Hola desde Kauai: Day 1

My 19 year old brother Lewis took me to the airport. On the way there, we talked philosophy, psychology theories, and the question of free will.
Yeah, that’s my young adult brother talking about that. It fascinates him. Me too. That’s one big thing we have in common and could probably talk for hours about it.

Anyway back to me. So normal airplane stuff, TSA was mostly a breeze, except one officer who by even just looking at him, I could tell he had that air of ‘police authority.’ I took out my cell phone, toiletries and shoes.

I forgot I had my laptop in the back of my backpack and he got so upset. Insert eye roll. He opened my backpack and was unraveling my cloths when I told him the laptop is not inside, but on the outside. And I said, “Here, I can show you which pocket.” And he authoritatively with this big man ego voice said, “No. Just tell me where.” So I described the pocket, even though I was standing right in front of him.

So he pulls it out, then runs it and my backpack through the scanner again.

Sheesh. Yes, Mr Big Man, your job is soooo important.

Ok so then finally it’s time to board, I get settled in and I switch seats a couple of times so two young boys can sit with their dad. I end up sitting with this couple who during the 6 hour flight were doing a mix of cuddling and kissing each other’s hand to bickering about “you never believe me, I actually have to show you.” I say this because when couples fight in front of me, it makes me very very extremely absolutely uncomfortable and squeamish. Insert flashback of childhood. LOL

Anyhoo, one of the AA flight attendants was rude. His name is Isaak. Yes, I’m calling you out, man! Not going to go in to the deets, cos you know what, it ain’t even worth it.

6 hours flew by on Netflix and YouTube. Okurrt.

As the plane was landing, the lush green landscapes and the green and blue water was absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous. There is no picture or video that will ever be the same until you actually See it and Experience it yourself. Ever.

Took a shuttle to the car rental place, checked in my hotel, and drove 25 minutes to Poipu Beach. Got in the water. Saw what looked like some kid’s poop. Got out of the water. Walked along the shore. Took pictures.

I really wanted to get back in the water and continue playing with the waves, but the poop. THE POOP. DOES SALT SANITIZE?
Like I said I would have continue playing in the waves, which I might add are fucking scary and dangerous and unpredictable and strong, yes even at the shore. There was a point where I was wading at my hips and I took I step and all of a sudden the water was to my neck. There was like this dip in to the ocean. Scary, man. So I swam back until the water was at my hips.

I’m a pretty good swimmer but I was also alone so ain’t no one gonna save my drowning ass.

rocks in poipu

me in kauai

After about an hour or so, I headed back to my hotel and watched some TV. It was about 11PM Houston Time and 6PM Hawaii time. I was so sleepy but I stayed up until 9:30PM 2AM Houston Time (thanks to  Instagram and #inmyfeelingschallenge) in order to get adjusted to the Hawaiian time.

But not before driving thru a Mc Donald’s cos I got hungry, ok?! Don’t judge me. I had a Ahi Tuna Poke when I was at Poipu Beach… and Koloa (local) Rum so I did my Hawaiin cuisine duty. Plus, it was late and most (good) restaurants were closed by 7p. ANYWAY I DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF. Plus, I’m a on a budget and I can’t be spending $14-$17 on an entree errytime. Okurrt.
ahi tuna in poipu
Well enough about that. Right now, I’m typing this out in the hotel and about to head to WalMart for some snacks and water.

Today’s agenda is a drive to Wailua Falls, hiking, then to Kapaa beach town, then the long (not really) drive to Princeville so I can take a bath like a Queen.

Body Love

Dear Body Love,

It’s me Grace. Your goddess. I really do love you so much body. I love you so much. I wish you knew how much I appreciate you and am grateful for you. I am grateful you only take me to the doctor once year and fight off all the bad guys.

I say I love you, but do I really? I find it so hard to feed you the good stuff. The stuff you need. The stuff for us. For our future.

I do love you, body. It’s just…so…hard. I have no motivation to eat healthy or exercise. The same trite statement every body else says to their body. And I am doing the same to you.

I am eating my prepped meals…mostly. What can I do to do better by you?

Here are my plans: I will join Zumba again. Body, you are worth the long drive and the money. You are worth it. I will also start with small sugar goals.

For example, today my only goal is not to have any sugar. Just today. Let’s start small. We can do it, body, can’t we? We can.

I think about you a lot. And I know you can do it. We can do it. We are important.

We are brilliant. We are whole. We are complete.

“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” -Buddha

But how do I wake up?


Holy Shiznet

I just paid over $330 in toll violations.

More like Grace violated.

More like purse violated.

More like wallet violated.


That hurt.

That’s as much, if not more, like getting my car towed.

Well at least now I have an EZ tag.

. . .

Te digo. Es que no aprende la niña

Blah Day Blah Weekend

The last couple of days have not been so great. I didn’t follow my sleep routine.

I went to sleep late-ish than usual.

I wasn’t wearing my UP band the whole weekend.

And I still had to wake up early each day to teach classes.

I also kept re-reading the email I sent to the director for that job I’m vying for. However, I realized I sent her the resume edited version…

With red mark-ups in the entire document!

Deep sigh.

But hopefully she didn’t see it under the mark-up view.

Anyhoo, one good thing is I feel pretty great this morning because I had a later morning class. I’m teaching 6a and 630a classes now.

Those extra 30 minutes sure make a difference.

But I will try to find a rose for the weekend.

Hmm… my rose was learning how to make-out properly.

There are 5 steps involved and it’s called the Danie System.

It’s pretty advanced and quite detailed. Maybe I’ll write about it.

It was a lot of fun…feelings in mah groin. Hehe.

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Day 3 of Sleeping Goodness

That’s right. That’s a record of three whole days goodimus sleep!

So as you’ll see on my UP band screen shot, I technically had less TOTAL hours of sleep, but I had MORE hours of deep sleep.

On Monday night (second night), I had technically 8 hours of total sleep but only 59 minutes of deep sleep.

However, on Tuesday night I had a total of 7 hours and 46 minutes of sleep but 1 hour and 48 minutes of sleep.


And get this: I actually felt more rejuvenated waking up from Tuesday night’s sleep even though I had less sleep.

The key here is I almost had twice as much deep sleep. EUREKA PEOPLE! This is the key.

That’s why some people can sleep 6-7 hours and feel just fine. They probably get enough deep sleep. It doesn’t matter if you sleep 8 or 10 or even 12 hours but if it’s all light or even REM sleep and very little DEEP SLEEP, then you won’t feel as fantastic.





Deep sigh. I always have. 😉 LOL

Anyhoo, so last night (Wednesday nigh) I was unable to track my sleep because I left UP band at my place and I slept my girlfriend’s place.

I always forget something when I’m in between places…or just generally in life. Teehee.

Forget or lose things. My gf even said to me I’ll lose my engagement ring. LOL

And when we first started dating, she gave me two sets of flowers with notes that read:

“Just Because…”

and the second flowers read:

“And because you’ll lose the first one…”


Anyhoo, I digress, so I couldn’t track Wednesday night sleep.

Plus, I set my alarm incorrectly at 5:20PM instead of 5:20AM, which caused me to miss my 5:30AM VIPKID class and [later I receive a very stern email about missing class, they are super strict on teacher no shows and deduct from your pay 😦 ].

Well on the bright side, I woke up around 5:50am and felt amazing. LOL

I’m there was some good deep sleep in there…

Still, I need to be careful about missing VIPKID classes because then I won’t book as many classes and my teacher ratings/review will be low and no one will want meeeeeeeeee.

Tonight, I will sleep at the GF again but will stop by my apartment to pick up the UP band and a few other items I forgot…*cough* underwearandsocks *couch*

Te digo.


zOMG Day 2 Of (Pretty Good) Sleep

So…………last night I had some pretty aight sleep. Notombot? Like not like Sunday night’s sleep in which I was raving and ranting and felt renewed upon this thing we call life…no not that perfect.

HOWEVER, it was pretty dang good sleep compared to the past month. So I’m trying to figure out what is different this time than last time and why I didn’t sleep as like.

I wanna sleep like a baby every single night dammit! My day depends on it! Shawn Stevenson says a good day starts with good sleep!

Anyhoo, so I drank the ass tea, I did the yoga, I did the no-worries-everything-finna-be-fine mantra, read my porn, er, I mean romantic fiction…which last night’s reading included the phrase “family jewels” (insert giggle here). Teehee.

So I’m trying to figure out what the difference was. I did take a hot shower before so maybe it took a while for my body temp to cool down.

My dinner wasn’t the best either: it was a piece of tough meat, avocado, and like, three string beans. Sigh. I also had a mandarin which might be another negative factor since it has about 10 grams of sugar.

On Sunday’s sleep: I did not take a hot shower, and my dinner before bed was half a cheeseburger from Coaches and some fries. Oh and a spoonful of my boo’s mashed potatoes. We were watching the last quarter of the Dallas vs Packers game.

Anyhoo, I think this is sufficient evidence that I must eat cheeseburger before bed in order to get a goodnight’s rest. Hmph!

I also went to a Zumba class around 5:30pm…but I’m not sure if all these extra things really attributed to a little less better sleep.

My UP band says I only got 59 minutes of sleep compared to the 2 hours and 38 minutes from last night.


The difference in deep sleep truly makes a difference. Even with my nice Wake Up alarm, I could have rolled back to sleep.

Yet, overall, I would still say I had a pretty good sleep. Although I did wake up about 2-3 times throughout the night, I was able to go right back to sleep.

I listened to the 21 Cures For Sleep by  Shawn Stevenson podcast and will do the following to get better, deeper sleep:

-exercise before 6PM, preferably lifting (cardio before bed is allegedly a no no)

-leave my phone outside my bedroom

-eat a high fat, high protein, low carb dinner

-unplug an electronics from my bedroom (like laptop)

-tidy clothes on top of the dresser

-teach my VIPKID classes in the living room so to establish my bedroom as a SLEEPING (and sess, duh) ZONE only.

-Cover the time from the Wake Up alarm (it’s orange and stands out because my room is so dark).

OKAAAAAAAAY. We’ll see what tonight brings.

P.S. I’m eating wangs for dinner because it falls under the high protein genre….What?

How I Finally Beat Insomnia

Well, sort of. Hehe. For like a night…but still!

Last night was the first time in over two months, I had a real, solid, good night’s rest.

I woke up feeling so refreshed, I almost couldn’t believe it. I woke up around 5:20am to teach my 5:30am class. I woke up before the Wake Up alarm and I woke up feeling ready and in a positive mood.

I taught my classes with so much energy and enthusiasm than I ever have before.

I actually got a full 8 hours sleep and over 2 hours and 38 minutes of deep sleep. I’m so glad I’m able to track my sleeping patters and cycles (thanks Bae!).


If I compare last night’s reading to the previous nights, you can see I have been waking up at night often and having trouble falling back asleep.

Last night’s sleeping routine was a little different: around 8:30pm I prepped my tea, and as I let the tea bag soak into the water, I went to my room and pulled out my yoga mat.

I did a few stretches like downward dog, child’s pose, and savasana (where you just lay on your back with our arms at your side). I also got on my knees and bowed by head, just to thank the universe for everything good in my life.

I felt a little weird but maybe if I do it more often, it won’t feel as strange. But I really liked bowing on my knees, it was humbling…and somehow made me feel open and light.

I also kept reminding myself not to worry about what if scenarios, or car accidents or money issues. I told myself everything is going to be okay. It always is. There is nothing to worry about. Things always figure themselves out.

I think this self-talk really helped to calm my mind and stop the chattering monkey in my brain.

Then, I put away my yoga mat and turned off all the lights. My window has two heavy curtains to really darken the room. I turned on my Wake Up alarm with a dim, soft, sunset-like light and started reading some fiction.

I picked up this masterpiece at half price bookstore ($1.00) earlier that day. Nothing like a little romantic fiction to ease your mind and wash your worries away. After about ten minutes of reading and drinking my ass tea aka sleepy-time tea, I felt sleepy, turned off the lights, and fell asleep within ten minutes.


I woke up feeling amazing and at peace. I woke up calm and ready to teach and empower children! I hope to recreate this routine tonight and hopefully I will be granted with another restful sleep.

And this is how I beat insomnia…for one night. Hehe.

Let’s make it two, baybeh!

$529 In 3 Weeks with VIPKID

As I’ve mentioned in another post, I have a second job making side income teaching English. I came across VIPKID by searching on Craiglist for a second job.

At first I was very skeptical because it seemed too good to be true. However, I have a significant amount of student debt so I was a little desperate.

I decided to try and see if this Chinese company was really all that it said to be.

Well it was! The process was very fast and easy. I was teaching within the first week of getting hired. Below you will see what my schedule was on the first week and how much I earned the first month.

Although this job helps you work from home, you really have to be manage your time and how well you sleep. This is why I started embarking on a journey to get good sleep so I could teach my classes and not feel drained by the time I left for work. And yes, I do this part-time job before heading to my full time job…but it’s worth it as I am using this to pay off my student loans.

If you decide to sign up, use my referral link and we can split the bonus: that’s $25 for you and $25 for moi. As soon as you pass your interview, demo class, and teach your first class, I will PayPal you your half of the bonus.

No one else makes this offer so make sure to use my link and you’re guaranteed at least $25 your first week. I’m also free for a phone call on how to pass your interview and mock class. 🙂



It smells like ass.

That’s what my girlfriend said about my nighttime tea. Rude.

Anyway, I have a very small nighttime routine and that’s drinking nighttime tea with 1-2 tablespoons of honey and apple cider vinegar. It’s crazy how sleepy it makes and I have no trouble falling asleep which is great, however I am still constantly waking up through the night.

My next step is to purchase black-out curtains to see if it helps with my sleep maintenance.

After that, I need to practice mediation because my race are always running a million miles an hour, even when I wake up in the middle of the night, making it hard to go to back to sleep and STAY asleep.

Deep sigh. I really want to get this right. I need, NEED better quality sleep.

Green Salsa Heaven

I made a quick dinner tonight for my partner and I. We’re currently on a journey to be more smart about money in order to achieve our dreams. And boy, do we have big ones.

I went to Kroger this evening and made this tenderloin steak with green beans. This cheap dinner only cost $12.22. That’s about $6 per person. I also made salsa verde,  (thanks Sandy), and it completed the dish perfectly.

I overcooked the steak just by about 5-8 minutes too long, so next time I’ll be sure to turn off the stove sooner, we both prefer our meat medium.

Other than that, it was a perfect, delicious, and cheap dinner!