What’s Your Purpose?

So this week I was reminded of how far I’ve come and how far I have to go all at the same time. It’s really interesting to see how other people live and compare it to how you live your own life.

I remember when I was younger being literally a hot mess. My days would consist of waking up, smoking pot (not saying there’s anything wrong with this I just don’t do it regularly anymore), ordering delivery (the delivery person knew me so well that she would bring treats for my dog), then getting ready for work, working 8-12 hours, then staying after work for another 2 hours getting shitfaced, passing out, repeat. I looked like this:

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Like It’s Your Last

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I had a fabulous day today! This morning our church baptized Ken B. in a beautiful ocean ceremony at Castle Island in South Boston. Then we had our regular church service. Afterwards I went home and worked out. Doing some errands and cooked my meals. Basically everything was on point. This whole week has been pretty good overall.

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Holy Moly!

It’s like I forgot I started this blog! Lol! Soooo there’s a lot to update you on! Where do I start? So we’re moving to Cancun, Mexico!!! *wait what?!* Yes it’s true… Ok let me back up.

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So obviously my husband cannot come back to the states since he was deported in 2014 and there’s a 10 year ban that comes along with that. Womp! So since then we’ve been trying to figure out how to get back to each other and live happily ever after. For a hot second I was like ‘I’ll just move to Africa’ and then I snapped out of it and we realized that’s not what we really wanted. Then we started looking at other locations and we decided we wanted someplace warm, with good culture, Spanish speaking (my husband speaks 10 languages fluently) and where we can find work. Continue reading

Feeling Thankful!

Hey friends!

Hope you had an amazing holiday this past week! I definitely did. I spent Thanksgiving with my mother, brother and some other family members. My dad’s in Haiti which stinks but I’ll be going there next month for vacation and Christmas so it’s not too bad!

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I am so blessed to have my family healthy and safe. I know that not everyone can say the same. Since my last post I found a new job and it’s going great so far! I’m working full time and I know if I stay the course my husband and I will be able to be reunited by the end of 2016!

As far as fitness is going, the Power of Habit book changed my life! Just knowing how we form habits, that they can be changed, and that you’re not alone in your struggles really has helped. I have been on point with my macros and training for the last 5 weeks. I’ve lost 5 lbs and am back on track to compete next year! I am feeling so motivated and inspired and I know that I can anything I put my mind to. I’m still reverse dieting with my coach Mike Pucci and I’m so grateful that he has put up with my inconsistent ass for the last 6 months! I know he’s going to get me to where I want to be!

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I survived the Thanksgiving holiday without bingeing and without weight gain. To say I’m ecstatic is an understatement! I feel so confident and in control and it’s been a long time coming. It’s funny how things seem to fall in place when you stop making excuses and actually start putting your money where your mouth is.

The last couple of years have been tough but I have a feeling we’ve made it through the worst part and that it’ll be all up from here. I know that God has a great plan for me and my life and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!

Keep pushing guys, don’t quit. As long as you’re breathing you have an opportunity to make your dreams come true. It’s up to you to do the work! Stay blessed!

 

Nadia

 

M.I.A.

What up world?! So when I started this blog I told myself that I would write an entry a day. That was ambitious I know. I don’t know, I thought that I would have stuff to talk about, and also I thought that’s what bloggers do. But life happens and I haven’t written an entry in weeks. So update on what’s going on in my life:

3 months ago I quit my job as a bartender and took a job as a brand ambassador at a startup in my hometown of Boston. I told myself I was leaving the hospitality industry forever and switching career paths and was going to become a “professional” whatever the hell that is. I tried it, and actually I think I did a pretty good job but the longer I was in my position the more I realized that I was not meant to be in an “office” environment. I had convinced myself that this wasn’t going to be like the other times I’d tried to become a professional because the startup would be more laid back, we have a coffee bar in our space for crying out loud, but alas I was wrong. I do not handle micromanaging well and there are a lot of personalities at play in an office environment. Not to say that there aren’t a lot of personalities in the restaurant/bar industry but those ones are more predictable and manageable in my opinion. You have the people who are just doing it because they’re not qualified to do anything else, you have the people who are artsy or entrepreneurs and are trying to earn extra income on the side while they pursue their passion of becoming a musician or a business owner, and then there are the people who truly love helping people and are passionate about their job… I think I fall somewhere in between the latter two. Point being it’s been 3 months of giving this new gig a try and it’s not working out. I’m old enough and wise enough to know when it’s time to abandon ship and the time has come for me. I’ve accepted a position as a bartender at a successful Boston area restaurant and will be back in my element. I think that this experiment will be the last and that I know where my strengths lie. Continue reading

Dream Big or Go Home!

So I was just on Beyoncé’s website and girlfriend is living the fab life. On her own yacht, traveling the world with her family, eating good food, drinking great wine! LIVING IT UP! My first inclination is to say, ‘Must be nice.’ But is that really the right reaction? Instead of being envious of her amazing life why not try to live my own amazing life? Why can’t I have a yacht and travel the world?

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Up until recently I always thought having crazy, lofty goals was a little ridiculous. I mean, am I ever gonna be wealthy enough to visit every country in the world? Will I ever be financially stable enough to wake up and not have anything to do but chill on the beach and drink rosé? Well those things won’t ever happen if I put in my head that they can’t! If Beyoncé started her career saying I just want to sell a couple of cds and that’ll be success to me she wouldn’t be the multimillionaire business woman she is today, trust and believe.

Successful people are never satisfied. And they never stop thinking about what’s next. You have to want to be better. You have to have the drive. Maybe wealth isn’t what motivates you. Maybe its the freedom to spend your time the way you want to and not be tied down to a 9-5 job. So what can you do to get yourself out of the rat race? You have to start thinking outside the box if you want to live life on your own terms.

I’m done having little dreams. Those no longer interest me. From now on when I tell someone a dream or goal I have I want to see that look on their face like, ‘That’ll never happen’ and then I’m gonna go out and prove them wrong. I can do anything and so can you. Stop making excuses, stop putting limitations on yourself and just go out there and do it!

Nadia