Find peace and everything will fall into place

Day 5 of my 60 day meditation journey.  I have consciously made an effort to take time for myself every day.  I meditate in the evenings, and I generally do it lying down, though I’ve heard that meditating lying down to begin with is challenging because people tend to fall asleep.  I tried sitting up a couple of times, but I had to adjust the first time because my legs fell asleep from being crossed, and the second time, I stopped the meditation completely so I could lie down.  Then I started the guided meditation all over again.  I might’ve fallen asleep once, but I was still mostly present.  Maybe I entered what people call a meditative state?  I still do not understand what I am trying to obtain.  However, I do know that taking the 10-45 minutes every day for the last 5 days has helped me remain calmer throughout my long days.  I look forward to my meditations each evening.

I’ve tried different guided meditations on YouTube, but I’ve found that if I Google “guided meditation”, I find ones that I like better.  I’ve also noticed that music like Odesza is much more meditative than before.  Maybe it’s just in that phase of excitement for me because it’s still so new to me.  But I’m enjoying listening to it loudly in my car when I’m driving anywhere.  I love the feeling of getting lost in music.

I’ve been pretty stressed out lately.  A lot has been happening in my life and doing this journey is going to be a great thing, I just know it.  I can already feel the positive effects of taking this time for myself every day and it’s only been 5 days.  Starting in January, probably during the second week, I am going to take on another 30-day cleansing system; the same one I did in August (if you haven’t read about it, just click on the August tab on the left hand side of my blog and read about it there.  It’s not very long).  I am also going to start doing yoga again.

It’s so important to be in tune with yourself and the universe.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the rat race, we forget how important it is to stop and breathe.  So I challenge you this: take time for yourself every day to just sit or lie down.  Give yourself at least 10 minutes with no distractions, no thoughts.  I have found it very helpful to find a guided meditation because my mind loves to chatter.  You will be thankful that you have taken the time for yourself too.  It may be difficult the first few times, but don’t give up.  No one starts anything as a professional.  It takes practice to be good at something.  There are no quick fixes to anything.  I think that’s the problem with our society.  Everyone is so fixed on the “I need it now”, that they forget it takes time to be great at something.

“Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms. Similarly, the sapling of consciousness is within you. It needs to be nurtured with simple meditation techniques. Some palm trees yield in three years, some in ten years. And those that aren’t nurtured – never yield! They simply exist.” -The Art of Living (http://www.artofliving.org/meditation/benefits-of-meditation)

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The Art of Meditation

In lieu of trying to find more balance in my life, I am finally turning to meditation.  I have been saying that I want to meditate for years and years (yes, I know I am only 32), but this time I am completely serious.  Everyday, I plan to take 10-45 minutes to listen to a guided meditation.  My brain is not ready for complete silence yet…it likes to chatter a lot when I’m sitting still.  Maybe I have ADD?  Maybe not, but it is a super active brain, so having people guide me is where I will start.  I’m hoping by the end of this 60 days, I will be able to sit in silence and meditate without guidance.

What I hope to gain from meditation: balance (not like on a tight rope or anything; no, balance in my life.  I tend to take on many things.  What can I say?  I like helping people, plus, I DREAM BIG!  And I’m currently juggling 3 jobs; Snooze, Photography, and Network Marketing.  I do have time for them all, but I need to find a good balance between them), manifesting my dreams (not the dreams that I float away on at night and during comfy and cozy day naps on my days off.  I’m talking about my goals and aspirations.  I have a vision of how my future looks, and I am calling upon the power of manifestation to help me achieve those goals.  Obviously, this isn’t the only way that I plan to seek out my dreams, but it is a good thing to have in my library.  My mind and heart are completely open to the opportunities that are presented to me.  I understand that my vision may change, but we all need to start with some type of plan.  It can unfold in any way that is necessary to my soul), gratitude (expressing gratitude every day.  Yes, I do this a lot, but I really want to remember to think about what I am grateful for every single day.  “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”), and along with gratitude, presence (this is probably the biggest thing I hope to gain from meditation.  Although one of my strengths is “futuristic”, as discovered by the Strength Finders test, I need to not worry so much about the future and appreciate the present moment.  Neither the past, nor the future exist.  What exists right now is this very moment.)

I am on, yet, another journey, but all of my journeys are paths to my heart.  I will never stop adventuring.  This is my life.  ❤

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This is just the beginning…

I haven’t written in a while because I didn’t know what to post.  I finished my 30-day nutritional cleansing system and I was unsure of people wanting to follow my journey after that.  I will tell you, my journey has not ended.  So many new and exciting things have come about because of that decision I made a little over 3 months ago.  In the least bit, you could say that decision changed my life.  I don’t drink 2 shakes every day.  Sometimes I don’t even have 1 shake in a day, but I also attribute that to running out of product and needing to order more (I just ordered 2 more canisters).  I take my supplements, and I take my adaptogens religiously.  I am going to do a 9-day maintenance system because it’s important to get back on track.  Plus, I remember feeling absolutely amazing during and after my deep cleanse days.  Although I might have gained a tiny bit back in my midsection (who keeps that weight off 100% of the time anyway?), my face hasn’t gained the weight back, and my legs/thighs are still looking and feeling great.  Plus, my hair is still growing like crazy, as are my nails, and my skin has also cleared up.  My energy levels are still higher than normal, and I don’t NEED coffee everyday.  I don’t get a headache when I don’t have coffee, which has never happened to me before.  Honestly, I only drink the stuff because it’s delicious and it warms my soul.  Other than that, I don’t need it anymore.  All in all, I’d say I’m doing pretty well for not keeping on track as much as I wanted.  I do have a plan to get back there though.  Like I said, I’m going to do a 9-day as soon as my product comes in the mail, and I will be doing a complete 30-day again come January.  Anyone want to join me?

So you know when I said that decision changed my life?  Well, it did.  I’m more conscious of what I put in my body, and although I don’t drink shakes all the time, I do drink them enough to get the benefits from them.  I also made the decision to become a professional Network Marketer.  I know, I know, it’s difficult to understand why anyone would get into that field.  And honestly, 4 months ago, I had the same exact thoughts.  I thought that all Network Marketing companies were pyramid schemes.  And how could someone like me become successful doing Network Marketing?  I’ll tell you this much: I was wrong.  Not all Network Marketing (Multilevel Marketing) companies are pyramid schemes.  Pyramid schemes are ILLEGAL.  Check out this article that breaks it down for you: What Is A Pyramid Scheme?  It is very important to do research on a company before you invest in it.  So that’s exactly what I did.  If I was going to become serious about this, I was going to have to do some research.  Long story short, I found something that I became passionate about, and I found something that would allow me to do what I want, whenever I want.  Most people say, “But Tatiana!  What about your photography?  I thought you were passionate about that?”  I’m never giving up my photography.  On the contrary.  Pursuing a Network Marketing career will allow me to do whatever I want with my life without having to worry about the funds to do it.  That’s some pretty spectacular stuff right there!

Why hasn’t everyone jumped on this ship?  Well, I think it’s because people are grossly afraid of getting into something they know nothing about.  I get it!  I was one of those people!  I guess I just decided to take a chance on something that can be ridiculously rewarding.  Is Network Marketing for everyone?  Probably not.  I didn’t think it was for me, but then I opened my mind, and did a little digging, taking in everything I could during the times my busy schedule would allow.  Am I anywhere near a professional?  Not quite.  But I’m putting in the effort and someday, I will be a professional.

“In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s research showed it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to reach the expert level at anything.  With four hours a day of practice, that adds up to about 7 years.  That formula applies to Network Marketing as well.  It’s going to take about seven years for you to become world-class.  The good news is, the profession is very forgiving and you could earn a lot of money while becoming an expert.  The trick is to not get complacent; don’t stop learning while you’re earning.” – Eric Worre, Go Pro.

I don’t have the time right now to put in 4 hours every single day, nor do I have the energy after a long day’s work sometimes.  But I do put in some kind of effort every single day.  My favorite kind of thing to do is to read at least 10 pages of a good personal development book every day (or as much as my schedule will allow it).  I’m in the process of figuring out my goals and starting a plan to reach those goals.  I also love speaking to my mom to see how her progress is going.  My mom, sister, and I started this journey together and we have become so much closer because of it.  We have always been a super close family, but now we have something even more amazing to share: our successes and our challenges.  We motivate each other every day, and I am so thankful to have them by my side through this.

So this is just the beginning of another journey for me.  I truly hope you’ll read along and follow me.  If at any time you feel you want to learn more about what I am doing, I’d love to have a one-on-one conversation with you, whether it be via email or text or over a glass of wine.  Life is about sharing experiences and it’s about connecting with people.  This is just the beginning to something spectacular and I’d love to share it with you!  ❤

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My sister’s story

There are many amazing people in my life choosing to start a healthier lifestyle.  This makes my heart ridiculously happy.  One of these inspiring people is my sister.  She has been my best friend for over 30 years.  We have gone through so much together, as most siblings do.  We shared a room when we were younger; we couldn’t be more opposite.  She was always the cleaner, neater one, while I liked people to know that someone actually lived in my part of the room (AKA, I was super messy and my belongings were chaotically organized…in my mind).  We definitely had our trials and tribulations, but we also had our moments where we connected, as best friends tend to do.  As we matured into adulthood, our bond became even stronger and the love we share for one another can be identified as unconditional sisterly love.  There is no stronger bond than that of a sibling.  They know every little detail about you, and they still love you, maybe even more because of it.

My sister and I live on opposite sides of the country.  I live in Colorado, and she lives in North Carolina, along with the rest of my immediate family.  Sometimes living so far away from one another is extremely difficult.  We see each other about once/year, if we are lucky.  FaceTime is definitely a life saver, and thank goodness the cell phone companies offer unlimited minutes and texts.  Where would we be without technology?  That’s another story for another day.  This story, today, is about my sister and her 30-day journey.  I just finished up my 30-day system and I’m not stopping.  I feel incredible!  I’ve lost a ton of belly fat, and my legs aren’t sausaging out of my shorts anymore.  I feel lighter and cleaner and so much happier (not that I wasn’t happy before, it’s just different.  I wish I had the words to explain it to you.  Side story: I was driving in my car the other day, and everything just felt like it was falling into place.  I knew what direction I wanted to go in my life, and I was confident that my dreams are going to become a reality.  I set intentions and I visualized what the outcome would look like.  I know people say that vision boards are super cheesy, but I created my vision board in my mind.  Set your intentions, and let the universe work it’s magic).  Ok, enough about me, I want to share my sister’s story with you.

Before starting this program I was constantly tired, anxious, stressed out and lacked the energy to keep up with my three kids, ages 10, 8 and 3.  My mental clarity was also lacking, and continuously having to go to the doctor to figure out what was wrong, was taking a toll on me.  

I discovered this wellness program through a friend of my mom’s who had been doing the program for a few months, and I knew this had to be the answer to all the issues I was having.  I started the program about 60 days ago and since then I have been feeling so energized!  Situations at work and in my home life no longer get me stressed out, I’m sleeping through the night without waking up and my mental clarity is back with a bang!  I wake up at 5am in the morning to go to the gym, then come home to the kids to get them ready for school.  At work, things that would stress me out before or get me anxious no longer do.  I am able to have even more energy to come home to my family to play and go to the gym.  Even then I’m up until 10 or 11 at night having me time.  

The next best thing, I’ve lost 9 pounds on a once 130lb 5ft 4in frame and lost 26.5 total inches!  I’m running circles around my husband and kids and feel free of the entire burden I once carried!

Once others continued to see the changes in me, I started talking to them about the benefits of feeling and living a healthy lifestyle.  It is easier than it sounds, and if I can do it with three kids, a husband and a 40+ hour per week job, anyone can!

I could not be happier with the results!

My sister is such an inspiration.  She and my mom are the ones that got me started on this lifestyle and I couldn’t be more thankful.  I’m excited to see what the future brings for us.  Someday, we will be enjoying each other’s company on a beach in Bora Bora, my dream vacation.

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It’s never too late…

It’s never too late to do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing.  It’s never too late to start a new career, or to go back to school to learn something you’ve always wanted to learn.  Maybe philosophy or art piqued your interest, but you never put in as much time as you wanted because you didn’t think that it would make you enough money to survive.  But what is money without happiness?  

It’s never too late to explore the world and get swept away by it’s magnificence.  Where have you always wanted to go?  What have you always wanted to see?  You can make that dream adventure happen.  You just have to believe that you are capable of making it happen.  Yes, we all have bills looming over our heads, but they will always be there.  Stop waiting for the “right time”, because the right time might never just fall into your lap.  If you want to do something, get out there and do it.

It’s never too late to read more, take more naps, enjoy the sunshine, learn to ride a bike, learn to swim, swim in the ocean, start a band….it’s never too late to do anything that brings a smile to your face.

It’s never too late to start your day over.  If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and things keep falling down around you, just stop and appreciate the brighter parts of your day.  For one, you actually woke up and got out of bed.  Doesn’t that amount to something?  If you have a roof over your head, and food in your belly, you are wealthy beyond measure.  If you drive a dependable car, and have money to fuel that car, you are extremely lucky.  If you have friends and family that love and support you, nothing else in the world should matter.  We take for granted so many beautiful moments.  I was at work today, ringing in an order, and I felt this wave of gratitude rush over me.  I looked around to see the amazing people I get to surround myself with daily.  Seriously, I get to work with some of the most talented, stunning, witty people.  I get to have mini dance parties, just because.  I get to meet kind-hearted people that remind me why I do what I do everyday.  Yes, sometimes it is a very difficult job, but for the majority of it, I get to have fun and hang out with my dear friends.  I smiled, looked to one of my coworkers that was ringing in an order next to me and said, “I just love you people so much.”  I think she thought I was crazy, but you know what?  I am crazy.  I’m crazy for happiness and love and making people feel good.  When other people feel good, I feel good, and I love sharing my super nerdy feelings with others because it puts smiles on their faces.  And I’m not sorry for expressing my love for people.  People deserve to be loved and they deserve to know it.

It’s never too late to be the person you want to be.  It’s never too late to call or write the people that matter to you most.  If they are alive and well, take the time to reach out to them.  Life is unpredictable.  Share your smiles with people, and always remember that it’s never too late for anything worth doing.a23b29c0ec559f231711e4d39290f4dc

Some good, fuzzy feelings

Hi.  I’m back with more thoughts de Tatiana.  I always get these epiphanies while driving.  Maybe it’s the music incorporated with the fresh Colorado air, sometimes intertwined with the captivating rain that sends me into a meditative state.  It’s safe to meditate while driving, right?  I mean, my eyes are open and focused on the road, but my brain is elsewhere (not “elsewhere” like in The Giver…if you haven’t read that book, stop what you are doing and read it now, and then go see the movie).  No, it’s elsewhere as in thinking about the future (remember when I said that thinking about the future was one of my biggest challenges?  Well, it’s also one of my biggest strengths.  Yes, it can be both.  I took the Strength Finders test and that was my number 1 strength, followed by Positivity, Empathy, Strategic, and Adaptability.  Literally, me in a nutshell.  Oh, I am also INFP.  Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving.  Click this link for an overview of an INFP).  I don’t long for the future, or get trapped in a wishful state.  I do stay present….for the most part.

Back to my epiphany, if that’s what you want to call it.  I guess I would call it more of a strong feeling about my future.  I feel that something big is going to happen to my life within the next 2 years.  Yes, I understand that anything substantial can happen to any of us within a 2 year span, but I really do believe that my life is on the verge of something colossal, and in an utterly positive way.  I dream big, I always have.  Maybe now that I’m in my 30’s, I have a higher quality outlook on life.  Maybe it’s because I’ve found the love of my life, my best friend.  Maybe the adaptogens (<~ yes, click that link to learn more about what adaptogens are.  If you need help finding good ones, I know just the place!) in my cleanse have given me a brighter perspective.  Or maybe it’s all of those things and then some.  I just can’t pinpoint the feeling, but that is totally ok.  I’m open to whatever the universe offers.  All I know is that I feel amazing and inspired, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Watch this video because it will make you smile.  ❤

Food for your stomach and your soul

I made quinoa tonight.  It is the most delicious quinoa I have ever made (this is only the second time I’ve made it in my life, but it’s probably one of the best I’ve ever tasted).  I borrowed a recipe off of Pinterest, but I changed it around a bit to make it my own.  I’m going to give you exact details on how I made it:

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (I like the rainbow quinoa from Whole Foods.  It’s cheaper if you buy it from the bulk section)

2 cups Organic Chicken Stock

4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles

15 oz can Unsalted Black Beans (rinsed and drained)

15 oz can Sweet Corn (rinsed and drained)

1 cup Spinach, chopped

1/2 Red Onion, diced

1/2 Hatch Green Chile, diced

Dressing:

1/2 cup Lime Juice (2 limes)

3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Cumin

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the quinoa and chicken stock in a rice cooker, turn it on and cook.

While the quinoa is cooking, mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Dice the red onion and hatch green chile.  Sauté in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, browning just a tad.

In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, spinach, and (cooled) sautéed red onions and hatch green chile.

When the quinoa is finished cooking and has cooled down, combine it with the black bean mixture, add dressing, and toss.

Serve in a nice big bowl and dig in!

 

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Disclaimer:  This makes quite a bit of quinoa.  I suggest sharing it with friends and/or family, or portioning it out and taking it to lunch with you for the next 3 days (that’s my plan).  

And there you have it, folks!  I did a deep cleanse today, so it was really difficult not to chow down on some delicious quinoa (I may have had to try a bite for quality purposes).  However, my deep cleanse days are probably my favorite part of this 30-day system.  Although I don’t eat food on these days (except for delicious green tea infused milk chocolates), I am getting my nutrition from the Deep Cleanse juice I received in my package.  They are not difficult days to survive, and I feel immaculate after them.  

Happy cooking!  ❤

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