Oh Hello 2018!

As a new year starts, I’m excited and hopeful for what’s to come. 2017 was a good year and I can only imagine how awesome this one will be and I’m determined to make it my year.

This year I’m not making lots of plans at once. Instead, I’m going to tackle my goals in quarterly bases. You know what it is said, to take or do things “one day at a time”, “one step at a time”, “it is better to have small goals”… and that’s going to be my approach in 2018.

Just thinking about the things I want to accomplish this new year, my heart gets happy. One of the things that have me most excited about is working on paying off my debt using the Dave Ramsey method. I already downloaded the budgeting app EveryDollar and added my debt and prepared my budget. I also have the book that I’ll be reading and listening to solidify the steps and my commitment to this major goal.

Besides working on paying off my debt here are other things I’ll be working in 2018:

  • I’ll be working on getting healthier
    • That includes weight loss: eating better and exercising
  • I’ll be working on my relationships
    • With God, family, co-workers and true friends and dating 😉
  • I’ll be working on being more grateful and developing a glass half full attitude
  • I’ll be working on this blog
  • I’ll be working on finding a hobby like crafts or dancing or something like it
  • I’ll be reading more
  • I’ll continue playing with makeup and developing more my sense of fashion

Those are just the ones that jump at me right now and I’m going to give me permission to adjust or add more as necessary.

As you can see, there is nothing about traveling, and that’s because I’ll be working on my finances and as Dave Ramsey says, I must have “gazelle intensity“.

I KNOW this is not going to be easy. I’m not that naive. I know that at times my mind will be weak. I know that there will always be something better to do with the money. But I MUST stay strong and keep that intensity, that way later I’ll be able to travel and even own a home.

I’ve tried to do this before, but I’ve chosen the “easy way out” and didn’t have much of a plan or support system to accomplish my financial freedom, but this time I can feel it is different. I have a plan and a community of people following the Dave Ramsey method that serves as inspiration for me to start, push through and continue.

What is that one thing that you are most excited about this year? Do you have a plan and/or support system?

Here is, to an exciting and hopeful New Year! May 2018 be wonderful for you too!

To Be Continue… this new chapter has just started!



Gluten-Free Heaven in Dallas

Have you, or your doctor decided that you have to follow a “gluten-free” diet? If so you might be asking yourself, “where do I go from here?” “What is this all about”? “Where can I get more information”? “No pizza or pasta? Kill me now please!” (That last one was me). Don’t worry, I got you!

I went through all that almost 4 years ago and since then the food or products options have increased and the taste had improved – greatly! I remember tasting Glutino Pretzels and almost wanting cry because it was NOTHING like a pretzel and I remember staying away from that brand for the longest time. Nowadays, Glutino is one of most recognized brands. I think about Glutino as the “springboard” to the vast sea of gluten-free products.

You tell yourself, “I’ve seen the gluten-free products prices…” What if don’t like what I bought?” And you wish that there is a place where you can learn about gluten-free products; taste gluten-free foods and learn tips and tricks to incorporate this new “diet” into your current lifestyle.

Well, I have good news for you. Since 2007, the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo has brought to us an event that showcases the best products and foods, as well as excellent education opportunities for us who are embarking on this adventure. They understand how hard it is to find quality products and during this event, you’ll be able to taste, learn and discover some of your soon-to-be new favorite foods and products.

This year, the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo comes to Dallas in October. 28-29, 2017, with two full days of fun and discovery. With your ticket you’ll get, a reusable bag, entry into the expo and access to 100+ brands; coupons and samples, lots of them (be ready). You also get a discount on some products and access to informative classes, an excellent resource for newbies and a great refresher for those of us that have been doing this for a while. Other perks are that you get to meet other people in this journey, bloggers (like me 🙂 ) and authors.

By now I’m sure you want to go, and you are in luck! I have your way in, to the most exciting, fun and awesome Expo in town! Now you can get your tickets 30% off until September 27th. Don’t let this opportunity go by!

In the meantime, here are the details of the Expo. So go ahead make your plans!

When: October 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm
Free Parking
Where: Dallas Market Hall-North Hall (public enters off Market Center Blvd.)
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

If you see me there come and say hi, I’ll share with your my favorite products and vendors! See you there!


Taking Inventory

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote something here. It’s been partly been busy but MOSTLY been lazy or maybe embarrassed. When I look back at the reason why I decided to write a blog – even when I’m terrified of writing in English – I know that I haven’t fulfilled that why.

This blog was going to be my diary – if you will – to help me be accountable, it was also going to be my way to sort out my thoughts and feelings, that mostly drive me to eat or give up. This was going to be that tool to help me navigate those feelings and thoughts and continue to be on the right track. I have done very little of that A LOT of giving up.

I have sat down and jotted down all the ideas to develop in this blog, I get excited and then I don’t follow through. I’m writing here now with the intention to change that. I’m going to start with at least 2 posts a week, that’s doable, and then as I get used to it I will increase the frequency and/or amount of posts per week.

I want this to be fun for me and for the people that read it, so let’s see how it goes!

For now, I’ll share that once again I’m participating in the Life Time Fitness 60 Day Challenge. I want to win, but I’m approaching this as a way to jumpstart my activity or workout routine if, in the end, I win hey that would be an amazing added bonus.

The first thing I have to do is to take “before” pictures. This is not easy since I don’t have anyone to take them so I have to get creative. Besides that, I’m actually really excited. I’m going to have a program that will be put together by my Life Time Fitness nutritionists and trainer and I’m geeking out! One thing though, when I get to the end of the 60 days, I’ll be bugging all of you to vote for me so I win!

Another thing I need to START is my half marathon training. Next year I’m doing the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney and I’m really excited about it. I just need t get going with training since it is really close and I need to be in tip top shape to enjoy the race and the experience.



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