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 🙂

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Newly Inspired Traveler

You probably were confused reading the  title of this entry and wondered

“What is ‘newly inspired’?

“Is there a grammatical error?”

LOL it probably is a grammatical error and it’s probably a made-up phrase, but let me explain to you my definition of what a ‘newly inspired traveler’ is.

I always wanted to travel, but there have been a lot of things that hindered me from traveling thoughout the years (money, school, parents, etc.) but I have found that there is no better time to travel than right now.

The friends that I have made in college tell me so many stories about the places they have traveled, and I gawk and get all excited when they show me pictures of the crazy places they have gone to.

But no one has truly inspired me to travel more than my roommate, Diana. She is an international student from Mexico City, and she showed me her bucket list of places she wanted to travel (pictured below). When she talks about the beautiful ambiance and culture of her city, and the difference in politics between the US and Mexico, it makes me want to travel 6 hours to visit her🙈

So if anyone plans on going to Mexico City anytime soon, here are some amazing places Diana and I researched to go to☺️

 

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First Day at SDSU

So my first day at SDSU, to say the least, left me sleepless LOL

Idk why but I just couldn’t fathom that I was still at this school, it feels so unreal. My roommates (so far) are the sweetest and we all have similar habits. We like wake up and gym at the same time, but they’re quiet (which is nice).

The campus is gorgeous! I live in the farthest apartments and the walk to campus is a trek, but the amazing view makes the walk almost tolerable.

I’m still trying to figure out about the whole sorority thing, and so far I talked about joining one of the sororities with my roommate, but no commitments yet!

Ugh college is cool and I guess I’m excited for when class actually start!

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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 – 8 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 🙂

Thanks you!

Words Left Unsaid

It’s never easy to be over a break-up so easily, because things would never be the same. You see this person in a different light and it’s as if you don’t know this person anymore. When you see him walk by and your heart tells you to go after him and ask a simple question such as “how are you doing?” but you know that it’s against what your pride and dignity tells you, so you just pretend to not see him.  It’s hard to get used to life without someone you’ve been with for so long; it may seem as if something is missing from your life. You tell yourself that you won’t let the breakup go to your head, that  you won’t make it such a big deal and that you can get over it, but people overestimate themselves.

Colbie Caillat’s song “I Never Told You” talks about all of the things that are left unsaid before a break-up. Things always get bottled up inside our thoughts and we never have the audacity to say them because we’re scared. We’re not really sure why we’re scared either, but sometimes when we actually want to say what we’re feeling and how much we love that person, it’s too late. They have left your grasp and you can’t hold onto them like you used to anymore. Then you start to realize all of the little things you loved about that person. Like seeing them every morning when they wake up next to you, seeing their smile and seeing their eyes looking at you with their most delicate gaze. This song is so beautiful and Colbie Caillat is gorgeous as well, so I really like this song.

This song makes me look back and imagine myself with my relationship. What if I had to do it all over again? What if that day, he didn’t decide to break up with me? When we broke up I thought to myself that I’ll miss seeing his smile the most, and it hurt to know that if he did smile it wouldn’t be because of me. I thought about his cologne and the warmth that he gave me whenever he would hold my hand or put his arms around me. That it would have been great if I could hold his hand one day and tell him one last time that I loved him, just one day.  However, that was the past and things always get better. Now that I’m back with him though it seems as if things have gotten even better. I guess it takes some time to be without someone to really know how much they’re worth🙊. I don’t want this to be a depressing post, but in the end relationships are always up and down and everything always gets better because that’s life. So carry on with your amazing lives and enjoy the rest of your day thanks:)

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