Reflections on turning 35

Last week I turned 35! And a week later, I am ready to properly share my reflection of this new age bracket.

My initial reaction to my 35th birthday was one of uncertainty.  Continue reading “Reflections on turning 35”


New Year, New Resolution!

Well guys, 2016 is FINALLY over and good freaking riddance!

I don’t normally like to write off an entire year as “bad” because it’s never exactly accurate. But wow was 2016 as bad as it has gotten in many years! Not just for me, but for many of my friends, families, the world, and hell, even celebrities! There have been constant bad news and to rise above it was more than difficult at times. Continue reading “New Year, New Resolution!”

Daily Recommendation: 15 Minute Workout

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June 14: 15 Minute Workout 

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I never do a daily recommendation without having tried the product out for myself. But like all rules, there are exceptions. And while I have not tried out this 15 minute exercise pattern in the order in which suggested, I am done every single one of those exercises and I know they WORK! So, while I give this workout a try every day, I thought I would share it with you so you could do it with me too!  Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: 15 Minute Workout”

Daily Recommendation: Focus on the Keywords, Everything Else is Noise

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June 8: Focus on the Keywords, Everything Else is Noise

Today’s recommendation is a bit more mystic, personal and extra-subjective. Yet, it applies to all of us. We are constantly surrounded by voices – at work, at home, at social gatherings and not to mention the ones that are inside our own head. After awhile, you either get overwhelmed with all that or you become complacent. Neither has a positive outcome. It’s important to take a step back every now and again, and see your life from an outside perspective. It’s like when people say they are float out of their body and look down at themselves (or was that just Rachel from “Friends”?). Either way, a step back reflection is often required.  Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: Focus on the Keywords, Everything Else is Noise”

Daily Recommendation: Essence of Ojo Native American Flute Music CD

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June 2: Essence of Ojo Native American Flute Music CD

Listening to sounds of nature is an effective stress reliever. Something about human beings and nature just go hand in hand, imagine that. I love listening to soothing music to relax my mind so when I walked into the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in New Mexico, and heard the background music, I immediately knew I needed to own it.

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You Do Not Represent Me

As a woman, there is one category in which I am under and/or not represented well: the inevitable road to motherhood.

Mother’s Day passed a couple of weeks ago and all over social media, I read comments from proud mommas. They were filled with joy, pride, happiness and in several cases, an inaccurate statement representing all women. Although, not verbatim, they all seem to elude that Motherhood was the ultimate goal for women.

Whoa there! Err…not really.

If you think the female voice is unheard amongst the male dominant society, I’ve got news for you. Plenty of female voices go unheard within our own circle. Continue reading “You Do Not Represent Me”

Daily Recommendation: Follow OpinionatedWanderlust on Instagram

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April 28: Follow OpinionatedWanderlust on Instagram

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I’ve totally revamped my Instagram over the last few weeks, adopted weekly themes to keep it fun for you as a viewer and challenging for me as the author. I’m sharing only my best photos so you see the best of what I see. I’ve got tons of ideas that I intend to implement in the near future, including contests and giveaways.  Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: Follow OpinionatedWanderlust on Instagram”

Daily Recommendation: Nyle DiMarco on DWTS

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April 23/24: Nyle DiMarco on DWTS

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I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t super excited about the Dancing with the Stars lineup this season, other than for Jodie Sweetin (from Full House and Fuller House). And when I saw watched the first episode, I had no idea who most of them were (and the ones I did know, I didn’t feel any excitement for). But then Nyle DiMarco took stage and everything changed. If you don’t know who he is, you need to watch this first for the backstory and then this for the actual performance, after that you can google him.  Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: Nyle DiMarco on DWTS”

Daily Recommendation: C25K App

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April 21: C25k App

C25K is a running app that gets you from the couch (potato) to running 5K in 8 weeks. I started using the app 9 months ago to get myself to run 5K with ease. You only need to run 3 times a week, begins with 30 minute sessions the first couple of weeks and eventually progresses to 40 minutes, includes a 5 minute warm up and cool down. The promise is to get you to run 5K without the huffing and puffing. I used it routinely and not only did I feel great but saw results in both my physique and my ability to keep running.  Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: C25K App”

Daily Recommendation: Speak Up!

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April 20: If Someone Sets You Up For Failure, CALL THEM OUT. 

Recently, I had to deal with an incident where I was mislead to believe the situation in hand was one thing when in reality it was another (all very politically driven). Seeing that the situation has not yet been dealt with properly, I am not at liberty to disclose it on the Internet, just yet. But, it has reminded me of an important motto of mine and I wanted to share it as today’s daily recommendation. Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: Speak Up!”