Monday, July 16, 2007
So, I am getting into this law of attraction blessing. I am being observant of myself more and more every day and monitoring my thoughts. I've been watching the secret. I've been reading books that uplift me, articles that I can learn from, Videos that send good messages and writing in my blog. I want the Universe to hear me loud and clear!
I learned that your thoughts create your reality. Your in charge. Your given choices by the almighty and your given the choice to make the decisins that lay in your heart. Everyday I chck my thought process. I mean I am a positive person anyway, but I still harbor thoughts and feelings that trap me and block my blessings. I am also learning and growing through the art of letting go. It's a beautiful thing people. Brush it off and continue your life.
Manifesting (positive) is fun!
My purse was stolen out of the trunk of a friends car this weekend. Of course when I noticed it was gone I was a bit confused, overwhelmed and pissed. For a good ten to fifteen minutes I began to think about what was in the bag and I got upset. But then I realized that the money I had, payerfully, is helping someone right now. Their eating, and keeping warm somewhere because of the money I earned from working hard. I was upset at first because that was my two car payments. Now I have to start all over. But it could've been worse and I was able to be a blessing to someone else even if they did steal from me.
I had other important documents as well. Which I knew could be replaced. The one thing that bugged me was that my important documents are detrimental (spelling?) to the kinds of jobs I was interviewing for. So, I cried a little cause I knew it hurt so much. I must really want to be in the industyr I'm pursuing. I didnt know it was that deep. My feelings were hurt, cause I was giving my best at applying and interviewing, and promoting my self for travel and tourism occupations.
I looked on the bright side finally and thought, others have lost much more in other situations. I was blessed. So, I let it go. I was happy that I can replace my documents. (of course thinking of the money made me breakdown for bout a 2 mins today)
Because I knew everything would work out and I let the universe deal with it I bega to feel better and focus on what makes me feel goo in order to stay in a good mood. (good thing to do).
Guess what?!!! I got my bag back. They took my one of my important docs. and of course the money. But at least I dont have to expedite my passport cause I have that now, thanks to the officers who found it in a bush somewhere. God bless them!
Wel, I have an open house/interview, and info session early in the morning for another airline. This is it! I can feel it. Im so excited. My infosession with a cruise line last week was awesome. I'm looking forward to a new career change. Travel and media are my passions and i am ready to upgrade!
I celebrated at Whole foods, then got an allergic reaction to my fave shrimp kabobs. Think it was a mix up of utensils used to pick them up. (Thai salmon next to it had peanuts in it!). I spoke with two mangers and they gave my money back plus a $25 gift card! Yes! I'll be back. Won't be eating from near anything thai though. I get a crazy reaction(s) from peanuts. But all is well, and i'm at work, manifesting, clear minded, and reading and awatching stuff on youtube and myspace about the law of attraction and life. "Change your thoughts and life will follow..."
Peace, Luv, Blessings
Monday, July 9, 2007
Focus on what you want insted of what you dont want. Its important to focus on the positive to give it strength. Let that energy flow, be patient, work hard and let it go. Let go and let God. eLet the Unvierse hold you by the hand.
"Always keep your childish innocence" and "live spherically, in many directions."
- Felline, Le Maestro, Frederico
(also from one of my favorite movies "Under the Tuscan Sun.")
I know a Secret
Solo Gal Guide Part 1: Miami
I've done it again people, I am on a roll. I'm so excited about my new move and motivation to write. I like to talk and often find myself talking to my self (i dont answer), mostly out loud just to hear my thoughts. Or talking someones ears off about travel and lifestyle., or the new travel mag I disvovered. And of course I always talk to God. Whom is also a safe haven when people look at me weird when I talk and walk alone. (my aunt thinks i look a bit off when I do that). But here on blogger I can talk. I can talk with my fingers and you peeps are listening.
I am still going to give you the chance to hear me as well. You know im a radio broadcaster, (I got a BA in it and plan to use my skills). I am currently producing my program and cant wait to broadcast it for everyone to hear me chat about what I love!
Also, while i'm writing i'm thinking up new businesses to start leaving a mark on this earth and become the millionairess I know I will be. My latest venture has just started and I am very excited to announce.....I am a consultant!
A consultant you say. Yep. A travel and lifestyle consultant. I tend to have people asking me about where to go in Atlanta for fun, what to do out of town, planing vacays and such, so I decided it was time to upgrade and start a business with my knowledge. This idea was actually introduced to me about 2 years ago, but I never jumped on it. Recently I had an epiphany!
"I want to help others help themselves" - (Taysha Valez)and in turn help myself. Hel others to "Have an experience all their pwn." - (me) I like helping otheers, uplifting them, making them smile. Now its time to uplift myself, completely. I can never take myself for granted and never will. So its time to do something that will empower me. Upgrade me. I luve lifestyle, travel, food, modern creations, activities, events, socializing, networking etc. So, im gonna talk about it and add a little music to boot.
"Get ready, cause here I come!"
Peace Luv Blessings
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Solo Gal Guide Part 1: Miami
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Wanted to share my week with you. Thurs thru Sat was a bit busy and fun. For months I received invites in my email about drink/liquer sponsored events that introduce drink brands and the fabulous ingenuity behind the companies that brand, make and distribute them. ie.Kahlua, Crown Royal, Guiness etc. These events are marketing tools to reach the curious drinker.
Well I finally expereinced this meeting of social alchies and learned a lot about "Guiness." The one thing that stands out to me is that I dont really like "Guiness." It has a strong taste and is a bit bitter, but mixed with "Harp" beer, is quite tasty! "Harp" by the way is from the "Motherland." (will have more info on that lata). Needless to say I eft with a slight buzz and a souvenir drinking spoon, specifically made to get the right frosty ring around the head of the glass. Yea,, I know.And my date actually highjacked another piece of paraphanalia.
The night never ended there! We mozied on over to Ibiza Restaurant (Peach tree st.)A fairly new cultural playground. Theres a theme for each night of the week and I experienced their "Arabian" night. The bartender "sweetie" let us taste test a homemade Sangria and crhristioned my night with a smooth and fruity "Ibiza Orgy." (Give this drink a try!Tell'em I sent ya!)
This week I also got to expereince the Hedonism that is "Makos." "Body shots, swinging lapdances, & spankinga, OH MY!"
I'll stop there. Check it out yourself for more details.
Friday, "Compound Nightclub" hosted FASHIONABLY LOUD featuring Whip Appeal Modeling inc. The fashion show was hot. Each walking canvas showed off local brands and represented boutiques around the city (Atlanta)as they walked through the tenshi gardens and pass the hype crowds. Among the lines/designers: Young Jeezy (he has a line?), C.W Jacobs (nice stuff!), and 7 Boutique.
Well wells, im off to do some work in the studio.
Solo gal Guide Part !: Miami
"Miami is so over-rated," is what I've been hearing lately from other South Florida goers. I think most people only look forward to the partying and drinking, maybe a little shopping, and then get burnt out on the hype. But South Beach really does offer something more. Not only does South Beach have more to offer, but the rest of Miami is still rich in culture, full of activity and hides its best charm in its unpopular, northern, sleepy towns.
The first two times I went to Miami I was ready to let loose and see it all. But to sum it all up, I walked around, danced, walked some more, people watched, drank a Daiquiri or two then went home. Now, that doesn't sound like much of an agenda, but I was new to it all and didn't quite know what to do. The next time I went, I vowed to see more. I wanted to go with the flow of Collins Ave. and explore.
My excuse for the getaway? The WMC. This excursion to Miami was more of a network party for me. I attended the Winter Music Conference. The WMC is said to be one of the biggest dance music festivals and conferences in the U.S. Thousands of people crowd into Miami for a week to attend dance music forums, workshops & parties! You can never grow bored in such a vibrant atmosphere of people and events. There were at least twenty events and activities each night for the conference alone. I spent my days at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa (WMC location) and my nights on South Beach and I partied at the Shelborne Hotel, which houses two clubs and hosts great pool parties, the Raleigh Hotel hosted a Soul Music Session, and Funkshion Lounge and Restaurant held a special event as well. Funkshion gets its name from being a compilation of fashion and music.
Every year they produce a collection of fashion shows that I had the honor of attending. I actually got to preview J.Lo's (Jennifer Lopez) newest clothing line "JustSweet." Female amazon beauties strutted their stuff down the walk to a parade of photographers and sashayed to the rhythm of Miami. I loved every minute of it! During a short intermission there was a bit of frenzy in the lobby. I noticed everyone was eyeing the goody bags being placed on each chair: "JustSweet," black clutches with wavy gold hoops inside! I managed to snag two! Not only did I get a goody bag but I spotted local celebs, popular promoters and familiar models. The sporadic fashion shows in Miami are certainly something everyone should try to check out. Get on a list, STAT!
After the show, the evening was the same as all the others: I WAS HUNGRY!!! Now most visitors of sexy Miami expect to try out posh eateries and maybe even dine on Ocean Drive. It can be expensive eating out on South Beach, but if you keep an eye out and do some research you find some frugal places around Collins and Washington Ave. as well as further up on North Beach. My new favorite place to eat is Dogma. They serve almost every kind of hot dog known to man! You can choose from a traditional beef hot dog, turkey dog or a veggie dog. My pick (almost every night) was the "Pushcart" turkey dog, topped with New York styled cooked onions and spicy brown mustard, with a side of garlic homestyled potato chips (potatoes) all under $7. Yummy. Other places to eat frugally are: Manolo's (not the shoes), located in the sleepy town of Surfside in North Beach. They have different variations of the empanada that are tasty. Chicken, tuna, & spinach empanada's were at the top of my charts. Every morning I enjoyed a cinnamon croissant at this quaint Argentinean Bakery for the low low and bought homemade fettuccine from Mr. Pasta (great to cook in your hotel suite if you have a stove).
If you still need that glitz, Mango's, Located on Ocean Drive's well know with Latin dancers shaking' their bon bon's on the bar, a full daiquiri bar, and great chicken wings. I also hear the Tides hotel has a pretty nifty happy hour and you can customize your own fruity ice pop to cool off with. Before you can eat and after you party, you need someplace to rest your head. I have picks for the quaint & quiet, loud & rowdy, lavish & trendy, and cheap & frugal.
The first few times I ventured out to South Florida, I stayed in the towns of Hollywood,Fl and Aventura. On my second trip in Aventura we were twenty minutes away from South Beach. We stayed at a quaint and simple Marriott owned establishment. Most inexpensive Marriott owned hotels are the Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and Spring Hill Suites. I don't remember exactly which one I was in but it had to be one of these. While expanding my musical knowledge at the WMC I found the Rode Way Inn: Ocean Way Hotel. This hotel is located in North Beach and is literally steps away from an almost secluded beach. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets entertained my eyes everyday! The Winter Music Conference was held at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa on Collins. (Everything is on Collins!) Now, most buildings in Miami look vintage and weathered, but you can't judge a book by its cover! The Miami Beach Resort and Spa greets you with large, embellished, crystal chandeliers and soft pink and tan colors and textures. The pool is relaxing and the pina colada's at the bar are nice and sweet. There's a spa on hand and tons of conference rooms.
Other posh places: Eden Roc Hotel, with its orange walls and goose down comforters, The Mandarin Oriental for a good celeb watch and the Standard Hotel on Island Ave. The Standard sells inexpensive day passes to their spa, so you don't have to be a resident to pamper yourself! For a quirky stay on the beach, try the Pelican hotel. Each room has a theme in decor and is named accordingly. I hear the "Best Little Whore House" is one of the favorites.
Ok, so now for the cheap and frugal; the best deal in town, generally for young adults, students, and backpackers would be hostelling. It's the best way to go for traveling on a very, very, small budget. Two of the most popular hostels in Miami are The Clay Hotel and Hostel andJazz on South Beach. The Clay Hotel and Hostel is located in the charming and historic Espanola Way. Once resided by gangsters and all their vices, Espanola Way was remodeled to have that charming European feel with the design of its buildings and a Bohemian flair.
The streets are cobble stoned and while walking you'll discover small shops selling things from different cultures and art, restaurants (Try Oh Mexico! Shrimp Taco's), and remnants of its worldly past The Clay Hotel and Hostel houses separate rooms and dorm style bunk beds and spaces for its hosteller's. Jazz on South Beach is actually relocating as I type. Once located a few blocks away from the beach, it's moved on up and into a much bigger space. It wasn't really known as a party hostel but I'm sure it will start a new "tradition" in its new space at the old Atlantica Hotel and Suites. Other hostels to look for: The Tropics Hotel and Hostel, The South Beach Hostel (the newest and includes an all night night-club) and The Miami Beach International Travellers Hostel.
To top off the vastness of this article, I have a plethora of attractions and events that will help to fill any travelers Miami itinerary. If your looking for a "Blast to the Past," "Down Memory Lane," (yea I know), try an Art Deco walking tour around South Beach. Each tour gives history and background on some of the historical buildings and hotels in the area. You'll learn why they call it Art deco and get a little art history along the way. These tours are available with a guide, or on podcast, alone. Other "past" attractions: Villa Vizcaya Victorian home and pool and the Biltmore Hotel. Looking for something more local? Calle Ocho is located in Little Havana, a Hispanic community. Calle Ocho is home to senior citizen males who meet in the park to play dominoes, traditional cigar shops where you can buy your own freshly rolled cigar, and Carnaval Miami.
Museums are everywhere in Miami, believe it or not, even in trendy South Florida. Most people think them to be boring but there are some pretty interesting museums to explore. Well if you need a jolt try the Exotica Museum located on Washington Ave. Dedicated to passion, love and sex, it's hard not to blush, but it will sure keep you awake. More toned down museums would include the Wolfsonian and the Miami Museum of Science.
At the moment my fingers are cramping up a bit here but I still have so much to share about South Florida and So much more to explore! This is just the tip of the iceberg. South Florida is saturated with culture and tons of activities and events to soak yourself in; it's a wonder if its citizens ever sleep. You have a few things in this list to choose from and I have plenty more to share. So when you need more, look me up and we can hang together.
Other than the fabulous attractions pulling me to the tip of Florida, I think its something else that magnetizes me there. The atmosphere, the weather, the sunsets (& rises), the ocean and the flair. I foresee my future. I see myself going back again and again and again.
Peace and Luv ya'll!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
The McDonald's of Japanese Cuisine: RUSAN'S
It's a Friday night and im hungry. I wanna go out to eat, and my friends and I are trying to decide where to go. "I only have six dollars to spend, I dont want anything cute, no small plates., and I dont want to get dressed up!" Yells my boisterous friend from across the room. Hey how about Rusan's? You know, the Japanese place out on Moreland ave. I've never been, but like him, If I can get a good meal for under $10, then im game.
Rusan's is a Japanes restaurant serving everything from sushi to sake cocktails. Once we arrived we're seated in the middle of the room and handed multiple menu's. My first thought? What am I drinking? I flip open the menu and to my surprise all cockatails were under $5 and of course that put a smile on my face. "Kiwi Lady Killer," sounds inventive, so i'll give it a try. "Where's the rice?" "I want some fried rice! Don't chinese restaurants always sell rice?" Yells another boisterous peer from across the table. "Well first of all its Japanese, and yes they have rice." So, I order seafood fried rice cause I love seafood and i'm a rice eater. (its the geechee in me).
I had in front of me three menus and as I ordered rice from one I found a food on a stick menu. Yakitori, Tempura, and Kushi Age. I was immediately attracted to the salmon. Salmon on a stick was my choice, (in a future visit I tried the swordfish and the shrimp tempura. Quite tasty!) After ordereing and panting like a dog from hunger my " Kiwi Lady Killer" arrived. Sweet, green, not very strong, with a cherry garnish. Now sake is smooth but in my opinion not as strong as vodka and apparently costs much less. (Sake shots are $1) Although not strong, the "feeling" krept up on me sometime within the dinner. Finally my salmon yakitori arrived to the table covered in a sweet thin sauce. The salmon was wonderful; succulent, flavorful and just fell right off the stick into my mouth. After enjoying my salmon stick i ordered another and started in on my seafood fried rice. Shrimp, squid, scallops and egg were all hidden in the rice and was so good it made me tingly all over! Luv it! (They also have chicken fried rice, plain rice you have to ask for, and veggie fried rice to boot.) I didn't order dessert but at the other end of the table, my friend was enjoying a mountain of fried icecream. I made my way to that mountain and got a taste of fried dough with sweet cream. Imagine eating apple pie crust with Breyer's on top. Sweet.
Its 11:30 and im completely satisfied. So much so, that I ate at Rusan's 3 more times that month! I tried visiting the other two locations in Atlanta: Buckhead on Piedmont and Midtown all the way at the other end of Piedmont ave.Its like a moon shape. Also in Athens and Nashville.
I've spread the word to other friends and family to give it a try and I urge you to get your Yakitori on at, what some call, the McDonalds of Japanese: Rusan's Sushi and Japanese.
P.S. I will be adding past posts from my old blog to this page so you can get a taste of what I talk about. I'm upgrading! So my future posts will be more interesting and hot!
"Have an Experience All Your Own!"
Peace Blessings Luv