Garden Linguine for lunch


You see, I always had a bit of an obsession with rice, but lately I’ve been experimenting with pasta recipes.

For some people like me, cooking offers tranquility. I get the enjoyment from seeing the yummy final product. This was an easy dish to prepare and took little to no time to go from prep to set. Healthy, and delicious.


2 mushrooms
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
3 tomatoes
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
1 zucchini
1 squash
Olive oil
1 box of Linguini

-Cut up the mushrooms and finely chop the onion and the two garlic cloves
-Heat up a pan and sauté the mushrooms, onion, tomatoes and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil
-Once the mushrooms start to golden and the onion, and tomatoes is soft, add the vegetable stock, zucchini and the squash.
-Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then season with salt and pepper.
-After the pasta is ready to serve into separate plates.
-Pour the sauce over the already served pasta and add some shaved Parmesan on top for the finishing touch.

Bon Appétit!




I usually make my own juice from scratch, but I decided to try Suja juice. I didn’t start juice cleanse to lose weight. My weight is the healthiest it’s been in 4 years, and I need my clothes to fit, so losing weight isn’t a goal of mine at the moment.

So Why in the world did I decide to do a juice cleanse? To be honest, I felt like a 3 day juice cleanse would really make me feel like I was cleansing and give me softer, healthier glowing complexion. I wanted increase my energy and oxygen levels and help to rid the body of toxins and waste that my skin has excrete in the winter.

The goal for the cleanse is that you literally just drink juice and water all day.  No coffee, no solid foods — just juice.  But let me tell you, it is a lot of juice


Three days in a nutshell…

Of course the first day was the hardest; mostly because I was experiencing oral fixation. I wasn’t too hungry, but I’m used to chewing. The one thing I missed (which occasionally made me think I was hungry, but not true) was something to chew and something warm.  It was definitely an adjustment to “drink” your calories each day, and cold calories at that.  I think cleansing is more difficult in the winter when everything is already cold, but in the spring or summer it would be refreshing.

97% of the time I felt awesome. I don’t know if it was related or not, but on the afternoon of Day 2, I had a pretty fierce headache that was really bumming me out.  It could have been unrelated, but I did decide to “cheat” briefly and drink a cup of almond latte, and then felt a little better.  Take that as you will.  I think in any sort of fast or cleanse like this, the second day is often when your energy dips as your body is getting used to the new rhythm.  But goodness, overall I felt incredible.  By the end of Day 3, I felt really refreshed, full of energy, lighter, and as cliche as it may sound, I just felt healthier.  And what’s more — that feeling has lasted over the course of a week!  I think that taking a few days to get out of the rut of a few bad habits (too much snacking, too much coffee, too much salt) really helped and encouraged me to stick with it afterwards.  So, bottom line… I felt great.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? I feel like I would love to do the 3-day cleanse maybe a few times a year.  Great way to start the year. I love having more energy.




Camelback mountain

I love to hike up Camelback every year when I go back to phoenix. I’ve been hiking up to Camelback since my college (Too cheap to pay for a gym membership… Broke college life lol) days in phoenix, AZ. This mountain is the hardest hike I’ve accomplished in the Phoenix area. Camel’s back ridge line if not for the faint of heart. There are rails in certain parts for you to grip and pull yourself up. I had Nikes shoes – as did the majority of hikers – but proper dread would have been WAY better to provide grip and stability.

Hiking in Phoenix is very beautiful, especially once you realize that it’s going to be very different from a traditional setting. Plus, absolutely perfect weather in the wintertime is the cherry on top. The path is somewhat wide and smooth. Once we started to increase in elevation, the trail started to get rockier and there was more fancy footwork to be done.
I really enjoyed the climbing part of the hike, and before we knew it, we were at the top. Once there, we took in the views of the valley and snapped a few photos to celebrate our efforts up the mountain. On the way down, we realized the importance of hiking shoes. I was in Nikes, which were fine, though the trail is well-worn and the gravel made it slippery. We had a few moments where we almost fell, but even if we had fallen, it probably would’ve only amounted to a few scrapes and bruises. The whole trip took a little over two hours round trip, including time to stop and take photos/rest at the top (plus 15 min. Walk each way to get to/from our cars).

Overall, my experience hiking Camelback was a very positive one. It was a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, and it was just enough of a good workout without being brutal. I’d definitely return to try this trail again.


  1. Bring more water than you think you need
  2. On warm days, start early in the morning.
  3. Protect yourself from the sun. Camelback’s trails are exposed and do not offer shade.
  4. Wear hiking or sturdy athletic shoes



Downtown Phoenix view

Way to put yourself in a better mood


 I love yoga and essential oils

If you come to my place 80% of the time you’ll find Tulip (My favorite)

 Diptyque, origins, Aveda candles are what I use the most

I use young living essential oils

It’s new years, new month and new week, so start right. If constantly talking about stress and complaining only amplified my misery, it is my theory that talking about just the good things (no matter how big or how small) will amplify my happiness.

I’m constantly reminded of how important self care is. My body reminds me when I need to take some time for myself. Although, I believe that we all need to take time out for ourselves regardless of what your career path is. Life has its own stressors, and sometimes we need a little time out for to regroup. As easy as that sounds, it’s not as easy for all of us to take some time out for ourselves. With the holiday season coming to an end, I wanna explore this topic here on the blog and share with you guys how I indulge in self care. I’d also love to hear from you guys how you take care a little time out for yourself.

Here’s some ways to put yourself in a better mood:

  1. BOOKS
     I love finding books. In fact, I think I’ll start planting books around the city. Goals. I Love Books that Inspire me.

  2. Organize:
    Rearrange some furniture. Changing an environment can help me feel refreshed, enabling me to bust out of a negative mood.

  3. Declutter:
    Getting organized can help us feel instantly calmer.

  4. Eat for a positive mood:
    When I eat well, I feel good.

  5. Move/ Workout:
    Do yoga, take a short walk, do some jumping jacks, run in place, dance around your room, or go for a bike ride. It can be effective in reducing stress and lifting your spirits. Might be the answer for a brighter day.

  6. Light a candle:
    Flickering flames can burn away stress and help us feel better all around.

  7. Count your blessings:
    Think about or write down what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s not time to write down everything, expressing gratitude creates an instant mood boost.

  8. Be Kind
    Kindness is probably what helped me put that mega monster of miserableness back in its place.

  9. Go somewhere quiet:
    Taking a few minutes to sit in a quiet with no external stimulation can do wonders for a bad mood.

  10. Get some sun:
    A boost of vitamin D

Happy new year 2018

Last year, I made an ambitious list of resolutions. This year, I’m not even bothering. It’s not because I don’t believe in resolutions or even that I didn’t accomplish any of mine, which for the record, I did.
In 2017 I learned that planning your life out on a grand scale, say, over an entire year’s time, is not only intimidating, but really impractical. You never know where life will take you. This time last year I thought I’d be living in Paris.  I can only laugh about that as I pack my final bags for Somalia.
That doesn’t mean I’ll stop hoping, dreaming and planning, though. It just means that I’ll be adjusting how I do those things.

  1. Grab the cutest planner  you can find

Writing onto the crisp pages of a cute new planner gets me excited. Opening it makes planning feel like an event – a special daily ritual, even.  I keep one main planner and a few supplementary notebooks for life’s to-do lists, my blog and journaling. And yes, they are all adorable.

  1. Plan a little now, plan a little later 

Planning too far and too specific in the future gives me anxiety. I silently freak out. I plan in monthly or seasonal intervals. Plans that don’t seem so far away become less intimidating and more tangible.

  1. Break big goals down into smaller, specific ones

I’ll be honest: to me, big, vague goals like “save money” or “be healthy” don’t seem real. Last year, I wanted to “move more”. Then spring came, and I realized I hadn’t gotten any closer to making it happen. I needed to give it specifics. I wanted to take a yoga class. After I looked up dates, times, prices and locations, it became real and pushed me to finally get my shake, shimmy and body roll going.

So, how do you plan? Or are you just done and over with New Year’s Resolutions completely?  


Overall, I really just want to see growth within myself. I don’t want my life to be a passing of days. I want to have something to show for every day, month and year I’m out here in the world. I mean, if I’m going to have get older, I might as well be getting better, right?

I’m so incredibly grateful for another year! I hope I provide some inspiration for you all through this blog, this blog of mine. Thanks for following along and cheers to another year!


Love and light,




Where is my next travel destination? Can you guess – Hint hint (think cactus)

                                                                               Story of my life ^ lol





New year, new me


I think by now I’ve established that I’m no tough, kickass chick.
We all agree on that, right?
So, with 2018 around the corner, I’m making plans to add a little extra sumthin’ shake that up 2018.

 I’m writing this post at 12:30 am when I know full and well, I have to be up 4 hours.
I can’t turn my brain off.

This past couple months I’ve been making  a little lot of the big life decisions (of which you will be learning soon), and though I’m excited, I’m equally, if not more, nervous.
With change comes uncertainty, and though I’d like to believe otherwise, I’m not a fortune teller. I can’t look into a crystal ball and know what I’m doing will work out exactly how I want.

There are a lot of answers I don’t have, and that’s what’s literally keeping me up at night. Here’s what I do have, though: people who love me. People who are rooting for me and want me to do well. People who will give me whatever they can so that I accomplish whatever lofty goals I’ve set for myself.

I’m loved, and knowing this gives me the confidence to keep going even when I don’t have the answers and all I want to do is take a nap. Love is an absolutely powerful thing.

My mom, my sisters, my cousins, my aunts/ uncles, my friends—they have all supported me in ways I don’t think they even understand. I’m only here existing, not as a blogger, but as a human, because of all the people who have ever loved me. Please, please, please know that if you’re reading this, you have the power to love that much and change someone’s world. Don’t be afraid to.