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Rico Tacos in Kansas City

$1 Taco Tuesdays

$1 Taco Tuesdays! Nothing better than finding a local Taco Tuesday hub to chow down. Rico’s Tacos Lupe in Kansas City was a great find during my crazy work week. It’s definitely authentic Mexican here and the horchata was amazing. I was so happy to find this little hidden treasure on a fabulous 80 degrees type of day. You can find many Mexican places down Southwest Boulevard street. I happened to take a stroll down here and chose this lucky place to venture to. I didn’t get a chance to do the food challenge they have here but next time it will be on!

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Fun Food Challenge Fact here: Eat 10 tacos and you get a free t-shirt and your picture taken to be hung up on the wall of fame.

 

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Yummy horchata.

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After indulging in yummy delicious tacos, I decided to stop by this cute place called La Bodega to grab a drink of their awesome sangria.

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La Bodega Bar in Kansas City

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Cheers,

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Knife Skills Class at L'École Culinaire

 Knife Skills Class at L’École Culinaire

Bon jour to Knife Skills Class at L’École Culinaire It’s always great finding new things to do for fun around the city. It was a typical lounging type of day and I was perusing around the web trying to decide what new adventure to take on next with my partner in crime. Then I came across some cooking classes at L’Ecole Culinaire in Kansas City.

In addition to me not knowing how to cook as well as you domesticated folks out there, I really don’t know how to cut with precision. I am talking about that precision like the contestants on Top Chef! So I enrolled in the Knife Skills Class. There are so many hands-on classes offered at L’Ecole Culinaire. I will definitely go back to take some more.

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The chefs at this school have so much experience traveling all over the world. Some have even gone through Top Chef and were featured on other shows and networks.

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Ok no judging on the beginner knifing skills.

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So if you are looking for something new to do with friends and family, then I definitely suggest trying out a class or two here. There are so many classes to pleasure your foodie desires. So go ahead and learn something new!

Cheers,

Jenny Ching

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The Process of Finding Yourself: A Simple Guide

The Process of Finding Yourself: A Simple Guide. I heard that great writers are great because they have found themselves. They have found their own voice. I am completely jealous because I am not quite there yet. That was one of the main reasons for starting this blog. I wanted to “find” myself. What does that even mean to find yourself? There are so many life experiences that take you on an incredible journey. Whether it’s good or bad, we live and we learn. Yes keeping positive does help you appreciate what you have but what about those not so positive challenges that face us? That is what takes us closer into finding ourselves.

Oh love that makes the world go around….love is something we wait and search for. Dreaming of that perfect moment to discover our passion or even finding that special someone. We never imagine the heartbreak and disappointment because that is terrifying. It is the pain of love that truly changes us. The losing of love that makes us who we are.

Life is complicated sometimes. There is promise though to opening up to new beginnings. Everything happens for a reason and you just have to take those unique chances in life.

It seems that when you step up in life to invite change, life has a way of guiding you to exactly where you need to be, with whom you need to be with, and hearing what you need to hear.- Tiny Buddha Blog

I don’t know where you are in your life but sometimes reevaluating your happiness in life and acting on it can shake things up for the better. Here is some guidance if you feel stuck or just want to discover more passion for yourself. I know I am working on these currently.

1. Stop Thinking and Just Do It

Take a risk. Do something impulsive. I know I tend to over analyze my situations and I am working on just doing as I feel. Take that trip to that country you have always wanted to visit. I remember doing that in college. I was in Costa Rica for four months and I remember sitting on the beach telling myself that I needed to do another semester of this traveling fun. So I decided to apply for some study abroad scholarships and work more hours at the bar to make this happen. That next semester I was in France and I ended up exploring Europe those four months visiting Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

While people were encouraging me to go take that semester to complete classes for my Masters in Accounting, that definitely wasn’t my passion to continue the studying. Something in my gut told me to take that trip to Europe instead of following my colleagues down that path. At that time I was stressed and scared about my future. I was scared that I was doing something completely crazy and would be way behind others in my academic path. I felt I might waste that year of traveling for building my knowledge to get into a top notch firm but once I landed in Paris, those worries went away and everything felt just right.

When I look back, I was so glad I went with my gut and enjoyed my last year in college traveling the world. Those were the best times of my life. So while this example applied to taking that impulse trip, anything could be applied such as taking that dream job offer, marking off bucket list desires, or even simply going to that one unique event others never thought you would go to.

Just live damn it. You have to make mistakes to discover what you like and dislike. Doing the same things won’t help you explore your boundaries.

2. Let Go of the Unnecessary

Let go of unnecessary things or people in your life. It can also mean to simply quit something in your life. Winners never quit right? Well only when it pertains to you owning that passion and pressing forth with it. Not if you realize that you absolutely dread doing something and keep going. What’s the point of doing that?

Make a list of the things you commit to at work, family, and social life. Notice what things you can let go to make life a little less stressful and more enjoyable.

The things that bring you happiness, that wake you up in the morning, that you lay awake thinking about at night—do those things.

The things that weigh you down, that seem like a drag, that steal life from you and make you angry—quit those.

As a dear friend would always jokingly say: KISS! Keep It Simple Stupid 🙂 It really isn’t hard. May be easier said than done but you can do it. Again, don’t let the peer pressure of what others say steer you in the wrong direction.

3.Socialize with Strangers

Everyone has a story, an opinion, and an insight into opportunities. It is about the connections you make in life. When I moved to Kansas City, I was terrified of not knowing anybody. Quickly that wasn’t the case as I met people at work, joined meet ups and intramural sports leagues, and found networking events to be brave and attend. There is this really neat site I discovered when I moved called Meet Up:Find Your People. I was thrilled to find groups of similar interests. People are out there that want to talk about the things you like to talk about and I was excited to find this avenue to meet others.

A couple of weeks ago I even Googled art events in my city. Found a free tour that would take me on a walk around the city that explored artist galleries and studios. I met a fantastic vision artist and it wasn’t long and we hit off the conversation into similar things we enjoyed. A fashion art show and dinner later, it wasn’t long and I was already finding others that talked about things I enjoyed which was art. I got the chance to go to a poetry slam event that I have always wanted to attend to support a stranger (now I call friend) who shared his absolutely creative writing.

Something interesting to do which I learned how to do eventually is to go to events alone. Although it is always fun to have a friend tag along, it is a even more rewarding sometimes to try something alone. It forces you to meet someone and talk about the things you are interested in. Try it, I dare you.

4. Don’t Put Your Dreams on Hold

Well if we are trying to find ourselves and discover who we are, we might not exactly know what our dreams are but for some you might already know. At least evaluating the things you enjoy in your life will help you down a path to finding it. For me it is starting my own business. I want to own something and have it revolve around the things I enjoy in life. I have started in that process of starting my business but for others you might be putting on the excuses of time and money. That is why you let go of the things that might be taking away that time for you to achieve those dreams. Money comes and goes. There is always a way to find it though. A good friend of mine was so persistent in finding funds to start her business. She didn’t let anyone distract her from her passion. A couple years later and she managed to present to investors to get $80,000 for her idea. A dream come true for her and I am excited to see her take on that journey. I first hand witnessed the tough work she did to achieve those funds. It didn’t come easy because she came from money or anything. She had to put in major effort to meet those key people to get her to even pitch the idea.

If you enjoy doing it, then it shouldn’t be hard to achieve those dreams. Just keeping on keeping on. The good that will come of it is you enjoying life doing it. That is the most important.

 5. Do Something Different

Try something that you wouldn’t typically do. You can’t know you don’t like something if you don’t try it. We are constantly changing to explore who we are so just keep taking on these tiny adventures. Try that new cultural restaurant, go dancing, or visit that local store. Go on Groupon or LivingSocial and explore what different things you can do. Broaden your horizons 🙂

I noticed in my life that the most random things I do differently are the fun stories I definitely remember and share with people.

 

Finding myself isn’t easy but it definitely is a fun process as I explore new opportunities and meet new people. Something wise I heard was that if you don’t define the things that make you who you are, someone will find their way to define who you are. Don’t let that happen. It’s easy for that to happen if you care about what others think, but be bold enough to say what you feel. Be unique and that simply means to stand up for what you believe in. Makes life a little easier when you are proud to say it out loud. There is always something to learn so like that old adage, life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it!

 Cheers!

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‘The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

 

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“Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for.”~ Anonymous

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She Wants Wine – You Know She Does

The best wines are the ones we drink with friends and lovers. Last Thursday was such a great time watching the premier of Scandal with a group of lovely ladies. What was so great about it was that this hang out session was actually an event so carefully planned by Lauren Tennyson, a fabulous entrepreneur who is following her passion through her start up called She Wants Wine.

She Wants Wine was created as a wine lifestyle brand that drives to inspire and educate you on what the world has to offer the person who is working towards having it all.

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What does She Wants Wine offer you ask?
– Private networking events
– Private label wine (coming soon)
– Group travel experiences
– Bottle service for your event
– Select wines for sale

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As I naturally gravitate towards the reds, I found myself just slurping it all 🙂 Lauren created an evening of fun where there were sipping games every time a word was said by an actor on the show or even a finish your glass moment when an old school song played in the background on one of the scenes. All the wines laid out were even personally named to give you insight into Lauren’s attitude for the wine type. Lot of laughs and conversations were had throughout the night and we managed to get a still picture…

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I am so proud of these gals that I met all striving to live life to the fullest and striving to do what they love every day. On top of that they are super fun and you will definitely hear more of my adventures with them. Nothing better than to have a group of supporters when you start something new. Check out She Wants Wine!

Cheers!

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Happiness is a Curious Thing

This is the very reason I started this blog. There are many things that can cause our happiness to exist or even shatter it. There isn’t a straight forward guide out there that can tell us how to be happy. It all depends on how we live each day and how we tackle every moment. Always easier said than done right? Totally.

Although as I learned throughout my twenties, a happy meaningful life can be achieved with just taking one step at a time. Being grateful for all the support from loved ones and simple pleasures will take you down that happiness path. We all can be that change to spread goodness in the world but we all have to share all the things that make us laugh and smile.  Happiness is a lifestyle, not an objective or task to mark off your list. So I decided to share all the things that bring me joy and hope they bring you joy too.

From random places to visit on an evening after work or even showing some amazing things to add to your bucket list, there is an abundance of fun things to help add some passion and adventure in life. Keep things simple, breathe, and be grateful for what you have in life. You will be amazed at all the things that come your way when you think positive. They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Well stay tuned as I share with you a 21 day happiness journey.

Cheers!

Jenny Ching Rosas

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