Yummy Yummy Yummly!

You guys have been with me as I’ve started to eat healthy and just really dive into a healthy lifestyle. One problem that I face with this is that sometimes I get so bored because (to me) it seems like the choices I have (to eat) are limited. I mean, I really don’t eat dairy at all anymore, I’m trying to cut out meat as much as possible and so many things that we think are healthy .. I’m learning that they just aren’t!

After being frustrated with my lack of options, I started to look up healthy recipes. As I searched through google and various cooking sites, the ‘healthy’ recipes I saw weren’t healthy at all. C’monnnnn a lot of them had PORK (I do not eat pork – never have never will, ew. No offense) and I kept thinking to myself – ‘on what planet is pork healthy bro’. So not only was I not finding what I was looking for but I also felt like I couldn’t trust those sites.

After my frustration got the best of me, I headed to Facebook just to skim through some posts and forget about the horrid recipes that I saw. At that moment I saw a post from a girl who is very much into fitness, knows about alkaline foods and diets and is just an all around healthy individual. If you don’t know hat alkaline foods are, that is another post for another time. Just know that alkaline foods are what we need to live an all around healthy life (in terms of eating -that is). In the comments section of her post, someone asked how she came up with different recipes and pretty much just asked her for advice. So you know, now my eyes are PEELED to the screen. Lol. Anyways she recommended an app and now I want to recommend it to you.

The name of the app is

*drummmmmmmmmmmmmm rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll*

Yummly!

I am not sure if it is available on androids, but have no fear because I literally just found the website!

http://www.yummly.com/

I have been using this app for about 3 weeks and I LOVE IT! It’s reminiscent of a Facebook news feed with just an abundance of different recipes. You can pile your favorite recipes into different categories and can even create a shopping list of items that you would need for each recipe.

However, my favorite part is that you tailor your profile to fit your needs. So upon downloading the app, you will be asked what kind of ‘diet’ you are on, what foods you don’t like, what allergies you may have and things of that nature.

This app has been such a help. I have been able to make Zucchini fries, different wraps and seafood entrees! I can’t wait to make even more things and share them with you all!

Please check out this app especially if eating healthy is something that you want to try!

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Uplifting Quotes To Brighten Your Day … & Mine

In a time like this I need some positive words to surround me and I know that I’m not alone. Whether it be a person, a thing or situation, we all have times that we just need to be surrounded by positivity and good vibes. So I wanted to give you guys that and truthfully I need to give myself that.

Here are some of my favorite uplifting quotes.

“Without struggle there is no progress.” Image result for without struggle there is no progressThe real quote by Frederick Douglass reads “If there is no struggle there is no progress” but I tend to prefer the modified version. During my times of self doubt and when I am struggling to better myself or succeed at something I try my hardest to remember this quote. This is a quote that has ALWAYS helped me push through and persevere during difficult times.

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”This quote is by one of my favorite psychologist, Abraham Maslow. So, read it. Read it again. Let in sink in.  When I first read this quote, I was taken aback. I literally stared in awe for a few minutes because it is so true. If we continue to see everything with a one sided mind or from our own perspective, we will never be able to know any other solution. Every problem we come across, we will try to solve the same way. Every disagreement, every misunderstanding .. everything! And that is no way to operate. Every situation is different. Every person is different. You have to be able to at least attempt to understand things in a different light. You have to be able to take a step back and try different tactics to handle different scenarios and that is something I had to learn. Once I learned the meaning of this quote, it helped me with future problems .. and it still helps me.

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life” and “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself”. I combined these two because they essentially mean the same thing but I love both of these quotes and couldn’t pick one. What I get from these quotes is – do what makes you happy and nothing less .. or you will be unhappy! Work to your highest and best ability and don’t give up. Even if there’s turbulence along the way. Even if you have nay sayers surrounding you. Even if you feel like your best isn’t enough. Even if self doubt is getting the best of you. Keep going, keep trying and don’t give up. It is better to try and fail than to not try at all (another favorite quote of mine lol) because in you trying you are reaching the goal you were meant to. So many times I see people go into professions or do things that they don’t necessarily want to do because they are thinking about the people around them or money but in the end they turn out to be so unfulfilled and not at peace. We have to come to the conclusion that we must do what makes us happy. We have to do it for ourselves and no one else. We must live to our greatest potential and travel along that path to self love and happiness and then we will attain peace <3.

“If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.” This is another Abraham Maslow quote and I promise the last one! Lol. I adore this quote. You have to keep trying. No matter what. No matter how difficult the task. It’s that simple. That’s it.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” I love this quote because it’s just saying that no matter where life may take you, you have to learn to go with it and change when needed so that you meet whatever goal you have set for yourself. Throughout life, whatever goal you are pushing for, the path to that goal will very rarely go the way you expect it. There will be ups and downs, right turns and wrong ones but you have to gain the mindset that these things -everything really- happens for a reason. And that reason is to make you a better person and after facing those obstacles, reaching that goal will only be more fulfilling!

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgement shall be condemned.” I couldn’t NOT include a bible quote and to be honest this might be my favorite on this list. There was a time in my life (at a young age) that I was going through so much. One day, I was talking to my aunt over the phone and I literally broke down. She consoled me, talked to me so calm and started reading the bible. Now I am not religious (I do believe in God though) but something about the way she spoke to me helped. Before we got off the phone she told me to write something down. I got a pen and paper and she recited those words to me. Then she told me to put it on the door of my room and every night before I went to bed and every morning before I left the house to say these words. I don’t know if she even remembers that but even now before I leave the house I say those words in my head. No weapon that forms against you will prosper. Those weapons will form but if you keep your faith, work hard and stay positive they won’t prosper – they can’t. And every person that judges you or your situation can’t prosper. So stay positive and focus on that goal. Strive to achieve it and you will.

So these are some of my favorite uplifting quotes. If you are feeling down for whatever reason, I hope this helped you. ❤

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51 Things That Make Me Happy !

The past few weeks have been very trying. In terms of being positive and continuing on my journey to happiness and self love, I have instead taken a pit stop at restlessness, sadness and self doubt. It isn’t fun. At. ALL.

I decided that I need to resume my journey for the sake of my happiness and my mental health. Pit stop – OVER. With that being said, I was skimming through some blogs and a post entitled “50 things that make me happy” leaped right into my lap. I automatically thought …. I have to do this!

So, I grabbed a nice big cup of ginger tea (one of my favorites), wrapped myself in my big fluffy comforter and started on my list. I hope you guys enjoy.

51 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. People who smell good
  2. Puppies
  3. People in love
  4. Romantic movies
  5. Walking to my destination
  6. Traveling
  7. Taking a shower .. especially after a longgggg day
  8. Pillows .. especially if they smell nice lol
  9. When I feel like people understand me
  10. Making people happy
  11. Writing
  12. People who don’t give a damn about what others think
  13. Bob Marley ❤
  14. When my hair does what I want it to do
  15. When I look as cute in pictures as I look in person
  16. When I have accomplished a goal after procrastinating forever
  17. Reading
  18. Learning new things
  19. Culture
  20. Art
  21. Music
  22. Positive people
  23. Good food .. I mean seriously. I should’ve written this first
  24. Peeing after holding it for a really long time
  25. Time to myself
  26. Time with my loved ones
  27. The sound of rain
  28. Parks
  29. Picnics .. In Parks
  30. Getting things in the mail
  31. Feeling emotionally stable
  32. Being productive
  33. Feeling wanted
  34. Eating healthy .. because I feel healthy
  35. Pools!
  36. Dipping my head under water
  37. When I am feeling confident and sexy
  38. Smelling clothes after they come out of the dryer .. clearly I have an obsession with smells!
  39. Being the person of choice that my loved ones come to during their times of need
  40. When my loved ones are there for me during my times of need
  41. Milkshakes
  42. Ratchet activities – at a minimum. lol
  43. Getting PAID
  44. When I let go of and overcome my sadness, anger and/or fear/s
  45. Omg, when people play in my hair. Not just anyone lol but yea
  46. Reconnecting with old friends
  47. Love
  48. A positive support system
  49. Seeing people live in their truth and well as living in my truth
  50. Seeing beautiful successful people
  51. Feeling free

If you aren’t feeling like yourself or just aren’t feeling up to it at the moment .. I really suggest you make your own list. Honestly, I feel a little better. I know it’s going to take more than a list to pull me out of this ditch (woahhh, barss did yall see that?, lol) buuttttt, it’s just the beginning and it is a step in the right and positive direction ❤ .

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope you all make your own list of things that make you happy.

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Sunshine Through Cloudy Days …

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When I look for quotes .. I try my hardest to look for a quote that is relatable, written with passion and inspiring for everyone. This quote above does just that – I related to it, felt the passion and was inspired. All I can do now is hope that others feel the same way.

So here’s my story – Some days I wake up and I am literally not in the mood. I don’t want to move. I feel worthless, discouraged and there is no consoling me or getting me out of that state of mind. Some days I wake up and my obstacles, shortcomings and all the things that are (potentially) going wrong at that time get the best of me and I find myself questioning whatever higher power is out there. I wonder why I’m not good enough, why things don’t always work out the way that (I think) they should and what is my purpose on this earth (just to name a few things and yes I know it’s very melodramatic but it’s the truth). I find myself sad, crying and feeling extremely lonely. Sometimes I even become enraged by how bad I feel. I think we might all have those days. But (for me) on those days it feels like it’s me against the world.

With that being said .. there were many times before that I wallowed in that self pity and drowned myself in harsh and unloving thoughts. To be honest .. there are still times now that the negativity gets a hold of me and locks me down … but trust me, I’m working on that!

But the good days .. those bad days turned to good -I knock those thoughts out of my head. I lay in bed (maybe I’ll scroll through FB and IG lol) and I literally think of every positive thing that I’ve got going for myself. I’ve graduated college. I’ve opened my own business. I’m working and helping to provide a stable home for my mother and I. I will be applying to graduate school. I’m in a loving relationship. I have so many plans and ideas that I’m working on. I have an awesome support system. And hey, I’m kinda cute.

I list these things and then I tell myself that I am better than laying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. Then I force myself to get up and make a plan for the day; and it doesn’t have to be something major .. but just enough to get myself going .. to let myself know that I have A REASON MANY REASONS to keep going, to keep fighting, to keep happiness alive, to succeed and to keep pushing forward. I tell myself that I am worthy, that I am precious, that I am a gem, and beautiful and then I get my ass up and get started on my day and 9 times out of 10 it’s a beautiful day.

That is how I create my sunshine on a day full of clouds.

So now I challenge you all .. on those days that you just “aren’t feeling it”. Try. Get up. Put positive thoughts in place and MAKE yourself feel it. Think good thoughts, be productive, stay active (mentally and physically), breathe and take it one step at a time. You got this. ❤

xoxo Cielo.
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Dear Sandra Bland

I still think of you.

I’m Just Not Motivated …

is no longer an excuse.

Get motivated. Simple. Find ways to build yourself up because quite frankly if you’re waiting for someone to make you feel better about yourself .. you might just be waiting forever.

Now I don’t mean to sound harsh – I promise.

However, the CONSTANT self pity party just isn’t going to cut it anymore. We all have obstacles that we face, challenges that make us feel like we can’t succeed and self esteem issues that bring us down from time to time. You can’t let those things hold you back and hold you down. You have to fight through that and show yourself that you CAN succeed at whatever it is that you put your mind to. You have to face those challenges head on (and even if you fail, learn from your mistakes and know that you tried your hardest). You have to look at yourself and know that you are worthy of taking on those challenges and risks and know that it is okay to fail because through failures you learn, you grow and you become a better you. 

I know some people are reading this and are thinking “Easier said than done.”

You are absolutely right.

.

..

Until you do it.

What’s stopping you from taking that first step?

You are. So fight through that. Build yourself up. Have faith in yourself. Every time you have a negative thought … stop yourself, breathe and replace that thought with a thought that will benefit your mental state of mind.

You got this. Believe in yourself. GET MOTIVATED!


Some other tips from me to you:
  1. Write a list of things that you want to accomplish. It can be anything from work out more, look for new jobs, do better in school, call your friends more to finishing a book. (Doesn’t matter the order .. just write until you can’t think anymore).
  2. Take one thing from that list and write ANOTHER list of the many ways that you can accomplish that goal.
  3. DO IT.
  4. Cross it off of your list.
  5. Now take another thing from that list and do the same thing. Keep going.
  6. Start to feel better about yourself.
  7. Give these tips to someone else who is having a hard time.

Trust me it helps & good luck.

xoxo Cielo.

I took a leap …

and I bet on myself. For a while, I distanced myself from others, sat back and contemplated some things that I have really always thought of doing but couldn’t find the courage to do. For months and months, I retreated to this little shell writing down ideas on top of ideas that my mind was constantly swirling around.

Until it hit me. I HAVE TO DO THIS. I CAN’T KEEP HOLDING OUT ON MYSELF ANYMORE.

So, I started to purchase some things.

Started to make some things.

Started to have faith in myself and my creative process.

With that being said, I decided to start my own website on Etsy.

I decided to name my online store at Etsy: CielosHippieShop – sticking to the theme right, lol. I then decided that my actual collection should have a different name (you know something more unique and catchy). So my actual collection is called DeLaJipi Collection!

Man, I’m excited. If you haven’t seen the site you’re probably wondering what I’m selling. For now, I have jewelry but more is coming and it is coming VERY soon. My mind is working on overload and I am really trying to handle one idea at a time. I’ve already started working on canvases and I do have a pair of bleached jeans on the website as well.

Taking this leap has definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities and well to believing in myself – and trust me that is still a struggle but I’m working on it.

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Positivity Everywhere 5 – The Fluffy Angel

Name: Tenesha Thomas
Nickname: Fluffy
Age: 35
Name of your website: WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM

Q: Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
A: To start I’m a mother of 4. A hair stylist. I also love fashion and anything unusual that has to do with fashion.
I love to dance (mostly dancehall) and I lllooove to travel and meet new people .. these are just the basics, can’t give away the good stuff ..lol.

Q: Tell us a little bit about what it is that you do.
A: Well I’m the CEO of WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM.  It is a fashion accessories website where women can get unique and affordable accessories for any and all occasions. At my customers request, I also provide a one on one consultation to ensure the order of the perfect accessories for that perfect outfit if it is not available on the website. I’m able to get any style, colour or design my customers need…😊

Q: How did you know that creating an online store was something that you wanted to do?
A: Well, I started off by going to salons and selling to people that knew what business I was trying to get into … until I realized ‘hey I have a computer that I do nothing with really’ …. so I started to do my research on how to build a website.  Getting the name was a real funny story (that I’ll leave for a next time😈) lol … but once I got the website up and the name out there it was a rap … I love shopping, so buying and selling these beauties was all I needed and the benefits are GREAT!

Q: How did you get started with your business? For example, how did you chose which platform you would use to sell your items? How did you know what you wanted to sell?
A: It was pretty easy. Coming from a dancehall background, I look at these ladies and myself.  The outfits they wear, colours and hairstyle it was a no-brainer as to what I needed to provide to my customers .. without leaving out my customers in the day to day world that just want to look fabulous whether they’re going to the supermarket, interview or just taking a walk.

Q: Who or what would you say is your biggest motivator?
A:Wow. One of my biggest motivators would be Rachell Payne. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever told her, but one of my biggest motivators would be Carla Babb of strictly babbzy. .. she has been my #1 supporter since day one. There were times I felt like ‘what’s the point?’,  then I would read her blog and see a big up (big up = shout out for the non West Indian readers) to me and my website WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM.

 Q: What about inspiration?
A: My mom, she’s my greatest inspiration. When I need someone to tell me like it is without hesitation, I call on her. She is a hard working woman and fun to be around.

Q: Have you had to overcome any struggles on your path to success? If so, what?
A: Definitely,  it was crazy at the  start.  It’s still crazy now, but I’ve learned how to deal with it. I realized that the struggle is what makes everything work. There would be weeks I would only have 3 or 4 sales, but at the end of it I’m thankful for those 3 or 4 customers.  Now it’s busier but I love what I’m doing.

Q: There are always people that doubt our abilities, that have negative things to say and/or wish for our downfall. In my opinion, sometimes it can be discouraging. So, how do you deal with the negativity that is sometimes being thrown your way? And, does the negativity ever affect your confidence or you ability to promote your store?
A: I’m a firm believer in what you give is what you get. I pride myself on being a very positive woman, I try my best to be uplifting to others and what they do. For those who know me, they can say that I’m a down to earth person, I try my best to be around people with respect, purpose and understanding.  Negativity really doesn’t bother me at all though; I look at it as you can’t have the good without the bad .. yin and yang.

Q: How do you successfully juggle being a mother/raising four beautiful children and dealing with the hustle and bustle of running a business?
A: It’s hard at times. Dealing with four different spirits, then dealing with customers request and their personality,  it gets crazy .. but I’ve learned to separate my mommy mode from my fluffy mode.  It’s easier now and actually fun..lol.

Q: How long has your business been up and running? What have you learned so far about owning your own business?
A: WWW.FLUFFYANGEL.COM is now 3yrs old as of this past January. So far I’ve learned that owning your own business, whether it’s big or small as a tremendous award. To know that I get up every day doing something that I love and it’s all mine is the greatest experience one can have.

Q: What is it that you hope to accomplish with your business?
A: I hope to provide the best and most affordable unique fashion accessories to the world. Lol, I like to think big.

Q: Besides getting into business for yourself, do you have any other goals that you want to/plan to pursue? If so, what are they?
A: Besides running a website, I am also a hair stylist. I’m looking to getting into the fashion world to do hairstyling for models on the runway or magazines. My ideas are endless I refuse to keep them to myself 😆. Besides that, I am also in the medical field. I’m looking forward to going back to school to pursue a bachelors degree.

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I am Sandra Bland

Fierce.

Outspoken.

A person that knows their rights.

A person who is strong minded about the rights for people of color.

Black.

A woman.

A black woman.

I am Sandra Bland. I am a fierce, outspoken, black woman that is strong minded about the rights for people of color and knows her rights.

Her story could have been my story is my story.


What’s crazy to me is the story that is being made up about this woman, her arrest and her untimely death.

What disgusts me most is how they are describing Sandra.

“She should have listened to the officer.”
“The autopsy found weed in her system.”
“She was defiant.”
“If she was my daughter, I would be embarrassed by the way she acted”
“She tried to commit suicide last year .. because she miscarried.”

But let me take it back just a few steps. What I don’t understand is that a white man can

a) Kill multiple children in a school
b) Shoot up an entire movie theater
c) sit down with a group of black people for an hour, almost not kill them because “they were so nice” then shoot them execution style
d) I can’t think of anything else right now but I KNOW there’s 389745837032975 examples

and can be deemed “insane” during the time of the incident and have people be sympathetic to their actions. “Little Johnny had a bad home life” “It wasn’t little Johnny’s fault” “Little Johnny was such a nice kid”.

HOWEVER, when the VICTIM is a black person they are constantly trying to find reasons that their death is justified. “Well, little Trayvon shouldn’t have worn the hoodie” “Big Mike … well he shouldn’t have been out that night” “Sandra Bland should’ve listened to the cop”

As if these are justifiable reasons why another one of my people should end up dead.

But that is a whole other post, discussion, topic, problem.

So Fast Forward.
SO WHAT SANDRA had weed in her system. Does that mean this case isn’t sufficient enough to do an in depth investigation although we know nothing will be done to these officers (which is apart of the problem).
So what she tried to commit suicide last year after suffering something heartbreaking like losing your child -____-.
Fact of the matter is the circumstances under which “she committed suicide” just DOES NOT add up.

Then there’s the speculations about what really happened that quite frankly make more sense then the statement made by the police.

If you don’t know what the statement was – they stated that Sandra Bland committed suicide using a trash bag from the cell. They also said that they found her around 9 am

Now here’s comments from some people

 

Now here’s where I REALLY started to think

Interesting right?

This picture also intrigued me. Especially as people began to explain it more. So I did just as the woman in the picture did. I laid on the floor and noticed how my shoulders instantly moved up. Then I stood up in front of the mirror and noticed how (as straight as I tired to put my shoulders) it still slanted downwards. And I was completely baffled. As I continued to read these posts coupled with my knowledge of the situation, I began to get infuriated. This could have been me, my mother, one of my friends. This could be my future daughter.

It’s sickening. It’s frustrating. But this is the world we live in. It won’t end.

Until we really start fighting for the respect we deserve.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER  #SAYHERNAME #SANDRABLAND #IAMSANDRABLAND

So I’ll end this with saying Sandra Bland (among with all my brothers and sisters who lost their lives due to ignorance and hatred) are in my heart. I will fight for you. For myself. For my brothers. My future children. For our people.
You will be remembered.

withered.

She loved with all her might

Gave him all her fight

He didn’t appreciate her

Abused and misused her

Until finally her love for herself

Surpassed her love for him

Until finally her love for him

Withered

Away

Into

Thin

Air

He turns around and she isn’t there.

xoxo Cielo.

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