Book Signing in Seattle!

So last March marks the 12 month anniversary of the release of my first book: Meditation: Benefits and Techniques for Beginners.  I wrote this book with two goals in mind for the audience:

  1. To be a simple, straightforward approach to multiple types of mediation.
  2. To be easily accessible.

I also wrote the book and self published hoping to explore this alternative area of income as a passive income experiment… and I’m pretty happy with the results, which I will be sharing in detail in a future blog post. I have another book on the way now and hope to be done this summer! My goal is to be 100% free is 4 years now… but that’s another post for another day.

Back to the book: I believe that mediation is a great practice and that everyone should do it at least once a week. My book is free to read if you have Kindle!

There will be a book signing this weekend! Please come out! Will be giving away the first 200 copies and will stay till we are out of books! Hope to see you there and May the 4th be with you!

Half Price Books from 2-4pm, May 4th 2018. 
17171 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155

 

5 Easy Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthier!

  1. Stop buying microwave food! The prices are astronomical. With the same money you could make not only more, healthier, meals at home.
  2. Do not buy more food than you can use or store. Throwing away food gone bade food is the same as throwing away money.
  3. Use a slow cooker for easy, cheap, and healthy meals. Cook steamed vegetables, baked beans, pulled pork, roast beef and more. You will have lunches and meals for the week with one cook.
  4. Stop buying bottled water: Use a glass or plastic bottle that can be reused. Not only will you contribute to the planet, you will also stop spending money unnecessarily. As a bonus, lots of water fountains now have spaces to refill bottles just like this so you don’t have to awkwardly try to fill your bottle.
  5. Take your lunch to work: You’ll stop spending half of your budget for lunch if you start cooking it. And to point #4, make sure to get good quality reusable containers you can wash at home.

 

 

Things You Need for Advanced Yoga Practice

As you progress in your yoga practice, you may need some extra equipment to feel more comfortable or to obtain an adequate body alignment.

 

Yoga blocks will help you get the right alignment, regardless of your level of flexibility. Beginners will need them for the most demanding push-ups. There are blocks of different sizes and materials: foam, cork and wood. I prefer foam Yoga Blocks because they’re lightweight and soft.

Yoga Straps are useful to enhance your flexibility in postures that require stretching to the extremities. They can also help you stay in a posture for a long time. Some yoga straps come with buckles, D-rings, pegs or bras, others come stand alone alone.  Either can work.

Yoga Pillows/Cushions help you support yourself and ensure a correct body alignment in the most demanding asanas. Use them to feel more comfortable and to relieve the tension of the muscles of your back, abdomen and legs. Yoga pillows are available in different shapes, sizes, colors and materials, so you will surely find the one that best meets your needs.

Yoga Sandbags are used to accentuate the stretches with some extra weight. Place one on your stomach to be more aware of your abdominal muscles while you breathe. They can also be used to support or lift certain body parts. Most yoga shops sell them empty, so you can fill them with sand, beans, grains of corn, wheat, or rice and regulate the weight.

There are several accessories for yoga. You can use them all or just some – it depends on how you improve your yoga practice. Good luck!

Save money and time by batch cooking!

How much time do you spend per week cooking? How much of your life passes you by while you wait in line at McDonald’s for your ‘fast food’? How much money do you spend per week eating out? If you want to learn how to save money and time on food… batch cooking may be the answer. I’ve been batch cooking or doing some form of meal prep for the entire week ever since I was in college. Batch cooking has helped me tremendously and still continues to be a lifesaver for my health, my time, and my wallet. Supplies and recipes at the bottom.

Batch cooking is preparing most or all of your meals and snacks for the entire week or month on 1 day out of the week. What works with your schedule and storage capacity. If you have a large family, you’re probably already familiar with some level of batch cooking. That doesn’t mean you can’t expand or that batch cooking is useless if you live alone or with your partner.

You can either prepare a whole meal… or you can prepare all the components of one meal to keep things fresh throughout the week.

Nutrition Stripped recommends cooking foods dry and adding sauces, dressings, or seasonings later to avoid making them soggy.
from: nutrition stripped

WHY BATCH COOK?

  • Saves you time from cooking throughout the week or month.
  • Your in control of what your eating, so you can eat healthier.
  • Buying and cooking in bulk will save money as ingredients are cheaper in bulk.

COMMON SUPPLIES NEEDED:

I can’t recommend the plastic containers enough if your just starting out, they’re really affordable. I have glass ones I use now. I’ll post some good

3 Great Batch Cook Recipes:

1. Stew a vegetarian chili that feeds a table of six with just five ingredients.

2. Slow-cook Bolognese sauce over pasta or zoodles

3. chicken fajita casserole

Busy Busy Busy! Passive Income Experiment in the meantime.

The past few weeks have been so busy. 😦 Right now, my current team is shipping it’s first major release of our software and I’ve had to work many long hours which have kept me away from… well life. And we’re still not through to the end of it, we have at least another month or so to go until we’re finished. But after we’re done, there will probably be a lull for a week or so. Then there will be a new big push for some 6 month plan. After that another week’s lull, and then another push. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why I have my eyes set on getting out of the 9-5 as soon as possible.

As few weeks ago, I reported that I achieved a goal of $3 per day passive income across a month from a site I had built. Sine I was expecting may to be busy, I decided to stop pay attention to it altogether and only check once a week. I also decided not to attempt to advertise it anywhere for at least a month, maybe two. My goal is to see how quickly the income dissipates without upkeep. By no means does one website qualify as a proper study… but since I am extra busy at the moment I figured why not. Let’s see what happens. I am still make about $1.50 a day this second month.

Not bad. Not thrilling. But not bad.

I am also planning to finish the second, larger site before the end of the month.

My book is doing alright so far. It’s only sold about twenty copies, or about two a week. No reviews yet. It didn’t start selling until I lowered the price to $3 from $5, which is interesting to note. Overall it’s made just under $30. I’m actually working on two other books right now. Both on Marijuana, one is a general beginners guide and the other is a detailed how to guide on making your own weed butter. I have an amazing secret recipe I have been refining for the past few years. I don’t make it frequently anymore so I’m ready to share it with the world. 🙂

Apartment Garden Update

My garden is really starting to come together. Officially, my apartment garden consists of these types of plants (with links to the exact seeds I am using):

  1. Spinach
  2. Beefsteak Tomato
  3. Strawberries
  4. Goji berries
  5. Green Peppers

Spinach is strong and hearty, so I started it outdoors. After about four weeks half of my seedlings have developed into healthy plants. Today I filled in the gaps with new spinach seeds.

As for the rest of my plants, it’s still yet to cold outside for them to sprout so I have started them indoors. In about 4-6 weeks I will start to condition them to the outdoor climate and then move them outside for the summer.

As you can see, I actually have multiple plants sharing some space in the planters above. I was afraid some seeds might of been ‘duds’ so I planted multiple seeds to minimize my risk of needing to replant (I did not do so with the spinach and I clearly should have! XP). However, my seeds were too good and it backfired. As a result, as they grow I am slowly removing the smaller plants. This way the largest and strongest will have more resources. I have already removed about 4 goji plants and 10 strawberry plants.

I am using a local soil blend mix- and not that miracle grow potting mix stuff. NPK of 10-20-10.

All in all, I was surprised with how well the plants have started so far. I am hoping to have a nice summer harvest of fruit and greens!

Check out my first garden post!

 

 

How to make chocolate milk mix at home from scratch! (3 simple ingredients!)

I LOVE chocolate milk. It’s super cheap and easy to make your own chocolate milk mix at home- rather than buying more expensive mix at the store. I buy most of my ingredients in bulk so I already had everything I needed to do this. This recipe makes enough mix to make a bunch of chocolate milks with. You can easily halve or quarter this recipe if you don’t want as much left over.

Be sure to share this with your friends!

Ingredients:

How to mix:

  1. Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid
  2. Put a lid on and shake the ingredients until they are well mixed.
  3. To make chocolate milk, add 1-2 Tablespoons of mix to a 8 ounce glass of milk – or as desired.
  4. Stir mix into milk
  5. Enjoy

Hope you enjoy this recipe! *and that it save’s you money on chocolate milk mix! ;)*