Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye 2009, Hello 2010!

Hola, Hello, Ciao, Bonjour, Hallo, こんにちは, Здравствулте!, YES, we have been all waiting, for one reason or another, for 2009 to end, well it's here, 2009 is almost over. Let's focus on the "good stuff" that happened in 2009, and I do not believe everything was bad; let's be happy for what it was, be thankful and GRATEFUL for everything that you have and did not, be positive inside and out, relax your mind and soul, everything will be better in 2010 and that is, if you want it to be.

"In Clover" is the next step, read about this lifestyle in one of my previous blogs; I know you can do it, if you always have this statement present you will be HAPPY, you will be Lucky, you will be Blessed, you will be Fortunate... all that and more. Your mind is an incredible tool to make things the way you want them to be, ASK, BELIEVE and RECEIVE. Don't loose track of what really is important, we tend to do so.

I have been thinking that I never wrote a blog about why I started writing blogs and the reason behind this decision was that I have always like to write since I was young, in fact, I own about 5 diaries... I also have a collection of poems/songs... I started this blog because I wanted to stop ripping pages from magazines about interesting topics, the file was getting too fat and at the end of the day it was an inconvenience to pull it out and flip through countless pages. This is a place where I write about things that we know but we tend to forget. It is convenient to be able to get tips, read about experiences and even personal struggles... all in one place. I really hope that I can inspire you to live a positive life, be open to change, remember that if we don't try different things, you are missing out in life. 

Have a Great New Year! enjoy whatever is left from 2009 and be prepared for a year full of wonderful things! Love you all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Please Recycle

It goes back to the age of Plato about 400 B.C, recycling has been part of human history through Wartime and Post-war, until now. Recycling "involves processing used materials into new products." Some materials that we can recycle are plastic, batteries, glass, paper, paint, print cartridges... There are many reasons why we should recycle, such examples are, conservation, energy saving, reduce pollution, landfill reduction.

Facts about WHY we should recycle:
  1. Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as landfilling
  2. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil
  3. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours
  4. Americans go through 25 billion plastic bottles every year
It is super important to recycle and anyone can do it, the best part, is that, every little bit you do will help tremendously in the long run. Try it, start with paper or plastic or both and take them to a recycling bin that you should already have in your home.

There is so much that YOU can do with very little effort and you will probably save yourself a lot of money while you are at it!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Best On-line Websites

I assure you this post will make your on-line shopping or just browsing more enjoyable. The idea came about because I use the web often to research and/or shop and wanted to make my life easier by creating a list of best on-line shops. This way I can stop my magazine ripping-pages obsession. Here we go, have fun and YES click on each of these, you might be surprised as to the stuff you can find... and these are only some.

  1., from whimsical dress to shoes, to gorgeous accessories
  2., shoes before now also offering clothes. Celeb-stylish Rachel Zoe (my favorite) picks and chooses must-haves.
  3., same concept, the shipping is free and it gets to its destination in 1 day.
  4., tons of the latest styles, the jeans selection is unbelievable.
  5., introduced to me, a couple of years ago, by one of my best friends Tamara, cool, fashion forward site that will create a new wardrove in no time.
  1., the ultimate in on-line shopping. Where artisans gather together to sell their handmade items, shipping cost is always low. Support small businesses, is a great cause.
  2., cute flats, leather booties... fill up the shop, also check out the lower-priced DV line.
  3., for anyone who loves glass rings, lucite rings, wood, agate, plastic, resin, acrylic, jade, etc.
  1., one stop for all things beauty. Over 200 of the best brands, every time you order, they will offer you to get (3) samples for free.
  2., offering more than 1,000 creative fragrances.
  3., only organic skin-care, cosmetic and aromatherapy products, detailed information about each product so you can learn before you purchase. LOVE this site.
  1., one of the creations of pottery barn but with a much cooler edge and affordable.
  2., I found this site about 4 years ago and love it for my kids. Great quality and prices.
  3., obsessed with everything in the store, furniture, accessories, food, you name it, is there.
  1., one-of-kind, handmade by me, handbags and accessories. Check out everyday for new designs. My new addition "eye pillows," you have to have one, trust me.
  2., great for the holidays if you have to please everyone in your and your husbands family. Prices are great, the product selection is huge.
  3., affordable offerings could not be more stylish; take a peek, if you like to be different buying here, is a great way to show it.
I am sure there are times you just want to take a break from your reading routine or maybe stop your TV watching, get on-line, click on these sites and spend time looking at affordable, gorgeous products that could help you with the Holiday shopping "stress" and-or any other occasion.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

No Vitamins Allowed

A lot of research has gone into this topic and finally Dr. Lisa Drayer has come up with 10 beauty foods that will make your hair soft and shiny, your skin smooth and your teeth whiter than snow by nourishing your body from within. Forget the daily Vitamin doses and incorporate these yummy foods into your menu routine.

  1. Wild Salmon is rich in Omega 3's, when wild, is the best option for a young looking you. It fights inflammation, optimizes circulation and helps our brains to function optimally. It helps reduce wrinkles too.
  2. Yogurt is packed with Vitamin D source, extremely good for your bones. It also contains Zinc which is also beneficial for your skin. One cup of plain, supplies close to half of your daily calcium needs.
  3. Oysters are the best whole food source of Zinc an important mineral that helps to create collagen and plays a major role in skin renewal and repair. Also related with eye diseases, since Zinc is highly concentrated in the retina.
  4. Blueberries are gorgeous in color and extremely tasty in smoothies. This berry contains powerful antioxidants, that help with premature aging. Grab a fist-full and "Bon-Appetit"
  5. Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C and other powerful anti-aging antioxidants, this juicy and sweet fruit, offers a variety of benefits, from stimulating collagen to maintaining healthy bones. they help neutralize free radicals, that could lead to inflammation, cancer , and heart disease.
  6. Sweet Potatoes contain beta-carotene a pigment found in plant and vegetables, it converts into Vitamin A, which helps your skin to be wrinkle free. It helps protect your skin from sun damaged.
  7. Spinach is a low calorie leafy green packed with many vitamins, such as, B, C, iron, calcium, dietary fiber and even omega 3 fatty acids. The lutein content helps your eyes to be healthy.
  8. Tomatoes contain great amounts of lycopene an anti-aging antioxidant. Lycopene is easily absorbed by the body when processed. Stock up your pantry with canned tomato paste, is your best bet for getting full benefits.
  9. Walnuts are the only type of nut that contains both Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids. This nut will give you strong bones, shinny hair and smooth skin and will protect cells from free-radical damage.
  10. Dark Chocolate related to pimples and headaches, this heavenly food is, in fact, a treat for your skin. Studies and research show that dark chocolate contains as many polyphenols as red wine. It contains many important natural chemicals that possesses antioxidant properties.
"Little changes, make huge improvements. It is never too late, start today!"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sea Scallops "A LA MODE"

I cook this recipe once every two weeks or so. It's mouth watering news, when I tell my family that we are having it for dinner. I am not afraid to to say that the taste of this meal could very well equal to, that of any exclusive Restaurant. If you don't believe me, I invite you to come for dinner and try it for yourself.

Sea Scallops "A LA MODE" is a combination of natural sea scallops and a salad. I am going to share with you this recipe because not only I know you will impress anyone that takes a bite but it is also a quick and easy recipe...

Salad ingredients:
  1. Bag of Organic baby romaine salad
  2. Organic natural dry cranberries (small ones)
  3. 1 avocado
  4. 1 bag of chopped walnuts
  5. Container of gorgonzola cheese
  6. Olive oil
  7. Honey
  8. Modena balsamic vinegar
How to make the Salad:

- On a frying pan you put about 2 cups of chopped walnuts (or as much or as little.) Toss a bunch of sugar while heat is medium-high to melt the sugar with the walnuts. Stir constantly so that this mixture does not burn nor stick. When sugar is melted put on bowl and leave to cool off.

- Toss salad leaves into a big salad bowl, then put the caramelized walnuts, cut an avocado into thin slices, next, put gorgonzola cheese (use half of container) ALL TOGETHER.

- To make the dressing, use a jar or glass container. Same amount of olive oil, honey and modena balsamic vinegar, shake and put in the refrigerator until serving time.

Scallops ingredients:
  1. 3-4 natural sea scallops (per person)
  2. 3 tablespoons of Flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Dried marjoram
  5. Olive oil
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons Dry white wine
  7. 1 tablespoon Modena balsamic vinegar
How to make the scallops:

Combine ingredients (2,3,4) in a large zip-lock plastic bag; add the scallops, seal bag and shake to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops (one by one) cook for 5 minutes, each side, or until golden. Remove from skillet, keep warm on another pan.

Add wine and vinegar to skillet (where scallops where cooking) and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring with a whisk. Put scallops back in skillet with mixture, let them soak for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat.

Serve on a plate with salad and a glass of your favorite wine. ENJOY IT!

PS: I want to thank Rebecca, one of my best friends, for sharing her yummy salad recipe with me.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Good Night, Sleep Tight

The Z's are extremely beneficial to overall health and well-being, why not take full advantage of this easy and cheap antidote, to feel better and look better.? We all love it, and knowing that scientific studies show the importance of sleeping, is a good excuse to get the, at least, minimum requirement. People that sleep less than 7 hours increase the risks of developing future diseases. Sleeping helps us to have clearer thoughts, have better attitudes, and it reduces stress. Sleep deprivation can cause, fatigue, weight gain and clumsiness.

Here are 10 health benefits:
  1. Keeps your heart healthy
  2. Prevents cancer
  3. Reduces stress
  4. Makes you more alert
  5. Bolsters your memory
  6. Lose weight
  7. Makes you more alert
  8. Makes you smarter
  9. Reduces risk of depression
  10. Helps body make repairs
Age plays a major role on hours needed for the benefits to work. For example, newborns need at least 12 hours, children ages of 2-6 need about 11, kids ages 10 and above should sleep about 10 and adults should get no less than 8. If naps are in your schedule, that's great too.

Tips to get a good night sleep are, eating dinner early, a mattress that works for you, a dark room, same sleeping routine every night. Alcohol, caffeine and fatty foods before going to bed, can interfere with your sleeping habits, also going to sleep when you are not tired and even watching the clock, may cause stress.

Simple solution, schedule your sleeping time and be conscious about how important the Z's are. Being a happy and healthy individual makes you live longer.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It Really Works

I'm sure you have heard about Meditation and the benefits that offers the mind and body. Meditation has been around for thousands of years but it really became popular in the Western world around the 20th Century.

"Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth." Meditation helps people achieve balance both mentally and physically, as well as, emotionally. It treats depression, stress and anxiety and also lowers blood pressure and cures insomnia. Studies show that people who practice meditation have shown high improvements in their mental and physical health. There are many forms of meditation such as, Judaism, Islam Meditation, Taoism, Buddhism... it should be clear that these religions (or any others) do not hold the monopoly on meditation, nor do you need to convert to a particular religion to practice meditation or to become self-aware.

There are a few different postures to meditate, standing, supine and sitting; it is up to you which one you choose. There are three very important elements that you need to include when meditating:

  1. Quiet place
  2. Comfortable posture
  3. Open mind
So if you are willing to give meditation a try, click here, do this everyday, preferably at the same time. Caleb found an incredible iTunes Audiobook download called "A Chakra Meditation" by Glenn Harrold. We both have listened to it and it totally works, recommended to use headphones when listening.

"The real sign of serenity is not seen so much in the face, as found in the depth and stillness of the eyes"

Friday, September 18, 2009

And The Winner Is...

Which tea is better, White, Green, Black or Oolong? Tea has been around since 2737 B.C. Legend says that the Emperor of China was sipping from a hot water cup when tea leaves blew into his cup, making the color change. When "camellia sinensis" leaves are dried and processed, it makes what we know as tea. There are four different types of teas:
  1. White, young leaves contain the highest antioxidant properties, making it the least flavorless, tasting more like fresh grass. White tea is not processed, so the leaves don't loose its properties, these leaves are air dried for a period of time. The caffeine in white teas are higher than any other teas because the leaves haven't been oxidized.
  2. Green, leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. It contains high concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is believed to be helpful: cancer, immune function, cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis and weight loss.
  3. Black, the most oxidized of the four, containing the most caffeine. Stronger in flavor, black tea retains its flavor for years.
  4. Oolong, most popular in China, the taste resembles that of green tea. It is much richer and tastier. The leaves are either rolled or pressed into a ball when going thru the process of oxidation. It contains only moderate levels of caffeine. The color of this tea tends to be like a golden-brown. The health benefits of this tea are healthy teeth and younger looking skin.
Also when drinking tea, try to buy loose leaves instead than tea bags, experts say they are better because the leaves have more surface for the water to extract the flavor.

So after much reading and deliberation, studies shows that Green tea is the best, because is the least processed, with also the most antioxidant polyphenols. Green tea delivers the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients and the least caffeine of all the teas.

Caleb and I just started drinking tea about 2-3 months ago (every night.) I have never liked the idea of it, because of its boring taste but now, just the thought of what the health benefits are and how calming drinking this fluid makes me, I'm hooked. Remember that for the benefits of Green tea to work, we need to drink at least 2-3 cups a day. Here is the most researched on-line store to buy tea, Adagio.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Did You Know that...

  1. the best remedy to treat cold sores is to first apply pressure over the affected area with an ice cube (wrapped in a paper towel,) then use a q-tip dipped into nail polish remover, apply pressure on the cold sore. This technique will kill the bacteria and soon cure the cold sore. Do this twice a day; If you catch it on time, the cold sore might not even surface.
  2. enzymes in strawberries will make your teeth whiter? smash 3-4 strawberries and apply paste on your teeth, rub for few minutes and then wash mouth with water. Then floss to remove seeds stuck between your teeth. How delicious!
  3. plastic bottles are not only bad for our mother-earth but also our health? It is estimated that each day, 60 million are thrown away and will remain in landfills for years and years to come. Bisphenol (BPA) is the main chemical to make plastic so every time we drink water from a plastic source, small amounts are released. The problem becomes a bigger one, when the temperature of water inside the plastic bottle changes from cold to hot (ie: baby bottles) A great alternative to solving this problem and contribute to keeping our planet cleaner, is purchasing a metal bottle. One that we have been using in my family for awhile, is Klean Kanteen. Go to the website to learn more about WHY they are the best in the market, click here. Go green! every little change we make helps.
  4. stretching plays a major role in how we are going to feel for the rest of the day? Have you noticed that dogs do it the moment they wake up...? Stretching can lengthen your muscles and make them stronger so injuries don't happen, also keeps muscles healthy, improves balance and posture and improves circulation. Try full-body stretches by pointing your toes and reaching arms above your head. This can clear your mind and help jump-start your morning. Try these: Neck stretch: Sitting tall with your neck relaxed, gently tilt your head to each side, then front and back, holding each position for a count of 10. Shoulder rolls: With your shoulders relaxed and your arms hanging loose at your sides, roll your shoulders up and forward, then back to center. Next, roll your shoulders up and back, then again to your side. Repeat five times.
  5. as we age wrinkles are more noticeable and probably inevitable? Here is a tip for you to fight wrinkles using bananas. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.
Have any cool tips/remedies that you want to share? please write it on the comments, I will add them to my manual (book) when I publish it at the end of this year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Do You Feng Shui?

Feng Shui, pronounced
"fung shway," usually translated as "energy flow," is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. Qi is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Feng Shui is the theory of five elements, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The elements are the five manifestations of Chi, or universal energy, and are represented in your environment by colors, shapes, textures, smells, taste, etc. In order to experience high vitality levels and an increased level of well-being, masters recommend living in a place that supports your birth element; find out which one it is, ask me.

Feng Shui can be used to better your life in many different areas, such as, health, relationships, happiness... Here are some tips that might help you accomplish a Feng Shui lifestyle:

- Health, keep the center of your house clean, clutter free and open. Eliminate metal objects from your Bedroom, as metal conducts electricity. Do not sleep under beams or sloped ceiling. Do not sleep with your feet in line with the door. Aerate your home often and use essential oils like lavender, chamomile and sage, to purify the space. Have specific plants that purify the air, such as
peace lily, boston fern, spider plant; Color green is very healing.

- Relationships, round or oval shaped mirrors. A few pictures of loved ones and friends. Matching items, such as a pair of candlesticks, two flowers. Color pink means love.

- Happiness, take fights outside. If you can't, open the windows immediately to allow the negativity flow out. If it was a bad fight, sprinkle sea salt on the floor and allow it to sit overnight, absorbing the negative energy. Sweep it up in the morning and get it out of the house.

There is a lot more to learn about Feng Shui than what I wrote here, very interesting stuff indeed. I hope you liked this topic enough to research more in depth about it; it sure made me think where the bagua in our home is and how to place our beds when wanting to live a more harmonious life.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dreams Do Come True

I love this topic because I am a perfect example of it. In 2004, I started a business. I did it all on my own, didn't know anything about starting a business so I researched and talked to people about it. Determination was my motto to make this dream of mine come true. I have always been into designing, fashion and anything related to being creative. I knew way before this whole thing started, that I wanted to end up designing handbags but didn't know how to approach it, so in the meantime, I decided to buy tees/tank tops and give them my own personal touch. I visited an accountant that gave me advice and explained how to get a fictitious name, how to open a DBA bank account, how to file taxes... then I researched the internet for independent artist like me, to see what they were doing and how they were getting their name on the market. I placed items in various on-line boutiques on consignment, drop-ship and also put up my own website to sell my designs at a retail price. I also had private parties where clients could place an order making their own very special design (tees and handbags.) At one point, companies overseas were placing large orders, wow, what a surprise my dream was coming true!

So I kept tapping in different directions, talking to friends that owned boutiques and that knew other people that had a business where they could introduce my products. Paying for advertising on-line was a great way of getting TuffCooki's name out there. Giving friends and family my designs as B-day gifts/Baby shower gifts... I have been making a little bit of money here and there but most important, knowing that TuffCooki is a recognized name, gives me chills.

I am not going to lie, the road hasn't been an easy one these last couple of years, the market has been a bad one but I haven't stop creating and believing that my business one day will boom. I have set up goals that I know I will achieve, I am excited about the future and I am so proud of myself for getting TuffCooki to where it is today.

Trust me, you might have a dream but if you don't put all your efforts and energy into it, it will never become a reality. Focus and believing in yourself is most important, don't ever let anyone tell you "you can't do something," I did it and you can too!

"Success comes in cans, not cant's"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Face Yoga, New Trend

I was skeptical to write a column about this but after doing a bunch of research, I got convinced. You heard right, the new trend is Face Yoga, which will eliminate the trip to the surgical room (if you've ever considered it) and the burden on your budget. Instead will smooth and prevent wrinkles that will enhance your aging look. Don't be fooled, we all age, sooner or later, but don't you think it would be fabulous to slow down this effect? even if it's only a little bit... I do. I haven't tried it but it will be for sure a routine that I will add into my busy schedule. I want to incorporate it twice a week, at the end of the day, however, you could also try it when you are driving or even at the office. Simple question comes to mind, if we exercise the rest of our body, why have we been neglecting the muscles from the neck up?

These simple exercises will release built-up tension and will rejuvenate your complexion. You are going to look a little bit funny when executing BUT who cares, if the result is a good one.

YOGA for Eyes:
- For removing the puffiness below the eyes. Place your three fingers under the eye, pull down, and try to close your eyes. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat for 5 times.
- Rub your hands together briskly and place the palms over your closed eyes. Take deep breath and relax for 5 minutes. You can do this exercise in your bed or chair, at home or in office. This exercise relaxes the eyes and surrounding areas and soothe the optic nerve. This is very good for relieving tension headache.
- Take out your tongue as far as possible with eyes wide opened and hold for 60 seconds. This exercise is to flush the toxins from the eyes.

YOGA for Lips:
- Smile while pursing your lips. This exercise works on the muscles around lips.
- Throw flying kisses. This exercise for stronger and firmer lips.

YOGA for Whole Face:
- Inhale through your nose, make fists and squeeze all your facial muscles.
- Now exhale through your mouth, stick out your tongue, roll your eyes up and open your hands. Repeat three times.

YOGA for Wrinkles:
- Inhale through mouth and hold the air in your mouth to make a pose of a trumpet player. Hold for 1 minute and slowly exhale from nostrils. Repeat for 5 times. This exercise is good for removing laugh lines and overall toning up of cheeks.

Go on, try it out, you might be in for a BIG surprise...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Say Hello To Your New Friend...

My name is Apple Cider Vinegar, I am sure you know who I am but I bet you don't know the benefits I offer to your health.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries and it's considered an important healing instrument. Studies show that can help to regulate blood pressure, fight infection (killing germs), promote digestion (weight-loss) and even prevent dandruff.
Some of the vitamins found in apple cider vinegar are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A; some important minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Fluorine are also found in this drinkable elixir.
My husband and I, have been devotees for 2 years, taking a shot glass of this natural liquid (unfiltered) before meals. So here is what you do, believe me when you start, you won't stop.
- Buy a glass bottle at the supermarket of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Unfiltered, about $3.69. We buy Bragg, I found it to be the best one after trying other brands.
- Before breakfast, lunch and dinner, fill a shot glass. If you don't have shot glasses, use a tablespoon but you will have to do 4 tablespoons full, GOOD LUCK.
- Take it in one gulp, don't hesitate.

CONGRATULATIONS! but just so you know, if you thought after several doses gets better, think again. The good news is that you just added an incredible antidote to your health.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mind Your Mind

It is suggested by doctors that we should take sometime, during the day, to connect with ourselves. Things like limiting exposure to radio, newspapers and TV, avoiding people who don't truly appreciate you, taking your time to wake up and stretch, taking deep breaths and slowing down; all these quick fixes will definitely help.

It seems difficult in this day and age, to find the time and place to practice exercises to calm our minds. Here are a few ideas you can apply right away, to slow down and truly enjoy life and the world around you.
- Take a walk, go to your favorite park or beach, look around, take in everything you see
- Spend time at a garden, museum or bookstore
- Try to limit talking unless is something meaningful and listen more
- Meditate once a day, preferably before going to sleep; 10 minutes should do it

We should all be more conscious about our bodies, minds and souls. We will live longer and better lives.

"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united"

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Story of In Clover

It was 2001, we lived in California at the time, Carlos was just born. I took daily walks around downtown Santa Cruz, strolling Carlos through the streets, walking into the cutest boutiques. One morning I decided to visit Pacific Trading Co. a clothing boutique that also carried really pretty jewelry. A gorgeous pendant caught my attention when I was at the counter. It was a four leaf-clover pressed inside a small glass box; I had to get it. The package where the pendant was, had a very interesting story about being In Clover. This is what it said: "Congratulations on your ownership of a genuine, unique, hand-picked and preserved four-leaf clover" I was excited, it felt as I had an important treasure in my hands. I kept on reading and this was what has changed the outlook of a lot of things that go on in my life today. It said "Each leaf represents love, honor, health and wealth. Being 'In Clover' means being in a state of happiness and well-being. The spiritual meaning of the clover is that with the possession of this coveted leaf, you will be open to good karmic experiences and be blessed with the ability to forever judge between good and evil"

Today, I have created an In Clover group, where friends exchange feelings, thoughts... I try as hard as I can, to everyday, be conscious about my state of mind and if I notice that is not good, I make the effort to turn it around. Being "In Clover" is not easy but when you train your mind anything is possible, you can change wrong into right, bad into good, sad into happiness.

"Relish your clover. Share the magic, be In Clover today"

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Long Day

Days like these happen, the road is not always an easy path. So keep your head up, breath slowly, smile. You can become a better person when you are aware of who you are, what surrounds you, what makes you happy and sad.

My kids are sick, it has been a long day for me, I want it to end so that tomorrow they will feel better. I don't like seeing them in pain, it makes me angry! I really hope the change in MY attitude makes them smile, because they don't deserve my cranky mood.

"Only when it's darkest can you see the stars"