Different Ways to Wind Down

At some point in everyone’s life, we get stressed and feel overwhelmed. I find several ways to unwind when I have had a long day or I am stressed about something. Owning two companies, having a pet, and dealing with several different clients can be very challenging. The best part about creating my own schedule is I get to choose what I want to do when I want to do it, but these few tips can help those who work a nine to five also.

Read.

I am an avid reader. So, I find a good book in my library, one of my favorite websites, or a good magazine, and I read with a cup of coffee.

Run.

Running and exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress and stay healthy. I run twice a day, at least three to four times a week.

Clean.

Cleaning has always been a good stress reliever for me. From cleaning, redecorating, and even doing laundry helps me unwind and relax.

Go for a walk.

I live in a downtown area where there are many coffee shops, shopping centers, and much more for me to explore. I try to leave my apartment once a day to view a different environment.

Laugh.

Binge watching is the new relationship for singles. Go on Netflix or Hulu and watch your favorite TV show or movie. Include your favorite snack and wine. Enjoy!

Talk to someone who makes you feel good.

Talking to a friend and family member is always helpful whether you are stressed or just need someone to talk to.

The Lost City of Z: Book Review

Book Review: The Lost City of Z
Author: David Grann
Non-Fiction
The Lost City of Z tells the story of a sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that lead to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. Fawcett did not find that treasure, but was hooked by the notion of treasure hunting in general. The rest of his life was one long quest. His mishaps and triumphs were followed by would-be adventurers around the world. The tale of a deadly obsession.
In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization–which he dubbed Z–existed. Then his expedition vanished. Fawcett’s fate, & the tantalizing clues he left behind about Z, became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness.
The Lost City of Z tells two stories: of the explorer chasing his mirage, and of the reporter chasing the explorer chasing his mirage — twin obsessions spun together like strands on a helix.
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Book Club: April’s Book

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Our next book in Myeka’s Book Club for the month of April is The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.
Genre: Fiction
Movie date: May 2009
Dor, the central character, invents the first clock. Punished for trying to measure time, Dor is banished to a cave for thousands of years. Dor becomes Father Time and has to listen to every person who laments about not having enough time. Eventually, Dor has a chance to redeem himself and regain his freedom. He must help two diametrically different people understand the value of time management.
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http://www.mitchalbom.com/books/time-keeper/

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New Meal Ideas

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Baked Barbeque Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

Baked Chicken

Water 1/2 cup

Lemon 1/2

Lime 1/2

Barbeque Sauce 1/2 cup

Tenderizer

Basil

Parsley

Onion powder

Garlic powder

Place chicken into medium size pot. Add water, lemon, lime, tenderizer, parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Cover. Cook on medium heat for 45 minutes. Once cooked, pour in barbeque sauce. Cook on low for another ten minutes.

Serve.

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Fish and Vegetables 

Cooked in NuWave

Follow directions for cooking fish in NuWave.

Ingredients

Fish (type of fish is your choice)

Tenderizer

Adobo

Serve with mustard or ranch dressing. Enjoy!

This Week’s Workout Routine

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Great news! I’ve made progress so far this year. My routines are working. The process to gain lean muscle is paying off. I’ve gain three pounds of muscle and based on my workouts, I been able to cut those pounds very well. As you see in the photo above, the definition in my weight gain has improved. Below are the routines I have completed in the last seven days.

Sunday: Full court basketball

Tuesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: 3 mile run; weight lifting: back 3 x 12 (70 lbs), triceps 3×10 (55 lbs), biceps (3×10 55 lbs)

Sunday: 3 mile run; full court basketball

 

Book Review: The Shack

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Book Review: The Shack
Author: W.M. Paul Young
Fiction
Tragedy can strike at any moment. Mack understood that more than anything. After a family trip, everyone comes back home accepts his daughter. While on a camping trip, Mack’s daughter is abducted by a stranger who is a familiar face at the camping grounds. Prior to Mack’s daughter’s disappearance, similar stories had been reported with the same abductor at the suspect. Mack is going through a parent’s worst nightmare. Returning home, Mack and his wife are at a disbelief about the disappearance of their daughter. They don’t know why it’s happening to them, but God does. Throughout The Shack, God is guiding Mack to seek higher guidance to understand the reason behind why his daughter has left him. He is lead to a place where the answer to all his questions are revealed.
When we go through things, we want to know why it is happening to us. The thought of it possible being our fault runs through our minds. We reminisce on past arguments that were unsettled, past events that changed our lives that were unforgiving. The lifestyle that we are living is now in question. Should we change? Forgive? The Shack teaches us about forgiveness and how to deal with those who have forsaken us. God has a way of changing our perspective, but are we prepared? Do we want to know the truth?

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Chapter 8 Synopsis Crazy Love

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Chapter 8 Synopsis: Are you obsessed with God?

Obsession: To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.

When you look around and see what you have, your day-to-day schedule, your friends, etc, what can you say you are truly obsessed with? It is money? Popularity? Image? Are you more obsessed with those things than God? Obsession with God shows through our actions and our willingness to help those in need, including our enemies.

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Chapter 7 Synopsis Crazy Love

Chapter 7 Synopsis: Giving In

We all know that when we do the right things, other things have to be sacrificed. If we choose to live a certain lifestyle, at times, somethings are lost such as friends, family, popularity and reputation. “The temptation to level off increases with each passing year. Pride tells you that you’ve sacrificed more than others. Fear tells you it’s time to worry about the future. Friends say you’ve given enough, that’s it’s someone else’s turn now.”

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Latest Workout Routine

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When I decided that fitness would be my new year resolution, I knew that the journey would be interesting and fun. I’ve been trying new things to stay in shape and to gain lean muscle. For the past two weeks, I’ve been working out three to four days a week. The workouts consist of playing basketball for 30-45 minutes, running 1 1/2-3 miles, and/or bike riding for 1-2 hours (depending on weather and destination). My weight goes up and down between 135-141, but I’m still gaining muscle definition. I’m becoming more curvy; slim curvy.

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