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Well, well, well…

Whoa there! It’s been a looooooong time since we spoke last. No matter, I’ve made it my new year’s resolution to keep in touch more often. A lot has been happening lately so I decided to give you the lowdown the best way [my favorite] I know how: making lists. So without further adue here are my recent updates:

  1. Got transferred at work to a marketing position [not my favorite :(]
  2. Only 3 semesters left before I graduate law-school
  3. We adopted 2 stray dogs [story and pics to follow]
  4. The mr. and I are welcoming a mr/ms to the family! [we don’t know the sex of the baby yet, hopefully we find out next week :)]

Since this post is just a “preview” of what’s going on in my life, I decided to keep it short and sweet. [Don’t worry, some more are coming soon ;)]

PS. Happy [belated] New Year! and happy anniversary to me and all those who’ve been reading my posts! You are very kind and appreciated  [enjoy the below funny pic]

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www…staying creative [and cheering up when feeling blue]

I have a piece of paper in my office that lists 29 ways to stay creative [don’t ask how I got it ’cause I can barely remember anything these days]. I had forgotten I had it pinned [actually pinned not on Pinterest] on my inspiration board and yesterday I discovered it yet again, so I’ll be sharing it with you guys and hopefully you’ll try some of the things in the list. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a feature for your blog out of this. Here we go:

1. Make lists [I love me some list-making!]

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2.Carry a notebook everywhere [you’ll never know when you’ll be inspired]

notebook

3. Sketch

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4.Get away from the computer [we all need this sometime]

computer

5.Quit beating yourself up [I need to do this]

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6.Take breaks

It's Time For a Break

7.Sing in the shower [trust me, the water makes you sound like a pro]

sing in the shower

8. Be open

9.Drink coffee [you ain’t got to tell me twice]

coffee

10.Get feedback

11. Listen to new music

new music

12. Surround yourself with creative people [the blog community is great for this]

13. Practice, practice, practice

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14. Don’t give up [even when the chips are down]

15. Allow yourself to make mistakes [we’re not perfect after all]

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16. Collaborate [exchanging ideas is very inspiring]

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17. Take risks

18. Get lots of rest [not as easy sometimes but necessary]

rest

19. Go somewhere new [the mr. and I decided yesterday that our next trip will be Grece!!]

greece

20. Count your blessings [we’re all very lucky]

21. Dance [I have a confession, I sneak into the bathroom to have dance-breaks]

Dance-with-me

22. Don’t force it [things just don’t work out that way]

23. Break the rules [every now and then]

breaking rules

24. Read a book [or 13 in my case]

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25. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect [you are just fine the way you are]

26. Write down your ideas [please refer to no.2]

Writing-Down-Ideas

27. Clean your work space [or forever have allergies]

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28. Finish something [starting a project is always exciting, finishing it is rewarding]

29. HAVE FUN!

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**None of these images belong to me**

 

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2013 resolutions

Well it’s that time again folks! The time when everyone and their mother write down on paper [or on their minds] their new year’s resolutions. I know most people do that before the year ends, but I think that writing them at the beginning of the year is a bit more balanced. I like the start of the new year because it’s a chance for do-overs, a chance to start fresh and approach new things that you didn’t get to do before. I’ve done many resolutions over the years and I’ve come to find that they’re not easily kept when they’re not in plain view. This year I’m trying something new, I have this inspiration board at work [where I spend a lot of time] so instead of doing a boring list [meh] I will do a collage of my year’s resolutions. I will pin [or paste] a little red dot on the things I accomplish as the year progresses so at the end of the year I will see clearly all the things on my list that I actually followed through with.

Before I start dishing out my list I will share 3 tips I’ve learned that help you make and keep your new year’s resolutions. Ya’ll know I love making lists so here it goes:

  1. Be specific– instead of writing “lose weight” try “lose 20 pounds by April 21”. It is much easier to achieve something concrete instead of a vague concept, plus you have a deadline that serves as motivation
  2. Be simple– we all get excited when the new year comes and we want to do it all, sometimes making our resolution lists too long. I say start with 5 things you definitely want to do and go from there. It’s easier to accomplish 5 goals every year than write down 20 and accomplish zero.
  3. Have fun [and room for change]– yes we want to improve ourselves and our lives but we mustn’t forget to have fun along the way. Keep in mind that sometimes we are not able to do what we want when we want, but we can modify and adapt. Maybe you complete your list, maybe you do more that your list or maybe you don’t complete it at all, what matters is to enjoy the ride [and take pictures].

Now for my resolutions [they’re more than 5 but I think I can do this]:

  1. Build a $1,000.00 emergency fund
  2. Lose 25 pounds by June 25 2013
  3. Do a budget meeting with the mr. every month to plan out the next month’s expenses.
  4. Go skydiving on April for our anniversary [this.will.be.scary]
  5. Pay-off our last credit card by February 10
  6. Exercise on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  7. Run the 5k Color Run on March
  8. Read all the textbook material assigned in law school
  9. Remodel our spare bedroom into a home office/lounge area by May [I’m very excited about this one]
  10. Go on a vacation trip to either California, Costa Rica or Canada [they all start with a C curiously…] in December

There you have them, a few new, a few a long time coming but all pretty exciting [at least to me anyway]. Have you done your resolutions yet?

PS. Inspiration board is under construction so no pic for now 😦  instead here’s a funny one

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{via Google images}

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Tying lose ends

I know…I’ve been a bad blogger 😦  But I promise to make it up [I’m catching up on reading]. The thing is that I have been tying lose ends before new year’s eve and I want to make sure that I start 2013 on the right foot. Classes are officially over [AT LAST!] and Christmas is around the corner which means planning, planning and more planning. So I’ve been making lists [you know I love these] to organize the house, the fridge, our room, the mail, the finances…everything. It’s going really well and I feel like I’m taking control of my life. I get very excited to organize and plan out the things I need to do, and I feel productive when I accomplish what I set out to do.

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It’s important to reflect on this past year as the new year comes. To think about all the good, the bad and the not so pretty that happened. To remember that everyday is a lesson and tomorrow a new chance to make a change. Tomorrow [and today ‘cause it’s only 10:00 am] is a new opportunity to start or finish all those projects that you had in mind [especially those 2012 resolutions that we didn’t get to do] and to revisit those lists that you made of things you wanted to do but didn’t. In my case, tying lose ends is a very important resolution that I’m doing even though 2013 hasn’t started yet. I want to sort out pending appointments, bills or any other situations that may cause worry or stress so that I can later concentrate on the good. I sorted our mail and organized our personal files and I’m already feeling good. After my list is completely checked off I will have time to go to the SPA, exercise [I really need to do this now!], read a book or just simply relax with the mr. and won’t have to worry about pending stuff.

My 2013 resolutions [posting them soon] will be concrete, short-term, achievable goals so at the end of next year I will look back happy with myself for completing them. And even though I may not get to do them all, the important thing is to keep trying, to keep improving and to keep moving forward towards your goals. Do you have your list ready?

 

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including mine {via}

PS. I’m still on the vegetarian wagon and it’s going good J [pics and recipes on the next post]

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vegetarian endeavors

Today is day 4 of my vegetarian change and it’s surprisingly fine. It’s not been easy as pie [which really isn’t that easy to make if you’re doing it from scratch] but it hasn’t been really challenging either. I was delighted to see that my beloved Pinterest had many, many vegetarian recipes, boards and ideas on meals. So I created a new pin board [follow me here] with vegetarian dishes for me to try. On Monday I had a BBQ, cheddar and onion sandwich for dinner, I have no pics of the one I made but here’s a pic of the one from the recipe.

click here for the recipe
click here for the recipe

It was delicious and filling and had two of my favorite things: bread and cheese. On Tuesday I did some roasted tomato soup with cauliflower “breadsticks” and had the same for lunch the next day. Of the tomato soup I have no pictures but I do have some of how my breadsticks turned out.

Here’s the pic from the recipe:

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Here are my “breadsticks”:

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Not too shabby right? I did make some changes on my breadsticks though, I added some Bisquick to make them more like biscuits and so they didn’t fall apart. If you want the original recipe click here, but if mine are more appealing to you [I hope they are] here’s my take on cauliflower “breadsticks”:

1 cup of cooked and cooled cauliflower

1 ½ cups cheddar cheese [shredded]

1 ¼ cup of Bisquick [or you can use regular all-purpose flour]

1 tsp oregano [fresh or dried]

1 egg [beaten]

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp garlic salt

In a bowl break up the cooked cauliflower as much as you can with a fork. When it is mashed add the egg and the cheese and mix. After add the flour and oregano. When all of this is incorporated, place on a buttered baking dish [I used a loaf pan because I have a very small kitchen oven] and press down to about an 1 ½ . Bake on a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Then crank up the temperature to 400 degrees and brush on top the olive oil with the garlic salt. You can sprinkle extra cheddar if you want. Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Today I’m having a tomato-mozarella pizza with tofu bites on the side for lunch. Recipe coming tomorrow 🙂

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it’s done…

Promt-300 is officially launched! On a previous [very brief] post I wrote that I would do a writing venture. I want to develop my writing skills and since I can’t take creative writing classes [for now] I started a new blog. Prompt-300 is a little project where I will do a writing prompt everyday [mostly] from this website in order to get my creative juices flowing. Please go check it out [totally if you want to, no pressure here] and voice out your thoughts [again completely up to you, no pressure :)]. To give you a feel, here’s today’s post:

Promt # 3: list 10 things you do whenever you procrastinate

  1. Check Facebook for the latest in breakups
  2. Look at my friends’ diner on Instagram
  3. Check Pinterest real quick
  4. Pin everything that I love on my boards
  5. Still on Pinterest
  6. Read an article about losing weight
  7. Back to Pinterest
  8. Read the blogs I follow
  9. Write on my blog and comment on the blogs I follow
  10. Plan to study the next day really early in the morning
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becoming a vegetarian…for every reason

I love animals. I’ve never really liked eating “red meat” [cows and pigs] and only ate chicken or turkey because that’s what I was taught. Recently I came across this article that talked about testing a party drug on dogs. They will give the dogs doses of this drug until half of them are dead. THIS REALLY ENRAGED ME. It disturbed me so that I started to research all the companies that do animal testing. And I have to say that I was surprised to find out how many there are out there.

I went to Peta.org and started to read and browse the page. It was a nice surprise to see how many people and celebrities are animal rights advocates. So I, being a law-student and gravitating towards environmental/animal rights law, decided to make a change in my life, a change that’s been a long time coming. I am becoming a vegetarian.

I don't know how the familiy's gonna let it go
I don’t know how the familiy’s gonna take it

I’ve always expressed my desire to be vegetarian but “I like bacon too much” [I know I previously said that I didn’t like to eat pigs but bacon was the exception] was always my excuse. After reading, and reading, and reading some more I found all these articles that show you exactly how these animals are raised and bred and it was just plain cruel.

You should see the conditions that they are bred in; they’re bad for the environment and bad for your health eventually. For example, there is this video called “Glass walls” featuring Paul McCartney [discretion please as it is graphic] that shows just how animals are treated in slaughter houses and breeding farms. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. I place the link for those looking to get the facts, but truthfully it only took the first 20 seconds of the video to convince me.

Additional to my animal-lover side benefits, there are also health benefits to being vegetarian, mainly having more energy. I’ve read many times different articles about having more energy if you consume more vegetables and less meat so this one convinced me. In my opinion, the health benefits are subjective [because there are soooo many studies and opinions about what’s healthy or not] but if I can get more energy and eat less processed foods, then it’s all good in my book.

So I’m starting this lifestyle [saving some animals] and encouraging all those who have been thinking about being vegetarian to do it. I know this is not my usual “nice” post, but it’s something I needed to write about. This way I feel I’m doing something to make a change and hopefully some of you might be inspired and become vegetarians too. I’m not saying that everyone has do it and I won’t judge anyone who still eats meat [the Mr. will not be joining my venture] but I am making the change for me, for the animals and for the environment.