I am not really a breakfast person. I usually am not that hungry in the early morning however, lately I’ve been trying to eat light in the morning since I know it’s the best thing for me! Here are some things that I love to eat in the morning before heading to school or work:
- 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 cut up tomato sprinkled with salt, 1 chopped avocado
- 1 smoothie:
- a handful of frozen berry mix
- 1 green apple chopped up
- a handful of frozen pineapples
- 2 tablespoons of doTERRA Slim and Sassy Chocolate Shake
- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
- almond milk ( I don’t have a specific measurement, I just kind of pour until I feel satisfied)
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 green apple with a side of peanut butter
- Whole grain toast with peanut butter and avocado on top (so good!)
- 1 Active Yogurt Vanilla cup
Some of my friends know that I’ve been on this healthy kick lately! I’ve started paying attention to the things I eat. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you eat lots of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
It’s been a hectic week so today I just wanted to come home, make a quick meal and relax.
- 1 box of whole grain pasta
- 1 tablespoon of whipped butter
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes
- 1 head of organic broccoli
- 1 handful of parmesan cheese
Note: chop your broccoli head, rinse and dry with paper towel before cooking/eating.
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add whipped butter, minced garlic and red chili flakes. Stir around until butter is melted.
- In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Add salt for flavor and to avoid stickiness. Add box of whole grain pasta. Cook pasta uncovered for 9 minutes.
- In the non-stick skillet, add chopped broccoli and stir for 7 minutes.
- Add chopped broccoli to boiled pasta and stir for 3 minutes.
- Drain pasta and throw in a handful of parmesan cheese.
I love a berry matte lip. It’s a color that looks great on all skin tones. However, I’ve been on the hunt for a brown, nude color for a while and have finally found something that I love! I literally tried on 30 shades at MAC before I found the one. LOL
Lip Liner: Bittersweet
I am a Peer Mentor to first year students at the university that I attend. As a Peer Mentor, I have a large number of students for which I meet with at least once a month. During these meetings, I get a feel of who they are, how their college experience is going, what their hobbies are, where are they are from, etc. It’s been a awesome journey with this job because through these meetings, I’ve heard so many stories. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone by having a genuine 30 minute conversation.
One of the most common topics that comes up during my meetings with these students deals with their future. As first year students, they are scared. They are nervous. This is the first time they’ve ever been away from home. This is the first time they don’t have to answer to mom and dad. They have this sense of freedom that they’ve never had before.
With freedom comes a price. Many students have complained to me that they are studying their current major because their parents told them so. Now, when a student tells me this, it put its me a sticky situation. As their peer, I don’t want to step over any boundaries. I don’t want to say “don’t listen to your parents” even though that is slightly the truth. The student may currently be studying Pre-Med but deeply, wants to study Public Relations or Nursing. However, because of pressure from home, they are doing what their parents told them to do.
Parents will always have your best interest at heart. They want the best for you. Your mother carried you for 9 months because she wanted to give you life, opportunities, and success. Your parents know you better than anybody else. However, this whole time, it’s your life that you’ve been living and you must continue that journey.
If there is a major you want to study, study it! If your dream job is halfway across the country, apply for it! If you have an urge, fulfill it. Listen and accept all the advice that comes your way from family and friends but remember all the things you have worked hard for and strive for those goals.
Remember, it’s your future.
Music is poetry. It’s a form of escape. We listen to music when we celebrate, when we grieve, when we just feel like dancing in our room. I listen to music when I wake up, when I am getting ready for work, when I am walking to class and all moments in between. I love all types of jams but here are the songs I’m listening to at the moment:
- Come and See Me ft. Drake x PartyNextDoor
- The Life of Pablo (album) x Kanye West
- Section x 2 Chainz
- Formation x Beyoncé
- Love on the Brain x Rihanna
- Wanted x Kehlani
- Grey x Travis Scott
- Wonderful ft. The Weeknd x Travis Scott
- March Madness x Future
- Make Me Like You x Gwen Stefani
- Self Righteous x Bryson Tiller
I’m going to guess that you’re a hard worker. You’re a student who tries hard in class. You’re a employee who shows up to work on time each day and performs their tasks. You’re a child who works hard for their parents. You’re a parent who works hard for their child or children. You’re a volunteer who serves the community to make it a better place for the future.
Whatever you do, I’m sure you work hard at it. You may put many hours into your passion and never recieve a thank you.
In life, you’re going to go above and beyond for people and they won’t show you any appreciate and that is perfectly okay. Life isn’t about impressing other people or living by their standards. Life is about finding your passion, your interests, your hobbies and doing the things you enjoy with the people you enjoy being around.
Appreciate yourself because you’re not always going to recieve praise. You’re not always going to get a pat on the back or a high five. It’s unfortunate but the truth.
Prove to yourself that you’re the best. Work hard for yourself because at the end of the day, that’s all you have.
Last year at this time, I went to SXSW for Spring Break! It was such a blast! A month prior, my boyfriend gave me a Go-Pro so that was the perfect accessory to bring along!
Instead of heading to Austin this year, I’ll be traveling with my family to Nashville, Tennessee. My parents have been prior but my sister and I haven’t so I can’t wait!
Whether you’re going home, heading to the beach, riding along for a road trip, or watching Netflix, have a safe and fun time this break!
About a month ago, I was casually surfing Pinterest and found this super easy chili recipe that I cook all the time now! It is so delicious and literally only takes twenty to thirty minutes to make. Some of these items you may already have in your pantry or fridge!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- Salt and pepper for taste
- 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 14-oz can corn kernels, drained and rinsed
- 1 14-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 tbsp hot chili flakes
- 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
These last two aren’t part of the recipe but make the chili taste even better!
- 1 scoop of sour cream
- 2 slices of avocado
- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add ground turkey and break into pieces. Brown the meat, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, corn kernels, blacks beans and hot chili flakes.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add shredded cheese and mix well.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve.
- Optional: top with sour cream and additional cheese
This recipe is so versatile. You can eat the chili with some chips or add the chili into some taco shells.