It’s time…

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Photo by Jose J. Figueroa

This year I’ve decided it’s time.

 It’s time to embrace what’s around me and start to open my eyes.

 It’s time to focus on what matters and leave in a drawer what is not important. It is so hard to let go of the things that bother us because we have gotten so accustomed to feel uncomfortable in our own skin.

 It’s time to stop obsessing over the mirror and not make a big deal out of the fact that last month’s jeans are a little tighter.

 It’s time to stop comparing yourself to…anyone.

It’s time to make a list of the things you love because, somehow when they are written down they feel more real.

 It’s time to say I love you. It’s time to let “that” grudge go…and allow yourself to heal. It’s time to cry a little and let it go.

 It’s time to become the best version of you…because if not now, then when?

It’s time to smile to yourself and pick up the pieces from the floor.

 It’s time to shine darling…

 

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Paleo cinnamon-carrot muffins

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Since last week was Valentine’s Day, I needed (read carefully I said “needed”) to make some muffins to celebrate. I tried several paleo recipes but they didn’t work out for me. I still have to master the recipes that require almond flour.

These are the ingredients that I used for mine: 

– 2 cups almond flour

– 4 tbsp. coconut flour

– 3 egg whites and 1 yolk

– 4 tbsp. melted coconut oil

– 3 tbsp. homemade applesauce

– 4 tbsp. raw stevia powder

– 1/3 cup grated carrots

– 1/4 cup almond milk

– 1 tsp. vanilla

– 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 1/3 cup walnuts (add more if you wish)

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Instructions:

– Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

– Beat the egg whites to a meringue-style mix.

– In another bowl mix all the ingredients except the carrots and walnuts.

– Add the egg white mix to your bowl with the carrots and walnuts.

– Add the mix to 6 separate muffin linens (I bought mine at Tiger)

– Cook for 20 min (or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out dry).

– Let cool and enjoy 🙂

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February: 6 fantastic things

I have to admit this year has kept me pretty busy and I am starting to get a little worried by how fast February has arrived. I have been having fun but I have also been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the work. But there are always things to be thankful for, so I want to share with you guys six things that are making my February start with a good foot.

1) New photo shoots and new projects. 

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2) Aside from all the stressful things that come with organizing a video, I thought it would be a good idea to chill a little on set (totally fake meditation picture by the way). 

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3) Our crew behind the scenes having fun between takes. 

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4) I have always wanted to film a scene like this and I got to put my idea into action.

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5) Bought a make-up setting spray and a new BB compact foundation from Kiko. 

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6) This Minion key chain (I bought one for Stefi too). 

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The light of my life: my little sister

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When I was a child I loved to play alone; being social was not my forte. But eventually I dreamed about having a little sister. I visualized dressing her and doing her hair, putting make up on her and having her as my best friend but I knew that at 11 years old I wouldn’t be getting a sister and that I had to accept the fact that I would be an only child for the rest of my life.

 Boy was I wrong.

My mom came into my room as I was figuring out how “the internet” dial-up connection worked (yes, internet is not that old). She sat on my bed with a big smile and for some reason I knew the news were big.

 My sister was born on New Year’s Eve 1998. One of the happiest days of my life.

I stood there and watched her from the hospital’s nursery window thinking how perfect she was. The first time that I took her in my arms my heart was beating very fast: I was afraid I would drop her. She opened her eyes and stared at me deeply. I knew in that exact moment, that I had just met the light of my life. 

Problem solving: 3 things that help

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Since I arrived from my last trip, I have been shamelessly procrastinating. I am proud to say that I am a very organized and efficient person, but lately it seems like my battery went…well…off.

I am waking up 2 hours earlier than I did before but somehow find myself postponing important events and trying to push back things that worry me. See? I said “push back”, that is not a good sign.

I won’t bore you with the very long list of things that worry me but instead I am going to give you 3 things I do every time I find myself in this situation. I hope it helps you when you need it.

1) Don’t push back what is worrying you.

Acknowledging what is wrong is the first step. Don’t try to distract yourself from the real problem. Instead, take a moment and think about it. Please, by any means, don’t do at night when you go to bed. I have found that all my problems seem bigger when my head is against my pillow.

2) Write it down. 

I find it very helpful to write down all the things that are bothering me. This is not an easy task, believe me you will feel a little drained while doing so, but then you will feel absolutely better. Once you have your list or your paragraph written down, take a close look at it. Write down next to each thing an apparent solution. If you can’t find one, don’t worry. It will eventually come to you. Not all things can be changed, the only thing that definitely can change is your perspective towards them.

3) Think. 

You are the master of your thoughts. You are the one who controls your mind, nobody else. Don’t allow someone else to interfere with your happiness or your peace of mind. When you find yourself thinking unrealistic negative thoughts, stop yourself right there. You have to train your mind to think positive just like you trained your mind all these years to think negative.