I feel like the past few years I have become such a negative person and I hate it. I have been struggling with trying to change that about myself because I really don’t like it. I miss being so happy and positive and full of self esteem. Right now, I’m constantly thinking so negative about myself, and everyone around me….it’s so bad! I have been trying very hard the past few weeks to try and be better but its been hard. I have considered maybe going to therapy and so I’m debating about it because part of me thinks that maybe that will help.
I don’t know about you, but I am already picturing going somewhere tropical for my next vacation when life is back to normal. There are a few places that I really want to visit and hopefully I can within the next 5 years. Costa Rica was a place my husband really wanted to visit and so we did…twice because we completely fell in love with the country. Now the places I really want to visit are:
Walt Disney World in Florida.
My husband and I wanted to plan a trip to New York for this year but thankfully we never got the tickets or anything, since I doubt any traveling will be happening anytime soon. Fingers crossed we can visit one of those places sometime next year.
I absolutely love to travel, and experience different places, especially with my husband. We sometimes randomly will decided to leave for the weekend and will either drive to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego or even to Las Vegas sometimes. But my favorite place that we have ever been too is Costa Rica. We first went there in September of 2017 then decided to go back again but to a different area in Costa Rica in September of 2019.
Our first trip there, we ended up staying at Riu Guanacaste which is all inclusive resort. We really enjoyed our stay there but our favorite place was by far Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica which was also an all inclusive resort. It was over an hour drive to get there from the airport but it was so worth it. It is kinda hidden so that was so nice. This last time that we went, there was barely people there so it was nice to have the pool pretty empty and all to our selves pretty much minus like 10 other people at that time. We like to travel when it is off season so it’s not so crowded.
Here is a combination of both of our Costa Rica trips! Also my husband and I use to have our own photography instagram and you’ll see our logo on there, that instagram has now been changed to my own personal photography page if you want to follow, its suziebeephotos.
Being a nanny is so rewarding and amazing; but it can also be kinda hard. It is a lot of responsibility and it requires a TON of patients. I currently work for a family that has two adorable little girls ages 4 and almost 6. My day to day looks so different now while we are going through this COVID-19 situation than when life was “normal,” believe it or not right now it is more exhausting than ever before. I come home so so tired everyday and barely have any energy left to do anything else. I wanted to share what a typical day as a nanny is like (at least for me.)
8am – arrive at work
8am to 9:30 am – get girls dressed and feed them breakfast.
9:30 am to 10 am- oldest one has online zoom session and youngest will play with toys.
10 am – 10:40 – we either go for a walk around the neighborhood or we will play in the backyard.
10:45 to 10:55 am – snack time
11 am – 1pm – zoom class for both girls and then homework for the older one.
1pm – lunch
2 pm to 3:30 – outside play time; sometimes we will go swimming if its hot and sometimes we will even do Zumba class, or yoga class that I find on YouTube.
3:30 to 4 pm – iPad or show time
4 to 5 pm – bath time for girls.
5pm – I’m off!
This is what my day usually looks like now. I do work more hours usually (7:30am to 6pm) but since mom is working from home I’m get 1.5 hours less a day right now.
I have been training myself and my body to slowly incorporate healthy habits into my everyday life. It isn’t always easy as I forget or get busy sometimes but I really do try for the most part. I wanted to share 3 healthy habits that I’m working on currently and 3 that I would love to add soon.
Healthy habits I’m currently working on:
Limiting only 1 to 2 cups of coffee intake per day.
Believe it or not, I rather spend a ton of money on skin care than make up… I know I know, what kind of a lady am I? haha I barely wear any make up, in fact my day to day make up is only 2 products that all, so I try to focus and care for my skin a lot. Except for the past few weeks, I have been so off my skin care routine it’s so bad. I usually now will wash my face at night to get rid of all the dirty and junk and just moisturize and go to school and for mornings I will splash water on my face and again add SPF moisturizer and go on about my day. However, on the days that I’m really good, this is what my skin care would be like:
I told you, I was not kidding about spending my money more on skin care, I use kinda pricey products but only because it works on my skin. I have tried some drug stored ones or cheaper ones and my skin just doesn’t take it too well; so I stick to these.
I love to read and most of the time I either read on my phone through iBook, iPad or I’ll read an actual book. I always like to keep a few books on my nightstand to read if I just don’t want to use my phone or iPad. Here are 5 books that I like to have on my nightstand, 5 of them I have not read fully, and 1 I have fully read (Strong looks better Naked by Khloe Kardashian) which I wrote about in yesterday’s blog post but love to keep it near my bed incase I want to reread it again for motivation.
The recipe box by Viola Shipman
You are a badass by Jen Sincero
Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis
Kind is the new classy by Candace Cameron Bure
The subtle art of not giving a fuck! by Mark Manson
A while back I was kinda obsessed with Khloe Kardashian and got her book “Strong looks better naked,” and loved it. It inspired and motivated me to work out, work on my health, my body and to just put myself first. I remember I was on my fitness and healthy lifestyle journey for a good few months after reading that book and then I fell off the wagon. Since then I haven’t really picked up the book again, or maybe I did once after that but only read a few chapters only. I think I will pick it up again and reread it to see if it will again give me that motivation that inspiration to get myself back on track since I have been so off since this whole coronavirus started.
If you know me personally, then you know I’m a sucker for romance books, but for some reason I decided that I want to read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I first heard about it from one of my favorite shows Gilmore Girls, on the Year in the life. I got curious about it and decided to get it and read it knowing I probably won’t be into it and will lose interest early on. Shockingly, I actually really liked it, I give her so much prop for doing what she did. I don’t think, no wait I know for sure that I can never in life hike for 3 months straight all alone and with no experience what so ever to find myself. I have thought about from time to time when I’m having a hard time figuring life out, how I would love to escape myself for a week or so to think about life and figure out what I want to do, what I want to achieve, but I always pictured myself just going out of the city, or state, and going to a hotel or resort of some sort, never ever have I imagined myself hiking all alone on the pacific crest trail. I am almost done with the book, and I want to watch the movie version too. Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?
We all have those days where we are feeling so overwhelmed, stressed and just tired after a long day at work or even just at home. Especially right now, I know so many people who are stressed, and just having such a hard time with everything going on; so I wanted to share a few things that you can do at home to unwind and a few things that we can do to unwind once life goes back to “normal.”
Take a bath: I know not everyone loves to take a bath and if you don’t then take a nice long hot shower. Bath especially with a bath bomb, or epson salt helps me relax so much.
Have a glass of wine: I’m not big on drinking alcohol but I do love to have a glass of wine here and there to relax me at nights.
Disconnect from technology and read a book. We use our technology’s so much and it’s good to disconnect from them especially after a long day and just cuddle up on the couch or our bed and read a book.
Have a hot cup of tea. I love to have a hot cup of tea preferably a mint or chamomile tea while reading my book.
Watch a movie: I love to relax and watch a show, movie or even YouTube, especially something with comedy… laughter is the best medicine after all!
Bake: I don’t know about me but for me baking is so relaxing, I love to bake, and if you do too, try it!
Go for a walk: exercise will surely help put you in a better mood.
Outside of the house (once everything goes back to normal)
Gym: go exercise at the gym!
Gym spa: go to the steam room, or even the jacuzzi at your gym and relax!
Massage: get a massage…nothing more relaxing than a massage right?
Girls night: nothing like a little girls night out to help you relieve some of the day stress.
What are some of your favorite ways to unwind after a long day?