The Break-Up

This is a necessary blog post. I was reluctant to talk about this in a public forum. I felt that I wasn’t entitled to my emotions, much less that anyone else would care. I am a little heart broken. I have suffered from a break-up. It was in December that I lost someone that was dear to me. I didn’t think I would have been so upset at your departure. Maybe you don’t really understand what you have until it’s gone? With that being said, I feel that it would be cathartic to formally say goodbye to you…

Goodbye to my 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier.

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You were handed to me when I was only 19 years old. My parents thought you would only last me for 3-4 years. Our final goodbye would not come until nearly 10 years later. You were there through so many massive changes in my life, my ups, my downs, falling in love, mending a broken heart, moving, college, my massive commutes, my realization to change careers, tears, laughs… you were there through it all. Nearly the entirety of my 20’s was spent with you. Things changed and they changed a lot over the years. No matter what, at the end of the day, I could count on coming to you.

I wanted to formally say, thank you. I dreamt the biggest dreams and found myself within your hallowed walls. I will always be grateful for sticking it through and I’m glad I kept you going for as long as I did. I leave you now, knowing I was forever changed for the better because you were there.

All things must end. If nothing ever ended, than nothing could ever get started.

2015: The Year of the List

2015 is almost here. Go figure. It seems odd to me that this particular year is rolling around in just a matter of weeks. I grew up watching the Back to the Future trilogy. The “future” was the year 2015. It’s odd to think that the fictional future is now. Personally, I am disappointed that Mattel has not been able to provide me with a functioning hover-board.

A new year means new goals. Most people make resolutions is lose weight, get in shape, or a vow to workout more often. My health is no longer a resolution, but rather a way of life I have diligently committed myself. As a result, my resolution has to be something a little different and outside the normal conventions. After careful consideration I have 2015 to be:

The Year of the List

I have a bucket list. Some items are big and require the appropriate funding. Other items are smaller in scope and can be accomplished given enough time and consideration. Some are more life event things that I can’t necessarily do on my own. Regardless of the nature of these goals there is one simple point that I cannot ignore: life is short. I’m sick of waiting to do the things that I want to do. What exactly am I waiting for? There is absolutely NO excuse to not cross things off my list when it is perfectly within my abilities to do these things!

My mission (don’t worry, I’ve already chose to accept it): Cross one item (at minimum) off my list a month.

These can be items that are a part of “things I want to do before I kick the bucket” or projects/activities that I’ve wanted to do and keep putting it off because I don’t have the time. As of now, I don’t have the list down to an exact science. Each time I complete a task, I will be posting about it. Not sure what I will do for January, but stay tuned!

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Re-Organization

With another “day off” I had to find a way to be productive. My domestic side came out.

blogcroppedheaderRather than flexing my culinary muscles, I gave my organizational ones a workout. I’ve discovered that when my living space is clean and organized, I just feel more relaxed. Consequently, cleaning is a great way to relieve any sort of extra stress. Today was not a stressful day, but keeping busy and productive is always a good idea.

Outside of my bedroom I have this book shelve. It is a perfectly placed bookshelf. The nook created by the home builders had to have this particular shelf in mind. I have a lot of books and the shelf used to over packed. Since I inherited a bunch of shelves from my old Borders store (Thank you again, Sara) the shelf hasn’t had much use. It became a dumping ground of the little odds and ends around the house. I got sick of looking at it and decided to make it worthy of the space and pleasant on the eye once again.

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I’ve officially made it my “school bookshelf”. There is more than enough room on my larger shelfs, but some of the books are too big to fit on shelfs standing up. I’d much rather have all of the books together in one place. I’m particularly proud of the little floral arrangement on top. It gives it a nice little splash of color.

71b34db60f76df8f1b72ac1b0b668bf4IMG_4655The laundry is done. My room, bathroom, living room, and kitchen are all in great condition. Additionally I made sure I got in a killer workout!

This is something GREAT to try. I did 5 reps of this and it killed. I was surprised that I got a great workout from these simple moves. Last but not least, I ended my workout with a nice cool down, stretching, and the best post-workout shake available on the market. I cannot get enough of this stuff. I do coach people everyday. If you are ever interested, leave a comment and we will get in touch.

How to Who

Doctor Who RETURNS! 

WARNING! THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENT ON DOCTOR WHO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. 

If you know me, and you may not at all, I LOVE Doctor Who. It makes me feel all the feels I have ever felt. I will laugh, yell, and cry. I love a lot of nerd things, but nothing has captured my heart and imagination more than the Lord of Time.

IMG_4653The season 8 premiere “Deep Breath” graced our television screens on Saturday, but I waited until Monday evening! Yes, avoiding the internet and potential spoilers was a difficult task, but successful nonetheless. I ventured off with my fellow Whovians, Kristin and Ryan, to see the newest episode on the big screen. As if there was any other way to see it… Kristin’s husband made fun of her for wearing a Tardis scarf to the theater. She nearly died when I showed up dressed like this!

Honestly, if you aren’t wearing a fez, you aren’t doing it right. One day Greg might understand… one day.

The season 8 premiere held a particular weight as it marked the first appearance of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Acclimating to a new Doctor can be a difficult task. People, in general do not like change. Nerds HATE change. It took me about 3 episodes to fully accept Tennant. It was nearly an entire season before I really saw Matt Smith as the Doctor. However, from the moment Capaldi poked his head out of the Tardis I knew I was looking at and experiencing the Doctor. Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax helped ease the transition for fans as familiar faces tend to do.

It was the moment with The Doctor and Clara in the restaurant that solidified everything. The dynamic between the new Doctor and his companion was set. Honestly, I think the 12th Doctor and Clara work better than the 11th Doctor.

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There are so many twists and turns! A moment when you think that the Doctor abandons Clara! It seems impossible, but one of the best things about Doctor Who is anything can happen, literally ANYTHING.

Many questions are left in the wake of the premiere:

  1. Why did the Doctor pick that face? He can’t quite remember… (This is a throw back to the season 4 episode The Fires of Pompeii in which Capaldi played a character. Yes, they are going to explain why he’s in both places. I’m curious and excited for this answer).
  2. Who left the message in the paper? Someone is determined to keep the Doctor and Clara together, but WHO?!
  3. Who is Missy?! Heaven has never been more terrifying and Missy scares the crap out of me. Missy is likely to be the recurring villain of the season.

This Whovian is excited for what is to happen next!

The Domestic Goddess Returns!

Behold! The triumphant return of the Domestic Goddess in Training

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This is a little know secret about me, but I think that I would make a remarkable housewife. I’m a lady who likes to work for a living and make my own money. Regardless, I do enjoy housework. I like cleaning, organizing, and more than anything COOKING.

I recently gave another go at cooking a healthy, high protein, and vegetarian meal. Amber is a vegetarian and struggles with getting the right amount of protein into her daily diet. We knew there are solutions out there. It was just about finding the RIGHT ones for her. As a result I put together this meal of my own invention!

This is a dish with red inca quinoa cooked with Herbalife chicken soup mix, roasted broccoli, and fresh carrot on top.

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This is what you will need: 

  • 1 cup Red Inca Quinoa
  • 1 packet of Herbalife Chicken Soup Mix
  • Broccoli florets
  • 1 carrot
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Parmesan cheese

This is how you make it:

  • Preheat Oven to 425 degrees
  • Cut broccoli into bit size pieces, place on a cooking sheet with aluminum.
  • Toss broccoli in olive oil, pepper, salt, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.
  • Bake for 22 minutes.
  • Prepare quinoa as instructed. About 5 minutes before all of the water is absorbed, add 1 packet of the Herbalife Chicken Soup Mix.
  • Place quinoa in a bowl, broccoli on top, peel strips of carrot on top.

ENJOY!

A Saturday to Remember

I have a couple of days to myself and I plan to make the absolutely most of it while I can. I have four full days without a demand from either job.

IMG_4613The morning kicked off with a  trip to Sherman Oaks to meet up with my Borders Ladies for Brunch. First of all, Sara completely out did herself! Look at this table!

I had the honor and privilege of spending time with Sara, Lisa, Kim, Angela, Liz, Nadia, and Lauren. We sat around, shared stories, geeked out, and laughed until it hurt. We don’t get to see each other often, but every time we gather it feels as though no time has passed. Sitting together in a room, mimosas in hand, it felt like coming home for the holidays.  I can’t believe we don’t work together anymore. It’s nice to know that with our powers combined we could take on the world!

Between the eight of us, we polished off seven bottles of champagne. Yeah… it was fun!

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Into the afternoon I had many things to accomplish! For one, I had to complete the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge. If you haven’t seen me dump a large bucket of water on my head for a good cause, please click here.

Afterwards I went to Core Health to follow-up with my clients Heidi and Cloe! These girls are amazing and an absolute inspiration to me. All of their handwork is paying off and I couldn’t be more proud.

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To conclude the evening, I have the house to myself. Amber, in her valiant attempt to watch ALL of Doctor Who before Monday evening is in full effect. I am joining her in this cause… ’cause why not? Revisiting Doctor Who never hurt anyone.