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This fall is a season of reflection. I have readers from all over the world so many of you may not be experiencing the same fall weather that I have. I live in New York City and for the past week it has been cool and the sun is in hiding. The leaves have already changed colors and began to fall. Summer is officially over and autumn begins. With the changing of the seasons also comes a time of reflection for me. continue reading

Healthy Habits Every Chica Should Have

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This platform is about living healthy in all aspects of our lives; mind, body, and soul. I like to discuss a variety of topics from healthy foods, natural beauty, and inspiration. Over the years I’ve heard from dozens of women about issues they face when trying to better themselves. I thought I’d share a collection of things that I think are useful for every woman, myself included.

 

1. Start fresh every single day. Leave yesterday where it is and let tomorrow worry about itself. Instead focus on the current day.

2. Try adding a Meatless day to your weekly routine. Eating plenty of leafy greens and fresh veggies is something everyone needs more of. No matter what your dietary habits are try skipping the meat and junk food just for 1 day out of the week.

3. Put away your phone when you’re out with friends or family. This digital age we live in has everyone with their phone practically glued to their hand. Let’s not get all wrapped up in social media and technology that we forget just how important real relationships are.

4. Exercise can be fun and not a time commitment. You don’t have to have a gym membership to get amble exercise. There are DVD’s, dancing, jogging with friends, any psychical activity that gets the heart rate going and keeps you moving.

5. Drink more water. I know this is talked about several times over but unfortunately most people still aren’t drinking enough water. This cannot be said enough! Try drinking a water with or between meals instead of juice or soda.

6. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’, chances are you may lose. Stay in your own lane. The wonderful thing about life is that there are no 2 people alike. This also means no 2 lives a like. Life is a personal journey. Focus on making yours the best IT was meant to be.

7. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach. I talked about this on the blog and in my e-book. Shopping on an empty stomach you’re not thinking clearly and you’ll likely buy things you don’t need and spend more money than intended.

8. Keep healthy snacks at home and work. This will lessen the chances of you reaching for some artificial junk. Out of sight out of mind.

9. Stop beating yourself up. Hey, we all make mistakes; learn from it, grow, heal, and keep moving forward.

10. Consolidate and pay off debt. Less debt means less stress. Life is hard enough without adding a mountain of debt to the equation. Try to get rid of things you don’t need. Live within your means and watch your spending habits.

11. Don’t over do it with the alcohol. It’s ok to have a glass of wine or the occasional mixed drink to celebrate or even relax. But alcohol by no means should be your source to have fun or fix your problems.

12. Make your home a place you want to be. We function better in an inspiring place. Spruce up your living area. This doesn’t require a lot of money but it does require your imagination. Get creative, it gets the juices in your brain flowing and brings positive energy in your life.

13. Listen to your body. Being healthy is all about being in tune with your body’s needs. It will tell you what it needs and what it doesn’t like. The key is are you paying attention.

14. Read labels on food, beauty products, and everything you purchase. I’m a sucker for reading labels. If it’s going anywhere near my body I want to know what’s in the stuff and if it will do more harm than good. Don’t just look at the claims on the box do your due diligence.

15. Floss after every brushing. This one is obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t even think about their oral health. Oral health is just as important as the rest of your body. Take care of that smile!

16. For every 20 minutes you stare at a computer screen (or any LCD screen for that matter) look away for 20 minutes. Too much stimulation from staring at a screen can actually kill brain cells and strain eyes. Step away for a second refocus then come back.

17. Count to 10 when your angry. The bible talks about being slow to anger and not to go to bed with anger. Don’t let things allow you to explode, you might say or do something you’ll regret later.

18. Don’t skimp on sleep. We all need our beauty rest. I know life gets crazy, deadlines, children, etc. but you’re no good to anyone including yourself if you don’t allow your brain and body to rest.

19. Have an attitude of gratitude. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something positive to be thankful for. Just the fact that you are alive to read this is enough to give thanks. Not everyone woke up today.

20. Meditate and pray. Personally I think this is just as important as healthy eating and exercise if not more. Your mental and spiritual health helps guide you through life. You’re not alone. I like to have my daily chat’s with God it keeps me focused and helps me maintain.

 

 

 

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12 Tips to Staying Happy

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1. Drink a glass of water first thing when you wake up in the morning. This will help flush out toxins from your body and get your day of to a fresh start.

 

2. Get up and move! Daily exercise boosts your energy levels, improves your mood, and relieves stress.

 

3. Get some sleep. A proper nights rest will give you more energy for the next day to do the things that make you happy.

 

4. Every morning make a list of 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day. Check them off the list once you’re done. This will leave you feeling good about yourself.

 

5. Work on important tasks for 50 minutes and then take small breaks in between to refocus.

 

6. Reflect and pray. End your day with prayer and meditation. Self evaluation can be positive.

 

7. Read more. Reading increases knowledge which helps you stay motivated and inspired.

 

8. Learn more. Watching tutorials and learning new skills increases your capabilities.

 

9. Brainstorming helps the blood flowing in your brain. Write down any new or inspiring ideas you may have in a journal.

 

10. Be grateful. Express gratitude for all that God has already done in your life.

 

11. Clean the area around you. Too much clutter can bread negativity in your life. Let go of things you don’t need.

 

12. Indulge in your favorite things. Surround yourself with things that motivate you and bring more happiness in your life.

 

 

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How to be an Inspiration

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The word inspiration is defined by something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what you do or create. As a Christian when I think about inspiration my first thought is about Christ. That is my source of inspiration. The price he paid so that our sins can be forgiven is something that makes me want to strive everyday to do and live better. But what about us? Can we also serve as a form of inspiration to others?

Absolutely!

If God is love then we most certainly can share and spread that love. For starters being an inspiration a lot of times is more about your actions than your words. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. How many times have you heard the word hypocrite being thrown around whenever someone’s actions didn’t line up with what they had to say.

If you are a believer in Christ then you are a walking reflection of him.

Share from your own experience. Your personal triumphs can inspire others to take action. I have learned some valuable lessons over the years. The main thing is that the only real security comes from God above. Not people or material goods. The things of this world are only temporary. The purpose of this platform was to share my experiences in the hope of inspiring others. The same goes for you. You may be the only one that can touch someone with your inspiring message. We all have a unique story to tell.

 

Being vulnerable is a big key to sharing your story. I’ve talked to so many people who have lived an incredible life and have great life experiences but don’t want to share them for fear of what other might think. I understand completely what that feels like because I once shared those same fears and anxieties before I started this blog. I was worried and scared about how others might view me. But you know what? I’m glad I decided to go against my fears because in a short amount of time I have been able to inspire others 🙂

Most of all be caring! I talked about sharing the love of God which means having compassion in your heart for those around you.

Let me end this post with some of my favorite inspirational quotes and scriptures.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope- Romans 15:13

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for- Jeremiah 29:11

 

Truly truly, I say to you whoever believes has eternal life- John 6:47

 

If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it change your attitude– Maya Angelou

 

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.- Oprah Winfrey

 

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change- breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place- Susan L. Taylor

 

God bless you all!

 

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