Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This is YOUR journey!

Not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of... It's yours!

There are some things in life that we have absolutely no control over. This is something that I have had to learn the hard way. You may be wondering what I am referring to?! 🤔

We can't control someone else's perception of who we are and we can't change their opinion of what they think our circumstances are. That's okay! 🤗

I say that because to be completely honest... their opinion and their perception of you doesn't matter. You are in control of your own life. You know what you have to deal with on a daily basis. We all have our own way of coping. There is no right or wrong way to cope. Everyone has their own way to deal with things. Just because someone feels they have the "right" to put their two-cents in, doesn't mean you have to listen. They are not in control of your life. This is YOUR journey... not theirs!!! 😁

Some people will jump to conclusions and make immediate assumptions. However, there is one thing you need to remember. That is THEIR problem, not yours. That is something that they need to work on and change. You do not have to change who you are just because they didn't get all the facts. Besides, they don't need to know everything about you or about what's going on in your life, because the truth of the matter is... it's none of their business! 😉

Believe me... I know how difficult it is to ignore those types of people. I struggle to push past it all the time. I have to work hard to keep their negative attitude and thoughts out of my own head. But I want everyone to try to remember. We should never allow someone else to control our thoughts, emotions and peace of mind. If they want to be critical and judgmental... let them. They can do whatever they want. That doesn't mean you have to allow that person into your life, whether it be in person or online. You deserve better than that and so do I. 💞

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sharing my journey!

My journey living with a chronic illness...

I have been living with chronic illnesses for about 10 years now. I can say that I am functioning a lot better now than I was when it first began. That being said, I still struggle at times to do my daily tasks. I am severely disabled, so I am not able to work outside of my home. It's frustrating that I have had to adapt my lifestyle to fit around my illnesses. It can be done, but I have learned that while it's not easy, it is worth it.

My journey began when I was 26, which would put the year roughly around 2007. I won't go into all the major details as I believe I have posted about that before and I don't want to give you repeated content. It took me about 6 and a half years to regain any mobility, as I was partially paralyzed. I was unable to feed, bathe or clothe myself. Going from being 100% dependent, to relying solely on others to help me was a major struggle for me. I was wheelchair bound about 90% of the time. The only time I was not in my wheelchair was when I was beginning my physical and aquatic therapy. That's why it took me those 6+ years to gain even a partial amount of mobility.

Around 2012, I finally had my full motor skills back. Now, I know that I will never be the person I was before I began to suffer with these debilitating illnesses. That's not even a slight possibility. It's something that took me a long time to acknowledge. Now that I have accepted that aspect, I am able to live a more fulfilling life.

I still have my bad days, however, I don't struggle as badly as I once did. I can feed myself now, I can bathe myself again and I am able to walk without even using a walker. It was a lot of excruciating hard work. Determination to get stronger, not just physically but mentally as well is what got me through all of it. I do have to be sure not to over-do things and to pace myself, otherwise I pay for it later. But now that I have been able to accept my limitations, life is a lot better. I take notice and victory in the little accomplishments that I make. So if I am able to take a walk for 30 minutes, I celebrate that even though it's a small victory.

The thing I still struggle with at times is the emotional aspect. It can be emotionally draining when you are having to fight through living with this kind of lifestyle, whether it's one illness or several. Your wants sometimes control your mind. You have to do as much as you can to strengthen your mentality. I do my best but I am human after all and at times I do tend to slip into depression. I have my tiny "pity party", then I remind myself how far I have come, how much I have accomplished and that if I can get through all of those things from my past, I can get through anything.

My advice for anyone living with a debilitating illness. Just do YOUR best. We are all different, so what one person may be able to do, may be hard for another. Never allow another person to tell you what you should or shouldn't be doing. Only you know yourself, inside and out. You are very capable of knowing what your can or cannot do. Of course, you will have times when people think they are "just helping you out", but take what they say with a grain of salt. I say that because you are the only one that knows what you deal with day in and day out. You are the only person that knows what you struggle with every single day. So therefore, you're the only one that knows what and how much you are able to do. Doesn't matter what it is. You know your strengths and weaknesses. The ONLY thing that matters is what you think and what you feel.

If you are struggling and feel overwhelmed... find someone that can relate to what you're dealing with. Now like I said before, no one will ever know EXACTLY what you're dealing with, but they can at least relate to you on some level. Having a support system can help you gain more confidence in yourself, and you may end up helping the other person to gather the strength they need to push forward. You never know where you journey will take you, but as long as you can take one step forward, you're getting farther than you were the day before. Just take it all one moment at a time. It's the best way to celebrate those small victories. All I can do is tell you what has worked for me and hope that it will do the same for others.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I want to help motivate and inspire others that are dealing with difficulties in their life. I hope I was able to do that for you. 💖

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wrap it up!

Hello everyone. I hope you're all having a wonderful day or night. 😊

I wanted to take a quick moment to apologize for my absence and lack of updates on this page. I am going to try to be more consistent with adding new content. I hope you enjoy this latest recipe. 😋

California Club Chicken Wraps

Chipotle Mayonnaise:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped

2 large spinach tortillas
1/2 cup shredded lettuce, or to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Haas avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into chunks

Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, and chipotle chiles together in a bowl.

Cook tortillas in the microwave until warm and pliable, about 30 seconds.

Spread 1 tablespoon chipotle mayonnaise down the center of each tortilla. Spread 1/2 the lettuce, 1/2 the Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 the avocado, 1/2 the bacon, 1/2 the red onion, 1/2 the tomato, and 1/2 the chicken, respectively, in the center of each tortilla. Fold opposing edges of the tortilla to overlap the filling. Roll 1 of the opposing edges around the filling into a wrap.

Prep │ Cook│ Ready In 
15 m   1 m     16 m

Cook's Note:
Also try with chipotle ranch sauce. Substitute 1/2 cup ranch dressing for the mayonnaise to make the chipotle ranch sauce.

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the chipotle mayonnaise ingredients. The actual amount of the mayonnaise consumed will vary.

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Just a short update...

Good morning everyone! 🌞

I know it's been awhile since I have added anything here. I do apologize for my absence. I have had quite a bit going on in my personal life, I'm trying to get everything back into order.

Here's a short update on what's been going on...

I have been trying to work my business more, as well as being more social on my private account. Life has been throwing me some curve balls, especially since the end of last year. I'm working on getting back to normal, so to speak.

If you all could possibly send in some requests about what you would like to see here, whether it's something I usually post or something you haven't seen here yet that you would like me to write about. I have been doing a lot of "homework" on how I can improve my blog, as I love doing this and if I can get better at it, then all the better.

Feel free to message me anytime, I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week. I'll try to get back to posting more content soon!

Thank you for your continued support and sharing this journey with me. 😊

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My Review of Clairol's Root Touch-Up

I received this product via Influenster in exchange for my honest opinion and review after using the product. My only compensation was receiving this product free of charge. Please read my disclosure policy about products reviews.

I received my first VoxBox from Influenster recently. It contained Clairol's Root Touch-Up. Since I don't have any grey hairs, I read that you could use this for defining your eyebrows, so that's what I did.

The product comes in a small compact case that you can carry in your purse, which I absolutely love! And it has a small brush that you use use as well. I took this and lightly shaped and defined my eyes brows. I really loved that it was super easy to apply. It wasn't messy when I was putting it on. The color was a little dark, so I had to use a light powder to lighten it up a bit. I think in the future, if I decide to purchase this product, I will get a shade lighter.

It took less than 5 minutes to apply to both of my eyebrows. It was a lot easier using this to define my eyebrows than using an eyebrow pencil, which is what I normally use to fill in my eyebrows.

I'm not sure if it's good for touching up grey hairs, because like I said before, I don't have any grey hairs so I didn't use it on my hair. I think it would be good to use on the go or if you're in a hurry and can't actually dye your hair. It's definitely a good temporary touch-up tool.

-Effectiveness: I would give 4/5 of the total rating.
-Packaging: I would give 5/5 of the total rating.
-Physical Qualities: I would give a 4/5 of the total rating.

Effectiveness = 4: The color was a bit too dark so I give no points for that. As for the easy application, I give 2 points. It blended well and I love the small compact case it comes in. That's another 2 points.

Packaging = 5: The package comes in a small and compact case. Very easy to put in your purse or makeup bag. Great for taking on the go or if you're traveling. I received the item in great condition when it was packaged and shipped. I give the packaging a total of 5 points!

Physical Qualities = 4: The color looks like eye shadow so it makes it really easy to apply. 2 points for that. You also get a small make-up style brush. It's shaped perfectly to use when filling in your eyebrows. 2 points for that, which gives it a total of 4 points.

Total Rating = 4.5