- These opportunities were helping me unplug from the busy life and the routine.
- My purpose revolves around my FEELINGS and how I make others feel. It is NOT about getting shit done for the sake of checking off a task in the daily list. It is about my experiences and how they make me feel. 💫
- My purpose involves others, building connections and relationships with people. Sharing who we are, our gifts, our story.
- the opportunities here were reminders to get back to the basics and making things simple. Why overcomplicating things? The body and the mind are always searching for balance and harmony, and we can find that when we allow ourselves to BE PRESENT in the moment.
If you are like me, trying to take control of things, feeling like there is no time for anything, thinking that you have to prove yourself or others with a long to-do list and with as many tasks you can mark off…Let me ask you this,
➡how do you feel about the things you’re doing now?
➡do you feel CONNECTED or in DISCONNECT?
Take a few minutes and reflect on these 2 questions and feel what comes up! Let me know if you need guidance or just want to chat about them!😉
Who knew that an innocent story of a pirate in a children’s book could turn into my nightmare in 2nd grade. I was feeling lonely, ridiculed, damaged, ashamed. I was trying really hard to contain the tears, You know, that feeling when the eyes and nose get kinda prickly, and there is tightness in the chest and throat. Some kids in my classroom thought it was funny to call me names, like that of the pirate, because I was limping. Some would mock me and exaggerate my walk and repeat ‘Wendy, pata con hipo’ (leg with a hiccup, the name of the pirate). After seeing their fingers pointing at me and all that mockery, I quickly despised being seen, the center of attention or acknowledged (even in a positive way). I learned to hide and do the very least so I’d be unnoticed. The less people saw me the better. After all, what is cute about a little girl with some scars and a limp?
When I was really young, I had surgeries in my hip that left me with scars and a limp, so in itself, it was very uncomfortable to cope with it. On top of that, they also made fun of me because my parents were divorced and that I only had my grandma attend the PTA meetings. Man!, kids can be really mean sometimes.
So I grew up with a lot of insecurities, low self esteem. I thought I wasn’t good enough, less than others. I didn’t share my feelings, until now. I didn’t cry, or at least I tried to hold the tears because if I cried, people will see me even more weak and vulnerable than what they already thought of me. I didn’t trust people enough to talk about these things. Obviously this influenced my relationships with people including my love life.
The other day I went live in my personal FB page and talked about being in the best relationship, which is with yourself and how important it is to take care of it. I couldn’t help to get emotional. (Geez, and I thought that I got it all taken care of). But also, I had never shared those things before because I wanted to forget about them.
It took a long time, and many more hardships to realize they were all lies: both what people thought of me and what I learned to believe on my own. I had to learn to stop the self-criticism and accept myself and my actions trusting that they come from the heart. Of course, life has funny ways of teaching you what’s up, and it is up to us to pay attention.
Let me ask you this … How often do you tell yourself nice things instead of criticizing, or pay attention to your needs (like when you are tired, hungry or sad). Do you attend those first before doing anything else for the day? How often do you express your emotions, be your true self?
So, if you haven’t heard this lately, let me tell you,
YOU ARE AMAZING
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
YOU ARE ENOUGH
YOU ARE POWERFUL
YOU HAVE SOMETHING WONDERFUL TO SHARE
YOU ARE PERFECT, YES, EVEN WITH PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL SCARS
YOU ARE A GIFT IN YOUR OWN WAY
YOU ARE COMPLETE….
You are much more and you know it.
For me, I try to keep this as a constant practice to remind myself how much I am worth, beautiful, purposeful, enough. I learned to see beyond the physical body and appreciate who I was [I know it sounds cliche, but it is really true]. A little self-love, kindness and compassion goes a long way and makes life WAAAAAAYYYYYYYY more meaningful. This new perspective is what I think keeps me grounded and focused in what I truly want to DO/BE in life.
I know it can be tough sometimes, whether it is the busy life, limiting beliefs or past memories we have not dealt with, I wanted to let you know that I am here for you. You are not alone. Here is the thing, the majority of my work starts with self love and activating that mindset muscle that we have in us, but has not been in active use 😛
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Bone broth is made out of cooking bones along with some vegetables for a lengthy amount of time that turns into a rich and substantial liquid. The idea of cooking for a long time is that in the process, the gelatin from the bones is released, thus resulting in a think (gelatinous) substance. Also, longer cooking time allows the nutrients and minerals from the bones to be released. This is why some health fanatics call it immunity broth.
What bones to use? – really guys, don’t sweat on this one. I usually use chicken bones that I save from using a whole chicken. I save them in a tight container in the freezer so it keeps lot a long time. You could also use beef bones, lamb, duck, pork, PRETTY MUCH ANY BONES! here is another tip I read somewhere. *** You can save cooked bones from your meals *** say what!?! yes, you heard me right. If you are concerned about bacteria or mixed flavors, do not worry. The long cooking time kills pretty much anything that could be there. If anything, it can give some flavor if the meat is roasted or grilled like steak. As a good scientist I had to test it and did it a few times and it was good, with extra roasted flavor.
What vegetables to use? – up to you, or what you have in your fridge. What I do usually is, I SAVE ALL the scraps of vegetables that otherwise will go to the trash. These include: peels and ends of any vegetables, garlic peels, peel and end of onions, stems of kale, spinach, cabbage outer leaves, herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil, etc. Just make sure the vegetables are either organic and cleaned really well. The way I see it is that every vegetable has tons of nutrients and vitamins, including the peel and the end roots. The longer it gets cooked, the better to allow those nutrients to be released into the broth.
What is so good about bone broth? – aside from being delicious and is a great base for many dishes like soups, stews, cooking your beans or rice, it delivers a concentrated amount of nutrients and minerals that are extracted from the bones and veggies. Specially collagen, an essential protein found in our skin, joints, connective tissues. Collagen helps healing of the gut lining. Cooking the bones with a splash of apple cider vinegar will help ‘break down’ the bones so that the minerals and nutrients can leach out into the broth. I use this brand of apple cider vinegar.
Benefit of chicken (or bone broth)
- Boost the immune system
- Provides extra dose of minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and more)
- Provides amino acids, the building blocks of proteins in our body
- Helps the digestive system
- Promotes probiotic balance in the gut
- Reduces symptoms of digestive disorders
- Healthier joints and ligaments.
- Healthier looking skin
- Helps alleviate food allergies
So, really guys, there is no real recipe with this as it is simply simmering a bunch of bones in water and some vegetables for a while. I like to have fun and add different ingredients depending on what is available. Following is a recipe you can easily follow:
Chicken bone broth
- 2 – 3 lbs of chicken bones (back, neck and feet are best)
- 5 big carrots (don’t peel them)
- 5 stalks of celery
- big chunk of ginger
- 5 mushrooms ( I use shiitake)
- scraps of other vegetables (fennel, cabbage leeks, onions, broccoli, kale, chard, etc)
- 2 tbsp of vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
- 5 bay leaves
- 5 tbsp Himalayan or sea salt ** (see note below)
- spices & herbs (peppercorn, oregano, thyme, parsley
- water to fill up the pot
Wash and scrub the vegetables really well. You can keep the peel, specially if they are organic. You can roughly chop them if they are whole or use the saved scraps.
Place washed and cleaned bones at the bottom of the pot, add the vegetables and top off with water leaving about an inch or so from the top of the pot so it doesn’t overflow. In the video I am using a 10-quart stock pot.
Add the vinegar, spices and herbs, if using any (recommended so it is flavorful)
*** Note: about the salt, I try to use a lot less, because this broth will be used for cooking and for drinking, so I much rather adjust as I cook.
Cover to a boil, once it starts boiling bring down to a simmer from 4-8 hours. It is a long time but your broth will be delicious and full of nutrients. Plus slow simmering ensures the nutrients and minerals leach out of the bones. If you use cartilage rich bones and joints, you will see how these become gelatinous, like j-ello. It is fascinating!
After the time is up, strain to remove all the vegetables, bones and pieces floating around. You can store in the freezer to be used for cooking later on. Gallon zip-lock bags are good, glass containers (but don’t fill them all the way, the glass might crack) or plastic container (that are toxic free).
Watch the video and watch me how I made my broth, super simple
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Here is a recap of what I covered in the video:
- Ginger – helps the immune system in fighting infection and a few studies have shown that it kills some strains of influenza virus.
- Garlic – anti-microbial, anti-fungal, supports white blood cell production
- Onions – stimulate the immune system (for its high Selenium content)
- Turmeric – highly anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties
- Lemon – lots of vitamin C and high in potassium, antibacterial
- Oregano (in oil is best) – this one is a gem, it is anti-everything. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-virus, anti-inflammatory, even some studies have shown that it could have anti-tumor properties. Note that this is about the oil form. Nevertheless the herb in your pasta sauce could be helping too, but I’m sure you would have to use a lot more than a few sprinkles of it.
- Mushrooms – help boost the immune system
- Honey – anti-bacterial, anti-microbial hydrating for the cell, high in antioxidants. But make sure it is RAW because processed honey will not have the same properties.
- gargle salt, lemon juice and water
- chicken soup (and here is a recipe I have)
- Drinking plenty of fluids because when we get sick we dehydrate. Also, water helps loosen up mucus
- Bone broths (my grandma actually made really concentrated broths from the vital organs of chicken)
- Stay active (as long as the body allows) so we can sweat out the germs and impurities. You body needs a good flushing through the lymphatic system.
- Get enough sleep because it is at this time the body is healing and getting rid of any invader (ever wonder why we have a fever usually at night time?)
I hope your festivities were great and that you enjoyed your time with family, friends and good food. These past few days have been powerful and productive for me. With the extra days off from work I did some house cleaning, you know, throw out the old to welcome the new. I played in the kitchen, worked on my biz. I did a lot of self-care and my end-of-year reflections and planning for 2017. This was huge! and I will tell you why in a minute.
This was my New Years Eve
Unlike most people I suppose, I was sitting on my computer and with all my journals and planners laid out on the dinning table. But hey! don’t feel bad, it was my choice. Honestly, staying home brainstorming, planning and being productive sounded more sexy. Anyway, so I went down to business (literally).
First, I did this visualization exercise that I want you to try:
Close your eyes, and visualize the person you were back in Jan 2016. What were you most excited about? what were you wearing? did you make any goals for 2016? most importantly, how were you feeling back in Jan 2016. Try to get as many details as you can remember.
Take a deep breath…. inhale… exhale…. do this 3 times.
Now, fast forward to this Jan 2017, how are you feeling NOW? what are you thinking? do you see differences between the person you saw back in Jan 2016 and now? or is it the same person? what will you do this time that will be much different, -or the same? Breathe into it. How does that feel?
From here I went on to my journal and asked these questions:
- What went right in 2016?
- What am I proud of? what did I accomplish?
- What was not good, challenging? (and the lesson behind it)
- How did I feel about each experience?
Then I went a step further and asked myself, how do I want to feel going forward in 2017? For me, doing this helped me get clear about my mission and what I am committed to: To be confident and own what I have to give to the world. From that place of feeling confident and in touch with my feelings, I started mapping out what I wanted to achieve in 2017. Of course this was after a major brain dump, I needed to empty what was in my mind and put every single thought and idea down on paper so I could visualize things better. This my friend, was not writing down resolutions. It was about writing goals and desires from a place where I am connected with my feelings. Owning those feelings and keeping them present everyday is my north star, the driving force to achieve anything I want.
This visualization helps us see specially the differences, if we have learned or achieved the goals we often set up at the beginning of every year. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve already heard people complaining how they feel stuck, and here goes another year of doing the same thing. It is true for many of us. So it is obvious that if one feels stuck or unhappy about something in their life, it probably means that whatever they were doing was not working, right? So doesn’t it make sense to do something different? Now, you probably might say, it is not that easy. True, but having that limiting belief of doubt and ‘I can’t do it, I am not worthy‘ mindset is not a good starting point either and will keep you stuck… for another year.
It is more painful to feel stuck and we don’t do something about it than knowing that at least we tried.
In the end, as you can see it is not about resolutions. Wonder why they only last a few weeks and never work? Resolutions are just wishful thinking without any feelings involved. Sometimes we make them because they are the latest trend, or we compare ourselves and want to do what the next person is doing.
I hope you can set aside some time to do this exercise of visualizing a great year ahead of you. Get out of the comfort zone and let your feelings guide you, even if it feels uncomfortable. Uncomfortable = growth. My hope is that next Jan 2018 we can do this exercise again and see how much we have grown and achieved and are able to manifest whatever we want.
Here goes to another great year ahead of us. Remember, trust that you can do it, and ask yourself each day: HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL? and how that feeling is getting your closer to your goal.