Looking Back And Moving Forward

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Hello Y’all!! Happy New Month! I hope you are doing well in your part of the world? Its been pleasant so far and I’m waiting on more consistent weather to set out on new adventures for 2019. It just dawned on me that the last adrenaline adventure I was on was when I went kayaking on Lake Grapevine, so me and some friends are getting warmed up for that…hopefully the weather in north Texas cooperates.

I love quiet moments every now and then because I get to relax and ponder on a lot of things – which involve amazing everyday experiences, stressful situations or not so pretty moments; and yes, we ALL have experienced these situations at some point in our lives or the other.  With growing up, it’s very easy to look at life through a lens of items to be accomplished that sometimes we can get too busy and never take time off to process the journey so far. This is no ones fault by any long shot…I’ll blame it on technology and having a million and two things vying for my attention 24/7.

Sometimes its good to take time just to process your journey through life and how far you’ve come, how much you’ve grown, what you’ve learned and how you can do better.  I was hanging out with a bunch of friends a few days ago, and Jordan (not his real name) told us that every year on his birthday, he goes on an adventure to a different location. His goal is to find a place that is peaceful and quiet where he can relax, unwind and think clearly on what he’s accomplished the past year and what he wants to do for the coming year.

Wow! I found it interesting – coming from a guy because us ladies tend to do that more often than just once a year especially when you get those hormonal dips and spikes in continuous tandem…ha ha. No matter your ethnicity, whether you’re rich or poor, or where you were raised, there is something that happens to us all, and it’s called LIFE!  Often times, it’s so easy to forget how far we’ve come and the things we endured or worked hard to achieve in order to get to where we are now. We can very easily begrudge ourselves any kudos because of the goals we have not yet attained instead of looking at how far we have come and just being plain-ole thankful.

Reminiscing On The Past…

♣   Makes me thankful…I’m still here if not anything else.

♣  To be a bit more empathetic to the people I meet in every day life.

♣  To learn to be firm – you know what works and what doesn’t.

♣  Learning to dig my heels in when facing tough situations.

♣   Learning to sharpen my instinct and trust my gut.

♣   I’ve learned to pick my battles.

♣  I can laugh heartily at myself!

♣   Wisdom! There’s just something about someone whose been there and done that.

♣  Finding a way to process and make peace with all and any…

I read something that had a profound impact on me the other day, it said “Unharmed prosperity cannot endure a single blow” says Seneca, but a man/woman who has gone through countless misfortunes “acquires a skin calloused by suffering”. This man fights to the ground and carries on the fight even on his knees. He will never give up!

I hope you feel pumped, encouraged and fired up after reading this post but better still, I hope you take time for yourself to look back at how amazing your journey has been and how you want to move forward – in the best direction possible! Do like, comment and follow this blog for more posts from…

 

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Healthy Tweaks For A Lifestyle On The Go!!

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Hello Y’all! Happy belated Valentines Day! I trust you’re doing well in your part of the world and you took time to celebrate and just have fun. Its been a minute since my last post and I have been on the go non-stop. Trying to be healthy, stay in shape and still perform in peak condition is not as easy as i thought. Most of the time, my diet bears the brunt of my schedule and when you’re more of a night owl, that in many ways make it even more difficult to be all bright and sunny in the morning to do anything other than get ready that most people just give up and go with whatever the flow is.

Breakfast before heading out in the morning has never being my forte but I noticed that I often find myself rummaging through the office pantry for snacks mid-morning which I know are either full of empty calories or loaded with salt. I finally had a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment where I decided to try something different.  I am not one of those people who take drastic actions like shave their hair, quit eating or move to some monastery in order to change their lives; I believe in making small changes, small tweaks which I believe are more sustainable and kinder to my body without shocking it. So I decided to start a meal prep regimen consisting of healthier options and lower calories coupled with a 30 minute exercise routine every other day of the week. I went online, looked up YouTube Videos, Health and Fitness Blogs.

My Findings!

♦   Breakfast Options – Overnight Oats: I found a couple of recipes that are super easy and take you 10 minutes or less to prepare the night before which guarantee you a healthy breakfast full of fiber, antioxidants and fat burning carbs. This has been so good at keeping my mid-morning cravings at bay and increasing my focus significantly. My favorite overnight oats recipe is my Kiwi and Blueberry Recipe that I will share down below so stay with me.

♦   Meal Prepping My Lunch The Night Before: Depending on what I intend making, it takes about an hour or less to prepare my food, veggies and snacks for my lunch the next day. Making my own meals isn’t just cost effective but I know what’s actually in my food. There’s so many hidden calories in restaurant food that eating out on a daily basis without an active lifestyle is not going to work long term. When done, refrigerate it and all I need to do is grab and go in the morning!!

♦    Putting Exercise Back On My Weekly To-Do List: I unearthed my Insanity Workout videos and started working out at home again especially when I have the weather as an excuse to not go to the gym, I could still workout within the confines of my home.

♦   Accountability Buddies: I have friends who are either in the same boat or have it all figured out. Everyone needs accountability buddies because they help me stay on track and call me out when I start to slack off.

Kiwi and Blueberry – Overnight Oats

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Chia seeds, 1 tsp Vanilla extract, 1/2 Cup of Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, 1/2 Cup of milk, 1/2 Cup of oats, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 Kiwi, 1/2 Cup of blueberries.

 

 

So guys and ladies, let me know what you’ve done to stay healthy on the go. Making these seemingly minor tweaks to my lifestyle have done a lot with everything from loosing a few extra pounds to being more alert and focused.  Until I come your way again, stay safe, beautiful and healthy. I remain

 

Periwinkle Starr

Time Awaits No One.

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Hello Y’all! I hope you are doing well in your part of the world? Its that time in the year that we get to layer on and feel like we belong with our mid-western cousins who are duking it out in the snow.  Speaking of snow, it snowed this past weekend in Dallas but it melted before we could see it talk less of getting a few snapshots of it. :/ Growing up, there were a lot of proverbs I learned in primary school. One of them is ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. It was something always quoted by my teachers at school and all my childhood mind could decipher as to it’s meaning was to get my homework done on time so I don’t get disciplined.

My Definition of Time

I love to look at time in a different light than just the two hands of a clock or a number on a calendar. To me, ‘Time is a silent witness that stays with us all of our days on this planet’. We think we have it in abundance until we wake up one day and find out that we have little of it left. We can embrace it for what it is or we can be trapped in it. I do not consider it to be a fair donor in the sense that every one of us is allocated a different portion of it all through our lives.

Being an avid listener, I am used to hearing people I speak with tell the same story multiple times. These stories are almost imprinted in my memory that I can mimic the dates and facial expressions when they start with, ‘In 1964, it was a cold Sunday…’. I see the way the eyes light up in animation and how they stare wistfully into space as they re-live the moment. They’re bodily present but absent in the mind. Its almost like pieces of their lives are trapped in moments of time where even their sense of smell is rekindled. Some get a taste on their lips just by reliving old memories of eating certain meals – that my friends, is the power of the human mind.

The Downside

Just the same way we remember pleasant events, we can also be trapped in unpleasant or distasteful events. A lot of times, we can get stuck in events – some of our doing and others we have no control over. The sad part is that sometimes we aren’t even aware that we’re stuck, we’re trapped in certain events without realizing that the world has moved on all around us. I was watching an episode of Ghost Adventures, this time they were investigating an orphanage that was closed down due to the abuse and mistreatment of the children during that time. One of the kids, who was now an old man was brought in and he talked about how he was beaten by the warden for no apparent reason on many occasions. In my opinion, he was a grown man but in his mind he was still a small boy trapped in that orphanage.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

The truth is this: Time waits for no one and YOU/I are not going to waste another second of another day trapped in a situation or frozen in time from an event that no longer matters. Here’s how to be unstuck!

♥Acknowledge the event for what it is – good or bad.

♥Think deeply about it.

♥Make Peace With It

♥Force yourself to grow beyond the situation.

♥Get up. Get back into the game of life and LIVE!!

So until I come your way next time, like, comment and follow my blog. I remain,

 

 

Periwinkle Starr♥

 

 

 

Happy New 2019!!

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Happy New Year!!! Its 2019 y’all! Welcome to a new and better version of you. I am so glad to be back from the break. It was really refreshing to get away and spend time with family and loved ones especially during the holidays. I am back, recharged and pumped to hit the ground running this new year. I really don’t like making resolutions because I feel like by the end of the first quarter, they’re pretty much forgotten or relegated to the background. This year I am going to try to do a few things better but I am a little hesitant to call these tweaks to my daily life – resolutions. I feel like when I make something a resolution, it’s automatically meant to be broken. Its like placing something on a pedestal knowing fully well that it’s not going to live up to your expectations but you do so anyway. :/ Anyways…here it goes.

My New Year Resolutions….#Resolve

♥  Getting My ‘Beach Body’ Back!

Its a no brainier that I ate my way through the holidays. The food was so good and the sweets were worth every calorie…ha ha! But it’s time to get back to being fit. It’s time to snatch it all in again. Being a natural born sweet tooth, finding ways to get that craving met is a constant juggle. When I feel I’m leaning towards too many artificially sweet treats, I switch to naturally sweet items. Having a mid morning or mid afternoon treat is a necessity especially when I’m on the go. But in 2019, I intend to be more active this year and I plan on being active at least a minimum of thirty minutes E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. Now this might be stretching it a little but my best bet is to aim high so when I fall…I’m not too far off.

♥  Better Time Management

In my opinion, time management is like a stacked deck of cards where one wrong move causes a downward spiral or domino effect across the board. I feel we can all do a bit or a whole lot better when it comes to time management and that’s something I intend improving on in 2019.

♥  More Meal Prepping And Eating Out Less.

I haven’t always been a fan of meal prepping because it takes the surprise out of meals in the sense that you know what you’re eating whether you feel like it or not. But from what I’v read, meal prepping is great because you can track your calories, save money and not have to make wrong choices when you’re super hungry…Being prepared by planning ahead helps nip those ‘carb induced’ cravings in the bud and keep your waistline from ballooning out of control. Don’t ask me how I know…LOL!

♥  Get Enough Sleep.

If your a jet-setter, always on the go type of person, getting a good nights sleep regularly will help offset the stress of everyday living. I intend being in bed at least 2 hours earlier than my usual. Sleep refreshes the body and slows down the aging process. All the serums in the world cannot heal a battered and used body.

♥  Stay Hydrated On The Good Stuff!

I have found some pretty good healthy smoothies online that I have incorporated into my meals and I feel a whole lot better for it. If you can’t eat your veggies, drink them!

♥  Be Health Conscious. 

Stay up to date on all health related appointments. Be sensitive to your body and know when things feel right and when they don’t. Your life depends on it.

♥  Make Room for More Adventures in 2019!

This involves getting out of my own way…a bit more often. Need I say more 😀

So guys and ladies, 2019 will be whatever you want it to be. But I hope its a great year for you and I. I wish you an amazing run filled with positivity, good vibes and growth. We did it last year, lets go big this year and make it happen! Have a fun week! Until I come your way again, like, comment and subscribe. I remain,

 

Periwinkle Starr😘

 

 

A Perfect Christmas!

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Hello Y’all!! Its been a minute since my last post. Hope you are doing great in your part of the world? It’s the season to be merry and the countdown to Christmas has begun. Traffic has been a bear over the past couple of days without any respite. But in some weird way…I am not complaining. 😘😎 The activities are endless with everything from parties, plays, secret Santa’s and shopping…lots of it. We get to spend quality time with family and close friends but for some its just another holiday they hope to get through and quickly.

It’s been a very eventful and busy year. The year has had its up and ups and some lows in between as any year would bring. The key is not to loose sight of the highs because it’s oftentimes the norm for us to focus on the lows. One of my mantras for 2018 was to live with no regrets. To go to sleep each day knowing that I did good in the world and if I didn’t solve any problems at least I didn’t start any. To have healthy boundaries and to be mindful of my energy and state of mind at any given time.

A Perfect Christmas?

Is there any such thing as a perfect Christmas? In my opinion, Christmas quite frankly is what you make of it. Whether you are married or single, have family or no family. Whether you have a bunch of friends, or you have no friends. Whether you have multiple pets or no pets at all. There isn’t any such thing as a perfect Christmas. Some common sayings I hear a lot are ‘you get to pick your friends but you don’t pick your family’. How about ‘life’s a b***h and then you die’. 😒😱It can go downhill really fast and it doesn’t do you any good. One of my mantras for 2018 was to live with no regrets.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Holidays can be tough for some, especially when there are unresolved family matters or strained relationships. It could be very superficial for others, where the primary focus is on having everything perfect and denying the real underlying issues or choosing not to speak of them. But Christmas can be fun for others. It can be messy, un-perfect but still filled with love and happiness. Life is way too short to waste on things that don’t matter.

Admitting where you are in life. Being honest – no matter what that means to you – allows the universe help you. When you are open to receiving help, you will find a way.

Kick down those walls. To have genuine relationships, you need to be a genuine person that people can relate to. This is a ‘duh statement’ but oh so true. Don’t you wonder about those people who have a zillion social media friends but no true human connections or people to reach out to when they feel really low.

Don’t be afraid to reach out. Some where along the path of life, we picked up this ‘I don’t need nobody’ mentality. You have to retrain your brain. You are a human being. You need other humans 😀 Yes, you might have chosen bad humans in the past or unknowingly fell into the wrong hands but there are a million good ones out there. You only need to be more discerning the next time.

Talk about it. One of my favorite sayings is ‘ a problem shared with a trusted friend is half-solved!

Make it good this year. Call that old friend or family member. Go out and help make Christmas happen for someone less fortunate than yourself. Send presents to that old aunt of yours. Instead of waiting for great things to happen to you, get up, go out and make it happen for yourself!

May your Christmas be filled with the friendly chatter of family, until I come your way again and I promise you that it would be sooner. I remain

Periwinkle Starr😘

P.S. I had my tree up a little early and had to share. 😀

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Sweet and Savory!

 

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Hello Y’all!! I hope you’re doing great in your part of the world. We are finally at ‘The Most Wonderful Time of The Year’, and it’s going to be busy and festive from now till the end of 2018. Its time to bring out those baking pans, but for those of you who sneak in treats that you magically spent the night baking; I say it’s time to figure out a new strategy or just flat out try your hands at making something this season…ha ha!  Yours truly will be doing a lot of baking as well as tasting.

Today is one of those chilly, cold Sundays with icy cold winds accompanied by the soft sound of rustling leaves. Looking out at the vast greenery from our porch is something I like to do on the weekends. Just watching as the leaves fade slowly from green to orange is so very calming.  There’s a shy squirrel that loves coming over whenever I’m outside; but it disappears the moment there’s sudden movement or large sounds which I think is pretty interesting to watch but not today because it’s so cold. Therefore, ‘the door is closed’, according to Ne-Ne Leaks. My love of nature and all things natural make it impossible for me to consider living in one of those high-rise towers. Misery would be an understatement but hey…to each their own right?

Lets Bake!!

It’s that time of the year for potlucks, parties, festivities and all things worth celebrating. I have been baking a lot lately and so has my sister, from box cake mixes to bread and banana muffins made from scratch. We swap pictures of our latest creations and try to savor as best we can …even if only virtually. There are a lot of sweet and savory treats to choose from and I just cannot wait.

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and I wish you a wonderful celebration. Take the time to enjoy all things sweet and savory until I come your way again with another new and exciting post. A Shout out to KayPee for the lovely photos. I look forward to tasting those goodies soon.

 

Periwinkle Starr

 

 

 

 

 

Bwahaha…Its Halloween!

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Hello Y’all! How have you been? I hope its bright, sunny and all things Fall-ish in your part of the world. It’s the end of October and I have given up hope of this year ever slowing down. Well, I have myself to blame for that…judging from the saying ‘if you give a dog a bad name, you might as well hang it’. 😀 I remember whining early on about the year and likening it to one big zip-line and guess what it turned into…EXACTLY!

So Halloween is here. For someone who decorates once a year, its just like any other day to me. There is no way in hell I am going to be putting up and then taking down decor; and doing the same thing in the span of just a couple of weeks in between. No ma’am! There are places you go to for that like malls, shops, studios and friends houses. 😀

The countdown is on and right now, I can’t even flip through the channels on TV without seeing blood bath scenes or someone being chased through the woods with a chainsaw,  reruns of Chucky or Ghost Adventure marathons which by the way, were a favorite of mine  (at one time) until they started getting a little too creepy for me. It’s almost like a competition between the networks to show movies that are as gruesome and as scary as they possibly can and the end result is the absence of the fear factor because you’ve literally seen it all. What could be worse?

This year, the forecast for North Texas predicts rain on Halloween…lots of it unfortunately. But I can bet you that this will in no way deter kids from getting their much beloved candy or will it? There are a lot of fun things I like about Halloween and others not so much. But hey, people are people and we like what we like. I for one do not celebrate Halloween but I do look forward to a couple of fun and lots of amusing things about it.

Things I Find Fun and Amusing!!

The Dress Up! I love clothing. I love fabrics. I love the push and the pull of attire. I love the way people invent personas and tell stories of who they are by the clothes they put on and the accessories that are the cherry on top. You get to be anything you want for fun!

Your Pets Get To Join In On the Fun! Don’t you just love those cute dogs all dressed up as characters. Even though they sometime look harassed and helpless…ha ha! In my opinion, that’s the least they can do for all the free food and boarding they’ve been given. LOL! But seriously, if that doesn’t make you smile…I don’t know what will. 😀

Drinks Baked Treats All Around! Being a self proclaimed taste tester. I absolutely love trying baked treats. We can always put in a few more hours at the gym sometime… ‘later’ (in my best French accent).

There’s always going to be that one bad incident, that bad tale or rumors about sinister happenings about town so the best thing is to be safe. Growing up as a kid, there were incidents of people poisoning candy or sticking pins and pieces of scrap metal into soft candy that was being given to kids (I know I just ruined someones Halloween by saying this and I am sorry), so you have to be careful and keep your eyes peeled.

To those who do celebrate Halloween, have a fab time and for the rest of us who don’t, it will be business as usual! Until I come your way again, I remain

 

Periwinkle Starr