This video is about never giving up. This is the true story of my mom, Carmen Reyes, facing obstacles that seemed impossible to overcome. When people ask me where I’m from, I think about my mom and say “I’m from a place where nothing is impossible…” This is the life lesson that Lil Carmen Reyes taught me.
I made this a while ago in order to address the question of being a woman these days. These days we are working and tending to the needs of our partners, our kids, our parents, our siblings and other family members. We are serving in our community and trying to take care of ourselves body, mind, and spirit. We are expected to be wonder women but many of us just find ourselves wondering… HOW THE #[email protected] DO WE DO THIS?!!
If this is you, I hope this helps.
First Love Yourself.
Many people struggle with this concept. I know I did. I had come to believe that being a good mom, wife, person, meant putting the needs of others above my own. At 38, when anxiety and panic attacks made frequent appearances in my life, I had to take a long hard look at the way I was living. I had to decide it was ok to love myself first AND I had to learn how to do it.
If you’ve run into a brick wall in your ability to love yourself, you are not alone. If you take the challenge to fly seriously, your life will never be the same.
Here are some tips as to how I did it. There are MANY ways. Just start.
1. I sat still. There is something profound about meditation. I’ve written several posts about why it works, who is using it and even done some guided meditations. Even starting with a few minutes of silence a day can have an incredible impact.
2. I did something fun, creative, exciting for myself every week. Julia Cameron calls this THE ARTIST’S DATE but I think it’s beneficial for everyone.
3. I eat and drink for LIFE. I am not a vegan or raw foodist but I do understand the benefits of cutting down on processed foods and adding more live food to our daily diets. We need fuel to run this machine. That fuel is the energy that helps us mentally and physically love ourselves. Water and good food are a must.
4. I moved it. I’ve posted about my love for dancing, jumping and hiking but there are SO many ways to reconnect with our bodies. We have this ONE on this adventure and it was built to move. Find what kind of movement you are passionate about.
6. Time manage. Managing how much time I had and what I did with it was important. This lead to some feelings of guilt soooo…
7. I learned how to go guilt free. Guilt about spending this time on myself was something I HAD to give up. I prayed, surrounded myself with supportive people, read, watched and listened to supportive material. Consider hiring a coach, guide or therapist to help you through the rougher spots, I did and DO and it’s always amazing. There are so many modalities of healing out there to help us!
FLY and everyone else with reap the benefits. Even if it is uncomfortable at first.
I believe YOU can fly too.
So, if you think this is a food blog, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. I am not a food diva. I’m a mom. A busy mom with a son who has some food restrictions. I have learned to LOVE to cook for my kids. They are such healthy, happy and willing, taste testers. It sort of turns the potentially stressful mealtime into something I look forward to.
You will not find exact measurements here. But you will find the ingredients I used and hopefully be inspired to experiment with what you have in your own kithcen.
Bread (I used Gluten Free)
Eggs (I use 2 whole, 2 whites)
Cinnamon (my kids really like it so I used about a teaspoon)
Milk ( I used Coconut, I might use, Hemp or Almond as well. By all means if you do dairy at home use it) about a tablespoon
Oil (Again I used Coconut, which adds a flavor that my kids love but butter or safflower would work too)
Scramble up the eggs, add cinnamon and milk. Dip the bread in so it’s coated well on both sides. Add oil into a frying pan and cook egg dipped bread. SIMPLE.
The fruit was made from some plums (I’ve done similar with berries) that were on their way out. (about 4 small) I cut them up. Added some red wine, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon. The sauce and plums reduces to the consistency of chuncky cranberry sauce. I’d made it the night before and stored it in the fridgde. In the morning I put it in a pan added some diced apples (I had 2 small green) a tad more syrup. Cooked till the apple were warm but still crumchy. Served atop the French Toast along side some turkey sausages.
This meal takes under 30 minutes and is always a huge hit. I can serve it for Breakfast or Dinner with cheers from the judgdes.
The other day, some people were enjoying the pool outside my window. I love when people take the opportunity to enjoy life and few things make me smile like the sound of laughter. The challenge however, was that it was late on a school night and the kids and I had our usual early morning ahead.
I started to get anxious but then, I remembered my Youtube playlist “SLEEP.”
I had originally created this playlist for an insomniac friend, who is not computer savvy. I decided to put the list to the test myself. I set my laptop up in the kids room and within a few minutes, they were out cold!
If you’re not on Youtube often, you might be surprised at what’s available. You can create a playlist for just about anything from DJing a themed party to hypnotizing yourself. I love when online tools contribute to my offline life.