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

 

Be Present in Life
Many of you already know how much I love to stay Zen and practice mindfulness. In this post, I really just want to reflect on how to slow things down.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through 2018. Acknowledging that time seems to be moving quickly is also a reminder that there are things we can do to slow it down. As we slow ourselves down, our minds become more relaxed and calm.
Practicing mindfulness will help us focus on what matters most in our lives. It will help us be present and aware of where we are in the “moment.” It will also teach us not to stress about small, unnecessary things.
 
Meditate. Meditate. Meditate.
This age of technology is stressing us out. We are still in August, but, everywhere I go, I notice stores are already setting up for fall. Can we just learn how to live and stay present in the moment?! Life already goes fast, so let us make an effort to slow things down a bit, shall we?! By doing so, we will feel happier.
The first step to slowing down is noticing that you are rushing. I discuss the importance of breathing in my upcoming article. Throughout your day, make time to give yourself more space to simply breathe.
Practicing meditation brings us a sense of calm, and creates a positive effect on our nervous system. It helps us stay Zen throughout the day. When we slow down, we struggle less. When we struggle less, we feel more relaxed and happier in the present time.
My dear friend, psychotherapist Dennis Ramos, will share more on meditation soon.
My fur baby Claudio!
My fur baby, Claudio, had a surgery last Tuesday to remove his two remaining baby teeth. Dr. Pierson did a super job. Claudio is doing great.
On August 12, we celebrated our one-year “welcome to the family” anniversary with Claudio. I cannot believe it has been a year already.
If you are thinking about adopting a fur baby, be sure to visit your local shelter. So many dogs are in need of a home. Claudio was only eight weeks old when we adopted him. I often ask myself: what was life like without Claudio?!
Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation from Estée Lauder
 
For now, ladies, I will only share a few pictures of me applying this new product. Stay tuned for a full review of this foundation on my next blog post. Until then, stay Zen, give someone a nice compliment, have lunch with an old friend, don’t be afraid to say “no,” make time for what is important to you, and be kind with
yourself.
My favorite, Mr. Rogers, always said: “You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There’s never been anyone exactly
like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.”

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

Somebody, tell me where the time goes? My fur baby is already one year old. It feels like he was just a small puppy yesterday.

We celebrated Claudio’s birthday this past weekend. In between his naps, getting to know our guests, and playing with his little stuffed animal babies, I must say that he had a great birthday.

It was wonderful to have the house full of people, with Spanish guitar music blasting throughout the house. It was a beautiful, joyful, and relaxing atmosphere for our company to enjoy. I realized how nice it is to take the time to celebrate little and big things in our lives. So many of us get so wrapped up in our daily routines that we become antisocial. So, I’m planning on hosting many more parties throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to keep this blog post a happy one, solely dedicated to Claudio, but there is a problem that America needs to acknowledge. We have been bombarded with so many bad things happening in our world. For reasons not fully understood, the suicide rate in America is raising. Sadly, just last week, we lost Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I have decided to use my blog as a platform to help people who are suffering alone in this world from depression. So many people are struggling with sadness, hopelessness,  and are suffering in silence. Many of them don’t know how to relieve that awful pain.

Sadly, we have learned that most people who ended up committing suicide had seen a doctor. There is an urgent need to train general practitioners and pediatricians on how to recognize early signs of depression. They need to be well equipped to understand and diagnose this condition.

Many doctors nowadays are super busy, with only a very short amount of time to dedicate to their patients. Typically, a doctor only has about five minutes to address all the concerns. Sadly, that short amount of time is not adequate for digging deep and discussing emotional pain.

If you know someone who has been suffering from depression, reach out to them and be available to provide help  if you can. I will see you on my next update. Until then, stay zen and help a friend!

Nunzia

 

 

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