what’s up! oct 2

favorite song
pumpin blood by nonono. not a band that i would listen to for more than one song but the tune is catchy. it also helps that this song came on when i was about to fall asleep over studying for my stress management exam.
IMG_20151002_170607 best meal
not really the “best meal” but i came home tonight and wanted a warm bowl of love & cinnamon – hence the oatmeal. recruited a fancy raspberry for the photo – i have the best roommates ever (thanks christine).
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oh heavenly fall, the colors are amazing. there is nothing quite thrilling like trumping through golden leaves under a huge canopy of branches. now i just need to find a man to kiss under it…should’ve caught backpack guy over there.
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i love you, christa! after some uncanny boy drama this week, she appeared out of nowhere just at the perfect time with a listening ear. we’ve concluded that however dramatic your dealings are with the opposite sex, it’s nearly not as a big deal as you think (just give it a few days and a couple rita’s custard trips). and there’s always an exit sign too…just kidding!
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korean food anybody? so good and so spicy – kimchi soup and sweet & spicy chicken. yes, we did eat the entire meal with chopsticks and i felt quite accomplished afterwords. if i ever have a weight issue, i’m going to move to asia because i’ll eat twice as slow and half as much with those sticks.
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let’s just say i am so glad pictures only take a second to snap because if it were more, i would be the one snapping. #sonotayogaguru
IMG_20151002_214825 word
“CHIC” pronounced “sheek” means elegantly and stylishly fashionable. apparently my whole life is a lie because i’ve calling all my girlfriends chicks lately. whoops. photocred goes to heather…thanks for sharing your sheekiness.
IMG_20151002_215515 in the moment
ok peeps, i was so in the moment that i totally spaced an exam review. whoops. must’ve been something in the grass on campus because i was so relaxed.
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hahaha
courtesy of studio c “the absent-minded robber”

it’s been a pretty intense but awesome week and i’ve been learning so much about myself. i got out of a relationship that i didn’t realize was suppressing me until i left. for months i told myself that i was refining and perfecting my character when in reality i was just trying to be someone that i am not. i am learning again to bring out the best of my crazy, clueless, go-go-go personality and i’m lovin it! life is so much better when you are satisfied with you as the only company, when you can take selfies and call yourself hot, when you realize how amazing your friends and roommates are, when you feel humbled because the people around you are so patient and understanding…life is just good right now.

 

Mango Lime Aztec Salad

Classes are over, people! It was a bitter-sweet ending. Sweet because I finished the year successfully, but bitter because I moved out and parted with my sweet roommates. I honestly could not have asked for better girls to live with. They were awesome and I already miss them!

Our last night together, one of the girls and her boyfriend made dinner for the rest of us. It was so, so good that I grabbed the recipe to share with all of you. It’s copied almost word for word, so if that’s a copyright issue…sorry. You’re recipe was so darn good! I couldn’t help it! All credit to you!

We had all just finished a long hike up a canyon so we were tired and hungry. This was a perfect meal that was light (because of all the veggies) but also protein-rich (because of the quinoa).

Enough talking…Oh, and all I had was a Snapchat picture to share with you. Hence the caption. 🙂

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Mango Lime Aztec Salad
1 cup chopped tomato (about 2 roma tomatoes)
1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber (about 1/2 large cucumber)
1 cup chopped jicama
1 cup chopped avocado
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups mixed salad greens
4 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 cup Mango Lime Vinaigrette

Inside a bowl, combine tomato, cucumber, jicama, avocado, and red onion. Toss with lemon juice and sea salt. Divide salad greens on four plates. Top each with 1 cup of cooked quinoa. On each serving, drizzle quinoa with about 2 tablespoons of the Mango Lime Vinaigrette. On each serving, place one-quarter of the tomato mixture on top of the quinoa. Drizzle a bit more Mango Lime Vinaigrette on top of the tomato mixture on each serving. Garnish each serving with cilantro leaves, pumpkin seeds, and mango slices.

Mango Lime Vinaigrette
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen mango
1/2 cup avocado oil (or some other tasteless oil)
1/4 cup maple syrup (or raw honey)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 small limes)
1 tbsp vinegar
1.5 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp grated fresh ginger

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.

Garnish
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
4 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
4 slices fresh mango

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!!!!

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P.S. This is my finals-are-over-summer-is-here-heck-ya face.

 

LONG TIME NO SEE!

Hello world!

Yes, long time no see! I promise I didn’t die…

It’s finals week over here and it is pretty fun. You know this is my favorite time of the entire semester, so you just imagine me sitting in the library chilling over my books, power-points, notes, papers galore.

I actually am supposed to be studying for a final right now that I need to take in 1.5 hours. Ah!

Nothing much exciting, other then the semester is practically over. Whoohoo!

 

Oh, Those Awkward Moments.

What would life be without awkwardness?

One word for you, people…

Boring.

For example, imagine you have people over for a nice Sunday dinner and nothing happens. Boring, right? But what if your pantry started dancing and when you open it to see what is going on, it shoots pasta right at you in an attempt to be left in peace?

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Everybody has their special talents. Some sing beautiful operas, others bake beautiful pastries, etc. I know I have some talents, but graceful falling is not one of them.

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This is me trying to re-demonstrate how I fell during our daily walk/run while on vacation. I wish I could say that all my scrapes and bruises were from some brave act of service, but sadly they were only from sheer underestimation and pride.

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Ouch!!! And not only that. They put this liquid band-aid (?) on my scrape which resulted in a blue/green elbow for at least two weeks!

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Ja jsem ale chudáček!

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“Wait, you mean you didn’t turn off the stove?”
“No! I thought you did.”
“These pancakes have been cooking for over 20 minutes.”
“Delightful crustiness.”

This is another “ouch” but luckily all that burned were the pancakes.

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Yes, people! I have babysat before. But this time it was too much and “Aunty” needed some rest. So is the adult watching the baby or the baby trying to figure out why the adult isn’t watching her anymore???

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I dropped the camera on accident and clearly the reaction was “OH NO!” The tension and awkwardness eased with the realization that this moment had just been captured. And yes, those are relatives on my shirt.

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One, two, three, cheese!!! But wait, there’s a bee attacking me! Ahhhh! Too late,the picture is taken.

So you see, it’s not so bad when things get awkward. Next time you encounter an awkward moment just remember that without it, your life would be a little more boring.

 

 

Hello, hello!

Well! I am back and I am done with another semester. Yay! Halfway through my college career and I’m lovin’ it so far. I have to say that I have learned a lot this school year, especially this last semester. I’ve learned just how strong I can be. I’ve learned what a positive attitude can do for a person feeling very lonely. I’ve learned to accept my body and love myself just the way I am.

The one trait that I feel like I acquired this semester was bravery. I learned to be brave. I learned to square my shoulders, put a smile on my face, and live every day seeing the beauty all around me. Now I wouldn’t change these tough past few months for anything.

Talking about being brave…I decided to give bangs another try! I’ve never had a good experience with bangs. I’ve always cut them and then always been bugged by them. They never turned out good…always looked odd. Kind of like a straight across fro on my forehead. But my mom looks way good with her hairstyle (bangs included) and my sister looks amazing too, so I figured bangs (cut the right way) might suite me after all.

I wasn’t willing to pay $20 for a haircut. College girl, remember? So I watched a couple of videos. This one and this one were the best ones, and then…

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I did it! I actually cut my own hair and it was a success!

What do you think? Ya, I know. I love them too. A lot. Definitely a keeper. You see, I learned how to be brave 🙂 It’s a beautiful feeling to know that you can be independent. It’s wonderful to know that you can let go of you fears/insecurities and try something you never dreamed possible.

I know you all are curious…so here’s a picture of all three of us. Do you think people will get me and my sister confused? They already do, so this ought to be fun!

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Reasoning…Day 4

Ok. Here’s the deal. Your body goes through these compromises when you are cleansing and it drives me nuts. I woke up this morning and I was feeling so good, but there’s that feeling back there that makes you want to eat everything you see. It’s like, “Oh no! I’m starving! I need to eat everything I can right now.” And the “it’s” is probably parasites. Darn those parasites.

Anyways, today I had a wholesome-food feast. I did my 3 days raw, now I am doing my 3 days “all natural”. Hahaha…

I had to compromise because of our vacation coming up! You can’t drive in the car living off of…apples. Well, some could. And I admire you for that.

So now that I’ve eaten cooked food after 3 days, I’m feeling heavy. Heavy, but happy. And I have to wonder, if it’s really all worth it. Because usually it’s the smell and first 2 bites of food that are delicious, than the rest is just…food.

Nevertheless, I am grateful for good, homemade food. And I love my fruits and vegetables oh so much!

This was a great cleanse, and I am planning on doing it again. The Fiberblend works wonders. I love Fiberblend!

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Bleh…Day 3

Day 3 is up! And I am glad. My ear pain is gone, and I have a fresh stash of fruits that I bought yesterday from Rancho Market (my favorite produce shop). I felt a little woozy in the morning even after drinking lots of water, so I drank some kefir. That fixed it.

It was pretty good, but then I finished my 24 hours of liquids and everybody was preparing their food. Grrrr. It seems like Mom makes all the good stuff when I am not eating. Oh well.

Maybe I can shorten this to a 3 day cleanse. Hmmmm. Sounds really nice right now, but my skin is clearing up good. We’ll see.

I’m finishing these three raw days strong. We went over to friends tonight and I was the only one who skipped ice-cream! Booya!

Still here…Day 2

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I can only wish this veggie burger was part of my cleanse 🙂

Day 2 is down. I’m feeling great. I had a green smoothie, Fiberblend 2x, kefir, soaked nutsand sunflower seeds, and a banana. I had some more fruit and drank lots of water.

I am feeling pretty clean inside, but I’m wondering if I’ll be able to last 6 days. I woke up this morning with odd pain in my jaw that traveled up to my ear. It’s not always painful, just when I put pressure on it. I don’t know if that’s some weird cleansing reaction or what 🙂

I thought I was going to be dying to eat by the second day and I was expecting my energy levels to be way low. Surprisingly, I was energetic all day and even went out with my sister and her friends. I had a fun, happy day.

I went on liquids around 2pm yesterday, and I will be on only liquids until 2pm today. A 24 hour liquid cleanse. Fun….

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That’s it for now, although I might end up chewing on a wooden spoon too. Nothing exciting going in or coming out 🙂 But really, I am glad I can be doing this.