For my birthday last year, I didn’t want to do anything big. I made plans to visit Six Flags Great Adventure with some of my closest friends and was content with that. The day of my birthday, Sean suggested that we at least go out for a small dinner, just the two of us, and I agreed. When we arrived at Piquant (amazing American-Latin infused cuisine), I asked for a table for two, and the maitre d immediately began to seat us–however I was stopped in my tracks. While we were walking to our table, I saw one of my best friends coming from what I assumed was the bathroom. “Marva???? What are you doing here?!” She didn’t get an opportunity to derive a story, because just then, two other close friends of mine appeared next to her–“surprise!” I literally couldn’t believe it! I don’t handle surprises well, so it took a really long time for me to internalize that these people who I loved took time to plan a get together that they knew would be very special to me. Even though they were clearly right in front of my face, I’d questioned whether or not they’d actually done this. Continue reading Is He For Real?
I hope meal planning has been going as well for you guys as it’s been for me! I really appreciate the time spent prepping on the weekends when I’m absolutely exhausted mid-week and the last thing I want to do is cook! As mentioned before, I really want to focus on being consistent and making this a lifestyle change rather than a fad. Therefore, I’m continuing to focus on super easy recipes that can be executed with minimal effort and time. This week’s recipe that I found is another “one pan”–I absolutely loved the chicken and veggie recipe from last week and thought to mix it up again! This is also a great gluten-free option. Try it out and as always, please let me know how it goes for you!
So, I’ve decided to bring you along with me as I read The Resolution for Women By: Priscilla Shirer! In this book, Shirer challenges women to live their lives intentionally and spirit-filled based on God’s image of us. As I’ve been reading, I’ve also been jotting down parts of the book that really resonate with me and reflecting on the topics that are unravelled. Every Friday I will be sharing my notes and personal thoughts on what I believe are the big ideas of each chapter. I hope that you not only enjoy checking in each week, but that you also spark some discussion, perhaps learn something new, and reflect on whether or not you are open to resolving to be a woman that exemplifies God’s image and walks in your purpose through Him.
If you read yesterday’s post, “Jump Start Your Morning Right!”, you’ll know what I’m referring to when I say that I’m “eating my frog”. Yup, my blog post today is my frog. I awoke this morning, not really sure of what to write about. I usually write about topics that are put on my heart to share with others, but there wasn’t anything coming to me. I didn’t stress it though! I still woke up at 5:30…still began my quiet time…and then BAM–inspiration…
Mornings are the most challenging time of day for me. I usually wake up feeling just as exhausted as I did when I went to sleep and have no choice but to get ready for my day. During my time away from work, I’ve adopted this routine that I plan on continuing upon my return. Doing each of these things in the morning has set me up for success thus far and I hope that it continues to when my daily physical demands are higher. Try it out for a week or so and let me know if it works for you!
I remember sitting across from my rheumatologist 7 years ago and hearing her say that my test results were consistent with what she sees in Lupus patients. Lupus? An autoimmune disease where the body basically becomes confused and begins to attack itself. Okay, so how do we cure this? There currently isn’t a cure for Lupus. It took quite some time for me to process that last line. This thing called Lupus was stuck with me now…a part of me and my everyday life. I wouldn’t wake or sleep without it, and according to my physician, I never would. Continue reading Life After Lupus (5 Tips for Management Following a Diagnosis)
We are officially coining this “Motivation Monday” and I will try my best to remind you, first thing on Monday mornings, that you are blessed beyond measure! I encourage you to stop for a minute….take a second to acknowledge your blessings! There are at least 5 awesome things that happened to you this week! Here are mine!
After several years of not speaking to one another (for no particular reason), I was invited to my cousin’s daughter’s birthday party that took place yesterday. Naturally, I was a bit apprehensive because I hadn’t seen her or her children in years, but I decided to make it and support her and her family regardless of any discomfort that I anticipated. While there, I saw my older sister who I also haven’t spoken to in years (for particular reasons). As I walked into the apartment, I approached my aunt (my cousin’s mother) to greet her–the look on her face was one of confusion. She didn’t recognize me…it had been that long. Moments later, there was a knock at the door–the last guest had arrived, my uncle, who I also haven’t seen or spoken to in years. I respectfully got out of my seat to greet him, “Well, hello sir!” He glanced at me, “Hello,” and proceeded into the kitchen to greet my sister and mother. He also didn’t recognize me. My thoughts began to settle on the realization of how divided my family is…
I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! So exciting! Thank you soooo much Megala for taking the time to read my posts and recognizing them as quality writing! It means a lot to me! Check out her site for recipes of traditional Indian cooking made simple!
It’s that time again…meal prepping! This is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make when I need a ton of food to last for the week. For the earlier part of 2016, Sean and I signed up for Hello Fresh and out of all of their recipes, this one stuck with me! It’s a very simple take on a traditional meal that’s packed with nutrition! For a healthier option, you may choose to substitute regular pasta for gluten free pasta. Try it out and let me know how it goes! I hope you love it as much as I do!