What I Learned from My First Semester of Grad School

They say that success does not come without failure. That is one lesson I heard throughout my schooling but never took to heart. But it is something I really came to understand this past semester.

There is a lot of stuff you do not get to see behind the scenes of Instagram. I always say that Instagram is a highlight reel of one’s life. Comparing it to your behind the scenes, everyday life is not fair to you. And with that, I hope sharing my experiences will give you some insight that we are in this together, that we all go through tough times.

And we will weather the storm.

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What I Ate Today

Hi all! 

With the start of the new year comes a new series! I get so many requests on my blog and Instagram asking what a typical day of eating looks like for me. And so, to give y’all a more realistic idea of what I eat on the daily, I am starting a new series on what I am actually eating in a day. Especially as a student who eats a ton of meals on the go, I always find these posts to be eye opening and give me a ton of ideas of what 

So let’s get started!

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Healthy Tips for Back to School (or just Back from Summer)

It is that time of year again. Time to hit the books, get back to classes, and wind back up after a long summer. For me, this is the first time I have gone back to school in three years and I am beyond terrified. So, in case anyone is feeling the same way (anyone?) I am rounding up my top ways to make the transition back to school a bit easier on all of us. Because I need advice more than ever right now? AAANNNNDDD GO!

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Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights  

Flying used to scare me so much, especially on long haul flights. While I love flying (as it is MUCH better than traveling in a car for long distance), I always get those late-night jitters about how I will be able to handle the long plane ride. There was even a time when I thought of pulling out Travel can be stressful, which is why I have mastered the art of staying sane while still heading to far away destinations. Believe me, you will feel so much better just trying to incorporate one or two of these techniques into your travel routine! It is almost like I did not spend six hours on a plane (almost!)

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My Favorite Places to Eat in Paris

Oh hey! Fasten your seat belts.

I had so much fun in Paris when I was there. Before I went, people told me that the feeling of the city really overtakes you. I kind of rolled my eyes at this notion… until I realized how correct they were. Paris is a city steeped in history, tradition, and culture of hundreds of years. After the first day, I was completely head over heels for the city. It blends old and new so effortlessly.

It is also no secret that the FOOD in Paris is amazing. I do not think I have eaten so much in my entire life.

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My Favorite Beauty Products (Morning Routine)

I always think it is so fun to see into people’s lives. Why do you think reality TV is just so darn popular? So, for the next couple of weeks, I am letting into my routines that I have during various times of the day. We are starting this series probably the only way I can think of: with my morning routine!

Working an 8-6 full time job, I have to have my beauty routine DOWN. There is not a minute to waste when I get up in to morning. Personally, I like to exercise in the morning, be it with free weights or with a nice run, but, regardless, I need products that can get me from the gym and the office in no time at all!

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My Favorite Places to Eat in Austin

After traveling to Austin, I have to say that it is definitely one of my favorite cities. I do not know how they infuse Mexican food, BBQ, and “healthy” restaurants into one, seamless travel experience, but they DO! I was honestly overwhelmed with my options and, even with the not so great weather, I found plenty to see AND eat during my travels here.

Before I start this post, let me preface this by saying this is in NO WAY a comprehensive review of places in Austin. There are just too many to count. The place also are in no way in order of how much I loved them. However, in the three days I was here and, after hearing from a TON of you about what I should do and where I should go, these were the place that stood out during my travels. I ate SO MUCH FOOD when I was there and I’m glad I did! I will say that you shjould not be afraid here to head off of the beaten path. Regardless of where I went, everything here was so delicious. They definitely have quality on their side!

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What Podcasts Am I Listening to Lately?

With my friends, I talk about podcasts almost as much as I talk about my favorite television shows or movies. I love listening to them on walks, while I’m cooking, and hey, I might even listen to some at night instead of watching TV. I don’t even listen to music much anymore.

Well, except for the occasional Hamilton binge.

I get super excited when someone recommends a new podcast to me. Music just gets repetitive if you are walking home 40 minutes each way like I am. And while audiobooks have caught my interest lately, I am really into this idea of something that I only have to dedicate an hour to (and not 12 hours like my most recent book. Dear lord.)

My tastes in podcasts seem to vary a great deal and, compared to other wellness bloggers, you might see that I have some podcasts on here you have never heard of before. I am an economics and history major, so, naturally, my leanings tend to venture into that realm. I also like to pretend I’m funny, so I have podcasts that allow me to aspire to the comedians on there. They might be a little quirky, but hey, I really like them! I hope that you go outside of your comfort zone with some of my choices. And hey, maybe you’ll become as addicted to them as I have!

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