Tofu and Eggplant Bowl

Hey there!
If you are wondering why there’s nothing new here, it’s because I’m transitioning to a new blog. Take a look at the lastest post there and don’t forget to subscribe.

I promise you that if you enjoyed Keeping Myself Busy, you’ll love Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies!

Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies

For the last year or so I have noticed that my husband and I have been eating more and more vegetarian meals than meat based meals. I started to ponder why we have been doing this, which to my amazement was much more than just environmental issues (keep reading to find out why). Since I have been more consciously been eating vegetarian meals, I have been exploring more vegetarian protein options, and very recently I started to cook with tofu. Quickly I came up with a simple recipe that has appealed to my meat-loving husband: Tofu and Eggplant Bowl.

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Before I dive into the recipe or the reasons why I have been eating more vegetarian meals, let me give you some context. Both my husband and I are from the South of Brazil, different parts, so a bit different cultures. Still, we are from the meat-loving part of the country…

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Sunday Watch: The A Word

About a year ago I started volunteering with kids with special needs at the church I was going in Sacramento, CA. This experience was an eye opener to a reality that I hadn't been exposed to. So when I saw a quick clip for The A Word I was intrigued. Long story short, I watched … Continue reading Sunday Watch: The A Word

What on Earth is Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies About?

It’s out! Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies!

I have been noticing that I haven’t been really inspired to write on Keeping Myself Busy in the last few months. After some time thinking about it, I realized that the reason I wasn’t feeling inspired is that I am not the same person who wanted to just keep busy.
So after some time – and the help of good friends, I came up with a whole new concept for my blog, which also meant a new blog name: Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies.

In a nut shell, if you enjoy Keeping Myself Busy, you are going to love Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies. I know… I know… the name is a mouthful, but it’s catchy, right? Keeping Myself Busy will be alive for a while, and I’ll continue to post every now and again, but soon I’ll transition to the new blog.

So check out the first post on Candid Thoughts and Bowl of Veggies!

Candid Thoughts and a Bowl of Veggies

3 1/2 years ago I made a decision that impacted my life immensely: To marry my (at the time) boyfriend. This meant quitting my job and moving to the United States. The problem is that my visa status forced me into early retirement. I’m not going to bore you with the details of the legality and issues concerning that fact that I can’t legally work, trust me! Even though it was a tough decision to make, I don’t regret it. It took me to where I am now – and more importantly, who I am now.

So, for the last three years, I’ve been coping with my retirement – and it’s not easy. In a nut shell, I have to constantly be aware of my emotions and thoughts to make sure that I’m not depressed. Sounds like I’m exaggerating, but not really. I’ve hit a few low moments and struggled…

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Three Weeks in Orange County

It's been about three weeks since my husband and I moved to Orange County and I'm already loving it. We moved to a decent-size townhome on UC Irvine's campus - my husband is starting classes at the end of September. It's been a short time here, but a lot has happened. The move from NorCal … Continue reading Three Weeks in Orange County

What’s Been Keeping Me Busy – Special Announcement

Hey Everyone! It's been about a year and a half since I started this blog. The whole idea behind it was to help me find focus and achieve a sense of purpose in my limited life. Blogging is hard! I had no idea that coming up with good content and being consistent with it would be … Continue reading What’s Been Keeping Me Busy – Special Announcement

Bullet Journal: Goodbye May! Hello June!

Another month has gone by and I’m here setting up my mood – and my bullet journal – for June. May was not a fun month. There was a lot of craziness and unexpected things that happened that did not make it easy. So as a new month starts, I’m excited to turn the page … Continue reading Bullet Journal: Goodbye May! Hello June!

What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 3

  Welcome to Part 3 of What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot. Just a quick recap: Part 1 was all about the things you need to keep in mind when planning your trip to Seattle. Part 2, I started to share some of the places you can you in Downtown Seattle. In Part 3 … Continue reading What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 3

What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 2

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This is Part Two of What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot. Part One was mainly about the strategies you need to be able to do visit Seattle and not need to rent a car. I'm grouping locations that you can take no more than 20 minutes walking between them. So when you plan your trip to Seattle … Continue reading What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 2

What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 1

visitng seattle

If there's one thing I enjoy doing when I travel is to explore places on foot. Whenever you have a car, you are constantly thinking about street signs, who's right of way is it, or what way you should turn, not to mention finding a place to park. Horrible! But when you're on foot, you … Continue reading What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot – Part 1

Sunday Watch: Girlboss

Last week I had one of those days where all I wanted to do is sit on the couch and watch TV. Luckily the Netflix keeps coming up with great TV shows for me to binge! Girlboss was on the list of recommended shows for me to watch and I decided to check it out. … Continue reading Sunday Watch: Girlboss