Setbacks and New Beginnings

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This announcement has been a long time coming and I’ve been putting it off like paying off a sad parking ticket, but I’ve decided to put Little Bliss Nutrition on hiatus. As of last month I’m finally back in school, pursuing my passion — food and holistic health! This is only a minor setback, but I’ll be back, and hopefully as a professional Registered Dietitian.

The end goal seems miles away, but no matter how exhausting this process, the next few years will come and go whether I start or not.

When I started this blog about a year and a half ago, I was coming out of a transition place in my life. I had plans to pursue my graduate studies when I became extremely ill and had to stop. At first it was really hard watching my friends get ahead while I was taking a step backwards. But it’s a funny thing how things turn out. Getting sick lead me to seeking the help of a Dietitian/Nutritionist, which lead me to sharing my experience and ideas on this blog, which now has lead me to changing my career plans to holistic health.

I have plans of where I’d like to take my writing and cooking on this blog, but for now I’m taking time off to focus on school and work. I’ll be posting short thingamajigs to my blog Facebook page. You can follow there or enter your email in the side bar to get notified when I return. Until then, thanks for all your support, and as always..

Zardozi Magazine Feature

This post is a little overdue, but with the hum drum of the holidays, and with recently being in rehearsals for the music video shoot of “Empire Vampire” for The Goodnight Darlings it didn’t dawn on me until now that the interview I did with Zardozi Magazine months ago was published. So here it is, better late than never, the Fall/Winter 2014 issue, pages 96-97. Check them out and support them. Thank you Zardozi Magazine for the feature and beautiful write-up. I hope to keep spreading the word of health, positivity, and happiness in 2015!

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Photography credits: Bottom left: Rakhi Roy; Top right: Priyanka Chandra; Middle right: Rakhi Roy; Bottom right: Priyanka Chandra

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Bliss: Surprising My Parents

Happy June all! I had been taking a break from my regular blogging posts last month to refocus my attention to some exciting new projects and one of them was throwing together a surprise 30th Anniversary party for my parents. My brother and I were too young at the time of their 25th Anniversary to put something together so we figured 30 years was a great milestone to show our parents how much we really appreciate them.

Let me first say the amount of stress I endured from trying to keep this all a secret from my mom who is the biggest detective in the world was no easy feat. The 30th Anniversary theme was pearls so we decked the party in white, ivory, and pearls and made it a ‘White Attire Party’. Oh yea, that was another challenge, getting my parents to wear all white to their own party. We told them it was a white dinner party at a family-friend’s house and that the party started at 8pm when really it was 7pm. The strings I had to pull and having my brother come in from out of town to surprise our parents were all worth it in the end to see the joy on their faces.

So this is all for you Mom and Dad, thanks for showing us what selfless love really is, not the easy fairy tales, but true working love. Happy 30 and beyond!

Candid moment when they walked through the door
Candid moment when they walked through the door

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Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes
Setting off Sky Lanterns for Well Wishes

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NYC, 1984

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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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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

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.

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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