Right Now

Drum 🥁 roll please…

  • Right now I’m loving my Rejuvenique oil by MONAT. It’s an essential oil I’ve been using for my face and hair over the last six months. Not only do I “swear” by it, I’m officially giving it a #monimusthave, something I don’t do often unless I 💯 believe in a product.
  • I’m enjoying the transition from winter to spring and attending a lot of happy hours 🍾 Not just to have a beer or cocktail but to meet interesting people I might not meet in my neighborhood. I ventured to the Renaissance Hotel in Plano, TX yesterday and wow! It’s gorgeous and so inviting. The “R” above is just an example of its eclectic style and chic lighting. Did I mention I also met someone, too 😍
  • Pastels are typically a Spring must have in my closet but I’m more into muted pastels plus prints. My top above is from Anthropologie and is a light rayon blend that feels smooth on my body. I’m trying my best to only invest in things I absolutely adore and this top for that criteria to a tee.
  • I’ve decided that I will only use the words “I love you” or “I love” unless I really do. Sometimes I catch myself throwing the “Love” word around like water. Must stop now…
  • Last, but not least (and not pictured), it’s Holy Week! It’s been a time of sincere reflection and rest. I’m great full to have had a few extra hours to myself contemplating my life, asking God for guidance, the universe for positive and simply being still. I strongly encourage everyone to take time for themselves, even if it’s not tied to a religious reason.

Let me know how you are doing! I want to hear your story.

Xo

Moni

Pardon My Poetry

I might have mentioned a few times over that I’m in love ❤️ with poetry. I’m not sure when this crush began or morphed into a such deep appreciation of words. During college I was first an Engineering student and do not remember taking any creative writing courses. So, I suppose it began on the streets of NYC, where I listened to beat-box artists on the subway or spoken word at local cafes.

My knowledge of POETS is always expanding. I lean on the New Yorker or Paris Review to introduce me to New writers. The latest one is Frederick Seidel.

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Do you feel anything?

There’s something about how I’m feeling today. It’s slightly different than usual and I want to explore share my thoughts with you. I’m actually writing this post from my iPhone so bear with me as I dig a little deeper…

Yesterday I had a semi-stressful day because I was dealing with a graduate 👩🏽‍🎓 group assignment that’s been hard to organize. It’s Thanksgiving holiday so who wants to study?! Also, a romance interest of mine went dark.

I think he disappeared into outer space.

Between balancing emotions and rational thought about either topic I didn’t want to loose myself, to not feel exactly what I needed to so I asked myself “Do you feel anything? I was surprised to discover that I really did, aside from the frustration of either scenario.

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Eat Your Greens

img_5249Ask yourself one question: Did I eat anything green today?

I’m guilty of going an entire day without eating one single green thing, not even a Gummy Bear. Why is this a not-so-good thing? Because “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health” according to Jill Nuddinow, MS, RD. Not only do greens have an incredible source of fiber and nutrients, they’re protectors of the heart and diseases such as diabetes.

As a cancer survivor I can attest to the benefits of eating greens, not because they may or may not prevent a relapse of remission, but because they just make me feel good. The following usually transpires after a consuming greens:

1. Happiness
2. Regularity (female cycle)
3. A natural glow about my face and skin

Let me what you think about greens. How do you cook them, how often do you eat them and what’s your favorite> Inquiring minds want to know.

Greens shown are from my kitchen in good ol’ South Texas!

Gulf Coast February

It may be cloudy in south Texas but it’s still gorgeous. After living in New York City for almost 12 years I have fallen back in love with the Gulf of Mexico, it’s semi-unpredictable humidity and fish tacos. Even cloudy days don’t stop me from walking the beach, breathing in saltwater air and daydream about summer shenanigans.