My first Tinder date…

My first tinder date was two years ago on Valentine’s day (02/14/2016)…

Most of my friends and family may be surprised to find out I was even on tinder.

Before I even downloaded it, I thought it was stupid and told myself I would NEVER EVER have it. Yet I am here writing to you about my first date…. on tinder. Continue reading “My first Tinder date…”

Dear Future Husband…

Does anyone else write letters to their future husband, pray for them or randomly send them love OR is it just me?!

After being single for over 3 years, there were times when I would get discouraged or have the feeling I would be alone forever.

As I was growing in my spirituality and learning to truly love who I am and be my authentic self, it was difficult to connect to the men around me and it seemed like the selection was getting smaller and smaller.

Sure, I dated several guys in the last 3 years but nothing that last more than a few weeks. As I look back, I realized two things.

  1. FILLING IN THE VOID: Instead of focusing on myself, I was going on dates to fill in the void of feeling “lonely”. I eventually decided to sit in that loneliness and realized I wasn’t alone; I had myself and God and of course all my loved one around me.
  2. I WAS WAITING: Sure I did date all these guys but like I said, nothing lasted more than a few weeks and in a way it was like I innately knew that these men were not going to be my HUSBAND and I wasn’t going to waste more time on them. In a strange way I was waiting for him.

So, in the past year something in me shifted. I began tapping into my spirituality and creating a relationship with God, I was loving myself and admiring my gifts and talents, I was confident and outspoken, I was living in bliss. My thoughts and mindset turned into happy and positive ones and I noticed so much love entering in my life. I also noticed that things I was manifesting were showing up as well.

Then one day out of the blue I was driving and I started thinking about my future husband and what he could be possibly doing. I turned the music down and I said “I hope where ever you are, that you are happy!” I hope he heard me. HA HA.

Anyway, a few days later I decided to write down a few things I would appreciate in a husband. Below are a few qualities that I jotted down:

  • Be present; not focused on the past or the future but show up everyday as present as possible. 
  • Has integrity; honest with his word and commitments to himself and to those around him. 
  • Has a sense of humor; is a clown that can make me laugh and make those around him smile.
  • He is confident when faced with challenges, thrives from it and enjoys learning from those experiences.
  • Knows that he has a purpose in life. 
  • Is filled with love, light, and joy. 
  • He is vegan (for his health and to save all the animals)
  • Loves traveling.
  • Loves nature and sitting in silence.
  • Enjoys hiking and going to the beach.
  • Spiritual
  • Has a powerful presence but is gentle at the same time
  • Loves giving hugs and holding hands

These are just some of the qualities I would love. In writing them down and sharing them, it’s like I am manifesting it to God and to the universe.

Honestly, the last couple of months I was sad and tired of being alone. I just wanted to cry because I saw all of my loved ones with a partner, getting engaged, married or having babies. I have gone through so much in my life the last 3 years and I wanted someone to share that with and someone to support me through it.

Oh but God knows exactly what He is doing in my life and he likes to remind me.

While I was reading “The Greatest Thing in the World” by Henry Drummond, a certain part stood out to me.

  • Love is Patience. This is the normal attitude of Love; Love passive, Love waiting to begin; not in a hurry; calm; ready to do its work when the summons comes, but meantime wearing the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. Love suffers long; beareth all things; believeth all things; hopeth all things. For Love understands, and therefore waits.

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I believe that my love is out there and I am willing to wait and be calm until the day he walks into my world.

Deep down inside I knew that everything I was going through AND I am still going through is only preparing me. Could you imagine if I was in a relationship when I did not love myself, when I wasn’t confident? As I patiently wait for my husband, I will continue to share love and work on myself.

Now, you are patiently waiting to read the letter I wrote my future husband. I will not keep you waiting any longer. The letter is short but it’s from the heart.

Dear husband of mine,

                I am writing this to you, without knowing who you are, where you are, and what you may be doing. All I know is that I love you with all of my heart, as crazy as that sounds. For a time, I was scared to find love and be in love, I have been “heartbroken” before and that caused me to hide from the world. For the last couple of years, I have been working on myself, to better who I am, to be present, to be joyful and happy, and to be light in this world.

                We will meet when God and the universe intend us too. It will be perfect timing. All the time before was preparing us and making sure we were ready for one another. I have prayed and thought about you several times, I have cried wishing you were already with me. I have even spoken to you with words of love while I was driving. I am sending you lots of love wherever you were. I hope that you are smiling and that you are enjoying every single minute of your day and life.

                Love is a magical thing. I can’t wait to share it with you, to hold your hand, hug you and kiss you, my dear.

Love, 

Your wife. 

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Okay, there you go. I will probably write more letters to him but I wanted to share with you my heart and thoughts.

As I walk through life and I see my family and friends in relationships and marriages and even as I see other people with loved ones, it feels my heart with joy that one day I will be able to experience that. Thank you for sharing your love for one another.

For those that are also patiently waiting for their loved one, I pray for you that as you do wait that you are filled with joy and light. I hope that you love yourself so much, that the love that does enter your life only magnify’s it even more and you share that with those around you.

As always, I love all of you so very much.

With love, light, and gratitude.

Karina

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Puerto Rico // Day 1: La Cueva del Indio and Cueva Ventana

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted but I felt inspired to keep blogging about my life and my adventures.

I recently took a trip to Puerto Rico with my dear friend, Sharon. We were only there a few days (May 4th-8th) but the experience was unforgettable. We didn’t get to explore everything that we wanted to but I left satisfied, refreshed, blessed and very burnt…. haha.

Day 1, Sharon and I left early to go explore Cueva Ventana (Window Cave) but little did we know that on our way there we would take a wrong turn and this is what we would find…

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This view is called Lagos Dos Bocas (Dos Bocas Lake). We didn’t get to do this but there is a boat ride on the lake that provides lunch!

Once we stopped admiring the view, we headed back on the highway to Cueva Ventana. When we arrived at 8 AM, we were a little disappointed to find out that they don’t open until 10 AM!!!! Truthfully, it was my fault, I should have done more research. But I did not let that ruin out trip. I started searching for places near by and this is what I found…

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This was 30 minutes away from Cueva Ventana. This awesome place is called La Cueva del Indio and I highly recommend it. It’s not well known but I wanted to share with you all this hidden treasure. The views were completely different from every angle, it was breathtaking.

Two hours later we were back on the road to Cueva Ventana! The whole morning did not go as planned but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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We began our tour at noon and it took about 1.5 hours. You are provided with a helmet and a flashlight. (I suggest you bring hiking shoes as some of the areas are slippery.)

I do not recommend this tour if you fear the following:

  • The dark
  • Caves
  • Bats
  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Slippery rocks
  • The unknown…

But if you are totally cool with it, then go for it! I highly enjoyed myself. There was a moment when the tour guide asked us to turn off our flashlights and at that moment I closed my eyes and a wave of gratitude came over me. But I heard some others squeal in fear..

To end Day 1, we had to explore some of Old San Juan! Below are pictures of the beautiful city!

Lastly, we went to dinner at The Locals on Calle Loiza. While we were there we ran into this cool wall. It’s basically a library, you can take a book as long as you replace it with another book!

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And that folks was Day 1  in Puerto Rico. I fell in love with the island the moment I stepped off the plane! If you are ever in PR, please check out these places, you will not regret it!

I am sending you huge amounts of love from this side of the screen.

If you’d like to check out more photos about my trip follow my travel Instagram account @thewanderersbucketlist

Day 2: Bone Broth Cleanse

Hello there!

Today was a day two of the cleanse.

I am still going strong… I have drank all 6 cups of bone broth and 64 ounces of water.

My body is feeling the opposite though. I woke up with the sensation I was going to get sick. I was fairly weak, felt fatigued, and even had some brain fog.

I went along with my day, I did a mini workout at home with some jump squats, burpees, and push ups. I even did some yoga to stretch and relax.

I didn’t really feel hungry throughout the day but I did begin to get very cold. I’m usually cold most of the times but today I felt it everywhere.

By 6 pm, I felt exhausted and drained. I got a little worried, I ended up researching any side affects of the cleanse and some that were mentioned were cold flu like symptoms, tired, weak, brain fog, headaches, etc.

I guess that means the cleanse is working! HA.

Even though I feel this way, I know that this will benefit my body. It’s getting rid of any bad bacteria in my body. I am really looking forward to how I feel in the next couple of days.

 

Day 1: Bone Broth Detox

Day one has been completed and it wasn’t as bad as you think it would be!

Tip!

  • Make sure to defrost or thaw out your Bone Broth about 24 hours before you are going to cook it!

I started the morning by drinking about 32 ounces of water, I did some yoga and wrote in my journal. I started to feel hungry but I tried not to think about it too much. Eventually the hunger went away.

I made my first portion of bone broth at around 11 a.m. And it was quite tasty. It taste like soup except you don’t have the chicken and vegetables to chew on.

I had a meeting for work, so I cooked some more bone broth and put it in my Hydro flask to keep it warm and I drank that throughout my meeting.

After the meeting I went to Target but after I left, I started to feel a little weak and was very tired.

I ended my day with another 16 ounces of bone broth before I went to bed.

I am looking forward to see how I will feel like tomorrow!

Stay tuned! 🙂

It’s cleanse time…

In the past two years I have eaten fairly healthy compared to most people that live in the U.S.

BUT I am not close to being as healthy as I want to be. Since I have decided to eat healthier these are the changes I’ve made….

  • I’ve cut down on eating animal protein (I have it once, maybe twice a week; I used to eat it everyday.)
  • I only drink water, tea, or Kombucha (occasionally I’ll have a coffee.)
  • I barely have any processed foods in my home (If I do I try my best to purchase items that have 5 ingredients or less and that the ingredients are real foods!)
  • In the last two years I have included plenty of vegetables and fruits but in the last 6 months or so, I’ve been eating more raw vegetables.
  • I only use olive, sesame, or coconut oil
  • I’ve started to add more super foods (goji berries, chlorella, spirulina, maca, cacao nibs, etc.)

Even though many of my family and friends think I eat super healthy, I still indulge in some fries, burgers, pizza, desserts once in a while. But when I do, I can immediately feel how it affects my body. I start feeling lazy, fatigue, I honestly feel gross. This might sound crazy but I literally feel it in my gut.

As much as I’ve changed my lifestyle, I still have a lot more work to do. I’ve always wanted to do some type of cleanse but I somehow made myself think I was too busy to make it happen.

After TWO years, I am fully buckling down and doing a Bone Broth Cleanse for 3 days.

When I tell people that I will be doing this, they give me a crazy look but truthfully I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED.

A bone broth cleanse will basically give your gut a fresh start, which is exactly what I need. I need to give my body a break. I constantly think of food, and I am constantly eating; my digestive system doesn’t get a chance to relax. I want to have self-control when it comes to consuming food.

I want to do some research on bone broth cleanses and I found some pretty cool and interesting things on it.

Here are some benefits that come from this type of cleanse.

  • It gives your digestive system a fresh start
  • slows down aging process
  • increases feeling of well-being
  • reignite energy
  • natural source of collagen

Since I will only be consuming Bone Broth and water, I will be killing and starving any bad bacteria or parasites that I have in my body. If you didn’t know SUGAR feeds bad bacteria. And if you know me, I LOVE sugar. Even though I try to get my source of sugar from healthier foods like fruits, sweet potatoes, and cacao, at the end of the day it’s still sugar. I am quite excited to be killing off the bad bacteria in my body.

Before you go off buying bone broth from your supermarket make sure that you know where the product is coming from.

I purchased Bonafide provisions from http://www.wisechoicemarket.com and I bought The Flavor Chef from http://www.bonebroth.com

When purchasing Bone Broth make sure that it’s organic, that the chicken or animal is grass fed this ensures that the animal isn’t raised with hormones, antibiotics, or toxins; basically any impurities. The bone broths that you may get from the stores will probably have all of the things listed above and the bones have been usually cooked for about 4 hours when it should really take time to cook, about 18 hours.

You may be asking, why the heck would you want to do a bone broth cleanse?

Honestly, a part of me wants to do this because I am becoming a Health Coach and I want to see what works and what may not work for people. It’s a great part of my journey to happiness and health.I also eat healthier, especially more organic foods. A few other reasons are that I’d like to truly give my gut a break and I want to start feeling more energized and be more focused. Lastly, I’ve been having hormonal imbalance issues and I am hopefully that cleansing my body will help me in this area.

During the next three days, I will be recording myself and writing down how the process it going, how I feel and what changes I am seeing in my body (externally and internally).

If you have done a bone broth cleanse and have any tips or advice, please share!

Love,

Karina