As someone who’s constantly on the go. And I mean this in every sense. Whether it be physically or mentally. It’s hard to make time for yourself and perhaps others. This is your reminder to do so. Self love. Self care. And find balance in your life. Take a few minutes to breathe. Call someone who makes you happy or take a walk. Whatever it takes to bring you back from turmoil. Cry it out if you need to. Life can be hard. It’s okay to not be okay.
I have a lot of moments like this as a mother. Motherhood is a still something I struggle with emotionally every day. I love my babies. They’re my world. It’s easy to forget about myself in the heat of things. When they’re crying and need things. Once they’re in bed after a long and difficult day. The mom guilt comes in and there I am wishing I could of done better and wondering what I could of done better. But I try to remember that the best thing is to take care of myself. If I’m taking care of myself then I’m bringing that positivity into their lives as well. Even to those around me. Although it’s better said than done. Please try to make time for you.
This month makes 6 months since I went with my husband to pick up our Tesla Model Y we named Baymax. 6 months of ownership and I’m still in love. Husband doesn’t drive much but he has little complaints so far. We love it. It’s been lovely. But of course with it’s small faults.
I love wagon strollers. It fits both the kids. I can take them anywhere and it’s fun. The kids love it. 4 year old with diagnosed autism and a 1 year old. Both full of energy. I love the wagon strollers. But we ran into space issues. It’s difficult or damn near impossible to get our babytrends stroller wagon inside. I’ve debated the wonder wagon at this point. But not sure dimension wise if it would result in the same issue even though it folds. To fit the wagon we need to push the middle seats very forward. Car seats and all. It makes the front seats uncomfortable and have to find a comfortable position to drive beforehand. Takes a lot of planning. Unfortunately might have to give up the wagon for a smaller stroller. But we shall see if we get the wonder wagon (review on that when it happens. Yay)
As a New Yorker or living in the city. I don’t drive enough everyday. I work a hybrid schedule and run errands: groceries, appointments, pick ups, drop offs, occasional travels to nearby states. In this moment as I write this blog, I’ve put on 4,629 miles on the car. Monthly that would be about 711 miles. But in days to be more exact: 26.45 miles per day. We owned a CRV previously which on average gave us 27 mpg. Held about 14 gallons of gas. Average 370 miles we would get out of the Honda. I usually filled when it had 100 miles left. Every 2 weeks and spent 27 dollars at the time. Now with raised gas prices: 42 dollars. According to the Tesla App with their new updated I’ve supposedly saved about 98 dollars.
Personally it’s more like 85 dollars but with the occasional road trip I can tell why the numbers would be off. Where I go I can plug into a family members home and let it trickle charge for the weekend. Saving more without supercharge. As you can see I tend to charge more at home which is slow but good for the weekend and the amount of driving I do. I would say the savings goes up since we use ConEds Smart Charge Rewards program.
If you don’t know what that is. It’s a program from ConEd for your EV where you can earn a bit of money back (goes to your PayPal account). It’s like cash back for EV. Use it towards your light bill and the amounts vary each month based on your usage. Average I get back somewhere between 10-17 dollars a month from home charging. The savings go up to 95-102 dollars or use that towards a super charging visit since it tends to be around 15-17 dollars for a 30-85 percent charge here. Whatever works for you. I love the program although it does need my Tesla account to access information. Not sure how I feel about that but I hope the savings are worth it. Here’s my referral link where you’ll get about 25,000 points which converts to 25 dollars your first month of trying the program!
Key Fob: Worth it?
I know the car uses our phones but sometimes it’s in my pocket or jacket. My hands are full. Or maybe I closed the app by accident. The keycard is confusing for the valet people sometimes. I figured why not the key fob. It’s pretty nice to have as back up in case anyone needs to drive the car for emergencies, opens the trunk and frunk, plus I can lock the car right away instead of waiting for a confirmation lock as I walk away. Worth it? Maybe not for everyone. But I have noticed the car unlocks much faster and more reliably than with phone only. Yes I’ve had moments I’m standing in front of Baymax. Trying to unlock and sentry mode is on. It’s like “hello I see you. Open up already” as soon take my phone out. It unlocks. Granted it doesn’t happen often but when it does. I’m stuck fumbling for my phone when I usually have my keys in hand. To me personally, worth it. But I know some people wouldn’t think so.
White Seats: Yay or Nay?
6 months is still early to tell for owning white seats. I personally LOVE the white seats. It appeals to me and of course I added the eye stickers so it looks like I’m sitting on a Baymax. It’s silly and fun. Kids love it. People see it and find it hilarious. Cleaning it has been easy as well. I use water wipes that I buy for my kids and wipe it down. Dry it off with bounty and call it a day. I don’t really eat or drink in the car so no stains that I’m worried about. I hardly wear jeans and if I do. They’re not new jeans, most of my jeans have been washed several times. Overall, white seats have been amazing for us even with both kids. They mainly eat puff snacks and things I can easily vacuum on cleaning day. Crumbs and dirt show more but a good vacuum easily makes everything disappear.
Charging in the City
Living in NYC, charging is well difficult and get out of the way. I say this because super chargers in the city tend to be in parking places where you have to pay on top of the charging costs. I personally find that a bit silly considering but understand it’s a business aspect. I mainly go to Yonkers in Ridgehill for supercharging if necessary. Free parking (for now) and it’s right to your left when you enter. Lots of teslas and it’s close to my office job. Mainly I charge at home where we rent. I’ve been fortunate that where I rent they’re understanding of my charging situation and accommodate by letting me charge mainly on the weekends over night. I’m thankful and I know it can be difficult otherwise for others with apartments. No driveways. No Level 2 charging. I’m curious as to how other New Yorkers with Tesla charge. If you’re one, please comment below!
It’s a wonderful car overall. Might be bumpy for some since I did notice that switching from my Honda. Hopefully some kind of upgrade will help with that but the kids love it. Husband loves it. All of us love it. Safety and investing in the future was our primary goal. I truly believe this will be our car for long term. There hasn’t been any maintenance costs as of yet. Mostly buying things such as pet liner, weather mats, seat covers for the car seats, armrest cover, little things for aesthetics, and such. I do also try to clean the car by hand myself. But might once a year get it detailed for maintenance. Let you all know how that goes.
Been a while. But I’m here and always ready. I prioritized family, school, work, and perhaps a little too much of Genshin Impact this past month. None the less I continued to practice my Tarot and my interests.
This past month I reconnected with my deck after a few weeks of not making contact with it. They have a funny way of telling me to focus on my path and that I’m on the right path for success. It recently told me to not crumble with the foundation that’s been built. All this comes to me in different forms of the coin cards.
Odd enough when my husband pulled a card for himself. It spoke about long term planning and future. To not rush into anything and look for opportunities. Thankfully, we are in no rush for the future and wish to live in the now and enjoy every moment. It’s eerie at times when the universe speaks to you. But I tell people to believe in themselves and the journey ahead of them. Whether they’re only starting their spiritual wellness journey or still on it.
It’s been a hectic month as I only get busier at work and focusing on everything in life. I miss blogging and I’m still here for the most part. Any down time I have will be for blogs. Hope everyone is well! My socials are below for connecting.
Weather changes bring about a stir of emotions. Transitions and new year begin to settle as time escapes and you start to feel there’s none left for yourself. That’s why this is a journey. My journey of self care and self love.
Being overwhelmed at times can cause certain things to suffer. I want to be present when I blog. To write and come back to it either later or consistently. That was my plan. However, I’ve found myself with less time and more time to hopefully grow. I’ve always been good at certain things. But never excelled the way I’d hope. I’ve settled to be only good enough since I haven’t found my calling or it hasn’t found me. Sometimes I don’t think I ever will. Perhaps there isn’t a calling. I just need to live, enjoy and watch everything else grow or hinder. To be thankful while also struggling with doubts.
I’m learning to be kind with myself. To devote my titles of mother and wife. But, I should be kinder to myself. Remind myself that I am enough. Even if there is room to be better. Strive for it and accept that there will be difficult days too. The universe has a funny way of giving my signs. And I’m ready to listen.
I hope everyone is doing well. Tarot Tuesdays will be returning soon as I still practice tarot and still take appointments. Thank you for reading. Stay sweet everyone.
My life has been a whirlwind ever since I began working. Between life at home, being a mother and wife, making sure everything and everyone is okay; it’s so easy to forget about myself. There’s not enough time in a day for anything less or more. Plans fall through and don’t work out the way we intended them to because life is unpredictable in that way. Little did I know…
After COVID, the life before the shutdown seems like a friend you grew distant from. You think of them from time to time but you know things are different.
I realized that I found my escape in different things I did in my every day routine to the office. During my lunch break I found a cute little restaurant where the people were warm and welcoming. They familiarized themselves with their customers and know who’s there everyday and love what they do. I’m the kind of person that I fall into routine quickly and almost never stray from what I do everyday.
However, when it came to this place I was on a mission to try out different items from their menu cause it made my lunch breaks fun. I think the chef enjoyed it. Every time I walked in he’s always letting me know about the new lunch special of the day he prepared and asked if I would like to try it. My answer was always “Yes Chef” and if there’s no lunch prepared I usually get something I haven’t tried yet on their menu. Of course I had my favorites and I would rotate between all of those favorites everyday. Along with the specials they would have. Their burgers and tacos were a definite favorite with a sprite or passion fruit juice on the side. Then, I would sit and open my kindle to continue the book I was reading for the week. I felt the stress melt. Wonderful food, quiet reading, and a smile or quick chatter with the chef and/or the owner. I would pay and thank them for the meal and make my way back to finish my shift.
There was something about those 30-45 min that were bliss to me. Knowing that for a moment it was about me. Nothing else. Sometimes I wish I could go back. But, then I sigh and tell myself; Life has moved on. And so have I.
Hope you enjoy this memory that came to me recently. I tend to get nostalgic at times and it’s nice to reminisce on things. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since this memory. So much has happened since then. What’s a memory you have whether pre-COVID or not that you miss that seems insignificant? As always stay sweet everyone!
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This has been the first anime in a long time that I couldn’t wait to write about. Of course there’s other but this one. THIS ONE. Left me with no choice but to write a review on it. Valentine’s Day is close by and with the upcoming release of the prelude to this anime. I thought why not.
Let me start by saying I didn’t watch the original. This is for the newer fruits basket. If the older one is worth it. I’ll watch it and enjoy that one too.
Fruits Basket is one of those animes that if you have no knowledge or background on what it is. The little summary will confuse you. You’ll read it and probably ask yourself. How can a show about people who turn into zodiac animas but they’re human and this female character be interesting? It has an almost perfect 5 star on Crunchyroll. The character looked pretty. I was like okay I’m going to either cringe or like this. Well, I loved it.
Tohru is someone you must protect at all costs. I understand it. The characters understand that. It’s a given. Most of the time you just want to hug her and make everything better or want to face palm yourself because she always cares about everyone except herself. The show is very slice of life, romance, psychological type genre. You meet the Zodiacs one by one who are all from the Sohma family line. Tohru automatically befriends them all. She’s the light and warmth that brings everyone together. Meanwhile, the curse and bond that holds the zodiacs together has subjected them to abuse from their God and/or their family. Some you see more than others. Especially Kyo, Yuki, Shigure, Haru and Momiji. The others you see here and there. But I believe Ritsu is a definite minor character you hardly see throughout the series. Overall, the characters and their development are wonderful. Tohru’s mother although she passed away before the series begins; is a major character throughout the show. It’s hard to not love her and cry at times for not even meeting her while she was still alive (hence the prelude coming). A lot of tears were shed for each character. There’s times where you’re frustrated, sad and overjoyed. But you start to get the flow of everyone’s emotions and then you’re on this roller coaster of emotions the whole time.
Spoilers Start Here. Don’t read if you plan one watching! Skip until Spoiler Ends
I won’t lie. At first I was so feeling the Yuki and Tohru ship. I found kyo frustrating in the beginning and Yuki was just someone you want to hug. Kyo had this wall that was difficult to read. Eventually you see why this isn’t a thing. How Yuki sees Tohru as a mom instead of a spouse. That’s fine. I actually like how they gradually built up their relationship and how they eased off the whole romance thing to focus on her and Kyo.
My favorite couple overall has to be Haru and Isuzu. The emotions and the way Haru reacts every time he sees her or when she sees him. It’s sweet and bitter due to the emotional abuse she’s endured. Her dedication in trying to break the curse to free them and love openly since Akito (God) would hurt her for loving him and being happy together. The way Haru tries to protect and be there for her while also loving her so passionately kills me since he can’t do much when she hides the abuse she endures with Akito. Isuzu although coming off as mean or distant at first is emotionally damaged from her past and when she cries into Tohru’s arms I couldn’t help but cry with her. Not knowing a parent’s unconditional love and feeling like a burden to those around her to decide to be kind is a lot to carry.
Spoilers End Here!
Honestly, this is only a snippet of so much in this anime. It’s 3 seasons. First two seasons have 24-25 episodes each. Then the 3rd has 13 episodes? There’s so many characters to love, like, hate, dislike that it’s hard to put it into one blog. If you like Romance, Slice of life, with some psychological trauma/drama involved. Check it out. And if you’ve watched fruits basket. Comment below on who your favorite character is and why.
I’ve started Tarot Readings again. For February and some of March. If anyone’s interested. Reach out through my social links below or contact me through WhatsApp, Email or Text: (917) 635-7597 or email@example.com. Stay sweet everyone! Hope you enjoyed.
I think in life we always want more. Whether it be personally or professionally. That’s okay. We all do at some point or another. It’s difficult to settle into something and wonder if it’s what we want to do for the rest of our lives. There was a point I asked myself: where do I want to be? Where am I going? Am I going to learn here?
I consider any and all lessons in life to be of value. Whether it be good or bad. We are all always in some way or form learning and gaining experience from our current selves in order to serve and/or assist our future selves. Generally as a spiritual person I do believe things happen for a reason. I hope it and believe it with everything I have.
I’m still unsure of who I am. What I want. I have goals and things I want to do. Constantly stressed about the future we will have. Will I teach my children well? When everything fails what will I have left? It’s a thought that can keep me awake at night. I’m sure many others too.
Something else I have always strived to have is connection with others. To have people to uplift and push me to be someone better. I hope I do the same for others. I appreciate the ones who are there for me and tell me I can do this even on days I don’t think I can do it.
Today I felt the need to pull some cards. To connect with my deck again to feel what it had to say. And alas it tells me the same as before. Justice and Ace of cups. That I’ve been wronged in the past and airing it out or perceiving it as part of a greater good benefits me. Meanwhile Ace of cups signals new beginnings. Both of which are generally true. It’s been almost a year of doing Tarot and these cards have brought me comfort like no other. I hope to continue using them through my journey of self love.
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It’s been 3 months since we took delivery of our Tesla Model Y Long Range. Living in New York City with an all electric vehicle has been interesting to say the least. I’ve gotten a lot of questions in terms of charging, how have I dealt with the cold weather, first impressions, and of course why a Tesla. All things I can answer now since owning our Tesla (who we named Baymax) for the past 3 months.
Electrics vehicle peaked my interested before I got my license. Previously I wasn’t a car person. Not one bit. But tech? Sure. Innovations? I’m curious. So seeing a car that I consider to be essentially somewhat of a phone on wheels; progress the way Tesla did, I did what I usually do and started researching. The safety scores, cleaner energy, and of course the charging network.
The configuration that was decided was white exterior with white interior, and seven seater long range. My husband and I went over the whole car with a checklist since there’s a chance of issues. Luckily the most we found was a seat issue that was recently fixed. Other than that the car was perfect! The white seats stand out so much and brighten the interior in a beautiful way. I was nervous to drive it since I knew about the regenerative braking. But it drove wonderfully. It felt sturdy and the acceleration makes you feel confident in handling to merge or make maneuvers needed. Ultimately it was a great ride all around. You could feel a bit more bumps on the road since we had a CR-V previously that handle bumps much better. But the ride is smooth besides that.
Charging in NYC
Well it’s complicated for the most part. It does mean going out of my way and adding an extra errand. And if I can I’ll charge in a 110 volt when I have permission since I rent where I live. 110 volt is very slow charge we get about 3-5 miles per hour. So it can take up to 24 hours to charge if I get it down to almost 50 percent battery. Unless I’m running errands near my job where I can go to a super charger 10 minutes away. There’s not much else you can do in terms of charge. Unless you own a home here. Have access to third party chargers. Have permission to get a faster charger installed. All that can be restricted or have expensive cost. (Parking garages have chargers. But you pay a parking fee AND charging fee.) It’s worked out so far where I only need to charge about once a week. I am still supercharging through my first 1000 miles free from a referral code I used when purchasing (the referral program stopped in October). Once I know how much it is to supercharge I’ll update to compare to gas prices.
Yes even with two kids. I went with white seats. Their seats have seat protectors only because the leather seats and car seats leaving marks I wouldn’t be too happy about. We haven’t traveled far so eating in the car hasn’t been a thing for us. The kids don’t eat in the car. I do have/like to wipe down the seats every week on my side to keep the white bright and looking clean. I do see on the side where I get in some stress marks starting. Which I’m sure is normal for the most part. But I love the white. It actually resistant to most staining. And I don’t wear any dark jeans and tend to go for leggings or sweats these days. I’ll update once it’s an issue or any issues.
These are the main questions and things I’ve been asked or gotten. But I’ll make another post for accessories. After market things. And plans with this car. We do plan on road-tripping a bit. Not too far. Once things warm up. But stay tuned for that. Thank you everyone for the support and reading my blogs. Stay sweet!
Long weekends can be fun. It can be another day of rest for many or getting paid extra to work. A day off from school. Or it just feels like Sunday again. This morning I wanted to sleep in a little longer. Enjoy the silence a little longer. The kids slept in a little which made me smile. The cats circling waiting for someone. Anyone to make a move so they can get their breakfast.
I spent the weekend studying and getting ahead of school work for this week. I usually never get to celebrate my birthday the day of. But I enjoy a quiet day with food and loved ones. I made it a tradition to do something for the month of or even during special days: anniversary, birthday and sometimes even Christmas. And usually it ends in a body modification. This year being a double helix piercing. I think I started this in about 2015 and from then on. I’ve kept it up every year.
2015 dyed my hair pink and kept it pink til about 2018
2016 I got my first tattoo
2017 was more than I anticipated: another tattoo, nose piercing and shaving one side of my head for giggles. But I did love it.
2018 had to cut the pink tips of my hair off. It was the year my son was born and I didn’t attempt a body mod due to breastfeeding. But it felt weird having non colored hair again
2019 industrial piercing
2021 cut my own hair that was down my back all of to my above my shoulders
2022 double helix piercing: pending more
It’s been interesting these past few years. I like having something to look forward to every year or special day that comes. I have plans for tattoos. Orbital piercings on both sides of my ear. My hair? Well not sure. I’ve always wanted to make it super short or dye it again. The hassle of long hair isn’t my thing anymore. Loved it. But I feel free.
A close friend has this thing that they call a birthday season. They enjoy their birthday and whole month of it. That joy and light in contrast to the way I tried not to think about my birthday for years. It was always cold and dark on my birthday. Winter birthdays are difficult to navigate when you live somewhere cold and snowy. I never made a big deal. Parties became obsolete. To put so much expectations on a single day made it upsetting and so dark.
Their way of celebrating and going out with people they care about and really just enjoying themselves and the new age. Chapter in their lives. Taking the time to reflect really opened me up. I didn’t want to hide my birthday. I’m already aging everyday as is. There’s no shame in it. So I do the body modifications. I make a date with my husband. Gather the people I’m close to up and ask if they would like to go out for dinner to celebrate not only me and but also the new year and what’s to come. Thank you my friend, for showing me this new side of not only birthdays but celebrating myself and my life with others.
We are already in the middle of the month!? How crazy is that. Between school starting again and trying to get organize. Things got hectic for a bit and I didn’t blog. But I’m still here and will post here and there to make up for the past couple of weeks. I still due my tarot draws for the week. And interestingly enough yesterday it was 2 cards that came forth rathe than the usual one. Stay tuned for that.
I’m also going to provide an ownership update with Baymax (our Tesla Model Y) and talk about ownership living in NYC, the pros and cons so far, and eventually the accessories I bought. The whole thing.
Updates and overall well being updated coming soon as well. Dream posts. And finish the dream story I started in order to begin another dream story I’ve been wanting to write for a while now. I’ll try to stay more on top of blogging. But, priorities will always come first. Thank you and stay sweet everyone.
Card of the week is Seven of Wands. This is a card for boundaries and challenges ahead. A way of warning to stand my ground no matter how hard it may seem. Jealousy is brewing and others yearn to have what you have.
This past year has been a hectic one. As I reflect on the year. It feels like many chapters have unfolded and I’m no where near the end. I believe there’s more to come. I always feel the need to push forward not knowing where to stop. To continue to climb even though I might fall. I’m grateful for every year that there’s growth and knowledge added. For the experiences and people who came in or out of my life. I strive to have peace, love and success in my life and spread that if possible. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and if you’re not. I hope it gets better. I do plan to continue blogging and sharing things in pieces. While continuing my NSFW dream story. But we will see. Stay sweet everyone.