“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” By Henry Ford
I just love this quote and it has always been in my top favorite five. I feel like this quote is fitting for this blog. We all have a gift to share with the world at the right time when we are ready and we can’t do it alone. We need each other to grow and when you have the right people help you along the way to share your gift, we all become successful.
I had the honor to speak at the Glow and Lead conference by My Forward Life this year with an amazing panel of women entrepreneurs. We had a casual and informal Q&A style interaction with the audience and shared our own personal stories of struggles, successes, and leadership tips. I shared this panel with the amazing Sabrina Harrison, Owner of Mint Dentistry, the hippest most luxurious dentist offices all over DFW metroplex, and powerhouse Iesha Goree, the founder of The Amadi Guess Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children from underserved communities access to nutritious meals.
The night kicked off with the cosmetologist doing hair, make up, and massages for the guest at the Aveda Institute in Dallas. The top service of the night was putting in pink hair extensions. I even rocked two pink streaks in my hair too. Why was pink hair all the rage? Well one, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and two the Aveda Institute has a program that is called Give To Give, a project created to raise fund for Breast Cancer Awareness while matching your dollars in service for breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as DFW oncologist nurses and caregivers. The money from the pink hair extensions went to this beautiful cause.
I had a blast getting to know different women all over the DFW metroplex. We took professional pics on the Aveda red carpet and casual selfies like we have known each other for years. It was such a great place to meet new people and learn about each other’s business. After the meet and greet, the panel Q&A begin. The event was hosted by comedienne Jasmin Ellis who kept the energy of the room fun and of course, funny! She asked us a series of questions. It was the same question to all of us and we shared the good, the bad, and the beautiful of our personal lives and business.
After the panel was over, I felt like we were more connected than ever before. I got to know the panel of amazing women better and was inspired by their stories myself. Everyone was exchanging numbers and was looking forward to the next meeting of the minds.
What is My Forward Life?
My Forward Life is an events and social platform with a mission to connect fun, fearless and fabulous women to new ideas, new places and to one another in a meaningful way. It was created by Jasmin Brand who is a powerhouse in the marketing and branding world. Her goal was to build a community that connected professional women to new faces, new places and new ideas. Since its inception, My Forward Life has connected thousands of Dallas’ brightest women with one another and plans to expand to other cities in 2017. When is the next My Forward Life event?
I have two fun events I will be speaking at this week. One is in Dallas this Thursday night at the Aveda Institute where I am honored to share my business and success strategies with you and the other one is in Florida at the Fit Expo! Looking forward to meeting y,all!
Glow Summit: Aveda Institute Dallas Description: 3 amazing sessions. 3 fab venues. 12 unforgettable speakers.
Join us next Thursday for self discovery, beauty, career, and success strategy from amazing entrepreneur leaders. Date: Oct 6, 2016 Time: 7 pm Discount: $5 off when you put Marzia in the promo code Website: www.myforwardlife.com
The Fit Expo: Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Description: Date: Oct 8-9, 2016 Time: 10 am-6 pm Discount: $10 off when you print this coupon off Website: www.thefitexpo.com
Happy birthday to me! 41 has been so good to me and I can’t wait to see what 42 has in store. The older I get, the better life gets. Not sure who said aging was a bad thing? I can’t speak for everyone, but I love getting older.
I feel more confident in my own skin and I definitely make better life choices, well…at least most of the time. I started off this month with a pool party one of my virgo bestie’s Amanda. We usually are eating healthy and working out in the gym but birthday month calls for extra fun festivites. We had a blast floating around in fun pool floats, drinking rose, snacking on doughnuts, chowing on pizza all in matching one piece bathing suits. When we get together, we are total teenagers. You have to have those friends where you giggle about nothing for hours and it is so much fun. Amanda is my fun ride or die friend. She is always game for a good time. It doesn’t matter if we are in Vegas working together, flying off to Florida to compete, or in my backyard, we are the party! Talk about shenanigans…oh boy! Did I tell you pizza is her favorite food? Oh yes! When she is not eating healthy, she is smashing in the pizza. It was only fitting to get her that suit! After sliding off the floats a few times into the pool, we knew we needed to call it a night. Maybe it was the rose? Whatever is was, we knew that birthday binge fest was checked off our list and in the books. We had a blast and was looking forward till the next time we can get goofy together again. I love this time of year not only because it is my birthday, but because you can still wear a bathing suit here in Texas at this time of year. Summer is extra long here in Texas.
I have a fun healthy idea for those of you that meal prep…salad in a jar. This is an easy way to eat more fresh veggies and my favorite part is that the possibilities are endless.
First shop for your favorite veggies and some Mason jars. Make sure to buy Mason jars that are large enough. After they are cleaned and ready to go, then chop the veggies in small chunks. Mexican Mason Jar Salad
Lettuce Dressing: Your favorite salsa
I found these new mason jars made specifically for salad in a jar. It has a separate container for your dressing. You can get them here.
Salad in a jar tips:
Put heavier ingredients on bottom like quinoa and put lighter ingredients on top like lettuce. I always put lettuce on the top.
Put dressing in a separate container if not eating right away.
If eating immediately, put dressing on bottom of container and then add all ingredients on top.
The veggies will keep for about 4-5 days in the jar well without dressing. You can make a few for the week when meal prepping.
When ready to eat it, throw dressing on top, put lid on and shake until dressing coats all ingredients.
You can eat out of jar with a fork or pour it into a bowl if jar doesn’t work for you.
These sock leggings are everything! You will look like you belong to Team Haute! They are fun, sporty, and comfy. What more can a girl ask for when she works out, right?
Just putting them on, I felt more athletic and couldn’t wait to sport these leggings for my workout. I not only got compliments from the girls, but the guys as well. They wanted to know where they could get some for their girl. Not only do they look awesome, they feel like second skin. They are made from polyester and spandex. The sock inspired bottom is made of mesh. Totally breathable for your hot summer workout. Mesh is a must have for my outside workouts. To complete this sporty look, you can add a fun sports bra with a peek-a-boo mesh tank that will both be fashionable and functional.
Hey Healthinista’s! You guys know that I love me some breakfast! Not only is it is my favorite meal of the day but THE most important meal of the day. I have the best breakfast ideas for those of you who either skip breakfast or don’t have time in the morning. It is packed with protein, carbs, and fats to boost brain power and give you the energy you need to tackle the day. No need to cook and just takes 5 minutes to prepare! Just throw a few superfood ingredients in a jar with a lid before you go to bed. When you wake up, you will have a delicious nutritious breakfast. Let me style your taste buds with three overnight oat recipes.
1 cup almond milk (you can use pecan, cashew, or coconut milk instead of almond)
3 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup raspberries ( ½ cup in recipe overnight and ½ cup fresh on top when time to eat)
In a mason jar, muddle ½ cup raspberries until smashed well. Then add then add ½ cup dry oats, ½ scoop of SunWarrior vanilla protein powder, and 3 tablespoon of chia seeds. Stir those three dry ingredients well with mixed with muddled raspberries. Pour 1 cup of your favorite almond milk in the jar with the oats, raspberries, and chia seeds. Mix all of it well and then put lid on it. Put in fridge and let it set until morning. When you wake up, you just open jar, grab a spoon and garnish with ½ cup fresh raspberries on top.
1 cup coconut milk (you can use almond, cashew, or pecan milk)
3 tablespoon chia seeds
10 walnuts chopped
1 large banana (1/2 banana in recipe overnight and ½ banana on top when time to eat)
In a mason jar, add ½ cup dry oats, 3 tablespoon of chia seeds, chopped walnuts, and ½ scoop vanilla SunWarrior Classic Plus protein powder. Stir those dry ingredients well. Pour 1 cup of your favorite nut milk in the jar with the oats, protein powder, walnuts, and chia seeds. Mix all of it well. Add ½ of sliced banana to the mixture and then put a lid on it. Put in fridge and let it set until morning. When you wake up, you just open jar, grab a spoon and garnish with the other half of banana sliced on top!
1 cup coconut milk (you can use almond, cashew, or pecan milk)
3 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoons of almond butter
1 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips (garnish on top)
1 tablespoon crushed coconut chips (garnish on top)
In a mason jar, add ½ cup dry oats, 2 tablespoon of chia seeds, almond butter, and SunWarrior Chocolate Classic Plus. Stir those ingredients well. Pour 1 cup of your favorite nut milk in the jar with the oats, chocolate protein powder, almond butter, and chia seeds. Mix all of it well again. Then put a lid on it. Put in fridge and let it set until morning. When you wake up, you just open jar, grab a spoon and garnish with the vegan chocolate chips and coconut chips.
Let your body breathe (literally) in this sheer sexy in the city workout number. With rising temperatures of 100 degrees here in Dallas, what is a girl to wear besides a sports bra and shorts to workout in? Right? This sleek black style takes your love for mesh to the next level where fitness meets function.
With maximum ventilation, you are sure to feel cool in this Texas heat. Whether you are working out outside or in the AC, this sheer gear is sure to turn heads. And why not? You have earned it. All those hours in the gym and eating clean, you deserve to feel sexy in your workout clothes.
Sheer mesh workout clothes are all the rage these past few years. Not only is it peek-a-boo sexy, it is functional. Usually you see a pop a mesh on workout leggings, but this brand takes it over the top, like to the top of the waist bands that is. They don’t mess around with the mesh panels in these leggings. The long mesh panels create a slimming effect while improving airflow through your tough workout.
Accessorize it up with a fun fringe Stella handbag and a sparkly sweatshirt, and you will put the run in runway! Oh, and don’t forget to complete the look with some mirrored shades. A Healthinista has got to look fly when she works out.
Summer is in full effect and you know what that means? COLOR! Pops of bright colors are all the rage this summer. If you are not wearing color, you are not living life.
Clothes are like second skin, especially workout clothes. Wearing colorful workout gear can put you in a great mood and you will want to do that workout. I know that when I put on some bright gym gear, I feel cheerful and ready to tackle my workout.
In my last blog, I shared my passion for style with sustainability. I am all about Threads 4 Thought active wear. If you are just reading this for the first time, then hold onto your workout hat because I am about to blow you away by telling you what my colorful workout pants are made of. Would you believe me if I told you that these workout pants are made from recycled plastic bottles? (Insert gasp here) Yep! And would you believe me if I told you that they are THE most comfortable workout pants that I own? Yep! So comfortable, I couldn’t just buy one after wearing them, I bought a few more to add to my workout wardrobe.
Did you know that fashion is the third dirtiest industry on that planet? Yes. So I appreciate eco-friendly companies like Threads 4 Thought, they are here to change the industry with their ethical, sustainable fashion which improves the planet. Think about it, you can save the planet one workout at a time by choosing what you wear to gym! This is you can make a small difference every time you shop.
Being a Healthinista, I love fashion, especially fitness fashion! I not only choose to eat healthy and workout. I like to choose healthy workout clothes that are sustainable and environmentally friendly as well. I believe fashion should be manufacturing ethically. I love supporting companies that care about the environment, the animals, and people. It is easy not to think about this when you go to the mall or buy something online but, if you take the time and do a little research you can make a difference when you shop.
Hey guys! If you have been following my blog awhile then you know that I am an eco-friendly diva. That is why I coined myself the Healthinista. I embody all things healthy. I am not high maintenance, but when it comes to my health, I am. From the foods that I eat, to the clothes that I wear, I like to research the brand’s company to see who I am supporting. I support brands that truly care for the planet and people’s health. Of course, we can never be 100% in everything that we buy, but I try to be conscious when I purchase a product.
Think about it…Have you ever thought of researching the company’s product you purchase? Every time you buy something, you support that brand. Things that make you hmm…right? What are you REALLY supporting?
Today’s brand I am featuring on my blog is Threads 4 Thought. They have an AH-MAZING casual clothes and active wear made from organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and beech pulp. I bought a t-shirt a couple years ago from them and fell in love with not only the products, but the company. You can read more about the company and their mission here.
Being a Healthinista, my closet is filled with tons of workout clothes. When I found out Threads 4 Thought had workout clothes, I was like NO WAY! I bought a few pieces to test them out and sure enough, they are the most comfortable workout clothes and very stylish too! Check out the half lotus crop pants I am wearing. Love these fun colors! You can dress them up bright colors or add black to it.
My husband and I had the honor to vacation on the fantasy island of Bora Bora this month and we renewed our 10 year wedding vows on the breathtaking turquoise beaches while staying in one of the over the water huts. We lived a 9 day dream come true for both Keith and I. I want to share with you my journey.
Being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to renew our wedding vows for our 10 year. I had been throwing out hints for the past couple years to my hubby that we should go somewhere super romantic like those uber cool Instagram travel accounts that I follow, where I drool over dream vacations from all over the world. (When I dream big, I dream really BIG!) So I scrolled away on dream vacays on IG till I found the perfect places.
We narrowed it down to three locations when we did our search-Bora Bora, Santorini in Greece, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It was so hard to pick just one because they all looked really dreamy and let’s get real, I could see myself in all these locations saying “I do” again. In the end of our long research, the huts over the water in Bora Bora won!
Now was the fun part, all the planning! I had three friends stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora and gave us glowing reviews that we couldn’t say no to those great testimonials. We booked our vacay last year because April is a busy month for weddings, honeymoons, and vacations. Our wedding anniversary date is April 8th. We tried to get that week but it was a popular month. So we went with the last week of April/beginning of May.
April 29th couldn’t come fast enough this year. It seemed like a long 2016 just waiting for this tropical paradise to come and guess what? It was! Where have you been all my life Bora Bora? A bucket list of dreams I can’t wait to check off! Then the day came and we were more than ready to go. Dreams, romance, adventure, and love awaited us on this dreamy vacation.
The first day we arrived at 11 am and our rooms weren’t ready till 3 pm so we walked around the resort and got a massage. (You will need one after a 12 hour plane ride.) We got a 2 hour couples massage and unwinded from the flight. After our massage, we were so excited to check out our bungalow. Just the walk to the over the bungalow was super exciting! It was the very last one on the end. It was everything we imagined and more! As we wizzed through the room to see the layout, we couldn’t wait to see our balcony, the views just blew us away. Mount Otemanu looked like a back drop to a movie set. It did not seem real. Another thing we couldn’t wait to do was jump off the back of our bungalow first thing in the morning. We had so many things to check off our bucket list, we couldn’t wait to get through the list.
The food was amazing! All fresh unprocessed foods! I got fresh pressed juices, fresh fruits, salads, and more. It catered to vegans and gluten-free peeps (like myself) and I was in plant-based heaven! Between the breathtaking nature back drop and the food, I was living it up. They had a great gym too! I jet skied, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, and swam for the most part everyday. Besides some champagne, wine, and margaritas to toast this festive trip, I did pretty good being healthy. The sun and the beach calls to my soul and fills me up. I just can’t get enough. I love being healthy in a big city, but the beach naturally encourages my soul to do it. The beach grounds me every time I go and makes my heart full.
This was such an amazing trip to reconnect with my husband, re-evaluate our personal/professional goals, and get inspired going forward. I have so much to give and have so much to live for.
At the end of trip waiting at the airport, my husband asked me what my favorite part of our trip was. I answered, “EVERYTHING! Can we live there?” My three favorite things were renewing our vows, swimming with the sharks, and sleeping in the over the water bungalows. All three things were very thrilling for me, so special, and are what dreams are made of. My husband spoils me and I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful loving husband who helps me live out my dreams.
When we renewed our vows on the beach, I couldn’t get past the second line without crying for joy. My heart was happy. I had to bring my vows on paper so I didn’t forget them because I was all nervous. (Love that I still get nervous with him and I have been with him for 13 years!) In this pic, I love the way he looks at me as I am crying saying our new vows for the next 10 years. He was pretty choked up. Shhh!! Don’t tell him I said that. Love, love, love my husband! I said “I still do”! Until the next 10 years Keith!
I want to say thank you for all your beautiful comments and post that you guys reached out to me on my social media. I adore them! Thank you for sharing a special moment in my life.
Here are some fun tips if you ever decided to go to Bora Bora!
Fun tips for Bora Bora
If you get an over the water bungalow, request one at the far end of the dock so you have the best views of Mount Otemanu. It was my favorite view every morning when I woke up and before I went to bed. Did you know that Mount Oteman is 3 million years old and used to be an active volcano? I know! Crazy, huh!?
You have to do the shark and stingray tour! That was my highlight of the trip (besides renewing my vows). We did the full day and it was AWESOME! We snorkeled at 3 different locations in the lagoon and then they prepared us a traditional Polynesian lunch on a private island.
There is so much to do there that we didn’t get all that we wanted to do. We did 4 days of water excursions, and the rest on the beach, pool, and spa. It was all necessary on this vacay. I could have stayed another week. I wanted to do the ATV tour on the land, but it was booked. Maybe next time!
Some people say you must go once in your life, I recommend twice! LOL! We will be going back, it is now my favorite place on earth. Love the Polynesian culture and this island. They make you feel so welcome and it is so special.