The Charged Life

Fear is nothing more than a growth spurt– that eager itch yearning for change. So take a new course, see where it takes you, remember this and hold onto that belief for when you play it too safe.

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A Peachy Sunday Morning

Started my day off with some yoga per my usual morning ritual and ended my morning making Chocolate Chip Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes with glazed peaches and reading some film scripts in bed. Who knew peaches and chocolate chips would make such a good combo. I will be posting the recipe for the sugar-free glazed peaches later, so keep an eye out for it. The recipe for the Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes is already up. It’s a great clean alternative to gluten-free pancakes, packed with protein, and good for anyone wanting to stay fit without the guilt of carbing up. Just click the link and feel free to share via Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Google +, etc. by using the bottom buttons below. Don’t forget to submit to be in next month’s Blogger Spotlight. Hope you’re having a peachy Sunday.

Reading scripts & breakfast in bed

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

What’s in my Birthday Gift Bag?

Happy Sunday! I’m having a lazy Sunday to be honest. The sun is out and shining, the palm trees are swaying, March is beginning to feel more like summer, and I somehow managed to get myself ready this morning only to find my way back into bed.

Spending a lazy Sunday in my new Hogwarts henley that I received for my birthday.

Spending a lazy Sunday in my new Hogwarts henley that I received as a birthday gift

I shared with you on my Have The Courage To Fail In Order To Succeed post Wednesday that it was my birthday last week.Thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday, I felt spoiled rotten. I received some amazing gifts, spent a memorable night out with friends for drinks, appetizers, and a game of laser tag because that’s just what grown people do, and I received an unexpected present from my parents that took me by surprise.

My coworkers managed to surprise me with strawberry shortcake, my favorite and a chocolate bouquet They weren’t gluten or soy free, but what’s a birthday without some cake. I was good and had only a slice and gave everything else away.

My best friend gifted me with these cute pastel arm bracelets. I wear them everyday now.

Wish. Grow. Dream. Hope.

As you know, I like blissful little sayings and books, and my best friend also got me this inspiring book written by Demi Lovato. It has a inspiring message for every day of the year. I particulary like the message for tomorrow March 3rd.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

 

So tonight I’ll wrap up my Sunday by making dinner and watching The Academy Awards, fingers crossed for Leonardo Dicaprio to finally win that Oscar that he’s been deserving of.

What’s your Sunday like?

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Have The Courage To Fail In Order To Succeed

It was my birthday yesterday, and like clockwork, my parents always present me with a card every year, but this year’s card took me by surprise. Every child wants to make their parents proud one day by accomplishing something, an end goal, get that corner office, have their work published, have a big title, etc. But to read that it’s not what I’ve achieved, or rather lack thereof since I’m still just starting out on my career that makes my parents proud, but rather by having resilience in the PROCESS even in spite of failures and drawbacks gives me courage to continue. We focus so much on the end result that sometimes we forget it’s the middle road that shows the true character of a person. We never stop to think that our stumbles can be pride-worthy, but to our parents eyes they are. Thank you Mom and Dad for being the supportive parents you have been for the last 24 years and for allowing me to pursue my dreams against a status quo and for believing that driving to be happy regardless of anything or anyone else in life is enough.

Cured on a Film Set?

Earlier this past week I was filming on set for a short which explains my lack of posts since Monday. But I’m back.

In the film world, as they say, early is on time, on time is late. Filming is a perpetual game of ‘hurry up and wait’. Setting up, breaking down set, moving camera equipment, and multiple takes later you’re still running out of time…and film. So back to my ‘cure’.

Behind the scenes

 I have an on-going list of food allergies so I basically eat clean and am very careful with what I put in my body. When craft services asked me about my food allergies on set, I didn’t want to burden anyone and list out my ridiculous list, so I just stated the major ones like peanuts and seafood. I figured I would just bring my own snacks and cross my fingers that the day’s catered lunch wasn’t going to make me sick or cause me to break out in hives.

My first day on set my skin was slightly broken out in eczema so I was careful with how I ate. The three days of shooting after that I ended up leaving my snacks at home and started eating the food on set just to see if my immunity had improved since I had been avoiding those foods for so long. Not only did my skin NOT break out, but it cleared up completely. The only reasoning I can think of why my skin healed and why I didn’t get sick was because my stress levels were virtually non-existent. I was doing what I loved. Outside of acting, I work a traditional corporate job and with it comes a large amount of stress. Stress I didn’t realize was affecting my autoimmune disease until this week. So I’m starting to think stress has more to do with my food allergies than the foods itself. It’s an important revelation that’ll help me continue healing on my journey. Just goes to show your mind is much stronger than your body.

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Allergic to Chocolate?

When I was younger, my mother swore that I was allergic to chocolate. I’d break out into hives and it just wasn’t pretty, so she banned me from eating any form of it. No Halloween candy as a kid. It was a rough life. As I got older, the hives stopped coming and I started feeding my chocolate indulgence again. Life was great and I couldn’t be happier until a year ago the hives returned. I chalked it up to other things I was eating, mainly because I was in denial. Not being able to eat chocolate might as well mean not living, right?

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So before I went into full panic attack mode in fetal position and started crying,I asked my nutritionist at the time to test me for Cocoa on my MRT (Mediator Release Test). The results came back and showed I WASN’T ALLERGIC!

Green: Non-reactive Yellow: Moderately Reactive Red: Reactive

Green: Non-reactive Yellow: Moderately Reactive Red: Reactive

So I naturally did what anyone would do, I went to town and bought CHOCOLATE.

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And then of course the next day, I broke out again. I felt betrayed. Were my test results wrong?

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I looked at the back of the packaging on all my chocolate bars and realized all the added fillers like SOY, which I’m highly allergic to, and other weird things I couldn’t pronounce were on the ingredients list. So I hadn’t been eating real chocolate this whole time, I felt duped by the chocolate companies, and a little relieved. And it turns out after buying organic choclate, things were alright after that. The End.

Moral of the story is that if something isn’t working out for you, try to find another solution. There’s always another way around. If you feel like your skin wreaks havoc after eating chocolate, maybe try picking up the organic kind. These are some of my favorites:

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Tastes just like a CRUNCH bar

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