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..

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Photography: Priyanka Chandra

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Finding Center, Finding Bliss

20140511-150913.jpgSeeking happiness, chasing bliss are all attributes that we aspire to. Mine just happen to all derive from the teachings of my mother. She taught me to meditate and planted the seed of my ‘bliss seeking’ philosophy on life. I hope to do the same and carry on her words of wisdom and my love of yoga with my children one day. Thank you Mom for teaching me how to find my center, and for keeping me grounded. Happier homes make happier people, and happier people make a happier world.

 

April Blogger Spotlight!

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It’s that time again to feature another great blogger! The featured blogger will be featured in the sidebar for the month and also get a shout out on the Little Bliss Book Facebook page. You can submit your blog yourself or nominate someone. Here’s how it works…

The rules are simple:

1) Are we friends? If you’re following Little Bliss Book via WordPress, Email and one other blogging platform Facebook/Bloglovin/Google +/Pinterest you can submit even if you’re self-hosted or a blogger on Blogspot.

2) Contact me! Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page on the menu bar and briefly explain what your blog is about like this:

I’m a Bliss follower, yoga and DIY enthusiast, Amateur Chef focused on Gluten-soy-free clean eating, and eczema-free living

Mention who your general audience is, something interesting about you, and if you could follow your bliss what would it be and why.

3) Send me a quote! Who doesn’t love a good quote. I like bottling words of wisdom and inspiration and making it sharable to everyone so send in a quote to feature as well.

This month’s Blogger Spotlight goes to Jennifer of Apartment Wife. Jennifer has a great positive attitude about life and her cheerful blog reflects that. She’s married to her best friend and documents everything and every inspiration a long the way. I asked Jennifer some questions about following her bliss and here’s what she had to say:

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I live life heart-first. All that following my heart business (before my head) has gotten me into some pretty big messes, but it’s also inspired some of my happiest moments and greatest accomplishments. I have a background in art and social work, and I blog about happiness, creativity, and the things that matter most. Writing has always been my bliss, and I recently started writing first book- wish me luck J

Favorite quote:

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.— John Burroughs

Good luck Jennifer on your first book! I’ll be asking for a signed copy ;)

So want to be featured for May? Don’t hesitate to enter, I’ll be looking forward to reading your submissions.

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.

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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This post is a part of The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Happy Endings

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!

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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She Believed She Could, So She Did

First pin on my Inspiration Board

First pin on my Inspiration Board

I remember a time when I was younger, when I thought I had all the answers. I laid my life out almost to a tee and had confidence in the direction I wanted to head in. When I was 5 I wanted to be a singer. When I was 8 I wanted to be a teacher. When I was 10 I wanted to be a doctor and when I turned 12 I was cast in a school play as Juliet and from that moment on I was determined to be an actress. As I got older acting, singing, and dancing became more recreational and eventually no longer became a part of my life. I would drag my dad to Manhattan to take me to auditions or that in high school I sang in a choir at Disney  during Christmases.

 So after I let that part of my life go I turned my life to my books. I went to college and majored in Anthropology and became a pre-med student. Every semester I had room for one elective class, and somehow I’d always find myself gravitating towards Theatre. I eventually took enough Theatre classes as electives and had enough credits for a minor. Ha whoops! The more Anthropology and Theatre classes I took the more I loved them and the less I liked my pre-med classes. It was during my 3rd year in college that I opted to postpone taking my entrance exams. This was also the year my health began to worsen and I really needed some time to think and get better before I made such a big decision.

 I found myself asking the questions we all do at some point in our lives: “Is this what I really want to do?” “Where do I want to go in my life?” “What is the right path for me?” and then I realized I wasn’t going to find those answers if I kept asking them. Life keeps going whether you know the answers or not. It’s scary not knowing which direction the wind will blow you, but find comfort in the fact that you have to just go. Just keep going and believe you can. Even if life doesn’t turn out as your 5-year-old self planned, sometimes life is just meant to be a winding road, so enjoy the scenery, and when you’ve find the place to stop, you’ll know.

Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember