Life

Release

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In the post, “Guard Your Heart,” I ended saying, “We all have something we can do, in order to better protect our hearts and guard our love.” I chose to find a way to do just that. I have been practicing releasing and forgiving with intention. I noticed one of the main reasons why I “react” to certain situations is because I have not clearly communicated and worked through my feelings. Below, are a few ways I chose to try as I am journeying through this part of the healing process.

*Please Take Note: I lend these only as suggestions for self-awareness in healing. These tips are not to take the place of professional therapy. 

 

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Release the Guilt
-Releasing the guilt is forgiving ourselves. It allows us to let go of the pain we are feeling and prevents us from believing that we are unworthy of forgiveness.
“I forgive myself for ________.”
Release the Anger                                                                                                                Releasing the anger we may have for someone or something can be very difficult. Something that has helped me in this is realizing that we all have battles we are facing, whether we know what they are or not. Just as I am working through past hurts and obstacles, the other person also has experiences they have and are still working through. Holding on to the anger creates a burden on your heart. A burden you should not carry. Releasing the anger ultimately grants you freedom from the pain.
“I forgive (said person or thing that has hurt you) for (what effect the person or thing did).”
Reflect                                                                                                                                              Forgiveness is major part of the healing process. There is no measured time of how long it will take. As you are moving through, reflect on these questions: What emotions do I feel from past hurts? What led me to make the choices I made, good choices and lessons? Why am I affected by these events that have happened in my past? What healthy boundaries must I create to protect my heart? How do I clearly communicate these boundaries to others?

I’d love to hear your suggestions of self-forgiveness and creating boundaries. Drop a comment below.

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Reflection & Affirmation

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It turns out, destiny has a way of redirecting our steps to be on the right path, before we are able to move forward. Doesn’t it feel good, when we hear or read someone else’s story of a trial they were able to make it pass. It gives us a feeling of relief and hope that things will get better.
I ended a past post saying “We all have something we can do, in order to better protect our hearts and guard our love.” I took the time to do just that.

Needs. Deserves. Protects.

Reflection:

I believe there is always a lesson to be learned in disappointment and heartache. We can only learn from those lessons when we actually take the time to reflect on it. To heal from it. These past few weeks, I decided to take time to focus on my heart. To allow myself to feel the emotions and heal from it. Thinking about what it needs, what it deserves, and what I need to protect it from.

 

 

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Give it a Try: 

First: Write three affirmations about yourself.

Then: Write three things you need to guard your heart from. (Whether this is self inflicting pain, a recent disappointment, or negative energy you’ve been feeling.)

Last: Take the time to learn something about your heart, from what you wrote, and go take care of it!

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I went back and forth about sharing my story of heartache and guilt not too long ago. I wrote it and edited, edited, edited. It was in the editing process where I came to the realization: I write, first for me. Then, for someone else who may need it too.

“My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in your weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

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Writing is my therapy and my way of processing. (Besides, I went to school for this minor in writing and I better put my money to use somehow.)

I write this, first for me. Then, for someone else who may be in need of a little encouragement as they are learning how to heal just as I. This process is not easy, but it is necessary. It does not matter if someone feels I am sharing “too much” of myself. I chose to share this vulnerable piece of my life with you all because sometimes we think we’re alone. Sometimes we hold a level a un-forgiveness to ourselves. We don’t speak up about how we feel and we keep it bottled up inside. I firmly believe the trials we go through in life, not only teach us, but is a story to aide someone else. It serves a purpose beyond who we are. It shares HOPE.

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Writing is my way of release. A close friend of mine likes to listen to music. What is your way of release?

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Photos by me, during a recent solo trip across the USA, taken at Slide Rock National Park in Arizona.

 

Travel

You Should be Here: The Next Time You’re in Atlanta!

It seems like Atlanta is growing day by day. Don’t believe me. Just try driving down 75/85 on ANY given day of the week. That just means there’s more to see and do, and the traffic never stopped me anyway. I share my my favorite spots to eat and a few things t do in three neighborhoods: Virginia Highlands, Ponce de Leon, and Midtown.

Poncey-Highland

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A mix between the neighboring Ponce de Leon and Virginia Highlands, you can find Ponce-Highlands. This area caters to families and young professionals who have decided to live and work in the Atlanta area. From luscious green parks to small business and restaurants to lovely street art, you’re bound to find something that appeals you.

Eats
Sweet Auburn
I never let a trip to Georgia pass me by without making a stop here. I’m a sucker for bbq. I usually get their pulled chicken, but I recently tried there wings. Magnifico! I also love the rustic vibe of this place and how they have a community dining table which is perfect for a solo traveler like me.

-Folk Art
This is the place where my foodie adventures began. On my birthday, May 2014, I created a foodie tour for myself of different restaurants all around the city. This is one you cannot miss. Have you had their brunch?!

My fave: French Toast and a side of their fried chicken along side a mimosa will have your morning feeling just right! I guarantee it.

Other places to eat in the surrounding area:
-The best WholeFoods I’ve ever been to (and I’ve visited a lot)
-The Vortex

-King’s Pops (an ATL favorite)

-Front Page News

-LaFonda Latina

-Honey Bubble

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Majestic Diner

-Fellini’s Pizza

-Gusto!

-Noodle

-Ponce City Market (several places to eat)

Things to Do:

-Go visit small boutique and custom goods shops such as Paris on Ponce and Citizen Supply with goods from local artisans.

-Take a bike ride through Freedom Park.

-Little Five Points is not too far. Check out the artsy scene here with vintage shops, bars, and street art on the corners of buildings.

-Watch an indie film at Plaza Theatre.

Midtown

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Ohh Midtown, you have grown on me. This neighborhood used to be a little too polished for my liking, but I love how the Midtown Alliance initiative has worked on making this area more of a community. In Midtown, you’ll find the Woodruff Arts center, historic neighborhoods, history, and places t stop and play. Midtown offers an experience and a beautiful city backdrop you’ll definitely want a picture of. In the mix between lifestyle, culture, art and business, you’ll understand why Midtown Atlanta was voted a 2016 “Great Neighborhood” by APA.


Things to Do:
-Checkout the “Autoeater” sculpture
-Take a picture at the midtown sign
-Play ping pong, Badmiton, etc. at one of the community play areas at different parts of the city.

-See a show at the Woodruff Arts Center or take the kids to the Center for Puppetry.

-Go see the new exhibits indoor and outdoor the High Art Museum.

-There’s most likely some festival happening in Piedmont Park, always.

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Eats.

-Woody’s Cheesesteaks (my all-time fave/go to)

-LaHacienda (soooo good!)

-5Church Atlanta

-Midtown Tavern

-The Nook at Piedmont

-Cypress Street Pint & Plate

-The Flying Biscuit

-Lure

-Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

-Zocalo Mexican Kichen & Cantina

-10th & Piedmont

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Proof & Provision

Check back for updates and the Atlanta Coffee Shop Guide!

 

Travel

The Coffee Corner- Las Vegas Edition

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Welcome to The Coffee Corner, Las Vegas Edition!

All of these coffee shops have a unique vibe of there own. From the menu to the quality in service, you’re bound to have a wonderful experience in an equally appeasing atmosphere. Below I share a little bit about each of their uniqueness, but it is only a glimpse into the many many times I have visited each of these places. So grab your cozy sweater, a good book, or a friend before heading to any of these coffee shops, as you are probably going to spend more hours than you think.

Sunrise Cafe

This is my favorite spot to go to on Sunday mornings. The sun shines through the windows and there’s always a fresh bouquet of flowers. The coffee is so good, I can’t pick a favorite. Along with the many coffee choices, they also have a menu with vegan and vegetarian options.

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Mothership Coffee

Mothership Coffee is known for having some truly delicious coffee. No need for dirty pot coffee, the beans are ground fresh. Something I really like is the aesthetic of this coffee shop. The lights are bright and the smell is welcoming.

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Simple Latte

Sambalatte Torrefavion- Boca Park

There are several Sambalatte’s around the valley, but I really like going to the location in Boca Park. I typically come here to do work, as this place can get pretty busy. Because of the upstairs downstairs design in this location, all the people make me feel cozy and motivated in a sense because we are all working or chatting up our friends.

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The Rainbow Latte

Loftti

Loftti is one of a kind. It’s the place where I my creative juices come to life. There’s nothing like having a huge cloud of cotton candy, it just makes everything abut this place a little bit sweeter!

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Iced Chai Latte with a Pink Cloud

Bad Owl Coffee

There aren’t many themed coffee shops that I have been to. But, I’m sure every Harry Potter fan would not be disappointed coming here. The coffee is great and they also offer food on their menu now. Sweet! I don’t want to spoil this place for you guys so I decided to only post one pic and remeber: “I must not tell lies…”

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Iced Biscoff Cookie Latte

Makers & Finders Coffee

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A few other faves:

Serenade

Jozo Coffee & Tea

Illumilatte Brew Society

Grouchy John’s

Public US

Pour Coffeehouse

Vesta Coffee Roasters

Avery’s Coffee

Madhouse Coffee

TIABI Coffee & Waffles

The Cuppa Coffee Bar

 

 

Travel

You Should Be Here: Las Vegas Travel Guide (Locals Love)

Whenever I mention to anyone that I live in Vegas, they always say, ” Oh, I couldn’t live there. I’d lose all my money!” Well, as a local, we find there is so much more to Vegas than S. Las Vegas Blvd, otherwise known as, THE STRIP. In this guide, I share all of my favorite foodie spots on and off the strip to give you the full Vegas experience. From coffee shops to brunch, you’re bound to create a trip that is unforgettable.

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Design-Public School 702
-Hash House a Go-Go
-Babystacks Cafe
-Echo & Rig
-E.A.T.
-The Original Sunrise Cafe
-Sacks & Yolks
-CRAFTkitchen LV
-Crepe Expectations
-The Egg & I
-BRIO Tuscan Grille
-Squeeze on Fort Apache
-Griddlecakes
-Metro Diner
-DW Bistro
-Egg Works

Design-Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
-The Pizza Kitchen
-Big Ern’s BBQ
-Jumpin’ Rice
-Kitchen Table
-Rollin Smoke BBQ
-Chow
-The Perch
-Big Ern’s BBQ
-Bruxie
-MTO Cafe
-Therapy
-SkinnyFats
-Streetside Pho

Design-Goong Korean BBQ Restaurant
-La Comida
-Lola’s
-Jinya
-Le Thai
-Ellaem’s Soul Food
-M&M Soul Food Cafe
-Pizza Rock
-Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles
-Peppermill
-Mundo at Mingo
-Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
-Secret Pizza at the Cosmpolitan
-Juam’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina
-Rhythm Kitchen
-HoneySalt
-Letecia’s Mexican Cocina

 

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-Rose. Rabbit. Lie
-Goldspike
-Commonwealth
-Pkwy Tavern
-Chicago Brewing Co.
-Park on Fremont
-The Bling Pig
-Banger Brewing
-Bunkhouse Saloon
-Cabo Wabo Cantina

 

Got Sweet Tooth?
-Cream
-tsp. Baking Company
-Rolled Ice Cream
-Recess ItalianIce & Desserts
-Donut Bar Las Vegas
-milk.
-Sprinkles

Vegetarian/ Vegan
-Vegenation
-Bronze Cafe
-Veggie House

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-Red Rock Canyon National Park
-Mt. Charleston
-Goldstrike
-Lake Mead
-Hoover Dam
-Colorado River
-7 Magic Mountains

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Need a Quick Getaway!
-Southern California & Utah are he neighboring states with much to offer.
Coffee shops are pretty much my thing. I enjoy going to different coffee shops depending on my mood. Want to know my coffee shop faves in Las Vegas, plus more? Click the link here.

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Have any spots that are your faves that you’d like to add? Share them below.
And if you’re looking for something specific, drop your question in the comment box.
Viva Las Vegas!!