Hi, How Ya Doin :)

Hi, How Ya Doin:)

It’s been a while but I hope you’re doing well. There have been a lot of things happening on my end just the past year; a lot of growth but also some losses.

Throughout this journey of adulthood, I realized that no matter how much you love someone they have the choice to leave your side- and there won’t be anything you can do about it except to accept the way things are and carry on. All you have is yourself.

I’ve been experiencing that a lot with the friendships I made this past year- and let me tell you first Boys are Stupid! Gosh, you really can’t keep a genuine friendship with someone without them getting butt hurt that you don’t want any relationship. I’m not complaining, but ya know #firstworldproblems.

Anyways before I start ranting, my point in coming back onto this blog was to really emphasize the importance of self love. I feel like I tried to implement self love last year but it turned into a mess because apparently boys wanted me to feel guilty about doing my own thing (sorry, promise last time ranting).

Alas, I’m going to recreate 2019 and make it the year to re-establish not only myself, but to help other people really find who they are as an individual – not who they are with their friends, not who they are with their family, not who they are with their significant other.

Who are you?

Are you comfortable looking in the mirror at your stripped down, most vulnerable self?

I’m in the process of writing a book about the definition of love, and it’s not the facade that media has painted and has made us fixated on a very superficial meaning of love. If you’re interested (my small amount of followers that I love so much LOL), please message me to be part of the book – it’ll be just a couple interview questions that I think are important to discuss.

Well good night – I’m signing off and hopefully I’ll be back on again soon with another life update ūüôā

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Mason Jar Meal Prep Meals

I’m off to college mom! What better way to start college than a trendy way to eat my meals and to have an excuse to cook?

Here are some recipes that I found that I warped to fit my diet (no eggs, nuts, seafood, random fruit such as cantelope and kiwi) and my college-student-budget.

(1 recipe a week for each month )

So here we go.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2¬†cups¬†brown rice/ quinoa
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†shelled edamame
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†sliced celery
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†chopped red bell pepper
  • Optional:
  • 1/4¬†cup¬†feta cheese
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†kalalmata olives

Avocado Spinach Dressing

  • 1/2¬†cup¬†fresh packed spinach
  • 1/2¬†ripe avocado
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†extra virgin olive oil
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†Greek yogurt¬†plain, 2%
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare your rice/ quinoa. Set aside.
  2. In a high powdered blender mix dressing ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour 1/2 the dressing into the bottom of 2 mason jars.
  4. Add celery on top of dressing. Then top with edamame.
  5. Sprinkle feta cheese then add olives.
  6. Last, place 1/2 the rice/ quinoa into each mason jar.
  7. Cover and refrigerate. Last up to 5 days.
  8. Once ready to eat, shake the jar vigorously then pour onto a plate. Toss with fork if needed to mix dressing.

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Ingredients

  • Diced hothouse cucumber
  • Red onions
  • Yellow and Orange bell peppers
  • Halved grape tomatoes
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh basil or Flat-Leaf parsley
  • Pitted olives

Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 oz red wine vinegar
  • salt ¬†to taste
  • Add 4 oz of good olive oil in slow dribbles and keep whisking until emulsified.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa/ brown rice
  • 2 tsp basil or parsley
  • 1.5 tsp coconut flakes
  • 3 asparagus stalks, chopped into 1″ pieces (canned?)
  • 1/4 cup green peas (Frozen?)
  • Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1/4 cup cubed feta

Dressing:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Instructions

  1. Mix all of your ingredients for the dressing until creamy. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the quinoa, basil/parsley and coconut flakes. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Bring a small saucepan filled halfway with water to a boil. Then, add in the asparagus. 1 minute later, add in the peas. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are cooked and pour out into a colander.
  4. Assemble your mason jar salad. First, put in dressing. Second, the noodles. Then, the quinoa. Then, the asparagus & peas. Then, the feta. Put the lid on the mason jar and refrigerate for later use.

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Ingredients

2 cups dried elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in a large pot following package directions. Drain cooked pasta, then return to pot.

For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt Add whipping cream and milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese and pumpkin until cheese is melted.¬† Stir cheese sauce into pasta to coat.¬† Transfer macaroni and cheese to an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish 0r 6 ‚Äst8¬†one cup ramekins or mason jars.

In a small bowl combine bread crumbsand oil; sprinkle over pasta.

Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters Unite as Women

Amazing Group of Women!
Amazing Group of Women!

A couple week ago, I was given the opportunity to photograph a Bodypump session at this Nike Event.

Why was this event an opportunity?

To be honest, when I got the call that I could be the photographer for the event, I was so excited because I wanted to meet new people and to get more material for my blog LOL. However, it became so much more than that when I started to get to know the girls better.

As women it’s important that we empower each other, to always support one another when any of us fall, and to push through whatever bull crap haters give us. Nowadays there is so much competition amongst women based on menial things such as beauty, wealth, popularity, etc. We have forgotten that connection that relates mother to daughter, mother to wife, and mother to sister. None of us were born without a mother, which makes women so fricken¬†awesome!

Anyways, this Nike Event introduced me to a group of women who not only supported each other but also tested each other in order to reach full potential. Kisha, who is an instructor I have had the privilege¬†to work with, is always so full of energy and spirit! Watching her bring a group of women together who have never met each other before and help them form a bond is truly amazing. She keeps girls motivated to actually want to do something as crazy as “working out” and “getting fit!” She has inspired me to try and help young girls by encouraging them to not take themselves for granted and truly love who they are.

“You are pretty and you are worth it!”

There are many ways that women and girls can come together and connect (Kisha’s was just one that I thought was really fun!). Comment down below and tell me what you would do to get women and girls to network and support each other ūüôā

Thanks you!

Not All Relationships Are Romantic…

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I don’t know how much I have to tell her, but I miss her so much and I’m so scared what would happen if I ever see her again.

Right now I’m not thinking about the romantic boyfriend/girlfriend kind of relationship problems, but the friendship type. This has been bothering me so much lately and I just feel like senior year I have experienced so many lost friendships. I know it just may be because people drift apart whenever they lose interest in being friends with a person, but that’s not justifiable. I just think that real friends don’t drift apart. Some people that I’ve known throughout the years don’t even look at me when I smile at them or they look always agitated whenever I walk by. I mean, I haven’t done anything bad and I don’t smell, so it’s confusing to realize that the people you once got along with before suddenly turn on you and make you feel small. I get so scared.

I used to be really great friends with this one girl and everything was going fine until one day she told me that she didn’t want to be friends with me anymore. I don’t know how people do that so easily, because when that happened I practically begged to earn my friendship back with her and I didn’t understand after everything we have been through together, she just decided to cut ties with me. It hurts; it’s been about a year and she still hasn’t given me any sign to be friends with me again and that hurts me the most.

I know that for me personally, I don’t dislike anyone yet I hate the eerie feeling of a friend that also treats you like an enemy. I guess I just like it when I don’t always have to be the one to come up and be friendly with friend I haven’t seen a while. Sometimes I’d like to know if that friend cares about me as well. But oh well friends aren’t everything, but all I’m saying is that high school friends are so confusing.

Valentine’s Day-Love is NOT Just For Couples…

Valentine’s Day Love is NOT Just For Couples¬†by Catherine Osborne creates a new perspective of Valentine’s Day; it can be celebrated even if you are bitter about happy couples and/or if you’re single. Osborne says it’s true that Valentine’s Day is a day where a lot of flowers and chocolates are bought for loved ones, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for couples because there are more people to love than just your significant other.

“What about a perspective change?¬† What if we were to adopt the idea that Valentines Day is not just for couples, but for everybody?¬† While your friends might be buying flowers for their partners, consider the people in your world that you love, and that love you back.”

This article reminds me of my mother, because she never really celebrated Valentine’s Day after she got divorced from my dad. I remembered coming home from school on Valentine’s Day and I saw balloons and a card from my mom. Even when she was still with my dad, she made Valentine’s Day a family event because she thought it would be selfish not to. For her, family is number one and she doesn’t let any man get in the way of it because she loves us so much.

Hopefully this article helps out anyone who might not be going on a date for Valentine’s Day, because there are many other ways to find happiness and love this day by just hanging out with friends and family.<3

http://www.upshiftcoaching.com/articles/9_valentines-day-love-is-not-just-for-couples.html

My mom and dad back in the old days :)
My mom and dad back in the old days ūüôā