Tuesday, July 16, 2013

i need more hours in the day!

There's so much i want to do each day but I'm always running out of time! Ever since I started making an effort to work out and be active I've had less time to do other things like cook and organize my apartment. I almost never come straight home from work, I'm always off somewhere doing something productive. I need to learn how to manage my time better. I also need to start working on a vision board. I also want to start looking for townhouses again. That should help motivate me to start saving again. WHY DO I LOVE SHOPPING SO MUCH?! With all the shit I've bought in the last few months I'm sure that would have been enough for a hefty down payment for a townhouse in Sherman oaks. Maybe even a house w/ the way I've been spending. Sometimes I feel like I totally have my shit together and other days I feel like I'm really losing it haha. I really need to learn how to budget and buy only necessities. I want to learn how to be frugal. I have so much on my mind, I feel like I'm going crazy...I think it's this coffee candy I'm eating...

beyond excited

for the Plate by Plate even on August 3rd. I went to the Vibiana yesterday for the vendor walk thru and the space is gorgeous. Just everything about it is so beautiful. I was looking at photos from previous Plate by Plate's and it looks like such an amazing time. You should definitely check it out if you're into amazing food, open bar and great company.



maybe it's becauase i'm single now

that I’ve been noticing a lot of the articles I’ve been reading online have to do with girls in their 20s casually hooking up instead of forming committed relationships. As much as I’m loving the single life, I don't see myself going back to just "hooking up". I’ve learned to be so much more selective and conservative.  Before I would go out w/ guys I wasn't even too fond of just for the sake of going out and not being home on a Friday or Saturday night. Now that I’m older, I have a better sense of who I am as an individual and what I’m looking for in a partner. Being in a 4 yr. relationship will do that to you. And honestly, I learned so much about myself from it. I know what my major flaws are and what I need to work on. And I also have a better sense of what type of guy I’m more compatible with. John was a great guy but it's obvious to us both now that we're better off as friends.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ugh I'm the worst!

So after I wrote that entire blog about not being materialist and blah blah blah I ended up basically buying a new wardrobe at Nordstroms. I had an appointment with a personal shopper for the half yearly sale that I was too lazy to cancel but not lazy enough to not show up to. So I ended up going and buying basically the entire store. Obviously I'm exaggerating but that's honestly what it felt like. My bags were so heavy when I left that the person who helped me with my shopping had to carry them out for me. I honestly don't know if I can change my shopping habits. It's such a big part of my life that I can't just quit cold turkey. I need professional help haha. I'm half serious when I say that because I'm such a compulsive shopper.

Here's a few things I left with...


Woke up early today to use my griddle to make pancakes for Kim and myself! I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a photo of it after it finished cooking haha

Friday, July 12, 2013

i want to be better

After going through previous blog posts, I've really come to the realization that I am wayyy too materialistic. Yeah it's great to have nice things and all, but I can't have that control who I am as an individual. as much as i love shopping and buying new shit, i really need to relax. i know i've said it million times before (probably literally) but I really need to make a better effort this time around. instead of spending all my money on pointless things that i'm going to end up replacing anyway, i want to invest my money in something more worthwhile like traveling. Now that I'm only working one job, it's so much easier for me to take time off. Especially since they're pretty lenient about it when it comes to traveling. I obviously can't abuse that but I definitely want to take advantage of that while I still can. Once John and I broke up, I really thought that I would be so limited in the things I could do because I hated doing things alone. One of the biggest challenges I thought would be being able to sleep in my bed alone. After the initial break-up I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to fall asleep at night that I would exhaust myself during the day with yoga and the gym. By the time I got home I was so tired that I would just fall asleep. I didn't even think twice that I was there alone. Once I made that a habit, it was a piece of cake. Another thing I was worried about was being able to travel. It's always nice to go to new places with your significant other but if you don't have one in your life, the next best thing are your friends. I just recently came back from a trip to Cabo with some co-workers and I had so much fun. It was such a relaxing trip. And it makes me look forward to future trips with my other friends. Another thing i really need to work on is being less judgmental and more humble. I need to stop thinking I'm better than people. I know it's healthy to have self confidence, but honestly I have too much of it. It probably has to do with my financial stability but I have to realize that could be gone in an instant. And plus who am I to think I'm better than anyone anyway. I have just as much flaws as the next person if not more. Now that I'm 26 pushing 27, I really need to get my act together so that I can continue growing to be a better person, not worse.

do yourself a favor

and pick up some Halloumi cheese! The first time I ever had it was at a friend's birthday dinner and it's absolutely amazing. I haven't tried the Trader Joe's brand yet but I'm honestly looking forward to it. I love cheese, especially the ones you grill! When Jay made these he cooked it in lemon juice and it was honestly phenomenal.

Stuffed Green Peppers

I've always wanted to try to make these on my own because they're so delicious and I figured that it was easy to make. I was definitely right about it being easy. I was able to make this dish in less than an hour. I found a recipe online and tweaked it to my liking. I know the presentation looks like garbage but I'm always rushing when I make these meals. I'm fortunate to even find time to cook alone.

4 large green bell peppers
1lb ground turkey
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 cup cooked rice
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (15 oz) organic tomato sauce
3/4 cup shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Whole Wheat Penne Rigate With Shrimp, Lemmon Butter and Mushrooms

So I've been reading a lot of Food & Wine magazines to try and find recipes that I can imitate at home. One that I found that was super easy and yummy was Fusilli with Shrimp and Lemon Butter. I took the main ingredients and turned it into my own. I wanted something a little more health conscience so I opted for Whole Wheat Penne Rigate instead. Here's the outcome! I'm going to try to start using my DSLR so I have better quality photos, but until then iPhone 5 it is!

since i don't have...

a propane grill yet, I decided to opt for a Cast Iron Grill to use in the mean time to cook my steaks. I know it's still not the same but it's better than cooking it on a skillet. Plus I really want the grill marks on them. I'm supposed to get the grill today and the press tomorrow. I'm so excited to use it! Steaks are probably the easiest and tastiest thing to make. I just wish I wouldn't get fat eating it. The worst part is that the fat is my favorite part mMmmMMmMM! But now that I'm trying to be a bit more health conscience, I'm going to trim most of it off. Since the grill is reversible, the other side is perfect for making pancakes! Hopefully I'll be able to use it for a lot of different recipes! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Hobbies!

So I've made the decision to spend more time in the kitchen and less money in restaurants. As much as I love going out to eat, I wanted to start practicing my skills in the kitchen. I want to be comfortable enough to make my own dishes and to cook for my family and friends. I feel like cooking is a great way to pass time and to learn about different cultures through food. I've always been known as the girl who loves dining out, now I want to venture out to try and make my own versions of my favorite foods. Of course I'm going to have to follow recipes to the T at first to make sure I know what I'm doing, but eventually down the line, I'll hopefully be able to make my own dishes.

So that money I'll be saving from eating out, I'll probably be spending it on my new wardrobe. I've always loved the idea of fashion, but I've never really been able to pick on a style that I want to stick with. Now that I have the funds to spend on clothing I can appreciate, I think it's time I work on revamping my wardrobe.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

so i just bought

a whole bunch of books to read and i can't wait to get them!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


 I finally decided to do my own research on why I should stop taking body by Vi Shakes and move on to better things. I found this article online from a website called "Young and Raw"

"Weight loss is not some crazy circus act, where we have to run around with a bunch of specialty patented shakes all day, consuming preservatives and other crap. Weight loss comes naturally when we consume natural, plant-based foods."

This is exactly why I love love love love love Mannatech! They provide natural plant based foods! You have no idea how excited I am to continue reading this.

Here's the full article.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

20 Random Facts About Me

1. One of my biggest pet peeves of all time is people who chew with their mouth open and lack proper eating etiquette. Such as chewing loudly. I will not eat w/ a person ever again unless I'm absolutely forced to.
2. I have a paralyzing fear of heights.
3. I can't ride roller coasters or else I'll piss myself lol
4. I have a legit fear of cats because I don't see them as real animals. I feel like they're aliens lol.
5. I hate showering because I get ridiculously itching on my arms and legs after I dry myself. 
6. I black out when I drink tequila
7. Even though I seem secular and worldly, I hold very conservative Christian beliefs.
8. I'm obsessed with cleaning my ears lol
9. I always always give 10% of my salary for tithe and offering. I've done this since I was a very young girl, so it wasn't hard for me to do it as an adult making real money.
10. I am extremely close to my family, that includes relatives like aunts and uncles as well.
11. I want to travel ALL of Asia and parts of Europe by the time I'm 30.
12. Even though I love to shop for myself, I love shopping for others even more.
13. I don't think I'm really lactose, I just tell people I am so they don't question why I don't drink milk
14. Sometimes I worry that God will punish me for all my wrong doings and take all His blessings away from me.
15.I'm terrified of driving over the bridge that connects the 405N to 118W. I recently overcame that fear in my Audi. I wasn't able to do it in my 4runner because that car was so high and I was able to see over the bridge and that would freak me out. I would exit on the 118E just to get back on and avoid the bridge.
16. I got barely average grades in college. I didn't particularly excel in any class unless the professor compelled me to. Like Dr. Yummy. I got A's in all his advanced psych classes.
17. I'm easily motivated by success. I try to always stay driven and never satisfied with what I've accomplished. I'm constantly looking for new things that can improve the well being of my life. Whether it's monetary or my own health.
 18. I'm also in the business of helping others. I try to always be there for my close friends and help them with whatever I possibly can.
19. I genuinely love my full time job. I actually look forward to coming to work. I love all my coworkers and even my boss. He's actually quite hilarious. I provide "therapy sessions" for some of the guys on a daily basis.
20. I wish I were smarter, I'm definitely intimated by girls who are smarter than me. Esp when it comes to world events. I have no idea about what's going on in the world. I really need to make an effort to read the news and keep up with current events.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I can't even begin to tell you all the blessings God has bestowed upon me. First and foremost I just really want to thank Him for everything He's given me. I honestly am overwhelmed. I just came back from a Mannatech convention and something there really changed me. I used to always be skeptical when people would say things like "God spoke to me" or "God touched my life" because it never personally happened to me. I couldn't grasp the idea, like I would want to ask those people "what did God's voice sound like"? But after this weekend, I know exactly what they're talking about. It's like some divine spirit changed something in me. I used to always be known as that tough girl with a sailors mouth who did whatever she pleased whenever she pleased. I gave no regard to the consequences of my actions or the things I would say. I would always say things like "well this is how I am, take it or leave it!" Now I understand that that's the completely opposite of how I need to be. Especially as a Christian, I need to live for the Lord and show it w/ my everyday actions. It's already apparent to me that my life is pretty much under scrutiny. People always notice the things I do and post especially on social media networks like Facebook and Instagram. I need to be extra careful so my actions aren't perceived in the wrong manner. Instead of boasting of my success, I want to share it. With Mannatech, I can do exactly that. They have products that are so amazing and life changing that it's my obligation to share it with everyone I know. It's not something only the "older generation" needs to take, but easily any age group. We live in such a fast paced environment that convenience is key. It's so rare that anyone I know eats a home cooked meal every night. Most of my friends and co-workers eat out for almost every meal. And the things we're eating are always so high in calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. Why not fix that? One of the products that they offer is called Nutriverus. It's basically healthy nutrients that come in powder form that you can mix into your food or drinks to at least help enhance it's nutritional value. I personally don't put it in my drinks because of the taste, but I sprinkle it over my dishes like as if it were salt. It's really never too early to start taking charge of your health, but you definitely don't want to wait til it's too late!

Monday, March 4, 2013

i really need to

get over my fixation with getting married and starting a family. what i really need to do is focus on ME! i need to better myself before i can even think about bringing another life into this world! i must be out of my mind to think i'm ready for that kind of responsibility. yes, i may be financially stable, but other than that, i don't see any real reason to rush. there's so many other things i want to do. i want to travel around the world so badly. after my trip from ASIA, it made me want to see what else is out there. especially europe. there's nothing wrong with starting a family early, but i guess it's not for everyone. and i'm just realizing now that it isn't for me quite yet...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

main goal

one of my main goals as an adult is to be well off enough to take care of my parents when they get older so i can provide them w/ a comfortable lifestyle. i want to give back to them as much as they've given me. i have the most supportive and loving parents any girl could ever ask for. i really need to become more responsible with my  money now that i'm actually making a good living. i need to learn how to save and invest. i need to stop shopping and spending my money irresponsibly. now that i hopefully have that shopping itch out of my system, i can finally start saving for something worth while, like a house and retirement. i've been so blessed with an amazing job that i really need to take advantage of the opportunities given to me and not take it for granted.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

close enough!


i really feel like i accomplished something! now all i need to do is get my shoes in order. i had to take out all the shoe boxes in my closet to make room for this. now i'm screwed w/ my shoes. but baby steps. i'll need to think of another idea to fix that situation. john's answer is to throw away the boxes. but i don't think he understands that the shoes will get ruined if i just leave them laying out on top of each other in basket or something. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! ugh. i think this is the kind of shit people are referring to when they say "first world problems."

Monday, January 7, 2013

i really wanna go

hiking here.


just a reminder!

i really need to

do something about my shoes. i've honestly run out of space to put them all. my only option now is to buy a house and build a room just for shoes. seriously. i don't know what else to do. lol

so i figured

i'd start blogging again just to keep my thoughts a bit more organized. sometimes i have a ton of things on my mind and i can't keep track of all of it cause i'm constantly on the go or working. right now the main thing i have on my mind is saving my $$$$$. i need to find a balance between being content w/ all my material possessions and realizing i shouldn't spend any more $$$ on these pointless things. yeah they make me happy temporarily, but i need to save up for something worthwhile like a house or traveling. i really need to get my shit together and stop shopping so much. i think that's the main thing i've complained about since i was 18 yrs old. the minute i was making money. i was shopping. i really should have taken my parents advise and saved saved saved!!! i could have bought like 3 houses by now hahaa. i'd at least have a really big down payment for a home i want in sherman oaks. but instead i have to start from scratch. i was talking to some of my co workers about applying for home loans and FHA and all these terms i didn't understand. lol all i've figured out so far is that i need to save for a downpayment and that i need to apply for a home loan. not really sure what i'd get approved for because i only started making real money only recently. so i'm not sure if that will help me w/ my loan. i really want to save a 20% down payment for a $700,000 home. even if the house/townhouse i buy isn't that much, it doesn't hurt to over save. i also want to start saving for my retirement and my future kids. i figured now that i'm making a decent living, now's the time for me to really take advantage of all of that and just save it all! ughhhhhhhh but it's so hard when there's so many things out there that i want to buy :( i really need to just make due w/ what i have.  saw this on IG and it really made me want to do the same to my closet, or at least something similar.