I Don’t Just Want To Be Fed Information

My legs are so ready for this tropical vacation coming up.


Julianna shared a photo of her burpee knees the day before on Snapchat

At least the chlorine from pool therapy is keeping my legs smooth. The chemicals are basically burning off the [already minimal amount of] leg hair that I have.

This week has been hectic, a little weird, but really great overall.

  • Hectic because of work and domestic duties (miss you, Madre).
  • Weird because of earlier wake-ups and seeing a severed squirrel on the ground one day.
  • Really great because of the little laughs/blessings that all add up. Also, SUNSHINE!

Food scenes from the week:


nectarine banana overnight oats in a peanut butter jar


classic ♥︎ 


roasted green beans (olive oil, salt, pepper, and lots of garlic @400F for 25-30 min)


overnight oat smoothie with greens added in the morning before blending

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a gigantic bag of kale cooked down into four servings (sautéed in olive oil with onions + tossed in spicy mustard, maple syrup, salt, and pepper — my favorite kale recipe!)


impromptu baked chicken thighs (half a jar of Victoria’s tomato basil sauce, fresh basil, lots of garlic, baby carrots @ 400F for 30 min, topped with freshly grated parmesan and broiled for 5 minutes)


leftovers for lunch

Favorite moves and grooves this week:

This Blogilates ab workout. You will be cussing her out in your head, it’s that hard. My abs don’t usually get sore, but this made my abs sore for two days. And this 16 minute workout (4 rounds, 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest):

  • burpee tuck jump
  • up down planks
  • goblet squats
  • staggered pushups
  • burpees
  • side lunge with twist

Bonus: I got ONE strict toes to bar last night right before going to bed! It made all my muscles hurt.

The busyness and weirdness this week were dampened by the fact that my family is leaving for a tropical vacation, as mentioned above. We’re celebrating my parents’ 25th anniversary and my brother’s graduation from college. I’m obviously just along for the ride.



I won’t have wifi, since we’ll be on a cruise in the middle of the ocean, but I’ll be sure to share the shenanigans when we return. Please pray that we have safe travels! The cruise company contacted us about the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, so *thumbs up*.

I’ll pray for you too if you have any travel plans coming up 🙂

Lastly, I have a Five Minute Friday vlog today! It’s about how I am trying to more actively stay connected with current events and worldwide issues.

link to video!

p.s. here’s one of Demi’s rant tweets:

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and happy July!! Happy 4th to all my American friends too! (I was about to say, “May the fourth be with you,” but that’s two months off.)

Goodbye for a week or so. I’ll miss you!

So tell me:

Do you find that you let information/news/opinions be fed to you, rather than read up and formulate your own opinions?

What is your favorite way to eat kale?

What are you doing this weekend?




15 thoughts on “I Don’t Just Want To Be Fed Information

  1. I’ll be praying for safe travels for you! ❤ We're headed to the beach tomorrow, but to my grandpa's cottage in Canada rather than somewhere tropical. Also I have done that Blogilates workout before and it burnsss, haha–congrats on getting through it!

  2. have fun on the cruise mamacita!!! I’m sure you will be fine:) #YOUMAKEYOU lolol. I definitely prefer learning and formulating my own opinions. IDK there is just something I don’t like about being fed information I feel like a robot, HAHA.


  3. I’ll be praying for your travels. A cruise sounds amazing. I’ve heard so many fun things about cruises including all the good food. And Blogilates, Cassie knows how to do the abs workouts that make you think that you have no ab strength at all. You have AMAZING core strength and upper body strength Alison to complete them. I copied down two of your workouts from your last post, and I’m hoping to do one today. :)) And I think I need to do kale the way you did it. It sounds good.

    Until this last year, I hated having anything to do with the news, but that was almost my way of trying to escape instead of putting God’s Word and the fact that God is in control to the way I looked at the news. One of the best things ever was my dad and I starting a 5 minute newscast every day. It has kept me connected from the news from the right perspective so it doesn’t make me depressed, but it does keep me praying about the world more than I used to. IT’s incredible how God does those things in our life to wake us up. 🙂

  4. I am a huge politics nerd. It’s my guilty pleasure so I’m always proactive in finding information when it comes to current events/politics. I find radio is a really good way of focusing on content rather than distraction on images etc. or adverts. I get ready in the morning to BBC Radio 4 (Google tells me NPR is the nearest US equivalent…?) and that details most of the headline news. So maybe give a different medium a go? Buy a newspaper instead of reading online?

    Also maybe find a policy point that is important to you and explore that? Educational issues, prison reform, public health, constitutional reform…whatever it is, most of us have a *thing* that we get hot under the collar about and opinionated! Use that to get your teeth into and then explore more widely where you stand on different issues.

    You’re coming over the pond right? To Ireland? Brace yourself for a political whirlwind after the Brexit vote here in Europe! I guarantee there’ll be plenty of drama and politics for you to witness when you visit!

    Enjoy the tropical trip! 😉

    • I admire you, Jessica. Politics is THE hardest topic for me to focus on. I love your advice of focusing on a policy point though! I think that’s a great way to hone in on current issues and be well-informed in at least one sector of the big picture. After all, we can’t be an expert on everything!
      Speaking of which, I need to read up more on the Brexit!

  5. Oh a cruise sounds fantastic! I am so jealous of you XD anyways, I love eating kale raw in salads or wilted in a soup or curry! SO GOOD!
    Societal expectations really hinder me from forming my opinions. Sometimes I question the government’s motives, believe that age is just a number, dread shopping because it fuels consumerism and advocate against GMOs. Obviously, all of these are important components of society! I still try to stay true to myself, of course, and I keep these thoughts to myself and not make a big deal out of them so I don’t get interrogated about my beliefs.

    • I definitely tend to keep all my opinions and beliefs to myself too, but I’ve found that talking about why I do what I do and challenging my beliefs by saying them out loud can make me more grounded in my beliefs (or sometimes change my beliefs, which can be hard but good!).

  6. WHY have I never thought of putting nectarine in oatmeal?! This sounds (and looks) amazing. I’m glad I’m not the only one walking around with super hot knee and shin bruises… fitness problems.
    Love your vlog topic… I think this is really important to talk about and how it’s not just about WHAT is happening but to understand the issue/concern at hand, both the views of others, but also to know your own thoughts and why they are your thoughts. I’m with you that during college my knowledge of world/current events goes by the wayside and it’s something that seriously bothers me and I like that you’re making it a point to research more and become more aware!
    Favorite way to eat kale: scrambled up with eggs!
    Weekend plans: relaxing now that summer classes are done 🙂

  7. I think it’s very difficult to not be fed information in this media-centric world. We’re constantly being told how to think about X, Y, and Z. Plus, I’m so easily persuaded so I’m the same way as you, usually giving into what others think rather than form my own opinions. I used to hesitate more on stating my opinion because I didn’t have all of the facts. It’s a poor excuse because I wasn’t proactively searching out information either. I’ve been trying to allow myself to just take a stance based on what I do know in the moment and take comfort in that my opinion is allowed to change as I learn about the situation and about myself.
    BTW, if you want easy ways to stay in the know, subscribe to The Skimm & the NYTimes Daily Briefing! They’re great for a quick morning scan of what’s happening in the world.

    On a lighter note, can I just say I love your hair in the video!! Somehow I forgot that you cut your hair!
    Favorite way to have kale: making my own “chips” by tossing some in olive oil, splashing with salt then baking in the oven. Cruises are buttloads of fun! Hope you had a great vacay, Alison!

    • You absolutely hit the nail on the head, Kaylee. I relate 100%! It’s so important to stay aware of what’s happening around us and to be active members in the conversation as much as we can.
      And thank you! ♥︎ I’ve also never tried kale chips, but I’ll have to try one day!

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