law of attraction

Just the other day, while my little kiddos were on recess, my teaching assistant and I were enjoying conversations and the lovely weather. I was telling her how weirdly wonderful things were going in my life, and said, "I'm just waiting for something to go wrong." She merely shook her head and said, "You can't think that way. You have to think good thoughts in order for good things to come. If you dread something bad, then bad things come. It's the law of attraction."

It got me thinking for the next few days. My whole family has read The Secret, which describes this magical law of attraction and how you create your own life. I haven't read it yet, although I know it's sitting somewhere on my crowded bookshelf. I feel the need to read it now because I have more life experience under my belt, along with an open mind.

What I didn't realize until that conversation with my assistant, is that I've unknowingly been living by the Law of Attraction for the past year. Around this time last year, I let go of the negative things and people around me. I only wanted positive and meaningful areas and people in my life. I was ready for a career, love, true friendship, a stronger relationship with myself. I was open to it. I wasn't closed off to letting the good in my life anymore because my life wasn't cluttered with confusion and negativity.

I now have a career as a teacher. I'm graduating from graduate school in May. I have the love of my life, and the truest friends. I have never felt more in tune with myself. This isn't meant to be a bragfest. It's just that I honestly hit rock bottom last year, and my life has changed in so many ways, and it can happen for you too. It isn't until you've hit rock bottom, or come close to it, that allows you to only go up from there. At that point, you only want life to get back on track. This is where the Law of Attraction comes in.

You have to know what you want in life. You have to manifest it. You have to see it for yourself. You have to attract it with your actions, thoughts, and words. Positive attracts positive. Negative attracts negative. Change your way of thinking, and you can change your life.


foodie fridays

I love Italian turkey sausage. It's so dang good. I decided to put a little spin on it and stuff it into a bell pepper. It turned out really yummy! Try this recipe out.


how to stay positive

This is just the cutest thing ever. A completely honest and innocent depiction that reminds us we need to stay positive.


what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Pups
Our pups have been doing the darndest things lately. I just love them!

2. Bowling
Boyfriend and I got a lot of bowling in over my Spring Break. It was so fun!
3. Lemon water
Nothing hits the spot more than some warm lemon water. It's a great detox and refresher.


mcdowell mountain music festival

Boyfriend's family scored some tickets to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, and we all ventured to it. My mom came too! I love how well our families get along. We listened to some good tunes (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Shins), checked out the booths, ate some barbecue, and sipped on some brewskies. We even won some raffle prizes too. I was happy to be surrounded by the people I love, and also run into old friends.



I eat flaxseed just about every day. I put it in smoothies, on peanut butter toast, in oatmeal, in yogurt. Besides it being so versatile, it's got a great taste and it's packed with health benefits. Check them out.


tree touches

I love the outdoors, and I especially love when they're brought to the indoors and used as accents in a home. There is something so whimsical about tree branches. I love the way they look, and the many uses of them. Here are some awesome ideas from Pinterest.

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foodie fridays

I've loved zucchini bread since I was little. I love the taste, especially when it's warm and it melts in your mouth. I decided to make a clean version of my favorite sweet bread. Here is the recipe...


topshop wish list

I'm in dire need of a trip to California just to visit the new Topshop that opened at the Grove. Oh, and to see my sister and Lukie Bear too. Here is my wish list for until I get back to Cali.


what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Fitness haul
I had an awesome shopping day yesterday. I loaded up on Quest Bars, which were on special, and bought a new pair of amazingly printed leggings from Victoria's Secret.

2. Chia seeds
I love these little things. They are full of fiber (keep me full) and health benefits. I sprinkle them on my yogurt parfaits.
3. The Biggest Loser
I was so thrilled to see my favorite contestant win. Dani worked so hard, and looks so beautiful and comfortable in her skin. 


leg workout

My favorite day is when I work out my arms at the gym, as you saw in my "arm workout" post. Slowly, but surely, leg day is growing on me. I've never really been a fan of my legs, as they are my trouble area and the hardest part to lean out. I always wanted that "thigh gap." Now that I've been seriously focused in fitness I realize I don't want that gap. I want strong, toned, healthy legs!

Anyways...here is my workout. I decided to post my workout without the use of machines, which I almost prefer anyways. Now you have no excuse because you can do it anywhere!


mean girls

This is to you, ladies. We've all seen Mean Girls. We all love it. We all laugh at it. We all realize that there is a serious truth behind the film's wittiness. It's an accurate depiction of the world we live in. There are mean girls out there, and sometimes we are them. Whether we are Regina, Gretchen, Cady, or Karen, we've all been mean.

We've all felt some sick pleasure in tearing someone else down, and it's usually behind their back or over social media. If you think about it, it's honestly sad. I admit that I have done it. In no way am I pointing fingers because I know I have three pointing right back at me. That's the thing about tearing others down, what we say about others is a reflection of who we are.

I thought "drama" would stop after high school. As if throwing my cap in the air, moving out, and beginning college were signs of maturity and that I was a woman. Except, that's not how it was. The drama was still there, just at a "new age" level. Instead of notes being passed around with cruel words and drawn up pictures, it was now through forms of Facebook posts and tweets. I would have almost preferred the college-ruled paper with the awful words.

I made it out of college alive, but I'm twenty-five and I'm still surrounded by the judgments, assumptions, and meanness. I've still made those judgments, assumptions, and acted in mean ways. It's gotten to the point where I wonder if we will ever grow out of it. Then I see The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and think, "There is no hope. We will be fifty and we will still be catty." What a terrifying thought.

So, I am changing my way of thinking, and I hope you join me. We don't have to end up like the housewives. We don't have to continue to judge each other. We don't have to assume the worst simply because we refuse to see the good in each other. We don't have to talk behind each other's backs. We don't have to blast each other on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We don't have to make each other feel worthless, ugly, fat, or dumb.

Instead, we need to empower each other. We need to encourage each other. We need to love each other. We need to accept the differences. We need to use positive words. I'm not saying we have to all be best friends, skipping around, spewing rainbows out of our asses. I'm just saying we don't have to be filled with so much hate.

The next time you begin to judge, think about why. Why do I feel this way? Why do I want to make this person feel bad? Why does the way they live their life affect me? If we took the time to answer these questions, then maybe we would think twice about badmouthing or plastering it all over the web. Instead, we would probably see something in ourselves that we need to love a little more.

Maybe we won't start a revolution, but we can start something good within ourselves. Maybe we can't change others or their actions, but we can focus on being better people. Maybe our love won't be accepted by some, but we can continue to send it out into the world. Maybe we can't make girls become women, but we can become women. We can be the change we wish to see in others.

Make the change. End the cycle.

thoughts on relationships pt. 6

Differences. I feel like sometimes we try to find the person that matches us perfectly. I don't mean match as in you go well together, but match as in the exact same person as you. It seems like a good idea, right? You would be so compatible.

Wrong. In my eyes, compatibility means you complete each other by exposing new ideas, thoughts, and passions to your partner. You push them to open their eyes and hearts to the new. It's a beautiful thing.

I believe there are certain qualities and non-negotiables when choosing a partner. These vary from person to person. It could be children in the future, similar lifestyles (ie: drinking, smoking), religion. Whatever it may be, I don't believe in putting dreams aside or compromising your strong beliefs for someone else.

When it comes to the little things, it's okay for there to be differences. I love working out and eating healthy, while my boyfriend won't step foot in the gym and chicken nuggets are his main food group. I like indie bands that he refers to as "twangy jig music," and he likes heavier things that I refer to as "scary". I could spend a good couple hours scouring the mall, and he shops maybe once a year. I love to read, and the last thing he read was the Star Wars series when he was thirteen. These differences don't pull us apart, but they bring us closer. We open each other's eyes to new things, and appreciate the passions we each have. We don't need to be the same person, and would never want to change each other.

People don't change. They are who they are, and if we force them to be something they're not then the relationship isn't a relationship. It's a lie. We can only keep up facades for so long, until they break and we break along with them. I've molded to other's countless times because I didn't know who I was, so I believed that I could find me in someone else. It doesn't work that way.

So, if you're still out there looking for a partner. Try to narrow your "list" down a bit. Find your non-negotiables and go from there. Differences are great things. If you are already in a relationship, stop trying to change your partner. Instead, start appreciating what makes them different and realizing that's the reason you fell for them in the first place.


sunday spark

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"I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That’s me and I’m free"
-Jenny G. Perry


who am i? pt. 2

I wrote a post a while back on who I am as a person. I thought it would be fun to write it up again, and see how things have changed. My life has gone in so many new directions in the past year. Some things have stayed the same, and some have changed so much. All for the better.

I am...passionate.
I want...to write a cookbook, and a best-selling novel.
I have...the cutest little pups on the planet. Nugget and Charlie.
I wish...for peace.
I hate...nothing. It's too strong of a word, but I really dislike ginger (blech!), bad grammar, and hotel sheets.
I fear...sharks, heights, and losing the ones I love.
I hear...Tegan and Sara entirely too often.
I search...for my next pair of Jeffrey Campbells.
I wonder...what's out in that big universe.
I regret...nothing. Everything happens for a reason, and I've learned from every path I've followed.
I love...my family, friends, pets, and boyfriend.
I ache...after leg day at the gym.
I always...try to inspire.
I usually...cook way too much food. At least we always have leftovers.
I am not...going to be anyone but me.
I dance...with finger wiggles and robot moves. Rhythm isn't on my side.
I sing...in the car. Loudly. Hand in the air. Eyes closed. It's safe, I promise.
I never...want a divorce.
I sometimes...sleep in past seven on the weekends. Rarely.
I cry...during sappy movies, during American Idol and The Biggest Loser, over puppies that need homes, when my boyfriend makes me laugh too hard...basically everything.
I am not always...confident.
I lose...at Monopoly pretty much every time.
I am confused...by Google maps and fake people.
I need...to drink more water.
I should...be at the gym.


foodie fridays

Okay, readers. So "Friday Funnies" was a really fun weekly post, but I've decided to change things up a bit. Since I'm in love with cooking, I thought "Foodie Fridays" would be more appropriate for my passion. Now, every Friday I will be sharing delicious recipes with you. I hope you like the change!

For my first "Foodie Fridays" I'm sharing my recipe for a yummy dish that is sweet, spicy, and savory: Chorizo and sweet potato hash. It's delicious! Check out the recipe below..

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