27 Things for My 27th Year!

Another birthday, and a new kind of list!

Inspired by my good friend, Ashley, I decided that I would do 27 things that I’ve been either too scared, too busy, too lazy, or too forgetful to do before I turn 28! I am very grateful that Ashley will b accompanying me on some of these adventures!

I feel that the effort I put into thinking of things to do is a testament to the fact that I’ve been privileged to do so many amazing, wonderful, and new things these last few years. I’m very “Go big, or Go Home,” so I had fun getting ideas and coming up with my own to make my 27th year on this earth more than memorable!

If you’re local and want to join me, let me know! If you know of a place/person/program I can contact to accomplish some of these, please let me know about that, as well!

So, here we go:

27 Things for My 27th Year

  1. Sunrise hike at Cowles Mountain with Ashley!*
  2. Go Skydiving (I am TERRIFIED of heights)!
  3. Create a modeling portfolio (for Natural Models LA and True Models Management submission)
  4. Go to Stagecoach to see Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert (wear shorts and fringe tops!) OR go see Mariah Carey (aka, The Chanteuse) in Las Vegas!!!
  5. Sunset/Sunrise or Beach Yoga Class
  6. Have a date with myself: Massage, Facial, Shopping, and Dinner…just me!
  7. Take a class at The Cheese Store of San Diego
  8. Have brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado
  9. Volunteer with Urban Angels Soup Kitchen*
  10. Take a spin class
  11. Host a dinner party
  12. Gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  13. Ride a bike (I haven’t since I broke my wrist on one in 10th grade)
  14. Visit the Museum of Tolerance (and Kelly H.) in the City of Angels!
  15. Take a surfing lesson*
  16. “Free Hugs” at Balboa Park*
  17. Thursday Night Throwdown (Line Dance Lessons) at  Moonshine Flats/Incahoots (I WILL learn to line dance)!*
  18. Write a letter to my 35 year old self
  19. Hot Chocolate 15K
  20. Picnic at a National Park (finally use that dang picnic basket I bought in 2010).*
  21. Get the SeeSondraSlim Facebook page to 500 likes!
  22. Learn to play a song on the guitar
  23. Buy Starbucks for strangers
  24. Surprise 5 people when they least expect it (Document on FB/Blog/Instagram)
  25. Book my next International expedition
  26. Be published in a magazine/publication
  27. Bingo Night at a casino

This will surely be a fun journey, and I cannot wait to document it all here on SeeSondraSlim!

Thank you for all the years of support, and for bearing with me as I continue to try and juggle this project along with real life! I adore you all!

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Besides What You See….

Ok, confession: I love musicals.

Like, obsessively, ridiculously love musicals.

Like, when I drive home at 5 am in the morning from my night shifts, I’ll turn off the radio and sing songs from Funny Girl or The Sound of Music, or Frozen to keep me entertained and awake.

My mom introduced me to The Sound of Music when I was about 5 years old, and it’s still one of my very favorite stories and musicals of all time!

This post was inspired by the song Maria sings:

“Strength doesn’t lie in numbers
Strength doesn’t lie in wealth
Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumbers
When you wake up — Wake Up!

It tells me all I trust I lead my heart to
All I trust becomes my own
I have confidence in confidence alone

I have confidence in confidence alone
Besides what you see I have confidence in me!”

I have always loved those lines, but as I learned to love myself over the years, it dawned on me how this little musical affirmation makes such a difference for me!

People remark on my confidence pretty frequently, and it always surprises me. In my ideal world, we would all be confident and ambitious people, who wake up ready to kick ass, and take names! “Can’t,” “won’t,” “shouldn’t” and other hesitant words would be abolished from our vocabularies, and we’d put our big girl (or boy) panties on and MAKE. THINGS. HAPPEN.

But, alas, we are only human. we aren’t sure if we can pull off a certain look, quit a job to chase our dreams, or maybe even make rent next month. The list goes on, and on!

I really value the fact that people see me as a strong, and confident person. I am those things. But rest assured, I have bad days, financial problems, personal struggles, and insecurities too! I tend to be more vulnerable and candid with these things, because I think it’s very important for people to know that someone with a past like mine-filled with emotional abuse, physical abuse, homelessness, and other various struggles- is surviving merely because of a choice. Maybe even because I live in a world that assumes those things will break me, or make me weak.

I am a LOT of things…but weak is generally only used to describe me when cookies are involved (no shame).

I genuinely believe that confidence is something I put on every day. It’s that coat of mascara to make you look a little more awake, or that statement necklace you use to punch up a basic ensemble. It’s the finishing touch to make you feel a little more…complete. And if you do this everyday, soon, it becomes second nature, and you find yourself walking taller, smiling at more strangers, and smiling to yourself because you feel wonderful.

Because you feel like a powerful, wonderful YOU.

Life has issued me many challenges, and I face more and more of them everyday. But knowing that you have those beautiful, strong qualities inside you makes it a bit better. Take a minute each day to “put your confidence on,” and I promise you’ll see some really positive changes. I am at the point now where I feel confident just because I wear matching bra and panty sets (thank you, OCD!).

You deserve to be treated like the amazing person you are. But you have to lead by example, and show the world what you deserve. It starts with you! And if it’s a corny
“Sound of Music” verse (or a Lil’ Wayne freestyle, which also works wonders for me, as well), then SO BE IT!

Sometimes, you just have to fake it until you make it. And that is perfectly fine, if it helps you build that confidence in yourself. Own it, rock it, and SHOW THEM HOW AMAZING YOU ARE!

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Photo: Bing Images

I’m always here in your corner. 🙂

‘Til Next Time! Have a great week!

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The “Get Fit” Lust List!

Ahh….2015 is here. I am really excited for everything it has in store!

This means every time I go to the gym, I’ll end up leaving without a workout (or my sanity), because either all of the parking or all of the equipment will be occupied. Thankfully, I recently got ClassPass, which allows me to go to many of the super adorable, super trendy fitness studios for a variety of concentrated workouts (my favorites so far are Yoga Sculpt at Yoga Six Point Loma, and Barre at PureBarre Hillcrest), on my time, in the area where I happen to be.

For a girl with two jobs, and a limited sleep schedule, this is an amazing option. I kept my 24 Hour Fitness membership as well, because I get a rebate through one of my jobs that pays for all but $4 of it!

I am currently training for the Mermaid 5K here in San Diego, as well as the Hot Chocolate 15K in March…so those treadmills come in handy for training!

As I get re-fired up for the New Year, I’ve gotten back into more “clean” eating, and I have so many awesome products I have found to aid in my fitness journey that I cannot wait to get my hands on-so I thought I’d share them with you! I get REALLY excited about fancy inventions (and a little angry that I didn’t think of them), and I try to evaluate how practical they are for myself, and my lifestyle. I have decided that these are “must haves,” and will gradually be adding them to my arsenal!

Yoga SmartMat -$297 (pre-order price, ships this Summer)

This mat is AMAZING! It has an app for almost all of your tech devices to aid in really strengthening and improving your practice. Check out the description from the site:

“There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to yoga. That’s why we built SmartMat to be unique to its owner. The first time you use your SmartMat, it will take you through a series of movements to calibrate your body shape, size and personal limitations.
This Personal Profile information is stored in your SmartMat App, and will help SmartMat detect when you’re out of alignment or balance. Over time, it will automatically evolve with updated data as you improve your yoga practice.Your body. Your yoga. Your SmartMat.”

There’s also a really cool video on the site that you can watch to get a better idea of how and why it works. I MUST HAVE ONE!!! As soon as I can justify spending that kind of money (after all, I’m still recovering from Christmas), it’s mine!

Six Pack Bags- Expert Innovator 300 -$69.99

These bags are pretty awesome. They allow you

Check out the online product description: “The bag comes with  2 Gel Packs, 3 Snap Lid containers, 1 large sports nutrition container and ergonomic shoulder strap.Everything you need to travel fit™. The biggest innovation in meal management for the fitness elite.
Travel effortlessly with more than 3 meals, sports nutrition products and supplements. “

The side pockets can hold your shaker bottles, an extra change of gym clothes maybe? The possibilities are endless…and being someone ALWAYS on the go, this bag is ideal for my meal prep needs. I can make meals in advance, and then just portion them every night into my containers and be able to hit the road the next day! GENIUS! Also, use code WELCOME15 for 15% off any purchase!

SkinnyFox Detox Tea-14 Day Total Body Reboot -$34

So, a friend and I were talking about detox teas, and our mission to quit coffee this year. While making the switch exclusively to tea, we thought doing a cleanse (especially one that requires you to simultaneously eat well for the best results) would be a good idea. I have been following Skinny Fox Detox on Instagram for awhile now, and immediately thought of this program. So, this is en route to my house as we speak, and combined with 5K training, clean eating, and yoga…I am excited for the results! Check out the product description from the site:

“Our response to the notorious 10 Day Master Cleanse, unlike the Lemonade Diet or the Master Cleanse, Mini Fox Detox does not require you to starve yourself, drink pepper water or salt water.

We utilize a TWO part plan, consisting of a morning and night tea:

-Morning Tea: ‘Hello Gorgeous’ – Taken when you wake up, this tea is very smooth with no bitterness. Blended to consist of the most powerful natural teas and herbs to give you metabolism boosting, increased energy and fight fat accumulation. Comes in a loose leaf form for guaranteed freshness.

-Evening Tea: ‘Goodbye Cherry Pie’ – Taken before you go to bed, every other night, this tea is very light and easy to drink. Blended with a natural and gentle laxative and herbs to prevent stomach cramping. This tea is meant to help you say ‘Goodbye’ to toxin accumulation! Made in tea bags that have been oxygen whitened, without the use of bleach or other chemicals.

You will receive 40 grams of Hello Gorgeous and 7 tea bags of Goodbye Cherry Pie”

Also, you can check out all the ingredients on this awesome page of the Skinny Fox site, and it goes into detail of each and every single tea and what they use in it! I’ll keep you all posted on how it works, as soon as I get started.

CrockPot Lunch Crock – $24.99

Ok, so at one of my offices, there is no microwave. This can cause issues when it comes to my ability to make good decisions at lunch time, I have no problem admitting it!

So, the beauty of this item is that you put your meal in, plus it in when you get to work, and voila! Hot food by lunch time! My kind of crockpot! It’s great for the soups I love to make, but I can also put roasted veggies and already prepared meats in here, and not risk them drying out or being undercooked, as well.

Note: The link goes to Amazon, but I found this same product at Target for $19.99. But only in blue/black combo..so I may go to Target.com or pay extra on Amazon to get a “funner” color. Don’t act like this surprises you.

I am really excited to continue my quest to get back on track, and can’t wait to keep you all posted!

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I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! Remember, it’s not about the resolutions….it’s about enjoying every second of your life, and making it amazing!

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