Living VS Surviving

As I was going through my wordpress reader, I came across this post by Pointless Overthinking which was asking “What is the difference between Living and Surviving?”.

I thought I would answer in my own post.

In my opinion, surviving is living paycheck to paycheck, scraping every penny to make the ends meet. Working your ass off with no rewards, struggling, fighting to stay afloat… no money to have fun. Pretty much living to work and pay bills and that’s it.

In the contrary, living is to work to live. You go to work to be able to enjoy your life. Finding time for hobbies, have fun. Living is part of happiness. Not worrying about the basic things.

Unfortunately, it’s sad to say that not a lot of people are able to live at the fullest. I would say, most of us are in between surviving and living. Most of us are hoping to retire one day, but only part of us will be able to…

Very sad…

In your opinion, what is the difference between the two?

J.K Mathews

J.K. Matthews debut single “Young” is available everywhere!

Hi guys!

Recently one of my friend who is a singer-songwriter and my previous guitar teacher, launched his debut single “Young” and I thought I would share it with all of you because it’s an amazing song! This song about friendships. He captures well the feelings we have when we become adults, remembering how things were when we were younger. A bit of pop and country twist, I definitely can see this song play on the radio. J.K. Matthews is a hard working young man that has a bright future ahead! I wish his the best of luck with his debut EP which is supposed to come out in the spring 2019.

Don’t miss his new single release on March 15!

His song is available on Spotify!

Enjoy! Feel free to let me know how you like it and share with your friends.

Hi everyone,

Today for #FoodFriday I would like to share another yummy recipe that I discovered this week from Cooking Light.

At first, I wasn’t sure about it but told myself I would try it anyway. Let me tell ya, I was surprised. I don’t cook with sage a lot, that’s why I wasn’t sure but I am glad I tried it! It’s not only simple, but it also doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and it’s tasty!

It doesn’t mention to serve it with rice. You could eat it on its own, but I felt it needed something else and the video shows it on rice, so I made plain white rice with it.

Also, I didn’t use the butter and just used the extra juice I had left as a sauce. It would probably taste even better with it but thought I didn’t need the extra fat and I guess it makes it a bit healthier. I would be curious to try it with chicken breast instead of thighs.

I will most definitely do this recipe again!

Apricot-Sage Chicken with Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 (4-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups thinly diagonally sliced carrots
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage, divided
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

View instructions here

*** If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy!

When I saw this photo challenge today, I couldn’t resist sharing this picture. I originally posted this photo on a Facebook Group page and someone captioned it as below:

I thought it was so funny and the exact face we do when it happens.

Let’s have some fun! I’ve added more picture below. If you have other captions for these pictures and don’t mind sharing them with me. Maybe I can make new memes and share them with all of you later and hopefully add some humor to your day!

Can you Caption these? I have added numbers to each picture so you can choose which image(s) you want to caption. I will choose the funniest ones. Have fun with this!

I am looking forward to what you can come with. I hope some of you will participate. 🙂

Just an idea… maybe I can make it a regular thing and some of you can submit your photos and I can share them with the world? Would this be something of interests?

Have fun!

Hello everyone,
Today I thought I would reblog one of my post I did a while back as it is still relevant. Social Media, for many people, can affect them in their everyday life.

Living the Journey • A Day at a Time

Hello everyone,

It’s been kinda slow at work today and one of my colleagues sent me this article which I found goes hand and hand with what I wrote yesterday about being ourselves as well as an older post about how technology is becoming a dependance.

This article is really good! It talks about the way people are putting themselves on the internet, losing the fun in their lives in the process and creating a fake life on social media.

Yes, we all want to share out fun and exciting experiences taking selfies and pictures of what we like and post them on Instagram or any other social media platforms. Something this article made me realized, is that we put so much efforts to take the perfect photograph, that we lose the moment and the fun about it.

People are putting their lives on the internet, but is it…

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… An Unlikely Event …

It was a beautiful day in the Caribbeans. We were on the side of the pool at a beautiful resort and we’ve met this group of people and we had fun and drinking nice cocktails.

Out of a sudden, John Mayer was there telling jokes in the hot tub adjacent to the pool. He was so funny and was crying with laughter. I couldn’t leave his sight. He’s my favorite artist and I was taking advantage of being so close to a celebrity. How often does this happen right?

After approximately an hour, we heard gunshots! Everyone was running in different directions to find a hiding spot. There were so many shots fired, I swear there was more than one shooter. What were they after? Why are they doing this? This seemed unreal!

We were close to the buffet and I was able to find cover in the kitchen, under a table, and at that point, everything became a blur.

That’s when I woke up!

It has been a while since I had a dream I could remember. Most of my dreams don’t make sense… I am not sure what this one meant, but it was disturbing. One thing for sure, meeting John Mayer at a resort and be so close to him is unlikely to happen. For the mass shooting… I am not sure why this was in my dream… maybe I watch too many crime movies? 🙂

Do you like these type of stories? Let me know, maybe I can share my disturbing, non-sense dreams. 🙂

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Resurfaced Feelings…

Sometimes darkness suddenly invades my thoughts and I don’t know why. I fight with my thoughts to change my way of thinking trying to be positive. Sometimes with no success or it’s just temporary.

Having expectations can sometimes hurt you. Sometimes, an event that didn’t work as you planned happens, the voice in your head starts to tell you negative things and it’s not really what’s happening… It triggered something deep down and makes old feelings come back from a long time ago and makes you angry, disappointed, depressed or all of the above.

Sometimes your gut tells you it’s real, but what if your gut is wrong and you’re making it up?

Ever since I started high school, I was pretty much a loner. My best friend decided to abandon me for other friends… you know… when we are kids, we do dumb things. That’s pretty much when I started to be a loner and people started to make fun of me because I was always by myself and started to be bullied by others. I lost trust in people and it carries on today. I always found it hard to make friends ever since.

I got better with time, but I cannot say I have a true friend that I can trust at 100% except my parents and husband. I’m always scared of being betrayed.

There are some days, I feel like I can trust people and other days when those feelings resurface, I think that maybe it’s better that I keep it for myself and shouldn’t trust anyone. That I shouldn’t rely on anyone. That’s when I feel alone in this immense world…

Every time, I tell myself that everything will be alright. That what I am feeling right now is just feelings from the past resurfacing and it doesn’t mean it will happen again. I try to ignore these thoughts and tell myself that I have a husband, a family who loves me and that’s all that matters.

Just be you and don’t worry about the little things…
Everything will be just fine!

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Hi everyone,

Today on #FoodFriday, I would like to share with you a recipe from the American Heart Association. I came across this recipe into a monthly email that I receive from my gym.

If you are looking for a simple, light lunch idea, this is a good recipe. It’s healthy and low calories. You can always eat it with a slice of toast with avocado or just a nice piece of bread or by itself if you’re not so hungry.

Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp canola oil
  • onion (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 Tbsp minced, fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream, to serve (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives (optional)

For tips and directions for this recipe, visit the American Heart Association Recipe Page.

My own advice, make sure to get the 100% pumpkin puree. This was my second attempt to make as my husband bought the pie filling instead of the regular puree the first time I tried it. What a waste! I didn’t realize until I tasted it. OMG, it was so sweet! Made me laugh though. Quite a funny story. 🙂

*** If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Hi everyone,

Today on #FoodFriday, I would like to share a recipe that my friend shared with me from Smitten Kitchen.

The Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with Pesto and White Beans recipe was delicious! This is a great vegetarian option and is also good if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a meal.

When I did it, I was missing a little of basil, but it was still tasty. I used white kidney beans, but I am sure it would be great with navy beans or other white beans. Maybe even a mixture of different ones. I am also thinking it might be good with chicken or shrimp if you’re not vegetarian.

I will definitely do it again. Click on the link above for the full recipe.

*** If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy!

A good day to stay home…

I don’t usually stay home when it’s snowing, but today it was a special day. Snow, high winds, ice pellets, rain, all of the above.

I commute to work and it would have meant I would have had to walk in this. I just didn’t feel like doing that today.

The good thing is that I have the option of working from home. It was nice not having to get ready and rushing to work. When you are done working, you don’t have to wait an hour in order to be home. I am not the type of using the system, but it’s nice to have the option when the weather is bad or if you have appointments during the day.

Not sure where you are from, but by the looks of things, the storm is not over. Freezing rain and ice pellets in the forecast. I am hoping that it will be over by morning, but Mother Nature is unpredictable.

Stay safe my friends!

Cherish Every Moment…

Strength is a powerful word. Some people need more than others to go through life. You need it to move forward each day in this world of chaos and uncertainty.

Each day is a new day and we must be grateful to be living it even if things are not the way we were hoping for.

The time is ticking not knowing when it will end. Enjoy the moment now and live like you are not going to be here tomorrow.

Find the strength to continue fighting for happiness and the time you can spend with loved ones. Do the things that make you happy.

There is no time for drama… Surround yourself with people who care.

In the past 2 weeks, I learned that someone else in my family is fighting cancer and another one had heart surgery. Both my parents had cancer and there is a lot of illnesses in my family. Know that both my parents are doing fine now but these events in my life made me aware of what we have and that we should cherish every moment you have because you never know what will hit you tomorrow.

It is not always easy, but be strong and live each day to the fullest. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter.

Inspiration by the Word of the day: Strength

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Update: Getting Organized

Hello everyone,

You probably noticed that I have reposted some of the posts from my other blog. I am sorry for those who have seen these post already.

I got inspired by a friend today that mentioned to me that she was overwhelmed when it comes to cooking. I can relate of course, but she has kids and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to manage everything.

So I thought since I am always looking for recipes that are easy to make and cost-effective while being somewhat healthy. Why not share those discoveries with you all. Hopefully, you can give me some feedback on those recipes if you try them out!

I’ve also organized my posts by categories so it’s easier to find things that interest you the most.

You can find the recipes in the Recipe Discoveries category.

ENJOY!

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Living the Journey • A Day at a Time

Hello everyone,

In my new year resolution, I want to try to eat more vegetarian meals. I am trying to lose some weight, so I thought it would help a little to eat more plant-based meals.

I have tried this recipe today and thought I would share with you since it was so delicious and easy to make!

Ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • crusty bread (optional)
 Note: Since I couldn’t find cannellini beans, I replaced them with navy beans and I didn’t put as much olive…

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Living the Journey • A Day at a Time

Hello everyone,

Today is #FoodFriday!

In the quest for healthy eating, I’ve come across this recipe that I would like to share with all you.

Grilled Caprese Salad from the Good Housekeeping website.

With the cost of food getting higher, I always try to find recipes with minimal ingredients to lower the cost for grocery. Let’s just say this recipe is great!

Are you always finding reasons to go out on a Friday night because you want to eat something quick? Well if you are watching your diet, this recipe will do the trick.

It is delicious and feels like a cheat meal and it’s not hard to make.

In this recipe, they are using a fresh pizza dough, but if you’re in a rush or don’t want to spend too much time, you can use Pitas or greek flatbread and it will taste as amazing and most likely fewer calories. I…

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Living the Journey • A Day at a Time

Happy Friday everyone!

I don’t know if it was the same for you, but this week was a long one! I was busy, but I kept thinking that the current day was tomorrow… Friday took forever to come. PLUS! here where I am, it’s a long weekend!! YOOHOO! 🙂

Enough said…

IMG_3454In the hunt for finding a recipe last week that is healthy, time-saving and budget-friendly, I found this perfect recipe for when you’re in a crunch and don’t have time to cook. Plus, it’s easy to make and it’s delicious!

Since I let my husband made the grocery list last week, I didn’t do it the way they said so I will have to try it again with the proper ingredients.

I shouldn’t leave him this task as we always end up missing something or we get the wrong things. 🙂

Regardless, even if it was a little bit…

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