Life Update: What Have I Been Up To?

I’ve been brainstorming a lot of posts lately. I’ve been thinking up a ton of new recipes, tips, and even workouts. The thing I’ve been missing though: me! Here’s a quick life update on what I’ve had going on.

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What have I been up to?!

I just finished my first semester of the multiple subjects teaching credential program at Fresno State, and boy was it a wild semester. I have never had so many papers, reflections, projects, etc. due constantly ever in my life. On top of that, I was working twenty-two hours a week as a behavior interventionist for children with autism and other developmental delays. On top of that I was trying to keep up with this blog..and workout..and eat clean…and take care of my household and spend time with my man.

I also went out of town every other weekend (sometimes every single weekend) for various weddings, parties, and events. To say I was stressed out is an understatement. Is there a more intense word for stress? If so, I need it because that’s how I felt.

Luckily, I’m the type of person who needs to be completely overwhelmed in order to be productive. If I don’t have much going on, I will procrastinate everything until the end of the day, and get so lazy that I probably wouldn’t end up taking care of my responsibilities anyways. Not good. Keeping busy keeps me on track and it makes those lazy days of watching Star Wars or Harry Potter marathons that much more amazing.

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Now What?

It’s summer break! And not to brag but I got a 4.0 this semester, so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. Fun fact: I’ve never gotten a 4.0 ever in my life. Anyways, I am now working full time as a behavior interventionist with some super cute kiddos with autism; its exhausting but so rewarding.

This blog is about to blow up. There’s enough free time in my life that I can turn all of my ideas into blog posts! There’s a few different bliss ball recipes I need to experiment with and I definitely need to get some more lunch, dinner, and breakfast recipes up! I definitely want to write more on my personal wellness journey as well. Subscribe and/or follow me on Instagram and you’ll never miss a post!

Personal Life Happenings

You guys, I’m halfway through reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. It is life changing so far and already has me inspired and changing my routine! I definitely want to get in the habit of beginning my day with five to ten minutes of meditation, followed by a workout, and end each day with some yoga. It also really has me more aware of why I self-sabotage with unhealthy habits sometimes. Honestly, I need to write an entire post about this book and what I’ve learned from it. SO GOOD!

I was doing so well with eating clean, but ever since Easter time, I’ve been having random sugary food binges where I feel completely out of control with my eating habits. Its not okay, but I’m learning the more I beat myself up over it, the more frequent the binges. Usually when this happens, I’ll make my brownies or coconut cacao bliss balls as a healthier sweet alternative and it tends to get me back on track. Unfortunately the thought of having to clean the food processor after making them is killing my vibes. I’m so lazy lately! Help!

I’m also reading The First Days of School by Harry Wong because I get my first classroom in fall! I’m so excited! Today I am actually off to get my fingerprints done so I can receive my new-hire packet and get to work preparing for the new school year! I’ve been fantasizing on how to decorate my classroom. Should I do a Harry Potter or Star Wars Theme, or just go with a bright pretty color scheme? Comment and let me know your ideas! Also, second time I’ve mentioned Star Wars and Harry Potter, I’m a proud nerd.

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I’m off to begin my day: first by getting in some steps and walking to Starbucks to get a nice iced black coffee. Caffeine gives me life. Comment below, I’d love to chat with you guys!

Seared Ahi Tuna Bowls: Healthy , Quick and Easy

Seared Ahi Tuna Bowls, Made Easy


You can make seared ahi tuna at home that is just as delicious, if not more, than your favorite restaurant’s seared ahi dish. I’ve experimented and perfected the recipe in the past year or two. The hardest part was figuring out how to season the ahi perfectly, and I learned less is more.

As my first semester of the Multiple Subjects Credential program is coming to an end and the weather is getting warmer (much warmer), I decided it was time to start making my seared ahi bowls regularly again. I am so excited to share these nutritious bowls with you!

I do all of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts, so naturally, all of these ingredients can be found at both stores. Most grocery stores in general have all of the ingredients, but I save a great amount of money by shopping strictly at TJ’s and Sprouts. Shocking, right?

The Ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice (1 bag from the box)

Rice Vinegar

Cucumber (I personally prefer Persian cucumbers as they have more of a crunch but any cucumber works)

Micro greens

Sesame Seeds

Green Onion

Avocado

1 Ahi Tuna Steak

Black Pepper

Avocado Oil

Sesame Oil

For the Sauces:

Coconut Aminos (Trader Joe’s now sells them, for an amazing price too!)

Spicy Mayo:

1 Tbs Mayo or Mayo Substitute

Sriracha to taste

How I prepare it:

First I cut the cucumber and green onion. Next, I rinse the micro greens. I set each ingredient aside, either on a plate or in small bowls in order to make assemble quick and easy. In a skillet, I pour about 1/2 TBS of avocado oil and heat it on medium, then I grind some black pepper onto the oil, enough so that it covers the entire skillet in a thin layer. While it heats, I open a bag of frozen brown rice and pour it into a microwavable bowl, and place in the microwave for three minutes. Once I hit start on that microwave, I place a TSP of sesame oil in the skillet and continue heating about thirty seconds.

Finally I place the ahi tuna in the skillet and cook 3 minutes on the top and 3 minutes on the bottom. While the Ahi tuna is cooking, I remove the rice from the microwave and shake a little rice vinegar in and mix it into the rice. Also while the ahi is cooking, or immediately following, I mix up a little spicy mayo dress my bowl with. All I do for the spicy mayo is mix 1 Tbs of spicy mayo and a few squeezes of sriracha (to taste) in a small bowl. Immediately after removing the seared ahi tuna from heat, I slice it and beginning putting my bowl together.

How I build the seared ahi tuna bowl:

 

I start my bowl with some brown rice. Then I layer the micro greens and diced cucumber on top. Side by side, I place the ahi tuna and avocado on top of that. Next, I sprinkle the sliced green onions and sesame seeds all over the bowl. Finally, I drizzle spicy mayo over the top and finish it off with a few shakes of coconut aminos. Bon appetite!

Self Love 

Live well, love yourself. That is the rule I’ve learned to live life by. The truth is, it took me a really long time to actually love myself.

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I, like most other people, would look in the mirror and begin criticizing myself. I’d grab and pinch my fat rolls, telling myself how much prettier I’d be if they weren’t there. I’d stare and poke at every little acne or chicken pox scar on my face. I’d look in the mirror and just tear myself apart.
This is second nature to most. If you’ve ever seen Mean Girls, you know the scene where the girls are standing in front of the mirror, complaining about different parts of their bodies, and bonding over it. This is a sad truth; we all do this! This just sends us as women, and even men, into a deeper hole of self loathing without even realizing it. That is why learning to love yourself is so SO important.

WHERE TO START

This may be the toughest stage of true self love. A lot of it comes from trial, error, and finding what works for you. My journey began with meditation and yoga. Yes, I am going to sound like a total hippie for this, but meditation really brings you closer to your soul. Meditation is honestly just time to hangout with yourself. How can you really learn about yourself if you don’t spend time with yourself?

“Hangout with your soul. Relax. Let the stress of the past, present, and future melt away.”

Begin and end each day with a little meditation. Even if it’s just for five minutes, it’ll make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and outside factors that may cause negativity in your life.

Why Yoga Helps

Yoga has this magical way of making you feel like you can conquer anything. After even a short fifteen minute yoga practice, I feel completely zen and confident. Because of yoga, my body feels better. My mind feels better too. Yoga has given me the ability to be mindful of usually mindless actions. I am now so unbelievably aware of how each part of my body feels and is functioning. I know if something is off or what is causing a dull pain or even bloating. Because of yoga inducing a very mindful state, I have learned to block negative thoughts. I’ve also learned to only eat when I’m hungry and not when I’m bored. It is amazing how these little things can help contribute to loving yourself.

“Now, look in the mirror, and point out what you love about yourself.”

 

Fake it until you make it:

Repeat a mantra, “I love you, I love everything about you,” as you look in the mirror. Do this every day. You will begin to believe this and feel it from the inside out. Your own reflection will begin to change as you look in the mirror. You WILL transform into the beautiful, strong person you truly are.


Reaching a state of self love opens you up to a completely new world. You learn to nourish your body rather than stuff it. You learn to feel confident sans makeup. In fact, you begin to care less and less about what others think. Self love is truly an act of freedom. You break free from society’s ideals.
Find what works for you. What do you enjoy most? Do it. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? Accomplish your goals. It is okay to put yourself first. If you don’t, you will fall deeper and deeper into a hole of self doubt that will become harder to climb out of.


Live well, love yourself. It takes time, sometimes a long time, but you should never stop working towards it.
Tell me about your journey, I want to hear how you embarked on a journey to self love. If you’re not on your way yet, why? I want to help you reach a state of pure happiness and self confidence, a state of pure love for yourself. Comment below and let me know.