I have about a million blog post ideas bouncing around in my head right now, but I just remembered that I’m a law student first, blogger second. So unfortunately, things will probably be a little quiet around here for a few days. I’m not sure what my posting schedule will be like this week and next, but I’ll try to pop in as much as I can. In the meantime, you can find me on one of my many social media channels. I’m addicted to Pinterest and Tumblr, so those will probably be updated most often. It’s nice to get a visual stimulation break every now and then while I’m studying. Anyway, good luck to all of my fellow students! Christmas break will be here before we know it!!
I know Thanksgiving is over, and it’s time to get back to reality, but I can’t get over how amazing last week was. I spent every minute at home in a state of perpetual thankfulness. I didn’t worry about working or blogging or Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sales. I wasn’t going to waste one second of my time with my family and my boyfriend. I didn’t realize how hard it has been to be away from them all until I was back. It’s one thing to get a quick weekend trip every month, but I needed this week to reconnect. Now I feel ready to get back to New Orleans to tackle my finals and head right back to Virginia for the holidays. I am SO happy to see December! With all of that said, I have major shopping envy so I would love to live vicariously through you guys. Tell me what you scored this weekend!
I’ve tried this running thing before. I become obsessed and start running every other day. I focus way too much on mileage and pace and progression and end up frustrated when I don’t meet my goals. And then life gets in the way, I take a few days (weeks) off and I’m right back where I started. I’m slow, my endurance level is practically nonexistent and I’m still frustrated.
As I restarted my training this time, I felt that same cycle start to creep up. I set these high goals for myself and when I couldn’t reach them, I would beat myself up all the way home. Everyone else can run a ten minute mile, why can’t I? There are millions of people who wake up every morning and run 5 miles with no problem. Why can’t I?
My ultimate goal is to be able to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon without walking (and to keep up with my running after the race is over). That’s 13.1 miles with no walking. Currently, I can run 2 miles without walking. I could probably push it to 3, but I’d also probably pass out as soon as I was finished. The only way I’ll be able to accomplish my goal is to build up to it. And the keyword here is build.
This picture perfectly depicts how excited I am to be home. And the fact that I’m finally going to the hair salon today with my cousin, Erika. Yay! It may be freezing here. And I may still have some (read: a ton) of studying to do. But I’m determined to enjoy every minute here at home before I have to go back to nola and back to finals. So let’s all step away from our laptops and spend some quality time with family and friends. Have a fantastic day!!
I know it’s weird to be posting a smoothie recipe when Winter weather is harassing most of the country, but I’ve been paying particular attention to my diet now that I’m running consistently again. I posted this photo on Instagram last week and figured I’d share the full recipe here. I find that smoothies are an easy way to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet when you’re busy (or when you’re a broke student who can’t afford to go to Whole Foods as much as she’d like to). And since it’s the season of sweet potato casserole and fried turkey (or is that just at my house?), I figure a green smoothie in the morning is a must.
I love spinach and I use it in 75% of my green smoothies, but I also love love love kale and find that it works well in many of my smoothie recipes. My go-to green smoothie is typically some variation of a Green Lemonade (kale + lemon + coconut water is the base). I call this one the Busy Girl’s Green Smoothie because most of the ingredients are frozen. That means no washing, no chopping, no juicing. Just throw it into the blender and 30 seconds later, you’ve got your smoothie. Here’s what I used. Remember that you can vary these recipes as much as you’d like. If you do, please leave me a comment so I can try your version!