Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I am feeling blessed tonight because for the 4th time, I have been asked to speak to a group of middle schoolers about positive body image and self esteem. It makes me proud to know that someone believes that I can speak about these subjects based on my experiences AND believe that I have great sense of self.

I have to admit it is EXTREMELY hard to strive for a level self esteem where you do not let social media, others, and even people close to you affect it in a negative way. It's as if you are constantly carrying around this fragile egg in your hands and every negative comment and mental feedback you give yourself just trips you a little bit. Sometimes you drop the egg, it breaks, you get sad and mad, but the key is to just go ahead and grab another one and try again. There are lots of situations I've been in where I've thought to myself "ugh I hope that person doesn't think I'm dumb after what I just said" or "WHY no matter how much I work out can I not lose weight around my legs?!" ….. It happens all the time.

But, in my situation, instead of sitting in my bed and crying (which sometimes can actually be a good thing to relieve stress and sometimes I do it), I have gotten up and decided to study about how to have a better body image about myself and feel like I am worth something. It takes a lot of researching, reading, and especially practice to get to a level where you feel confident enough to speak to a room full of young students on how you feel about yourself. But you know why I do it?

I talk about having a positive body image and great self esteem because I am a teacher, being taught through God's word and lots of books and articles, on how to motivate others. I've always had a way of talking "real" to people and the best part is, they seem to like it!! It is my job to pinpoint an issue and try to make it better.

You know what the best thing I teach the students are? That we are ALL IMPERFECT. Including myself:

  • I sleep with my mouth wide open (not the best look)
  • My hair is super frizzy
  • I'm horrible at studying, especially finance
  • I cry when I hear someone say something negative about me. 
  • I am a perfectionist so it annoys me when people mess up my things. 
BUT…… I am God's daughter. He made me this way for a reason. Alongside that list, I've also been blessed with a mind that constantly runs and thinks good thoughts. 

  • Just like happiness, you can't sit around and wait for  positive self esteem. Get up! 
  • Not everyone can be the popular girl, but everyone can be KIND.
  • No matter what, it's my own choice how to feel about a situation. No one makes me feel anything.
  • Jesus loves me. That's all that matters. 
  • Being "different" is not the same as being "weird."
  • I never stop growing. Tomorrow I will know more than I did today.
  • Remember that bad comment someone said. Who cares?
  • Know that someone is always watching how you react. Are you being a godly person?

need some ideas on how to help your body image/self esteem?
be silly

love one another

be a good role model

discover your hobbies

make sure you find the right partner
(when the time is right for you)

I could go on and on with different pieces of advice, but this post would take up my whole night! I have finance to study, a wedding to plan, a graduation to plan, a job to look for, a book to read…. but at least I had this time to focus on an important topic that we should all be aware of :) 

Thursday, November 14, 2013


It is the month of giving thanks and I've been slowly but surely thinking more and more about Thanksgiving. First, it's sad most only really stop to give thanks this month. Giving thanks is something that needs to be practiced year round! Second, I feel like year after year Thanksgiving is becoming a thing of the past. There is holiday music chiming throughout the mall and Black Friday advertisements starting to make their way into our lives. Is it just me or does Black Friday become more important every year than Thanksgiving?

I have and will always put more importance into the day of thanks than the $5 movies I will get later that night at Target. 

A practice I learned this year (or was it last year?) is to switch one word in every action sentence into "get." For example, you can either say "I want (or deserve) a drink of water" to "I get to drink water." Everything in your life from being able to look at a pretty flower to the ability for you to read, you GET to do. You're not entitled to it just as much as I am. Everything we do is a gift we need to give thanks to. 

Notice the small things throughout your day and give thanks: 
  1. When you work a hard homework problem and finally get the right answer.
  2. The way little kids laugh. 
  3. An inspirational video online. 
  4. The cold morning you have been waiting for patiently through the hot days. 
I hope you see my point. 

Give thanks to the small things that bring you happiness. And remember that nothing is just given to you easily, you GET to do those things. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Candy

The day after Halloween when all the candy has been counted by your trick-o-treaters, you are left with a big bag of temptation that seems to stare at you throughout the day shouting "eat me. I taste so good!" It can be extremely tempting to eat Halloween candy throughout the day, especially today, so I made a quick list of advice to help you not gain the unwanted 1 - 3 pounds this candy can easily help you gain.

1. If it's in the house, the chances of you eating it will go up tremendously. 
This goes the same for any type of food where you are in the same scenario. If you go to the grocery store and buy Cheetos for example, that is you making the choice of bringing the junk into your house for you to eventually eat. Your healthy choices start in the grocery store. Now, when it comes to Halloween if you don't have children, you'll be fine. Just steer away from candy at 1) work  2)whatever party you choose to go to 3) the bucket of candy to give out to trick or treaters. If you do have children, have them count their candy, eat some, and then figure out quickly what to do with the rest.

2. Actually eat some of the candy.

In my house, we put the candy in a plastic box and allow ourselves to eat the candy at certain times (for example, we can get a candy out of a box on a Saturday night after a great dinner out with friends). If you completely deprive yourself of something, you will more than likely reach a point where the craving wins and you find yourself with a mouth full of chocolate wondering how you got there. Figure out a time that works for you to indulge and let yourself eat a candy. Maybe it could be every Wednesday you come home from work because you're tired of working. Maybe it could be on Thursdays while you're watching Grey's Anatomy. Make candy a reward for you. That one candy you decide to eat will taste so much better when you feel like you'v earned it.

3. Give the candy away. 

If you have children, you might want to at least store some of the candy for later. But if the candy you have in your home is from work, party, or the bucket you used to hand out the candy, give it away! Be charitable :) Take it to a dentist, homeless shelter, to work to hand out to coworkers. Some dentists even offer money for your candy. Check out this website to see if there's a dentist near you who will offer you cash for money. I bet you know someone or some organization where you can give the candy away. Keep some for yourself and then the rest goes away!

4.  Change your sweet cravings.

When you're craving candy, stop to listen to your body and see what it really needs. Our bodies crave the simple sugars in candy as a way to quickly replenish our body to make it function. Your body isn't craving the candy at all, it's craving the sugar.

a) First, check to see if you need protein in your body. Your cravings could be your body calling out for proteins.
b) Replace any temptation with fruit. (Remember though, every once in a while you can eat that candy)
c) Read the labels. Whenever you do let yourself eat the candy, eat one with less sugars. That just means go ahead and pick three candies you want to eat, look at the grams of sugar on the label, and eat the one with the least sugar.

5. If you are having a super hard time staying away from candy, eat one and then brush your teeth. The minty taste will make all other candy taste super bad.

The key is to remember that candy is not your enemy, it's the quantity that is. Candy is meant to be indulged. Just be smart about your candy-eating decisions and you will be fine!

On another note, here's a pretty  message to get you through your day.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


I don't know if you remember any more than I did that I had this blog. It astonishes me that it has been almost two years and I have not written in this piece of space meant just for me and my thoughts. 

Is there a survey somewhere that shows the number of people that begin a task and don't see it all the way through? I bet that number would be pretty high! I took a chance at typing it into google and this was the first thing that came up: 

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I don't have ADHD. Also, did you see how they spelled "undiagnosed"? That's a side note of the editor in me talking. 

So what do I write in a blog where I have two years to catch up on. Write a list. Specifically, a list of what is going on in my life now, because that is what my mind can remember best. 

1. I'M ENGAGED (April 6, 2013)

It happened on the beach, early evening, and it was amazing. So class and simple, just as I had dreamt about it. 




Do you get the idea that I have a lot to do? You are correct! My days are spent making lots of to-do lists, planning a future, and learning. 

I had been feeling really overwhelmed for a while, but recently (thank God), I've learned to calm down and enjoy this transition in my life as a blessing and not a curse. I love to control situations, but the world is teaching me quickly that overly planning does not mean stability. 

This is the motto in my life right now: When you plan, God's laugh. God must be having so much fun with me.

This is my prayer for my life right now: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

You  know why I don't think I can keep a blog growing? There's no strategy. "Strategy" is a word that is used DAILY in my classes. 

If you want change, change your behavior. But before you change, you need to know what exactly you want. 

I don't know what I want yet out of the blog. Do I want to give people nutrition advice because that is my specialty that I don't get to use all the time? Do I want to just document my life? 

A blog needs a foundation, let's say a business plan. Whether or not a blog is used for a business, it could benefit from being built on top of a mission, vision, and goals. 

So, I"m going to start blogging again. But please excuse me as the posts will be random until I figure out my "strategy." 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

oh… hey.

Before I begin, I know it's been long. I feel like I'm writing in my journal I promise myself to keep up with and end up starting each post like this "I wish I wrote in here more." I'm serious. Here it is for proof…

I know it's a bad quality photo but I did it on purpose because as much as I love you, I like to keep what I write in this journal private. But, back to what I was saying. It's been a while. To me, it hasn't felt like much because oh lord have I been through a lot.

I'm not a complainer, at least publicly. But I had to sit down one day and really pray to God for an answer as to why I've had the hardest semester of my life. Is it okay I say "semester;" I still say college terms. For those of you not in college - I've had the hardest four months of my life.

1. 2 surgeries: one was an emergency because of a complication and the other was planned and formed complications after. Funny how that worked out.
2. long distance relationship where I found out it will be another four months this coming spring semester. Need I say more?
3. first semester of graduate school studying something I've never studied before.
4. starting a new job at the same time as school.
5. insomnia. I still don't know why I have this. It just decided to join me during these months.

Honestly, there were times I didn't know what to do with myself. I just sat at my computer and wrote out what I felt and that seemed to work. Other than that, praying worked. It's amazing the little epiphanies that come into your head while your praying. This is what I started thinking after I put my hands together, looked up at the sky, and asked "why?"

1. I'm glad this happened when I'm not married and with children.
2. The nights I couldn't sleep I got so much work done.
3. Searching for ways to relax, I learned a lot of new hobbies I'm pretty good at.
4. I grew close to my family because this whole time I've been living at home, which is amazing.
5. It honestly could be so much worse.

So, there they are! 5 reasons my semester was horrible, but 5 reasons it was worth it.

Recently, instead of focusing on what has happened, I'm using it to catapult me into planning for 2012. I feel it'll be a good year people! Planning basically involves calendars, goal setting, and  reading. It is so much fun. Do I sound nerdy? Oh well.

One thing I'm doing is recording things I love right now that way I can read back at the end of next year and either make fun or appreciate those things.

Here are my top 10 things right now….

1. My new phone
2. real simple magazine
3. long dangly necklaces
4. the FSU seminoles. I'm thinking about my first credit card bit purchase being a boosters membership and 2 season tickets. Yea, this list is no joke.

5. little trinkets. preferably cute animals. this one is from vicenza, italy.
6. cupcakes. you knew this one would make the list.
7. these thin market pens.
8. positive quotes
9. cute fonts
10. him

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Spring semester planning is already under way. It's all about preparing to me and this is a low down on a typical week next semester.

This will be a very interesting semester.

Monday, November 21, 2011


This weekend I have to say I did nothing towards school and work. Well, I sent one email. At first I was upset because I wasn't getting anything done, but then I realized that sometimes rest is needed in order to come back to your bigger priorities with full force. The quote in my positivity book for today is above and it exemplifies how you need to think of the things you need to do in your day and prioritize.

For example, today I have a coupon for Michael's I want to use as well as continuing to write a diet plan for someone I told myself I'd finish by Thanksgiving. The deadline for the coupon is sooner, but the intricate diet I have to write takes priority. Michael's can wait if I don't have any time today.

We unconsciously make these decisions everyday so it's easy to get caught up in giving the wrong things a more important priority. If your child {and in my case sister} comes up to you and asks to play with you but you're busy writing an email, unless that email has to be sent in the next 10 minutes, stop for a second and play with that child.

Life flies by QUICKLY. How do you want to spend your day? Knowing you completed every errand or really paid attention to yourself and your family?

On another note, guess what recipe I looked up?

Cake pops are so wonderful. In a way, I'm sad that my theory of how they are made lived up to itself due to the fact now I know how "junky" they are. But I'm still eating them! For you health nuts, this is a great dessert for you. It may be packed with sugar, but the portion is so small if you only eat one. Great indulgence! Can't wait to make them.