Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly Recap

Happy Friday! I had such an exciting week, lots of things started to fall into place for me! I finally feel confident about my job search, and with that comes more confidence about the future. I hope to be able to share some good news soon, and with that will come some job search advice and more about what I went through.

Today starts a long week of traveling for me! I'm headed to Raleigh this weekend, then stopping through Charlotte on Monday, then a flight to Dallas that night, and back to Atlanta Tuesday afternoon. Although I'm sure I'll be tired there at the end, it will hopefully all be worth it!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Jumpsuit? Jumper?

I love Old Navy. I can never go in and not purchase something (I have the same problem at Target if we're being totally honest with each other). Old Navy is great for basics, but they also have so many trendy clothes too.

When I was looking to branch out with a jumpsuit, I knew that Old Navy would be a great place to look for one that was stylish but would blend in while still standing out. That's a pretty weird set of requirements, but when one is breaking out of the t-shirt and shorts style with a jumpsuit, the last thing you want is someone staring at you. This one did not cause my social anxiety to go up in flames, so I deem it a winner!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekly Recap

This week really flew by for me. I want to take a quick second to thank everyone for their kind feedback on Wednesday's post! I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone in how I was feeling and that even some bloggers that I admire the most have felt this same way too! It definitely made the latter half of the week much smoother.

I was feeling pretty frustrated when I published that post, because how can one apply for upwards of 70 jobs and literally not hear anything back? But it was almost funny - Wednesday morning I literally scheduled 4 interviews for today and next week. Kind of ironic how that all works out, yeah?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Real Talk

I originally had an outfit post planned for today, but I decided to switch around my calendar in favor of some real talk. In the spirit of being totally candid, I’ve been struggling recently. Struggling about my future, my friendships/relationships, what the heck I’m going to do with my life, how I’m going to make a difference in the world, how I can separate myself from other people who are exactly the same as me… I mean, the list goes on and on and on. I can just feel my anxiety flaring up at that list.

When I look at my life even a year ago, I thought everything would be so different. I’m smart. I’m (relatively… most of the time) easy to talk to. I make a great first impression (so I’ve been told). I’ve always had jobs and internships and volunteer experience, even if they were in the wrong fields. So where did it all go wrong?


Monday, July 31, 2017

Baked Chicken Fingers

Y'all, I love chicken fingers. They're a staple in my diet, especially when I go out to eat. Unfortunately, restaurant chicken fingers are so many calories! Don't get me wrong, I'll still splurge on them from time to time, but can't a girl enjoy her chicken fingers in peace while still feeling healthy at the end of the day? Enter: homemade baked chicken fingers.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekly Recap

Ahhhh another week come and gone. This year is really flying by, it feels like just yesterday was the 4th of July! I had a couple of meetings this week, a couple of job interviews, and a whole lot of job applications sent! Today I'm having a minor oral surgery operation, so I'm planning on spending the weekend on my couch watching Netflix!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Printiki Prints (Promo Code!)

I've always loved picture prints. When I was younger, I must have gone through dozens of disposable cameras and picture books. Then, when I switched to digital pictures, I almost always ordered prints at a drugstore to hang on my wall. There's just something about physically holding a picture in your hand that I will never get over!

Even though I don't carry around a camera as much as I used to, I still love being able to print off pictures of the places and people that I love, especially after a vacation or when moving into a new living space (my dorm room had SO MANY PICTURES!), so when Printiki reached out to me for this post I was 100% on board.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

3 Book Recommendations

I love books. One of the best parts about having graduated college is that I feel like I finally have more free time to spend reading than I have had in the past 4 years! I always managed to find time to read a few books over summer and winter breaks, but they were usually books I had read before. (My go-to is To Kill A Mockingbird or any of the Harry Potter novels.)

It's been a while since I've read a book that I couldn't put down - and this summer I've found THREE!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Denim Phase

I'm a huge fan of denim. Give me a good pair of jeans and I'm all set. Not to mention, my allllll time favorite accessory is my jean jacket. I've had it for YEARS and I wore it almost every day to work during my internship. But since it's been SO HOT in Atlanta recently I've had to find a new way to wear my denim obsession.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekly Recap

Hello and happy Friday!! I've been SO TERRIBLE at posting this month, but I'm really hoping to turn that around in the second half. I feel like I say that every month, but now that my internship is over and I'm only working two days a week, I should have more free time to spend here. Then again, job searching is a full-time job, AND I'm studying for the GRE... so who knows.

One of the things I want to work on this weekend is getting some generic pictures for blog content. The only problem is, I don't have a tripod and my sister is going out of town! Hopefully I'll be able to figure something out (or just go ahead and buy the tripod, which I probably will eventually).



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Podcast Recommendations

I've been really into podcasts recently. I get tired of listening to music after a while (people get really upset when I say that... so I apologize if I have offended you) and I really dislike some audiobook readings and much prefer seeing the words. Podcasts are a great in between. There are several I like that tell stories and keep me entertained, and are told in a such a great way that I don't feel like I'm missing any information by listening instead of reading.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekly Recap

This week went by really quickly for me! Since I got home from Portland on Monday morning, I didn't go into work until the afternoon and the day went by really quickly. I think since it felt like a 4 day week that it felt like it flew by.

I'm looking forward to just relaxing this weekend! It's supposed to be kind of gross weather, but I'm hoping that maybe it'll be sunny enough for a few hours that I can go to the pool to read or take a walk outside.

On a disappointing note, my "huge life decisions" that I thought I would have to make about a week ago ended up not being a thing. That being said, it's probably ok if it's raining this weekend so I get some job applications started and done. (P.S... if you're hiring... hi!) ;)




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Portlandia

I got to visit my friend Stephanie in Portland, Oregon last weekend!!! Stephanie and I studied abroad together in Salzburg over two years ago. She was able to make a quick trip to Atlanta on her way to visit family, but this was really the first time we've seen each other since then! It was so much fun - I loved Portland!

My flight got intoPortland on Thursday night later than expected, but still with enough time to rest up for a full day of seeing the city on Friday while Stephanie was at work. (Side note: 6 hour flights are such a pain!!! What do you do to pass the time?)


Monday, June 19, 2017

Bratislava in 24 Hours

One of my major goals when I studied abroad (2.5 years ago... what!!) was to hit as many “off the beaten path” countries as I could. I figured that I could always convince myself to go back to Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, but that the lesser-known countries would be a little harder to go back to. Slovakia was definitely one of those countries, but let me tell y’all… Slovakia is awesome.

Slovakia is relatively new (it became a country again after the fall of the Iron Curtain), but it has so much to offer. It’s also a member of the European Union, so it’s not hard to travel to. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is also just a short train ride from Vienna, which makes it an ideal day trip!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Travel Inspiration

I've been hit with a serious wave of wanderlust. I'm itching to go on a dreamy, adventurous vacation sometime soon... I have a few ideas as to where I want to go, but I can't help feeling inspired by some of these places too.

Here are a few places that I'm absolutely dying to visit.

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ICELAND // Because, duh. How is this place even freaking real?! I've been wanting to visit Iceland for forever, but I want to wait until I can do it properly. (AKA have money to spend on the best trip itinerary ever!)

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CAPE TOWN // Every picture I've ever seen of South Africa is absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful. My sister studied abroad in Cape Town last summer and loved it, and I also had a couple of friends in college study abroad there too. While I have absolutely zero desire to cage dive with sharks, I have a ton of desire to hike up Table Mountain and go on a safari!

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CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO // Also known at the Blue City, this beautiful city in Morocco has been calling my name for years now. Almost every piece of clothing I own is blue, which I'm pretty sure is a sign. I just want to get lost on these streets.

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PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA // Patagonia has been on my list for a while, too. It's up there with Iceland in terms of "seriously, is this even real?!" I just love these mountains and I want to spend a good bit of time hiking and taking in all that the area has to offer.

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THAILAND // I've wanted to take a trip through Southeastern Asia for a while now, and Thailand is at the top of my list (though I'd be happy with any country, really!). I love the colors, the delicious food (I'm assuming), the culture... just all of it is so wonderful and makes me want to buy a ticket now!

Ok, that's enough for now. I'm pretty much ready to pack a suitcase, board a flight, and never come home.

If you have ever been to and written about one of these places, please share with me!!! I want to live vicariously though you until I can go there for myself!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekly Recap

This was a really short week. I ended up being sick on Monday (I think exhaustion after traveling so much, does that happen to anyone else?) so it felt like another 4 day work week.

My friend Erin is visiting for the weekend and we're going to one of my favorite ATL neighborhoods on Friday and the lake on Saturday with my family. My aunt bought a waterski for our boat and I've never waterskied in my life, so I'm nervous but excited to try it out!

On the other hand, I have a feeling that this weekend will be the weekend where I have to make some huge decisions about my future. Hopefully I'll be able to share details soon, but in the meantime, I'm just hoping to keep my sanity while my friend is in town. (Though it will be great to have her around to talk to in person about all of this!)


Mandy Harvey, America's Got Talent // Holy. Crap. This is exactly the kind of inspiration I needed heading into the weekend. I watched this the other night and I really had to keep myself from crying - though on second thought I should have just let it out! I absolutely love this quote that she said, "I wanted to do more with my life than just give up." YES GIRL. I might have to watch AGT just for her!

Homemade Basil Lemonade // I was thinking the other day about a coffee shop in Atlanta that had the best basil lemonade, but I think it closed. Basil lemonade is SO GOOD and so refreshing on a hot summer day (especially in the South when it's 100 degrees and 80+% humidity!). I've never made homemade lemonade but I might have to try this recipe for the infusion of basil.

Amal, The Perfect Mother // Amal Clooney, resident badass human right's lawyer, gave birth to her twins on Tuesday! Of course, they're probably the world's most perfect children. I mean, their mom is one of the greatest women on this earth. I guess their dad is fine too, but Amal is better. Also, this definitely means that Beyonce has given birth to her twins, since her pregnancy announcement was first and she was farther along when her and Jay Z announced that they were expecting... classic Bey keeping it a secret, but we'll hear it soon enough.

Bachelor in Paradise Cast // ABC announced the Bachelor in Paradise season 4 cast (how have there been 4 successful seasons of this...?) earlier this week. I would say that so far the cast is pretty much what we all expected, with the exception of a few. Like, DeMario... what are you doing? Go home my dude.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

4 Books to Read When You Have No Idea What You're Doing With Your Life

I'm so jealous of the people who graduate college and immediately know what they're going to do next. I definitely thought I was one of those people coming into college, but as the years went on (AKA 6 weeks away from graduation) I realized that I had no idea what direction I wanted to go. Luckily, I majored in a pretty versatile subject (broadcast journalism for those curious!) and once you learn how to communicate effectively, you can pretty much do anything with it... but was it really what I wanted to do?

I spent a lot of my first few weeks (ok, months) after graduation trying to figure out my life. And even after two internships, I still have no idea what I'm doing. Here are four books I've read recently that have helped me narrow it down/realize it's ok to have no clue what's coming next.


Monday, June 5, 2017

24 Hours in Colorado Springs

I had a crazy week of traveling last week! I went to Colorado on Tuesday night, stayed for work in the morning on Wednesday, flew back to Atlanta Wednesday evening, and then back out to Colorado Friday afternoon and back home again on Sunday! It was definitely exhausting, but also amazing! I just love being surrounded by the mountains and able to breathe in the crisp, dry mountain air. (Anyone who lives in a place with a ton of humidity can attest!)

My mom and I flew out to Colorado Springs this weekend and spent all day Saturday touring around. (P.S.: Taking a trip with just my mom was on my 101 in 1001… I can cross that off the list now!) There’s a lot to see in the Springs, but you can do just about all of it in one (very tiring) day.

We started out by going to the Olympic Training Center. Colorado Springs is “Olympic City USA,” and I’m a total nerd when it comes to the Olympics so there was no way I was going out there and not touring the training center! It was amazing. At the start of the tour, they show a short video montage about the history of the modern Olympic games focusing on Team USA and I started crying almost immediately because of how much I loved it. (I wish I were kidding, but there were real tears shed.)


After the training center, we drove up to the United States Air Force Academy to see their famous chapel. It was so beautiful and certainly did not disappoint! That being said, next summer it’s closing down for a 4-5 year renovation, so if you’re dying to see it, be sure to get out there sooner rather than later!

 

For lunch, we really wanted to go to Old Colorado City (the old mining city) but missed it on the map by a block. But it ended up working out because we got to go to Manitou Springs instead! Manitou is also a mining city at the base of Pikes Peak (the mountain that inspired “America the Beautiful” …casual.) In Manitou there is a ton to do, like taking the train (or starting the hike) up to the summit of Pikes Peak, visiting museums about the miners that used to live there, and they have beer and wine festivals some weekends throughout the year. We decided not to go up Pikes Peak because it was kind of rainy and cloudy and weren’t sure the view would be worth it, but if it’s sunny we definitely would have! (The drive can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic, weather, time of year, and how many stops you make for pictures!)

We ended up eating lunch at the Manitou Brewing Company. It was AMAZING. We got two “shareable plates,” (nachos and pulled pork and homemade beer queso and their specialty fries with truffle oil, parmesan shavings, and chipotle sauce) and both of them were huge and so good.  We were both absolutely stuffed but couldn’t stop eating! Luckily, Manitou Springs is a great place to walk up and down the streets, so we did that and enjoyed looking at all of the local stores and jewelry makers.


After lunch, we went to the main attraction of Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods.  Garden of the Gods is a national landmark park that will always be free (!!!) to the public. However, you can book horseback riding tours through the park and I think that would be a really neat way of seeing the formations. We weren’t prepared to go hiking, so we stuck to the road through the park with just a couple of exceptions, one being balanced rock. Definitely one of the most popular stops, there were TONS of people, but with a little bit of patience and good timing, I was able to take some great pictures on the rock. And the ledge I was standing on was a lot higher than it looked! If I’m ever back in COS I would definitely wear better clothes and follow the hiking paths around and up some of the formations.


By this point, we were pretty tired so we drove to the downtown area and got a drink on the rooftop bar of Phantom Canyon. Then we walked around a little bit (still full from our amazing lunch!) and explored the Springs before getting dinner closer to our hotel on the east side of town.


Colorado Springs is definitely an interesting little place! You can literally see people from all walks of life just walking down the streets. It’s also the second biggest city in Colorado, but I don’t think you’d be able to tell if you didn’t already know. There’s an interesting mix of old and new, run down and just now being built. It’s also only an hour and a half away from downtown Denver, and a little over two hours away from the skiing at Breckenridge, Vail, etc. It would make a perfect day trip if you’re ever in Colorado!

Have you ever been to Colorado Springs?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Recap

Ahhh. It's been a while since I've done a Weekly Recap! Franky, I think my weeks have gotten more boring as the year has gone on! That and not wanting to share too many political opinions on the blog make it tough to share links these days. But I'll try this week anyway! :)

I've been watching a lot more TV ever since I moved home, and this week was particularly exciting because it was the Dancing with the Stars finale (but more on that below!) and the Bachelorette premiere. I like Rachel a lot and I am excited to watch her season... I definitely think she's smart enough to make wise choices when it comes to these suitors.

I'm heading out this afternoon to go to Myrtle Beach for the long weekend. I'm definitely looking forward to relaxing on the beach with some friends from college.

An old-ish picture from Mother's Day! (This was after our bottomless mimosa brunch...)

Rashad + Emma, DWTS // So I started watching Dancing with the Stars this season in the hopes of watching former Bachelor and my least favorite wanna-be television personality Nick Viall fail. (Unfortunately, he was around for a while.) But right after the first episode, I got totally hooked on Rashad Jennings and he quickly became one of my favorites! In the dance I linked here, I literally sat on my couch and cried. SO. GOOD. And, spoilers!!! He ended up winning the entire competition!

LION // I had been wanting to see this movie for a while, especially after watching all of the Red Carpet interviews with Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel. Let me tell you... it did not disappoint. I was crying at the end but in such a fulfilling way! The absolute CRAZIEST part about the movie... is that it's based on a true story!!! If you haven't seen Lion yet I definitely would recommend it. I also just bought the book that inspired the movie version... I can't wait to read it!

Look for the Helpers // What happened on Monday in Manchester was horrible. I won't get into it here, but reading the news and still hearing details is so hard. I just loved this story about two homeless men - one who wanted to beg after the concert and the other who had fallen asleep - rushed in to help the wounded after the explosion. It makes me think about how many times I've walked passed a homeless person when they needed help, but they were so quick to rush into a dangerous situation and assist. A fundraiser campaign has been started for them - I hope the people who started it find the two men!

10-minute arm workout // I'm always searching for new workout videos to try, especially for arms. I did this quick workout on Wednesday and HOLY CRAP I am so sore still!!! My arms were burning the entire time... meaning I should probably do this video more often so I get used to it! (P.S. Check out some of my favorite home workouts here!)

I hope you all have a great long weekend and a happy Memorial day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Best Meditation App (Free!)

Is it just me, or is meditation the newest trend? Move over yoga, there’s a new way to be mindful and focus on an intention. I’ve been on the hunt for a meditation app for a while now. I haven’t been getting great sleep, I’ve been stressed, and often times falling asleep takes me way more than the “ideal” amount of time (10-15 minutes if you were wondering!). I could feel in my jaw and in my shoulders that I was stressed and that something needed to change.

Unfortunately, for a while all of the meditation apps I found and wanted to try cost money - which is ironically one of my stressors at night when I’m trying to go to sleep! I decided to ask my co-workers if they knew of a free but awesome meditation app I could use. Enter: Insight.


You guys… my sleep has gotten so much better!!!! Half the time, I’m so “at peace” that I don’t even finish the meditation before falling asleep.

My favorite one to do before going to sleep is Yoga Nidra. (I think it’s #1… for a reason!)

Do you use a meditation app before going to sleep? Have you ever used Insight?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Should You Graduate Early?

Going to the University of South Carolina was one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. It was challenging, rewarding, heartbreaking, and amazing. I never thought I would leave before my four years were up... but things change. I decided to graduate early in December of 2016, and since then I've had several people ask my opinion on it, and if I think it's right for them. Ultimately, I can't make that decision for them, but I can share my experiences! I've put together a short pro/con list that skims the surface of the decision to graduate early.



PROS:
You get “ahead” // One of the benefits of graduating early is that you can get your unpaid internship sooner. Just kidding… for the most part. The major benefit of graduating early is that there’s less competition for jobs. Less people graduate in December, and most companies open up jobs during the first quarter. However, more jobs in the first quarter means more people leaving their jobs and applying for the same ones as you, just with more experience.

You can travel // If you’re not interested in going to work straight after graduation, graduating early means you can take a few months to travel around and not carry around the “stigma” of it. I’m 100% for travel whenever and wherever you can go, but SO MANY PEOPLE (cough, cough, baby boomers, cough) think you should go straight from graduating to getting a job to working for the rest of your life. If you choose to graduate a semester early, then there’s less pressure to get a job right away since the rest of your peers are still in class and not working either.

Money // Ultimately, money was the deciding factor for me. I was out of credits, feeling a little antsy, and decided that instead of using more of my college fund that I should save the money. I’m so thankful that I was able to graduate debt free and would have had leftover money even if I had decided to stay, but if you’re in a situation where money is tight, definitely consider leaving early.

More time to decide what comes next // Circling back to travel, taking a semester off or doing an unpaid internship after graduating early gives you time to realize what (or what you don’t) want to do. I’ve flip-flopped in my career hundreds of times since I graduated and although I still don’t know what I want to do, I’m glad I’ve had this time to somewhat figure it out.




CONS:
FOMO // This is THE HARDEST PART of graduating early. The FOMO is so real, y’all. I luckily lived close enough to my alma mater that I was able to go back for big events, but that didn’t stop the feeling that I was missing out on great memories over the weekend or on a random Wednesday for trivia night. I wish I could say it got easier, but it didn’t really. And watching graduation… was especially hard.

Pressure is on // The opposite take to some of the pros… people assume that graduating early means that you have your sh*t together. And same with graduating in May, people (once again…. baby boomers) think that you should have a job at graduation or in the month after.

Always explaining why // Maybe this is just me, but after a while I got so sick of explaining to people why I graduated early. It was exhausting, and it felt like none of my answers were good enough for the people asking!

I don't regret graduating early. Sometimes do I think about what would have happened had I stayed and finished out the four years? Of course I do! But I knew that I was ready to take my next steps and I'm glad that I did.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

Is there anything better than Mexican food? I'll go ahead and answer that for you - nope! Whenever my friends or family ask me if I want to go grab some tacos and margaritas, I tell them that if I ever say no to that question to take me to the hospital immediately.

The one problem with Mexican food is that, unfortunately, it's not great for you. Cheese, sour cream, and fried tortillas don't really make for a great diet, which is why I love making my own Mexican food. This chicken fajita quesadilla is super easy, tastes great, and makes awesome leftovers for salads! (Or can serve two... but ya know, when you're living the single life, leftovers is where it's at.) Better yet, it's just SIX ingredients!



Start by cutting chicken into longer strips. Heat a pan over medium heat and begin to cook your chicken. While that cooks, slice your bell peppers and onions into long strips.

Add in fajita seasoning when the chicken is mostly cooked through.


After adding in the seasoning, mix in your peppers and onions. When the chicken is cooked through and the onions and peppers are nicely sautéed and soft, remove from the heat and set it aside.


Spray the pan with a light cooking spray and put down your tortilla. Sprinkle cheese all over the surface of the tortilla.


When it starts to get a little melty, spread half of your fajita mix onto one side of the tortilla. (Option here to add more cheese on top of the chicken... because you can never have too much cheese.)


Use a spatula to fold your tortilla in half, and then use your fingers (unless you're better coordinated than I am) to flip your quesadilla.


Remove from the heat when all the cheese is nice and melted. I added extra cheese on top... because once again, you can never have too much of a good thing. Let it cool a little bit and then slice it 3 ways and enjoy!

Use the half you didn't use to make a taco salad, or another quesadilla, or even on some pasta for a southwestern vibe! The options are virtually endless with this kind of leftover.

Do you have a go-to quesadilla recipe? I'd love to expand my horizons!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Fitness Progress

For about a year now I've been on a mission to live a healthier lifestyle. I've posted about that before on the blog - read here.

Well... I finally decided it was time to take a progress picture or two.



(Please ignore my dirty mirror!)

It's kind of crazy what not being in college anymore will do to your body, yeah? I've seen the biggest difference in the overall tone of my body! Next stop... more cardio to finally get rid of extra flab once and for all!

I have a few simple rules that I follow, and that I've noticed have really worked.

Nothing is off limits // This has really been a game changer for me. I never tell myself that I'm not allowed to have something because in the past when I've done that, I find myself craving it more and more and more until I end up binge eating an entire bag of chips and a pizza and some tacos. I also don't believe in "cheat days" because, in my opinion, that's not truly a lifestyle. My diet is really well rounded because of this.

Exercise regularly but efficiently // You can spend hours at the gym and not have an effective workout. I spend 15-30 minutes a day (sometimes more if I'm feeling wild... or bored) working out, but in those 15 minutes I push myself hard. No breaks, no gaps in between exercises, no distractions. Just a few minutes of sweating it out.

Listen to your body // Skip running and do yoga if your knees feel like they're going to give out at any minute. Never ever ever feel guilty or mad at yourself for skipping a workout - chances are, you deserve a rest day! Your body is amazing and wonderful and strong so protect it please!

EAT WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY!!!! // I used to very intently count calories and hate (but not feel guilty - big difference) when I went over my "allotted amount." You have to eat to fuel your body - it just matters what you eat! I'm trying to get into one ingredient snacking (fruit, veggies, hard boiled eggs, etc.) instead of snacking on processed crackers, cheeses, and carbs. However, ya girl loves wheat thins and goldfish, and I will never hate myself for snacking on those once in a while. (Ok or a few times a week - it's called balance!) By eating whenever your hungry and listening to your body you will seriously notice a difference in cravings, eating patterns and habits, and energy levels.

Make it a lifestyle // I hate hate hate hate when people say that they've lost XYZ amount of weight by completely cutting out something, or not going out to eat, or not treating themselves to a glass of wine when they want one. I love pizza. I love tacos. I love chicken fingers. I love chocolate. To me, without those things, I'd be living an incomplete life.

Remember that you're human // Sometimes I exercise 7 days a week. Other days, I don't. Sometimes I skip wine with dinner - most of the time I pour an adult sized glass of wine to enjoy.

This journey has truly made me feel confident in my own skin - flaws and all - and that is something I have honestly never experienced before.

P.S. Check out some of my favorite at-home workout videos here!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Goals

Okay.... how in the world is it already MAY?! April flew by! I was hoping to get around to post more, but I blinked and the month was over. I also really struggle with opening up my computer once I get home. After staring at it all day at my internship, it's the last thing I want to do when I get home! So here's to trying to write more in May, and here's to getting more than one post published this month!


Make a cinemagraph // This is a goal for work that I wanted to do in April... and I waited until the very last minute to get started. (Oops.) I want to perfect how to make them, and then be able to write a post for you all to learn too!

Read 2 books // I definitely didn't read as much as I wanted to this month either. Right now the two books I'm leaning toward this month are The Circle and The Handmaid's Tale, but I'm all ears for recommendations!

Start to think about my next step // I've been really struggling with "life after my internship." Do I go to grad school? Do I try to get into LAW SCHOOL? Do I forget all about this and move to Europe and never come back? Stay tuned. (And please give advice if you have any!)

Get really really real // I started this blog as a creative-diary-spill-my-guts-online-to-strangers platform and I think I've gotten too far away from that. Part of my goals for this year was to reevaluate the content I'm putting up here, and I think that my life experiences and lessons are relatable, but somehow aren't written about anywhere on the Internet. SO here goes nothing! Stay tuned for some totally unsolicited life advice :)

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