30 days & counting

1st month into the new year and I’m killing it.

oh, 1st month into MY year…I base my years off my actual birthday because clearly someone forgot to tell 10 year old me that the world doesn’t revolve around her.

Year 24/2016 was rough for me. Just a few low lights, I constantly felt trapped throughout that year. I wasn’t a fan of my job or my lifestyle.  I made some lazy decisions and I didn’t listen to my body. I felt clouded and tried to escape by focusing only on other people. At the time the relationship I was in made me feel needed but to a draining degree. I felt like I any thoughts about myself were selfish when I had the opportunity to help my S.O but what I realized is 1. you should be in a relationship where you feel that your S.Os happiness is only stemmed from you and 2. that I needed to work on me much more than i thought before I could share myself with anyone else. In that year I also was immobile due to an accident for quite some time which launched me into a series of low points of the year.

So before in my end of the year reflections I decided to let go of everything in 24 that had been a burden. Job problems-resigned, Relationship issues-broke it off, Lifestyle/over healthy living- went back to working out & being more aware of my eating habits. And now a month later, I am feeling so light and free (and not just because I’ve lost a few pounds either) mentally I am more driven and focused.

I don’t think this is a temporary high either, I feel like I have really placed some great building blocks for a more improved version of myself.  30 days in and I’m very pleased with my progress!!

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OMG my BFF Jill!

I heard a quote some where–okay who am I kidding I read this on pinterest and I liked it and then it was on Master Of None in season 2 ( netflix-watch it, its great) I did try to find the original author but there is none…..any way

Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some a lifetime. However long it was be thankful for the gifts your received from them.

I am blessed with the personality characterized as extroverted (extreme extroverted in some cases). Simplified this means I recharge/energize better in the presence of others versus alone. . This trait has allowed me to get to know a various amounts of different people, I find it easy to talk to people and I absolutely love to connect with people from different backgrounds. I tremendously enjoy getting to know peoples life stories, where they are from, what has shaped them and who has shaped them. I also enjoy telling people about my story as well.

I have had people in my life for a reason, a season and some I hope a lifetime. I have connected on many levels with these people and it has been wonderful. I loved this quote because  it really help me focus on the close friends I had once upon a time and it helped me see that what we went through and growing apart is OK. It’s not a fault on anyone’s side its not something to be mad at if you grow apart, it’s just life and they were in my life for a time and it was good and it’s still good without…it’s good to see them on their own making their own accomplishments and I couldn’t be more proud!

It’s national best friends day today so cheers to all the friends and people in my life for whatever reason you were there, and whatever season you stopped by for and for the ones where you will never be able to get rid of me. Thank you for all you have done for me and I hope I was to impact you like you impacted me.

 

P.S If you want the inspirational poem part of it go here http://www.robinsweb.com/inspiration/reason_season.html

 

Only A Quarter Full

May 14

 

Recently I celebrated my 25th birthday and boy oh boy it was magical. For those who don’t know me, I don’t make New Years resolutions on January 1st, I really like to set my goals on my true new year, aka my birthday. I spend the weeks leading up to my birthday reflecting on the year before and seeing how I want this next year to go. I look at my past failures and accomplishments and really reflect on why I failed, what I can do differently and personally congratulating myself on my accomplishments.  I personally love this process of reflection, I use this time to also find my year “theme.” The theme for this next year is Only A Quarter Full. I was trying to play off of being a quarter of a century but this also represents so much more. I am literally only a quarter through life, I have so much more room to grow! It’s a reminder to let more positive in and leave the negative out. It’s a reminder of the greater things out there for my journey. It’s a reminder that I have the privilege to grow more in every relationship I have.

For those who have been there for me this past “quarter”

Thank you.

 

Absolutely Nothing

i woke up one morning.

i inhaled and exhaled.

in that moment i knew.

A peace so calm rushed over me and i knew it was gone.  ‘it’ is the stress I allowed in my body over things that don’t matter. There are people who have wronged me in my life. Some have apologized and we have moved on, some just chose to pretend I didn’t exist for years. Even though I was over the incidents , I still let the agitation slowly inch its way into my brain creating unnecessary stress that creeped into my heart. I knew I was fine without these people and their drama in my life, but something was still gripping hard on my heart. I wish I could remember what triggered the calmness but I just woke up one morning and I felt nothing. Absolutely nothing and it was glorious. its been a couple months since then and I have never felt so relieved. i feel more appreciative of the relationships I have in my life, the people I have surrounded . For those who got me, I don’t even think twice about what would happen if we met again. I’m finally in a place of peace.

The Most Caring Heart

In 2010 my dad started a program that would soon be the most fulfilling purpose of his life. After going to back to his birth country Kenya and seeing the devastation brought upon families and children who couldn’t afford to go to school, he began a nonprofit organization that sponsored children to go to school.

I truly believe everything he had done in his life, his speaking, his writing, his own personal struggle lead up to this organization he began. Tonight we celebrated 7 years of his relentlessness dedication to his cause. Tonight we celebrated 7 years of children with miraculous stories and accomplishments with the help of donors. Hosted at the Riverside Hotel hundreds of people bought tables and bought THOUSANDS of dollars worth of auctioned items.  It was so amazing to see the stories of how just a little bit of money went SO far in these children’s lives. It was amazing to see people so willing and eager to donate because not only did they believe in the cause, they believe in the man running it. My father is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. People are willing to donate $50,000 to a man’s organization knowing it will be used appropriately and help those it was intended to help.

He is trustworthy, dedicated, kind, loving and overall the best man I know. I am consistently in awe of his accomplishments and I am so very proud to be his daughter.

If you are interested in donating please click below!

 

LEARN MORE HERE    below are links written about Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope

http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/religion/article74986252.html

http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/tim…/article95452462.html

http://www.idahopress.com/members/a-community-united-group-wants-to-wipe-out-kenyan-poverty/article_9e160afe-0e0e-11e3-a262-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Happy Fathers Day

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”-Jim Valvano

Today is National Fathers Day.

Today is a special day and a very fitting way to kick off my blog 🙂

This man next to me in the car is my Father, Vincent. He is my inspiration and personal role model. Ever since I was little he has been my number fan and believed in me even when I couldn’t. He opened doors for me to grow and learn and become the woman I am today. Any dream I had, he made me feel there was nothing that could stop me from getting there.

He provided me with structure and guidance but still taught me how to be creative and dream big.

I like to think I’m his favorite daughter (there are 3 of us), but he has enough love to go around for all of us.

FullSizeRender (1) There is a never a time he can’t make me smile or laugh. He is the reason for my sense of humor and most of my smiles.

So on this special day, I just want to say thanks dad. Thank you for being my blessing.