The diet to beat all diets

Eat this. Do that. Blah blah blah. BORING.

Even though it doesn’t have to be January 1st to START, we might as well take advantage of the blank slate. The gyms are jam packed. Everyone is starting new diet plans. & for that I am glad! I am all for being healthy + active. But if it isn’t sustainable, then what good is it.

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2017: The Year to Be

Oh, hey 2017. A new year of opportunities. It holds so much potential, but to make the most out of our year we must embrace each + every day that lies ahead of us. Let’s make this a year to simply be.

Be present. Be engaged. Be adventurous. Be successful. Betox.

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Finals Week is Upon Us

One class stands between me & my last LDOC of fall semester (last day of class, that is).

As I said before, this year is full of lots of lasts… But with the closing doors, there are many more being opened.

As you plunge into the dreaded finals week, don’t neglect yourself! It’s so easy to let stress consume you & let the more important things, such as sleep, eating, + exercise, fall to the wayside.

Here is your friendly reminder to not forget to do the little things!

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No Procrastination November

And just like that… it’s November.

Oh my, where did the year go?! It’s always crazy to me how the year starts out, seeming daunting, yet full of possibility.  Then, before we know it, it’s winding down & those new year’s resolutions that we once made are loooong gone (what resolutions did I even make…?)

Life has been busy, as I’m sure it has been for you too. Perhaps you follow along on my Instagram (@oomyquad), where I have been a little, okay a lot more active with posting.

In between this busy thing called like, I’ve been cooking, schooling, practicing a little bit of tennis, all while trying to hold onto these precious last moments of my senior year of college (OK WHAT!?). It feels like there are so many lasts… last first day of school (ever? Nope… hopefully not yet). Last time registering for classes. Last fall tennis season. Last college football game (as a student). It feels like everything is a last. (except I will appreciate that last exam… but there’s no rushing that).

But hey… the whole world is waiting for me to make even more firsts!

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My Gratitude Project

“When you arise in the morning,
I hope that you all had a safe + fabulous holiday weekend!
I am so grateful for a week of beautiful weather at the beach, surrounded by my family, celebrating our freedoms + opportunities that our country provides, & simply just relaxing.
With such a busy schedule during the school year, I rarely have time to just sit & read. This summer I have been using my free time as an opportunity to grow my mind + dive into books that I’ve been interested in reading. I somehow found myself reading what some might cynically call “self-help” books; although, I prefer to consider them as personal development.
I will be the first to admit that reading a personal development book won’t magically organize your office space that you’ve been avoiding or permanently change your life.  There is no straight forward + easy path towards achieving ultimate happiness & well-being. If there were, I am sure that you would’ve heard of it by now… we all would have. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it. It takes work. It’s a process of practice & growth.
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Steps to Your Best Week Yet

Happy Sunday! Want to make this week a great one? I mean, well… Of course, who wouldn’t!?
Use Sunday to relax, get organized & prep for the best week ahead. These tips will help avoid a frantic Monday morning, forcing you to brush your teeth in traffic as you nearly rear end the car infront of you.
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Friday’s Food for Thought

“For me, + for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didnt get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours & the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.” — Lynne Twist

It’s Fri-yay, it’s Fri-yay!
I know that for myself, this quote rings true more than I’d like to admit. The second I open my eyes, my mind begins to list the tasks that must be completed for the day. If I wake up to my alarm, my first thought is more than likely, “Wow, I’m still tired!” or “I already can’t wait to get into bed tonight…”
But luckily, our minds are trained that way. Which means that they can be also be trained to think more positively. Day after day, repeating the same (positive or negative) thoughts to ourself, it becomes engrained in our morning routine. 
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