Look what happened now...
Are you on board for a raw August? Let’s go Raw together! The month is almost half over and it gets simpler every day to eat only raw! If you haven't started yet, that's okay too. Even just replacing one meal a day will help you.
The best part of Rawgust for me, is all the great choices we have..so many fruits and veggies are in season! I have just finished the shopping today, having so much fun in the produce section of the market. Only buying fruits and veggies makes for a faster and more pleasant experience too! People complain that organic fruits and veggies are expensive, but when you are not buying other items (like cola, bread, cheese, etc.) you see that a $100USD buys so MUCH Goodness!
And Speaking of Goodness...
Did you know one serving of blueberries contains almost 25% of your daily requirement of vitamin C? Vitamin C is necessary for growth and development of tissues and promotes wound healing. #WIN
Blueberries are also high in manganese. Manganese helps the body process cholesterol and nutrients such as carbohydrates and protein. So eat your blueberries!
Oh and thank goodness Cherries are in season too!
A few people have asked me what the hardest thing to give up was...Without a doubt it was coffee! I eat pretty good most days, usually enjoying at least one raw meal a day so going fully raw was pretty simple, except for no coffee.
That's right NO COFFEE!
We are 13 + days into the month now and I really don't miss it all that much. (But I'm not going to lie..the beginning was tough!) But enough about coffee--
Many Veggies are also in season right now. So there is no excuse...we have HUGE selections of flavorful options to graze through, lol.
It seems odd that greens taste so good as raw wraps, but simple is sometimes best. I just cleaned out the leftover peppers, onions and added mushrooms/tomatoes for a killer supper wrap.
And did I mention how wonderful I feel?
OMG I have so much energy and feel so good!
How about you? Are you doing the raw challenge too? I'd love to hear what you are experiencing.
See you at the Farmer's Market~
It's that time again - time for a raw month to cleanse and detox! Are you ready?
To be honest I try to eat at least 5-7 raw meals a week, so this isn't that big of challenge, it is much more challenging to give up the coffee!
It is now Day 5 and I feel soooooo good!
Don't get me wrong, I don't think Morning Star foods are bad for you - especially compared to the "real" burgers out there. But you don't want to live off them either. It's a good idea to give your body a break from everything, once in a while.
If you are unsure as what to what to eat...
I will attempt to post more of what I'm eating this month...
I'm taking a week off from work for my birthday, although the fun has already started, lol and so many good things are happening! Look for more blog posts soon!
See you at the airport~
This challenge is going on and on, isn't it? It would probably be better if I had actually done one post per day, as it states in the instructions, but who wants to follow the instructions? lol
So where did we leave off?
Day 25 - Inspiration:
I really like this.
It sums up how I feel, we have to be a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves, whom ever they are, wherever they are. I'm talking about the children, the animals, people denied freedom and of course the disenfranchised. If we don't help them, who will? We all have so much and take it for granted. I think traveling teaches so many life lessons.
Day 26 - Healthcare:
I do use other beauty products but I don't consider them health related.
Day 27 - A fresh start:
Moving from south Texas to New Mexico was my fresh start. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Change is scary, moving is scary, starting over is scary, but it also is so freeing! Honestly, I ask myself why I waited so long? Sometimes you have to move on and get away from toxic people and situations. There comes a time when you must face your fears and just do it!
Day 28 - Dreams do come true!
Visiting Iceland was a dream come true! It was so awesome!
But honestly my life is pretty much a dream come true. I am so grateful!
I'm grateful for my job and the ability to travel, too. So much good is happening in my life. I feel so blessed and thankful, which actually is why I began this challenge.
Day 29 - Internet:
This is a tricky one. I don't suppose you want to see a picture of my router? So internet, hmm.
I received a text from T-Mobile telling me welcome to Iceland! You have free unlimited texts, 2g internet and .20 a minute for calls. It was amazing to be able to get calls from the US and UK!
Day 30 - Wisdom:
And suddenly we are done with the 30 day challenge ~ (Okay, at last!)
Thank you for reading! I would love to see your take on this challenge. Leave me a link in the comments or send me a link to your list.
See you at the airport~
So, let us continue the 30 day challenge. If you want to read past post click here.
Where did we leave off?
#21 Something that has stood the test of time?
The mountains, OMG The Mountains! I love the mountains so much. They are always changing, but have definitely survived the test of time. If you follow me on SnapChat then you know I take pictures of the mountains, (dormant) volcanoes and "hills" almost daily! I'm so grateful I am able to live here in their shadow.
#22 Cool Weather appareal:
#23 A bright sunshiny day:
Well, thats most days in New Mexico. Although lately it has been overcast and raining. (I love it!)
#24 A gray, overcast day:
#25 Stop and smell the flowers or anything from nature:
Thank goodness, only 5 more to go!
Continuing on the "30 Day Challenge"~
Were did we leave off? (If you want to see more of this Challenge Click here)
A Colour -
Hmm, This one is tough, too. I like colour. I like bold, strong colours that liven up spaces and create moods. I don’t have a “favorite” colour per say, as I like different colours for different things. Right now I’m all about dark cobalt blue for the new house.
I’ve had this set of large, glass vases for many years and no where to really display them. I love how the house has so many interesting areas and angles, the eye is continuously drawn up.
I also like to use this colour all over the house. It’s so pretty when sprinkled around as accents, glass items or pottery.
And of course it's lovely on handpainted lamps! Love, love, love them!
I also have Deflt Danish pottery on my list of “must buy” for this summer’s Europe trip. I so regret not purchasing any when I was last in Norway, but I had no time to arrange shipping to the states.
Day 18: A Luxury -
My whole life is a luxury, lol! If I had to narrow it down I would say the garden tub. It’s a luxury to take long soaks (with organic bubble bath) in front of the fireplace on a cold night. And also please note it is NOT the same fireplace as in the lounge. They are both 2 sided fireplaces, giving me instead of two, but four views of the fire. A big luxury I love.
Look at those bubbles! :D
Back view :D
Picture below is the 2nd fireplace in the downstairs lounge.
Day19: A Piece of Equipment:
Since we are staying with the house theme….
Day 20: Something that has made your life easier:
My “Apple” Collection of course! These items make my life so much easier. I am able to travel and stay in touch with my family and work. I am able to produce more, sell more and stay connected to my clients because of all the tech. These items allow me to live my life on my terms, not chained to a desk..
And of course the trusty iphone.
How did we ever live without these??
I think that's enough about me for today. Is anyone else trying this challenge? I'd love to read your responses, so let me know.
Catch you later-
Okay lets see what the next few days were supposed to be on this challenge.
Day 13 - Your Drink of choice:
Oh fuck! I'm boring as they come!
Okay on to Day 14 - a delicious meal:
As a Vegan this is a no brainer. Everything I eat is delicious! But fresh, made to order Nice Cream is one of my favorite breakfast meals. This is banana, peanut butter cacao with walnuts and coconut and it tastes AMAZING!
Day 15 - A delicious dessert:
So many goodies, so little time! But actually this one is easy too.
Pictured is a large homemade vegan Reese's peanut butter cup. It may not look all that good, but it tastes AMAZING! It is SUPER simple to make and has no sugar or artificial ingredients at all. We never buy candy EVER. I made Vegan Fudge, Pies, Candy, etc. There are so many great recipes on line and I even post my recipes here too. Hit the “Vegan” Tag on the left if you want to know more.
But I’m telling you, there is no reason to eat crap food. None.
Catch you later-
Okay! Let's get back into this:
Day 9 - Your mode of Transportation:
As you know I drive an old Ford truck. (Not as old as the one pictured, lol) but old enough. I bought it slightly used, less than 1k miles and have lovingly taken care of it. It has required very little maintenance over the years, mainly because I'm not often in the states to drive it!
When I decide where/what country to settle in this year I may/probably/will buy one. But I am thankful for my truck too.
Day 10 - A TV Show or Movie:
Lately I have been watching West World. I actually do not watch much TV at all, ever. But this was an intriguing premise and I have enjoyed the questions about what makes a being "alive" and all the plot twists along the way. I recommend you check it out.
I have too many books to be thankful for just one. Same for music. I am thankful I have the time to read and the money to buy books that I want.
I am also thankful I am able to attend concerts, ballets, the opera and other events. I enjoy going to shows and listenig to music all over the world.
Day 12 - A Sport or Hobby:
I love gardening. I think it helps me relax and de-stress. No matter where I am, I am surrounded by plants. I have plans for the raised beds here next spring. (Stay tuned)
At this rate I will be finished with the challnege sometime next year, lol.
Catch you later-
And let's continue-
Day 8 An appliance you are grateful for:
This is a no brainer. I’m thankful for ALL of my appliances - but my new washer the most!
I cannot imagine having to hand wash or use a manual machine. I also am thankful to not have to go to the laundromat anymore. I did for the 1st month we were here, until I settled down long enough to buy a washer.
What appliance makes your life easier?
Let's get back to it, shall we?
Day 7 -An Item that makes your house a home:
Hmm, thats a tough one, see everything in my home has meaning or I would not have it. I don’t “collect” random junk. I keep items that have special memories, add value/are useful or I consider to add beauty to my life. So everything is a memory or useful. I can’t just pick one. My office is the same.
These are handblown glass mushrooms that my first husband bought for our first house. I think they are ancient but regardless I love seeing them. They remind me of that happy time in my life and of course him. I have pictures of course, but I treasure these small mementos so much and am grateful to have them.
What about you? What would you pick?
I am continuing the 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge...if you missed the last 4 days were posted here. This has turned into a very deep and personal challenge, as I share my gratitude with you.
Shall we do a few more days, before I call it quits?
A family member:
My niece Layla..
You see pictures sometimes on here of her. She is a very sweet and kind little girl who lights up a room when she walks in. She will be 4 this month!
Not only is she super smart, kind and loving, she has a wonderful sense of humor! We have so much fun when we visit her. I am grateful for the time I get to spend with her and her family.
Just a few weeks ago she welcomed home a baby brother! I can’t wait to start spoiling him!
There will be more baby and baby related items on here in the future, lol!
The town/countryside you call home:
This is a tough one. I am often asked where I’m from and I usually hesitate. In the last week I have had 3 people ask me if I was English (I'm pretty sure I do not have an English accent) and a few more in Texas ask me where I was from. WTF?! I looked at them blankly because I was born in Texas. See this past post about this very topic in Las Vegas.
So I think I’M from Texas (I was born there) and I love Texas very much. It is as large as France, used to be its own country and is full of wildness. (No, not wilderness, there is that too.) Texas has a wild “Anything can happen” sense about it. There are so many different things from Austin being the Live Music Capital of the World, to the Gulf Coast to the cowboys to NASA, and the list goes on and on.
Texas has a pride you don’t find in other states, it also has a rich diversity in people. I love that. I love all the adventures you can have there and all the cool people you can meet.
Texas will always be home and I am grateful I was born there.
I also call the south of France home and I am very grateful for that. I love Paris very much, but I spend most of my time in a sleepy little village just across the Pyrenees from Spain. The weather is amazing, the food is fresh and fabulous and the people are kind. There is no crime, no hustle and bustle and life is slow and calm there. I love it and am grateful for every opportunity I have to be there.
I am currently living in New Mexico and I am immensely grateful for this! While I love Texas it was time to leave. I love the mountains too much to stay in central Texas and I dislike all the high prices due to the oil boom. Plus with everything else going on in my life I really needed a change.
We have a lovely house in a quiet area that suits us well and I am grateful for this more than I can express! I have a great office, wonderful clients and amazing new friends here!
I really do have so much to be thankful for! Life is good and actually getting better everyday.
Why don't you do the challenge too and tag me so I can read your answers? I'd love to learn more about you.
See you at the airport and I promise more of the challenge tomorrow!
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