#LongLiveThebbQueen

To be continued …

Who needs coffee when I have Tarte’s amazonian clay foundation and #beautyblender to hide the fact that I’ve been tired since 2010 😴😂 My inner lazy is also loving the keep.it.clean mitt and solids for a fast and easy B.B. cleanse 😍

Thanks @beautyblender @influenster for sending your girl enough BBs and Solids to test and share 💗

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The Secret to Happiness

Prior to my birthday all my Apple devices coincidentally got hacked and locked, but at least I got back into my phone without wiping it out. I probably jinxed it when I said I wanted to let 30 sink in before posting Birthday pictures 😂

On a somewhat serious note since this is just a blog post after all 😝– I took a leap of faith this year and stepped outside my comfort zone to embark on a journey of self discovery. A lesson I take from the solidarity is to create a life of gratitude and accepting where I am in life by making the most out of every day. This solemn week in Houston made for a bittersweet conclusion; sorrows and wounds are healed by the touch of compassion. I am grateful for every second of every day that I get to spend time with people I love and to live the life I love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my family and friends for never giving up on me! 30 doesn’t feel so bad after all.

Thank you for reading 💗, ter

Mental illness is not a choice

I start to feel accomplished and then it silently creeps up on me after several good days, weeks, or even months. Trauma triggers and I feel myself spiraling down again. Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, and a mind that wants to die. Anxiety isn’t something that goes away, but something you have to learn to control.

I am still learning to speak up more when I am sad and taking more care of myself. I have to remind myself that the bravest thing I ever did was continue my life when I wanted to die. I find my safe place to close my eyes to breathe and find strength to get up again tomorrow to start over. We all need to surround ourselves with people who remind us that we matter because the comeback is always stronger than the setback. Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is. I accepted that I am depressed, but I’m not giving up.

If I ever let my head down, it will only be to admire my shoes.

I remember running around the house pretending to be a princess from teddy-land, sprinkling my glitter on all my bears so they can be happy and protect me from my big bad brother. My Dad routinely told me that I’m beautiful and my smile made him smile. He protected me from harm and focused on loving life, but at one point it wasn’t enough to combat the negativity from others. I was too fat or too skinny. My hair, outfit, makeup, was judged and depicted to every last drop. I was never enough. Emotionally, I’ve let a relationship drain me by giving him power to steal my inner peace. I’ve felt alone and broken. I didn’t smile enough, constant anxiety, and spiraled downwards. I thought I hid my emotions well, but people saw it in my eyes. My smile didn’t give Dad good spirits, instead concern. I stressed in proving myself to others that I lost myself by letting their opinions dictate my life.

The moment you decide to be yourself, your inner beauty will resonate. Instead of focusing on imperfections; focus on the bigger picture – experiencing life! I started to pick off every negative aspect that covered up who I once knew because I missed the girl who saw possibilities everywhere, that appreciated happiness when she gave to others, who never set limits and never gave up. Thanks to life awakening experiences and encouragement from a handful of people, I adjusted my sails. I replaced negative thoughts with positive ones, let go to toxic people, and restored my focus on inspiring others. Life is good and better than ever – because I have the power to make it so.

To my lovely ladies: ignore anyone who tries to define you or give limitations in your life. Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities. You’re beautiful so practice to love yourself more, and dream big through positivity. I’m here to inspire you, one red heel at a time 💗 By the way, I want to mention that I whole heartedly enjoy responding to email messages from you all in Asia. It warms my heart to know that I can encourage and inspire someone across the world from me, and for that I thank you. You give my life a meaning 🙂

Love, Ter

Be thankful.

Happy holidays everyone! Be thankful for all that you have. I have been more than blessed this past year and I am overwhelmed with all the success. Hard work really does pay off. My goal in life is to inspire and motivate others to be the best person they can be. You won’t succeed unless you try. Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle ❤

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Happy Engagement to a Beautiful Couple

I am overjoyed by the news that two of my favorite people are now engaged. I was more than happy to put together a celebration in lieu of the wonderful couple. Despite my busy work schedule and taking on a winter class, I set everything aside to ensure that this night was memorable, full of love and laughter. I wanted it perfect for two of the most inspiring people in my life.

Anita and Kevin, thank you for letting me be apart of all of this. I wish you two all the best!

So what’s a blog without pictures, right? Ill start with the behind-the-scenes. Late night trips to the grocery store, staying up all night to be crafty, waiting in long lines (due to the holiday shoppers!), weaving in and out of traffic to pick up the pretty cupcakes, frantically trying to put together the whole dining table and dessert bar, and making sure everything was in the right spot. It was all worth it when I saw Anita make her grand entrance; her eyes lit up, and her smiled glowed throughout the room.

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Cheers to a lovely couple! Again, congrats Anita and Kevin. I love you guys.

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P.S. Check that beauty of a rock out 😉

Spinach and Turkey Spaghetti

Let’s talk a little spinach. Spinach is one of my favorite foods! Not only is it low in calories, but it has so many nutrients. It is good for your heart and cardiovascular health. I love that spinach fights against aging; I want to look and feel young for as long as I can. Spinach also helps regulate blood pressure levels and fights against cholesterol.

So this will be one of many spaghetti recipes that I will blog. Why? Spaghetti is so well-rounded and universal that there are endless possibilities! This one will feature Spinach and turkey. Remember, as with all my recipes, you can modify it however you like. This is how I personally like to portion it 🙂

You will need: 1/2 pound of lean ground turkey
3 handfuls of spinach
1 bottle of pasta sauce (even better if its homemade!)
4 celery sticks
4 cloves of garlic
half a carrot
half a red onion
3-4 squares of cheese (I used a vegan kind)
1/4 cup of green onions diced
pepper, garlic powder, chili flakes, and Splenda (yes, ill explain later.)
1/4 package of spaghetti pasta (I used organic wheat)
*obviously I skipped the salt and oil!

You can use any types of lean ground meat. I personally liked the ground turkey at the market because it looked the freshest. I also buy a lot of organic meats, fruits, and veggies. It is a personal choice and does cost more. You can always buy what you feel is the freshest that day. Here is a visual of what I used:
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After the meat is seasoned and ready, get your pan out and add a dash of vegetable broth. Add all the yummy garlic! Then cook the turkey until its nice and brown. My trick to moist turkey/chicken is vegetable (or chicken) broth. Add a little every now and then if you feel that the meat is drying up (turkey and chicken tends to do that).

Transfer the cooked meat into a bowl and set aside.

I like to break my spaghetti noodles in half, so that it fits in my pot better. Follow the instructions on the package and cook your noodles. I didn’t use any salt or oil.

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While the noodles are cooking, dice the celery, onions, and julienne the carrots. Instead of using oil in my pan, I put a dash of vegetable broth. Throw in the red onions and let it cook for a minute or two.

Then pour in the sauce and be careful not to splash it everywhere.

Let the sauce heat for a few minutes and do a quick stir. Toss in all the veggies and cover on low to medium heat. I also added a few pinches of black pepper and garlic powder.

Give it a few gentle stirs and let it cook for a few minutes. Add the cooked ground turkey from earlier and give it another stir. Cover the pot and let the medley simmer for a few minutes.

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Next, I added four cheese squares and let it melt. I like adding cheese to thicken the sauce! One of my little secrets and I also sprinkle a little bit of Splenda to sweeten up the tangy sauce. Watch the cheese melt:

Once the cheese is melted and the sauce taste to your liking, add the spaghetti noodle. I like my noodles al dente! The particular brand I used only took 9 minutes to achieve that perfect texture.

Stir and serve. This batch served 6 servings!

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This recipe was quick and easy. You won’t even notice all the nutritional veggies that were loaded in there. There’s always ways to eat good and healthy.

Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle <;3<;3