Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 21, 2015

How to always be on time

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So we all know the struggle of getting ready and out the door yet making it to work or school on time. I know for me, every morning is a struggle so I came up with some tips and tricks to help you always be on time and make your mornings a little less stressful.

1. Set alarms to help you stay on track

We all know how quickly time goes in the morning. You think you have an hour and then after making breakfast, its like you have 10 minutes left. So, set an alarm for the time you should be leaving the house and then another at midpoint to that time so that you would know how much time you have left. So basically its like three alarms; 1) to wake up, 2) midpoint to leaving the house and 3) the time you should be leaving the house. I know its a lot but it has helped me stay on track and thus, you’d always be on time.

2. Meal prep

Meal prep is so crucial not only because you want to be healthy but it can help you save money and time as well. There are several options for meal prep, you can choose to prep on Sunday for the week or every night for the following day, whichever is more convenient for you. You can even do both Sunday and midway through the week. Its up to you.

My favorite food thats healthy and on-the-go is shakes. I make a lot of protein shakes especially and its so simple and quick and its healthy and makes you feel satisfied. My favorite recipe is to throw some milk (almond), 1 scoop of protein powder and some almond or peanut butter in a cup and shake it and there you go. You have a great meal that will keep you till about 10am or even lunch time.

Another great option is salad in a jar, you can chop up vegetables of your choice, toss it in a jar with some salad dressing and you’re out the door. Some other convenient options include: frozen vegetables, salmon burgers, or even boiled eggs which you can leave to boil on a medium to low heat as you are getting ready. Try investing in a pill organizer or just any container for vitamins and pack them with your multi vitamins or supplements, leave it in your bag so you won’t forget to take them.

3. Clothes prep

As we all know ladies, it can take forever to find something to wear on mornings. And when you’re hustling to get out the door, finding an outfit is the last thing you need to be doing. I think I spend the longest time trying to choose what to wear and if I prepared what I was wearing from the night before or even the Sunday before (ambitious much?) when I’m doing meal prep, that would eliminate the time wasted in the morning trying to find matching pants or shirt.

TIP: Invest in dresses for work as it is the easiest outfit to put together, keep it professional of course 🙂 

4. FIVE minute Makeup routine

Now, I know you might be saying, “girl, I don’t have time to do my makeup in the morning.” And I’ve been there, I don’t have much time myself. However, what if I told you that you can still have that Kim K glow and be on time for work? So firstly, you need to watch your face, do it right now…I’ll give you a minute. Okay, minute over. See what is important for you to do. For me, I need to hide my under eye circles and my eyebrows is a must. There are some key steps that we cannot afford to skip no matter what the occasion. Our eye brows frame our face, it can make you look like you put in all this effort and you really didn’t. So for me, I focus on hiding my under eye circles and doing my eye brows. I can afford to skip foundation, eyeshadow, and winged liner. So it takes me little to no time to put my peach corrector on my dark spots and then dab some concealer over it, blend and the skin is done. I fill in my eyebrows with eyebrow powder and then fill the gaps with a pencil and that’s done. I pop on mascara and I can put my lipstick on in the car. And that’s that. Ten minutes max. There’s no need to be extra with your makeup, keep it fresh and simple.

TIP: If you can’t seem to get this in 10 or so minutes, pack a makeup bag and do your makeup at work.

5. Hair routine

If you have curly hair or unmanageable hair then this step is for you. The key to getting your hair done quickly on mornings is prep. I wear the same styles to work every day, I keep it professional yet stylish. I do a top knot almost every day and before bed, I would make sure to style it in the way I would for the next day so in the morning all I have to do is brush or refresh the curls and I’m out the door.

TIP: You can also try styling your hair and then putting a satin bonnet or wrap over it the night before. 

The key to being on time is prep and keeping your routine short, simple yet effective.

I hope these tips help you to be on time and ease your morning routines whether you are a homemaker or a professional.

Love,

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June 8, 2015

5 ways to be happy

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Have you ever felt like you needed a ‘happiness boost’? Sometimes life can suck the joy right out of you. Either you’re too busy to enjoy life, or you’ve been hurt. Here’s some easy and practical ways you can use to boast your happiness (read till the end):

1. Spiritual health- though its often overlooked, this is the most important key to your happiness. Listen to videos or music that uplifts your spirit. My favorite video right now is Joyce Meyer’s Nine Attitudes that Will Keep You happy (click). Go to church, find a ministry that you enjoy, feed your spirit with Godly things and watch it grow. I know you probably saw the word ‘church’ and said, ‘uhhh no!’ and so many people have been hurt by the church, but hey! we go for God, not church members.

2. Loving yourself- Health is more than green juices and working out. It is about loving yourself enough to care about your wellbeing. Start a journal, where you write down your thoughts everyday. Journal how you feel, what you learned from spending time with God. Try journaling things that you’ve noticed you like and don’t like, your pet peeves, what makes you, YOU! Loving yourself is a whole other blog post, but you deserve to be loved and don’t let anyone make you feel differently. Also, love yourself with what you put in your body. If you love something, you’d want to take care of it, treat it right. And if you’re saying, well I don’t even love myself well write on your mirror that God never created something that He didn’t love. And if the maker of the universe loves you, then forget what anyone else says about you or what has happened to you, LOVE YOU. You are more loved than you know, so love yourself back.

3. Diet/Exercise/Lifestyle- Of course you knew this was coming. You’re probably unhappy because of what you’re eating, which sounds crazy but its true. You are what you eat! And if you eat whole foods, you’ll feel whole, if you eat foods that give no life, guess what? You’ll feel the same. Junk food will only promote temporary ‘happiness’ but in the end can leave you feeling sluggish and regretful. If you want happiness that’s long lasting, then change the way you eat. It doesn’t have to be drastic, but it can start with steaming instead of frying, or baked/grilled chicken instead of fried or stewed. It can also mean that you’re smoking one less cigarette a day or drinking less and less. When you’re in good health, you feel happy and energized. YOU deserve to be healthy!

4. Rid yourself of toxic people- Get rid of people that are toxic to your growth and development. Focus on keeping people around you that uplift you and support your dreams and goals, no matter how bizarre they might appear. Its okay to loose a couple friends along the way and you’re not holding any grudges either, you’re just taking care of you. Toxic friends can suck the life right out of you. If your friends are encouraging you to drink after explaining to them that you want to stop–GET RID OF THEM. If they’re encouraging you to stay in a toxic relationship, GET…It sounds harsh, but you got to take care of YOU boo.

5. Do things that make you happy- find what makes you happy firstly, and make sure its something that it is positive. Eating pizza or shopping does not apply here as its neither healthy nor economical (sadly). If writing makes you happy then write away, if working out makes you feel happy, then do that. Find hobbies that are beneficial to you. Walks on the beach or park, get creative. It doesn’t have to be something fancy or expensive. It can be just writing a bucket list or things you want to accomplish, or cooking or baking something healthy that you would never have tried before. It can be as simple as staring at the sky and thinking about things you’re grateful for. You only have one life, so start living on purpose. YOU deserve it.

The thing is, none of the aforementioned can make you feel true happiness unless you’re connected to the source of all joy, peace and happiness–Jesus. I’ve tried everything to make me feel happy, nothing is as effective as getting your joy from God. This way, no matter what happens to you, you’ll always be happy because God doesn’t change. He’ll always make you happy, day in and day out, even in the difficult times. No man, woman, hobby or food can do that. Your happiness is not conditional, its eternal once you’re connected to the source of all happiness.

Jesus is the root of happiness, the above mentioned are just the leaves on the tree, and your happiness is the fruit. 

Love,

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