Life of Z: Week 1

Hey there!
I hope you are doing well! You could call me the queen of procrastination because I never write, or put it aside… haha well. I just keep getting caught up in my life. My anxiety and always making excuses for myself. Like I just want to live and enjoy.

The other day I posted a photo of myself for World Mental Health Day, because I know there are a lot of people out there who suffer. Quietly, too. I am for sure one of those people. In this photo I captured myself feeling happy. And I try to look at it when I am feeling all anxious and unhappy.

So I wanted to try something new. I am the type of person to try many things in hopes of finding peace with my anxiety and hoping to find happiness along the way. I want to capture my everyday life with a photo. Whether it is of myself or something that makes me smile. I want to be more proactive for myself, to remind myself to be happy and enjoy life.

So here’s my first week, with just few photos.

Michelle being all cute at the pumpkin patch!
A photo of me taken by my daughter

I look forward to doing this!
Take care, XOXO

Tacos De Tinga

Hello friends,
It’s been a minute haha. I hope you are doing well. July simply flew by, as if it didn’t exist. I really have been living through my words and living in the moment. I’ve been trying to do more reading and just use my time efficiently. Other than that, all I do is work.

However, when I am not working I am eating… literally tacos. Breakfast tacos, lunch & dinner tacos. #tacosforever? This week, I had a little extra time on my hands and I was trying to decide what to cook for lunch/dinner I kept going back to Tinga. If you aren’t familiar with Tinga, it’s an authentic Mexican dish made out of tomato and Chipotle sauce and usually always mixed with shredded chicken. You can put the Tinga on some corn tortillas for tacos, burritos, tostadas, or even pair it with eggs for breakfast if you want to go that way.

I simply made tacos added some queso fresco, cilantro, and a dab of sour cream for color and pizzazz lol. Anyway, I’ll keep it simple for you and share the recipe I used.

Tacos De Tinga

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A delicious authentic Mexican dish that will have you asking for seconds.


Ingredients


– 1 pound whole boneless chicken breast
– 4 tomatoes
– 1 large sweet onion
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 2 tsp chicken bouillon
– 1 can of Chipotle in adobo sauce
– 2 tbsp Oregano
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1 cup of chicken broth
– Salt to taste
– 4 tbsp of Cooking oil

Directions


1. In a large pot place the chicken breast and drown them with water. Add 2 garlic cloves, 2 tsp of chicken bouillon and bring to a boil.
2. Once chicken is cooked, reserve 1 cup of the broth. I like to reserve a little extra just in case I need more. Place the breasts to cool off aside. Thinly slice the sweet onion and set aside.
3. Gut the inside of the tomatoes and chop it into about an inch big. Place the tomatoes into a blender then add the oregano, canned chipotle sauce, black pepper, dash of salt, & chicken broth. Blend. At this time, shred the chicken and set aside.
4. In the empty large pot, add the oil and onion. Cook until the onion is a bit translucent then add garlic clove. Saute then add the sauce. Finally, add the shredded chicken and bring to a simmer.


At this time you can now put your Tinga on some soft corn tortillas, tostada, or burrito! Add some queso fresco, crema, and cilantro. Dinner is served!

November Notes

Hello,

I hope your Thanksgiving was well spent with good company and good vibes. Mine was quiet and relaxing, I spent my morning with my daughter and her father. We went on a nice afternoon walk to the park and we played hide-and-seek and tag. While we spent the afternoon in the park, I took the time to appreciate life and my surroundings. The wind, ocean, trees, and human interaction was astounding.

The atmosphere during the holidays is special because you get to see all the people coming together and interacting. It was all perfect in its own way. Well, perfect for me…

Dinner was also quiet and delicious. I cooked a ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread stuffing, Mac and cheese. I couldn’t have asked for more of the day.

If you read my November Intentions post I gave myself a few tasks to complete for the month. 1. was to be more present while spending time with my family (no screen time). 2. Give me some time to be creative. 3. Express gratefulness towards something daily and try to create a habit of it.

As I am wrapping up the month I’d like to say that I pretty much did as I hoped. When I quit Facebook and other social media platforms I found myself not spending as much time on my phone. Sure, I’d go on to check my Instagram account, however, it wasn’t the first thing I woke up to do. I really emphasized to myself to wake up and set the tone of the day by doing something else. Since then, I have found myself to be more creative and picking up my old reading habits. I’ve been writing a lot of short stories or just anything in my journals and I end up feeling very well.

Another thing I was working on was practicing gratitude/thankfulness for something daily. To be honest, I tried to not be repetitive to myself, but man! I’m truly blessed with everything I have. I mean we all are. For the simple things to exist and all is simply a major thing to be grateful for.

Grateful for everything; feelings of joy and happiness.

November was truly good to me and I’m so happy to share these words with you. I can’t wait for what December has in store! We are going to end the last month of the year with a BANG!!!!!

Until then, I’m sending you much love!

-Zayra XOXO