February – New Beginnings


14 more days until my birthday but I’m not counting…

I wanted to really push myself and see if I could make the lifestyle change with the no-white diet and more exercise but that’s not going as well as I hoped. I’m eating all of the Easter treats that are out already and just killing my “less sweets” diet  since they aren’t here for the rest of the year. However, besides the treats I am more aware of what I am eating. I wanted to see a difference by my birthday provided I took it seriously from Feb 1st. I still have time, but I’d probably be killing myself if I really took it seriously now. After all I do want to enjoy food and treats on my birthday. As you are seeing, I look forward to my birthday, for several reasons.

A new year is just that for me, another year. However, my birthday signals adding another year to my age. It’s me accepting I’m getting older and I feel more motivated to say I did something during a certain age than to say I did it that year. For example, after turning 21 I got my first tattoo. I can’t tell you what year I turned 21, I don’t pay attention to those things, I more remember the age range or what I was doing with my life at that time than the year. I signal the change of a new year on my birthday, and luckily for me it’s in February, so not too far off from the actual new year :). My husband would fly off to Vegas in a heartbeat to celebrate his, but I rather have a more laid back experience for mine.

I’m able to ring in this new year however I please. No pressure and I am the Queen. Within my household back home, whoever was celebrating a birthday, did NOTHING for the day. We were all “slaves” to the person. So of course that day was milked!! No chores, no arguing with them, no insults and whatever was asked of you was done humbly without protest. Who wouldn’t love that? Obviously, I’ve transferred the “royalty” treatment to my husband and myself and if he isn’t complaining then it doesn’t require change :P.

Most of all, I like to use my birthday as a fresh beginning. I take the month to do a lot of introspection – whatever I didn’t like about myself or habits that were forming and take note of the changes to be made within the coming year. I only intend to get better with age. To look back and see a progression of good habits forming and looking after myself mentally and physically. No regression whatsoever.

Taken from Real Simple
Taken from Real Simple

How do you celebrate your birthday? Do you have a tradition? I believe in traditions and looking at your birthday as a true celebration of life and living it to the fullest.


Christmas Vacay

Happy New Year!

I don’t even know why I put vacay in the title. I went on a trip that left me feeling like I need a vacation. This won’t be a long post. I have too much going on mentally to give a detailed account on my experiences but I just want to share the gist of it.

I was “home for the holidays” and the trip started off with us missing our final flight to Barbados via Miami because our Dallas flight was delayed. As we got off the jet bridge we heard our names being called and started to sprint. Unbeknownst to us, sprinting or taking the Skytrain from gate D19 to D48 wouldn’t have made a difference. We learned that if you aren’t in your seat 15mins before the plane is set to take off they can legally give up your seat. Technically, if they don’t think you can make it in time from your connection, they would rebook you but with all of the oversold flights for Christmas, this was not an option. And standby is a bitch – watching a three planes take off and knowing you should be on one of them can do some shit to you especially when you have to wait up to 15mins before it takes off to know whether or not you’ll get on it. We left Dec 23rd and arrived after 2pm on Christmas day. To say I cried would be an understatement. I balled. The agents at the gate all had awful attitudes and just made a shitty situation worse. But it was those whom we encountered at the Rebooking Center and at the Admirals Club at D30 (special thanks to Tacia) that gave us hope in American Airlines and in humanity. Due to this experience, to say I’ve become more paranoid about flying won’t even begin to cover it and we have made some rules with regards to travelling home for Christmas.

Because of the day and a half set back to an already short trip, the trip felt rushed. There were some lovely moments, as is expected when visiting family and friends but it felt like there was toooo much to do in such a short space of time. We left on the 4th for Orlando for a wedding that my husband was the best man in. That part of the trip went smoothly. We had one delay returning to Seattle (in Dallas again) but at least it was our last flight and we were home.

You can check out my Instagram page for a few photos but I didn’t take a single photo with my camera. I forgot I had it sometimes and it seems I didn’t pack the charger either. Womp.

We have two more weddings to attend this year out of the country and my in-laws are planning to visit as well. Hubs and I still need a vacay just for us as we haven’t had one (where we didn’t know anyone where we went) since our honeymoon in 2010! Hopefully that will happen this year as well. I’ve posted on my other blog what I hope to achieve this year and there are other personal goals I’m keeping to myself because I don’t want to look back at them if they aren’t achieved.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to kick 2013’s ass and know that things can only get better :).


Happy New Year!!!

I just want to wish everyone a blessed new year filled with personal growth, challenges and many wonderful experiences that will lead to a reflection that we can truly say made us better people.

So cheers to 2012 and what it brings and may we all see the blessings in all we encounter.