Following My Passions











Good evening all,

A few weekends ago, I decided to take my parents up the infamous Eaton Canyon with all its natural beauty. I knew my parents would love the trip because I remember the first time we conquered a mountain unfortunately my mommy did not make it all the way until the end. So this was definitely redemption for her, I felt like she was ready for this because I know that mom and dad have a competition going on through Fitbit which allows them to run so since I knew they have been running or walking long strides I knew mommy can finally conquer a mountain and best of all was the beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike. I loved spending time with the folks and the peace within nature is uncanny. I was the expert hiker especially on this trail. Before starting the hike, it is good to use certain apps like Yelp or All Trails to give you a map with a direct location to the trail you want to try out for the first time.

My daddy can be described as the nature guy so he loved it when we began the trail. One thing was a warning for sure not to drink way too much water because I knew the rest stop was the only one that we ran into before following the trail. The start of the trail is amazing because it has the best mountainous nature views with the greenery in the pasture to the wild yellow flowers. The rock formations were so great because of all the steps that we had to face some were wet and near a riverbed, but we were able to help each other so we got to the end goal. I was super proud of my mommy because we reached the beautiful waterfall and accomplished the hike together.

My mommy was so happy to make it happen and so was my daddy we all loved every minute of it. It made me believe that it takes one step to anything you want to accomplish by committing yourself to reach your goals. My mom and dad say the average steps on a Fitbit is about 10,000 steps so that is the goal to reach everyday and when they lack they start dancing or marching, it is too funny but I definitely love their tenacity. I enjoyed myself and so did they when we heard the birds around and took a whiff of the trees. When arriving to the waterfall, it was the best time to take pictures and just listen to the serene water to reflect the beauty. It was a bit hott that we did get some color but we did have to get back since we had an engagement to get to. In the end, pictures are worth a thousand words so we had a blast and will continue to be a hiking family.

Remember to do something always that makes your heart sing, please as always share some of your favorite stories and comment below.

 

 

Have an amazing night 🙂

Jojo

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{August 15, 2017}   The American Young Badass :)

Good afternoon all,

I have taken it upon myself to get out of the writing block I was in and decided to write about this young lady I am extremely proud of. Time flies and life flies by and the years roll by, it was just yesterday I blink for a second and I remember when you were just a child and I had you in my arms and now you are a grown woman headed to a great adventure that makes you “an American Young Badass,” since you are Airforce bound. Ever since you were little you always wanted to serve our country and follow your path and now you are going to put your passion for kids into good use through the nursing program. I admire what you are about to do it is very commendable and you are going to be in a journey that not a lot of people have chosen but it is an enormous honor.

It has been great accompanying you on your journey through many milestones in your life such as graduation from 8th grade to graduating high school. Now you will be sworn in in the next couple of days to become a United States Airwoman facing obstacles that I know you are strong enough to handle. You are the light of everyone’s world at church and in our family. I loved being like a big sister to you too whenever we talked about crushes or anything going on in your life etc. I love you and will miss you so much for some time as will my family but I know we will see you when you finish the greatest accomplishment and complete your graduation as an Airwoman and cannot wait to hear your experience and how you came out a badass for it.

 

Love your auntie,

Jojo



{May 23, 2017}   Best friends for life :)

Good afternoon all,

Another thing that I am very passionate about are my friends, I know I have been anonymous about my subjects in my stories but this is in honor of my best friend Joyce. I created this collage of the years we met and have been through so much as you can tell from 2006-2017. I love the fact that we have been through bad times and good times. We were so young back then, however, now we are mature adults that have busy lives whether it is career or relationships, we always seem to catch up whenever we can. After all the saying they told me when I was in college, I never understood it which was “friends you make in college will be your friends for life,” until I met you my first year.

We explored college for the first time and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and now we are independent women who are striving far in life. We have set sail not knowing what we wanted to major in and then decisions have to be made when Cal Poly would send those awesome emails saying major needs to be declared etc. We both seemed so ready to get the years started in the University so eager to know what was in store for us. We had fun in all the parties and dances that we attended and shaked our booty together.  I was there for all the girls’ nights, birthdays, bachelorette’s, and epic moments in your life.

You have been a great friend, an inspiration to be a future wife for my future husband in the future, admire the tenacity in being cupid for me in order to have me jump back into the dating scene, appreciate the support in anything I do, appreciate the fact that you can be a long-lost sister from another mother, the trustworthiness, a kickass teacher that is teaching her kids to be the best they could be because it is super rewarding, even through tough times such as any family ordeals we are there for one another, no matter if we don’t agree on things we are very respectful, and exciting and positive nature makes us n’sync to be driven towards our goals. We had some good old days too like when one of our hangouts was downtown Fullerton and had no care in the world and just loved having fun. Nowadays, like these last little outings it definitely makes us feel young at heart and having interesting conversations is really good because when we were younger there are some people men in general that did not look pass looks and now intelligence is the forefront that lights up a room and if other people that we meet cannot handle an intellectual conversation than so be it move on to the next.

The intent is not to get crazy but to have fun conversations with men even as a married individual you know how to hold your own and keep our friendship growing strong and you do not forget about that. I am very fortunate to have a friend like you and I cannot wait for many more milestones and memories in our lives. Like you said, it is like the real Sex and the City but this time when guilty by association plays a part I love being part of being beauty and brains because the going with the flow can end up into something great and for that I thank you. I also thank you for being an active listener and helping me through relationship tough times etc. and getting me back in the saddle shortly but surely. I also thank you for being such a genuine person with me because only then would I have felt comfortable enough to share the real me too. It was one of my favorite moments of my life when I was honored to be your maid of honor in one of the most epic times of my life and for that I love you my dear close friend Joyce.

 

Jojo

Please go ahead and comment if you have any friend of yours that has shaped you 🙂



{April 3, 2017}   First time meal prepping:)

Good evening all,

Today has been a great day, I know we all love food but in order to accomplish health and fitness goals, there has to be what I call a flexible diet. Some of the fitness trainers or advocates have always said, “abs are made in the kitchen.”  With that said, flexible diets include meal prepping for the first time. Even though, I did not get up at a decent time I still had a nutritional breakfast and mid day lunch that I have never prepared before. I was craving an egg white recipe, so I went on Pinterest and saw a recipe for spinach & egg white omelette. The complete recipe so you all can try it is as follows:

Prep Time: 2 mins.      Cook Time: 3 mins.   Total time: 5 mins.

Ingredients 

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 Tsp. olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and water. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir for a minute, until leaves are wilted and tender.
  3. Add in egg whites and cook until almost set. Using a spatula, lightly lift up sides around the outside of omelette and let any uncooked egg whites run underneath.
  4. Spread cottage cheese on top of the omelette in the middle, and sprinkle with parmesan. Fold each side of the omelette over onto itself , covering the cottage cheese.

Yummy Healthy

I learned by making this new creation that I have never done before that it takes one step to make it and even though you may not have a passion for cooking, you are passionate for your goals so then you do whatever it takes to learn and nourish yourself. The body is your temple and when you work hard in the gym or at home, you need to complement it with nutritional food. Along with eating, you must always drink lots of water as part of your nutrition. Here is why, an image I wanted to share with you all from Google:

As for dinner, I was craving a chicken breast recipe so I thought to myself made this a long time ago, what better way than bring back all the chicken breast recipes for healthy eating from the Food Network. First, I grabbed the chicken breasts and started thawing it with hot water so I can separate all the breasts. When I went to the grocery store, I made sure to buy a little seasoning from Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper. The seasoning that I put on the chicken breast was a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper, sprinkle of Cumin, 2 tbsp. of minced garlic, dash of garlic salt, and mixed all the breasts in a bowl so they all have the seasoning on it. Then, I got a cooking pan and sprayed some Pam olive oil and put the chicken breasts with seasoning and left it there to cook, make sure you pay attention to it so you can flip it and cook the whole breast. Multitasking is key, so I got another pan to put frozen corn and green beans steaming them. I also pulled out a spinach salad with pieces of carrots added a little goat cheese, almonds, raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette to complement the meal. When the dinner was done, I could not wait to eat it since the meal prepping comes with timing, therefore, I started the plan to eat snacks and complete meals every 3 hours ever since I started working out hardcore.

Remember all, cooking is an art form and even though you may not be passionate for it, you need nutrition for your ultimate fitness goals, therefore, you learn it.

Jojo

 



{March 30, 2017}   Unleashing the Beast Babe :)

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Good evening all,

When I came home one day, it was great to have new gym gear that I was hooked up with by Ammo Athletic. I loved the way the fabric felt making me feel very comfortable with its racer-back fit. This made me feel like a lioness and invincible with whatever I am trying to accomplish. Ammo Athletic’s logo of the tiger shines through and when things get rough you always finish what you start. It was awesome to share this with friends and family because the company motto on the shirts “Stay Hungry” is right on for anyone that is barely starting off the gym for the first time or people who have been going consistently.

It is great to share some of my knowledge for years to my other peers or friends. Today, I was talking to a friend and told me some of her goals that she wants to reach to get that summer body she deserves. First and foremost, it has been one of my passions to let someone feel that they can attain anything and so we will record her progress along the way. First thing I always say is “Are you committed to attaining your goals?” because if you are you got to do whatever it takes and unleash the fire inside of you to finish your workouts without any problem at all. It may sound like I am a sergeant and take it super serious because I enjoy having a fitness and healthy lifestyle. It started with taking a before picture then told her to add my fitness pal to log food and exercise routines in order to see what she is putting in her body and how far she can exert herself in accomplishing her goals. Right now, she may not feel as strong but little by little she will get it done because I know she will stop at nothing to make it happen. I also  It does take some time to get used to it if you have never done it before. I promised to my friend with great nutrition and a consistent workout routine that you can see the results that you want to get, progress you will notice in about a month. The only way you get to see it is if you are persistent, some people believe a gym myth that involves more weights hence getting muscular, however, that is not true, it actually depends on the amount of the reps and weight for you to gain more tone.

Please comment below in how you unleash the fire within?

Please come and check out all the newest fitness gear perfect for athletes or to just kick ass in the gym from my referral website: Ammo Athletic  🙂

Jojo

 



Good afternoon all,

In the vicinity of doing things outside the comfort zone, I did something that I thought I would never do which is to bring my writing to life. I decided this past Wednesday to not only post about Day 6 of Shredz training but to show a little something to many readers and viewers regarding some of the exercises I am following on this new training routine. From talking to many of my peers, I decided to not put a niche focus on one passion but to explore everything that makes my heart beat. With that said, a good friend of mine thought I can make it more lucrative than just fun so by showing my journey through pictures and videos of how to do proper form in the exercises that I am following on the day to day basis people would be more inspired and think if she can do it and it only takes one step than I can too. I have known through the years of being active it takes perseverance and dedication to attain anything in life. It takes hard work to lead a healthy lifestyle and in the end it always pays off. Since it does not only take to exercise well to have the body you desire it also includes food as well.

I have been learning little by little to cook healthy meals or to even cook in general, it may not be my passion but when you are hungry you become a creator or inventor if you will. Yes, I know what you all are thinking what if you burn yourself, well I am here to tell you that is part of learning. So whenever I find someone that I can learn from I ask a lot of questions that is another thing if you have the form or you are doing something wrong in the kitchen I am here to tell you no question is dumb and that is ultimately the process of learning. Come to think about it whenever you are in a path in life you never stop learning and I am always eager to learn whether it is figuring out the different types of stoves before you start cooking eggs your way etc. Another thing, there are some instances where I decide to lose myself in a vacation and do not decide to follow the routine but again I am human, however, I do try to do that as little as possible because that should not be an excuse to not workout unless you are taking the much-needed rest days. I would also like to mention the fact that rest days are very important to replenish your muscles, relax, and do not forget to hydrate with lots of water.

Something to remember always is that all humans have different bodies, therefore, do not go past your normal heart rate when you are working out because it can have significant consequences such as causing a heart attack so extremely important to know yourself and your body just how far you can push it. Lastly, I am going to leave you with this doing things outside your comfort zone helps you grow as a person and we must always want to embrace the process of growing each and everyday even if it is just 1% at a time.

Jojo

Please comment on any experience you have had to go the extra mile outside of the normal means and now I leave you also with this quick clip of the proper way of doing medicine ball slams hope you all like it.



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