Painting with a Sis Event + Create Your Own Opportunities


The Events’ Theme: Created to Create 

Exodus 30 30-35

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Although I’ve always enjoyed art, I never had any formal training until college. This is where I fell in love with painting. I found it to be very calming and fun. I continued periodically over the years but I didn’t take it seriously. It was just something I did in my spare time to relax.

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Moving Forward After Trauma + Creative Healing 

This week, Facebook reminded me of a post I wrote four years ago.  I had been released from the hospital days prior after having my son.  It was one of the happiest days of my life and a pivoting moment that I will never forget.  The picture below is the day I came home. I was happy and nervous about the journey ahead of me. Since I only saw my son a handful of times during the first three weeks of his life, I was now on full-time duty and moving on with life.

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A Week in my Shoes + Lesson in Time Management

Week of March 19 – March 26 : This week started off with a bang!

Sunday: I went to church and then we had a family dinner at my sisters’ house.  It was so much fun!  I love that my immediate family and my brother-in-law’s family can come together and just hang out. We took the kids to the park nearby that had a nice water splash section for the children.  My son saw a huge wasp nearby and made up in his mind that he didn’t want to get in the water because of it.  My sister tried to pick him and walk him through the water, but it didn’t work.  Haha!  As long as that insect was around, he would not be near it.  Eventually he moved over to the swings and apparatus along with the other kids. It’s amazing how children find happiness in the smallest things.

Monday: My husband and I attended the Houston Rodeo and really enjoyed ourselves.  We received the tickets from my job, (who received it from a client), and the attendees couldn’t go. My coworkers insisted that I take them since I’m new to town. I almost passed on it because it was for a Country artist that I didn’t know… and who would I take with me? I grabbed the tickets anyway.  If I couldn’t find anyone, I was going to ask one of my coworkers.  However, my husband agreed… I think the pressure from his coworkers helped with that decision. LOL!

If you’ve never heard of or been to the Houston Rodeo, you’re missing out on a great experience. Kudos to my husband for experiencing something new. He is definitely a city boy and this was all country flavor. Literally! 

Between all of the cows and horses racing, and then a country concert, he had an experience he won’t forget. He didn’t even complain about walking on the dirt to get to the floor seats for the concert.

We had a great time!

Tuesday, Wed. Thurs.: Work… lots of projects and increased work load.  My job is still going well, I’m happy to say. After work, I prepared for Agape Centric’s fundraiser, a non-profit run by my family ( We raised funds for our annual back to school event scheduled for August.  So, my sister and father threw down in the kitchen to make some awesome lunches (BBQ pulled Pork and sausage links, etc.) and you know I handled the desserts: salted chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, pound cake… This week, I really felt the pressure though, especially on Friday.

At work, all I could think about were the desserts I needed to make that night… and the few items that I still needed to pick up from the store.  At the end of 2016, I learned that time management will be the key to my success.  To have desserts for the weekend, I need to prepare at least a week in advance… and if there is more detail or is a large order, I definitely need more time.

On a night where I would really like to have a date night or something, I’m going to be baking and putting the other desserts in bags. I guess I’ll rest later.  That’s the price I have to pay if I want to do something I love, and stay on a deadline. I can say, there’s no better joy than to stay up late working on a dessert.  I do it with no hesitation and will stay up until I’m happy with the result. Basically, I love this and am willing to make a sacrifice.

What’s crazy is, the more I bake, the more requests come in.  This is a great problem to have, however, I want to make sure I’m consistent with the product and presentation.  I also want to make sure that I pace myself accordingly so that I don’t burn out.  [I talked a little bit about this in a previous post / video].  Needless to say, I got it all done and we had a wonderful event.  Two people even inquired about two desserts in the next few months.  I will be happy to make them.

Cheers to enjoying life and pursing my dreams at any cost!

Peace and Love!


P.S. Here are some lessons I’ve learned on time management:

  • plan out all details ahead of time
  • purchase items early
  • start working as early as possible
  • don’t stress
  • think clearly and stay positive
  • do what you can and let it be!



Puppy Chow! A Delicious and Crunchy, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Snack (for humans) You’ll Love

“Puppy Chow, like… dog food?” Nope! It’s food for humans, although I’m not quite sure how this snack got its name.  Puppy Chow is near and dear to my heart. On our trips to visit family as a child, my aunt would make us this delicious snack. We loved it and always asked for more.

Years later, every time we see her, she has a box of Puppy Chow waiting for us… Yep! I’m in my thirties and still get Puppy Chow when I come to visit. It’s a great memory and something I still love.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Flaky Sea Salt

I love Chocolate Chip cookies!… and if you try this recipe, I know you will love it too. I made these a few times over the holidays and each time it was a hit. This recipe is actually the same as the one I used to make another cookie I posted about a few months back with brown butter, dried cherries, roasted almonds, and white chocolate. (You can see that recipe here.) The only difference is an addition of cinnamon and my Homemade Vanilla Sea Salt instead of coarse sea salt on top.

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Trying Something New! 

“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” – Soledad O’Brien Continue reading

A Grateful Heart

Recently, I was in a bad mood.  Very irritable, and just didn’t want to be bothered with anyone.  I don’t know where it came from, but it was here and I couldn’t shake it.  I went in my room to say a prayer and then headed out to run my errands.  I thought this would be a perfect time to listen to a podcast.  I opened my Soundcloud app and started scrolling through the handful of people I follow to search for a title that spoke to me.  I came across two podcasts that really helped me shift my focus. I’ve provided links to the podcasts if you’d like to take a listen.

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