Life is a Whirlwind

Woah.

Haven’t posted for a few months, and there’s a ton to catch up on.

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But on serious note, a ton is changing. Long story short, Andy and I packed up and left the beach to start a new adventure with each other. Next destination, West Chester, PA! Very excited to return to where I went to college. The biggest plus of all is that I will be closer to all of my best friends AND the city of Brotherly Love. It takes a lot of courage to just pick up and move somewhere without having a planned path set out for yourself, but that’s the fun of it. It’s all about being brave, and knowing that you can make dreams that you have a reality. You just have to take that first step which is usually the biggest one of all. It helps to have my partner in crime with me along the way.

We move in officially in a few days and my excitement level is through the roof! I guess  the girly side of has come out again. I have been on Pinterest and Overstock.com endlessly over the last two weeks. Ideas, ideas, ideas!!! In the mean time, this is what I’ve been up to lately in a nutshell;

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Once I finally get settled in WC, I plan on doing big things with this Blog of mine. Writing really is a getaway no matter what the topic is. So keep an eye out! There’s going to be more Rachel on the way!

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Antioxidant Rich Foods and the Winter Blues.

I don’t get sick often, but when I do, I really do. I can’t stand being achy, congested, and out of energy. It’s so hard to go about your day when you aren’t feeling 100%. I’ve stocked up on Emergen-C, and I am definitely making sure to drink enough liquids. Wish me luck. I need to kick this cold!

Speaking of colds, one of the best ways to avoid them is by adding a generous amount of antioxidant rich foods in to your diet. Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that help to rid the body of radicals and toxins, as well as helps to prevent the development of many diseases such as arthritis, heart diseases, and cancers. Antioxidants are found in fruits like berries, red grapes, and oranges, and vegetables like spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, and more.

I have been making sure to eat a few servings of antioxidant rich foods several times a day. I love love love berries, especially blueberries. Here are some yummy recipes to fuel up and protect your body.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie

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-Ice

-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese

-1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (I use Dannon)

-2 handfuls fresh spinach

-1/2 cup frozen blueberries

This smoothie is SO creamy and delicious. You wouldn’t even know that there is spinach in it!

Blend and enjoy!

Mixed Berry and Pomegranate Egg White Oats

Sounds a bit strange, but the egg whites really provide the oatmeal with a “fluffy”, light texture. I love them!

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-1/2 cup instant oats

-1 cup water

-1/2 cup egg whites

-1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

-1/4 cup pomegranate arils

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-1 tsp. cinnamon

- Vanilla almond milk (optional)

Cook the oats thoroughly in boiling water on the stove. After about 2 minutes, add in the egg whites, vanilla, and cinnamon. In the meantime,  microwave the frozen berries about 35 seconds until warmed. Cook the oats about another 2 minutes until whites are combined. Top the oats with the berries, pomegranate seeds, and almond milk.

Flourless Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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-1/2 cup raw oats

-1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese

-1/2 cup egg whites

-vanilla extract

-cinnamon

-1/2 cup blueberries

Combine the oats, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla, and cinnamon in to a blender until smooth. Heat a nonstick pan on medium high. Pour the “batter” on to the pan, and cook just like a regular pancake. Once bubbles start to form, sprinkle in the berries, and flip to cook the other side.

These pancakes are fantastic, low fat, and super healthy! I enjoyed mine with some coconut cream, extra cinnamon on top, and sugar free maple syrup.

What are your favorite antioxidant rich foods or recipes?

Lastly, anyone else feeling the winter blues? I am really craving the warm sun, wind in my hair, and the sound of late summer nights. How can you break the sadness of the sun going down so early? Well, you can do what Andy and I did…. road trip and visit friends! We went to West Chester this past weekend to hang out with good friends that we haven’t seen in quite a while. I had such a fun time. It felt so good to get out of town for a while. Even though I don’t get to see my friends all of the time, some things never change. :)

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Friday, Oatmeal Love and Happiness.

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Happy Friday everyone! So excited for this weekend… going on a little road trip back to West Chester to see some friends and catch up with the town. It’s always nice to get away from your normal surroundings, even if it is just for the weekend. It helps to keep you fresh. It’s a good idea to break away from your usual routine every now and then.

This week I’ve been on an oatmeal kick. It’s just so good for you! The health benefits are off the charts. Oatmeal helps to kick start your metabolism, provides you with fiber and energy, as well as helping you to stay full so that you can avoid those mid morning cravings. Plus. you can do so many things with just plain oatmeal… the possibilities are endless. Here are some of my creations this week.

Vanilla Blueberry Cobbler Oats

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Quick cooking oats

Frozen blueberries thawed in microwave for 1 minute

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbs Vanilla Greek yogurt (optional topping)

Cinnamon

Chocolate Strawberry Peanut Butter Oats

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Quick cooking oats

2 tablespoons chocolate PB2

1 tablespoon coco powder

Stevia or Splenda packets

Fresh strawberries

sliced almonds (optional)

almond milk (optional)

Raspberry Maple Pomegranate Oats

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Quick cooking oats

1.5 tablespoons sugar free raspberry preserves (mix in to cooked oats)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tablespoon sugar free maple syrup

Pomegranate seeds

Breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day. What’s your favorite breakfast foods or oatmeal concoctions? I’d love to know! :)

Don’t forget to be happy. 

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That is life ! <3

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Not Good Enough.

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     So lately I have not been myself. Of course we all go through phases and funks here and there, but I know those feelings all too well. The way that I have been feeling is a way that I have not felt in quite a long time. You might know this feeling that I’m talking about; I feel like I’m “not good enough”. 

     “Not good enough for what?”, you might ask. The thing is, if you ask someone who is feeling this way, they probably won’t be able to give you a direct answer. Responses could vary from looks, to clothes, to their jobs, to relationships, to even just life in general. The last time that I felt like I wasn’t good was two years ago when I was a senior about to graduate from college. My grades were fine, my professors respected me as I respected them… there wasn’t anything to really be stressing over. But for some frustrating and annoying reason, I just felt like everything I did wasn’t good enough. The final project for the most important Communications class that I needed to pass to get my diploma wasn’t good enough. All of my countless research wasn’t good enough. My paper sucked. The descriptions of the jobs that I wanted to apply for once I graduated made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. My interview skills weren’t good enough. I wasn’t smart enough.

     Here I am two years later. A few weeks ago the whole “not good enough” feeling came back to me. It’s pretty hard for some people to control their feelings, you know? I recalled that time two years ago when I was walking around my college campus like a zombie. Success was all I wanted. That’s all that everybody wants, right? It’s funny the way that life works. We get older, have to chose a career path, and be successful at that to survive, for the most part. Maybe not feeling good enough depends on the amount of success that you think you have reached, or in this case, haven’t reached. How do you define success? My definition of success is somewhat cliche and cheesy. To be successful, I just want to be happy. I want to be content and happy. I don’t  want to wake up feeling depressed that I have to go to work. I don’t want to be scared to take on new challenges. I want to wake up excited, rejuvenated, and happy that I am blessed with another day to make my own.

     Now going back to how I’ve been feeling…. Changing your perspective and the way that you think about things really is one of the hardest things to do. Not feeling good enough has the potential of holding you back from so many opportunities, so many chances. Really though, what am I so afraid of? What if I’m not good enough? What is the worst thing that could happen to me? My life will go on. I will have other days to try again.

     One of my new goals that I decided to conquer is to take on more risks and chances. I will not let the fear of not being good enough hold me back any longer. I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of, and I know that I am capable of great things. I realized that the feeling of not being “good enough”, is not good enough for me. Those feelings are holding me back from happiness, from rejuvenation, from success. Think about that. You know who you are and you know what you are capable of. We are given the opportunity in this world to be anything that we want… don’t you want to be happy…good enough? Sometimes if you challenge yourself to change the way you look at things, you can change and turn around your whole outlook on life. That’s pretty big. Do yourself a favor. Challenge yourself. Think about your definition of success, and most of all know that you are good enough for anything.

In case you were wondering about that final project that I thought wasn’t good enough two years ago…. well, turns out that it was good enough. 96% to be exact. ;)

 

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Andy and Rachel Try to Label a Blank Map of the United States.

So I’ve been coming across quite a few blog posts of people trying to fill in either maps of the United States, or other European countries. These posts are obviously just picking fun at the fact that we’re not all geniuses when it comes to geography. I can definitely rattle off a good amount of countries around the world, but I will admit that I am not the best at locating them on a map, and neither are these people;  Americans Try To Place European Countries on a Map 

My college German professor would not be proud, especially because I had to learn that area of Europe and other surrounding countries. Let’s be honest though, THAT’S INCREDIBLY HARD TO FILL IN!

Another post that I had found was Brits trying label out a map of the United States… here is the link; “It’s Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits to Label the United States” I highly recommend checking out that post if you haven’t already… makes you feel pretty good about yourself.  I at least know all of the 50 states (or do I). Of course I am from this country… With that being said, Andy and I thought it would be interesting for us to fill in a blank map of the USA. I do have to admit, for not looking at a map, and doing it off the top of our heads, I think we did pretty well…

Andy’s Map

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So Andy labeled 43 out of the 50 states correctly. Apparently Illinois doesn’t exist anymore, and Indiana just took over both areas of land. Alabama decided to take over Mississippi by switching sides, and where Alabama used to reside, it is just an area with “More Hicks” now. Nebraska decided to change it’s name to “Loser State”. I guess “Nebraska” didn’t roll off of the tongue well enough. “Loser State” is much easier to say and more memorable anyway. The final mistake on Andy’s map was the misplacement of New Mexico and Arizona, but in his defense, he did place an arrow, which makes them reversible at anytime. How convenient. I guess some days New Mexico and Arizona feel like changing it up.

Rachel’s Map

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I decided to have a little fun with this assignment, and I actually really surprised myself with this one. I got 47 states on the map correct. I am embarrassed to say that I got the locations of Washington and Oregon incorrect. Most of the British people  from the other post at least knew that Washington was all the way at the top left corner of the US…. oops. I also apologize to all of the Mississippi residents. I just forgot about you all. I had some mental notes about certain states that definitely assisted me in labeling them correctly. I live in DE and am from PA, so those were givens. Thank you Tennessee for providing the gift of Justin Timberlake to the world.. If it wasn’t for the “Wizard of Oz” I probably would have no recollection of where Kansas was supposed to be. Michigan sucks, obviously. How could we forget about the favorite Easter dish, the Virginia Ham? And we can all thank our elementary school teachers for providing us with the acronym of “MIMAL”, the man wearing a chef’s hat near the middle of the country. Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana will never be forgotten. ‘Bama will always get a Roll Tide from me, even though they really messed up against Auburn last night. Also, what is with Nebraska? What goes on there? Andy and I did our research and all we could come up with was corn. Good enough. Alaska and Hawaii are go-to’s. I didn’t forget to give a little shout out to all of the Eskimos and sled dogs chilling in Alaska. Also, anyone living in the Dakotas, please contact me… I really need to learn some interesting facts about those two states.

Anyway, say what you want about the people who really mess up on what we would call “common knowledge”. I really think that Andy and I were pretty impressive, especially because we don’t sit around spending our days studying maps and geography. It can be a wake up call to learn your stuff, however. I will never forget about Mississippi again, promise! ;)

Long story short, ‘Merica, and keep partying like Miley…

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Don’t Forget About the Things You Love.

Everyone gets caught up in the craziness of life…especially when you’re the dreaded 23 years old. Lucky me I’ll be turning 24 in just 13 days. That’s so insane. I definitely have been freaking myself out, and almost feeling like I’m having some sort of premature midlife crisis. I still have so much that needs to be figured out. I will get there though. One thing that I’ve started doing recently to clear my head is going on a daily walk. I have pretty much the same scenic route that I like to take, giving me a gorgeous view of the Atlantic ocean. The walk itself comes to about 2.3 miles when all said and done. That isn’t too far, but in just that 45 minute walk, I get my body moving, the smell of the salt air, and my mind freed. There isn’t worries about money, success, jobs, careers, relationships, even what I’m going to wear the next day or if I’m going to run out of milk soon. In that 45 minutes, I am just free.

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Today I realized that I’ve forgotten something. I forgot about doing some things that I love… things that make me happy. For one, I stopped writing. Writing for me is like a form of medicine. Whether it’s something that I’m going to share with the rest of the world, or just some notes that I scribble down on a piece of scrap paper, I get feeling and thoughts out. We all have clever minds, opinions, and point of views that should be documented, and not forgotten.

I don’t take pictures anymore. I was even a photography major for a short year. Being young and living in the center of Philadelphia with a camera in hand was amazing. I felt exhilarated every single time I took a shot of something that I found interesting to look at. Sure I take some pictures with my camera phone here and there. A good example of that is the image above, which I took on one of my walks. I’m not really sure why I stopped taking serious pictures with my huge, expensive camera… Perhaps maybe it was realizing that I was destined to be a fashion photographer, and that it was simply just a hobby of mine. But that isn’t really a reason to have stopped doing something that I loved, right? I think it’s time for me to start again.

Those are just two examples out of many. My point is to remember what makes you happy. Remember to take a step away from everything going on, and focus on things you like to do to escape. What is your hobby, your medicine? Everyone needs a break from reality here and there. Doing more of what makes you happy equals a healthier, more centered self. We can’t take things like that for granted.

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One more thing…. cheap stylish clothes make me happy! :) I found the most perfect faux leather jacket at Charlotte Russe for just $20! I love good finds like that. I really don’t need to spend a ton of money on things that aren’t that important. I’ll keep it a secret though, no one has to know…

Shhhhh ;)

Quinoa Coconut Cookies

Originally posted on GMO Free Girl:

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous vegan cookbook just for baking called The Vegan Baker.  There are so many drool worthy recipes that I can’t wait to try and these cookies were inspired by the Coconut Cookies.  I highly recommend getting this book.  Even if you’re not vegan, it’s a great way to add some healthy desserts into your life.

The original recipe used spelt or unbleached flour, but I decided that I would try a gluten-free version to satisfy all of you who are sensitive to gluten and I was happily surprised at how delicious they turned out!  Last year my homeopathic doctor told me that I was sensitive to wheat and that I should cut it out of my diet.  Well, who shouldn’t – most of the wheat products in America have added gluten them and now Monsanto has their hand in genetically modifying wheat, so I…

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Accept Yourself.

One thing that I learned during my 20-something years of life is that everyone has problems. Some are worse, just as tough, or not as bad as mine or yours. Putting that thought aside, we all deal with them in different ways; some like to express them by talking it out, while others feel the need to keep them inside and deal with their issues internally. What about you? For me, I write.

Imagine waking up every morning. You hear that annoying alarm go off, which is usually set to be that annoying tune guaranteed to get you out of bed. You go through the routine of yawning, rubbing your eyes, and maybe even hitting the snooze button for 10 more minutes of dreaming. You then walk in to the bathroom and look in the mirror. So now, imagine waking up, looking at yourself in the bathroom mirror, and hating the person that’s looking back at you. Hate is definitely a strong word to use. I don’t hate many things, but using the term “dislike” isn’t strong enough.

I’ve been struggling for years now with my body image. It is safe to say that I’m the healthiest that I’ve ever been, but I have dealt with some pretty difficult and troubling years. Eating disorders, losing relationships with family and friends, missing out on memories that could have been made, and so much more are just a few things that I felt the need to welcome in to my life.  I won’t get in to too much detail about the hard times, because that’s not what I’m trying to express here. The message that I want to spread is that body image and looks mean absolutely nothing in this world.

Yes, one could argue that life, success, and happiness evolve being skinny and good looking. I’ve heard and read articles many times about all of that before. I’ve read studies about someone who was good looking but not as intelligent getting a job over someone who was considered overweight and unattractive, yet more knowledgeable. I can’t argue with the fact that there are people living in this world with shallow morals and ridiculous standards. I’ve personally had hurtful comments made to me while growing up about my looks or weight before it all started to get to me. I’ve even heard guys make comments about a girl being “fat” or how “she belongs in a barn yard.” It’s sad.

I could go on and on about how I blame society for body image issues that young girls, women, and men have about themselves, but it isn’t worth it. There’s even a viral piece titled 5 Reasons To Date A Girl With An Eating Disorder  going around the internet… are you serious? There will always be jokes made, magazine covers featuring unhealthy models, fad diets, and so on that we cannot ignore or get away from.

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What can you do? Join the revolution of people who realize that LIFE itself is more beautiful than the body that we, our souls, live in. We all have unique personalities, amazing skills, talents, qualities, hobbies, as well as imperfections that should be embraced. People tell me how pretty I am and how athletic I look. Sometimes my mind just shuts all the positive comments out. Whenever I have a day where I wake up and just want to cry because I can’t stand the way that I look, I simply go for a walk. I’m lucky enough to live a block away from the gorgeous Atlantic ocean. I take in the natural beauty… a free gift that has been given to all of us. The sun, the stars, music, paintings, laughter, clouds, freedom… these are gifts that are all more important than self-image. Look at yourself in the mirror. Look at what you consider flaws. You have one body, just one. Health, life, experiences and freedom are all more important than what you’re looking at in the mirror.

I, myself, still struggle with my own body image. If it were that simple to love yourself completely, than issues like this wouldn’t even exist. Let’s go back to the beginning where I mentioned how everyone has their own problems. When I start to cry and think about how I want to be skinny, fit in a size 2, and have a perfect nose and face, I remember that some people have family members dying, are homeless, or are struggling to have even put food on the table for their families. This is my body. I am blessed to be living and to enjoy this experience of life. We are more fortunate than others… accept your flaws. They make you, well, you. Never take anything you have for granted, even yourself.

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I’m Back with a New Outlook.

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Oh hi, it’s been a while… huh? Try maybe five or six months? Well, to review my last few posts and my reasons for slacking off, I was in the midst of leaving my job, packing up my life, and moving to a completely different state. It was all pretty intense and a ton of hard work.  I never realized how much “stuff” I had. After day three or four of packing, and realizing how much room in my car that I DIDN’T have, I just started to throw some things out.

    It’s kind of exciting and freeing knowing that you’re moving to a place where no one else knows you, your past, your weaknesses, and your faults. You can pretty much create a new self image if you wanted to. Once I settle in Rehoboth, I started to think about starting up my blog again. I thought about writing about my moving experience, my new surroundings, and even some new recipes that I came across. I chose not to. My reasoning? I looked at everything that was happening around me as a process, a “step” if you will. We all grow and become apart of our own personal journeys. Our journeys, however, are also learning experiences. So, with that being said, I didn’t want to start blogging again until I learned and perhaps realized some things about myself, and life in general (deep, right?) ;) 

What else have I been doing over these last few months? For one, I never could have imagined that I would be living at the beach. I am seriously so blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to do so. This summer was probably the craziest summer that I ever had. Like I always say, my life should be filmed, and I should have my own TV show. Talk about entertainment! Of course nothing would be the same without my partner in crime, Andy, by my side. We’ve already talked about how this summer will probably be one that we won’t forget for the rest of our lives. Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches are honestly a way of life, and you need to experience time here to understand. 

With that aside, I decided that my comeback post won’t be about a recipe that I came up with, or about me ranting over something I hate about society. This post is going to be about 5 things that I’ve learned over the last few months; about myself, life, and others. It’s all my opinion of course, so feel free to agree or disagree…. you’re choice.

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1. You never truly appreciate the beauty of this world until you realize that you’re taking advantage of it. The ocean is probably one of the most beautiful things that you could look at. My first few weeks here I was obsessed with going to the beach whenever I could. I’d lay on the sand, take in the sun, smell the salty air, and hear the crashes of the waves a few feet away from me. Eventually that got old.. just like most things that come to us. Things that become routine become invisible. My example of the ocean may be a bit too large, but think about the changing of the seasons, no matter where you live. In Autumn things are losing life, going from green, to red, orange, and so on. Think about walking down the street with the sun shining, and leaves falling from the trees. Most beauty (natural beauty) is taken for granted. I realized that statement one day when I woke up early and went for a run on the beach. I saw the most breathtaking sunrise in my entire life. I stopped running, sat on the sand, and realized what I was witnessing, natural beauty. 

 

2. Family is the most important thing. Yes, that may sound a bit cliche, but what I learned over the last few months is that you should try as hard as you can to keep strong ties with the ones you love. I chose to move away for college. After college I chose to move away from my hometown again without second thought. Yet again, I chose to move away from State College. That town was closer to my hometown than Rehoboth is. I’m not very fond of my hometown. People really need to get out of there and experience other things. My main problem was that I NEVER wanted to go back. I felt that way years ago when I lived in Philadelphia. Time after time came and went where I stayed where I was because I felt no need to visit the place that I hated the most. One thing that didn’t really cross my mind was my family that was still there. I was too busy exploring new places, meeting new people, and making new memories. Do I regret that? No. If I do have any advice from this, it’s to call someone in you’re family as much as you can. Even if it’s just to chat about nothing important, do it anyway. Don’t lose ties with anyone. Because whenever you do go back after a while, you might not fit in anymore, and it won’t be the same.  Keep family close. 

3. Love yourself more than anything. Before I moved to Rehoboth, I was still in my mode where I was like a robot for eating healthy and exercising almost every day. Realization here….. that shit does not matter. As long as you give your body what it wants, every thing else doesn’t matter. You can be obsessed with being fit and thin, but are you COMPLETELY happy? I for one could say that I’m not completely happy with myself and the way that I look, but I did realize that I will never be satisfied. A happy medium is fine by me. I spent so many years saying “no”. I said no to going out to eat because I was afraid to have something other than safe foods. I said no because I needed to hit the gym for an hour because I didn’t get there earlier in the day. I said no because I was going to visit Andy at Penn State that weekend so I needed to double up on workouts because I wasn’t going to get a workout in all weekend. Well you know what? I fucked up back then. I didn’t listen to what I really wanted. I listened to that voice inside my head telling me that I wasn’t good enough and that I needed to improve. I forgot to love who I was, the skin I was in, and to embrace that body that I was given. So please do me a favor and stop going overboard trying to improve yourself. You’re meant to look the way you look, live the life you were given, and to enjoy it. Stop missing out on making memories, laughing, and being who you really are inside.

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Be brave4. Face your fears like a champion. Of course everyone always says to face your fears, but it really does help for you to grow. Sounds really, really stupid, but for the longest time I was afraid of driving. I was in a really bad car accident my senior year of high school where the car rolled three times. I wasn’t the driver. Everyone who was in the car walked away with scratches and bruises, but the accident obviously affected me mentally. The most I drove ever was from my hometown to State College, and that’s pretty much one highway road for 2 hours. I had to drive from Penn State to where I reside currently. I had no other choice. It was a 5 hour drive with roads that I was not familiar with. I did it though. I woke up at 3am just to make the trip because I didn’t want any other cars on the road. Since then, I’ve made a few other trips different places to visit friends and family. It all takes practice. Being afraid to drive was holding me back from so much. Another somewhat simple fear I faced recently was incorporating meat back in to my diet. I became a vegetarian by choice, mainly because it became a habit from something that I was harmlessly trying out. I started to feel like my body was in need of something after the last five years. This also ties in to loving your body and listening to it. I was afraid of eating meat again because it was so long since I had it, but I did it anyway. I feel great! I’m currently snacking on turkey as I type this. ;) 

5. I have one final notation that I would like to share. First, I would like to ask you a question… What do you believe to be successful? I could answer that with all of the cliche and non meaningful answers, but I’ll skip to what I believe success to be. I want to wake up every day, have someone that I love and trust next to me, be happy, and just to be able to “get by”. I don’t need an important job. I don’t need to be shitting money and to sit my cubicle from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Talk about unoriginal. Yes, I went to college for an education. Yes, I went there to be able to better myself and find a career in which I can excel in, but why does that mean anything more than that? Why does success mean something along the corporate lines, benefits, paid vacations, weekends and holidays off, talking up myself, responsibilities, coworkers, or company ? Screw that. To me, success is smiling and getting by. Success to me is being content with the life that I life, taking in the beauty around me, enjoying the company of my loved ones, loving myself, and overcoming any fear or obstacle that comes my way. At the end of the day, I look at myself in the mirror before I go to bed every night. I only see myself,… I want to make myself proud, no else. I am me. I’m my own success at the end of the day. 

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Skinny Piña Colada

Originally posted on Glamorous Obsessions:

Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone! I thought today would be a good day to post and share a new drink recipe that I’m dying to try out. Now that I’m officially back in North Carolina where the weather is hot and sticky, I’ve been laying out near the pool and working on my tan. The only thing that could make this even better would have to be the addition of a yummy, skinny version of a piña colada! That being said, here’s a quick recipe to make exactly that!

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Barcardi Rock Coconut Rum
  • 5 oz coconut water
  • 2 oz pineapple juice

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and/or a Maraschino cherry (optional).
  4. Drink and enjoy!

 

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