Author: Khadijah RBz

Straight From the Heart Part 2

Straight from the Heart Part 2

Let’s continue… Numerous studies have been conducted on plant-based eating and heart disease. The outcomes of these studies overwhelmingly support plant life as a means to reverse this horrible malady. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has stated that plant-based nutrition provides us with a pathway to escape the coronary artery disease epidemic. When asked in an interview, […]

Straight from the Heart

Straight from the Heart

Let me tell you up front, this post comes from the heart… straight up (like Paula, ha!). Every day we are given the opportunity to make choices. Choices that impact our lives and the lives of those around us. Those choices are as simple as our outfit of the day to something as complex as […]

Research is Your Friend

Research is Your Friend

Researching is one of the simplest things we can do to contribute to success. Often times we want to do something and just jump only to be overwhelmed.

Wanna Know Why? Here Goes…

Fruits and Veggies in Heart Shape

Here is a post I shared on my website, khadijahrbz.com, that shares a bit of our vegan journey. The original post is from 2016, so I have updated some of the information to be more current. I get asked some of the same questions by different people and thought it would be nice to share […]

Once Upon a Time

We love the once upon a time, fairy tale stories; however, that is not the reality for most marriages. Marriages require work. And not the half…

The Lessons Parents Share

The Lessons Parents Share - Tre with a trophy and on the top of a house

It is easy to project our fears and even shortcomings on our children, which is why we must intentionally…

Meditation and Mantra Monday

Happy Monday! This is the start to an amazing week, aren’t you excited?! If not, you should be because there are so many GREAT things awaiting you.

Who is Better than You, Boo?!!

While reflecting the other day, I was reminded of the importance of honoring yourself for who you are. Who WE are as individuals. It is so easy to get caught up in all that we aren’t that we lose sight of ALL we are. So may the words below be reminder. An affirmation…

Three Skills Magnified Since Living Abroad

We have been living within the land mass of Costa Rica for right at 3 months. To say that this experience has been without frustrations would be an untruth. For me to pretend there have not been moments when we wanted to ‘just go back home’ would be a disservice to myself and my loyal readers. [sn: where is home? we sold everything… where would we go back to?]

But for the times of frustration and the few moments that we wanted to return to what WAS our norm, we have many more occasions that make our decision well worth it. Each day we are actualizing our best selves and that makes this journey priceless on so many levels.

Three skills that I know have been enhanced in me are:

Patience

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

Read that definition again, a little slower...

Being patient in an unknown land, with unknown people, who speak a foreign tongue can be frustrating and contribute to one getting angry or upset. However, getting angry or upset is not going to change the situation. In all actuality, it will make it worse. And being that I want others to be patient with me, why not demonstrate the same. If you are planning to live or travel abroad, adorn yourself with patience, it is a great asset.

Openness

Openness is essentially a lack of restriction. There are so many beautiful lessons that can be learned, so many wonderful sites to see and countless discoveries you can find about your self when you are open – free of ridiculous restrictions. There is more than one way to peel a carrot and even more ways to live life full. Be open to exploring all the goodness GOD has made available through creation and other cultures – whether it is finding peace in the cool breeze that flows through a screen free window or adjusting to wiping and trashing instead of wiping and flushing. Don’t restrict your life because you are not open to see LIFE for a different perspective. GOD is always speaking and when we are open and in-tune with HOLY SPIRIT we are able to hear clearer and our vision is enhanced. Be sure and pack some openness and put it in all your bags so you can grab it easily on the journey.

Grace

Grace, grace, grace! Who doesn’t need courteous goodwill or simple decency and tact?!?! Being gracious and kind is so key. Trust… the same way I may get frustrated because I am not able to fluently speak the language, others get frustrated because they do not understand what it is I am trying to communicate. So in these moments when grace is extended, we both feel at ease. We regroup and, then take it slow. The POWER and BEAUTY of GRACE is wonderful.

While, extending grace to others remember showing yourself grace is necessary. Don’t beat yourself up. Love yourself where you are, with grace, because you are getting better. Never leave home without grace for yourself and others.

As we keep living we will encounter challenges but with patience, openness and grace we can overcome them. Being content and having peace in whatever state we are in, whatever country (the states or otherwise) is a huge factor. And shout-out to our brother Paul for demonstrating this.

Costa Rica has given me many tranquil moments that have allowed me to find and know that inner peace. Where ever I go, what ever I do I know what peace looks and feels like.

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