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Helllllllo Fresh!

My Mom can cook.

My Dad can cook.

My Sister can cook.

Of course both of my grandmothers and great grandmothers could cook well too.

OMG, I so miss those authentic southern dishes.

But me?

I don’t know what happened, but all of the people in my lineage so hogged the cooking genes!

Enter Hello Fresh.

I honestly cannot sing this company’s praises loud nor long enough.  And the packaging is simple and sweet, which I love.

Give me the healthiest and tastiest, as well as the top of the line ingredients PLUS an easy to follow recipe AND…. Hello (Fresh), I can and will put any of my relatives to shame.

Sorry guys (not really), but mama can cook when Hello Fresh is in the picture.

I am a bit lazy when it comes to cooking.

Being a party of one, I am ok with cooking what I know how to cook – chili and spaghetti being two of my specialties which to date have been well received (for the record).

But Hello Fresh opens the door to a much bigger culinary world.

I have used this service in the past, and now in the present.

I learn so much when cooking these meals, things I can carry over into my norm day to day cooking.

And when I make a Hello Fresh meal, not only does it taste great, but my home smells heavenly.

I bet you a million dollars anyone who walks into my home after I have made one of these meals…. their stomachs will 100% fall in love with me due to the lingering aroma alone waffling throughout my home.

I fall in love with myself when I pull off preparing one of these meals!

I truly enjoy cooking.  I did not know that about myself.

But I do need someone else to select the produce, meat, fresh herbs, as well as provide me with one of these blows your mind tastes like a chef prepared this recipes.

If you are in the market to try something new, or you want to add a skill or two to your cooking repartee, try Hello Fresh.

I cannot guarantee it, but I do think you will enjoy the experience of learning and sharing and eating something totally new and great.

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There is a New Girl in Town!

I have been making some major changes in my life.

However, my motto is (working on this one daily) …. simple, slow and steady wins the race.

When I get super excited about the progress I am making…I pull it back in, back up and remind myself…simple, slow and steady wins the race (grrrrr).

Every day I have made a tweak (And we are on day 12 of 2019 people.  I have so totally out done myself as far as New Year goals go)!

I am not making changes because it is a New Year, but to be honest, that does help encourage me.

I am making changes to improve my health because of my job and my family and my friends, before AND during tax season, and that just happens to coincide with a/the New Year.

Yay. Me.

I am making changes for real because several people I care a great deal about (read: the two most important men in my life, and a very close family friend) have had or are battling cancer in one form or another, among other things.

So far, all are/have kicked c’s butt!

But one’s battle is far more serious and harder to overcome, and yet that person still wows everyone (including doctors) with their resilience and bounce backiness.

I am pretty sure I am not capable of that, so I need to try to right my wrongs now.

For me personally, the damage might have already been done, but I am at least going to try to get my natural healer/course correction on.

I have so much to share regarding the journey (granted it has only been 12 days, but still, this is a journey people and I am off to a pretty good start)!

Things going on in my world that I hope to share with you soon, but keeping in mind tax season is now unfolding….

Floating tank experience.  (I so totally enjoyed it, but afterwards due to my toxicity levels due to not exercising/sweating out my toxins like the good ole days, I became very nauseous later in the day, and to be honest for a couple of more days that followed.  BUT.  When I am on track again, the totally exercising and sweating, I WILL do this again).

Daily Harvest Smoothies (By far one of the BEST things I have done)!

Healthy fresh chef made meals delivered to one’s door step completely prepared…. via Real Eats (simply boil pouches in water for 6 minutes.  I am getting ready to try my third meal and I am not sure I am sold on this one yet).  Soon I will try Freshly in February (to be heated in the microwave, but I prefer the oven, so that is how I will roll).

Hello Fresh deliveries…. meals that I personally cook with the ingredients and recipe delivered to my door.  I have enjoyed this set up (past and present) greatly.  I may need to pause this when things heat up for tax season, but alongside Daily Harvest, I really enjoy this one – cooking healthy meals that are so totally yummy!

I signed up for these options with “New Year” coupons and have saved a boat loads of money.

I also placed my first order for each and then promptly put things on hold (aka skipped a week or two for each) so I could figure out what I like and wanted to continue.

I researched all these options, plus so MANY others, all of December before taking the plunge.

I watched youtube reviews on each of my current picks, along with at least 6 other company options that I may try should I want to cancel and try something new.

Bottom line – I want to be healthy. 

Especially during tax season when soon enough one will care less about anything else but tax season.

When cancer is “out there” it is on your radar, but when cancer hits close to home with those you love…. Hello.  And not in a good way.

I don’t know about you, but I seriously need to make some changes to better my own odds.

And that is what I am doing by taste testing, cooking or blending, and tweaking daily.

PS – So far – by far – Daily Harvest is a Slam Dunk Winner!

I have tested and shared my smoothies with others and this line/company is a BIG hit.

I am not a breakfast eater for the most part and these smoothies allow me to drink my (organic) fruits and veggies, as well as replace my daily Starbucks fraps as a bi-product, to start my day off on the right note.

Side note – I have felt great and well satisfied on my smoothie days thus far.

And like all the youtube reviews I have watched for all say….

I bought these products with my own money and I was in no way influenced by Daily Harvest (nor any other company I am/have reviewed) nor do I  receive anything from anyone should you try any of these options/companies.

Although, our receptionist at work keeps encouraging me…. Dude, with all that you share from all the plans you try, you should SO be making money for inspiring others to try it/them!


My First Vacation Day in 2019…

Was such an epic fail.

I was on tap to experience my first floating tank appointment (see previous post if interested) at noon on Friday.

Supposedly, from all I have read for at least 1+ years before trying, this modality could/can help me completely detached from everything (due to complete sensory deprivation).

This experience could/can supposedly also help me delve into my own psyche/subconscious mind to receive clarity on what truly matters to me, because what else are you going to do for an hour when totally isolated and detached from all of your senses?

I called the establishment at 7:30 am on Friday morning to reschedule my appointment and was very surprised when the owner answered.

I was able to successfully reschedule the appointment for Saturday, January 5th in the morning.

I really need this experience both physically and mentally.

But at the same time, I also felt the need to complete a couple of things for work.

Hence the rescheduled appointment.

Here I was taking a day off from work, prior to tax season, to ponder and think about and maybe even hopefully start planning what I hope to achieve by my 50th birthday (becoming 50 still totally blows my mind, um, I am almost a half of a century old, what the what??).

What skills and/or education do I still need?  And more importantly, what exactly is my end game now?

But I failed and I worked from home.

No one asked me to do this, nor was it required.

I simply logged into my work computer to complete a couple of things that really needed to be done but I hadn’t had the time to complete yet….and that turned into…..just one more thing…and that turned into… just one more thing….and that turned into 6 hours.

Afterwards I found myself asking, really?  This is how you spend a vacation day, Lisa? Dude, something needs to change.

Along side of wanting to do well at work, someone I love and care about is battling cancer.  I, nor anyone else, saw this one coming.

This experience alone has been the biggest eye opener for me in the last 6 months and it has me pondering…am I on the right track?

Thankfully, I have a little bit of year-end bonus money left to invest in myself.

And that is what Saturday’s floating session will be all about…checking out, detaching, letting go and getting centered.

I know first hand that mind, body and spirit modalities work, and why it has taken me so long to get back here….short answer, I got lost.  I have been focusing on the wrong things (for me).

Before tax season becomes prominent again, I really need to know what I hope to happen by this year’s end (Hello 2019) so I can stay focused and keep refocusing when needed.

In 2018, I did well on several levels.

However, as for my health in 2018, that too was an epic fail.

That must change, and that one is well within my control.


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Hope Floats

I finally did it.

I made an appointment to experience a floating tank.

Tomorrow at noon (Friday, January 4th, 2019), I am so going to finally experience something I have been researching (and longing to try) for months, if not years.

Ok, maybe only ONE year.

But still, although it may have taken me a while, I DID finally act on it.

I have been studying this technique forever.

I swear…I am a mermaid in hiding, as in water, especially salt water, enlivens me like nothing else.

Even in the bathtub.

Me and salt water = HELLO!  Life is good.  I can do this (whatever this may be).  Hell.  I was born to do this (whatever this may be).

One of the many blips I came across…

The Crazy Thing That Happened When I Tried Floating in a Soundproof, Lightproof Tank

My main take away from all of the things I have seen and read is –

“It’s the ultimate way to detach.”

Right about now, I want to completely detach and reset.

I want to figure out what I want.

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Floating Benefits

I really need some hope that floats…

And to totally detach…

If even for only an hour.

Mind + Body + Spirit = Balance, Self-Care and Health.

And health, as I near my half century mark, is SO MUCH MORE valuable than wealth.

Don’t believe me?

Good luck with that.





State of Affairs

#1 I had no idea that this was a TV show.

#2 I “run” a State of Affairs (at least) every quarter (if not monthly)….as in…I look at everything (and I write it down).

These are my assets, these are my liabilities, and this is where I stand in this moment in time.

But in the last few months, I have come to realize that I really need to be “crunching” another set of numbers/state of affairs as well.

What if someone told you, “At best, you have 6 to 12 months left on earth?”

What the hell would you do with that?

I don’t know about you, but I need to make some changes.

And not because today is the 1st day of a New Year, but because, I still have a lot that I want to do and experience and I hope you do too.

My wish for you is real change, so you may experience a rich and fulfilling life.

The State of Affairs 2019…may we each have more assets than liabilities on all levels.

Today is the start of a New Year (and New Day).

Make. It. Count.

Christmas 2018 in Pictures

2018 Y/E Full Moon…Um, I Kinda Feel Like Cindafreakingrella

I gotta admit, I have worked very hard for all that has been going down in my personal life in the last few days.

I kinda feel like Cindafreakingrella.

I have been “scrubbing floors” for a very long time since starting over in the Fall of 2010.

And just like Cinderella, I am so grateful for every single thing going right, and every beautiful, almost magical, gift I have been given.

I have been dreaming, planning and working towards this for so long.

Here is December 23, 2018’s beautiful and healing full moon.

I love a full moon.

I have so much more to share, but for now…Holy Wow, Thank You.

And…it was so worth it!

Never. Give. Up.

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