I’ve seen the hashtag above trending quite a bit this year, and it had me thinking. I actually really like who I am, so I don’t want a new me, but maybe just an upgrade, like Tifa 2.0! As you may have read here, I am on a health and wellness journey. I am a few days into the New Year and so far and it is definitely a journey full of delays, cancellations, and layovers.

I will be honest, I finally ran on Monday for the first time in 2017 in Nashville. The main reason is it’s just too stinken cold and I hate the winter (and of course I’m lazy). Run on a treadmill you suggest? Well, that bores the living daylights out of me (but I think I’m going to have to do it eventually, I have a race around the corner). I did talk to one of my bestfriend’s step-dad a few days ago, and he gave me the motivation I need to get back at it after the snow melts (I’m in Nashville for a few days, and it snowed… so nope on the running). One thing I do need to take up is weight training which I will start when I get back to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia).

For eating healthy, it’s a process. I’m currently on vacation, and Nashville has really tasty food; IT’S HARD! PLUS, you can’t say no to Chick-fil-a on a road trip… you just can’t! I think my approach will be working on gradually eliminating foods I know that are bad for me (ex. corn, wheat, refined sugar and cow dairy). So for the rest of January, I will try not to do dairy (I’m lactose intolerant, I shouldn’t be eating cheese… it doesn’t love me like I love it). I find that eliminating foods one at a time is easier than going cold turkey. With this being said, I need to cook more; I don’t like cooking, and if I do it’s for survival reasons only.

I am enjoying using the essential oils. I am currently incorporating them into my beauty routine and loving the results (I’m starting to see my acne scars fade). My other favorite is diffusing them in my room at night (mainly a blend of Frankincense, lavender, and Breathe by DoTerra). I’m still learning about them, so the jury is still out, and I’ll keep you posted!

I will say this, being healthy and listening to your body is not easy! If you are on a health journey, let me know how it is going (as I’m typing this, all I want is sugar)!

With love,


New Beginnings: Expect the Unexpected

I love starting a fresh! There are times throughout the year I feel I can start something new, and they are usually on New Year, my birthday, the beginning of a month, beginning of the week, beginning of a new day… More or less you can start a new anytime of the year. BUT, there is something special about New Year’s Day that makes it feel like a new you’re starting a new book instead of a new chapter.

I haven’t done a New Year resolution in a long time. The past few years a best friend of mine and I write out our visions for the New Year and share them. We get together mid-year to check the temperature of where we are, and also at the end of the year to see if we’ve seen answered prayers to our visions for that year. This coming week I’m hoping to sit and reflect on my visions from last year, take some time to pray and meditate on my visions for the 2017. The best part of doing a vision list with a friend is looking back and being able to testify how The Lord has blessed you, and for the things on the list you haven’t seen much movement, there is someone else’s perspective to help you see how The Lord has moved in that space.

As I walk into 2017, I feel the word for the year is expect the unexpected. I am looking forward to how The Lord is going to blow away far above my expectations for the year with new adventures, new relationships, new visions, teaching me to live in the moments He has created (this will be hard because I’m a planner and love to constantly be planning next steps), and of course blogging as I go through this year.

If you read my health and wellness posts (there is only one at the moment), I’ll keep you tuned into my health goals for the year (This year I’m going to try and actually listen to my body, know what is good and what I need to eliminate).

Let me know if you are planning to write a vision list for 2017, and share one thing on it! Something that will be on mine is spending more alone time with God and getting to know more about His heart for His children.

Here’s to a New Year!!!!!

With love,