Friday, January 1, 2021

2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I purposefully made this sign big so I can be big in positivity, happiness, peace, wealth, health, EVERYTHING! 

One thing I've learned is that your life won't change unless you chose to change it. You can't magically get happiness if you're constantly sulking in the negatives. I know how hard it's been wrapped up in a negative mindset and how easy it is to continue to stay there but you cannot expect to have a better life if you live in that state. If you want things to change, you need to change them. If you're tired of going to bed at 3am, change it - put down your phone at 10pm and rest. If you're wanting to have better teeth, floss more. If you want your physical health to improve, exercise. I know, I know - easier said than done. That's ok - baby steps. Today you will go to bed at 2, instead of 3; then at 1, then 12 and so on. Make a plan for yourself and set some goals. You will get there, I promise!

As I've mentioned before in blogs, I never ever believed in goals. I thought it was a waste of time because of how much life changes, that there is really no point in setting a 'goal'. I started writing stuff down that I wanted to get by the end of the year (new shoes over $100, new purse, etc) and by the end of the year, I had everything! I just continued on with this tradition and it makes me really reflect on where I am and where I want to be. Here is my list for 2021:

1. Have good health - mentally, emotionally, physically. There have been a lot of things in 2020 that caused all 3 to be depleted but in 2021, I will come back stronger than ever.

2. Have my wealth increase. I've realized how much I contribute and how much I get back. I know the current situation I'm in doesn't give back as much as I deserve so I hope in 2021, I find new success in wealth. 

3. Get another kitty! I have one cat already but I've been wanting another one for a while. I hope this year a kitten comes my way to stay with me forever!

4. My relationship thrives in happiness and love. I am in love 10000% and I would like that to grow 1000x !! I have never been happier and cannot be thankful enough for the blessing that came my way!

5. Floss more. Let's be real, this should be on everyone's list. I figure if I write it down, I will be more likely to commit to it. 

I hope 2021 is a peaceful and happy year for everyone! I hope that it is 100x better than 2020. I hope every wish and hope you have for this year comes true!




Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020... Goodbye Forever.


This year has been a doozy... I have no words yet all the words. It has gone by so fast yet so slow at the same time. I think this year I can truly say that I was challenged almost the entire year. It breaks my heart to say this but it was one of the hardest years of my life. I think the year started off on the wrong foot and it just kept escalating. The world also entered a pandemic so that somewhat contributed to it. I always go back to my previous years posts and reflect on my goals for the next year. Below are my thoughts:


For 2020:
  • I want to have a more positive outlook on life. Unfortunately, the more I tried this, the deeper I sank into the opposite direction. Misery loves company and I was invited to sulk. I'm not mad about this because the only way you can go after rock bottom is up. I am hopeful for the future. 

  • I want to gain more clarity. This one was given in overload. I have been given clarity in ALL aspects of my life and I do not want anymore. You know the saying 'be careful what you wish for?' Yeah. This.

  • Grow stronger relationships and keep working at them. My current relationship has been amazing and thriving. We have gone through so so so so sooooo much this year and I know he is the one for me through and through. He is my biggest blessing in life!

As the year flies by, I hope to see myself grow and learn. I hope I can get to a happy mindset and continuously feel that way. I hope to be a better person, overall. I definitely did learn and grow A LOT this year. Sometimes the way you can learn and grow is outside of your comfort zone and that was definitely tested for me this year. I have gone through experiences that I never ever would think to go through. I have been taught many lessons and will use those in the future, which makes me grow as a person. I have been shown what I shouldn't be and learned from that tremendously. 

Overall, I would say 2020 was the worst. Not in a depressive way, but just blah. I'm over and done with it and can't wait for a brighter and happier time. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Chicken & Rice - Quick & Easy!


All credit goes to @TheGoldenBalance on Instagram & TikTok - You can find the video here

This recipe is suuuuper easy and suuuper yummy. I think I've already made it like 5 times and I'm not going to stop. I can't believe how flavorful it is and how much it doesn't taste like lemon. Honestly the flavors just beautifully combine and come out so delicious. 

Ingredients:
4 chicken thighs
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 Jalapeño, diced
1 shallot (or half an onion), diced

Seasoning (to your liking):
Chicken Bullion
Lemon Pepper (I used Lawry's)

Finish with:
Lemon juice
Cilantro


Directions:
  1. Put a skillet to heat with some oil. 
  2. Massage your chicken thighs with chicken bullion and lemon pepper to however much your heart desires on both sides. 
  3. Sear the chicken on the pan - skin side down first - until you get a beautiful caramelized coating. Remember to flip sides. 
  4. Take out the chicken and to the same pan, 3add in your diced jalapeño and diced onion to the skillet. Let that cook for a few minutes until softened. 
  5. Add in your washed rice and season with chicken bullion and lemon pepper to your liking. Mix. 
  6. Add in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add the chicken thighs back in and turn down to a simmer. Cover for about 15 minutes. Do not touch them for the whole 15 minutes. 
  8. Finish it off with lemon juice and cilantro. 
There you have it! This recipe is amazing and I will forever and ever cook it! I hope you do too!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This season is just the best for soups! I had read a couple recipes and used a little bit of this and a little bit of that and made my own recipe! This is such a great treat for a cold day. You can also warm it up the next day and enjoy for lunch! I used a fully cooked rotisserie chicken but you can cook your own chicken and add it in. A great idea would be to add some leftover turkey instead of chicken after Thanksgiving and have Turkey Noodle Soup! It sure hits the spot!


Servings: about 4

Time: 30 minutes 


Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 sprigs of thyme
2 sprigs of oregano
2 bay leaves (fresh)
Half of a lemon - halved into two pieces
1 and 1/2 tablespoons flour
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup diced up rotisserie chicken (or any other chicken)
1 cup of pasta (I used Campanelle)
Salt/Pepper to taste


Directions:

1. Put your pasta to cook and boil according to directions on the box.

2. To a soup pot, melt your butter.

3. Add in your chopped carrot, celery, and onion. Let that soften a little bit.

4. While it's cooking, throw in your oregano, thyme, basil, and lemon. I squeezed the lemon and then just threw it in to cook with the veggies. Salt and pepper as needed.

5. After the vegetables have softened, add in your flour and make a roux.

6. After your flour is fully mixed and incorporated, add in your chicken broth, one cup at a time.

7. Once the broth is all in, bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, bring it down to low and cover. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes 

8. After 10 minutes, add in your chopped chicken. You can add more or less, as your heart desires! Simmer another 10 minutes. 

9. Add in your drained pasta and serve!


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Hello November

2020 has definitely been a ... different ... year. Many things have had to be rescheduled, moved, or cancelled. With all the craziness in the world, there are still many things to be grateful for. 

I am truly grateful for my health, more than ever. Hearing about everything going on in the world, my heart goes out to everyone. Please take care of yourself and make your health #1 above all else. All the money, degrees, houses, cars will stay but there is only one of you. Don't take life for granted and live life to the fullest!

This makes me think back to the time when I worked with kids. Every year around this time, we would make a 'Thankful Tree'. We would make the branches out of brown butcher paper and the kiddos would write that they're thankful for on a leaf. Once they're done writing, we would hang up the leaves around the tree branches and keep it up all season. It was one of my memorable and favorite things we did because the things the kids wrote were so random and funny that it warmed my heart. They were so silly that we even got the point where I had to tell them they could not write that they were thankful for their Xbox. (lol!) Below is a template - use it with your kids or in a journal or write a list! They say if you constantly remind yourself of what you're grateful for, you will be happier - and not just happy but truly happier, inside and out. 

Click on each picture to get a bigger version!