Troubles are inevitable…..Feeling miserable it’s optional!

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That might only be my opinion, yours may be different or you might disagree with me all together. The fact is that at a certain point in everyone’s life we will face troubles…..relationship troubles, money troubles, family troubles, career troubles…..Now, if it is health related it is indeed a problem and NOT a trouble.

I am not a motivational speaker or a life coach ( actually, I am far from it ), I am just sharing with you all what I have started to do and it has been working mighty good in my life. As soon as I wake up ( yes, when I first open my eyes in the morning ) at that very moment, I am able to decide what kind of day I will have. Regardless if I had a bad night of sleep, nightmares or someone snoring next to me…..The first thought that comes to my mind is now determined by me and sets the mood for my entire day! Tomorrow, try to wake up and canalize your first thought on gratitude…Gratitude for all the awesome things that happened yesterday and the outstanding things you will accomplish during the day ahead.

I am a morning person ( BIG TIME ), my friend MC tries to avoid hanging out with me in the morning as we are opposites! I LOVE mornings; waking up with, or without an alarm clock…( there is no sleeping in as I never sleep very long… ). Of course there are some days that it is really challenging to wake up and be happy…..But once you start practicing, these days will seldom happen.

Just like Zig Ziglar says: “The choice to have a great attitude is something nobody or no circumstance can take from you.”

XOXO

PS: My beloved editor Mattea is temporarily out of town, out of the country or out of this planet….So once again, this post has not been edited…My apologies for the spelling and/or grammar mistakes!

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If happiness was the world currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

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I wrote it. Read it. Actually, read it several times and I am still thinking about this LOADED question. Last year when I was getting my hair ” sun kissed “ ( God forbid that I would ever admit to coloring! ), I was telling Angie, my beloved hair stylist,  how miserable I was at work…. How much I hated my job and needed to make a change. She casually said something that I still think about: ” I have the best job in the world, I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like it is work “…. At that moment I just wanted to start cosmetology school so I could be happy like her…. really!

A couple of months after that hair appointment, the company that I had been working for 8 years got sold. With that, the chance to make a career change pleasantly appeared….. Well, I do have to say, making a career change at 45 is not easy, but not impossible either. This past year was full of ups & downs, challenges and a bunch of lessons. Boy… Have I learned a ton!

I still struggle with the evil, evil choice between TIME X MONEY…..But there are a few things that have never been as clear:  I have never worked so hard, I have never made so little money and never been so happy!

So, as for the answer to the loaded question above….I still don’t have one to share, but I am a day closer to figuring it out…..Meanwhile: I play Power Ball, the prize is at $ 480 Million this week!

XOXO

PS – No, I did not go to Cosmetolgy School….. Unlike Angie, I do not have her hair stylist talent, dedication and calling…. Besides, I love having good talks and laughs with her every month….. Not to mention: GREAT LOOKING HAIR!!! 🙂

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Bubbles will keep you away from weight troubles!

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Bubbles? Yes, bubbles!

Girls, we should drink more bubbles! I am not talking about sodas or beer of course…I am talking about Champagne, Cremants, Prosecco, Asti, Cava, Sekt, Vinho Verde, Cap Classique, etc… The main reason that I share this with you is because of the number of calories in each drink. Let me clarify something first: No, I am not a nutritionist and do not understand much about that. What I have been researching is for my own drinking enjoyment and it was all done online. Since March of 2014, I have been working out 4 days a week and drinking once or twice a week. However, when I go out and have 2 drinks, I want to be wise about it and try to gain as “less” weight as possible since I enjoy going out with my friends!  This post is for people that like drinking…if you don’t drink do not read this, as I am NOT encouraging you to start now. For some of you that enjoy an adult beverage from time to time, here are my nutritional fact discoveries:

Most draft beers = over 140 Calories*

Vodka Tonic = 169 Calories*

1 Glass of Red Wine = 129 Calories*

1 Glass of white wine = 121 Calories*

1 Glass of Champagne = 87 Calories*

1 Glass of Prosecco = 69 Calories*

*Calories may vary according to each brand and serving size. Source: fatsecret.com & calorieking.com.

My drink of choice has always been and will always be red wine, however, after learning more about the calories difference and living in Florida (where is always steaming hot ) I have been liking Prosecco a LOT more! The 3 main reasons are: It is a little sweeter than Champagne, it is more affordable and has fewer calories = win, win, win in my book! A glass of Prosecco is almost the same price as a glass of wine and it is available at most restaurants.

Here is a list of some Proseccos available at most supermarkets.

( prices may vary from store to store, region, availability and do not include tax ) . The prices below are PER BOTTLE from Publix Supermarket, most likely you will find it cheaper at any Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club.

Santa Margherita Prosecco     $ 19.99 per bottle

Bocelli Prosecco                     $ 14.99 per bottle

Ménage a Trois Prosecco       $ 14.69 per bottle

Lamarca Prosecco                  $ 13,69 per bottle

Ruffino Prosecco                    $ 13,49 per bottle

Lunetta Prosecco                    $ 11,99 per bottle

Cupcake Prosecco                  $ 10,99 per bottle

XOXO, Jules

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Natural healing

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That has been a very powerful drug in my life, I even took “laughter yoga” lessons….. The truth is; the more you laugh the happier you are….. Induced or naturally…… Just laugh, at yourself, at silly jokes……life is a lot better when we are happy and laughing!