Its Been Fun…..

Greetings,

This is my final posting and I thought it would be appropriate to give a retrospective review of my experience as a novice blogger. This experience has been interesting to say the least. To have the opportunity to express myself in an open and public forum is a bit rewarding; however, it also made me more conscious of what I would say.

The method of blogging, within itself, is a lot harder than first perceived. I found that a lot of thought went into what would be the next topic of discussion and how would it come across. I think that at times I over emphasized if my topics would be interesting or not, instead, I have learned to write freely at times.

Another element that often crossed my mind was how would the public receive what I was saying? Additionally, giving someone the ability to comment on my own thoughts and focal points was a little unsetting which took some time to get use to. I also found that there were so many parallels to having a decent blog: layout, content, quality, post, pictures and many other factors came into play. With the technical aspects aside, I loved the ability to have a platform where I could express my voice.

Overall, I enjoyed the assignment and would like to continue practicing blogging.

Until Next Time – Live, Laugh, Love!!!!!!!

Tina Marie

Reading is Fundamental and Healthy!

At the advisement of a relative, I was persuaded to read The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Griffin, which is a self-proclaimed practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm himself against power.

I must admit that I am not the one searching for self-help guides, but since I started reading this book, I have not been able to put it down. To find a book that assist with solving thorny problems, building better relationships, ending relationships, navigating life passages and learning from those that have made the journey, is very enlightening.

From that scope, today’s posting segways right into way reading provides positive mental nourishment.

Take my mother for instance, she reads a biblical passage every morning and night. It is a pattern that to her, helps establish her day on a spiritual level, and having that stability arms her against the daily perils. Her nightly reading brings her subtle peace and closure.

From my perspective,  I have recently discovered that since I began reading this book, my daily metro commute does not seem as rigorous and anxious. I am so immersed with the text that the women talking loudly on her cell phone no longer upsets me, neither does the screaming toddler who’s mother pretends that she doesn’t hear the  baby .  External stimuli are closed off and before I know it I have reached my destination.  Moreover, I have begun to see things clearer. I consider that it’s the connectivity that I feel when I’m reading; it provides a comfort knowing that millions of other people have felt this way and have listed the tools to overcome those feelings.

With some many useless t.v. shows  it is imperative to read something that appeases the senses.

According to Dr. Timi Gustafson, Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain benefits from a good workout every now and then. Reading is more neurobiological demanding than processing images or speech. Reading also improves people’s mood, desires and behaviors.

Ten years ago I would have laughed at the thought of reading a “self-help” book but in reality we all turn to some external source for guidance and encouragement. Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Epicurus, Plato, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Gandhi and even Jesus have all provided some list of Golden Rules or words of wisdom that is continuously viewed with varied interpretations. But the premise is that these words construct the framework for hope and prosperity, thus leading people to living a healthier life.

So why not pick up a book because reading is not only fundamental, its food for your mind.

Until next time – Live, Laugh, Love

Tina Marie

Spring Fashion!

As you can see, I completely missed my blog post last week. I had all of the best intentions to get my thoughts posted but one thing lead to another and it wasn’t until Sunday night that I remembered, long story longer – my short term memory is getting much shorter.

I am noticing that I have to do a better job at being organized. This semester things just are not aligned.

Maybe it’s the fact that I have a “real” corporate job that requires travel, board meetings, press events and a whole lot of stress. Or maybe it’s the fact that the boys are getting older and their physical appearance is a constant reminder of how time is really flying.

Whatever the reasoning may be, I just can’t seem to find my rhythm which is sort of why I am happy its spring.

What was once dead and rustic, will blossom into a lively pictureus scenery of colors.  All of the natural elements of spring represent life, love, a new beginning and second chances. It is a pleasurable season where  everything seems to morph into its best version of itself.

The trees are a lot greener, flowers are a light brighter, people seem to be a lot happier and there is an overall presence that the stresses of yesterday have faded away.

I love spring if you can’t tell. For me, the season awakens my senses, my creativity comes alive, my spirit is lifted, but what I enjoy most, are the colors that surrounds me, especially the ones strategically designed  within the latest spring fashion.

New fabrics, textures and designs – just the thought alone brings some happiness to my subdued attitude.

The idea that I am able to tuck away those heavy sweaters and coats is seemingly comparable to putting away my worries and troubles. It’s like the changing of the guards.

So since I enjoy your company so much, I have compiled a list of sites that can provide some creative ideas in terms of breathing new life into your wardrobe and mid-set:

For the bag lover, you might want to check out Bagsnob and Bagbliss, which both provide different op-eds on the latest bag designs.

For unique hair and nail tips sprinkled with a little gossip, turn to Addicted to all thing pretty.  I found this site on accident and now I visit at least three times a week.

For an introspective into urban fashion and culture, check out Fresh, Fly and Flash and Blacksnob.

For that the budget conscious shopper, The Budget Fashionista will help you come up on some great finds.

And never cancel out the idea of thrifting; a highly overlooked alternative where you can find some classic pieces. Fashion of DC Good Will can put you on the right track.

Remember that with all things, its quality not quantity that makes the difference.

Until next time – Live, Laugh, Love

Tina Marie

The Curious Case Of The Pink EYE…..

So I have the pink eye. If you have never had the pink then you have been spared the agony of waking up to puss and mucus running from not one, but both eyes. It is literally like having the flu, but instead of coughing and sneezing, you have an itchy, watery, smelly eye!

It all started Tuesday morning. I woke up and realized that my eyes were still closed and not by choice. One look in the mirror and I knew what it was. This was not my first go round with the pink but it was the first time I experience such discomfort in both eyes.

Because I was in so much pain, I didn’t even make it to the doctors;  I went straight to urgent care and you could imagine how embarrass I was. After a three hour wait (so much for the word urgent), I was finally seen and prescribed two different set of eye drops along with a patch.

In my mind, I was thinking “I know this doctor does not expect me to wear a patch!”

So every four hours I have been washing, rinsing and dropping medication into my eyes. I have not been outside in three days. Not only have I not been outside, but I am quarantined from the rest of my family and I think I’m going crazy.

With all the free time on my hands I was able to catch up on some writing assignments, but most importantly I wanted to research what a pink infection really is.

As listed on WebMD The Pinkeye (also called conjunctivitis) Viral and bacterial pinkeye is contagious and can spread very easily. Since most pinkeye is caused by viruses for which there is usually no medical treatment, preventing its spread is important.

eye-diagram

Being temporarily impaired is no fun and to bring some excitement to my bed ridden state, Scraps of My Geek Life provides a litany of things to do while sick and in bed. Since my vision is impaired, it is a bit hard for me to complete some of the ideas listed, but overall, it’s a fun guide to keep busy when you are down and out.

Well that’s about all for now. It is about that time for me to wash, rinse, add medicated drops and let’s not forget, put my fashionable eye patch on!!!

Until Next Time – Live, Laugh, Love

Tina Marie

Soul Food

Recently I was having a conversion with a friend about some issues I has having.  Mid-way into the talk, my friend asked if I was religious. The question threw me completely off guard as I quickly responded that I was spiritual but wasn’t sure if I would define myself as religious.

I like many, believe in God; I pray, read the bible and attend church occasional. But I am not one of those people that can quote the Bible verbatim or is willing to give a significant amount of money to a church.

It has been a challenge for me to find a church home that fits my needs. Over the years I have become skeptical of certain houses of worship where the pastor spends three hours hooping and hollering then pressures you to make a contribution in the name of the Lord. I find this to be appalling and simply a con act. Because of these reasons ,l have strayed away from the traditional Sunday morning service.   However, my friends question started to make me think and wonder if I was missing something in life.

During difficult times, I often turn to prayer. I thank Jesus daily – in the morning, at night, before I eat and for all my blessing.

My mom always say that to be completely whole, one has to feed their mind, body and soul. So for me, through education I was feeding my mind and through healthy nutrition I was feeding my body, but what about my soul?

I started to come to the realization that I was neglecting my spiritual health. My feelings of anxiety and tiredness that I was speaking to my friend about could have been a result of lack of faith and religious consumption.  Studies have shown that religion and health have a positive correlation and with that ideology I found several articles on longevity and how prayer helps eliminate a number of negative feelings.

Through the years my appetite for a solidified religious foundation has increased and although I am grounded in my spirituality, I am searching for much more and decided to accept my friends invite to attend church with her this Sunday.  So with all that being said, I think it’s time for me to replenish and refill my soul.

 

Until next time – Live, Laugh, Love

Tina Marie

Metamorphosis

Recently I celebrated another year of living. Unlike birthdays of the past, this celebration was not like any other. This one was one of those milestone birthdays where you simultaneously begin to look at things differently. Everything that previously made sense, no longer had any merit. Activities that use to be fun seemed overrated and the people who I use to hang with began to annoy me.

I started to analyze friendships, family relationships, career and educational goals, but most importantly, my appearance, health and overall spiritual being. The understanding that I was getting older numerically was evident, but I never factored the alteration of my health and physical appearance.

From these observations, I made a declaration to make a change. The only problem with this premise was that I had no idea where to start. It soon become apparent that the obvious starting point would be my health.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I am a hamburger and French fry chunky. Going to Wendy’s and ordering a salad over a burger is not logical to me but unfortunately, it is time for me to grow up and eat as such.

After a few Google searches, I came across The George Mateljan Foundation website which is a not-for-profit foundation that describes themselves has a “new force for change to help make a healthier you and a healthier world”. The Foundations mission’s falls right into my new life plan. On the site, there are  127 healthy foods listed that are natural, nutritious, tasty and easy to find. Additionally, the site goes into great detail of each food listed and how it positively affects the body.

For me, the hard part is how to begin to incorporate these foods into my diet. So I decided to keep a journal along with incorporating at least two of the listed foods into my daily meals. Even though it has only been a month, these steps seem to appear to make a difference on the way I feel.

But least be realistic, even with the good comes the bad, which in this sense would be the inevitable “cheat day”. This is the day that you treat yourself to those foods and snacks that are the “on-no” list: pizza, burgers, onion ring, cupcakes etc. Without going overboard, I found that Self.com gives a sensible view into some snacks that will certainly cater to my sweet tooth craving without leaving that feeling of guilt.

All in all, changing my eating habits has not been a easy battle, but I am determined to live a healthy life, thus the inception of this blog. In the continuation of my goal to achieve a cleaner lifestyle, I will continue to research better modes of living and I hope that you will join me in the journey.

Until next time – Live, Laugh, Love.

Tina Marie