How happy are you that 2018 is finally here?

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I know I am, but is not just the excitement of a new year, there is also some relief, and even a little fear.  After the hustle and bustle of the holidays I am grateful to take off this first week of the year, more for my own mental sanity, but also to reflect. My goals and inspirations are written out, now its time to take them in, renew and get ready for what adventures may come. Sometimes while in the flow of life we forget to stand back and see how far we have traveled, I am definitely guilty of that myself. I constantly work and am always trying to step my game up, which is a great quality to have, but that comes from the desire of wanting more time and to be more financially stable. I have no problem with hard work but I also want to work smarter and don't want to wake up one day noticing I was working so hard that I missed time with people I love & experiences I wanted to explore. 

Each year I like to implement new positive elements into my life, not just to progress in my  business but to progress as a person, in general. Now lets rewind back to that little bit of fear I was talking about and try not to think about it in a negative way. Every time I have done something that has been a frighting to even think about I have not regretted it. It doesn't mean it always works out but what I learn from it is what was needed. Stepping out of my comfort zone is always a part of that, it can be scary but I now let the fear fuel me!  

In the spirit of the new year I wanted to share a few of my own goals, I like to focus on three main elements that make me whole, my mind, body and soul.  As for my body, health is a big part of life and I feel it connects so much to how your business runs, as well as how you feel. The last few years I have cut meat out of my diet, as well as  trying to improve my eating habits overall. I grew up loving junk food, I mean I secretly still do, but while learning more about the food we eat I have changed my bad habits little by little. I now feel healthier and confident in taking more processed items out of my diet this year, which may be a challenge as I love my treats. But this gives me a great chance to try new recipes and make a few new ones of my own, which I hope to share with you in 2018. As for soul, you can interpret that in many ways but as a human I feel we are all naturally spiritual. This year I want to help more and have such an affection for animals so it was obvious to me volunteering my time with them would be where to start. Using the skills I have is a great way to help them find homes and who doesn't want to take photos of cute animals?  Now for the big one, mind!  My main business goal this year is to feel ok with wanting more (thanks to Nina Roberts), which is really a series of several small goals, but I am excited to say my first act of putting myself out there in the new year will be to hold my first boudoir marathon in the Pacific Northwest. The studio is booked for February 4th and I will be sharing more detail very soon, so stay tune on how you can secure your spot!

So heres your reminder, take a minute to silence your mind, because we all know its much needed. Think about what worked and what didn't, not just in your business but in your personal life, all these things are connected and should be treated as so. Instead of repeating those cycles that are no longer working for you, pivot and re-aim, wanting to strive doesn't end with the idea of just putting your head down and working. I am continuously learning and as I take this time to reflect, I hope you do too. Please leave a comment or drop me a line. I would love to hear about your new goals or maybe just have a chat about your own journey!

                                                                                                       - Teresa Nuñez
 
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Let's Meet: Forest & Field

This week we are meeting with Bailey River of Forest & Field.  A culmination of two, Bailey and her husband Johnny wanted their jobs to be their life, in a life-giving way.  They currently reside in Portland, Oregon as they prepare their 20 acres of un touched land for there dream of helping and healing others.  

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We walked around her neighborhood and she showed me a little about foraging, it was great seeing how we can forge not only in raw nature but also in our own back yards.  She describes the business as “an ever-evolving culmination of everything I’m passionate about and everything I want to share with the world. It combines nature, design, healing, emotional connection and curiosity. From Floral Design and Herbal Medicine to Nutrition and Relationship/Individual Coaching. My business is ME and my story of pursuing that which brings me joy and meets my need to contribute and create.”

Seven years ago at the age of 21,  Floral Design for Weddings was Forest & Field’s beginning.  -  “I’ve always been more creatively minded (I had a hard time in school) so I knew I would end up pursuing something in that realm. Besides meeting my need to be creative Floral Design also gave me freedom to set my schedule and pursue all the other certifications I now hold. I attended the Floral Design Institute in order to get the ball rolling and have now done over 100 weddings in the last 7 years. During this time I’ve also completed 2 years of Herbal Medicine training, obtained a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certification and now a Strategic Intervention Coach Certification. Deep health of body and mind have always been important to me because it shapes how we live our lives and how we feel day to day. I’ve always desired to bring beauty, vitality, energy, joy, physical health, mental health and emotional well being to people while connecting them with something and empowering them to take care of themselves in these ways. It feels really good to facilitate that in all the ways I do!  I studied Herbal Medicine and Nutrition because my immune system failed me for a year and the doctors couldn’t help me. It was at that moment that I knew I had to learn these things on my own and see what nature and food had to offer. On top of that there was a HUGE emotional piece that I needed to bring to the surface in order to heal fully. Strategic Intervention Coaching has given me that final piece and helps me interact more intentionally with clients in all my business endeavors. The newest addition to our business is Relationship Coaching. Johnny and I have been married for 8 years and are incredibly passionate about helping people discover what a motivating, intentional, epic life partnership can be like.”

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“As a young child I was always trying to gather people together, create space with plants/decor, understand people’s emotional psychology and discover how to be the best and most epic person I could be. I love teaching and sharing. When I started meeting with clients for Floral Design I had no idea what I was doing, but I found that confidence came natural to me and I basically “faked it till I made it. Working with clients in that realm and setting up massive weddings made me realize how much I like that control and the ability to be a confident leader. So my favorite part of Floral Design, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Coaching is that I get to make huge things happen, create space and teach/share. I’ve led workshops like Wreath Making, Floral Design, Nutrition Retreats, Herbal Medicine making and now Relationship Coaching. I love the energy that comes with the feeling of teaching and creating something epic.”

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Every business owner faces their own challenges and many of us deal with a lot of the same issues. So when asking Bailey of her challenges in her business I could definitely relate to what she said. ”I’ve done A LOT of learning. It’s been one of the biggest challenges but also my greatest success because I didn’t let it stop me from pushing forward. Financial stability is also a common one. Johnny has begun studying finance and investing and the Coaching certification has given me a whole new level of confidence that I believe will bring the financial stability we desire in the near future. I think it just takes a lot of devotion and hunkering down to learn the system. And lastly, organization. This has been difficult because we’ve had a hectic living situation and just recently got a work studio that is separate from our home. We finally realized that spending a little bit of money on space may actually help with organization and financial stability because it can bring peace of mind and the knowledge that you’re investing in yourself, which makes you a more successful and confident person I think.”

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In their free time Bailey and Johnny like to read, drink coffee, have deep discussions about life and love walking their goats. “I LOVE to dance, I think that’s my favorite thing. I usually Pole Dance every day which includes a stretching and workout routine before and after. I love cooking, singing, sauna, writing and a good coffee date with a friend.”

As for the future they see their work becoming more integrated. She intends to focus on emotional wellness and coaching. As far as floral design goes,  narrowing her niche to only take on jobs that have life to them. “I have an inability to do a job without an intense emotional connection and vision. Johnny and I bought property last year so I hope to grow some plants for design and medicine. I’ve also combined my herbal medicine and floral design by offering a new package where I forage medicinal plants, use them in the wedding arrangements and then make them into medicine afterward to send to the couple. That’s one way I’ve integrated my businesses.” As well as focusing on her Herbal Medicine company and Nutrition,  heavily on mood and emotional issues.

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‘The ultimate goal is to have a “retreat center” of some sort on the property so people can come and have a full experience and get away from their daily life. I feel like change happens when we uproot ourselves and try new things. Well, a year from now Johnny and I are going to Europe and then possibly traveling for a few months. Until then we plan on focusing a lot of energy on Relationship Coaching and trying to get ANY speaking engagement we can find. We are determined to become experts in that arena. We may also build an off the grid cabin on our property so that we have somewhere to stay out there.’

To learn more about Forest & Field you can see their services and other information at www.forestandfieldcreative.com , you can also follow their journey on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for meeting Forest & Field and we will see you soon!

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(Source: nunez-weddings.com)

Vegan Enchiladas

I LOVE Love LOVE Enchiladas! My mom originally taught me how to make them when I was a teenager, they are my dads favorite and soon became mine. So I had to learn, more because she made me ha ha, but I am so happy I did. When choosing to live a mostly plant based lifestyle I knew I had to make my favorite meal into a Vegan version. So here is somthing I love to make in bulk and they taste even better the next day. Hope you enjoy!

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-INGEDIENTS- 

10 Large or 15 Small Ezekiel Tortillas (or can use corn just fry in pan slightly before rolling in sauce), 2 cans Hatch Green Chili Enchilada Sauce & Shredded Vegan Monterey Jack

Filling: 2 Cups of Cashews or Sunflower Seeds (soaked overnight if you do not have a high power blender), ½ Tbls Oil, ¼ cup of Nutritional Yeast, 2 Tbls Lemon Juice, 3 Garlic Cloves, ½ Tsp Salt, ¼ Tsp Pepper, 1 Cup Spinach, 1 Can of Black Beans, 2 Cups Mushroom, 4-5 Sliced Mini-Peppers, ½ to Whole diced Jalapeño, ½ Cup Onions, 1/3 Cup Cilantro

-MAKE-

Pre-Heat Oven 350 Degrees

Filling: Soak the nuts over night if you do not have a high speed blender. Blend Cashews or Sunflower Seeds, Nutritional Yeast, Lemon, Salt & Pepper & Garlic, add small amounts of water to thin out your cheese. You want to blend it till its thick and smooth.

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Take the rest of the filing ingredients and mix all in large bowl. Once the Filling is ready take a can of your Hatch sauce, pour a 1/3 into the bottom of your baking  dish. Take another dish and pour the rest of the sauce in, this is where you will be dipping your tortillas before you roll them. Make sure sauce covers both sides of your tortilla after dipping, then place in baking dish & fill.

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Spoon mixture filing into the tortilla and roll. Repeat until you have filled all of your tortillas, then pour your remaining can of Hatch Chili Sauce over the top of your Enchiladas & Sprinkle your Vegan Cheese on top.

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Place in the Oven and cook for 30 minutes or until your cheese is melted on top.  Then take dish out of the Oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes. I love to top it off with my favorite salsa and a side of Spanish Rice!

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I hope you try and enjoy! I would love to hear back from anyone who tries it out, this is a great meal to prep for the week.

Hello World!

I have been posting on this blog randomly for sometime now, but never have really introduced myself.  So with the new year, new avenues & goals I thought now is as good of time as any!

My name is Teresa, I am a photographer, food lover & crazy cat lady. After graduating from California State of Long Beach with a degree in art I spent time creating, learning and finding my avenue.  I have been taking photos for about 10 years (a little more than that but it was more of a hobby then) and enjoyed shooting everything from commercial & fashion to interiors & weddings, as well as assisting some amazing Los Angeles photographers. Through the years I have been working on and continue to work on building my empire.

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The challenges of building a business on your own can definitively feel like a roller coaster.  For myself a lot of it was just trying to find out what I wanted out of life and the kind of person I want to be.  I care much for those around me and love to help others find their beauty from within. There were times I thought about quitting or lowering my expectations but meeting with and getting to know others, from all walks of life & all levels of entrepreneurship, has given me the inspiration to strive for higher goals. This journey is something I have worked for but am thankful in being able to pursue these dreams, learn and continue to grow as a person.

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I want to connect with others and share knowledge through the bond of community. As I continue to grow a business and find a balance between life & love, I feel sharing my continued journey with will allow others to know you are never alone in this. I will be showing an inside look on what goes on within Nuñez Photography including behind the scenes views into weddings & other photo shoots, business fun, connecting with other people & business’ and a dash of easy healthy recipes to keep you going.

I would love to stay in touch with all of you out there! Feel free to drop me a line for comments, things you would like to see or just to say Hi.

 

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(Source: nunez-weddings.com)