Author: Jasmine Eclipse

Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

I’ve never known much about where I come from, but I’ve always been interested. My mother did genealogy research about 10 years ago, but that’s only half of me. I don’t have a close relationship with my birth father, and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young. So I had no way of knowing what makes me, me. Then I decided to order a DNA kit, so I could finally figure out what I’m made up of and where I come from. I decided on 23andMe’s Health and Ancestry kit because it gives you over 80 reports on your: Ancestry Carrier status for certain diseases and illnesses Genetic health risks Traits Wellness I ordered this thinking it would be interesting to know if any diseases run in my family, and exactly what percentage of Filipino I am. See, before I took this test I thought I was just Filipino and a small mixture of Caucasian (French and German). So I was blown away when I got my results back. How does it work? …

Healthy & Delicious Banana Oats Breakfast Bowl

Giveaway! This post is in partnership with Whole Foods and their Make Me Whole Campaign. Whole Foods Market is giving YOU a chance to win groceries for a YEAR! If you’re like me and you’re trying to enhance your health this year, follow Whole Foods and tag a photo of what you’re totally obsessed with eating at the moment with 3 things: @wholefoods, #MakesMeWhole & #sweeps on Instagram or Twitter. It’s that easy! Instagram    Twitter The Official Rules are here. Good luck!! 🙂 Since coming back from Las Vegas and Arizona, I’ve been on a major health kick. As a part of that, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes! One of my favorites right now is this Banana Oats Breakfast Bowl that I threw together in my head while walking up and down every aisle in Whole Foods. This breakfast bowl is packed with protein, superfoods and flavor – and I don’t even like oats! But this is just amazing. (I think you’ll love it) 🙂 What you’ll need: 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 …

Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

The last few months have been a whirlwind. I can’t even believe I’ve been back in Hawaii for almost half a year already (what?!) and since being back here, I’ve been really focusing on myself for the first time in years. My breakup, leaving my job and home, and relocating back to America in the span of a week or two was rough on me. And while I’m being honest, I’m still healing. Every day is a struggle, and I think that’s important to recognize. Heartbreak hotel. I recently took a trip to Arizona and Las Vegas, and it was everything I needed. Being in the desert, driving for hours each day, immersing myself in foreign surroundings, seeing new people and new places was healing. On my last night there, I broke down in my hotel room. I cried and asked “why, why, why” and when I woke up the next morning, it was as though I woke up in God’s hand. I felt okay. My heart opened up and I breathed out the biggest …

Visiting Las Vegas in the Winter

I recently came back from a quick trip to Arizona and Las Vegas. It was one of the most incredible weeks I’ve ever spent, and it was definitely a much-needed vacation. Plus, visiting Las vegas during the winter time is such a different experience than visiting during warmer months. I’m not sure what it is… But Las Vegas in January is my favorite Las Vegas. And before you ask: Yes, people were still half-naked walking down the strip in 30-40 degree weather. But hey, it’s Vegas. I ate… a lot… during this trip… I easily gained 10 pounds (at least). But it was well worth it! Just a hunk ‘o burnin’ (wax) 😉 This was one of the best trips I’ve taken. Between driving through the desert in Arizona and walking down the Las Vegas strip, I’ve never felt so alive. I needed this trip to reset and step back from my life to look at it from a different perspective. I left a piece of my soul there in the desert, and I can’t wait to …

Driving through the Arizona desert

I recently drove through the Arizona desert, and I fell in love. I’ve been dreaming of deserts, cacti, quirky roadside attractions and friendly in-the-middle-of-nowhere gas stations – and this trip was everything I wanted and more. There’s just something about driving through the desert. It feels warm even though it’s the dead of winter. It feel familiar even though I’ve never been here. There’s something about it, and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough. Here are my favorite photos from my trek through the Arizona desert. I left a piece of my soul there, and I can’t wait to go back. Have you ever been to a place and felt like you’ve been there before? Or felt like if you were stranded there, you’d be able to make it “home” quickly? If you ever drive Route 66, stop in this town (and specifically, this diner). I don’t remember the name, but I do remember the waiter, the good food, the comfy atmosphere, the streets lined with lights, light dusting of snow that made the …

Boating Day & Whale Watching in Maui!

After finding out the Hawaii Missile Threat was a false alarm, we decided to make the most of the day by taking the boat out and enjoying sunshine, whale watching and good music – all things we’d miss had the missile threat been real. Here are my favorite photos from that day! ☀️ It was a beautiful, beautiful day in paradise. I laughed, smiled, sang, and truly soaked in how beautiful my home is. I was present. I felt the wind in my face. I tasted the salt air on my tongue. I watched my freckles come out of hiding. This was one of my most favorite days in a long, long time. ❤️

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What It’s Like To Work From Home

Have you ever dreamed of working from home? Are you tired of waking up early in the morning, leaving the house when it’s dark and coming home when it’s dark? Do you wish you could say goodbye to the office for good and work according to your own schedule? Want to work in your pajamas? Guess what! It’s not totally out of reach! In total, I’ve worked from home for a few years and while it isn’t for everyone, I personally love it. I love the flexibility that comes with it, and I love that I can work from anywhere and I’m not necessarily tied to one place. It definitely takes a certain type of person. You need to be self-motivated, organized, and able to work in a solo environment. Important! If you are prone to laziness, get distracted easily and/or need other people or an office-like environment in order to stay on task, working from home may not be the best option for you!  However, if you’re still considering starting a work-from-home position, this …

Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

January 13th, 2018 will be a day I’ll remember forever. It was the day I was told I had 10 minutes left to live. At 8:08am, my phone blared with this Emergency Alert: My mom came running up the stairs screaming, but all I could do was stand there. Whether it was disbelief or complete shock, all I kept thinking was: Is this really happening? Is this real? I immediately jumped to all the news sites, social media, TV, radios – but there was nothing. People were talking about it on Facebook, posting the same screenshots of that emergency alert. But all the news stations were silent. We didn’t know what to do. If it was real or not. Where we should go. How long we had. Where it would hit. We didn’t know anything. So I called my loved ones, told them I loved them. And then I waited. My family and I sat and waited, because that’s all we could do. 10 minutes passed. 20 minutes passed. Our world was silent. The streets were …

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Easiest Cherry Apple Pie Recipe (Chapel Pie?)

During this holiday season, I got really into baking. I spent hours in the kitchen learning new recipes, trying to master techniques and appreciating the art-form that IS a perfect pie crust. And one of my most favorite pies I made was a makeshift cherry apple pie (with a homemade crust!) This was my favorite pie to make because I didn’t follow a recipe! I had one can of apples and one can of cherries so I decided to wing it. And this delicious pie was the outcome. Cherry Apple Pie Recipe What you need: Pie Crust: I used the same recipe as the last pie I made! Find it here. Pie Filling: 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp allspice 1 can cinnamon apples 1 can cherry filling Pie Topping: 1 tbs melted butter 1 tbs sugar (I used turbinado, but any kind of sugar will work!) How to make it: Make your pie crusts using this simple recipe. Combine brown sugar, flour, and allspice in a large bowl. Add apples …

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Books I’m Reading Right Now

I used to read and write every single day, but over the years I slowly got busier and busier and didn’t have time for it anymore. But lately, I’ve been prioritizing my passions and now I make time to read and write every day! Here are books I recently picked up. Big Magic | Elizabeth Gilbert I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time, because I’ve seen it everywhere. And now that I’ve started writing my book (more on that later), it seemed like the perfect time to pick up a book about living your best creative life. I just finished this a couple days ago and I loved it. It’s full of motivation that slaps you right in the face and it’s what got me to finally sit down and write the first page of my book! If you have a dream or a goal, but think it’s silly or are afraid to start because you’re afraid of failure, go pick this up. Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert Since I’m going …