Change is good

Happy New Year

It’s January and everybody is buzzing about their New Year’s Resolutions and the improvements they want to make in their lives. I am doing the same, so I thought I would share with you my New Year’s Plan of Action.

  • Be less serious

I love to laugh and have fun, but sometimes I can be too intense. It’s OK for work, but not good in my everyday life. It’s just not fun.

  • Start vloging

This is something I’ve wanted to do since last fall especially on my mySA blog.  I’d like to show people how fast and easy it is to create healthy meals. I have a little Flip cam and I’m always trying out new recipes.  Nothing to it but to do it.

  • Run 4 times a week

Running makes me feel good. I used to have back problems but they went away when I gave up dairy and meat. I was born with a herniated disc and these foods caused a lot of inflammation in my body which made my back feel worse. Now my back feels great.  My problems are now in my head, I’m afraid of injuring my back so don’t run as much as I should. However I have a plan.

chi Running

Chi running to the rescue! I’m giving this technique a try because I want to run but I don’t want to hurt myself. Hopefully it will work. Since I do eat a lot of living foods, I have a lot of energy. That energy needs to go somewhere or else I gets antsy. Walking and yoga are great, but I need to move my body more.

  • Write down my recipes

I love creating new recipes, but I don’t always write down my measurements. This is a pretty easy fix.

Keep a pad and pen on my counter and write my recipe down as I work.

  • Create a rewarding job for myself

This is the biggest one. I used to have a very small custom picture framing business, until two months ago. I started it 3 years ago when my son was 4. I was looking for something that I could do part time while my son was young, but that would grow as he grew. It was great for a while, but I started getting too busy. It was strictly word of mouth and growing faster than I wanted it too. My original intention was that I would use the money I made from my picture framing business to create a non profit that would show low income families in San Antonio how important it was to eat right. The picture framing was very time consuming and I never had the chance to even create the non profit. it was too difficult for me to implement and still be a stay at home mom. Something had to change and I decided to stop framing, at least for now. Right now helping children eat better is more important to me. I don’t like to see overweight children.

I remember taking my son to they playground when he was an infant and seeing a mother give her 1 year old soda instead of water. I also remember that same child being out of breath from playing on the slide. That just isn’t right. If people knew better, they would eat better. I was reminded by how serious the situation is in San Antonio last month when I came across this drink.

Valle fruit

These drinks were being handed out at an event that was geared toward children on The Riverwalk in December.

Label

As you can see on the label this product has only 1% juice yet it’s called Valle Fruit and has a picture of mangoes on the label. Most people don’t read labels. I was really shocked that they were giving these out to people and more shocked that people were actually drinking them. Things like this make me realize what a big problem unhealthy eating is in my city. I took a bottle home and I keep it in the kitchen near my juicer as a reminder that I need to do something. I’m still working on what that something is.

Photo credit

  • I study soil & land compositions and want to take it to the next level and use my skills for something that will benefit everyone. There’s an online course in Austin that teaches you how to start your own non-profit. I’ll see if I can find the link again & send it to you. Can’t wait to watch you do something meaningful that you love 🙂 You’re going to do great!

    • Thank you, that course sounds great.

  • Hey Neven, just popping in to cheer you on from the sidelines. This is a big year of change for me too. I’m going back to school next month to help get closer to my dream of starting a non-profit too. Maybe we can work together in the future 🙂 My non-profit is along the same lines as yours, but different. Fighting for a cleaner, healthier America starting with our soil & farm lands.

    • Your non profit sounds great. I didn’t know you studied soil and farm lands, very interesting. Thank you so much for your support Stacy.

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  • Manar

    I wonder if I would feel better if I gave up at least dairy…. being less serious is one that I need to remember too!

  • i’m going to follow your advice and be less serious,… i cant remember what else you said here, so i will just go with that. i have a flip mino, so maybe i should take some vids. not sure of what (outside of the thanksgiving dinner while driving)… nice new look on your blog 🙂

    • It would be hysterical if you did that for all the big holidays like Easter, Christmas etc. I don’t think you have to worry about being too serious. 🙂

  • That drink is a huge scam! At least they have to put the percent on. That is suppose to help.

    So glad eliminating meat and dairy made you feel better. Hope you enjoy the running.

    • It is a huge scam, things like that really disappoint me.

  • write down your recipes, girl! and I hear you on working to become more of a food-activist. i’d love to do that too. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • I’ve already started using my pad.