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.

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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.

This post is a part of Fiesta Friday on The Novice Gardener

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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Lessons to Carry With You in 2014

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 Time is precious, and it’s the one thing you won’t ever get back. Don’t let anyone waste your time and don’t wait for the ‘perfect time’ to take a chance on something or you’ll always be waiting.

When I look back at the past year and think of all the ways that things couldn’t have gone my way, I realize it wasn’t because of sheer luck or because I was just having a good year that so many wonderful things DID go my way. It’s because in 2013 I made some promises to myself and I kept them and I couldn’t be more happier and yes I’ll admit I’m even proud of myself.

Lesson 1:

Give yourself credit where credit is due. Too many of us shy away from giving ourselves a pat on the back when we accomplish a goal or learn a lesson. We’re all human and it’s part of growing as a person. Being happy for  yourself  may seem like a corny concept at first but honestly just get over it. If you can be happy for someone else when they accomplish something, you can be happy and proud of yourself too.

Lesson 2:

Be patient with yourself.  Don’t throw in the towel too soon. Frustration is a good thing, it means you are challenging your boundaries and setting new ones. It took me 3 months of failing, tweaking, and restarting my detox to finally stick to something that worked for me and now the changes have virtually become permanent. They don’t say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” for nothing. You’ll have a few nuts and bolts missing in the beginning when you’re first building your dream, and you’ll get frustrated at why the puzzle pieces aren’t all fitting together like you wanted to. Take a break, take a detour, go on a ‘shopping trip’, get some ideas, and find the nuts and bolts you need and start back up. You’ll have the foundation, then the framework, and in no time you’ll see the finished house.  

Lesson 3:

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Lesson 4

YOU create your own happiness.

So those are just 4 lessons for 2014 that I carry with me from 2013, I could write on and on about some more I learned, and maybe I will in the future but these are just some basics. It’s easier to be passive and let things happen as they will; I know I was guilty of that in years past and always thought things were as they were and that I couldn’t really change the way my year would shape out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

An Un-Motivational Monday…

If someone finds my motivation please return it back to me, please and thank you. Post turkey left-overs from the Thanksgiving holidays has left me sluggish for the past week. I’ve been in kind of a lazy funk and I blame the tryptophan for my lack of motivation to do anything.

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Feast, brother, best friend, center piece I made

And so this is not a total waste of a post on me ranting about how un-motivated I’ve been, here’s some things that are motivating…

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To get your BUTT in shape literally…my old roommate and I swear by this!

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Easy peas-y lemon squeez-y...cut up your fruit for the week and store away

Easy peas-y lemon squeez-y…cut up your fruit for the week and store away

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Don’t forget to eat your greens!

How To Change Your Attitude On Happiness

It’s officially sweater weather (sort of). I live in Florida so it’s tropical most of the time, but I’ll bust out my cardigan and boots any chance I get. Including this festive cup.

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Sweaters on mugs…I don’t know anything that’s cuter

There’s only 1 month left until 2013 is over; 31 more days and we’ll never have this year back again except through photographs and memories. Did you make the most of this year?

I saw a friend’s Facebook status up  the other day: Can’t wait for this year to be over. 2013 you were not good to me.”

I read that and thought, I liked 2013 compared to 2012. But what did I do differently this year to make that change? The only thing I could thing of was my attitude. Reacting, or rather not reacting to things that I would otherwise let get the best of me. Happiness is what you make of it, it doesn’t come find you. When you go into a store, you have a vision. You have an idea of what outfit you want to wear. You wouldn’t say “I think i’ll just wait here, dress you come to me when you’re ready.” You take charge and search the racks. You try on what works, and toss what doesn’t. Sometimes something you see will inspire you to take a different path, but you have to be open to that idea to experience it. You have to create it yourself, and that starts with your attitude. Like many, on January 1st I set some resolutions for myself. After having a rough time with being hospitalized in 2012, I wrote down some goals on index cards and made a conscious decision to follow through. I had made New Year’s resolutions before, but I’ll admit I usually forgot about them after the month of January. So I decided I’d be more accountable this year.

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I actually ended up doing two 5k’s, another cleanse, and I’ve been taking more artistic risks.  There’s something about setting goals for yourself that brings out a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, and makes you want to do more. But like they say,

There’s no reward without risk.

Even in moments of doubt the key is to keep the vision. I like to keep an inspiration board in my room. Sayings, role models, humorous pictures, fashion that inspires me, art, dishes I want to try, or cupcakes. I love cake.

Dreams should come in a size too big so we can grow into them. Like with anything you start off crawling. There will be falls and stumbles before you can start walking. In no time you will start running at warp speed, but it’s important to not ditch those early efforts. That would be self sabotage. Sometimes we want to be great at everything the very first time we try it, but that’s not how it works. Think of it as training for long distance running. You wouldn’t run the full marathon the first day of training. You’d log the first few miles your first week and go from there. Likewise, train yourself to keep a good attitude and build those muscles. Slow and steady wins the race.

4 Things That Will Humble You

1. Be humble for the worst things in this world are the same matter as you. Be noble for the stars in this galaxy are made of the same matter as you.

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2. Nick Vujicic

Nick, a motivational speaker, was born without limbs, something most of us possibly take for granted. He was able to overcome his physical disability and go onto lead a normal life in a fulfilling career, get married, and even have a child. If he was able to find someone to love him without any limbs, raise a family, and find his passion in life to motivate others, so can you.

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3. This young gentleman has been through things that many of us would find unimaginable. Watch as he wows the judges during a talent show.

4. Everyone should know the joy of riding on a swing

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Striking Truths

I’ve always liked bottling words of little wisdom from quotes or sayings and playing with imagery. A lot of the images I’ve used on LBB come from my own camera and with some fine amateur editing skills and my favorite little sayings (like I do here) you have a little bliss-ism. Yes I’m totally making up that word. But I recently discovered a website that actually sells posters of these quotes called strikingtruthsCheck it out, they’re pretty inspiring. Happy Motivation Monday! And as always…Follow Your Bliss

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Runnning in the Dark

I’ve gotten to do some interesting things in the last few weeks though, and one of them was the 5K Neon Run. You basically run in the dark, (it sounds dangerous, but it’s lit well enough to where you can see), and you get splattered in glow in the dark paint.

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Our shoes

Now I’m not very much of a runner because of my asthma, but my best friend has been on a health kick like I have and she’s lost A LOT of weight and I’m so proud of her for it so I decided I’d to join her in another run, why not. Plus I decided I wasn’t going to let my asthma keep me from doing some good old fashion exercise.

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Like my Pink Neon tights?

The first run I did was the Color Run, but I’d have to say the Neon Run was way more fun. There were 3 stops along the course where you got hosed down in color and got to go through a black light tent, called the Neon Zone. There were DJ’s at every one so you could jam out to the music and feel like you were a part of a rave. The cutest thing was watching the kids running with their parents and seeing the excitement on their faces. I didn’t do anything this cool when I was a kid so I know I would’ve been STOKED and gone back to school to brag to my classmates.

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Ode to Tebow

All in all, the run was loads of fun and I’d definitely do it again. The organization is fairly new but I know they’re growing and adding more locations. If you’re interested in doing the Neon Run check out their website: http://www.theneonrun.com/neon-run-media

And as always…