Books on the Night Stand

ImageI love books, the actual ones and not electronic. Call me old fashion but there is something about the smell of each pages and the sound of the crisp paper when you turn the page and every time I saved extra bucks. I visit my favorite bookstore Barnes and Noble and see what great books are out there the newly published ones and books on sale. Gotta love the red SALE sticker 🙂

Here are my new found friends:
1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
2. Do Yourself a Favor Forgive by Joyce Meyer
3. Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
4. Taking Responsibility for Your Life: Because Nobody Else Will by Andy Stanley
5. Discover Your CEO Brand: Secrets to Embracing and Maximizing Your Unique Value as a Leader by Suzanne Bates

Let me end this blog with a quote from Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Happy Reading!


Fabulous at 40


April 5 I just turned 40, never thought I will reach this stage of my life, but I did; so here we go 40.

Now that I’m officially 40 what are the things I need to know and watch out for? Then I thought, I should blog 10 things to do when your 40, so here it goes.

Top 10 at 40 (in random order)
1. Study. (learn new things don’t be stuck with what you know. Community colleges do offer continuing education courses for those who are interested in learning new things to help in their personal growth. Books are available in your library)
2. Be active. (there are activities that are free or inexpensive. Running will help you stay fit and make your heart happy) check out
3. Join a group. (churches have groups that you can join to meet people and to celebrate their experiences)
4. Serve others. (a lot of non profit groups or civic organizations out there who are constantly looking for volunteers. there is a sense of fulfillment when you serve) If you are in the Tampa Bay area visit
5. Cultivate new friendships. (it doesn’t hurt to be friendly … ok this is for me since it’s hard for me to start new ones)
6. Go network. (40 is when you’ve established your career and you want to go higher, best way is to network you’ll be surprised on what opportunities awaits. Try social media sites)
7. Learn a new language. (it’s now easy and cheaper to learn a new language, YouTube has ’em, Rosetta sells it, and community classes offers some)
8. Start traveling. (in order to explore the world travel to places you’ve never been before, if finances doesn’t permit international travel or state travel, learn other cities of your State or Province)
9. Be Fab. (You need not to be young to look fab nor you need to spend a lot, you just be creative and you’ll be surprise how a hair color, a hidden jewelry, or a scarf can make you look fab)
10. Enjoy and be kind. (Enjoy your new journey and be kind to yourself and to others)

Please note: these are just random thoughts of a simple gal. Statements made has not been FDA approved (LOL) but has been proven true by those who has walked this path.

If there’s one thing you can take from this blog is KINDNESS it goes a loooooong way 🙂 and when you are kind then it’s easy to study, learn new things, be friendly and be fab. As the Henry James once quoted “3 things in human life are important. The 1st is to be kind. The 2nd is to be kind. And the 3rd is to be kind. 

Enjoy and have a fantabulous day 🙂

Hannah’s take on the premiere showing of Touch a new show on Fox starring the remarkable Kiefer Sutherland.

The Girl Who Wrote

Mum and I are watching TOUCH for the second time.

One thing this show has taught me is the fact that there are so many people out in the world. It may seem like the most basic and well-known piece of information ever, but sometimes I forget that there’s a billion other people in this earth. There are a whole lot more stories outside of Tampa, Florida. Many are different from ours, some are similar to ours, and some are meant to intertwine and touch ours.

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10 things to remember before running a race

As a runner, I have had the pleasure of running the Gasparilla Distance Classic.


Today, March 3 starts the 2-day 2012 Gasparilla Distance Classic. For readers who are not familiar with this event; here’s a mini info. The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association was established in 1978 dedicated specifically to raising funds for charitable youth organizations and running programs in the Tampa Bay area. Its mission is carried out through the administration of the annual Publix Super Markets Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend and Jr. Gasparilla Distance Classic (wikipedia).

So, as I was watching all the brave men and women even kids as young as 7 years old get their game face on. I wonder, what is running through their head before the race starts? Then I told Hannah (my lovely 15 year old) that I’m going to blog 10 things to remember before running a race.

So here it is:
10 things to do right before a race
1. Go to the bathroom
2. Warmup
3. Drink your energy booster
4.Get your mind right
5. Be cute
6. Post a status on your social sites to show your friends, followers, & colleagues that you’re up for the challenge
7. Keep being cute
8. Dont forget to smile while putting your running face on
9. Try to socialize w/ other runners you dont know who you will meet
10. Be friendly its just a race

To all running enthusiast, please note the 10 things posted are just random thoughts that’s going on to a simple gal and not a running expert.To those who are running the Gasparilla Distance Classic Happy Running!

These are a few of my favorite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are Maria’s favorite things not mine; however as I look at my personal belongings and what I can live without. I listed a few of them.

1. Bare Essentials Mineral Makeup a makeup which is made from pure mineral compounds. I barely use makeup, I don’t like the cake powder feel on my face until I was given a Bare Essentials Mineral Makeup as a gift. Since then I don’t mind spending a little time putting make-up on.

2. Prada Infusion d’Iris Eau de Toilette, A Subtle Iris for Everyday a sweet summer scent and light on the nose. It’s one of those perfume that you can wear everyday and will not irritate others that have sensitive or allergies to strong perfume.
3. Aeroposatale Tank Tops. Living in a tropical state; tanks are one of the best clothing ever. It’s easier to match and can be worn under a suit for work, and on casual days match it with a cute short, jeans, or a capri and voila you got yourself  a look for less. As a mom on a budget Tanks will always be part of my closet collection, with a teenager in tow it just makes it easier.
4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 features HYDROFLOW a dynamic viscous fluid units for heel and forefoot enhance midsole cushioning – attenuating shock with industry leading dampening and comfort. One of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve had since I started running.
5. ASICS® updated their most popular running shoe and now it’s back as the GT-2160™. Although they’ve upgraded the technology, they preserved the stable, cushioned ride and exceptional fit you’ve come to love. A running shoe built for the moderate over-pronator who requires a combination of cushioning and enhanced stability. Open mesh upper promotes maximum breathability.
6. Red shoes from Mossimo. I bought this red shoes at Target when I was looking for something to match with my outfit that needs some umph. 🙂 Learning that wearing red shoes can make a simple outfit look elegant and fantabulous.
 7. Pearl jewelries. Some women will go for diamonds, some will go for gold. I go for pearls.  Pearls makes a simple outfit elegant just like my read shoes. This platinum infinity pearl ring makes this simple girl look elegant.
8. Fossil watch. The style is always uniquely stunning.
9. Netflix. Series that you can watch such as 24, Downtown Abbey, and movies like The Seige and many more.

10. Yoga mat. After a good long run, I always end it with Hatha Yoga a basic form of yoga that has become very popular in the United States. Using my yoga mat that I got from GAIAM.comwhich by the way carries variety  of colors, makes my post run yoga enjoyable.

11. I’m ending few of my favorite things with my Elantra 2011 Limited Edition. For a SUV kindda Gal, switching to a sedan is a big move but I was convinced that the switch will save me money especially gas mileage since I live in the boondocks and work in the city. I am glad I made the switch. This car has won numerous awards for best and safety car and definitely won my nod 🙂
Happy Reading

Learnings from Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing & Maintaining a Vision

In the latter part of this year we started a Lifegroup sponsored by my church (Lifepoint Church in Tampa, FL) using the book written by Andy Stanley on Visioneering. Lifegroup is a a small community of like-minded individuals whose aim is to experience life together, gain wisdom by learning from each other. The group is composed of young executives and professionals who seek to be better by understanding the Vision God has placed in their lives. The Lifegroup meets every Monday and we just finished Chapter 7.

I realized that there are a lot of quotable statements found in the book that will help us change our perspective about life, dreams, and visions. I decided to write 10 statements that stood out while reading or learning from the book through our Lifegroup.

The 10 things posted hailed from Chapter 1 to 4. I will continually update everyone about the book and my Lifegroup.
1. Visioneering is the course one follows to make dreams a reality. The formula:
Visioneering = Inspiration+Conviction+Action+Determination+Completion
( page 8 )

2. Your uniqueness and individuality will reach its pinnacle in the context of your pursuit of God’s plan for your life. Unless you discover God’s unique vision for your future, your life may very well be a rerun. (page 15)

3. What is a vision? Visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be. (Chapter 1, page 17)

4. Visions are form in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo. (Chapter 1, page 17)

5. Vision carries with it a sense of conviction, it is not just something that could be done, but SHOULD BE DONE. (Chapter 1, page 17)

6. Prayer is critical to vision development. Prayer keeps us looking. Prayer keeps the burden fresh. It keeps our eyes and hearts in an expectant mode. (Chapter 2, pages 30 and 31)

7. Our tendency is to pray for miracles. But in most situations, it is more appropriate to pray for opportunities. More than likely you need an opportunity rather than soothing supernatural. (Chapter 2, page 31)

8. Dreamers dream about things being different. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference. Dreamers think about how nice it would be for something to be done. Visionaries look for an opportunity to do something. (Chapter 2, page 32)

9. Success is staying faithful to the process that contributed to those things becoming a reality. Unfortunately, we often don’t consider ourselves successful until we experience the rewards. (Chapter 3, page 46)

10. You will know what God has put in your heart to do before you know how he intends to bring it about. (Chapter 4, page 55)

20 days before 2011 ends how’s your to do list?

Christmas gifts.

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December has always been the busiest yet rewarding time of the year. We make a wish list, organize parties and plan for a relaxing holiday. For this blog I decided to list down my to do list.

1. Write down list

  • shopping list – to avoid unwanted items that will ruin the budget
  • gift list – what you want to receive and then share the list to your family and if you’re bold enough to your friends 🙂
  • gifts and virtual greetings – list the names of people who will receive e-cards, tweet/fb greetings, and actual gifts

2. Advance bill payments – understanding that gift giving will take up most of the budget, advancing monthly bill payments will relieve you of stress come January

3. Send cards and gift packages by December 15.

4. Organize holiday party to accommodate different groups of friends. This way you don’t have to organize multiple parties which can be stressful and not to mention expensive

5. Collect recipes that are healthy to avoid gaining too much pounds. Check out or Like them at

6. Exercise to release the holiday stress. Try this different exercises:

7. Buy an outfit that can be worn after the holiday

8. Organize all documents needed for the next year and place them in one folder for easy access

9. Assess this year’s expenditures and cut down things that are not necessary

10. ENJOY. Have fun with family, friends, and acquaintances.

Happy December to all!