Commitment Issues

How ’bout them Patriots!?

If we’re being 100% honest, I left to study anatomy after Lady Gaga’s (EPIC) halftime show. #WorstBostonian. Megan and I got live updates via our screaming neighbors though.

So about these commitment issues. (No, there is no boy.) I talked about “operation: say yes” while I was studying abroad in Dublin, and that worked pretty well there, but I still have trouble committing to just about everything in my life.

Back story: Last week I had an unnecessarily rough time with a TWO page response paper for my religion class. My task was to answer “What is the role of ‘religion’ in medicine, if any?” in approximately 500 words, and it took me a total of six. hours.


I texted Rachel telling her that I could punch a wall (I was literally yelling and shedding a tear or two when Megan wasn’t in the room), because I just could not for the life of me form my thoughts into a coherent TWO PAGE ESSAY. Luckily for me though, Rachel is a stellar best friend and competent paper editor who cuts all the crap.

Alison, I feel like you’re not committing to your argument, which, considering yourself, is not hard to believe.

Long story short: Rachel helped sort my thoughts and taught me that I just need to commit, not just in my paper arguments but in my LIFE.

Commit to social events. Commit to times and places. Commit to my ideas. Commit to my thoughts and words.


I always commit to peanut butter though

I waste so much time (like those 6 hours on a two page paper) teetering back in forth in my mind about whether I should do something or say something, because I am (often subconsciously) terrified of commitment. I don’t want to be wrong. I (ironically) don’t want to waste my time if I make the “wrong” choice of plans. I want to please everyone all at the same time.

I felt like God was yelling at me to learn about commitment last week, because two different priests spoke beautiful words of wisdom that helped me realize my commitment issues.

  • Our Catholic Center priest, Fr. Barnes, spoke one day about how we shouldn’t overthink when choosing between two good things. For example, if you are choosing between helping a sick friend or making sandwiches for people who are homeless, you don’t need to mull over the decision forever. Just PICK ONE, because they’re both good, and you’re wasting time thinking about which one is the “right thing to do” when you could just be doing it. Fr. Barnes said, “God will bless it,” whichever you choose.
  • I was listening to a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz (← cannot recommend enough), and he said,

“God’s will is always something you know, because God always speaks in clarity…We have this weird idea that God tries to hide his will…I think we’re more interested in getting rid of the anxiety of making a big decision…God’s not waiting for you to answer a question he hasn’t asked yet…If it’s not absolutely clear what God wants and doesn’t want, then just move!”

In other words, just commit to what you know is good and right in that moment. If what you choose ends up being terrible, then hey, it’s called life and you learn from it.

And so I’ve tried to put this all into practice.

Should I go to the gym with Christina (@foodietunes) on a whim in between my classes?


I only had time for a 14 minute workout and didn’t get to shower before my next class (did have deodorant though, so I wasn’t putrid), but I committed and had a blast with this chick. We practiced handstands to Aaron Carter’s new song to finish our workouts 🙂


Should I go out and buy mozzarella and tomato to cook caprese chicken even though my basil is dying? (Seriously, this could become a big dilemma for me.)


Um, yes. This was a fantastic idea. I set aside time to grocery shop and cook this properly (committed to using the grill AND the broiler), and it was one of the best things I’ve cooked in a while.

Should I spend a few hours on Saturday night with my girl friends?

Get your work done, Alison, and commit to this time with your friends (I am known to flake at the last minute for social gatherings).

Man, was this worth it. We talked, snacked, played Just Dance…


…did (a single) square partner pushup…


…and played the laughing game.


Immediately after this was taken I said, “Wait why are we holding hands!? Ew, guys.” #waytoocheesy

Should Megan and I commit to making football-shaped scones for the Super Bowl party? 

Megan pitched the idea as a half-joke, but I took the idea and ran. We committed, bought the ingredients, and made our favorite British baked good.


“football-shaped” is just one interpretation

As Rachel reminded me several times, scones are not a situationally-appropriate food for the Super Bowl, but they were still a hit!

I’ve been committing to other, more important things than scones, but my point is that I am at a point in my life where I need to improve my decision-making skills, overthink a bit less, and trust in myself a bit more (only because I know that God has entrusted me with knowledge and skills).



Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

So tell me:

Do you have commitment issues?

Thoughts on the Super Bowl? (I have none to share because I didn’t really watch it.)

What was the best thing you did this weekend?


WIAW: Food Showdown

Today is yet another snow day. Yeah, I don’t even know what school is anymore. Not that I’m complaining! The only thing that concerns me is that I think we have only one more snow day allowed, if any, before we start chipping days off of spring break. That happened last year, and we had to come to school on the Wednesday of spring break……….Not happening again.

Anyway. Onto the WIAW fun hosted by the magnificent Jenn as always! Check out her blog to see tons of other mouthwateringly delicious eats.


For the most part, I enjoy the foods I eat (well, one would hope!) but there are always those foods that are just outstanding. This WIAW, I’m showing you some of the food winners in my book from the past week or so with a food showdown! And since I don’t usually take pictures of my lunches (I’m always eating them on-the-go), there is no lunch showdown. 🙂


Oatmeal Showdown

oatmeal showdown

The contenders: Blueberry Banana Walnut Love Grown Hot Oats V. hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar V. overnight oats V. hot banana oatmeal parfait over Greek yogurt

Winner: Hot banana oatmeal in a white chocolate coconut peanut butter jar!

Yogurt Bowl Showdown

yogurt showdown

The contenders: Greek yogurt with banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepita sunseed butter + random pizza dough pieces with honey and cinnamon V. Greek yogurt with banana, chia, hemp, a strawberry banana muffin, and peanut butter

The winner: The strawberry muffin bowl!


I snack a lot, okay?

snack showdown

The contenders: Honey raisin scone V. carrots with jalapeño Greek yogurt dip V. various flavors of Fage Greek yogurt V. dried figs with plain Greek yogurt V. popcorn V. brussels sprouts and carrots with hummus V. freeze-dried edamame V. Taste of Nature nut/fruit bars V. homemade granola bars V. oranges/clementines V. dried pineapple

The winner(s): Scone + dried figs with Greek yogurt


dinner showdown


The contenders: Farro with avocado tuna salad + spinach V. Salmon with farro and greens V. Super Bowl dinner of brussels, homemade turkey meatballs, and cornbread V. Leftovers of pizza, brussels with hummus, and a clementine (this was actually a lunch)

The winner: Salmon with farro and greens!

So there you have it— some of the knockout dishes that I’ve eaten in the past {two} weeks. Yes, I totally cheated on this WIAW by including some eats from two weeks ago, but I still ate all these things nevertheless!

I guess I should take advantage of this extra day to get ahead on homework, blogging, and such. I always say that I’ll do that, but executing it is a completely different story. Lord, grant me self-discipline.

Happy Wednesday!

So tell me:

What were some “winners” that you ate this week?

Are you a snack monster like me? What is your current favorite snack?




Fascinating Friday Links #22

Happy Friday!

Now that it’s Friday, it seems like the week by quickly, but I definitely did not feel that way during the week. It was pretty hectic, and I didn’t even get to post on Tuesday or Thursday 😦 Ah well. All that matters is that it’s Friday now, so let’s get groovy.



I want to thank you all for the congratulations on my acceptance to U of Maryland! For those who were wondering, it is in my top two right now (along with University of Virginia), so I’m pretty excited! I still have to hear back from Boston University, but that won’t be until March-April. I’m praying that God will help me make the right decision in the end!

Anyway, I’ll stop talking now and let you all get to reading some of this week’s Fascinating Friday Links!

fascinating friday links

Health and Fitness

[Don’t just cut calories and over-exercise] How Eating More and Moving Less Helped Me Lose Weight and Transform My Life via Greatist

[Burpees are my favorite!] Crazy 3 Part Burpee Leg Interval Workout via Purely Twins + Burpee or Bust Challenge via Cotter Crunch

[Never hibernate] Winter Shape Up 2014 via The Fitnessista

[Proteins, carbs, and fats are ALL vital!] Why We Need All the Macronutrients via The Real Life RD

[Keep hydrated] H2Know: What’s Really Happening When Your Body is Dehydrated? via Greatist

[Keep your fire burning] How I Changed My Metabolism via Nutrition Nut on the Run

[Find a quality trainer] 7 Qualities to Look for in a Qualified Personal Trainer via Your Trainer Paige

[Yay for oatmeal extras!] 5 Ways to Add Protein to Your Oatmeal via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

Food for Thought

[Find people that make you happy] 7 Signs You’re Hanging With the Wrong Crowd via Marc and Angel

[Yes. Yes. YES.] 50 Things to Let Go Before Your Next Birthday via Marc and Angel

[Happens all the time] When Instagram Photos Deceive— Body Shots via The Big Man’s World

Food for Belly

[Perfect] Coconut Banana Bread via Edible Perspective

[PB&J goodness] Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Sandwich via Undressed Skeleton + PB&J Healthy Oatmeal Cookies via Skinnytaste

[I want this so badly] Pesto Egg Salad via The Healthy Maven

[I dig it] How To Eat Chili for Breakfast via Fit Foodie Finds

Super Bowl Specials

41 Guilt-Free Super Bowl Snacks via Greatist

Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey via MyRecipes

Garlicky pull apart bread with cheese and herbs via Smitten Kitchen

Miscellaneous Fun

[U Maryland is #18!] The 50 Fittest Colleges of 2013 via The Active Times

[Dang.] How Far Could You Run in 12 Hours? This Guy Ran 77 Miles! via Greatist

[Neat trick for zits] The dot seen round the world. via Maskcara

[Hilarious] Help, I’m Married to a Blogger! via The Lean Green Bean

[Such fun ideas!] Valentine’s Day Treats & DIY Gift Ideas via Bethany Mota Youtube

[Great tips] Writing Success: How to Find It, Keep It, and Go Farther Online via The SITS Girls

[Just watch this if you want to laugh. Hard. Unless you love T-Swift. But if you do, you’ll still laugh.] Taylor Swift Attacked at Grammy’s via Youtube

Oh man, I didn’t realize I bookmarked so many links this week! I obviously had some great reads 🙂 I hope you all enjoy them too. Have a wonderful weekend!

So tell me:

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I’m going out to dinner with my best friends at a cute French café! Dance, teaching Sunday school, and homework are also on the agenda per usual.

Plans for the Super Bowl? I’m still not sure about my plans, but I know I’ll be having chili and cornbread (mostly cornbread).