Let’s chat on self-reflection!

I believe that self-reflection is an important process of learning deeply about ourselves. It helps us identify what we are doing right and wrong. When I practice self-reflection during my free time, I feel
like I’m giving myself an opportunity to pause and enjoy the moment. While my brain sorts through thoughts, present and past events and experiences, it sends out a feeling of relaxation as my mind defragments. For me, it’s almost like meditating! It helps me to be “in the moment!”


Of course, keep in mind that we do not want to self-reflect while we are having a super busy day. Otherwise, we just create more stress for ourselves. Instead, pick a quiet moment during the
day, perhaps when you are at home, to hit the “pause” button.

I wonder why we feel more reflective on some days more than others? Is it because it is winter time, and the sun is no longer shining every day? Is it because we listen to more music during the holidays? Whatever the reason my be, I tend to be more self-reflective during the winter months. It is like I am looking through a magnifying glass while taking notes in my mind, and describing what
I see as I assess myself. As I mentioned above, it’s like meditating. So, it helps us implement necessary changes, or find a solution to a problem that we have been procrastinating on. 

For my readers: explain the benefits of practicing self-reflection.

Let’s talk about a give-away!

As I mentioned last week, I may do a give-away soon. Your cooperation is required. As much as I appreciated your comments from last week, please be sure to comment on my latest posts.

1. Comment on my most recent blog post!
2. Follow me on Instagram at @ionunzia
3. I will choose my favorite answer.

P.S. If you want this give-away to take place, just do your homework.  I will share more details concerning the give-away. 

Have a great week! I will chat with you soon. Thanks for reading my blog.

Best,
Nunzia


Hello, hello! The Holidays are almost here!

Update: I just posted the link for the shoes. 🙂

I just can’t believe how beautiful the weather has been in South Texas! It feels like summer today. It does not seem like Christmas is less than a month away.

We had an unusually early fall, with cold temperatures and never-ending rainy days. So, it is unbelievable how nice the weather turned out to be in the recent weeks. The holiday decorations are up around the house, but it looks and feels like summer outside. I already brought out the winter clothing, but I guess I did that too soon.

Christmas is still a few weeks away, and the parking lot at the mall is already super crowded. I’m shopping in advance to avoid the last minute rush at the department stores. Even though I prefer
to do most of my shopping online, you can’t always find what you are looking for, and are forced to go to the mall. For many, Christmas shopping is already in full swing. On Saturday morning, just a few minutes before opening, our local Ulta store had a long line of people waiting outside.

People are super stressed out right now, trying to find that perfect gift. I always discuss in my articles the importance of keeping the stress levels low, and it is because of stress that I felt the need and the urgency to write another article at the last minute. I was actually going to take a break, and resume writing after the holidays.

So, it happened four days ago! The Great North Apparel published my picture on their page! The first hour right after my picture was live on their page, I already had one thousand likes. It was
unbelievable. Right before Christmas, I will do another photo shoot for the company. They are a lot of fun. These Instagram influencers are the thing on social media nowadays.

 

Speaking of fashion, this beautiful pair of Converse shoes that I’m wearing are from my favorite fashionista, Chiara Ferragni.

 

 

I will chat with you soon. Thank you for reading my blog. Be sure to leave a comment below. I may do a give away soon. But first,  do the following: leave a  comment  when I update my blog,  and follow me on Instagram @ ionunzia Thx! It will be fun!

Best,
Nunzia

How was your Thanksgiving?!
Last weekend was such a productive weekend. I have been super busy finishing my latest article called “Christmas is Here Again.” It will be out right before the holidays. I hope you enjoyed reading my latest one,” In the Moment,” that came out on November 1st.
Now, let’s switch gears and talk about makeup, shall we?
As you know, over the past few years, I have tried more than my fair share of foundations, from high-end to drugstore products. Some of you may call it an obsession. The Makeup Forever HD Foundation will be in my makeup bag from now, forever and ever.
Not too long ago, as I was strolling around Sephora, I picked up a few samples and absolutely loved the Makeup Forever HD Foundation. So, of course, I bought the full bottle. I highly recommend trying on the small samples first before purchasing any foundations. This lovely foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser and a plastic lid, super cute and light weight.
This is a medium coverage foundation, It’s a great color match, and it blended well with my skin tone. It can be built to a medium/full coverage, which I have done in the pictures above. They were taken for Great North Apparel over the weekend.
This product will last for many hours on your skin, without fading away like other foundations do. What I love the most about this foundation is that it gives you that beautiful, youthful glow. It allows your skin to breathe, and it looks super natural. I have been wearing it frequently, especially for my photo shoots. The results are great. The consistency is a bit thick, but it does not cake on your skin.
With the holidays right around the corner, all of us are ready to have that perfect “photo shoot” face. I would definitely recommend this foundation to all the ladies out there, of all ages. I must and will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

Being productive
Although I love to relax on weekends and snuggle up with my fur baby, I also love to feel productive by completing all my tasks. My query about my new article has been sent to the editors. My photo shoot for the Great North is done. Now, all I have to focus on is Thanksgiving. Needless to say, I’m happy that my “to do” list on my phone is getting shorter. We all have that list on our phones. Every day, but especially during the holidays, I thank God for Siri. I don’t know what I would do without her reminders during this busy time. Do people still write reminders down? We can just as easily put our fancy phones to work for us!
Thanksgiving
Even though it is not officially Thanksgiving yet, there is a festive holiday air flowing around. Yesterday morning, my husband and I completed our holiday grocery shopping together. Ever since we have been married, we have gone holiday shopping together. This year, we implemented a few changes in our tradition: we changed our menu.
Instead of cooking the traditional turkey, we decided to roast a few whole chickens for our guests. Along with that, we are going to be serving ham. The side dishes will remain the same, to keep the stress level low. You do not want to be overloaded with work on Thanksgiving.
I’m planning on baking all the pies on Wednesday. I will be serving a traditional pumpkin pie, along with a chocolate pumpkin pie. I’m going to try to accomplish as much as possible on Wednesday. I may even do a blowout for my hair on that day. On Thanksgiving Day, dry shampoo will go a long way.
Don’t skip your workout
I hear you! All of us are going to be super busy cooking and entertaining for most of this week, but even if you don’t have a whole hour, it is important to get some exercise.
I love “Yoga with Adrianne.” So, this morning, I have a quick yoga session on my phone called “Yoga for the Brain.” Doing this will make me feel happy and energetic all day.
I was very proud of myself today. I was able to work out with a sore knee. I will find out soon if I need another knee surgery.
Thanks for reading this. We will chat soon.
Until then, happy Thanksgiving to all!
Namaste,
Nunzia

Looking back on Election Day
We don’t always get what we want out of life. All we can do is try, but things don’t always go in our favor.

 

 

 

 

 

I was very optimistic about this election. One of the candidates running for a seat at the Senate got a lot of attention from all over America, especially from many celebrities. They took to social media to encourage their followers to vote for this particular candidate. So, I did that. Did he win the seat at the Senate? The answer is “no,”  but there is always the next election. I hope all of you had a chance to vote.

I had such a great Election Day. My friend Kelly and I went for an early upper body workout at our local health club. Afterward, despite the long line, I went to do my duty as a citizen. I visited the polls.

Ok, I want my blog to be a happy place for all of you! I always promote and share positive things and thoughts. However, sometimes in life, we seem to encounter people who, for various reasons, are not very happy and positive. I’m sharing this great quote from my latest article, “In the Moment:”

The Dalai Lama wrote a book called The Art of Happiness. In it, the Dalai Lama said this:
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

At the voting location we chose, I was busy scanning the room. I always do that. It is just an old habit that I learned while growing up in a big city. I noticed one of the volunteers in charge of checking drivers licenses getting annoyed with the voters. She appeared to be very stern, and not very friendly. A gentleman went up to ask her a question and, with a negative and unpleasant attitude, she told him to go somewhere else and just wait. Let us not forget that the majority of the voters were coming to vote straight from work.

It was frustrating to watch. Why can’t we get along? Why do people choose to volunteer, but have a negative attitude? As I mentioned in my article, being grumpy nowadays seems to be the “new classy”. Needless to say, regardless of the grumpy volunteer, it turned out to be a great day.

The latest rumors on the web say that Beto may run for President in 2020. Time will tell. Until the next election, America. How was your election day? Share your comments below.

Claudio sends his love!

 

P. S. I discovered another foundation that I’m currently using. As many of you know, I have been on the hunt to find “that perfect foundation.” Stay tuned! Also, be sure to read my new article “In the
Moment.”
Thanks for reading. I will chat with you soon!

Namaste,

Nunzia