Wellness Starts in the Mind

It’s May so it’s still mental health awareness month. Is it me, or has this year been particularly challenging!? So far I’ve had a lot to face, but through it all I’ve remained blessed and in a constant state of seeking peace. 
I’ve really come to know that wellness is an overall state that begins with the mind. If the mind is not well, it won’t be well with your body, spirit and soul. 
I put a lot of effort forth lately to get my mind right. I’m intentional and thoughtful about what TV shows I watch, what podcasts I listen to, who I hang with, etc. It all matters. So many outside factors can influence is!
Lately I take a lot of walks, and I’ve found that beauty is truly everywhere! Take these flowers for instance. 

I’ve found I cannot go too long without working out and it’s amazing how my body is transforming slowly as I make what I originally meant for recreation more about total wellness. 
 I’m divinehostess on snapchat if you’d like to follow. 

I’ve found that eating well never gets old. It takes me to a good place and is so fun to have food adventures.  I had  this yummy vegan pho with a coworker last week. Fulfilling and fun to eat!


In the end, I want to be able to say I lived and didn’t just exist. I’m building a legacy for myself and my future family to leave  a mark on this world. I keep this in mind whenever life gets incredibly challenging. I don’t ask “why me?” because I now understand that each new challenge is simply preparation for my next promotion. 
What have you learned about life or yourself this year so far?

Xoxo,

Fifi 

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Daydreams, Part 1 

Have times in your life ever been so confusing that all you can do is sit and daydream of the future because you know it will be so much better and so much more clear? For me it had been that way at times. 
In times like that, you should flood your spirit with so much positivity and inspiration that it has no time to be cluttered or impeded by sorrow. 
What affirmations will you speak over your life today?
Below are mine: 

XOXO

Fifi 

Choose Love | Black Women for Wellness

This coming Saturday evening I’ll have the honor of being one of the chefs for an event called Choose Love hosted by Black Women for Wellness Los Angeles. There will be a panel, speakers, food and more. It’s a celebration of women and those who love them– an what better weekend than Mother’s Day weekend!?

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend– visit the eventbrite site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choose-love-women-who-love-mother-days-event-tickets-24684952357?discount=FIFIATBWW
And use the discount code: FIFIATBWW for $30 off your ticket. I hope to see you there!

Celebration and Enjoying the Arts

Wow, it’s May! Time has flown in 2016. The older I get, the more I say that. I’ve been super busy, so we will be taking a quick time travel back to the end of March when I celebrated my birthday. It was low key, but so much fun. A small group of friends met me at the Getty Villa and then we followed with yummy brunch at the Huntley hotel.

 I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to plan a celebration like this one! It was totally my speed. 


The Getty Villa is much smaller than the Getty Museum, but it doesn’t disappoint. I’m really into just wandering and being curious. I liked the gardens outside, and the art replicas inside. 

I am unsure if all the art there is recreated or if some is actually original. 

About the food at the Huntley Hotel… Maybe lemon ricotta pancakes are why I’m vegetarian instead of vegan! They really were divine. 

It seemed like everyone really enjoyed their food!


Our seating had a lovely view and our server made sure to bring me a special treat! 


Look at the view in the restroom! Wow. 

So much fun and I felt so loved. If you liked my dress, I can do a separate post showing more detail. It’s the same one I wore for my updated head shots!
Xoxo,

Fifi 

10 Reasons Why You Don’t Suck at Life

Hey healthy bunnies! 🐰 How is your week going? I have something to share with you– straight from the heart. 

Lately I’ve been feeling like I suck– at basically everything. I can’t seem to perform the way I expect and in many ways I can’t seem to perform the way others expect. Have you ever been there?
I got thinking: what would I tell a client, a friend, or my sisters?

The truth is, sometimes we look at one failure as a total failure at life, when in the grand scheme of things, this moment is no more than an opportunity to learn or overcome. 

 
I don’t know what you’re going through, but I can assure you, you don’t suck at life. Here’s why!

  

  1. You’re not finished. Maybe this moment isn’t going well, but you’re still breathing so you’re not done!
  2. You’re doing better than you think. A lot of times people who give us feedback, or even we who evaluate ourselves tend to focus on what needs to improve. Criticism as the sole focus makes it seem like we aren’t doing anything well, and it’s just not true. 
  3. Does calling yourself a failure help you not fail!? Don’t think so, so stop. 
  4. You’re valuable. You’re valuable to your environment, to people in your sphere, to those you have yet to meet, and most importantly– you’re valuable to God. 
  5. You haven’t failed, you just discovered one more way that doesn’t work. You’re that much closer!
  6. You’re distracted. Take time to evaluate yourself and your performance, but never so much time that you stop, quit, wallow or get off course. Maybe right now you’re distracted, and need to gain focus. That can feel like failure. 
  7. Maybe it’s not you that sucks– maybe it’s your circumstances. Stop claiming circumstances as your life! Circumstances are temporary. A sucky situation can make a great person. Develop character in this moment. 
  8. Are you being authentic? If you don’t take the courage to be who God designed you to be– the very reason you were born, you will never be successful. I’m serious. Think of tools– they have a specific and ordained purpose, and when used properly they work. When used for other purposes outside of why they were created, working properly is no longer a sure thing. Be you. 
  9. Reframe the story. A lot of times we say things that sound like “my life is in shambles” and that story we tell becomes the one we live. Tell the story you want to live!
  10. You. Don’t. Suck. You don’t suck, because that’s ridiculous. What kind of thing is that to say about a person like no other on earth before, and who will never be duplicated? What sort of thing is that to say about the next inventor, creator, teacher, lover, adventurer, inspirer, trail-blazer, or leader? It isn’t the sort of thing a great person says, and that’s just what you are. You’re unique, and great, and worth more than the bad day, week or year you may be having. 

  

 Change the way you view things. Change your attitude. Change the position of your faith.

 
You got this!

Xoxo

Fifi 

Review: Sun Basket’s Meal Delivery Service

Hi healthy bunnies!

 

I recently had the opportunity to work with Sun Basket (so this is a sponsored post). Sun Basket is a healthy meal kit service that delivers sustainably sourced organic ingredients and easy, delicious recipes for cooking at home.

 

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How it works: You choose from the menus one week ahead, and they have options for Paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and even breakfast.

As you all know, I am big on doing meal prep and really love the process of preparing my meals, but when I agreed to review this service I was skeptical. Whats the point of food delivery if it isn’t already made? Why not just google a recipe and head to the grocery store?

 

Once I received the first package, I realized this particular service is a game changer for  several reasons:

  • the ingredients are organic
  • the produce chosen is of the best choice
  • all herbs and spices are already measured
  • the recipes are fun and super easy to follow
  • there is a huge range of versatility in each recipe
  • all the nutrition info is provided
  • it forces people out of the routine of making the same few meals week after week
  • the portions are very big, so it’s possible to split it into even more meals

 

Now, some meals do take longer than others to prepare. Some only took around 10 minutes to prep, while others took 25. Quality meals take time, but if you’re looking for faster prep meals, you may need to choose your menu carefully for the week.

I chose the vegetarian option and really enjoyed all the meals. One meal was a veggie burger with the most incredible and vibrant toppings, paired with simple potato wedges.

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I used a lot less oil the recipe called for and the wedges were still very crispy and yummy.

 

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Another dish I really likes was the baked eggs with pistou sauce, a breakfast dish. So much flavor! I’ve never had pistou before this, but it is very similar to pesto sauce, without nuts. This was easy to make and very filling. Since I made a small salad to go with mine, it ended up making 3 meals rather than two.

 

I don’t like my eggs yolks runny, so that’s why this looks more like a frittata.

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What I also like is this service can be gifted to others. Though I made this for my normal meal prepping during the week, I was thinking of how awesome this food would  be for taking to a vacation rental.. Yummy restaurant quality food, made simply at home.

 

If you’re interested and want to try this service out, visit http://www.sunbasket.com/home.

Please note that at this time Sun Basket only delivers to California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Idaho at this time.

Day 7 of the Reset: Rest 

  

🙌 Last day of the challenge!

Day 7 of #reset2016: Rest. How do you rest? Show us how you unwind. 
I personally have a tough time sitting still. Though I know I need rest, I find myself feeling a little bit anxious because there are always things I can do. Lately I’ve adopted a more active resting approach so that I get rest, but my mind isn’t distracted or worried. Here’s my list of rest activities 😆
1. Getting lost in a fiction novel. 

2. Watching a tv show while doing an easy home task like folding laundry. 

3. Catching up with a friend or family member by phone or video chat.

4. Watching snapchat videos or reading my Twitter timeline. 🌾👀🌾

5. Home spa day– facial, manicure, tub soak. 

6. Going for a walk to the beach. 

7. Cooking. 

8. Finding a comfy spot and chilling out to good music. 

9. Prayer and meditation. 

10. Writing poetry, short stories, or more concepts for my next book. 
What do you do to rest? Post and tag @coachpsays and me on Instagram!
❤️