The Mess of Life

Hello.

Greetings from NY! I figured I should write a blog post while I’m on spring break. It’s sad and strange that I don’t automatically think to write a blog post in my spare time anymore. This blog means so much to me, but I feel it slipping through the cracks (JK it slipped through the cracks, like, 6 months ago).

This blog has evolved as I have evolved as a person. I still have great interest in food and fitness, but there are simply (or rather, less simply) more things to which I need to direct my attention and energy in this season of life.

One of those things is academics. Things are still busy, but now that the great learning curve of my first graduate semester has passed, PT school has become a bit more exciting, and I have yet to approach the brink of despair (*overdramatized for effect*) as I did last semester. I also completed a 6-week, part-time clinical in a long term acute care hospital, which I loved (not just because I got to wear scrubs aka the work-acceptable pajamas). It’s all still hard work, but I’d be worried if it wasn’t so.

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Academics is 50% of life. The other 50% is just this wild freakin’ ride that my heart and soul are on right now. It’s like one of those rickety wooden rollercoasters (actually my fave kind) that have superb thrill factor but could also snap and break at any moment.

There is only so much I am willing to share about this roller coaster of my life, but overall, I have learned a lot.

I’ve learned about what is too much for my heart to handle.

I’ve learned about what makes my heart truly joyful and at peace.

I’ve learned how to be honest with myself regarding both of those things.

I’ve learned that I make so many mistakes over and over again, despite having good intentions.

I’ve learned about my weaknesses and what I really need from others.

I’ve learned about my strengths and what I can give to others.

I’ve learned to find the good in others, but also to put down my foot when others are not good for me.

I’ve learned that it is better to find beauty in pain than to find pain in what seems beautiful on the surface.

I’ve learned to be okay with all of the above, because life is a MESS. A. Darn. Mess. That’s my word of the year so far, and I’m okay with that.

I’ve learned that God is here in this mess and that I don’t have to run away from it all. He never changes and reminds me always that He has never abandoned me and He never will. He is faithful, and He makes all things new.

And on top of all that/to change subject, my best friend is engaged (and she asked me to be her maid of honor AHHHH)!!!

Rachel visited NY for spring break earlier this week too! It was nice to spend time with the bride-to-be. Truly just having heart to heart conversations from morning ’til night.

I also co-directed the Catholic Center retreat this semester with my friend Austin, so that was a doozy. But more than anything, it was a wonderful and humbling experience. The theme was “beauty through humility and obedience,” which I suggested in the first place, but I didn’t realize how much I personally needed that message this semester until we were on retreat.

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Me: “What’s something we both like to do?” ➔ Austin: “Uhhh, work out?” ➔ Me: “Okay, we shall flex.”

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the seniors ♥ 

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Sarah, a source of peace and joy

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sums up my friendship with Janice (so much love and appreciation for her)

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the killer retreat team

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“More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I, the LORD, alone probe the mind and test the heart…”

— Jeremiah 17: 9-10

^^^Too true.

Alive and well. Breathing and smiling. Failing and learning. Praying and growing.

My mess is minuscule compared to others’ messes, but it’s all one big Jackson Pollock painting — pretty cool in the end.

So tell me:

About the mess in your life.

Something new you did this past month!

 

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Fascinating Friday Links #40 + Jumping for Joy

Hi!

I went on a 4 mile walk/run at a shady trail yesterday, and there were some beautiful things I saw along the way that made me want to jump for sheer joy. I’m not kidding; I actually did this when no one was around:

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I saw an elderly couple walking back and forth on the trail holding hands, a smiling lady praying a Rosary, a man pensively sitting on a bench while looking out into the lake, and a bunch of chipmunks (one of which scared the crap out of me when it popped out of the trees all of a sudden).

Not so beautiful was a bug flying into my nose. EW.

I was listening to “I Got Rhythm” at one point as well, which put some major pep in my step. I was doing leaps and turns in my sneakers until I saw a lady walking towards me. Guatever, “Let them praise Him with dancing!” Moving and grooving at its best.

I also played frisbee— the only hand-eye coordination activity that I’m actually good at—with Jordan and Michael for a couple hours and it was the best thing ever (they told me to say that). But seriously, it was really fun! Except when they each hit me with the frisbee accidentally— once in the collar bone and once in the shin, right where my burpee wound is. Abusive.

These cookies at Mike’s house made up for it though:

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Anyway. Long time, no links! I took a break from Fascinating Friday Links while in Florida because there was just too much happening on the trip that I wanted to recap, so the links had to scoot over temporarily. I’m happy to be bringing them back this week!

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Health and Fitness

[Ideas] What Do Registered Dietitians Feed Their Kids? via The Lean Green Bean

[Pick up those kettlebells!] Top 10 Benefits of Kettlebells via Cotter Crunch + Lifting Revolution

[Very good to know] Popular Fitness Myths Debunked via Your Trainer Paige

[Perfect for those taking it easy with exercise] 21 Low-Impact Workouts That Are More Effective Than You Think via Greatist

[Move and groove] Backyard Total Body Circuit via Run Pretty + Lower Body Blaster via Purely Twins + 8 Minute No-Crunch Ab Workout via Fit Foodie Finds + 45/15 Circuit Workout via Peanut Butter Runner

Food for Thought

[The secret is simple] I Know The Secret to Skinny via The Healthy Maven

[So relatable] Worry Less, Live More via The Lean Green Bean

[For any relationship] The Secret to Having a Marriage That Never Goes Stale via Goins Writer

[Dedicated to all my best buds] 40 Things We Forget to Thank Our Best Friends For via Marc and Angel Hack Life

Food for Belly

[I ♥ muffins] Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Brown Butter Banana Streusel via Edible Perspective

[Summer perfection] Summer Pesto Pasta via Chocolate and Carrots

[Yes, please] Apricot Pistachio Squares via Smitten Kitchen

[Fancy] Baked Figs with Bacon, Cheese, and Pecans on Grilled Bread via White On Rice Couple

[Anything smothered in cheese] Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos via How Sweet It Is

[Up my alley] Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bars via GI 365

Miscellaneous Fun 

[Beautiful] This Guy’s Girlfriend Drags Him Around The World in 21 Gorgeous Photographs via Distractify

[For us spice-lovers] Mouth on Fire? The Best and Worse Ways to Soothe the Burn via Greatist

[Applicable] 17 Things That Happen When You’re Perpetually Clu1msy via Thought Catalog

[Word] The Four Keys to Finding Love for Women (and  Men) via Chastity Project

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

So tell me:

Do you ever get so happy that you want to dance and jump?

Do you like to play frisbee?

What are you doing this weekend?

I’m going to church, packing for Boston, and hanging out with friends most likely! Also, I’ll be buying books for college. Yikes.

Fascinating Friday Links #40 + Yesterday

Yello.

You’ve answered the phone at least once in your life like that.

How has it been a whole week since 4th of July?! When did it become double digits anyway? Oh, yesterday. Huh.

Things I did yesterday: Watch my friend Sam market Cutco knives to my mother (mom bought some!), walked 4+ miles with mom, ate a killer lunch (at 4:30 PM….I’m still nocturnal, so that’s how things work right now), loaded some stuff in the car for Florida, made Amanda’s banana bread mug cake, and hung out with Daliza.

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Lunch: soft boiled eggs with salt and pepper + avocado toast + jam and brie toast. FAB.

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Not nearly as pretty as Amanda’s (I don’t think I combined the ingredients well enough) but so darn tasty!

Things I’m doing today: Reading, errands and walking with mom, video chat with my aunt and cousins, and a local Italian festival with dad, Daliza, and Michael!

I’m sorry that this intro was not cohesive, if it can even be called an intro. Just don’t mind me and enjoy these Fascinating Friday links.

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Health and Fitness

[Smart and sneaky ways to stay movin’ and groovin’] 5 Ways to Find Time For Exercise via The Blonde Ponytail

[Rev it up] 5 Easy Ways to Boost Metabolism via The Fitnessista

[Clarity on another controversial food] Is Coconut Oil Good For You? via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

[Planks rock] 47 Crazy Fun Plank Variations via Greatist

[Move + groove] Burpee Partner Workout via Fit Foodie Finds + Give ‘Em Five 15 Minute AMRAP via Purely Twins + Total Body Stability Ball Workout via Run Pretty

Food for Thought

[Self-confidence ain’t easy] When Self-Confidence Isn’t 24/7 via The Lunchbox Diaries

[Love this] 11 Old-Fashioned Relationship Habits We Should Bring Back via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Exercise is all about your personal goals] Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Modifying Exercises via Purely Twins

Food for Belly

[Yup yup] Swiss Cheese Quiche Muffins with Cornbread Bottoms via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[So much goodness] Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos via Pinch of Yum

[Stunning] Heirloom Caprese with Mint Pesto via Love and Lemons

[Refreshing] Summer Zucchini Peach Salad via Peachy Palate

[Wow] An Ode to Toast: 4 Easy Vegan Combos via Oh She Glows

[Love this idea] Grilled Cherry Milkshakes via Edible Perspective

[You can’t turn these down] Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches via Smitten Kitchen

Miscellaneous Fun

[Go New York!!!] Top 15 States Where People Walk the Most via Greatist

[Bizarre but so funny] 35 Celebrities with Twins From Centuries Ago via Distractify

Have a wonderful weekend, folks!

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 

— 1 Thes 5:16-18

So tell me:

What are your plans for today?

Anything fun for the weekend?