Today was a day of complete tranquility, being at internal peace , feeling overwhelmed with a genuine happiness and joy, falling in love with the wonders of nature, and having a sense of renewal in mind and spirit. Throughout this past week, I’ve struggled a lot with the feeling of having to see all of my efforts go to waste, and not succeeding when I feel like I try so hard. I’ve come to accept that this is just a part of college, and life in general. I can’t always expect things to be handed to me so easily- when people truly love and care about something, they go out and fight for it and that’s something I’ve had to learn will happen at the cost of stress, many tears, hours and hours of hard work, and many many more trials that will test my perseverance and determination. Achieving your goals is, over anything, a mental challenge that tests your endurance, and to what extent your drive for your passions and for success will take you.
With that being said, spending the day at the beach with my roommate was much needed for this mental renewal. It’s hard for me personally to not get down on myself and make my problems and concerns to be much bigger than they actually are. I get like that. I have this tendency to automatically assume the worst and make all these assumptions about what’s going to occur as a result of it, and it’s just mentally unhealthy to maintain such a negative perspective. Part of me does this so that I will feel better about myself if I do better than expected, and that’s easy to do when my expectations are set incredibly low. At the same time, however, I know that this isn’t entirely a matter of my expectations, more of this just has to do with my attitude and how I choose to approach certain situations.
Anyways, I’ve really been missing home these past few weeks and going to the beach only made me miss home more, but at the same time, it gave me a little piece of home to get me through this next week (before finals week, eek!). There are certain moments in your life that are just so utterly special that the only thing that can truly capture everything in that moment is your own heart and mind. I had one of those moments today. As I was staring out into the ocean thinking about how I wanted to just take everything in, I saw a dolphin jump out of the waters and dive back into the waves in all its beauty and majesty. Beauty in nature like that sometimes just takes your breath away. Stephanie and I also shared some incredible moments of complete peace and escape as we were paddleboarding today. For a few minutes, we just stopped paddling, lay down on our boards and just closed our eyes, embraced the sunshine and contemplated about life a little bit. I can’t describe how peaceful I felt in that moment-like nothing else in the world mattered, how I was hundreds of feet out in the water, yet I was still so calm and wanted nothing else but to just stay there and enjoy the beauty around me. It was a little bit of a self-discovery moment out there in the sea, free of all the worries that have just been piling up over these past few weeks, free of all the worldly things and mundane routines that we get so caught up in on a daily life-who texted us, what the latest tweets are, how many likes you get on a picture, what’s going on on Facebook, the e-mails I need to check…so on and so forth. Free yourself of that once in a while and connect yourself to the world around you. No, not the little Internet world that you believe to be so important. Connect yourself to your loved ones, your surroundings, the many types of people you will continue to meet throughout your time in college, and more importantly, to yourself. I think everyone could use a little bit of that.
All of today was a good reminder of why I love where I am and how lucky I am once again. As difficult as life treats you sometimes, it can also be so incredible and amazing and today was just that. I am truly, truly blessed.
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~Alan Alda
Wishing you a most beautiful day ♥
I go through these vicious cycles of wanting to eat healthy one week and then not caring about what I eat at all the next week. Not good. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I sometimes run out of food and just want to eat a microwave meal, and other times it’s because I don’t have time to cook. Thankfully, I have been making quicker, healthy meals, which works out great for the days that you have the urge to go eat a pizza or something like that.
I put together this random dish just off the top off my head, so here goes:;
Heat oil over pan and add garlic (the smell of this insane-sooooo amazing!!).
When garlic starts turning golden brown, add vegetables and sauté.
Slice up chicken breast and cook in oiled pan over medium-high heat.
Add soy sauce for flavor.
Sauce: mix hoisin sauce and sugar in the pan on the side and drizzle over chicken.
Eat with rice.
Here’s how mine turned out:
Happy eating! Have a healthy and lovely day! ♥
Some of the best adventures always happen on a whim. Last weekend, my roommate and I decided to walk to Blacks Beach in La Jolla to meet up with our other roommate who was studying at the beach, but we ended up spending 3 hours at the beach walking around, taking pictures, breathing in the ocean air and just living life. For once, it actually felt like I was living in college, not being confined to my desk or lugging textbooks around with me and not having to be stuck in the same old daily routine. It’s amazing what you can discover when you sometimes go out of your boundaries and explore what’s around you. So amazing that in fact, I want to make it a more regular thing-exploring where I live and taking more pictures, two of the favorite things I love most.
I can’t explain how good it feels to finally go around and just take pictures of literally everything. Oh photography, how I’ve missed you. This is one of those moments where I just let all the pictures do the talking.
(Picture c/o M. Eguchi)
Pictures of couples at the beach makes my heart feel like a fudge brownie fresh out of the oven-warm and oh so ooey-gooey (in a good way).
(Picture c/o M. Eguchi)
Hehe, looks like my roommate got a picture of me in action! Thank you to my little red camera for capturing so many beautiful memories. (Picture c/o M. Eguchi)
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Hope you all have a lovely day ♥
Since I have a lot of early morning classes, I usually try and grab a quick breakfast to eat on the go. Here are some healthy recipes that are quick and easy to make and super delicious!
1. Teddy Bear Toast
This recipe is super cute, which was inspired by a lot of the food blogs I’ve been following on my food Instagram. It’s almost too adorable to eat.
All you need is multigrain bread (or whatever other bread you’d like), peanut butter, bananas and blueberries (for the eyes and nose)!
2. Triple B Overnight Chia Pudding
Combine the yogurt and milk until you get a smooth consistency. Add chia seeds and sweetener, mix well. I added mashed bananas to my chia pudding as well, because the chia pudding is infused with more flavor when the banana sits overnight. Add mixture to glass jar, let sit in refrigerator overnight. Top with your choice of fruits. Mine has bananas, blackberries, and blueberries!
3. BOM smoothie (Banana Orange Mango)
I kind of just made this acronym up myself, based off of all the fruits I had available in my refrigerator when I put this smoothie together.
Place in blender, mix and enjoy!
4. Raspberry Lemon smoothie
Place in blender, mix and enjoy!
5. Strawberry Kiwi Yogurt Parfait
Pour 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt at bottom of cup. Add layer of granola and fruit. Pour rest of vanilla yogurt on top, and finish the layer with more granola and fruit. This is pretty self-explanatory!
There you have it! I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier in the morning so I can go to class feeling refreshed and feel full throughout the day so that I don’t resort to excessive and unhealthy snacking. A lot of the recipes use Greek yogurt, almond milk and fresh fruits-great ingredients for a healthy breakfast that are great to stock up on. If you decide to give any of these recipes a try, let me know and hopefully it leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated!
Have a lovely and healthy day ♥
Last weekend I went home again and went hiking at Crystal Cove with my friends, and also got to reunite with my best friend, who goes to college all they way in NorCal. Not being able to go to school with her and just hang out with her in between classes is pretty weird, but after all that we’ve survived together, it seems like our friendship can withstand pretty much anything and everything. I’ve definitely had my fears prior to coming to college of the friendships I would maintain in high school and the friendships I would make in college, but going back home and seeing how all of my friends have still managed to stay the same while still growing is so reassuring.
Of course, everyone changes, but that’s just an inevitable part of growing up and there’s nothing particularly good or bad about change in general-if you change for the better, well than that’s good for your personal growth. And if you change for the worse, well, that’s good for your growth too. You make mistakes along the way and that’s just how we learn as human beings, even if it’s a lesson learned the hard way-at the cost of hurting others, losing friends, not taking care of yourself, etc. I think one reason why so many people are afraid of losing their friends or just lose friends along the way is mainly due to the fact that they don’t want things to change-I know that I’ve definitely felt this way and have also drifted from friends because of this. Nonetheless, I’ve also had to learn to embrace this change. Are there changes that my friends have gone through that I don’t necessarily like? Yes. But at the same time, sometimes being friends means you have to overlook those flaws and changes, and that’s one of the biggest things that I’ve had to go through myself coming to college.
This, right here, is my best friend. Ta-dah!
Does this place look familiar? If you read my other posts, you’ll probably recognize this place from here.
Some bro-love going on here.
Right along the coast of the beautiful, beautiful California coast.
Without these people in my life, along with many others, I don’t know how I would have survived through school, stress, homework, emotions, and just life in general. Everyday I am just so thankful that these people were put in my life and have stayed.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~Gail Sheehy
Have a lovely day ♥