Hello Healthy!

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”

– Joyce Meyer

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Health to me has always been about healthy eating and working out. I remember recently standing in front of the mirror and barely recognizing the person looking back at me. My clothes didn’t fit the way they used to, my smile wasn’t as genuine and the once vibrant and vivacious energy I would give off was just no longer there. It meant it was time for a change.

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M&Ms for your Thoughts?

When, if ever, is it appropriate to give honest feedback at work?

He wouldn’t stop staring at me. His smug smile so disingenuous. His red, round body had a portly presence, but it was hard to get past the way his eyes seemed to read into my thoughts. I couldn’t tell if it was ironic that such a normally small character took up almost a third of the page, his left hand pointing towards the phrase “M&Ms for your thoughts?” listed at the top. There was no amount of red M&M men that could keep me from wondering if this sheet of paper with only 4 questions on it regarding my experience in my current role was a cheap trick or a real opportunity to improve our employee experience.

I pondered over whether or not to respond for the next few minutes and then decided it was worth the risk.

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Dear Mom

There are no words or amount of days in the year that could truly express just how much you mean to me. You are the epitome of strength and the perfect example of who a mother should be. You are my mom, my best friend and who I aspire to one day be.

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Start of Something New

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

– Mary Pickford

Just last week I remember laying on the couch, drifting in and out of sleep to the rhythm of a midnight rain falling against my window. It’s somber melody all too familiar as my eyes were battling to stay closed. Monday morning was quickly approaching and I knew my alarm would be going off before I knew it, alerting me that another seemingly endless work week was almost here.

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New Year, New Goals

We’re just slightly over a month into 2018 and, despite January feeling like it lasted just a tad too long, there is no doubt that the new year will be full of changes.  As February begins, I’ve started thinking of some goals that I would like to accomplish this year.

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Lemons and Lemonade: Part 2

I’m finding the perfect mix for my lemonade. It’s a little sweet, a little sour, but, the perfect mix of trial and error to find the right recipe.

So it’s been about four months since I’ve been diagnosed with my eye condition and each day has been a journey. From tears to doubts to acceptance, I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions along the way.

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10 Things I’ve Learned (So Far) in My 20’s

Stuck in them 20 somethings, stuck in them 20 somethings.

Good luck on them 20 somethings, good luck on them 20 somethings.

But God bless these 20 somethings.

– SZA (20 Something)

Nobody ever really tells you what your 20’s will be like. When you’re younger, all you truly envision is the freedom and independence you’ll have once you finally cross that threshold into adulthood. But, once you’ve finally reached that stage in life, you realize that your 20’s are so much more than that.

It’s about the ride on an emotional roller coaster as you navigate your way through love, loss, and finding yourself/truly accepting who you’re becoming. Filled with its highs and lows, being in your 20’s is not always easy, but it’s worth the journey. Even at the young age of 23, I’ve learned so much in my 20’s so far that I never really thought I would have.

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Moving on Up…and Out

So it’s been a year since I moved back home after graduating college and I’m finally moving out! And not only just moving out, but getting an apartment and moving in with my boyfriend. It’s a huge, yet exciting new chapter of my life and I’m excited to see what’s in store.

If I could describe the past year of my life in 3 words I would choose: unpredictable, strenuous and worthwhile. From struggling to find a job within my degree after graduating college to being diagnosed with a rare eye condition, I’ve had a lot of moments where I’ve questioned whether or not I had it in me to continue on. But, as of lately, I’m finally starting to see things come full circle. Just a week ago I received news that not only did I get accepted for a new job, but it also came with an amazing pay increase! And with my boyfriend and I in a wonderful space with each other, this new move is literally coming right on time.

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Lemons & Lemonade

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

– Helen Keller

We’ve all heard the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” at some point in our lifetime. But, what always baffles me is that there’s no recipe for this lemonade. I mean for most, lemonade is more than just water and sliced lemons. It also can consist of sugar (and sugar alternatives), simple syrups, and other sliced fruits. Yet, even once we’ve gotten the ingredients down, how do we know the right ratios. Too much sugar and it’s too sweet. Too little sugar and now you’re left with an unsatisfying, bitter drink. My point being, when life gives you lemons (obstacles), how are we supposed to know the recipe for the perfect lemonade (success). We’ve all had bad lemonade before right? So why would we want that wrong mix in our life.

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Moving On, Letting Go: Removing the Stress Out of My Life

If you’ve had a chance to read any of my previous posts about graduating college and life not going as I had planned or my journey into navigating the nuisances of adulthood, then you know that I have been on this path to getting myself back in line with where I feel like I should be. While it hasn’t been easy, I’ve began to realize how toxic stress can be and the negative impact it can have on my day to day life. Stress has made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It’s made me feel like not going into work. It’s also had physical changes on my body that I had not ever expected.

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