Healthy Glow: Healthy Eating, La Mode & Ramblings

Bienvendos! My name is Katherine N. and I'm a 20-something U.S. Diplomat. This blog is a mix of my love of healthy eating, exercise, ramblings and fashion. I started this blog because I am a certified wanderlust. I have traveled and eaten the cuisines of many countries including: Ghana (where my family is from & where I went to University), Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Canada, at least 20 U.S. States, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Singapore, Indonesia...just to name a few. Free counters!
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My Life: Dealing with Dealing. I CAN NOT EVEN, deal.
Sometimes I am a patient person, other times I really am not. I have be a bit anxious and on edge waiting to take a much needed anniversary trip with my partner and pups. Today, I am feeling like this engine, I CAN NOT EVEN.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a patience filled day. But today, I CAN’T EVEN deal. Have you ever felt the feels I am feeling?

My Life: Dealing with Dealing. I CAN NOT EVEN, deal.

Sometimes I am a patient person, other times I really am not. I have be a bit anxious and on edge waiting to take a much needed anniversary trip with my partner and pups. Today, I am feeling like this engine, I CAN NOT EVEN.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a patience filled day. But today, I CAN’T EVEN deal. Have you ever felt the feels I am feeling?

Music Monday: “What a Difference a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington

I have had this song stuck in my head all weekend. I am hoping this week is enjoyable. I hoping to have a relaxed weekend celebrating my anniversary with my boyfriend.

My Life in Mexico: A Story Told Well: NPR’s Borderland 

I never thought that I would enjoy livin on the border of the U.S. and Mexico as much as I have. The interesting intermingling of cultures, the Spanglish, the Spanish, the English language, the food, the people, the culture, the ability to travel to with ease. If you have time, please explore the NPR series, Borderland. The series perfectly explains my borderland life in a way that I never could. 

"NPR recently launched a special series, Borderland, in which Steve Inskeep traveled along the entire 2,428 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico to report on the nuances of immigration and the relationship between the two countries. Here are the radio stories, which are so worth listening to if this is an issue that you’ve had a hard time wrapping your mind around, or not seen fantastic reporting on before. And here is the stunning visual intro to the series, which breaks the piece down into 12 stories complete with moving characters, all the numbers (presented very digestibly) and a lot of context.”

Feliz viernes mis amores!

(via npr)

My Life: Celebrating 17 Years of my Sorority, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated

In Spring 2006, I formally became a sister of Theta Nu Xi. Becoming a member of this sorority changed my life. I felt like I had met women who understood me. These women highlighted that there was beauty in being different, that under all of these differences we all struggled with the same insecurities, self-doubt, cultural understanding, laughter, love, heart break, happiness, life changes…

While I have not be active in the organization due to my work, my sorority is always in my heart. My linesisters and I still keep each other updated about what is new in each other’s lives and I try to visit different chapters when I can. 

ONE love forever and always, 

#3 Ohema, Mosaic 

Upsilon Chapter

Spring 2006

http://thetanuxi.org/ 

Restaurant Review: The Best Gorditas on the U.S.-Mexico Border at La Duranguena

Located in a small plaza full of small family owned restaurants, beauty parlors and a small gym, you will find the best gorditas in Ciudad Juarez. La Duranguena is located on Avenida San Lorenzo #630 This small gordita mecha is only open from 7am-3pm Monday through Saturday and is usually filled with people from all economic backgrounds, which speaks to the deliciousness of their food. 

However, do not come in here looking for 200 options to choose from, this restaurant specializes in one thing, gorditas. What are true gorditas?

Gorditas, in english, translates to “little fat one” are little thick tortillas that flour or corn based that can be filled with any additional ingredients, ranging from different cheeses and meat.

All of the gordita fillings here are great. In Juarez a gordita costs about 8 pesos, (a little less than a dollar US), but these gorditas are cost 24 pesos (a little less than 2 dollars US). If you bring 5 dollars, I promise you will leave full, happy, and sleepy. 

Healthy Glows Travels: Exploring El Paso, Texas’ Franklin Mountains

I cannot believe how fast time passes in years and how slow it passes in days. My two years on the border of Mexico is coming to a close in four months and I can honestly say, I am not mentally ready. However, the nature of my current career as a Diplomat is that I move every two years. As the end of my tour nears, I am spending more of my time in nature. 

A couple of weeks ago, I went hiking with a new friend who also serves as a Diplomat at another city on the U.S.-Mexico border and my boyfriend. 

After a heavy north Mexican lunch, we headed up to El Paso’s Franklin Mountain (FM) range. The range isn’t green but it is beautiful in its own way. The FM is the largest sustained moutain range in Texas with its highest peak at a little more than 7,000 feet in height. 

If you are ever in the area, I suggest you plan a hike here. The views are amazing. You can see parts of El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and parts of New Mexico. 

Basic Information:

Address: 1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd, El Paso, Texas, 79930 

Cost: $5 USD per adult daily, Children under 12 free, if in a group $2 USD

The park is open 7 days a week year round and the gate opens at 8am and closes at 5pm. 

For more information please visit the official website

Music Monday: Meshell Ndegeocello  Covers Nina Simone’s “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”

I am back to blogging! After surgery, post-surgery recovery and healing I finally have some kind of energy to blog. I finally was able to get the all clear to get back in the gym so I am excited to get back into Olympic Lifting, Crossfit, Yoga and any other type of physical activity.

I wanted to celebrate my return to blogging with one of my favorite artists, Meshell. She is the artists that made one of my favorite heart break songs, "Fool of Me".

In this track, Meshell covers’s Nina Simone track, “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair.” If you love this song check out Meshell’s album Pour une âme souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone.

Have a happy Monday!

Blog break. I’m currently under medical leave and getting through post surgery recovery. I’m doing relatively well but my energy level is super low. Right now I’m focused on my sophrosyne while I recover. While I may not be updating, I still have more than 1,000 posts on this blog. Stick around, read, comment, and get ideas for recipes, fitness and general foolishness.

Blog break. I’m currently under medical leave and getting through post surgery recovery. I’m doing relatively well but my energy level is super low. Right now I’m focused on my sophrosyne while I recover. While I may not be updating, I still have more than 1,000 posts on this blog. Stick around, read, comment, and get ideas for recipes, fitness and general foolishness.

Happy Friday: Two Tips on How to be Skinny

No tengo mas que decir. 

Or you could do this

My Life in Mexico: Outside the office of El Diario in Juarez.

NPR’s On the Road Blog is traveling along the border that seperates Mexico and the United States. Today, they are in Juarez and snapped this picture. The picture is the front of the El Diario building in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The two banneers depict demanding justice for journalists murdered at the height of the drug war in 2008 and 2010. (@nprinskeep/NPR)

I just realized I have not taken that many pictures of my time in Juarez. Expect a post on Monday! 

(via npr)

Surround Yourself With More Beauty: Video Art Displays Strangers Kissing for the First Time

The premise of the video, called First Kiss and directed by Tatia Pilieva, was to get 20 strangers and have them kiss each other for the first time. 

This video is beautiful. People hesitating, the awkwardness, the look in each others eyes before the kiss. It makes me think back to some truly electric besos that I have been recieving as of late…

Music Monday: Wizkid’s “On Top Your Matter”

Fell in love with Wizkid a couple of years ago when I was in Ghana visiting family and friends. I love his youth carelessness, his cockiness, and his interesting mix of Americanah and Najaness. 

Some people don’t like his music at all. I take him for what he is, a young man trying to make a name for himself while making fun dance music. No one does dance music like West Africans. 

Have a great week!

Fashion Attack! Valentino Fall/Winter 2014

Opera inspired opulence? These some of my favorite looks from Valentino’s looks for Fall. This line radiates attention to detail, decadance, huge color, and feminism. 

What do you think?

Surround Yourself with More Beauty: Amazing 3D Street Art by Julian Beever

English artist Julian Beever is considered a leading chalk artist in sidewalk art. He’s also (clearly with good reason) called Pavement Picasso

Julian Beever has been creating chalk drawings on pavement surfaces since the mid-1990s. In order to create the most realistic drawing possible, he uses a special techniques which appear three dimensional from certain angles. 

To see more of his art, click here.

What I Wore: Revisiting 1983 Diplomatic Glamour

This past Saturday I went to a colleague’s 1980 themed birthday party in Ciudad Juarez. I really wanted to get into character so I put on one of my mom’s suits that she gifted me last year.  I added a wig that I have had for awhile (it desperately needs to be styled), some of my favorite springtime pumps, a whole lot of gold jewelry, a Kate Spade top handle purse and one of my favorite scarves that I found at a Washington, DC clothing swap. 

I thought it would be appropriate to dress up as a woman who would have had the same diplomatic career as I have now, but with a twist of 1980s glam. I stayed in characted the whole night and even picked another name, Barbara Willingsworth.

What do you think of my look? I think it screams 1983 working woman.