¡Oye Chica! July

¡Hola!

I’ve been MIA and thought the best way to come back is with a good catch up session or as I like to call it chisme (Cheese – meh).

What the heck is chisme? chismosa?  chismeando?

 

Chisme is a Spanish word for ‘gossip’ but I like to think of it as a story worth telling to all your friends. Chisme is looked down upon and used as an insult towards women. The last thing anyone wants to be called is a chismosa. But at one point or another we are all chismosos: we want to know who did what, who said what and what happened to who. So embrace the title, Chismosas. Let’s get to it!

If We Were Chismeando, I would wish you a Kalo mina! For those asking what the heck that means, it literally means good month. «Καλό μήνα» (Kalo Mina). It’s Greek way of wishing friends and family a good month ahead.

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you I have been all over the place this month.In order to understand the mix, you’d need one part stressed from moving, one part busy with cool work projects, two parts excited for my husband to get back from Sargent training. (So proud of him!)

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you I was able to pay my car off in full! YAY!!!!!! (This was also a New Years resolution of mine)

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you all about the fun I’ve had showing my little brother around OKC. We’ve been zip lining, white water rafting, movie hopping, college visiting and yoga-ing (I know that’s not a word. Whatever.)


If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you I signed up for another half marathon and I better get to training.  I ran my very first half marathon this past May in Waco. (the Silos half marathon). It was a blast. I obviously liked it so much I signed up for another.

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you I watched all of Grace and Frankie on Netflix and LOVED it.

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you all about my favorite podcasts. I don’t remember what I did before podcasts came into my life. Actually I do: I listened to the same 16 songs on repeat. These days, I listen to podcasts when I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m in my office, and when I’m doing house chores. My current favorites are

  • Locatora Radio – A radiophonic novel hosted by Diosa and Mala also known as “Las Mamis of Myth & Bullshit” I recommend this podcast to all my Latinas out there. You wont be disappointed.
  • The Read – This will forever be on my monthly roundups so get use to seeing it on the list. I LOVE this show. Thanks to my bestie Zilde who introduced me to this podcast back in 2014
  • Nothing Much happens – This podcast is perfect for helping you fall asleep. The narrators voice is so soothing. It essentially is a bedtime story for adults.
  • 30 for 30 – Bikrahm Yoga Series. I was obsessed with Bikrahm yoga my sophomore year of college. Obsessed to the point where I would take two classes a day. When I saw this title I just HAD to hear everything they had to say about Bikrahm. Let me just say…… I was shocked to hear about what goes on behind the brand. I stumbled upon this podcasts as I contemplated picking up Bikrahm again, needless to say I am going to stick with hot yoga in the meantime.

If We Were Chismeando, I would tell you I read Tuesdays with Morrie and absolutely loved it. I packed it up and sent it to my sister. I love sending her books I like so she can enjoy them as well.

If We Were Chismeando, I would stop to catch my breath and have you fill me in on your chisme! What are your current favorites, recommendations and thoughts. Fill me in!

Besitos – Eleni

ConGRADulations!

Now, you are a graduate!

YAY! You did it. Yippie! Be proud of your huge accomplishment. Soak in all the newness of being a new grad because the glory days are officially over. Just Kidding.

Be positive, productive and pro-active 

Never get so comfortable that you forget to keep yourself challenged. The famous quote “You’re not tired, you’re uninspired” fits perfectly. Be positive when things don’t go your way but be proactive in getting your goals back in line.

Discover yourself

Now that you have finished undergrad it’s essential to appreciate what you accomplished. Don’t let the tremendous amount of “what now?” questions pressure you into anything. Ignore the pressure to satisfy peoples desires to hear about your grad school goals or your new fantastic job. I am here to tell you in the simplest way possible ignore the pressure and do you.

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Always remember 

You are beautiful.

You are talented.

You are loved.

You are valued.

Never stop learning

Learn from your own mistakes. Don’t become overly critical of yourself or others. Learn to love the unknown. Learn to cultivate your passion. Learn compassion. Learn to accept that you can’t change or control everything. Learn to forgive. Learning is a lifelong journey.

Be open to change 

Many of the best ideas won’t necessarily come from you. Listen deeply to all that is being said in every conversation around you. You may not agree, but there will be plenty of time to share your opinions or not share.

Make connections

You never know who is going to be meaningful to you in the future; nothing is worth cutting someone off completely. Networking isn’t just about meeting as many people as you can, but genuinely building on those relationships. Every person you meet or engage with presents an opportunity.

Because we live in such a small world, it is hard but important not to burn bridges – no matter how tempted you might be (“the devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder”) You aren’t going to like everyone, and everyone isn’t going to like you.

But most important please BE PATIENT 

Look to your future with great focus and untapped enthusiasm. Never lose this sense of awe; let it be your compass forward. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have successes. But overall you’re going to be okay. There will be times when you feel misunderstood, alone, confused, and even unsure always know  I am right by your side! I’ll forever run through the dark unknown just to make sure you have a lit pathway.

Congratulations!

10 thoughts I have while running

I have made the maniacal decision to run a half marathon in early May. Want a glimpse into my thoughts as I train?

So I’ve been running A TON lately (actually only 2-4 times a week but it feels like I can’t stop running like Forrest) because I have made the maniacal decision to run a half marathon in early May.

My thought was if I committed to this half marathon I’d force myself to run so much I’d end up becoming one of those people who runs to relax. Update: I’m still terrible at running and don’t think it’s relaxing.

Running is such a mental game. Other than mental strength you need no talent nor equipment. Now I’m sure my thoughts will maybe one day change when I get better at running but here’s a glimpse into my thoughts during my runs.

Eleni’s thoughts:

1. What a beautiful day for a run! Cant wait to lace up and get started.

three minutes into the run….

2. This isn’t too bad. Maybe I should pick up my pace.

3. Just kidding, slow it down you eager beaver. This sucks.

4. How long have I been running? oh 7 minutes. Welp. Not even halfway there.

5. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?

6. I’m running 3 miles so I should probably eat six slices of pizza. No I should have a protein shake.  I should probably eat a salad. Gosh I wish I had tacos at home.

7. Oh look a pupper. Hi dog! You are so cute.  I wonder what Bauer is doing. Why didn’t I bring Bauer. Wow I’m the worst dog parent.

….

Maybe I should go home and get Bauer. Bauer hates running.

8. Oh,  another runner. Should I wave? No, don’t be weird. OMG, SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!

9. Ok. My lungs are about to collapse. I probably went to hard. Check to see how far we have gone. *1.5 miles, DANG IT!!

10.  FINISHED. Wow, I’m a champ. jk I suck. Ugh I should probably run again tomorrow.

Exploring Disneyland in One Day

Vacation to Los Angeles called for a trip to the original Disney Park! We knocked it out in one day. Check out some hints and tips!

Disneyland is the most magical place on earth but it takes a lot of energy to navigate! That being said, a hearty breakfast is essential to your adventure. Whether you’re staying in Anaheim, LA or even San Diego, make sure you don’t waste your time with American staples like Denny’s, IHOP or McDonalds.

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Thanks to the homie, D O double G from the LBC, there’s a wonderful breakfast joint 5 minutes away from the park. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is the place to be for a delicious breakfast delicacy! The mixture of sweet and savory is to die for and don’t be afraid to drizzle that sweet sweet syrup all over your chicken!

All of us got the Scoe’s #1 ($13) which comes with 2 waffles and either a chicken breast or chicken thighs. After this meal, you’ll have to tell your phone “it’s still me with a little chicken grease.” This meal is absolutely lights out, the chicken is crisp and flavorful on the outside while retaining magnificent juicy deliciousness on the inside. The chicken alone was the best fried chicken I’ve had outside of the south. The waffle is uniquely fluffy as the batter is custom tailored to Roscoe’s restaurants alone. You will not regret starting your morning in the most magical place on earth with Roscoe’s!

  1. If you’re visiting the park for a special occasion or just really want one, ask for a pin. Main Street City Hall is the place to visit for free special occasion pins! Whether it’s your first time in the park, you’re recently engaged, or somebody is celebrating a birthday, the friendly City Hall cast members will be happy to give you a celebratory button.

2. Use Disneyland websites to locate your favorite characters.If you’re on the hunt for a specific character during your day at the park, use Finding Mickey to determine their whereabouts. We didnt really care to find any characters but this tip is for you planners!

 3. If you ask, Photopass Photographers will snap a picture on your cell phone.Hence the photo below! (Jacob was so excited he couldn’t keep his eyes open)
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4. Visit during nonpeak months for shorter lines and fewer crowds.Overall, Disneyland is pretty busy year round. No matter when you go, you won’t be alone!

If avoiding crowds is your number one goal, these are the least busy times at Disneyland:

  • First full week of January through the middle of February
  • Third Tuesday of February to mid-March (when spring break starts)
  • Mid-April through the third week of May
  • First Tuesday of September to the beginning of October
  • Second week of November

We went on February 6th and it also happens to be their early closing day. We found there to be little to no crowds for most rides. You can also use the free Disneyland app to view wait times.

5. Want to know if Celebs are at the park while you are? Follow DisneylandCeleb on Instagram. Also be on the lookout for the Disney Escorts in plaid vests, a celebrity is usually with them.

6. You can bring food and drinks into the park. Because Disneyland allows guests to bring in their own meals, you can save a lot of money on snacks. We only brought water into the park but spent most of our time trying the must have snacks at Disneyland. Unfortunately all of us were more concerned with eating the snacks rather then taking pictures of them but below you will find a list of  the snacks we had!
  • Dole Whip Float -The Myth. The Legend. The Whip. The Dole Whip. Or in this case, the Dole Whip Float!Dole Whip is a soft serve pineapple flavored frozen treat that you can find at the entrance to Adventureland in front of the Enchanted Tiki room. You can order just the Dole Whip itself or as a float in pineapple juice, complete with a little drink umbrella.
  • Mickey Pretzel – Eliza snagged this bad boy as she waited on us to finish up with Space mountain ( She doesnt do fast rides)
  • Churro!!! – Apparently Disney has unveiled a limited edition rose gold churro. We did not have the rose gold churro. Whatever churro you decide on just know it is always a good choice.

Now that we have scratched the Disney itch it’s safe to say our next visit to California will not include Disneyland but rather visiting Knotts Berry Farm and of course Universal Studios. I (Eleni) have never been to another Disney park so Disney World would have to be my next Disney adventure if that’s what the future vacation holds.

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Disney parks are always magical and our experience was nothing but excellent!

Until next time! BEEP BEEP!!

Pass the cake!

Holy Smokes 26! Another year with more life lessons handed to me.

I’ve been 26 for a whole week now, I feel so much wiser already.  Totally kidding but I do feel incredibly grateful. It has proven time and time again that everything in my life happened for a reason and has led me to this present moment. So, I want to bore walk you through personal lessons that really showed me how to LIVE in year 25.

  1. There is a clear difference between speaking truth and being an a**hole. Speaking my truth means liberation of self without demolition of others. It does not mean hurting feelings or shredding hearts. Granted sometimes the other party may not like what you have to say but focus on delivery and timing. I believe the saying happens to go like this -” If everyone loves you, something is wrong but if everyone hates you, something sure isn’t right.” Whatever it may be speak your mind but focus on your timing and delivery.
  2. People will be crappy but people will be good. They will pull the rug from under you and they will lift you up when you least expect it. Few people in this life are entirely either warm or cold-blooded. Fragile, yes.  Beautiful, yes. But hardly ever just a good guy or bad guy.
  3. There aren’t any traffic lights when it comes to your growth. There isnt anything flashing red telling you to stop nor is there an inviting green summoning you to fly full speed ahead into your goals and wants. Your gut is your guide. Listen when she speaks. She will speak softly at first, so don’t ignore her.
  4.  It’s okay to cut people out of your life. If you find yourself anxious, hurt, or disappointed on a regular basis by a person in your life, it’s a good indication you’ve outgrown this relationship. Wish these people well and don’t hold hatred or resentment in your heart. Cut ties and know you’re doing the right thing for your own mental and emotional well being.
  5. Admit when you’re wrong. ( I’m sure Jacob is laughing at this one. I’m still working on it, ok.) It takes practice (and being wrong), but learning a little humility builds character. No matter how old you get, you’re never too old to learn something new, and you’ll find that just about anybody can teach you something about life.

I can already feel how killer chapter 26 will be for me. I know it will be emotional, stressful but full of growth and new opportunities. I don’t know much for certain this year and my goals are short-term rather than the long-term for the time being but to be happy in the present is when you’re living the most… Isn’t that how the saying goes?

Alright times up! Hope you enjoyed my small words of wisdom.

-Eleni