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7 for Seven

I am happy.

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my short and sweet 7 positives for this week:

Coffee. There is nothing like waking up to smell of freshly brewed coffee. I do believe that heaven smells like, freshly baked bread, chocolate chip cookies and coffee!

My team at work. It hasn’t been easy supervising 14 men, all at different stages and ages in life. I am learning patience. I am also learning how to appreciate men, because while this is in the corporate setting, personalities make or break a team. I am blessed to have some great personalities to work with.

My brother’s random text msgs. My brother isn’t the most expressive man in the world so when he sends me random “I love you.” text msgs, I cherish them.

Clean slates. I am learning that moving on and starting again can be hard, but the hardest part is taking the first step. But once you take that first step…the next one and one after that gets easier.

IP Virgo. This is my sister from another mother. My adventure buddy. My conscience. We have been friends since were 5 years old. We have been there for each through break-ups, graduations, new apartments, the death of a parent, great loves and crazy bosses. She is my ride or die chick and this journey would be oh so boring without her along for the ride. *Shout out to my Cohort Of Awesome*

My plants. I have been able to successfully keep them alive and thriving and after being responsible for the deaths of 3 cacti and 1 lucky bamboo, I think this is something worth celebrating.

Home-made Coconut Ice cream. This is your mama’s ice cream made from the old-fashioned churned ice cream bucket. The kind that is creamy and coconutty and just mmm mmm good.

Shorter days The sun is setting earlier here in the Caribbean. That’s a sign that we’re getting closer to the end of the year and Christmas is coming. I see you vacation. I see you.

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

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7 for Seven

September…for the first time in a long time I’m loving you. Bonus: People who practice gratitude are said to have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, higher levels of positive emotions, and fewer feelings of loneliness and isolation. So I’m even giving thanks for you September! You’re making me healthier.

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my short and sweet 7 positives for this week:

A short commute. The new school term just started and with it came traffic on the roads. I loathe traffic and it is brutal when the school starts. I am so grateful for the short time I take to get to work and back. No more than 10 minutes on a good day.

Getting back into Spin after some time away. Some health issues kept me away from one of my favourite cardio workouts for a little while. But now that everything is back to normal, I was able to get back on the bike…and it was positively ah-mazing.

The power of prayer. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

#30Layers30Days Self-Discovery Challenge. This journey is being led by the lovely GG Renee of All The Many Layers and I have been micro-blogging through this challenge on Instagram. This is some serious soul work.

Conversations that matter. Do you know how I can tell when a friend is the real deal…when we can talk about nothing and everything at the same time and it never feels like small talk. *Shout out to my Cohort Of Awesome*

God’s sense of humor. I have been praying about a particular situation for a while. Novena after novena…and still no answer…or rather His lack of an answer was the answer? Go Figure. Anyways, long story short, He answered my prayer but there was a catch. I realize now that I’m not ready for the answer. Plot Twist! Turns out, I still have some growing to do before I can have that particular prayer answered.

The sun on my skin. The A/C at work is apparently stuck on Arctic Blast, so my lunchtime walks outside, in the sun feels so freaking good.

Girls Night Out. I spent Saturday night with two of my favourite cousins and it was ALL CAPS AWESOME!!! I got dressed up, wore heels and partied until the wee hours of the morning. Two words: Tequila shots!

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

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7 for Seven

I love it when a new month starts on a Monday and I love it even more when it’s a holiday!!! Whoo hoo for long weekends.

Trinidad & Tobago celebrated 52 years of Independence yesterday and while we have a long way yet, to grow as a nation, there is no denying how far we have come. I am so proud to be a Trinidadian.

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my 7 positives for this week:

7 for Seven week 35

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

What I’m loving: Avocado

Do you remember that scene in Forrest Gump where “Bubba” names all the different ways you can prepare shrimp? That’s how I feel about Avocado or zaboca as they are called here in Trinidad.

You can have avocado in a soup or a smoothie or a million other yummy ways.

Today I’m sharing one more way you can enjoy this so-good-for-you green and yellow yumminess.

You can check out the original gluten-free, vegan recipe here.

Gather
1 cup baker’s flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 mashed avocado
3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. maple syrup (pancake syrup)
A handful of chocolate chips
A dash of Angostura Bitters

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and grease a baking sheet. I used parchment paper, so no extra grease was required.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: Flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, mix together the avocado, coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and bitters. Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed. Then add the chocolate chips. I found my batter texture to be a little on the dry side so I added another tbsp of coconut oil.

Wet hands then form your batter into 1″ balls. Place on a baking sheet and then gently flatten with the palm of your hand. This batter yields 12-14 cookies, so you can tweak the ingredient amounts if you would like more.

Bake for 11 minutes until the edges are firm. I used a timer and the cookies were perfectly cooked in 11 minutes. I kid you not. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying. This is the really hard part. The waiting.

But oh so worth the wait. These are ho-ly shit good!

IMG_20140824_134206Seriously no eggs. Yummy soft, cakey texture. Who ever thought avocados and chocolate chips could be so yummy together??

This recipe is easy to prepare. I’m not even kidding here. 10 mins prep time, 11 mins bake time, about 5 mins give or take a min if you put a fan directly on them to hasten the cooling process.

And you have a healthy (there is avocado in it), absolutely delicious, guilt-free chocolate chip dessert.

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