Wisdom Wednesday: Finding Balance

imageGood Afternoon! I know it’s been a minute since my last post and I really have no other excuse besides the fact that I have a lot going on and haven’t found the time to post. I used to complain about not having anything going on and how I was frustrated with my lack of motivation. At the end of 2015, I made a promise to myself that I was going to start getting my life in order and work towards becoming a better me. So far, I’ve conquered my fear of driving by getting my license, got out of a toxic relationship (https://amoreluxe.com/2016/02/24/wisdom-wednesday-priority-vs-option/) and I was promoted at my part-time job which has required me to take on more responsibility. I am proud of myself for achieving these goals but feel overwhelmed at times because I have a hard time finding balance.

I know a lot of it has to do with learning how to manage my time wisely (Check out this post for tips that I’m working on: https://amoreluxe.com/2016/02/04/acquiring-time-management-skills/) but the majority of it has to do with me trying to play catch up and looking at my life as a race towards the finish line instead of a journey where I should pace myself and focus on the present as well as the future. The only person that I should be in competition with is myself and that everything that has happened in my life has happened for a reason. I may not be where I want to be but I am a lot further than I was and for that reason alone, I am thankful. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and I understand that greatness takes time. Learning how to live life to the fullest in the present while still making sure that you stay focused and prepare for your future is a balancing act in itself but I feel that it’s essential for me to maintain peace and sanity. I’ve been slipping as far as my diet and exercise routine but I’m not giving up! I also am working on going out more and trying new things instead of staying cooped up in the house because that’s when I get back into a rut! Slowly but surely, everything will come together and I will continue to take the necessary steps towards my goals. Stay tuned to see how I’m doing!

Let me know what you think by posting in the comments section below and thanks for your continued support:)

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

 

 

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Overcoming My Fears

 

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Good Morning! I know it’s been a minute since my last post and as I’ve stated before, I’m still trying to sort my life out. This has been one of the toughest years of my life because I have been in a state of uncertainty for most of it. When you are passionate about something and you pray that things will work out the way you imagined, it feels like a punch to the gut when things take a turn for the worst. I never wanted to settle but it felt like a lot of the decisions I’ve made in my professional and personal life weren’t ideal choices but instead, the most logical ones for the time being. This was because I was letting fear take control over my life.

At the beginning of the year, I had so many plans for my life and specifically, for the site but I allowed fear and doubt get in the way of my goals. There was so much that I wanted to do but instead of taking things one day at a time, I let myself feel overwhelmed and decided not to go after any of the things I desired. Now I’m at the point where I can either decide to let my fears (fear of failure, fear of rejection, etc.) control my life and keep me at a standstill or I can let it motivate me to become the best version of myself. I’m going with the latter 🙂 Fear is normal because most of us have things we are unsure of or uncomfortable with. Fear gives us limits and limitations are only good when people and situations can put our life at risk. Fear is not good however when it threatens to limit your potential. In these instances, faith and belief in yourself must override the fear that is holding you back. It is a scary process but the result is worth the anxiety and uncertainty that lingered at the beginning of the journey.

It’s about a month away from the new year and I’m not waiting until 2016 to overcome my fears. There is one end of the year goal that I’m working on and once I achieve it, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it. I want to go into 2016 with a bang and this goal will be the spark that I need to start 2016 off right! Thanks for rocking with me and stay tuned for my comeback:p

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

Passion and Patience 

Good Afternoon! I have been racking my brain on what I should write about. Writer’s block is no joke and it’s been a struggle but I thought about the things that have been heavy on my mind lately and I realize that I’ve been frustrated that I’m not living the life of my dreams yet. I know what I want out of life and the work that it will take to get there but it’s been tough just wishing and hoping that things will work out. That’s when I have my “aha” moment as Oprah likes to call it. If I’m actually putting in the work, I won’t have time to think about what I don’t have and what I’m not getting out of life. In order for me to want to do the work, it has to be something I’m passionate about and something I’m willing to wait for because I know that it will come true in time. 

Passion and patience lead to greatness and I feel that both is needed for me to make all the visions on my vision board a reality. I can’t let pressure overwhelm me and as I stated in a previous post, I have to take things one day at a time. As long as I don’t lose sight of those goals and remain confident and excited about them, they will come to fruition. Every day is a new beginning so let this day be the start of something amazing! Be sure to keep me updated on your journey:) 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

My Healthy Lifestyle Journey

 

some of the. meals/snacks I’ve prepared!

Good Morning! I’m writing this post right before I have to head to the dentist (ugh!) to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I still have to go back for fillings and crowns and I am so disappointed with myself because things shouldn’t have gotten this far in regards to my dental health and my health in general. I know exactly why I am at this point though. I grew up in a household where I could eat anything I wanted at anytime. I didn’t have to ask permission for snacks and goodies and my mom bought and cooked whatever I liked. If she couldn’t cook it, we ordered it and I just accepted that as a way of life. I’ve worked out here and there but I knew to see real results, I’d have to change what I eat as well and that part would be tough for me. I want to be the best version of myself and I knew that in order for that to happen, I’d have to change up my eating habits. I’m not too big on beef or pork ( I do like bacon though!) but chicken as always been my weakness. I love Chick Fil A and when I go there, I get the same thing: 12 piece nuggets, waffle fries and a Coke or sweet tea. On this particular lifestyle plan, I can’t eat red meat, can’t drink soda and no processed foods…bye bye Chick Fil A 😢 Fortunately, pasta is still on the menu in whole wheat form which doesn’t taste half bad. I have to prepare all my meals myself and that’s a first because I NEVER cooked on a regular basis. It’s been a challenge especially since many of the foods I love are no longer on the menu so I’ve had to be creative and try other type of dishes like my almond apple muffins above ( I know they look like cookies but it’s only because of the angle) steamed asparagus (eh!)  and boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( at least I can still eat chicken!)

I’ve been working out at least once a day as well doing things like squats, crunches, lunges and other types of exercises that will tone my tummy, legs and booty. I want to look and feel healthy and I feel that with this new healthy lifestyle, I am on the right track. I may have a “cheat day” in the future but as long as they don’t turn into cheat weeks and months, I think I’ll be alright. I will continue to keep you up to date on my progress and in a future post, I’ll show you before and after pics(yikes!) Keep giving your all into whatever it is you desire and make sure to share your journey with me. We’ll talk soon!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!