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

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

Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I have been busy enjoying the summer, and finalizing my latest article: “How Can We Live Life at a Slower Pace?” In the article, I share how we can stay Zen in a stressed-out society. Also, Corpus Christi psychologist Dennis Ramos, discusses the importance of daily meditation. Mr. Ramos has been kind enough to provide his expertise for several of my articles. The feeling of happiness and accomplishment I feel when I read the email saying my piece was published will never get old, never!

Hi Nunzia!

“Congratulations — your story, What is SAD?, is live on Thrive Journal!

Looking forward to your next piece!”
The Thrive Team

Something New is Happening on the Blog!
 
I would like to announce some upcoming changes with this blog. Coming soon, I will choose an item that has caught my attention, and write a full review on it. The item can be anything: makeup, clothing, etc. In the past, I would review all the items from my monthly Ipsy bag in one blog post. This time, I would like to focus my attention on one item at a time.
I have already purchased some new things, and let you know my thoughts on it. I’m so excited!
Cooking with Nunzia!
Cooking is my passion! Every week, I like to post my favorite meals and desserts that I prepare for my family on my blog. All these recipes will be available in the cookbook I am writing.
Working on projects and challenging myself each day makes me happy. When I was an educator, I would always tell students to learn something new every day.
Yes, in case you are wondering, I miss the classroom.
Claudio
Our 1-year anniversary of adopting Claudio from the Humane Society will be on August 12th.
So many dogs need homes. If you are considering a new puppy, or even an older dog, be sure to visit the shelter.
This little guy has brought so much joy into our lives. He has learned how to jump on our couch and bed. When he is tired, he makes the cutest little sounds. Almost a year later, nothing brings me more joy than chasing Claudio around the house. He is still in the puppy stage, so he tries to eat everything on the floor and in the yard.
I know how fast time goes by in this life, so I pick every opportunity during my free time to play and cuddle with him. Puppies are just like children in that they need lots of love and attention.
Until Next Time
 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I will be back next week with my “Pick of the Week.” Stay tuned!

We are all unique and beautiful human beings.
XoXo!
“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully, your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”
-Fred Rogers