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10 Things Post-Grad Life Has Taught Me

Post-grad life is a mix of awesome and awful. It’s a weird place to be….a sort-of adult, a sort-of professional, a sort-of stuck-in-college-mode person. After four years of the freedom they call college, my summer back at home with my parents and 19-year-old brother has taught me some stuff.

  • never take your friends or family for granted- your support network is a precious thing.
  • sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone- take a deep breath and do it.
  • there really is no place like home- or the comfort of your own bed
  • change is inevitable- brace for it- remember your friends and family are there for you.
  • whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend was wrong

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  • embrace your strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses- network and never burn any bridges.
  • keep your master resume updated
  • bills suck- learn how to budget asap
  • listen equally to your head and your heart- the eternal struggle.
  • it’s not the end of the world- life goes on.

 

cheers.

 

Bodies take form in the gym, but they begin in the kitchen!

It’s no secret that getting a hot bod takes two ingredients: diet and exercise. For some people, that phrase makes them cringe. “Diet” doesn’t have to mean give up everything you like and eat a bowl of lettuce three times a day. C’mon people…read a book or something.

A clean diet is the key! For starters, get rid of the the 3 s’s’. Sugar. Spirits, Salt. Basically sugar=fat. Stay away from candy, snack foods with loads of sugar, cereals and packaged foods can also be culprits of added sugar. There are plenty of foods high in sugar that are still good for you, like apples and milk. I, for example prefer berries and soy milk. Spirits are just a form of empty calories. Now, I’m a 22 year old college graduate who likes to have fun and live life like a celebration. Just wanted to clear that up before someone points the hypocrite finger. The thing with alcohol is that it literally has zero nutritional benefits. No protein, empty cards, high in calories, no vitamins or minerals. However, I will forever stand by research supporting the antioxidant levels in red win 🙂 Enjoy a few drinks with your friends on the weekends, but avoid mixed drinks with soda or red bull. I like to opt for vodka+seltzer with lemon and lime for less sugar and refreshing fruit. Salt just makes you look bloated and it aint good for ya in large quantities. Instead of dumping a small blizzard of salt on your dinner, try just 2 dashes and some more pepper. Deli lunch meats and cheeses are also added salt culprits. Do research, get educated, read labels is the best advice I can give.

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Eat your colors!

Being a health-conscious, exercise-lovin vegetarian, I’m always looking for new recipes or ways to get more protien into my diet. I also don’t have tons of time or money to spend. This week I made some quinoa and mixed it with some pre-shelled edamame, dash of peper, some syracha and bam! An easy, cheap, protein packed snack/side.

Calling fellow herbivores! Comment with some of your favorite food ideas!

Cheaper than therapy

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One of the at least 10 butterflies I see on a typical morning.
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“Stop and smell the roses,” or in my case zinnias, lemon basil, tansy and mountain mint. Working at a nursery is hard work. It’s more often than not hot as hell, theres bugs and insects and creatures and bee stings, heavy lifting, back breaking, hole digging work to be done. But at Belvedere Farm our 7 acres of flowers start from seed. Seeds are sown, nurtured, transplanted, nurtured some more, cut, and arranged by about 10 sets of hands. Then theres pricing, market preparation, side work and lots of other jobs to be done. But thats what makes it rewarding. You get a beautiful, hand grown with sun water and sweat product that really is cheaper than therapy.

Flowers make people happy.

Sunday evenings…sigh

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Ever since college ended It has been quite an adjustment to a normal ‘working girl’ schedule. At Salisbury pretty much every day you didn’t have to be up early ( which was like,noon) was a weekend.

I did have a really great weekend. I love to be around happy peopls, funny people, smart kind and loving people. I’m so happy I got to see my friends from college at Carly’s graduation party. And even better, I’ll be with them allll day Saturday in Philly for an all day concert. Yipppeee sunshine friends and bass. What more could I ask for?

My birthday is in 30 minutes! 😮 Nick’s cooking me dinner tomorrow night. I’m sure it will be delicious! I was able to hit the gym tonight. I’m going to stay on track with these hip/back/core exercises so I can feel better about running. I’ll post the exercises sometime this week.

Side note: my laptop is giving me ALL sorts of stress. I’m writing this via iphone.

only worry about things you can control

If you can’t say anything nice, say something sarcastic and witty

First night out in downtown Annapolis was an awesomely fun success! I’m thankful that all of my co-workers who know the ins and outs of the city are so nice. My friends from college, Sean and Ari, who have been dating for a while, joined Nick and I for dinner at Dock Street Bar and Grille.

Jessica, who works at GE with me, reccomemed this place for their crabcakes specifically. It being my ‘birthday’ dinner, of course I had the crabcake entree. It was delicious! The flavor was good and there wasn’t a lot of filling. Although, it’s hard to beat the famous Pappa’s cake.

We made our way to Level, a classy establishment if I do say so, located uptown. The specialty drinks run from 9-14 bucks but they’re worth it. Ari and I each had a Tangier Nectar, jhfgjhsgjfkdhgjk. Perfect combo of sweet and tangy. More drinks ensued when we went back to Dock Street. We hung out upstairs where there’s a dj, dancefloor, fog machine (yes). It was a good time…reminded me of a local bar in Salisbury…filled with drunk people ‘dancing’ 🙂

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Pusser’s is one of the only places that doesn’t have cover in Annapolis on the weekends. It was crowded but there was an outisde bar right along the water. I met some fellow phishheads.

So, the apartment/condo/house-for-rent search/whatever-I-can-afford search continues. Luckily Nick is a man (a construction man at that) and knows more about this than I do…

I’m looking forward to having some space of my own in a town that I really love. Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents to death, but to go from living without them for 4 years to I-can-hear-my-dad-snoring is a lot. But my mom sure can cook…

Off to a graduation party!

Keeping motivated

Well, I created this blog because there’s something therapeutic about writing down thoughts for me. I also find myself to be incredibly scatter brained so maybe that has something to do with it. 

Another thing I’ve noticed about myself: I like a challenge. I’m going to run the River Valley Run in Mid August. It’s a 10k trail run (about 6 miles). It’s ranked as the number 4 trail run in the country so, im preparing for some pretty serious runners. Me on the other hand, I just like to run. Actually, it’s much more of a love/hate relationship. But something about crossing the finish line motivates me. I’ve started running through trails in Gunpowder State Park to train. It’s so peaceful, almost creepy. I came on a pond last time and i stopped to take it in and splash my arms with cool water. A frog, im assuming, made a spalsh and it seemed so loud just because the woods are so quiet. All you can hear is yourself breathing and an occasional branch snap or critter scurrying. 

Ever since i started running long distances, about 2 years ago, my hip flexors have given me some issues. I saw a personal trainer a few days ago who gave me an awesome routine to help strengthen them and my back/core. 

Hopefully I can get a long run in this evening. 

Ciao