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Be Thankful

Another new day, another new week, another new Monday. I know it may be corny, and everyone is talking about it, but what better week to talk about being thankful than this one? Thanksgiving is this Thursday and it will admittedly be different than any Thanksgiving a lot of us have ever had. This whole year has been different than any we’ve ever had. So as we are officially in holiday season, I want to encourage everyone to be thankful.

Holidays season is the most festive season of the year. Most of us wait all year for this time to come around. The weather is colder, the kids are out of school, we get a break from work, and this is the time of year when we really get to enjoy each other. Well, that’s normally the case. With the Covid cases back on the rise and flu season in full effect, this is going to be a rather socially distant holiday for a lot of us. Wearing masks to family functions, not inviting the whole family, not traveling, and some people are just not doing anything at all. Nevertheless, this is still a time to be thankful.

In the U.S., there have been an average of about 100,000 new Covid cases reported per day for the last week. This virus has been just one of the things running rampant this year as police brutality was at a public high too. Most of the people dying of Covid are black. We’re also at the top of the unemployment list as jobs continue to downsize due to Coronavirus. We have a child throwing tantrums in the White House. Yet, we’re here to read and share this post and so many people haven’t made it this far. I know that most of us have suffered personal loss this year and it’s hard, but it’s okay.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the bad that’s been going on. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with the world right now. But this year offered you a lot more of what was important. It offered time to rest, yes we may have been out of work for a while, but that job was killing us anyways. It offered time for family; yes we haven’t been able to travel much or see everyone we wanted to, but we got to spend time with those in our house and sit up all night on zoom calls catching up with everybody all at once. It offered time for creativity; everything was closed at one point, but all the canvases and paint sold out of Walmart and all the good notebooks were out of stock too.

This year was a reset; it forced us to slow down, to look up from the screens, to get active in our communities, to get active in our lives. I have honestly enjoyed this year quite a bit. I found a love for hiking, I invested into my business and got it off the ground, I went to therapy, I went to protests and I found new foods to cook, and I have new paintings for my walls. God has carried us through this year and we’ve made it so far and through so much. Yet, this has been one of the best years of my life. Even with all the loss, I was able to find myself this year and I think that if everyone takes a moment to look back, you’d notice how much you have to be thankful for too!

So I wish you a happy Monday, and I wish you a happy week, and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you remain safe, you remain well, and you remain thankful!! Let’s have a great week!

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Canoe

It’s Thursday and we are back!!!! I’m really excited to be writing on Thursdays again. I loved podcasting and I will get back into it soon, but having to substitute writing with having to be on camera more than once a week, I’m okay with just writing. With that being said, it’s been a really long time since I’ve done one of my favorite things in writing and that’s write a review! So as the seasons change and people are getting to be more romantic and intimate with each other, I know a great place to eat!

As you all know, I recently celebrated a birthday. I was really set on just doing going out and having a good day. A couple of suggestions came that told us to go to a little restaurant called “Canoe”. I can definitely say that it was truly a fine dining experience. We made reservations and the whole night all of the staff addressed us by name, the food was incredible, and the service was really outstanding. On top of all that, the cost was reasonable.

They are fairly known for having some sort of exotic meat on the menu. When we went back at the end of September, the meat of the hour was a peppercorn crusted kangaroo appetizer. The foodie I am couldn’t resist! It was possibly the best thing I’ve ever tasted. That was just starting the night though. After both of us had an appetizer, entrée, drink, and dessert, we spent less than $150.

From the moment you pull up to the parking lot, you get a very intimate and sophisticated vibe. Walking into the establishment, the dim lights, light chatter, great smell, and friendly hostess greeted us at the door. We were seated in about 10 minutes and got the whole night to enjoy ourselves. Service was prompt and constant without being overbearing, the food was delicious and the vibes were perfect. I’ve had other fine dining experiences, but none of them as great as this one; it was truly a perfect way to celebrate and a great place for an intimate date night.

I hope some of you get a chance to go and tell me about your experiences! Below are the pictures and videos of our food!

Pepper Corn Crusted Kangaroo, Pissaladière, Sweet Onion Ravigote
Harissa Spiced Australian Lamb Sirloin, Roasted Pepper Hummus, Rapini, Chai Tzatziki
Dulce de Leche Mousse, Red Wine Ice Cream, Bourbon Apple
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Lacking Motivation?

It’s the beginning of the week again. Here we are, faced with yet another Monday. It’s not the worst day in the world for most of us today. We are able to see another week, we have another chance to start over; some people had plans for today, but they didn’t make it this far. So let’s try to be grateful for this Monday. Now while I know that being grateful is the easy part, what do we do about the days where we just don’t have the motivation to do anything except wake up and be grateful and go back to sleep? How do we deal with a lack of motivation?

It happens to everyone; some days you wake up and you just don’t feel like it. There’s a lot of things that can lead to a lack of motivation. Stress, diet, exhaustion, illness, lack of inspiration and an array of other things can cause us to simply not want to do whatever needs to be done. The good news is, nobody expects you to be pep squad captain everyday. There are ways to get past a lack of motivation. These are a couple of the steps I take when I’m feeling undermotivated.

Firstly, it’s important to try to identify what’s causing you to not be motivated. Most recently for me, I have been SUPER exhausted. Most days I wake up and it feels like i haven’t slept more than 20 minutes. As frustrating as it can be, I know that I’ve been unmotivated because I haven’t been resting well. That’s where the second step comes in.

After identifying what’s making you feel like you do, try to make a plan to tackle it. It’s hard to get anything done without the proper motivation and it’s not always easy to jumpstart that motivation. Find something that will combat the cause. So for example, if you’re feeling exhausted, try to take a lighter workload for a couple days or drink some tea before bed to help you sleep through the night and feel refreshed in the morning.

The last bit of advice I have is to take care of yourself. Make sure that you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself. Take time to reflect and relax. You can’t perform well if you aren’t at your best. Take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

It happens to all of us, but it’s important to know when to fight through it and when to give yourself a break. This week, let’s focus on getting back our motivation. Do some yoga, eat your favorite food, whatever works for you. Have a happy, safe, and warm Monday. We can do this again next week!

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Winter Blues

It’s getting cold outside,

I want to sit under my blanket wrapped up in my bed.

The wind is blowing cool air through the cracks in the windows,

Soft sounds are creeping in through the space under the door.

The days are shorter,

The nights are longer,

Darkness creeps in far sooner than what I’ve become accustom to.

My house is warm and so is my bed and all the blankets on my sofa,

But my body often remains cold,

Chilled with the thoughts and emotions that are just as seasonal as the newest job openings.

My cocoa warms my nose,

My soup warms my tummy,

But I am unable to warm my heart on my own on some of these cold days.

I find warmth in my prayers,

I find warmth in my books,

I find warmth in the hugs of my lover,

I find warmth in the steps of my favorite dance as I lose myself in the sounds of these-

Winter blues.