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

Rambling about current events
Hello, hello, hello! I’m happy to announce that “In the Moment,” my new article, was just published on Thrive Global. The joy that I feel every time one of my articles gets published is unwavering. Every single time I get that e-mail from the editor stating that “your article is now live on Thrive Global,” I want to dance, run all over the house, and text everyone that I know to share the great news. That feeling immediately awakens my inner child, something we all have inside us. It is something that, after work, family, and responsibility, we all forget about.
So, yes, it is a huge boost of “I can do this” happiness. Self confidence.
Always achieve
During my years working in education, I always reminded my students to believe and achieve in life. Here I am, at my age now, still striving to achieve new goals and follow dreams. One of my current goals is to be published by The New York Times or the The Washington Post. I got close two months ago. The Washington Post liked one of my queries.
I’m the happiest when I am working on multiple projects. Without any projects, I feel restless and unhappy. I guess our brains are programmed to need work in order to feel happy? Who knows? Maybe that will be a new article someday. Maybe, with the help of my friend, psychologist Dennis Ramos, we will be able to understand more on that.

 

As for now, I’m currently, working on a new article that I feel very passionately about, and I can’t wait to share it with the world. It is called “How Loneliness and Depression is Affecting our Elderly.” Yes, I know, it is certainly a sad subject.

What we might think is a normal part of the aging process may not be normal at all, according to the CDC. To help our elderly be happier in their golden years, there are some stigmas we, as a society, need to understand and change. I was surprised by what I learned.

Stay tuned. I will submit that article after the holidays.

Halloween
I hope everyone had a great Halloween. I did not get a chance to dress up, but I will do so next year. I promise!
We certainly had an awesome time, just us as a family, blasting Halloween music while my husband grilled some delicious steaks. The perfect holiday atmosphere flowed all through the house. I also made our favorite Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, a Halloween tradition of ours.
Okay, it is time to wrap things up and go on with my day. Leave a comment below to share some of your favorite Halloween traditions.

Thanks for reading, talk to you soon!

Namaste,

Nunzia

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had such a great day! Yes, he was born the day before Halloween. Can you believe it is already here?

Children love Halloween. They are going to be busy celebrating this holiday with many different activities, such as going door-to-door Trick or Treating, carving a pumpkin, visiting haunted houses, or attending costume parties. Tonight, Claudio is going to help us give out candy.

 

 

 

 

 

Growing up in Italy, Halloween was not a thing at that time. We only saw it on TV, when Dad and Grandpa watched American movies.

I can’t believe how fast time goes by. It seems like, just yesterday, we were busy celebrating the 4th of July, and here we are at the end of October already. Please, Time, don’t go so fast!

I know that Christmas is still a couple months away, but I’m happy to share that I have already started Christmas shopping. I have always disliked shopping in a crowded store. I always remind myself that planning accordingly during the holidays will keep the stress level low.

If you are taking your little ones out tonight, have fun. The time with your family is priceless. Stay Zen!

Best,

Nunzia

Cozy Season
I’m truly loving this cozy weather. We finally had a cold front in South Texas. Hello, hot tea and Pumpkin Spice Latte. I missed you! When the weather is cold, I always feel like cooking and baking.
Can you believe that Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner? We went to Barnes and Noble for our Sunday reading and hot cocoa ritual last weekend.
As we were reading, I could hear Halloween songs playing. Before we know it, they are going to be playing Christmas songs. How many of you have already started Christmas shopping? My husband and I have already bought a few gifts.
On a new note, just last week, I was asked to be an ambassador for the Great North, a clothing brand. I guess Instagram modelling is a trend these  days. I will share my first Great North photo shoot with you all.
Sharing goodies
Okay, before you get too excited, let’s talk about my new facial primer. This new product came in my Ipsy bag last month, and I was immediately in love with it. This is a must-have for your makeup bag.
The POREfessional Primer helps reduce wrinkles and puffy eyes. It also helps prolong the wear of your favorite foundation. I feel like it does the job by providing a bit of everything by smoothing and hydrating the skin well.
Before I apply the foundation, I only put on a tiny amount, to smooth, prep, and hydrate my skin. It feels like I am wearing a veil.
I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.
I hope you have a fantastic week. I can’t wait for you to read my new article, In the Moment.
Until then, be happy and zen. Also, don’t forget to get your flu shot. My husband and I got ours today.
Lots of love from Claudio! ❤️
Until next time.
Best,
Nunzia

A new pumpkin
Today, I chose to run errands wearing a casual outfit. It worked out perfectly, because I have been dying to wear these awesome and super-comfy boots. They are beautiful gifts from my beautiful Jen! So, if you are reading my blog, Jen, yes, I love these boots!
As we are sliding into the season of fall, these gorgeous and breezy days are more cozy and beautiful than ever. Today, I bought the cutest pumpkin for Claudio. When I brought it in the house, my fur baby looked very happy, and started to jump all over it.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next month? It is amazing how fast the time goes by. That’s why it is very important to be in “the moment,” so you can capture all the beautiful moments that life offers!
You may remember that last year, right around this time, I had a knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear. Just a few months following my surgery, I went back to running. It felt great being able to get on that treadmill and do what I love to do.
Lately, however, I have started to feel pain in my knee again. After another MRI, my doctor said that I am currently dealing with bursitis. I have already received a cortisone shot, and I will be back to see the doctor next month. For now, instead of running, I depend on the stationary bike and elliptical machine to give me a great cardiovascular workout. No excuse, ladies.
We must not stop working out, or we will go insane in this super-stressed society. Set up some “me” time. Try to de-stress, and be kind with yourself and others.
I will see you on my next update.
Best,
Nunzia