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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Pourras Engagement Session

I was able to head back home and shoot an awesome couple around a favorite spot of mine in Whittier, CA. They met at a birthday party through mutual friends and from there the rest was history. Take a look into Nelson & Janet’s story and fall in love.

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Our Proposal Story.

About a month before the proposal, I had the engagement ring ready for the big moment, but didn’t know how or when to propose to her.  

We’ve been trying plan a nice and quiet getaway for months, but we couldn’t stay for an entire weekend, so we decided to take a one day turnaround trip to wine country.  Our jobs can be pretty demanding and somewhat stressful, so we couldn’t wait for this particular weekend to see each other and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

After putting some thought into how to propose, I did some research.  I wanted it to be a quiet and semi-private setting, so I picked a restaurant at a winery that had exactly that.  It was small and quaint with al fresco dining surrounded by stunning vineyards and gardens.  I wanted us to dress up nicely, but I didn’t want her antennas to go up, so I simply told her it was going to be a high end restaurant and we should wear something more formal for dinner.

After a fun filled day in wine country the sun began to set, so I mentioned we’d have to leave soon.  She said okay, and off we went.  When we arrived at the restaurant, we went separately to change.  I wasn’t really nervous, but as soon as we met back in the restaurant lobby, I saw her standing there and thought to myself “Wow, she looks so beautiful.  I hope I don’t screw this up”.  The host already knew of the plan, so she was very helpful and accommodating.

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After being seated in perfect view of the vineyards and gardens, I began to feel the butterflies.  Then, I excused himself, saying I needed to use the men’s room and would be right back.  So I sped walked back to the car to retrieve the ring, but then I had a slight problem.  The ring box was too big to fit in my coat pockets, and too big to fit in my pants pockets without being noticeable, so I had to improvise on the fly.  I stuffed the ring box in my front pocket and walked back to our table with my hands in my pockets.

After ordering some wine and appetizers, I couldn’t wait any longer, so I suggested we take a little walk though the beautiful gardens.  She said ok, and off we went.  As we walked through the gardens, one hand holding her hand and the other in my pocket holding the ring box, we came to a beautiful gazebo and next to it was a pond and fountain.  This was it.  It was right about here where everything became quiet, and when she looked away for a few seconds, I dropped to one knee and pulled out the ring box.  She looked pleasantly surprised, and I was immediately overcome with emotion.  It took me a minute to compose myself and ask the question, but eventually I did, and she said “A million times YES!”  

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I think it was the realization that our engagement meant so much all at once. It was, and is, the culmination of years of self-exploration, and learning to hold true to myself and the man I am, as well as the culmination of years of learning to communicate well and openly, and working hard toward a solid relationship.  This proposal was the reward for each of us, for the promises we kept for ourselves, and for each other.

I felt a peace wash over me and between us.  After she said yes, I stood back up, took the ring and placed it on her finger.  I shouted with joy, kissed her, hugged her and we held each other for a good while.

What is your wedding inspiration, theme & some details? Our wedding theme is romantic country.  The inspiration comes from our admiration of living in a quiet and simplistic country like lifestyle.

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What is your fav thing to do together? I would say cozying up on the couch with some delicious comfort food, a bottle of wine and a good movie. 

How do you two spend your free time? Aside from cozying up on the couch, we also like to visit some of our personal favorite restaurants.

How has the wedding planning been for you? Although we are very busy in many aspects of our lives, I think we are managing pretty well.

Any Honeymoon plans? Yes, we are planning a nice and quiet beachside honeymoon in Mexico.

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“We’re well on our way with planning and are very happy to savor our engagement!”

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Enter the Era of LettuceBreath

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Say hello to my friend and Vegan babe Corrinne, aka Lettucebreath. The brand LettuceBreath has become an ever evolving alter ego for Corrine.  Using a ‘tough love’ approach to break down the barriers within society she encourages the transformation from within. 

“The brand has been ignited by two passions- Holistic Health & Fitness- coincided with a great obsession for Healing, enlightenment, and longevity through the understanding of proper nutrition. Thus how Lettucebreath was born! In an age like today, where so many are desperately looking to find treatment for their illnesses.  Lettucebreath provides an interactive  lifestyle platform through an up and coming website, blog and social media. A space for all seeking a more fulfilling life, where food is thy medicine!”

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Conscious Parenting guidance is in the future, for those who have children! A Mind, Body, and Soul connection bringing higher awareness, and purpose back into our lives. The world is available to us all on a grand level, if we can enhance our standards for a life of well being! 

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Lots of Love in 2017. To keep up on the journey you can follow her on Instagram (Instagram.com/lettucebreath) and check back for more info on upcoming projects.

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Thanks to Gilday Sport Conditioning Gym, Vancouver WA & assistant Jered Bailey of Jered Dean Photography.