham Grand Hotel, Charleston, SC
Sketch Lounge, London, England
I am can be the most important two words we that we use and that comes out of our mouths.
What follows those two little words can lead to either our success or our own demise.
I've said before that our words have power, they have true significance and have a specific frequency.
I know some times we get carried away and we say: "I am stupid today" or "I am kinda ugly looking today" even, "I am poor, I have no money today."
All of these sayings are negative statements about yourself that you are sending out. What you speak has meaning and your words will hold yourself accountable to them even if you aren't aware.
We all need to take a step back and truly think before we speak, especially when we start to talk about ourselves. We have to replace the negative statements with positive fortifying ones.
I am smart.
I am successful.
I am the money I need to take care of my necessities and with extra.
I am beautiful/handsome.
I am kind.
I am full of love and I am love.
I am perfection at its greatest form because of you created me.
I am myself.
If we say these little mantras to ourselves even when we're having a questionable day our day literally changes for the better.
Don't believe me?
Test it out for yourself, just make sure your voice is full of conviction.
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” - David Mitchell
Traveling is something not many can do, but something a lot of people would love to do. Traveling across the world you get to explore not only a sense of those out there and different cultures but you see things about life more clearly.
I love traveling. Being in school I haven't had the opportunity to travel, I never studied abroad even though I would have loved to.. but that's okay, because I know I have plenty of time to still see and travel the world.
Here's my list of places I would love to travel to and some I'd love to see again:
For the past few days I've been getting random texts, calls, snaps from people who have been far in my past.
I woke up today thinking how weird is it that more than one person is resurrecting and coming back to life as if it's for closer... or something to that sort.
When the first person who was from my past reached out, it didn't bother me, because I did in fact need closure from that relationship as a way to finally let things go and move past them. But since that day, I've been getting a lot more of these random texts from random people I would have never thought I'd hear from again.
When people come into your life it's for a certain purpose. They're meant to teach or show you something about yourself that you didn't know you had. Or maybe they aren't for your learning benefit but you are for theirs. When those same people leave it means their time with you was done, you learned/discovered what you needed to learn and you helped them learn/discover something about themselves.
So, why do they come back?
I'm no genius or guru, but from what I've read people coming back from the past means they have something left that's been untold. Its more like a make peace with reality so you can finally move forward and not think everyone is the same way, kinda thing.
Last night around midnight I got this random text from someone, (I didn't have the persons name in contact because why keep people stored in your phone without a purpose?)
Side note: Do yourself a favor get rid of all the unnecessary contacts in your phone! Purge out the waste and the uselessness out of your life! You'll feel better. My motto, if I haven't talked to you within the time span of 1-3 months I don't need your number anymore.
Back to last night before I got off on my little tangent. This random person texted me asking why I've said something to someone about him. Okay, here's my little rant.
1. Don't ignore people.
If you don't like someone or just want to be friends with someone, be straight forward. This is kindergarten, you have words and you can use those words to speak. I know they say the ignorance is bliss and blah blah blah, but not when you just drop off the face of the Earth and come back 5 months later.
2. When someone you think or consider is a friend and they ask, more like insist on knowing about said person because they're so messed up in the head from past relationships and don't want to make a mistake, you simply give your opinion to that friend of said person. It's not being mean, it's being honest and truthful. Especially if that's how you felt about that person at that time. You don't have to go into elaborate detail just short sweet and to the point.
To the person who texted me last night, I know you may want to seem all bad and tough, but if you haven't talked to someone in months, don't start by asking "why did you say this about me, and I want to clear the air." That means A. you have a guilty conscious of some sort and B. you're just childish. Leave it alone because that just makes you look somewhat weak.
My point is this,
When someone from your past comes back to light evaluate why they are coming back, is it for your benefit did you need some type of closer or reassurance or is it for their benefit. Don't think too much into it, just let it be after they text and come back.
Since Saturday I've been taking care of a stray cat. He is the most gentle, loving and gracious soul. His owner just dropped him off at the condo and went on their marry way.
Seeing this poor kitten outside my front door since Saturday breaks my heart for it knowing how hot it is outside. I know, you're probably thinking, "if you feel bad for it, bring it inside." Yes, I could do that except I'm kinda allergic to cats and I have two puppies... plus I don't know if this cat has any infections or rabbis and I don't want to put my two fur-babies in danger.
Every time I go outside to change it water and feed him I just think to myself how must this little thing feel. I know the water I give him, the food I bring him, the pillow I let him sleep on and the toys I've bought him are simply not enough...
It left me thinking, why do people put themselves and their interest before a sweet innocent pet.
Cats take care of themselves it's not like they require as much time and attention as a dog would. Why would someone leave something so precious just out on the street with no remorse, no feelings and no concern for it? You'd have to be extremely cold-hearted to do so and not even blink twice.
Think about it deeper, we think that animals have no feelings or emotions, but they do.
A cow senses when it's about to get slaughtered, a dog feels when he's getting abandoned. If we can't take care of something, then we all need to think before we embark on getting an pet out of a whim.
Animals bring such joy into your lives. Being able to not only give love but receive their love is one of the purest kinds there is.
But I'm not just talking about putting love into animals. Put love into every action you take, every move you make, with love you can achieve anything. Conquering ones goals and ambitions means nothing if you font have love from within yourself to do it.
We mostly, usually give great advice to others and to our friends about anything and everything love, relationship, life in general... but when it comes to us listening to our own advice we just can't do it.
Why is that?
Is it because it's easier to give a hypothetical answer than to actual take that answer literally and use it in our daily lives?
We give great advice, we need to learn how to not only give advice but take our advance because it will save us a lot pf pain and headaches at the end.
Night: darkness, sadness, turmoil, stress, anguish, disappointment, failure can only last so long until the Sun: bringing back joy, happiness, abundance, laughter, success, good time, prosperity rises again.
We all fall into dark times. It's normal and it's common.
Nothing is perfect and I'm sorry to tell you, if you think your life is perfection and everything is going your way, I'm happy for you, but remember nothing lasts forever and every dog has it's day. Enjoy while things are going great for you, but always be thankful with a gracious heart of humility and love remembering that there are others who have it much worse. Never think to yourself that you are invisible and everything you have going for you will last forever.
When bad times meets up with us, sometimes we have no way of understanding or cooping with the pressure of our situation. We begin to dwell on the negatives sinking us deeper in a trap. I know because I've lived it a few times. It's hard when everything is going great and with a blink of an eye things just happen out of no where.
We have to remember that life is a game and we are just merely players trying to win life. It's funny because the game LIFE was my absolute favorite game as a little girl, the choices you had to make right when you start playing the game leads you to your chosen path and along the way bumps happen and you just have to deal, wait your turn and move on hopping that the next card you get is a game changer and a much better card.
Everything happens for a specific reason. It's all a bunch of tests, testing you on your inner strength and willpower. Nothing last an eternity this isn't Tuck Everlasting and theres no fountain of youth. If you're facing a dilemma just know that it may be dark right now but just as the moon comes and goes so does the sun. It's important to always have a positive mental outlook no matter what.
You are strong.
You are tough. Y
ou can over come any situtation because night can only last so long before the sun rises again, bringing you more beautiful days.
Plus... the day after a storm, or a tornado or even a hurricane is the most beautiful day because you can appreciate the little things and the sky is always so blue.
What has this world come to that we fight and kill innocent individuals based one something we don't see to be true or believe in.
Has this world really become this disconnected to whats important and what matters?
Love is should be equal.
Love is equal.
We are all people and we deserve love no matter who we are, what we like and the color of our skin.
Who are we to judge and discriminate love when we are all looking for love and to be loved in love in our own way.
What happened Saturday night in Orlando, FL was a complete travesty. 50 innocent individuals and families lives destroyed because someone couldn't handle and accept people being human beings living the life they are free to live.
This world needs to change. It needs to become a more loving and an accepting place. If something or someone isn't affecting you directly, leave it alone and let them be. Let them do their thing and you go about yours.
Peace & Love people. Peace & Love.
Today's post is going to be supper short, and straight to the point.
Staying loyal does't mean to just people and relationships... even though it's very, extremely important to stay loyal to those types of friendships and relationship.
What I mean is going deeper into staying loyal as to your dreams, hopes and wishes.
Having dreams and goals means NOTHING if you don't stay and remain loyal to it.
Don't give up on yourself. Prove to yourself you can remain loyal to yourself and you'll also see that you can remain loyal to your friends and relationships.
Whether you believe it or not, they both go indirectly with one another.
Just think about it, the first person to have to be loyal to before you can be loyal to anyone is you.
besides your family, friends are extremely important. They can make or break you. Like the saying goes, "you are who you surround yourself with."
Friendship to me has always been extremely easy since I consider myself an open (for the most part) person, very friendly and engaging.
I just never realized the friends you have could ultimately make or break you. This doesn’t just apply to college, this applies to everything in your life, especially who you surround yourself with in high school.
We are all so vulnerable and want to fit in and feel as though we are a part of something better and bigger than ourselves that we don’t necessarily see the people around us. You have to take a step back and evaluate if the people, “friends” you are around... are they on your level or slightly above you?
Never associate or surround yourself with friends who take more than what they give. Once they take as much as they want from you they will leave you standing alone. There are people who will be your friends just to get something out of you and use you to their advantage. Never give your all to your friends at first. They have to earn your trust and you have to see what their motives are... if they are pure or not.
There's too many wolves dressed as sheep out there, so choose wisely.
Mandala's are not only beautful and can be whatever color or pattern you choose of but they also have a higher more majestical meaning.
A mandala is both a spiritual and ritual symbol in the Indian culture.
Some say they are microcosm representations of the Universe with their patterns. Mandala's have now become a generic term for a diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.
Just a simplistic thought or design can change a diagram with no meaning into a diagram with supper meaning and importance.
A lot of yogi's use Mandala's like this as something they look at or have next to when they meditate. It helps you go deeper in your meditation along with your breathing. Just by looking and going deep into the diagram being entranced with it you can start to let go and relax that much quicker.
Go crazy! Make a flower Mandala or one out of candies whatever your heart desires.
I want to to hear all about your experience using Mandalas, comment or below and let me know!
10 years ago almost to this day, I was living the dream any 15 year old girl would dream of.
I'm Cuban, so in our Spanish culture we have a Sweet 15, a Quinceanera. For my 15th birthday I had the option of having a party only lasting one night or being able to take a few trips and shopping.
Clearly at a young age I had my head on straight because I choose the trips and shopping spree route.
I was extremely blessed to have had an amazing 15th birthday and to be able to go to Europe with my best friend along with my grandparents. I was extremely fortunate at a young age to have parents who were successful and selfless enough to provide me with a memory that would last me years to come.
My best friend Melody and I were just two young girls dreaming about how the real world was like wanting to move ahead in time, not living in the moment but wanting more of life. Its funny because our only concern that whole trip was to go shopping and our "boyfriends" back in the U.S. who both turned out to be pieces of crap... I may add. I remember we'd spent countless of hours, and hundreds of dollars calling our friends back home and ordering endless amounts of room service in Barcelona.
Its like we had this trip of a lifetime but we were so focused on your lives back home that we couldn't take a second to just enjoy where we were. I'd give anything to redo that trip and go back with a different mindset.
It's amazing how time really flies by and with time your whole persona and attitude towards life and things in general changes. When I was 15 I was truly wished I was 25. Now at 25 I truly wish I was 15... to go back in time and just take each moment and cherish them with my whole heart. To be able to go back in time and relieve the experience and be completely filled with gratitude would be something I'd love to go back and do. To be in that moment in Paris and Nice with my grandparents and be grateful for the love I felt for them at that time before everything changed.
It's true when they say "when you're given things so easily in life you don't appreciate them."
Looking back 10 years and comparing life then to now it's done a complete 180. Nothing is the same. Family, friendships, who I was, who I am. It makes you really evaluate what times does to things and people.
From today forward I suggest you live in the moment. Take it all in, whether it's a good thing or a terrible experience. Embrace it, because you too will look back and wish that you could have even lived in that moment more or felt more at that time.
Being fearless means you have your faith in a higher power, Father God for instance, or any other deity you consider yourself one with. They could be angels or other Saints, whatever religion you follow.
To have faith means you're fearless...
You're fearless when you have faith...
The Universe puts you through a series of tests for different reasons. Some reasons can be to show you your strength or to bring you closer in your faith. Our faith gets tested when we as individuals get tested and put on the fire.
I've been put through a series of different test in the short amount of time I've been alive that has made me question my faith and where I truly belong. Whether it was a test for my education or my own family and friends. Each of these test and obstacles I had to undergo and pass tested my ability to not only show my faith but how fearless I was was. Was I going to be a coward and hide when the times got harder or was I going to exile break away from the chains that bounded me at that time.
Several days, weeks... months even passed by and I was so unhappy with the way things were turning out that I lost sight of who I was. I knew that only way to get out or feel better was to get closer in my faith.
Faith moves mountains.
It give you hope and courage when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Don't turn your back on yourself when the time gets to be hard, face it head first with strength, courage and perseverance.
Always remember, we are nothing without faith.
"IT'S NOT A DIET, IT'S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE, A NEW WAY OF LIFE" -NMB
Who ever said eating healthy was not delicious, boring, fun and for the birds was incredibly wrong.
I love being healthy and eating as clean as I possibly can. But don't let me fool you, I still have plenty of regular non clean meals, I just try to stay as healthy and clean as possible.
At first it was a first world struggle for me, I mean a massive struggle, you couldn't get me to drink a kale green smoothie without me plugging my noise, now I can't live without it. The more raw, the better. I started this "clean" journey off and one since I was around 17, now I'm 25... if only I actually did it for eight years straight I'd probably be and look like a health nut. But it's never to late to start again right?
One of my favorite healthy food to eat is a smoothie bowl, like the picture on the left and right above. They're incredibly delicious and honestly quite simple to make. All you need is just a little time in the morning to prep and make it and honestly it shouldn't take you anymore than 10 minutes and that's really pushing it.
Being vegan and completely healthy isn't something you embark on today and by tomorrow you're already tired of it. It's a lifestyle.
Like anything else in life, it's a choice you need to make if you want to live a more healthy fulling life instead of eating yourself to death. Literally.
Just because you choose to be vegan doesn't mean you have to completely cut out sweets, some of my favorite deserts are vegan cheesecake you just have to alter your ingredients thats all, use more natural products like coconut oil and coconut cream than actual cream cheese. And honestly, coconut cream is utterly delicious, oh my goodness you have tasted heaven until you've had a vegan raspberry pistachio cheesecake. Yum, My mouth is literally watering thinking about it.
If you want to make a simple, but delicious smoothie bowl this is what you need:
-Fruit (literally any fruit you choose but stick to just one fruit in your smoothie for now)
-Greek yogurt (plain)
-Coconut milk or Almond milk (based on your preference and just a small amount)
-Ice cube (lots of ice cubes.)
Blend all these ingrediants together, don't put too much liquid because you want the smoothie to be a somewhat of a thick constancy. Place in a nice size bowl where you still have room for your toppings.
-Fruit more than one type of your choosing ( I like strawberry, raspberry, blueberries, kiwi, black berries, watermelon, pineapple, mango)
-Shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, you preference)
-Granola (something plain)
-Nuts of your choosing (pistachio, almonds, walnuts, cashews)
Let me know how you like it if you tried it!