Blissful Things I Can’t Live Without

There are things that I need in my daily life. These things are the gate to who I am. They make me Bianca. They make me happy.

  1. My glasses. I am as blind as bat…so they are the first things I reach for.
  2. Jesus. The foundation I live by. There is no one better. He does not fail me. He is the hope that makes life worth living.
  3. My Family. The people who know me better than I know myself. We are truly a unit and I love them very much.
  4. My phone. It’s sad but true. I need my phone to function whether it be social media, calling home, texting, keeping up with my calendar, etc.
  5. My creativity. I love painting. It is my creative escape. Whether it be watercolor, acrylic, homebound or going to a painting place, I love expressing myself.
  6. My education. Knowledge is power. My parents were about Jesus and education. It did not matter that I was female. It mattered what was in my mind.
  7. Peace of Mind. God gives me the peace that surpasses all understanding. I do not want to give up my peace for anyone or anything that threatens it.

Gate

Blissfully,

Bianca

TedTalk Thursday: Body Confidence

Two Words: Ashley Graham.

I grew up watching America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. I adore the fashion world. My dream is to walk and buy things from Rodeo Drive (LA) and Fashion Ave, (NYC), to attend Fashion Week, and meet Tim Gunn (Project Runway) in NYC or anywhere.

Society likes to tell women how to look and how to be like. It’s like you have be size of a lollipop stick to be beautiful. I believe every person on Earth is fearfully and wonderfully made. God made us different for a reason. Your body is a beautiful temple because God said so.

Ashley Graham is a beautiful model…period. She is confident and chooses to embrace the skin she is in.  I encourage you with her story and her words of encouragement.

Lollipop

Blissfully,

Bianca

Blissful Stress Relievers

Life gets very busy. It is not good for people to just work and pay taxes non-stop till you die. That would be a sad life. I have had to learn to de-stress and not let life get the best of me. Stress Relievers are tailored to help and to make life more interesting. I want to give you sobering ways to relax.

  1. Coloring Books. I know it sounds childish but they are quite the trend. I have too many coloring books. I love the ones with quotes and scripture. Just take 30 minutes or an hour to color.
  2. Paint Places. There are painting places where I live where you pay money for an instructor to teach you how to paint. My favorite place to go is Pinot’s Palette in Jacksonville, FL. They are wonderful people who are willing to help. It is BYOB. Whether it is a Friday night or a Tuesday afternoon, they offer great painting classes.
  3. A Bath. I love taking a soothing bath in silence. I love bath salts, bath fizzies, and aromatherapy soaps. I usually get them at Bath & Body Works, Marshall’s and TJmaxx.
  4.  Eat Comfort Food. Give me ice cream or just dessert that puts me in a happy place. Use discretion with the intake but it’s a thought.
  5. Sleep/Nap. Enough said. It’s a beautiful thing to lay down and unwind.
  6. Talk to someone. You can talk to someone who listens and helps you defuse the situation. I know great friends who have made my stress levels go down by their presence and advice.
  7. Listen to Music. It is great to have music that puts you in a mellow and calm state.
  8. Walk. It is good to walk around. Easier said than done but get some sun.

All in all, take care of yourself. Don’t forget to make yourself a priority. This is my blissful list. What is a way you destress?

Tailor

Blissfully,

Bianca

TedTalk Thursday: Trust Your Struggle

Great, inspirational words from CNN International news anchor, Zain Asher. Ya’ll the struggle is real but believe in your abilities. Yes, you will bumble and struggle but never give up on what you want.  Work hard for what you want. Your circumstances do not define you. AND fun fact: her brother is actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Google Him). Some encouragement to give you life!!

Bumble

Blissfully,

Bianca

TedTalk Thursday- The Wait Is Sexy

I understand the long wait because I am still waiting at 27. No sex without marriage…it is what it is. I have Biblical reasons but there are personal reasons why I am waiting. Yes, people find me crazy,  traditional, and naive. I even had someone tell me “how will you know what you like.” But I am waiting for my God-given partner and I do not need to settle.

Yvonne Orji is an actress and yes, she is waiting too. Her words are so real to me. Being a virgin seems strange to society…like it’s some disorder or disease I need to be cured of. It’s NOT. I want God’s best for me. I want to best too. Enjoy!!

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Blissful Look Back & Forward

I wanted to share memorable moments of 26 and what I look forward to at 27.

Life as 26 Memories:

  1. Surviving Law School
  2. Started Blissfully Bianca
  3. Long Distance Driving from Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta
  4. First Surgery (Deviated Septum)
  5. Transition to a New Church
  6. Summer Legal Internship at a Private Firm (YASS)
  7. Practical Learning Experience at my school’s Immigrant & Human Rights Clinic

Forward Thinking at 27:

  1. Graduating law school
  2. Passing the Bar
  3. Finding A Job
  4. Dating?? (It could happen. Not setting my hopes up..but you know).
  5. Keep SLAYING!!

 

Blissfully,

Bianca

 

Blissful Places To Have Food Therapy

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Life can get stressful. Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat. I even take a step further  and venture out to eat. Commit to places that have good service and good food. Here are a few places I like I eat at:

  1. Bahama Breeze
  2. Cheesecake Factory
  3. M Shack
  4. Chick fil A
  5. Panera Bread
  6. IHOP

Commit

Blissfully,

Bianca

Blissful Legends

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I am a lover of music. I was inspired by a friend who posted classic icon songs from amazing artists of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s. Music today is not the same as the legends who came before us. I am old soul and I love these artists. Whether on a good day or bad day, these artists can do no wrong with their songs. I highly suggest these artists’ music.

  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Sade
  3. Stevie Wonder
  4. Whitney Houston
  5. Earth, Wind, & Fire
  6. Billy Joel
  7. Frank Sinatra
  8. Nat King Cole
  9. Nina Simone
  10. Adele

 

Blissfully,

Bianca

Blissful TV Shows I’m Watching Now

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With a busy law school schedule, I know I deserve a break from reality. Here are some amazing  TV shows that put a smile to my face.

  1. The Office (Netflix)
  2. Parks & Recreation (Netflix)
  3. America’s Next Top Model (the old re-runs and the recent revival)
  4. Jane the Virgin
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  6. Dancing with the Stars
  7. Project Runway
  8. Master of None (Netflix)

I would highly recommend these shows. There are reality shows, drama, and comedy. You cannot go wrong with these shows.

Any good shows you like? I am always down for suggestions.

Blissfully,

Bianca

Blissful Disney Favorites

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Ever since I was a child, I grew up on Disney movies. Even in my late 20’s, I still love to watch them. My top favorite Disney Movies are:

  1. The Lion King
  2. Aladdin
  3. Beauty & the Beast
  4. Robin Hood
  5. The Rescuers (the first one)
  6. Mary Poppins
  7. Cinderella
  8. Pocahontas
  9. The Jungle Book
  10. Sleeping Beauty
  11. Alice in Wonderland

What are your favorite Disney movies?

Blissfully,

Bianca