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Dreamd Thoughts & Rants, Healthy Living

Steps to bettering you…

Hey Loves,

It’s Monday, again and we’re getting closer to the end of the semester and warmer weather. As many of you may not know, I enrolled myself in a fitness class this semester (worth one credit), bootcamp. I honestly did not know what I was doing, whether I was loosing weight or even if I was building up my endurance until the other day when I noticed a slight change. I can finally do a push-up lol, well I can do a couple now. I can also finally keep up with the rest of the class, and lately I’ve been the first one to complete tasks that our fitness coach has set out for us to do for the 55 minutes we do have in class.

A little late, I probably should have started my 21 days of detox when the class began but better late than never :)

Three weeks ago I started an ALL FRUIT DETOX, where the majority of what I ate was: apples, mangos, grapes, pineapples, plums and so on. I’d end the “eating” day with tilapia or a light serving of chicken breast, baked. Honestly, it wasn’t so bad, but I changed a few things as I went lol. What I got most out of the 21 days of detox was an understanding of how to watch what you eat, I can enjoy fruit as a healthier alternative snack, and that I can choose smaller portions.  My day-to-day to do’s have changed as well. Here’s a typical weekday for me, hope this helps someone out in their journey to become a healthier, happier you :)E

Enjoy,


 

Waking Up (is the First Step) :

  • Schedule your mornings early. Everyday now I wake up at 9a.m. even if I don’t have class till later on in the day. Get your body adjusted to a set time.
  • When you do this, just watch. you’ll start to get in the habit of getting things done early instead of setting them aside for the later hours.
  • What I do: Take a minute, pray. I meditate, meaning I become conscious about my day, I map out my day and get my thoughts ready for the day. Its relaxing. I then do all the necessary morning to do’s and then create my to do’s for the day.

Breakfast (IS IMPORTANT):

  • (DONT MISS OUT ON THIS) For my detox and beyond lol, I boiled 3 organic eggs every morning and had a slice of wheat toast with it on the side.
  • I kept my detox strictly on drinking water, so I’d grab a bottle water, add half teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 2 table spoons of lemon juice to it and shake it! This actually works and energizes you.
  • I found that when i start my day with healthier habits, the rest of my day follows :) So either drink water or graba NAKED!
  • If you are still hungry, add apples or other fruits to your meal.

It’s the little choices you make that make a big difference:

  • After breakfast, I get ready and then walk to class (if time permits)
  • It’s the little things you do. Instead of taking the bus, walk. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. You get the point. The weather is changing, so whats your excuse not to?
  • If you get hungry throughout the day, grab an apple. i found out that i actually really enjoy green apples. I eat that when ever I can now.
  • Hydrate yourself. When you are hungry, try drinking a bottle of water. Wait a few minutes then eat. It fills you up so you don’t tend to over eat :)

Tips on enjoying your day, even when you’re stuck in class:

  • I know it may be difficult to actually pay attention in a class like Physics or Communication Research and Methods. I would know, those are my struggle classes lol. But try to take away one thing from your classes, daily.
  • I realized I’m paying for school lol, and although Physics is not something that is beneficial to my major, I still have to complete it with a good grade point. Realizing this i set a goal for myself: Leave each class with a better understanding of something, or leave class learning something new. Just one thing for me, lol. Isn’t that what school is for *rolls eyes*
  • Socialize. Be friendly, smile and laugh. Get to know others. Like i stated earlier about my goal to converse with a stranger, you never know what you may learn from talking to someone new.
  • Allow your self to have a break, even when you have a lot on your plate. With your morning meditation, revert back to that. Take a  moment to assess you daily goal and to relax for a second.
  • Write. This is what I enjoy most. Make it a goal to write once a day, even if you have nothing to write about. It sparks creative writing and it helps me silence my racing thoughts :)

Work/ School days over, now what?

  • I refer to my original to-do list, try to get the remaining of your things done before you move on. Stuff like, homework, blogging, and other things constitute for my regulars.
  • After that, I may chose to go to the gym, depending if I didn’t have bootcamp workouts. When i go to the gym, i do the treadmill run for 10 minutes straight, do some ab workouts and try to get some arm workouts in between with a couple dumbbells.
  • My goal was an active 30 minutes total in the gym, everyday except Sunday. Sunday was my chill day lol.
  • After, shower and prepare dinner. I cut out eating dinner or anything after 8p.m.
  • For dinner I’d make a light serving of tilapia with spinach and drink a glass of water. If I was still hungry, I’d have some fruit. It sounds tough, but honestly what I learned is that it’s all mental. It is unbearable, its just like conditioning the mind.

By this time it’s probably 10p.m.

  • After everything is done and i’m free, i enjoy watching a movie on net flicks, writing or reading. I just brought 5 more must reads, i’ll share with you all later :)
  • Try getting your body use to a schedule, or routine. It helps with your detox and dieting.

 

I may have forgotten a few things so i’ll add later if I come up with more tips :) Enjoy a happier, healthier you. Its monday, what other perfect day to start than today :)

Oh, before i forget. My weekly goal for this week is to spend less time on social media and actually enjoy the weather. Cliche, but just by putting my phone on do not disturb for a couple hours, I’m going to try to take more walks without the unnecessary distractions. What’s your weekly goal this week, please share!

 

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Travel

Soy Peruana…

To celebrate my Peruvian heritage i’d like to give you all a little recap of my saturday night out with family. My mother surprised me with a visit and told me I had fifteen minutes to get ready, she said “we’re going dancing.” The one thing I do love about Cleveland is what little culture they do have, and its latin culture is present depending on which side of town you are on. My mother took us to a restaurant named “Nazca” a restaurant that specialized in Peruvian cuisine. For many of you who do not know, Peru is best known throughout the world for its food, so you know when we arrived i did not hesitate when Monica told us to “order whatever, we never have the chance to eat this everyday.”

In any typical Peruvian setting, dinner is typically started off with an alcoholic drink so we went with the traditional Pisco Sour. Pisco is the national drink of Peru. It’s a kind of brandy, a delicious combination of pisco, lime juice, egg white and syrup with a touch of cinnamon. IMG_2581
Next, for an appetizer I ordered another nationally known dish called Causa Rellena with crab meat instead of the traditional chicken. This dish simply defined is potato layered on top of crab meat mixed with belgian hot pepper paste and avocado. My mother and my aunt went with a more risky choice called Anticuchos Peruanos, marinated beef heart. This dish was marinated in panca pepper, with a side of papa a la huancaina (potatoes with a delicious creamy yellow sauce made from peruvian yellow pepper, mixed with milk, feta cheese and eggs)  and the nationally known Peruvian corn (choclo) . From being tricked into thinking it was a steak kabob sometime in the past, I can admit that it was very different, extremely tender, almost odd because it’s nothing that you’ve ever experienced before. Marinated beef heart is one of Peru’s most famous delicacies so if you’re brave enough definitely try this dish.

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 Anticuchos Peruanos

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IMG_2605My aunt enjoying Peruvian corn (choclo)
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Washing this down with another favorite; Inca Cola, a peruvian cola that is yellow, bubbly, and taste like bubble gum, we went onto the next phase, the main dish. I ordered the Pollo a la Brasa which is very similar to rotisserie chicken with a bang. It was served with Nazca’s house fries with yellow pepper black aioli and chimichurri sauce, my absolute favorite! My mom got Cabernet cilantro braised lamb shank with canary bean stew, potatoes and rice. So good, i love rice with stew.IMG_2637

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My aunt ordered Chicharron de Mariscos which is pan fried squid rings on a bed of fish  fillet, rocoto pepper aioli, and Creole salsa. Although i did not try it, it looked awesome lol. At this point, I could not continue. My mom and I had started to order 1800 shots and chase them down with more piscos waiting for my cousins to come join the party. Once they arrived, they ordered papa rellena (potato dumplings stuffed with onion, raisins, ground beef, Roma tomatoes, and kalamata olives, topped with fresh Creole salsa) and other appetizers. We continued to drink. At this time it was getting late and the restaurant started to prepare the dance floor for salsa night. Completing my night with a double chocolate cake, i was ready to burn off everything!

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Papa Rellena

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My cousins: Lorena, enjoying the marinated beef heart (left) Elline, enjoying marinated steak fillet (right)
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The lights dimmed, the music started and in a matter of minutes couples took the floor to dance to bachata, salsa, and merengue. It was thrilling, took me back to the 90′s in the bronx when my grandmother use to throw down in the kitchen for her weekend parties. I missed this, its rare to experience this in Ohio so it was much appreciated. With the amounts of drinks in my system you know i had the confidence to dance to a couple favorites by Marc Anthony, I even had a dance partner who thought I was cute lol :) . He did a great job at leading me, i told myself that that was the only person who I could learn from lol.

If you’re in the Cleveland area I definitely recommend visiting NAZCA Restaurant in Cleveland. For more information on their location and to overlook their menu click here.

Enjoy your Tuesday Loves,

Xoxo,

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Fashion Trend

Alexander Wang .x. H&M…

AHHHH, For my love for H&M! Alexander Wang announced during a Coachella this past weekend that he will be doing a collab with H&M. The collection will consist of apparel and accessories for both men and women and will also go beyonnnnnd fashion! The full collection will launch in 250 H&M stores this upcoming fall. Current release date is announced to be for November 6,2014.

 

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Events, Music, Uncategorized

Coachella 2k14…

Hey Loves,

It’s Monday again and it’s raining but i refuse to let that affect the tempo of the rest of my week. So Coachella 2k14 has passed, sadly I did not get my tickets on time, they sold out in a matter of minutes, well at least thats how it felt. The three day festival took place in Indio, California and featured artist such as: OutKast, Ellie Goulding, A$AP Ferg, Aloe Blacc, Flastbush Zombies, ZZ Ward, HAIM, Girl Talk along with many other guest appearances. Here are my favorite recaps from this past year at Coachella 2k14.

Enjoy,

 

 

OutKast Full Set 

Jhene Aiko and Drake 

A$AP Ferg 

Pharrell Williams with Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Diddy, & Busta Rhymes

Nas Jay-Z Diddy

Nas

Nas

Lorde

Lorde

Pharrell & Gwen

Pharrell & Gwen

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Beyonce & Solange

Beyonce & Solange

Pharrell

Pharrell

 

 

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Music

New Video: It’s On Again…

New Video: Alicia Keys Ft. Kendrick Lamar [Produced by Pharrell Williams]

Personally I love the old, corn rolls braided, beads in hair Alicia Keys. I strayed away from her a little because she became to commercialize but I couldn’t help but update you all on this because this track was produced by the great Pharrell and featured Kendrick Lamar.Enjoy the video below, tell me your thoughts.

From the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.

 

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Photos

Three generations…

History repeating itself. Mommy and Grandmother (left), her first steps. Some years later, me and my grandmother (my mommys mothers) and my first steps (right).

 

La historia se repite. Mi mama enseñandome mis primeros pasos. Años despues, mi mama enseñandole a mi hija! :-)

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Fashion Trend

Monster & Chanel…

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Chanel leather headphones first appeared on Chanels last fall/winter 2014/15 collection presented in March during Paris fashion week. Then, the collaboration was not made official but here it is now!

Although i’m more into the rose gold frends taylor headphones, these are somewhat still chic despite their all black simple leather look. Its Chanel, come’ on lol. In this photo, the producer Swizz Beats and Karl Lagerfeld flaunt the signature collaboration of Monster with the fashion house of Chanel.

Theses headphones come complete with Chanel’s signature matelasse leather that holds their iconic signature logo. No info on any release date or price of the headphones.

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Dreamd Thoughts & Rants

Doing more of what you love…

Hey Loves, currently rambling.

Blame this post on the great weather we are having here in small town USA ‘Kent,OH,’ it promotes a happier, more enthusiastic me! Lol, but in all honestly, I love my blog. Shoutout to you because you are my baby. You are my outlet. When I started to trust myself more, i brought my journal writings to you and began sharing it with all of my readers in hopes of you guys getting a little more familiar with who I AM. When I did this, it made this so much more enjoyable. Anyways: 10:47p.m. my time, friday night. My idea of a good time has officially changed lol. Here it goes:

My mind has been craving for someone to challenge me, to teach me. I love to learn, learning expands. When you allow your mind to become a sponge you become open and humble to every experience and allow all shortcomings to come and pass as they need. Today my goal was to find another internship in San Francisco and to complete and update my resume and cover letters. I started by location, ended with three great choices to apply and completed them, to an extent. Something else grabbed my attention. I recently had a photo shoot with a Kent multi cultured magazine called ‘UHURU’ and actually had the great opportunity to be on their front page magazine titled ‘WE CAN DO IT! Overcoming Life’s Obstacles’ the articles within the magazine took about an hour out of my day until I moved onto tumblr which took about half my afternoon. My point: My mind is all over the place, all-the-time. I find something in everything, inspiration is everywhere. This is why I never understood the idea of not having a passport and taking advantage of traveling. Like jay-Z stated “You aint accustomed to going through customs you aint been nowhere.”

Until you have traveled to a place like Georgetown, Guyana or Lima, Peru or any other third-world, you haven’t gained a truly humbling life experience on appreciation for what is, and what’s not. I say my idea of a good time has changed because instead of doing the cliche spring break, Panama City Beach, Miami thing i chose a laid back trip to California. Surrounding myself with family, good food and scenery i got back to my self. I know I didn’t miss out on much when i liked my friends instagram posts on how their spring break was going down in South Beach, lol.

I love the young woman Im becoming because I’m more appreciative of the arts, more feminine, more enthusiastic about what matters to me. I asked this question, what matters to you? Theres a difference in the answers when you ask that, and what ‘SHOULD’ matter to you. Due to popular society, and cultural competitions, money, education, earning that higher position and creating a family is the basis of what should matter, or ultimately what ‘WILL’ matter. But right now, what maters to you? I love my blog, this is what matters to me, its my outlet. Traveling matters to me, meeting everyone i can start any conversation with, thats important to me; not for advancement. i honestly do not care about the economical benefits that accompany networking. I genuinely understand that i enjoy others and their company. I enjoy their struggles, their experiences; it broadens me, it humbles me. It has molded me into the individual i am creating myself to be.

This past thursday i spent the afternoon sitting on the side of a bike trail in Kent. The weather was beautiful, 70’s and clear skies. The wind was at its strongest but it wasn’t chilly. I was with two other good friends. We sat and conversed about this past weekends events and upcoming branding ideas when a professor and her three dogs came by and sat down  with us for about a good hour. She was beautiful in a sense that i loved her energy. She teaches women gender studies here at Kent and the topics she discussed with us then were mind blowing (more on that later, she actually invited us to sit in on one of her lectures) She sparked so much needed inspiration. She explained how many of us do not do what we love, or do not even know what we love because we are too consumed in electives and classes that don’t even pertain to what we love or what we aspire to do when we graduate.She explained that we need more classes, more electives that encourage you to get back to who you are; that encourage the building of creativity and ideas. Bottom Line: It was awesome and so was she.

What I got out of that was simply an emphasis on common sense lol, do more of what you love. It is vital: Living, music, your sexuality, your stregths, art, get back to reconnecting with the earth. It made me think about Cali (I know can I stop talking about my love for the Golden State lol) But the reason I have such a strong connection with the city of San Francisco is because of their eco-friendly vibes, the friendly people and the sunny days that promote a happier you, I’m just talking now but i hope you’re following lol.

 

Moral of this post is: DO WHAT YOU LOVE

 

What matters to you?

What maters to me: (not limited to) Im still learning. Learning what i love: Art, Music, Inidividual experiences, travel, writing, relationships, love , and happiness.

 

Notice money isn’t something that matters. It’s a plus but always try to find wealth in happiness first. Prioritize.

Me on the cover of 'UHURU' Kent State University

Me on the cover of ‘UHURU’ Kent State University

I forgot her name. This baby loved to take photo's. She's actually posing. She was so beautiful!

I forgot her name. This baby loved to take photo’s. She’s actually posing. She was so beautiful!

Jada enjoying the love

Jada enjoying the love

Over the summer 2k13. Georgetown, Guyana. South America. My most humbling experiences yet.

Over the summer 2k13. Georgetown, Guyana. South America. My most humbling experiences yet.

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