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Beauty Tuesday: Starring Rose Gold + Holy Week & Easter Sunday Best Dress Ideas

In ♥ & Soul, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/15/2014 at 15:00

There is beauty in uncertainty.

I read that in Rediscovering Catholicism, and this is a revelation that I’ve never considered before. I tend to plan, as I’ve pointed out in Beauty Tuesday: My AM Routine, at least a week in advance and even as far back as a month ahead of time. However, I’ve tried to let go and go with the flow…

Meanwhile, I must share my IT bag for Spring: this white vachetta Guess? handbag with studded handles and rose gold hardware ~ the bow and heart charms won me over when I first spotted it out at Dillard’s (my mom’s favorite store) at the end of January.

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Two decades ago when I was in junior high, Guess? (which was established the same year I was born) was all the rage: think Wayne’s World featuring Claudia Schiffer {sha-wing}; I wore Guess? everything, not just limited to jeans: bags, shoes, even my suede jacket!]

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Since I felt triumphant for reaching my most recent milestone for my dissertation, I convinced my mom to reward me with it, so this tote is special because it symbolizes my progress.

The color makes this pick very versatile for any outfit…

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Plus, I have an array of accessories to mix and match with it, from rose gold jewelry, to bow and hearts.

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My new purse will be sweet to bring to church with me on Easter Sunday, and I actually debuted it at the Adoration Chapel, where I brought the Oblate Missions prayer book from my mom, the Lady of Manaoag prayer book from J-Rob’s mom, Rediscover Catholicism, and my ministry workbook.

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While I have my Easter ensemble ready to wear, I have other ideas on this most glorious of days of the year (with CHRISTmas being the most joyous ~ if you know the Rosary Mysteries, you’ll have an idea of what I mean). Bright colors and fun prints to commemorate this beautiful season is definitely the way to go, such as the pastel paisley patterns from these dresses that I bought in México before I moved.

Easter Idea {turquoise/multi-colored paisley beaded dress from México, floppy straw hat w/pink flowers from H&M in LV, straw sandals w/pastel acrylics from Hallmark}

Easter Cat

Happy †Easter☼ ♥Asia & Me {black cross & beaded earrings & necklace set + purple embroidered shawl + blue/multi-colored paisley beaded dress from México}

Meanwhile, here was my look for Palm Sunday, when I was the lector for Mass in the longest reading of my church ministry: olive green to represent the Mount of Olives.

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#OOTD #PalmSunday #Mass #Olive for #MountOfOlives in #PassionOfChrist: #KardashianKollection #OliveGreen #striped #HighLow #silk #wrap #dress • #golden #Pashmina #shawl • #yellow #white #tan #ColorBlock #wedges • #gold #LimeGreen #frog #bling #earrings • #green #elephant #purse for #GOoDluck 🌞💒👗👡💍👜

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#PutYourBestFaceForward & Annie on my shoulder ~ whose #GreenEyes match my #PalmSunday #Mass #outfit: #Olive for #MountOfOlives in #PassionOfChrist #KardashianKollection #OliveGreen #striped #HighLow #silk #wrap #dress • #golden #Pashmina #shawl • #gold #LimeGreen #frog #bling #earrings • #PalmCross for #Blessings #GODbless #SundayBest #PassionOfTheLord #cross #church 🐈🌞💒👗👡💍⛪️

Last but not least, here was my Mani Monday.

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#ManiMonday #Bling to #ring in #Spring w/#glitter & #shimmer from #NicoleByOPI: #GumDrops #ThatsWhatIMint + #AccentNails (#Thumbnail & #RingFinger) topped w/#ModernFamily #ShesLilySomething #stars ~ #pastel #pink & #green perfect for #HolyWeek leading into #EasterSunday #Nicole by #OPI #MoFa #mint #lily #flower #star #sparkly #sparkle #Easter 💍❄️💫👪👬👭🌠🎆🎇🐇💒

Non-Manic Monday: Perfect Days Come with Positive Perspective

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/15/2014 at 05:00

Are there perfect days?

When GOD created the world within a week, those days were good. If we can see His creation in His eyes, we also may consider it as good. Today and this past Saturday were perfect days, and I truly believe that they were that way because I saw them in His eyes and invited Him into my heart and my life.

Asia

Asia Close-Up

On Saturday, I enjoyed my time at work, home, and church. On-the-job, I made more progress at work as we wrapped up my last shadowing session in the training progress. Before I got ready to minister at Mass, my highlight at home was when I cracked up while watching The Big Bang Theory and turned back toward Annie, who meowed really loud, like that was her laugh! Then when we celebrated Palm Sunday at church, I participated by doing the Readings, including narrating our Passion of the Lord Gospel that involved our whole congregation. The added bonus was that my Dallas Mavericks ended their NBA regular season with an advancement into the playoffs, and Manny Pacquiao powed another wow against Timothy Bradley!

Annie

Annie Close-up

Today, I experienced excellent encounters with everyone: the nursing staff and my patients at work, fellow Adorers at church, and sales people at the mall. At work, I introduced myself to more hospital employees and connected well with the patients, so they were comfortable around me. At the Adoration Chapel, I greeted a family friend during her Adoration Hour and a nice stranger at the garden with the candles. At the mall, I made a quick stop for errands yet struck a brief decent conversation with a couple of the workers. When I got home, I received a delightful delivery from my good friend, Nora, who I’ve known since junior high (2 decades already), a fellow Catholic and USAF brat: her wedding DVD since I didn’t get to attend!

Asia Tongue

Biscuit Busy

While I’m watching the beautiful video of Nora y Jorge, I caught a couple of cute cat candids! One more note: while some may think that GOD’s will is not our own, I beg to differ; if we make His will our own and not the other way around, then we’re accepting of His way as The way for it to be our way.

Annie

Chillax Cat

Foodie Friday: Battle of the Butters ~ What Does Your Favorite Spread Say About You?

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/11/2014 at 02:20

Chocolate + Nuts = Buttered Bliss!

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Don’t Mess with these Butters!

I’ve been a Nutella nut for several years (including since Kobe Bryant endorsed it before his infamous scandal that led Ferrero ~ yes, the same brand of the famous hazelnut truffle candy ~ to drop him), but do the other cocoa-based spreads out there also live up to the hype? I’ve taste-tested some of them to compare…

Stars of the Show

Ferrero Nutella Hazelnut Spread® with Skim Milk & Cocoa

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Nutella: The Original Hazelnut Spread ®

Jif Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread

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Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread

Barefoot & Chocolate ♡ Almond Coconut

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Barefoot & Chocolate™ Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread

Honorable Mentions

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter

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As my trainer has said about food, “It’s like Christmas!”

Organic Almond Butter *featured on my Pretty Fit WIMK segment*

Almond Butter

Uh-oh, the Original Hazelnut Spread® strikes again!

Any of these spreadable edibles work to top off toast, and the sky’s the limit on how to add them to main courses, desserts or snacks, such as Crepes, brownies and croissants.

Superlatives
Nutella: thickest consistency
Jif Mocha Cappuccino: sweetest flavor
B&C Almond Coconut: thinnest consistency

Other Butters
Cookie Butter: gritty nut alternative
Almond Butter: bland, crunchy

What do these super spreads say about your personality?

If your pick is…
Nutella: You’re conservative and conventional. You tend to stick with traditions and resist change.

Jif MC: You’re over-the-top and prefer to go all out, from the way you dress to how you plan.

B&C AC: You’re chill and mellow, meaning you go with the flow and play if by ear.

Cookie Butter: You’re unique and one-of-a-kind, as Jamie Foxx has sung “Unpredictable.”

Almond Butter: You’re nutty and quirky, but that’s all in the beauty and charm!

Food for thought, for your information:

Nutrition Facts

Spread (2tbs) Total Calories Total Fat (g) Total Carbs (g) Total Protein (g) Pros or Cons
Nutella 200 12 21 2 Con: 15mg Sodium; Pros: 4% Calcium, Iron
Jif MC HS 230 14 21 2 Cons: <5g Cholesterol, 40g Sodium; Pro: 6% Calcium, Iron
B&C AC HS 200 13 16 3 Con: 10mg Sodium; Pros: 6% Calcium, 15% Iron
TJ’s Spec CB 180 12 16 <1 The recommended serving size is 1tbs, so I doubled the units, and they’re still less than the rest!
Almond Butter 180 16 7 5 Pros: 8% Calcium, 6% Iron, 4% Folate

I’ve concluded that I can’t compare apples to oranges. While each of these have similarities since they’re all spreads, tastes and textures vary.

Enjoy your weekend, and please comment with links to your photos or recipes of chocolicious or cookielicious or nutritious concoctions!

Happy Eating … But what’s better is adding more company to the mix!

Happy Eating + Meeting & Greeting!

🙂

Thirsty Thursday: Listen to the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/10/2014 at 07:45

Burdens = BLESSINGS

How could that be? you may ask. It’s all about how you approach it. Everything happens for a reason, and what matters is how we handle it. Turn to GOD because He takes care of us!

Wipe away Worry with WORSHIP

At first, I anticipated this week of preparation as overwhelming: getting ready for Holy Week • practicing my readings ~ including narrating the long Gospel ~ for Palm Sunday Mass at Church this weekend • revising my PowerPoint as my proposal defense is the next step in my dissertation • training for my new job. Rather than referring to these priorities as problems, I must remain undaunted by praising the LORD at all times for leading me to this point and seeking the HOLY SPIRIT for guidance to persevere.

Fade away Fear for FAITH

No negativity or fear are allowed here ~ just a positive perspective with the following Ls:

LORD * LOVE * LIVE * LIFE * LEAD * LISTEN

Sometimes, silence is of the essence, so our Heavenly Shepherd deserves our time when we open our eyes, ears, minds, hearts and souls to Him, ready to receive His presence … and His message. Let’s build our relationship with the most important One of all: the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by communicating with Him through prayer. Our prayers aren’t simply to tell and ask Him about our wants and needs; they’re to seek and find out about His will and way for us.

Amend Anxiety, Anguish & Anger into ANSWERS that come only from GOD & be content even when not certain

More Reflections from Rediscovering Catholicism

Now I realize why I may not have turned on my music every time I drive, shower or study lately: I need #silence to #communicate w/ #GOD in order to #listen to Him #speak! ~ #sign from Chapter 13: #Daily #Prayer 🙏👂☝️

Chapter 14 about The #Mass provides me with a #greater #appreciation for all parts of the #Liturgy & the #Eucharist, including my #ministry & #service, my next one being this weekend for #PalmSunday #readings & #Gospel. 💒💖👏

Which do we live by: His #Word or the #world? I encourage you to check out these first two pages of Chapter 15: #TheBible & to make the #Bible your life’s practice for #happiness #comfort #strength! 📖🙏☝️✌️💪😍

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Palm Sunday 2014 Readings

† Matthew 21:1-11
† Isaiah 50:4-7
† Philippians 2:6-11
† Matthew 26:14-27:66

Completely confide in CHRIST!!! 🙏☝️👏✌️💒

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Draw the #LORD into your #heart & your #soul –> the #true #key to #happiness … Even in times of #uncertainty, #GOD will take #care of #everything! 🙏☝️✌️👏💖💒🔑😍

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[from Our Lady of the Lake University‘s Providential Findings ~ Catholic school where I pursue my PhD]

Workout Wednesday: 2014 Pre-Easter Thank GOD Stretch Sesh

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/09/2014 at 05:00

With Easter Sunday 10 days away, I encourage us all to take care of our bodies and souls through our relationship with the LORD Almighty by extending our muscles and our gratitude for JESUS CHRIST, who carried the heaviest cross of all.

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This is similar to the THANKSgiving Stretches that I suggested on Pretty Fit in spirit of Turkey Day. Yet to keep up with the 2014 workouts, which in this case will be 20 seconds (s) of 14 different stretches with gratitude and a positive attitude.

2014 Easter Extensions (20s each)
1. Inhale: squat with arms and hands raised to thank GOD in Heaven (5s); Exhale: release squat while bringing hands to heart in prayer (5s); repeat
2. Chest: intertwine fingers together with arms straight forward
3. Back: intertwine fingers together with arms straight behind you
4. Right Bicep: bring left hand to right upper arm across chest
5. Left Bicep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
6. Right Tricep: bring left hand to right upper arm down back
7. Left Tricep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
8. Shins: stand on tippy-toes
9. Calves: stand on ankles
10. Right Hamstring: while standing and bending left knee, extend right leg forward with palms of hands on right thigh; lean on right ankle
11. Left Hamstring: while standing and bending right knee, extend left leg forward with palms of hands on left thigh; lean on left ankle
12. Right Quadricep: while standing on left leg, hold right foot with both knees together
13. Left Quadricep: while standing on right leg, hold left foot with both knees together
14. Butterfly: sit up straight with knees bent and soles of feet together, palms of hands on knees; breathe deeply

BONUSES: Shoulder rolls forward and backward, plus neck rolls clockwise and counterclockwise until your heart is content to get on with your day…

In this case, Hump Day. Happy Hump Day, my Fit & Fine Friends!

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Thank you all for stretching with me today!

Beauty Tuesday: Unique in Uniforms

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/08/2014 at 15:00

For those of us who must wear special work or school attire, we don’t have to let our required wardrobe limit our creativity. You can make do with what you have to still express yourselves yet in a respectful way to represent your employer or your institution.

Here are some rules from my new job‘s dress codes ~ mainly for the sake of baby safety ~ and ways that I’ve still managed to throw in my sense of style subtly yet distinctively:

Wear black tank top underneath uniform shirt.

I have a variety of black sleeveless tops (i.e., camisoles, corsets) that double up as a layering pairing piece and on its own after work, whether I go out into the sunshine or on an evening gathering. {These include the top that I mentioned on #1 of yesterday’s TMI, which is like a mullet: business in the front, party in the back.}

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Wear black skirt and hosiery or black slacks.

I have a few pairs of bottoms (i.e., skirts, leggings) to coordinate with my uniform shirt.

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Wear all black, rubber-soled, non-skid shoes.

With skirts, I wear flats, and with pants, I wear sneakers. {Before I bought a new pair, I actually started a Pinterest board of ones that I tried on or were interested in to compare features, since I tend to be selective of what go on my runner’s feet.}

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Do not expose tattoos.

I cover all of my ink. {For more details on my body art, check out the aforementioned TMI, #s 6-7.}

Do not wear any jewelry, except for wedding ring and up to three studs on ear lobes.

I removed my CBR from my left helix and replaced it with my pearl stud, plus while I typically wear dangling or hoop earrings when I’m off duty, the sky’s the limit on studs, especially shiny, sparkly stones for bright bling to maintain my gym nickname from a decade ago! {Yesterday, I mentioned the earrings that I wore on TMI, #1. Like my cupcakes?}

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For shoulder-length hair and longer, pull hair back away from face, and do not wear hair accessories.

I do my hair differently everyday, just to keep it interesting and fresh. Usually, I braid it, whether it be in a high or low bun or ponytail. Due to my neck tat, I’ve worn a low bun or ponytail, but if I wear a high bun, then I simply can pop the collar. {Check out my Braid for Cascade of Waves post for a quick good hair day tip and Beauty Tuesday: Hair Care for more tips from root to tip.}

Happy Good Hair Day, Beautiful People!

Beautiful Snapshot of Birthday Girl (in two weeks) Sweet Pea ^_^

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March Madness Manic Monday: April Showers TMI Tag

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Tag, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, You're IT, Yours Truly on 04/07/2014 at 19:35

Happy March Madness NCAA Finals Championship Game Day!🏀🏆

From the Final Four matches this past Saturday, I had gone for Florida, who surrendered to UConn, and Kentucky, who beat Wisconsin in a close one. Let’s see who fares tonight!

In the meantime, one of my favorite fitness gurus, Sarah Fit ~ whose new book I featured on Pretty Fit to kick off 2014 ~ has posted her TMI Tag vlog and blog, answering 50 questions and tagging more of my other fave fitness gurus, including Blogilates and ToneItUp ~ who are the reasons why I started following her in the first place ~ as well as BexLife ~ who I discovered from Sarah ~ and Tara Stiles, whose yoga I got into from Livestrong Woman, which I started subscribing to for Cassey Ho (Blogilates) and K&K (TIU) videos! Anyway, here goes…

TIU Tag (my answers in italics)

1: What are you wearing? Black Nikki Minaj cutout back tank (layering top underneath work shirt) & black Sofia by Sofia Vergara skinny ponte leggings + pink rose earrings from J-Rob for my bday
2: Ever been in love? Affirmative
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Yep
4: How tall are you? 4’11”
5: How much do you weigh? 125# (muscle weighs more than fat)
6: Any tattoos? From head to toe: ichthys (Jesus fish) bearing the Biblical verse Matthew 6:33 on the back of my neck, Celtic cross with crown of thorns and Holy Spirit dove bearing the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 on the left side of my upper back, my name in Hong Kong characters (Elaine = “She is cute & pleasant”) on my lower back, Dallas Cowboys star on my right hip bone, running man on the inside of my left ankle
7: Any piercings? Each ear lobe, left helix/cartilage CBR (captive bead ring), belly button/naval (barbell), used to have the right side of my nose (stud)
8: OTP? Jason Morgan & Samantha McCall on GH ~ the mobster enforcer & the PI, both hot   
9: Favorite show? Friends ~ which I have the complete set on DVD … Close 2nd would be How I Met Your Mother ~ which had its series finale exactly 1wk ago … followed by Grey’s Anatomy ~ too bad the Asian doc’s leaving this season
10: Favorite bands? Boyz II Men (I know, I’m going old school), NKOTB (another Throwback ~ whose reunion concert I attended 5yrs ago) & No Doubt (who have made a comeback) 
11: Something you miss? my yellow labs Cami & Bodhi, but I got my Double A-Team Asia & Annie 😉 
12: Favorite song? “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me
13: How old are you? 32 
14: Zodiac sign? Leo ~ Lioness of the Jungle 
15: Quality you look for in a partner? good humor, love of GOD, healthy lifestyle
16: Favorite Quote? “What does not kill me makes me stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzche, Twilight of the Idols (1888) 
17: Favorite actor? Paul Walker (R.I.P), Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg
18: Favorite color? lime green
19: Loud music or soft? loud if my focus is on the music (i.e., dancing, live show); soft if my focus is elsewhere (i.e., studying, phone call)
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? outside to appreciate nature that will cheer me up or the Adoration Chapel to petition prayers
21: How long does it take you to shower? 5-10min if in a rush, 15-20min if not in a hurry
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? ½h if I shower before {check last week’s Beauty Tuesday: AM Routine for more} 
23: Ever been in a physical fight? admittedly yes
24: Turn on? Beast Mode
25: Turn off? Feast Mode w/o Beast Mode 
26: The reason I joined Youtube? to comment on videos & find uploads from my students for our class projects
27: Fears? No Fear ~ a popular brand from 2 decades ago that inspired me, along w/songs from church that said not to be afraid
28: Last thing that made you cry? feeling hurt by someone special who didn’t seem to share in my joy from my latest school achievement
29: Last time you said you loved someone? when I talked to J-Rob
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name? just my first two initials and last name
31: Last book you read? Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson, partially for my dissertation, partially for my passion 
32: The book you’re currently reading? Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly for reflection and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive on the daily
33: Last show you watched? Jeopardy! because I like to stimulate my mind & rack up points
34: Last person you talked to? my dad
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? my bf
36: Favorite food? Italian & ice cream (hard to pick just 1) {check out my debut Foodie Friday for some of my latest fave raves + my last Pretty Fit WIA for my fave mainstream cupcake}
37: Place you want to visit? Boracay ~ beach in my motherland, the Philippines {check out my Throwback Thursday Tags for pic of “I ♥ Boracay” shirt ~ pasalubong from my bf’s mom}
38: Last place you were? bf’s house
39: Do you have a crush? on the aforementioned bf + scroll up to #17
40: Last time you kissed someone? when I parted ways w/the bf
41: Last time you were insulted? when I told aforementioned special someone about my milestone {scroll up to #28} & she didn’t seem to care
42: Favorite flavor of sweet? chocolatey
43: What instruments do you play?? my own vocal chords, the piano (have had mine for 25+yrs since my 7th bday), the clarinet, & the bassoon
44: Favorite piece of jewelry? medals from Bishop Mike that I keep on a chain + my Ph.D. class ring, rose gold ring from my sis & cat necklace from my mom
45: Last sport you played? hoop dreams
46: Last song you sang? “Until the Whole World Hears” by Casting Crowns from my gospel playlist in my truck
47: Favorite chat up line? just discussed this today (but didn’t work on yours truly): “You look familiar. Do I know you from …. ______________?” 
48: Have you ever used it? I’m a chick, do I really have come-ons? Actually, I think that I can recall complimenting buff dudes on their dogs on the beach, but that’s about it.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? this afternoon w/J-Rob after work
50: Who should answer these questions next? the few of y’all who actually read this … & if you do, then please feel free to comment w/the link to your blog or vlog, thanks! 🙂

If you read through these, here is your reward: Cute Cat Pix for Kicks & Grins =D

Asia the Pretty Kitty

Beautiful Blued-Eyed ASIA

Annie the PURRfect Cat

Gorgeous Green-Eyed ANNIE

Study Saturday: Spirit & Soul

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/05/2014 at 19:22

Great News:

IRB approved my study for my PhD!

To elaborate, the Institutional Review Board at Our Lady of the Lake University has given me the green light to conduct my doctoral dissertation research. This was my next step up since my committee blessed my Concept Proposal. Now I feel this sense of accomplishment and relief since investing countless hours, that the fruits of my labor are blooming, just like flowers are blossoming from the Spring showers. Of course, I still have more to do from here, yet reaching this point reminds me that I am getting closer to my goal, and that my investment of time and energy to my study is well worth it.

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My ultimate goal actually is getting closer to GOD, by following His will and His way. Reaching my PhD can open up my capacity to serve GOD’s people, and in turn, to serve Him first and foremost. Reading Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly has opened up my heart to fulfilling my true purpose. Reflections on my own relationship with the LORD has helped me soak in a positive perspective on all of my other practices in my daily life, because I can center them around Him.

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The same applies to my new job as a professional photographer. During my orientation and training process, I have been learning new photography and sales techniques. On one day off from my work site, I’m still studying on my own to know my job and our products. The teacher nature in me has quizzed myself by writing practice exams to do test runs and ensure my knowledge. Addressing issues that call for improvement head-on will build up my progress, and approaching everything positively will lead me to keep preceding on the right path, as my boss showed us this morning!

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2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

Foodie Friday: Cuckoo for Cookies!

In Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 04/04/2014 at 22:30

These cookies are coo-worthy for being both healthy and tasty! Let these nutritious and delicious photos speak to you, just as the cookies that appear in them called my name…

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Macaroons in Caramel Sea Salt by Hail Merry
* Gluten-Free, vegan
{I tried the Chocolate-flavored in my Welcome to My Kitchen on Pretty Fit}

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Grace’s Best Petite Sunflower Seed Cookies
* Bite-sized, light and crispy

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Flourless Chocolate Cookie from La Boulange of Starbucks
* Melt-in-your-mouth meringue

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What’s better than these cookies flying solo?

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Savoring a little bit together!

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Added Bonus: Top them on the Tiramisu Gelato that I featured last Foodie Friday!

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Nothing beats Cookies & Milk! Try this Almond Breeze Blend of Almond & Coconut Milk for a new nutty twist!

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CHEERS!!! Let’s clink our frosty mug of milk or fist cookie bump!

Thirsty Thursday: JESUS Juice

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/03/2014 at 05:00

CHEERS to Thirsty Thursday Here’s my recipe for this wine that simply stands the test of time and is prime for the holy grail as the top drink to hail from the high Heavens!

JESUS Juice (not the beverage that MJ supposedly served his Never Neverland Ranch visitors):
* unlimited shots of light from the best spirit ever: the Holy Spirit because the best shot is lit-up
* splashes of kindness, mercy patience, forgiveness and understanding
* doses of compassion and suffering, as you toast humbly to others
* overflowing cup of hope, faith and more parts LOVE
* garnish with the gifts with which GOD has given us to bless the world

This is best served…
* shaken, not stirred ~ because during the process, my faith remains never wavered
* warmed, not chilled ~ because the LORD for whom this drink is named embraces those who drink His blood

If you wish to add other flavor to the mix, my favorites include:
* Matthew 6:33
* Philippians 4:13
* John 3:16

DON’T worry about drunkenness or stumbling and staggering because these ingredients are intended to strengthen and sober you up for the LORD, JESUS CHRIST, to lead you to His way, even in times of darkness. Turn to Him during your troubles, instead of to the bottle of temptation.

#PTL (according to Father Bush of my Parish) means:
* Praise the Lord
* Pray through LENT
~*~ AMEN ~*~

More Discoveries from Rediscovering Catholicism

Chapter 7, entitled “The #Path Is Well #Trodden, clarifies that #Catholics don’t #worship the #saints; we #follow in their #example of #holy #humans & #imitate the #likeness of #GOD … First #discipline through this #practice –> #genius! 🙏📖💒💖

Interesting timing: I read 3 different pieces that referred to a #blind man today:
1. #John9 (#Jesus #heals) in today’s #Gospel at #Mass
2. Chapter 8 called “Even a #BlindMan Knows …” (about our #Church’s #heroes) in #RediscoverCatholicism
3. “Savoring the #Sweetness of #Life” (loss of sight but not of might)
in #ChickenSoupForTheSoul #ThinkPositive
I see this to mean that I received a #sign from #GOD: even without #sight, follow the #HolySpirit’s #light! There is #beauty in #everything. ⏰🙏📖💒👓➕🔆💐

Chapter 9, “What Sets Them Apart,” reinforces that the keys to being #extraordinary are to have a singleness of #purpose & to #habits that will #achieve that #goal. Being #central to #holiness means to #trust in #GOD + to render #tender #love to Him & His #creations. #Light the #candle & take a #humble #walk w/the #LORD! Now I know that I’m doing #right & #just things when I #choose Him & #activities that support my #goals over meaningless things that deter me away! 🙏🔆👣☝️

Chapter 10, “Their #Attraction and #Influence,” refers to #true #friends as those who #challenge • #inspire • #encourage • #LiveLifeToTheFullest make us want to be #better ~ which are among the #leadership #measures of the #ExemplaryLeadership #practices from the #LeadershipPractices #Inventory that I’m using for my #doctoral #dissertation (#ChallengeTheProcess • #InspireASharedVision #EncourageTheHeart • #ModelTheWay • #EnableOthersToAct) ~ so a #friend indeed can #lead if we #strive for #greatness from their #example • #energy • #invigoration! #LeadMeLord! 🙏👏👆

Chapter 11, “Who Will Be Next?” conveys to me that #martyrs didn’t just #die for they #faith, they did #live for what they did #believe in. We’re not born as #saints, but we can #strive for #holiness so the #Church can #thrive. #Leaders are most #influential • #inspirational • #persuasive through #storytelling, so let’s be #champions of #change by sharing w/ future #generations about our #history’s #heroes to #empower us as #GOD’s #people w/ a #purpose according to His #plan. 👆✌️👊👏🙏💖💒

What do #MichaelJordan & #TigerWoods have in common w/ #Catholicism & #Christianity? These #athletes addressed their #weaknesses to #transform their into #strengths, which we can do for our #faith! I practiced this today by identifying what I can improve on at work: angled shots in my #photography)! ~ from Chapter 12, called #Confession 🙏📖💒🏀⛳️🏆📷👶💪