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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The more you know yourself the less you care what others think I love it I look forward to this challenge

A tweet I sent to GG in reference to the challenge and dared myself to be a part of it. It was time to get out of my comfort zone. Being in that zone sometimes hindered me from growing and I end up having regrets. It was a special kind of daring that allowed me to be in a judgement-free zone, share, and connect with even more awesome people. It really meant a lot to me.

Once the challenge was over I didn't stop with it. I'm continuing on with my own self-discovery challenge. I blogged about the challenge here and sharing my tweets. Those who participated received a daily prompt explaining what the exercise is for the day. Take a look at my 30 day responses below!

Day 1:
Continue: Being awesome let it go I can't continue by holding on to something that wasn't meant to be. Life goes on

Stop: Tolerating foolishness and end the doubting

Start: Saying YES to the things I said no to and NO to the things I said yes to. It's about balance and what makes me happy

Day 2:
Joy Snatchers: Over thinking certain situations. Some things are beyond your control 

Day 3:
Favorite Mistake: Hmmm.... The experiences I went through could have easily destroyed me but I took another route instead

Day 4:
100%: I'm going to be looking out for me. That doesn't mean I'm selfish. I'm just tired of being tired

Day 5:
Representative: My (clueless) personality was not seen. Opening it more lately and feels like a weight has been lifted

Day 6:
Don't Fix Me, Love Me: I hated showing my forehead. I was always covering it. Returning to natural changed my view and...

Day 7:
Gratitude: I'm grateful for my creativity, curiosity, eagerness, and more

Day 8:
Saving Face: Telling myself my opinion didn't matter

Day 9:
For Sure: I know if I keep going and believe in what I'm doing it will get better. My intentions are good.

Day 10:
Abundance: I have the power to overcome

Day 11:
Praise: Didn't give myself credit for creativity blogging has helped me get out of comfort zone looking to see where it go

Day 12:
Been There, Done That: Weird, abnormal, and my all time favorite she has "issues". Other peoples opinions doesn't define me

Day 13:
Biggest Fan: My daughter through her eyes my advice and intentions are good (but I can be annoying<< her words) Love it! :)

Day 14:
MirrorMirror: My legs are my least favorite feature. They help me with my running and I've been getting better not bad :)

Day 15:
Gotta Testify:I yearn for like minded people feels good not to 'splain myself b/c we get each other & I'm thankful for that

Day 16:
OutsideTheBox:Goal never really shared I'm technically challenged it bothered me a lot blog helped get out of comfort zone

Day 17:
ClearingTheAir: *off to go write a letter* girl you got me writing. Is cussing allowed? :)

Day 18:
TheFWord:I forgive myself for thinking I don't deserve & not believing. Yes it's scary but you never know if you don't try

Day 19:
WhenIThinkOfHome: Is when I'm surrounded by people who get me. We get each other and no one is forced to be uncomfortable

Day 20:
Two Colums: I love to cook, connecting with like minded people, working out, laugh instead of crying

I'm good at being out of the box, that helps me be creative with what I love to do. Which makes me more of an awesome person

Day 21:
OhHappyDay:I'd spend the day in a place where I can enjoy the seasons Ecstatic 2 be in good company reminiscing & good food

Day 22:
Metaphor: Visualizing the color purple it brings me joy, peace, & wearing it helps me express my individuality

Day 23:
Limitations&Affirmations:Not pretty, smart, or rich enough. Stop it with the limitations. I am enough & unique in my ways

Day 24:
Heartstrings: Materialism, There's nothing wrong with wanting nice things but appreciate what you have VS what you don't.

Day 25:
Authenticity: Staying true 2 myself sometimes society & media makes it hard b/c of the stereotypes but I know who I am

Day 26:
ThankYou:2 all whose been called weird & the introverts thanks 4 the positive energy it's needed when I feel like giving up

Day 27:
Lurking: All those fighting the good fight being a voice for the voiceless you are appreciated it means a lot 2 me

Day 28:
Two Columns: Healthy journey=Makes me feel good Connect with like minds =No more toxic people Grow=Become a better person

Day 29:
Hi, MyNameIs… Maggi, I'm obsessed with words of inspiration, living healthy lifestyle, & connecting with like minded people

Day 30:
CONTINUE:Being awesome let it go What's not meant 2 be is not helping me with awesomeness Life goes on & it will get better.

STOP: I want to stop tolerating foolishness and stop doubting myself. I can do it!

START: Saying YES 2 the things I said no 2 & NO 2 the things I said yes 2. It's about balance & what makes me happy

The Journey Still Continues….

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I had the wonderful opportunity connecting with the positive and bubbly Olivia. She's a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach who completed her training at Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She shares her enthusiasm for all things healthy and domestic at Olivia Cleans Green. Olivia gifted me with a one-on-one health session. I'm sure she thought I was a bore :)

Here's what the breakthrough session covers:

-Gain clarity on what you really want out of life

-Uncover the blocks that are keeping you from getting it

-Learn how you can overcome obstacles to optimal health and happiness

It's always a pleasure for me when I connect with someone who is passionate about helping others achieve their health goals or any goals for that matter. And I was delighted to be able to chat with her about some of mines. Sometimes we need that positive energy in our corner when we feel like giving up. It happens to the best of us. Thanks so much for your time.

Head over to her site to find out how you can achieve your own health goals.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Whole Foods has a reputation for being overpriced which gives them the name Whole Paycheck. A name they are trying to shake off. I remember my first time trying to do some grocery shopping. Yeah that never really happened because I made a quick U-turn out. My goodness! Why so expensive?

Word is they are bringing down their prices. Reason being, major competition and their bottom line is suffering. I was recently in Whole Foods and didn't really see any lowering of prices. I spent most of my time clutching my pearls. The only thing(s) I get from there are non-food related items like store brand essential oils. Oh and pizza from the food court.

I find myself shopping at Trader Joe's, Publix, Target, Big Lots, Farmer's Market, and... you get my drift. Yes, I'm driving around town because each offers me a different shopping experience. I wish that I didn't have to do that but that's the way it is. My budget is tight so I do what I can to eat right. I can totally understand why so many give up on trying to eat healthy.

Will I start shopping at Whole Foods? Probably not. Like I mentioned before I was recently in there and my blood pressure was rising. Thank goodness there are other options because…..

Healthy eating shouldn't have to be a luxury.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I've been on a roll with these scarves and been getting all stylish. Well, trying to be I'm still clueless when it comes to fashion. But anyways, wearing these have allowed me to go about my day without having to be consumed with my hair. I'm enjoying my day like….

CluelessCurl in Vegas

On my many races

While working out. Yes, being online is a workout. My fingers are doing a lot of work clicking. And…a 1 And… a 2 And a... CLICK, CLICK, CLICK

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An eco-sista who says educate yourself and take one step at a time

How long have you been eco-friendly? This has been a long and temperamental journey for me and to say that I have reached my destination would be somewhat inaccurate. My journey however began about four years ago when I was 14 and made the decision to become vegetarian. Ha Ha! Sorry the temptation to joke is so strong. I did turn vegetarian when I was 14 but that was more like 22 years ago…whoa!!!

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It wasn't so much a choice, it felt more like a duty imposed on me by my subconscious. I felt in myself that things as they were being conducted at that time were, how can I explain it, off balance. I set out to become the change that I wanted to see.

What do you like about it? I like how I feel. I have a general feeling of vitality when I am being eco-friendly. I am no angel and I have my moments but my conscious and subconscious being knows the difference!

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I face challenges daily. The biggest obstacles are people, friends, colleagues, and family alike…they mean well I suppose. They neither understand nor wish to understand the journey on which you embark. It is easier to declare a person cooky than to actually take the time to understand profound differences. When I try to explain the principles of eating clean they label it boring. 

They declare you only live once, you have to let your hair down sometimes, what is the point, it's all so expensive, yada yada yada. My discussions around quality of life and the price they place on health fall on deaf ears. Discussing choices of beauty products is an even bigger issue that often ends with agreements to disagree LOL!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It is a journey. Educate yourself, take one step at a time and don't beat yourself up if you believe yourself not to be doing it right. What is that saying "Rome wasn't built in a day".

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Oh most definitely! To be totally green we have to be organized and that can often mean stock piling. When you stock pile you lull yourself into an infinite sense of security believing it will never run out and when it does it can often catch you unaware. This can mean purchasing  mainstream consumer goods that are not so eco-friendly. It happens to even the best prepared…so chill.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Well, I have been natural this time around for about 8 weeks LOL. I had locs for about 8 years but unpicked them due to hair loss two years ago and went back to relaxing as I wasn't aware of my options (I know, I know). After two years I woke up one day and asked myself what I was doing. This simply did not fit with my way of life so I stopped. I am currently transitioning and have chosen braids as my go to until I get some length on my natural tresses. You can read my full hair story here

Is there anything you like to add? Just a huge thank you for taking the time to read a little snippet of my journey. If you would like to read more you can find me over at FuzzyMonzStar where I blog about all things clean and follow me on twitter @FuzzyMonzStar to keep up to date with my general ramblings. Thanks again. Love and Light!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Target was having a sale on this palette and it was a sign for me to try.

Eye see you

Golden- gold color that has the right amount of shimmer

Urchin- jeweled purple with gold tones

Coral Sand- satin coral

Skinny Dip- matte nude base

If I had to choose my favorite, it would be Urchin. Golden is my second choice. Coral Sand and Skinny Dip I couldn't tell them apart. Even though they look different but after I apply they look almost the same. No biggie because I like them all they give me a nice subtle look.

This product is 100% vegan. Cruelty-Free. Made without FD&C, phthalates, talc parabens, and petroleum. Oh and it's affordable. Ka-Ching!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yoga is one of my favorite ways to stay in shape. I started out doing the basics and I want to take it to a more advanced level. I'm working on a few advanced poses and this is one of them. It took a lot of practice and tears. These poses ain't no joke but I love the results.

The Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana) is a backbend pose

The Benefits:
-strengthens abdomens, legs, arms, wrist, shoulders and more. Codeword: for toned muscles
-relieves back pain
-helps reduce stress and depression
-improves blood circulation

Shout out to the bridge pose! I started out doing this first then worked my way up. 

What are your favorite poses?

Friday, September 19, 2014

This month it's all about food

I bought a lot of veggies to make this dish. I had a few leftovers and they were about to go bad. One thing I hate is wasting. I had to think fast and I ended up making chicken soup. It's soup season so why not. After asking for feedback, I was told my black bean soup is way better. 

This is the only way I'll eat celery (salt & pepper with ranch)

Beautiful! Freshly diced onions and tomatoes

Grating cheese for my new favorite wrap. I made another version of it using basil pesto (without the arugula) instead of ranch dressing and the tears were flowing. It was a masterpiece! 

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