Honoring Yourself- My Morning Meditation and Yoga Routine

Good Morning! I wanted to piece together a post that was a basic overview of my individual morning yoga & meditation routine. All I did was piece together my favorite energizing and focusing based energy poses, that takes no more than about 10 min in the morning to complete. For as mommas & busy ladies in general we all know how hectic our lives can get. It is utterly imperative to set time aside to clear and center yourself for the day ahead.

So firstly I start off in this pose and take about a couple of minutes to be still & meditate of my energy being cleared, balanced, productive, patient and protected. I try to always make sure to smile during this process because I believe it is a lovely way to set your day with energy that is positive and grateful.

From my meditation I then move on to do some cat/cow poses and make sure to truly pay attention to my slow and steadfast breathing. This is my modified version of childs pose. This is also really great for opening my hip flexors .

Then I go into my camel pose.
From there I transition into my downward facing dog position

After about three good in & out solid breaths I extended one leg behind me and hold for another couple of breaths. Then I sort of arch my foot to the other side and hold the pose again for a couple of smooth breaths.

Next I bring my foot up into my runner lunge position.

After my arm extension stretching, I immediately go into my warrior pose for a couple of nice deep breaths.

From the above pose I then would go back into downward dog and do the entire series of poses again but while using the other leg. Then I make my way back to downward facing down for the final time and then slowly walk forward to mountain pose but while hanging down in rag doll pose.

I typically always finish by slowly rising up into the pose below. I then typically down a glass of lemon water & grab my coffee. There is no set rhyme or reason to it and it’s something I dedicate to for at least 10 minutes in the morning. More is better if you can, but if your a super busy gal like me… I find 10 minutes is more than enough time to realign & to set some amazing intentions for the day. It gives me energy, focus, and all around great vibes to unfold my day to! Namaste!


Instapot Beef Pho

Instapot Beef Pho with Zoodles

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 standard box of low sodium organic beef broth
  • 1 T of cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 large sliced sweet oninon
  • 1 T of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 T of garlic-optional
  • 1 filet of top round steak-thinly sliced
  • 2 T of fish sauce
  • Salt & peper to taste
  • 1 package of zoodles- Zucchini noodles
  • 1/2 C of sliced Bella mushrooms
  • fresh leaves of basil
  • lime slices
  • garlic chili hot sauce for garnish
  • 2 green onions -chopped

Add beef stock, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, seal your instantapot and set to the soup/broth function and set on less to 10 min. Once the broth is cooked, ladle broth into bowl on top of zoodles and place your thinly sliced beef in the hot broth to cook. Add onions, mushrooms, basil. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, salt, pepper & hot sauce to taste Enjoy!

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Emotional Abuse and the Metaphysics behind it.

Humans are dichotomous creatures by nature. We are not only of the physical but the spiritual as well. Many choose to ignore or flat out deny both of these aspects as what we are truly made up of. I preach on a daily basis, to my readers, my family, my friends, anyone who will listen really the importance of nurturing and taking equal care of not only your physical health but your spiritual health as well. It is essential. This is in my opinion what makes abuse (of any form really), especially emotional abuse such a difficult and abrasive wound to overcome and most certainly a veniomous & heinous spiritual crime.

All abuse physical, sexual, emotional ect are horrendous.No matter what the source, all abuse results in lasting, profound and impactful emotional abuse. It is the emotional abuse that leaves individuals suffering in silence, fear, humiliation and often times guilt. Even physical forms of abuse will ultimately turn into deep emotional scars. The wounds may heal but the flashbacks and fear remain leaving a person paralyzed and overwhelmed. Individuals who suffer from emotional abuse often feel their scars are unjustified because there are no physical traces of hurt and pain and often times shame.

A few tips to always remember and push towards in your mind regarding abuse are as follows;

  1. You must make a valid and conscious effort to remove yourself from abusive situations. This of course is not always an option for many who fear for themselves and for their family or find themselves being emotionally blackmailed in an abusive situation. In these cases you must persevere- there are hotlines & counselors reading and willing to help you out of these dire situations. Regardless you are worth fighting for, worthy of being in a safe environment and WORTHY OF BEING HAPPY.
  2. Take a break/ get perspective. Get away or get involved in something that makes you feel like you again. Lifts your confidence and spirits back up. Meditation is my form of taking a break & getting a new form of perspective on myself & how to properly honor myself throughout the day
  3. Counseling
  4. Setting healthy boundaries. No one be it a friend or family member has the right you emotionally abuse and blackmail you. If they think that they do then it is perfectly acceptable to draw that boundary for your own sanity and explain you will not be engaging in a toxic relationship with anyone.

The thing is…. you are not the worlds punching bag, and know matter how many times you choose to excuse the kind of abuse another directs towards you. It is never warranted and most certainly never acceptable. Even if you love someone with all you have, that does not ever justify sacrificing your own well being for another’s frustration. As stated emotional abuse is abuse suffered in silence, confusion and most often times denial. Often time it is truly the most psychologically damaging because it is suffered in silence. It stifles ones spark & kills any sort of confidence.

If you don’t stand up for you, who in the world will?

Charleston Red Rice

Charleston Red Rice

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 5 slices of good bacon
  • 4 ribs of chopped up celery
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 T of minced garlic
  • 1/2 chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 spinach and feta chicken sausages (fully cooked), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of steamed white rice
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • sprinkle of oregano & parsely
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green onions for garnish

Instructions

Cook up bacon in a pot, until crispy and set aside. Sauté onion, celery, garlic, and bell pepper for about 5-7 minutes, you want the onions to be translucent. Next add can of diced tomatoes & add oregano, parsley, salt & pepper on medium heat, let simmer for about 3 min. Add the sausage & white rice and turn the stove top off. Mix thoroughly, garnish with green onions & serve along side a beautiful chicken cobb salad such as this one. Enjoy!

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Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn.

Happy 2019! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We not only have our new moon in Capricorn tomorrow, but it’s an uber powerful one because it’s also a partial solar eclipse occuring. A Solar eclipse much like a new moon is where the moon passes between the earth & sun. The new moon typically represents the fresh start of intentions for the month. With the partial solar eclipse involved it will be more along the lines of setting your intentions for the next six months.

This is a strong aspect of astrological energy, especially with Sun Conjunct the moon. All things are possible. This is a time to really ponder on what it is that you want to achieve in the coming year. Focus on what old habits are holding you back and thus need to be shed. Clean and organize your living space to go into this eclipse with a clear and light mind.

Make sure to write your intentions and what you wish to accomplish and grow from with in the new year. The absolute perfect time to set those New Years resolutions!

The Perfection in the Imperfect Christmas.

The year flew by in a flash, as it usually does. Here we are about a week out from Christmas. Many feel rushed, stressed, and overwhelmed. I just wanted to write a post to send a friendly reminder to you all in the universe. That it’s all ok… It’s ok if you don’t have a specially designed coordinating wrapping paper scheme with all red here or all craft paper there. It doesn’t make you superior in any way, and most certainly doesn’t set you apart from the crowd. If you do have it, and it not something you stress over- in fact its something you enjoy than that’s truly awesome. However for those of you beating yourself up for not having accomplished the perfect instagramable Christmas…. please know your holidays are not ruined. The cookies will sometimes burn, the trees will eivitably get knocked down at some point, and thats ok. That is the nature of life, the imperfections are what make you REAL & to be frank, it’s beautiful. It means you care a great deal to work so hard to make magical memories & that you are fortunate enough to have your health & funds, that your biggest concern is getting everything just right. So take a step back to enjoy this season for yourself as well. You are blessed and you are prefect due to your imperfections. Remember to hug your family, laugh, just sit in the beautiful silence and absorb the energy of goodwill & love all around you. For that love is the most impressive part of the season. Namaste!

Gumbo

Gumbo

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 C flour
  • 3/4 Bacon drippings
  • 1 Package of fresh okra- chopped
  • 1 T of minced garlic
  • 1 package of good kelbsia sasuge
  • 1 carton of reduced sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 T sugar
  • Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 T white vinager
  • 1 T worchester sauce
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 package of shelled and deveined shrimp
  • White rice to serve on

Instructions

In your pot cook the bacon drippings and the flour, whisk until well blended and then cook the roux for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix the garlic in the roux and cook for another hour. Whisk in the broth, sugar, cajun seasoning, diced tomatoes, sauce, simmer on medium-low heat for about 5 min. Add whole chicken breast, cover pot and cook for another 25 minutes. After chicken is cooked, remove on a plate- shread chicken and add back to the pot, then add chopped kielbasa, okra and shrimp. Serve over white rice.Enjoy!

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