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Beauty Tuesday: Dress to Impress for Success

In Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/15/2014 at 12:50

S.W.A.G. stands for: Suits With a Glam/Genius/GQ-Factor!

Since my superstar students have their Résumé/Interview assignment this week, here are suit-up {think How I Met Your Mother and JT’s ♪Suit and Tie♫} samples!

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CHEESE & CHEERS from the 2009 Students In Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.) Regional Competition @ Sheraton (Dallas, TX)

When I was a Sam M. Walton fellow

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Sam M. Walton Fellowship, Students In Free Enterprise, 2009

(worthy of mentioning in my resume, hint hint) …

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Outnumbered, doing business in a man’s world #TheBOSS

… We went on conferences for my business students.

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Trendsetters … Suits & Ties before JT made it BIG!

Don’t my guys look all GQ-ed out?

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STC-SIFE brings it again in 2010 @ Hilton Anatole (Dallas, TX) [FYI: my hair length wasn’t that short ~ my longer layers were in the back]

Appearing mighty sharp is the first step; then bring on your A game!

Look good on paper and in person to make that paper!

†R.I.P., Tita Brenda♥

Study Saturday: Scholar Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/12/2014 at 19:10

I could almost taste it…

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That’s what I’ve been telling people lately whenever I refer to my Ph.D.🎓 As long as I maintain that self-fulfilling prophecy (one of my students’ vocabulary terms) by taking those steps👣 toward it, I’ll be icing my dissertation📜 ~ yet it definitely hasn’t been a piece🍰 of cake🎂.

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Fortunately, Our Lady of the Lake University has a brand new campus🏤 (to me, considering I haven’t been down here since 2013) in the Valley🌴. My professor, Dr. Duncan, was gracious enough to show me around the RGV site, plus introduce me to other faculty and students.

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While I’m on job assignment, I feel blessed to have our school just a two-step👢 (as in two towns) away ~ so there’s no way I can skip a beat💖!

Scholar Mode💪

Foodie Friday: F is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/11/2014 at 17:40

Faith * Family * Friends * Fellowship * Food * Fun * Fourth of July * Fireworks

Happy 4th of July

*Let freedom ring* … So F is for Freedom

The past couple of weeks (or should I say, month), I’ve had more than my share of YOLOs. Here are the highlights*!

{As I type this, I’ll munch on these frozen grapes and cherries, plus have green veggies to look forward to for lunch}

Frozen Berries

Berry Burst of Energy

Independence Day

* My parents’

7-Layer Dip

Nanay‘s 7-layer Dip

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob ~ in my handy dandy cooler for my road trip!

* My work trainer’s

Watermelon Margarita

Sugar-Rimmed Watermelon Margarita for the 4th ~ Sweet!

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Lemonade = ☼Summertime☼ Sappiness

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My *USA* Dog & More!

* My gym buddy’s

F is for Flag

F is for Flag

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F is for Frito Pie

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F is for Flag Cake

In-Laws‘ Homecooking

* Day 1: Cajun

Chili's Cajun Pasta

Cajun Pasta ~ Chili’s Style!

* Day 2: Fajita

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¡Fajitas en la Casa!

* Day 3: Chicken

Reunions

* Beehive (Downtown Abilene)

* Tokyo Fusion (Abilene)

Potstickers

Gyoza (Potstickers)

Sushi

Sushi Roll

Mochi

Mochi (Ice Cream) ~ Green Tea

* Abi-Haus (Abilene)

* Colleti’s Italian (Harlingen)

Enjoy your eats & greets this weekend!

Faithful Friday: GOD’s Peace

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 07/11/2014 at 15:10

Go to Church for comfort & strength💪.

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That’s what my dad👨 advised me, in particular when I was devastated that his mother/my paternal grandmother, Mama Eufemia👵, my last surviving grandparent, was dying.

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Hence, I heeded his suggestion and went to Church💒, not just for Mass🙏, but also Adoration💖.

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My neighborhood Church at the time was Queen of Peace👑, which I visited this morning.

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It’s not all about you☝️.

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When my mom👩 told me this, I felt offended at first, but she’s absolutely right. As a matter of fact, when GOD spoke to me before the Blessed Sacrament today, He reminded me of my parents’ remarks: to live for the LORD, not for myself. Peace! ✌️

Thirsty Thursday: Valley Churches

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/10/2014 at 19:20

GOD’s presence = The greatest gift

Since my return to the Rio Grande Valley, I’ve been visiting different Churches everyday.

Here are the first few where I’ve gone for Adoration. I haven’t taken as many photos since I’ve gone in the past, so I may also add throwbacks.

Our Lady of San Juan del Valle Basilica & Shrine (San Juan)

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St. Benedict’s (San Benito)

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Our Lady of Assumption (Harlingen)

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St. Anthony’s (Harlingen)

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Immaculate Heart of Mary (Harlingen)

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The next few on the lineup:

* Queen of Peace (Harlingen)

* St. Francis Xavier (La Feria)

* Our Lady Star of the Sea (Port Isabel)

* Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville)

* Christ the King (Brownsville)

More to come where I used to attend:

* Holy Spirit (McAllen)

* Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission)

¡Gracias a Díos! ¡Díos te bendigan!

Workout Wednesday: Baby Beast Mode

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/09/2014 at 14:55

I can’t work out because I can’t take time away from my Baby👶.

Rather than saying, “I can’t,” say, “I can,” and do take your Baby!

Here are 3 sure-fire🔥 ways that both you and Baby can exercise together!

* Push the stroller while jogging! {like my friend, Amy the Birthday Girl, did with her son, Nathan the Birthday Boy}
• The stroller with your Baby provides resistance, in particular for your arms! 💪
• The jogging provides cardio, while you tone up your legs!

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* Do sit-ups while showing your Toddler flash cards! {like on my novela📺 Be Careful with My Heart💖}
• The sit-ups work your abs!
• You’re teaching your Toddler new words at the same time!

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Baby Girl Meadow

* Do lunges with your Baby on your knee! {like mi Cuñada Janet with her Baby Girl Meadow (5mos) ~ mi Cuñado Ray suggested that I do them with their daughter Toddler Sylvia (18mos) for the more advanced version}
• Lifting your child helps your upper body and core as you switch legs ~ therefore, this turns into a total body training session!

Big Sis Sylvia

Big Sis Sylvia

Baby Beast Mode Time! 👊

Oh yeah, and if you’re pregnant, please check out my recommendations to stay Pretty Fit!

Tuesday Beauty: Extended Trip Wardrobe

In Beauty Tuesday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/08/2014 at 22:56

Greetings from my humble hotel home!

Now that I’m away, but not on vacay, to teach for five weeks, I packed over a month’s worth of clothing. Since I’m teaching summer speech, I’m wearing dresses or skirts to work everyday.

Teaching Wardrobe

I even arranged my different outfits as follows:

  • Flower Power Monday
  • Animal Print Tuesday
  • Solid or Color Block Wednesday
  • Miscellaneous Pattern Thursday (i.e., abstract, polka dots, stripes)

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I packed 10 pairs of shoes, excluding my sneakers in my truck, to sport to school. Also, since I’ll definitely work out and hit the beach while on this work assignment, I brought gym gear and swimsuits, as well, so …

I’ll stay wise and exercise!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Personal & Professional Prayer Petitions

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/03/2014 at 12:00

During my Adoration Hours yesterday and today, I’ve been going through prayers from this book that I borrowed from my Filipino friend, written by a Pinoy priest.

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I lifted my intentions up to the LORD and His Blessed Sacrament. Some of these prayers also glorify in GOD’s gifts, so they’re worthy of praying when I’m doing life’s work, according to His will.

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… As a journalist and a photographer

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… As a professor

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… As a Ph.D. Candidate and for the students who I serve

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… As a runner/exercise enthusiast and for the athletes who I study …

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Also, I remind myself to listen to and trust in GOD.

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Now that I’m single, I also seek guidance toward a long-lasting relationship with someone special who also loves the LORD with all of his heart and his soul.

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*GOD Bless America this 4th of July and all the time*

Workout Wednesday: Fitness with Friends

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/02/2014 at 22:55

The more, the merrier!

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When you have a workout buddy, you reap these many rewards:

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* enhancing & improving your athletic skills, through teaching & learning from your exercise partner
* accountability & obligation to your partner ~ so no excuses
* strengthening your friendship
* making the time go by faster when you’re having fun!

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Regardless of the activity, y’all choose, the experience is beneficial, both physically and socially!

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Last Thursday, after Adoration, I jogged with my Church buddy from Chapel to the Disc Golf park. The round trip run was about five miles, including this scenic route. We flicked the disc, and I got great tips from both him and my college friend, the DG guru!

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Last night, I hit the court to shoot hoops with my Pinoy boy to relieve stress. Since I’m a much better spectator from the sidelines and stands than a player on the floor, I caught some decent shots… Of photos!

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I workout …

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‘Cause I’m happy (think the song)!

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5:55 ~ make a workout wish!!!

Beauty Tuesday: What’s in My Truck?

In Beauty Tuesday, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 07/01/2014 at 08:00

Bon Voyage!

Sunshine

In the lyrics of Stevie Wonder ~ Isn’t she lovely?

Since I’m preparing to take off for my next work assignment, I got ☼Sunshine☼ ready for our next road trip: oil change, state inspection, tune-up and full detail.

Truck Necessities

Boy Scouts’ Motto: Be Prepared

As always, I keep my truck fully loaded with the following: * Bible * First Aid Kit (complete with alcohol prep, antibiotics, bandages, gauze, sanitizer) * emergency kit (complete with jumper cables and warning cones) * lunch bag with essentials (including female needs) * snow shovel * phone chargers (iPod/iPhone 4 for my cigarette lighter input and iPhone 5 for my USB input) * reusable tote bag (for shopping ~ to save Earth’s resources) * umbrella {by Coach}, towel and pillow, running shoes {by Asics} (you never know when you’ll need them while on-the-go) * flip flops/chanclas (always come in handy as back up)

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Survival to the FittestOn the Road!

Don’t y’all dig on my Dallas Cowboys and Hello Kitty gear? I actually got props for my team from the crew who serviced my car!

Happy Trails!