A few notable moments/things since I last posted (p.s. check out a day in the life here!):

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  2. Temperatures cold enough to make me want a jacket heavier than a sweater.
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  4. I have a new lab partner/breakfast buddy who also brings her own peanut butter to the dining hall and allows me to eat some when I forget to bring my own. #friendship.

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Besides those things, I thought this would be a good time to share some other things that I’m diggin’ and feelin’ currently. [Love reading these kinds of posts from bloggers like Spoons!]

Current book: Human physiology textbook and I don’t hate it. Also, currently getting through lots of pages in my Holocaust textbook. Reading about history has always been difficult for me attention-wise, but this content is interesting and heavy.

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Current music: “Conrad” by Ben Howard. One of my friends kept talking about how excited he was to see Ben Howard at Boston Calling (an annual local concert that features a ton of rising/already huge artists), so I decided to check out his music. Verdict: in love.

Current guilty pleasure: Studying in the communal kitchen. This sounds hella weird, I know. It’s my guilty pleasure because there are so many study rooms from which I can choose, but I choose the kitchen because there usually isn’t anyone in there, so it’s quiet, and I can stand or sit at the countertop.

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Rachel was judging me so hard. I’m high maintenance, I get it.

Current nail color hair style: Straight (natural) or in a ponytail. My hair is stubborn, so I just let it be free most of the time. I kinda want to curl my hair, so I’m waiting for a special occasion to do so.

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Current drink: H2O. Still carry around my water bottle like a security blanket.

Current food: I’m really enjoying these burritos that PJ’s Organics so kindly sent me!* I found out a couple weeks ago that I actually don’t have the unlimited meal plan (even though I thought I did this whole time); I actually have the 14-meal plan (14 meals per week + other dining points). Thus, any food that I can eat outside the dining hall in my dorm/on the go that is nutritious and delicious…sign me up.

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I think this breakfast burrito had rosemary or sage in it. Fantastic.

Current obsession: My fuzzy red blanket. It gets chilly in our dorm at night these days, so the extra fluff and warmth is much appreciated.

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Current wish: That I could read more blogs. Studying and activities say nay many a time.

Current need: I would say a massage, but that’s not really need. I would not object a massage offer though.

Current triumph: Deciding on leading a Bible study. I was on the fence about it at first, but with the prayers and encouragement of my friends, I have decided to lead a Bible study for freshmen girls starting next week!

Current bane of my existence: “Bane of my existence” always sounds so melodramatic, but I guess mine would be the fact that nothing has happened in terms of my normal, feminine processes yet.

Current indulgence: A heck of a lot of sugar in general, which is something I want to talk about in another post this week. But for now, I’m just reflecting on how much I love dessert.

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Current procrastination: Studying for my human physiology exam and instead typing this post. (Don’t worry, mom and dad, it’s under control.)

Current blessing: Really good friends. Always a blessing.

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Current excitement: Catholic Center retreat in New Hampshire this weekend! In addition to spending some deep, quality time with God and friends, I’m SO EXCITED FOR STARS. Living in New York and Boston, I don’t see stars that often, but the New Hampshire skies seem to display the universe and it makes me want to cry of happiness.

Current mood: Content, anxious, excited.

Current link: Instead of a link, I have a few quote photos from Pope Francis’ address at the Festival of Families. Even if you’re not Catholic, I think it’s safe to say that Pope Francis’ words during his visit to the US hit every person’s heart in one way or another.

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Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

So tell me your current:

…guilty pleasure.




*PJ’s Organics sent me some of their products to try. Review coming soon! All opinions and content are my own.

Fascinating Friday Links #27

Hi, everyone!

Eep! It’s been go-go-go this week, so I’ll pop in quickly to say good afternoon, show you what I’ve been eating, and give you this week’s Fascinating Friday Links! Enjoy! So many exclamation points!

Dinner Last Night


Quinoa/rice blend, brussels, soft boiled eggs, feta



Favorite: overnight oats

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Health and Fitness

[Fun! Or not…] 82 Pushup Variations You Need To Know via Greatist

[Great tips] So You Wanna Start Eating Healthier? via The Healthy Maven

[Perfect for Lent] 10 Meat-Free Protein Sources That Are Totally Underrated via Greatist

[Sweat it out!] Knock ‘Em Down, Build ‘Em Up Workout via Carrots n Cake + Plank Bedroom Workout via Purely Twins + Glutes and Gams Workout via The Healthy Maven

Food for Thought

[Powerful] 7 Women Who Overcame Eating Disorders Wish They’d Known Then via Greatist

[Listen to this] I Am Beautiful When I Am Me and I Will Embrace My Imperfections via Simply Taralynn

[Sometimes you just need to do something for yourself] Buy a Bag and Get Over It via More Than Just Desserts

[Let go] Don’t Worry About These Things via The Real Life RD

[The blog world doesn’t have to be dog-eat-dog] Blogging Politics: Competitive Blogging via The Big Man’s World

[Do NOW] 40 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have in 40 Years via Marc and Angel + The Biggest Lie We Believe About Influence via Goins Writer

[Is it bad to want to look better?] Can You Love Your Body and Still Want to Change It? via Fitting It All In

Food for Belly

[MUFFINS!] Whole Wheat Blueberry Crumb Muffins via How Sweet It Is

[How could you resist?] Single-Serving Cinnamon Rolls via Chocolate Covered Katie + Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Heck yes] Coconut Milk Ice Cream with a Pistachio Crumb and Blueberries via Top With Cinnamon

[So scrumptious] Brownie Batter Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Swirl via Fit Foodie Finds

[Cool!] Homemade Greek Yogurt Cheese via Ravie Nom Noms

[Want] Cheese Stuffed Naan Bread via A Dash of Soul

Miscellaneous Fun

[Gotta love that Trader Joe] Best Frozen Meals from Trader Joe’s via A Dash of Soul

[Incredible and adorable] Elephant Painting Video

[She’s my fave] Jennifer Lawrence’s 19 Best Moments at the Oscars via BuzzFeed

Happy Friday! TGIF.

So tell me:

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Which links did you enjoy?


Fascinating Friday Links #26

Good morning!

Words are escaping me in describing how grateful I am for all of your support on yesterday’s behind the scenes look at my past eating disorder. Imagine my big bear hugs through the computer 🙂

I’ve done a lot of talking on the blog this week, so I’ll keep today’s intro short. I have an awesome list of Fascinating Friday links for you all!

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Health and Fitness

[Who needs the gym?] At Home Bodyweight Workouts: Broom-Assisted Glute-Ham Raise and No Equipment Tabata via Your Trainer Paige

[These look so fun!] The 27 Best Alternative Gyms in America via Greatist

[Pros and cons] High Rep Workouts: Are They Beneficial? via Cotter Crunch

[Speed up] 25 Ways to Run Faster, Stat via Greatist

[Justifying diets as “healthy living”] When Does Healthy Living Become a Diet? via The Real Life RD

[Don’t get discouraged] How to Handle People That Eat Differently From You via Fitting It All In

[I ♥ whole grains] The Wonderful World of Gluten Free Grains via Strength and Sunshine

[Nutrients > calories] Nutrient-Dense Eating via Kath Eats and Delicious Knowledge

[Move and groove] 5 by 50 Bodyweight Workout via Purely Twins + The Ultimate Staircase Workout via Greatist + TRX Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Power Plyo Tabata via Nutrition Nut on the Run

Food for Thought

[Love her honesty and humor so much] 5 Things I’ve Learned From a Year of Weight Watchers via I Think in Comics

[Confidence is beautiful] Body Image During Pregnancy via Itz Linz

[The mind is powerful] 15 Powerful Beliefs That Will Free You From Negativity via Marc and Angel

[Give credit where credit is due] Blogging Politics— Copycat Blogging via The Big Man’s World

Food for Belly

[Pasta and noodle love] Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese via Running to the Kitchen + Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pesto Chicken Sausage via Bev Cooks + Sweet Ginger Soba Noodles with Crispy Tofu and Asparagus via Produce on Parade

[Bright twist on a classic] Avocado Pomegranate Grilled Cheese via Fit Foodie Finds

[I want to make these!!] Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins via Running with Spoons

[For breakfast? Yes.] Deep Dish Breakfast Cookie via The Body Dept.

[So much flavor] Baked Falafel with Spicy Feta Dip via How Sweet It Is

*Edited to Add— I forgot the whole Miscellaneous Fun section at first!

Miscellaneous Fun

[Cute and crafty] Instagram Wall via Gimme Some Oven

[2014 Olympics moments] Heartstring Moments from the 2014 Olympics via NBC

[All-time Olympics moments] The 25 Most Inspiring Olympic Moments of All Time via Greatist

[Great tutorial] DIY Workout Shirt via The Body Dept.

[For bloggers] How to Add Pinterest Pin-It Button Over Your Images in WordPress via WP Beginner

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Weekend Moves and Grooves {MIMM #25}

That Time I Forgot To Bring Shoes to the Gym

Finding My Blogging Niche

Behind The Scenes #11: I Used To Have Hips

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

P.S. I need a nap.

What are you doing this weekend?

Which links did you enjoy?