#AboutLastNight

Did I really just start the title of this post with a hashtag. So lame and already dated I know. But so what… Now about last night.
Last night after working my day job, I get home and I had the courage to do laundry. Sure that sounds simple, not so intimidating, but when it’s cold and your favorite laundromat is a few blocks over and snow residue is still present in some areas. The thought of washing clothes isn’t very welcoming. But a girls gotta do what a clean girls gotta do! Still, their was no way I was just going to sit, watch and wait. While my clothes were getting clean in the machine, I snuck off for really good hot chocolate 🙂 at the neighborhood coffee shop.

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While sitting and sipping I took a mental vacation and went not a damn place. And I loved it! Weird I know. However I am constantly thinking, analyzing, questioning, debating and etc in this head of mine. It is overwhelming exhausting and taxing on my emotions at times. But last night I sipped pretty and thought of nothing. And I enjoyed it. I wondered if my attempts (I am very intentional with that word because so far no effort has felt truly successful) at meditating in public spaces was starting to pay off. I welcome and experience peace frequently so you can imagine my surprise when this isn’t the word that best describes my moment of dwelling on nothing. You guys I was EXCITED! What I loved about experiencing a calmness in my head was that although I was thinking of not one thing…I was able to HEAR so much. Not just stuff that creates a mental traffic jam either. My ability to become still in mind increased my opportunity to listen.

Two ears, one mouth.

I share this with you because although I am, without a doubt a God loving dragon slayer who can turn into a butterfly, all while encouraging you to celebrate your life and dare you to be yourself. I am a human being and sometimes it’s okay to do nothing (while sipping hot chocolate and washing your clothes). You’d be surprised at what you may experience.

See The Vision

I thrive in the gift of creativity.
The moment my vision becomes tangible I become bored.
Evolving develops my character.
I believe in new friends, places, scents and textures.
I’ve seen a glittered butterfly and became uncomfortable with excitement, humbled by my vision and humored by God’s LOVE.

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Inspired much? Maybe just a little…

Holiday Cheer(s)!

If you are alive, you have a reason to CELEBRATE!

Of course the list is endless on what can be improved and everything isn’t perfect. Kids acting up, health issues, your boss is the scrooge of the century etc etc. I get it. Really I do. But if you have read any other post of my own you know that my perspective is about looking at the bright side of things! Get over it and toast to your life. Not when you complete that goal, or after finals.

Toast to yourself Right NOW! You may not have tomorrow to remind yourself that you are wonderful and amazing and funny and your smile is the brightest thing this side of the Earth … Okay so that was me toasting to myself. I know that I have a reason to celebrate my life and I am okay and comfortable with doing so. Why? Because today I LOVE me like nobodies business. Since I am feeling super good I wanted to spread some love and share my energy with you all. And a recipe for a holiday cocktail too!

 

Spice Gingered Apple Cider

  • Apple cider (it can be store bought, mine was) – 1 quart
  • Ginger tea – 1/2 cup
  • Orange -1
  • Nutmeg -1 pinch
  • Cinnamon -2 pinches
  • Brown sugar- 3 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon Sticks -5
  • Amaretto -1 cup (optional)

In a medium pot bring the apple cider to a simmer over a medium low heat, add the amaretto (if you’re using alcohol) and the ginger tea. Add spices (cinnamon and ginger), and then brown sugar. Continue to allow to simmer, stirring slowly. It should smell amazing about now. Cut orange in half and squeeze the juice into the pot. Add 1 cinnamon stick and let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve in mugs garnished with remaining cinnamon sticks. 4 servings (6-8 oz)

I am NOT a mixologist, I was inspired by this photo ↓ I discovered on www.occasionsonline.com  and made it my own. It turned out really good, so I thought I would share. And Yes I used an apple as a cup, but it didn’t work out so well lol (that’s why you don’t have my photos :0)

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Just two more things that are more important than any of those words above:

  1. Your LOVE for yourself is the only prerequisite. The only thing you need to have is love for yourself not a pretty face, new love life, job or any of that stuff. You can very well be living in a situation that I can never survive in and that is still a reason to Celebrate. Right NOW!
  2. My real toast is to you guys! I have received an abundance of support over the last couple of months and I am so grateful. Writing is my passion, and I am still figuring out my approach for the New Year when it comes to this blog believe it or not (evolution is on the way, my blog needs it). When I sometimes deal with self doubt, another one of you join my literal family and encourage me that it is worth it to keep going. This ones for you, Salud!! And quit being so shy and leave a comment, question, or recipe 🙂

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Hey you guys!

Someone thought my blog was cool enough to do grant me the pleasure of honoring me with a nomination for the Dragons Loyalty Award. That someone was Michelle, from thetravelwench.com Here is my truth, I honestly do not understand in it’s totality what this award means. What I have learned in my minimal approach to research it was that it builds a community of supporters and that was more than enough for me to bathe in the celebration of it all.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Rules:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  • Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers. ( I only nominated 5 blogs, I wanted to nominate blogs I consistently follow and look forward to and not just list a bunch of them just because. I am okay if this disqualifies me)
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

7 Interesting Things About Me:

  • My first dog’s name was Gizmo (he’s in doggie Heaven)
  • I think God is thee Creative Genius of all time
  • If I can give things away to people for a living that would make me ecstatic
  • I lived in Paris earlier this year and look forward to doing more world travel
  • I recently fell in love with blackberries drizzled with wild flower honey
  • I’m obsessed with my collarbone and different cultures
  • I enjoy hosting intimate events and providing people with an experience

 My Nominations:

Thank you again Michelle! I appreciate ya 🙂

I’m Talking To You (Me?)

Dear Self,

The one thing that is constant in life is change. You know that better than anyone. As you have evolved and matured in age you’ve learned to embrace it. Of course not all the time. I remember reading somewhere that when you have a business plan and in five years it is still the same, you’re doomed to fail. Totally paraphrasing but you get the point. That has stuck out in the back of my mind since I’ve come across it and it used to be a tad bit intimidating dare I admit. Maybe because I am a control freak :-). This morning I woke up and got it! Which is a great thing because the truth is my plans haven’t been working the way I hoped. Yes, I’ve been making progress which is always great. However, I am in search of results.

So get prepared for the change that may be self inflicted and inspired by nature as well. You know the things you no longer wish to  partake in. This goes for business, personal and family relationships. Tough it will. This is true. Fortunately one thing that has not changed about you is your strength,  that my dear continues to evolve.

I Love You More Each Day,
~Shantay Alicia

The Moment I Knew I Was Thirty

Although I am naturally a petite yet lean woman in body type. I must admit that after the age of twenty five I had  to be more purposeful about my effort to work out and what I ate. Let’s just say I slowly started to notice that fat wanted to linger in certain places it was not  welcomed. I don’t do diets nor gyms. I adjust, edit andwith trial and error I have gained results. Having a major sweet tooth and a love affair with carbs only made it more challenging for myself.

One afternoon recently while on my lunch break in the cafe at work. I had just finished enjoying a good meal. Chicken, vegetables and mashed potatoes. The cafe bakes fresh chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and double chocolate chip cookies EVERY day. Did I mention I had a sweet tooth? Well when I decided to get some dessert after my meal… and skipped the cookies for more broccoli. That was #TheMomentIKnewIWasThirty

I literally had an “a ha” moment. I texted one of my good friends to share my discovery. She laughed at me. I was then reminded that she did  just say about a week prior that she was celebrating her one year anniversary of thirty on her next birthday.
So…what did I do next? Smiled and embraced change. From now on I get double the veggies and only one cookie 🙂

Have you experienced a pivotal moment that revealed a change in your age? If so, tell me about it.