Thinking Out Loud ; 4/9/15

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤


Whew, you guys! I’m excited to once again join the Thinking Out Loud link up over on Amanda‘s page! It’s been quite some time since I last posted my thoughts, and in all honesty, I missed it. I missed typing out my sparatic thoughts and reading what others said/thought. I’ve learned to come that other people think how I do about things, and I think it is a fantastic way to form friendships! I hope to spark some new friendships as time goes on. I’d love to be all of your friends! 😀 Now, onward to the thoughts!

1. I saw the absolute CUTEST video two nights ago. It’s about a baby elephant meeting their mother for the first time in years. The baby was taken years earlier for exhibition. Their reunion made my heart melt. Seriously, my eyes were tearing up as I was watching it. All my parents could hear me say was “My heart! Oh my goodness.. SO PRECIOUS.” You NEED to watch this video. It is a guaranteed way to make your day. 🙂

2. I am SO close to getting my first car! I am hoping to get it by the beginning of May, because let’s face it.. I simply cannot ride my bike to work and other places in the Arizona heat. Riding in 115 degree heat? No thank you.

3. I’m excited to celebrate the six month anniversary of my relationship with my boyfriend! I don’t know exactly what we are going to do, but regardless I’m excited. These six months have flown by, and he has been making me the happiest girl in the world! I could go on and on and on with all of the lovey-doveyness, but I’ll save that for a later post. 😉


4. I am really liking my darker hair color after about 2 months. It took some time to get used too, but I actually think it suits me better than blonde!


5. Do you ever get those really sudden urges to do so much with your life and complete so much? Well, that’s me whenever I am working. I don’t know what it is about cleaning, but it sure gives me so much motivation. I guess it’s because I am doing something productive, but I get my best ideas then. Does this happen with anyone else?!

6. I am addicted to the app Tsum Tsum. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever. If you download, I warn you that it can be addicting. 😉


7. I’m really excited that I get to go to the Lana Del Rey concert in about a month! It’s on May 14th, and I keep telling my friend how epic it is going to be!


8. I have been having the urge to go to California lately. Specifically the beach and Disneyland. I miss Disneyland, and I would love to lay out on the sand next to the beach. I am hoping to take a mini vacation to CA when I get a car, because I would need to pick it up there. I will make it a priority to go to the beach.. maybe even a pier. Gahh, SO excited thinking about it. 😀

9. Currently obsessed with these two songs:

10. I hope that you are having an amazing day! ❤

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Finding Myself

Life has been hectic lately. I have been neck deep with school work ranging from studying for exams and finals, projects, memorizing different material, working on Public Based Assessments, and study sessions. I have gotten to the point of breaking down from the stress. I admitted to myself that I did pile on too much this year. I did it because I thought it would make my parents proud. They have always expected me to be the one to get the good grades. They see a bright future for me, so I don’t want to let them down. While trying to do what made them happy, I lost myself.

Do not get me wrong, I love learning and I am blessed to be able to receive an education and attain all of the knowledge I have, but I’m not happy with how much I have to do. I know.. I know.. in order to reach success, you have to make sacrifices and do what it takes, but what about when that goes too far? I sacrificed my happiness in order to do what would make others proud of me. I am proud of myself for pushing myself through everything I am, but I have missed out on so many things. I’ve missed out on time with friends, time with family, time with myself. All I focused on was doing what made everyone else happy. I set the expectation bar too high.


School is coming to an end and I want to do what makes ME happy. I had a talk with God and asked for guidance. I asked for the boulders to be lifted off of my shoulder and guide me to the life that would make ME happy. I did feel a bit selfish for asking to find what makes ME happy, but in all honesty, that’s what I NEED to do. I lost myself this year. I stopped doing what made my happy. I stopped drawing and painting. I stopped spending my weekends with my family and friends. I stopped cooking and baking. I stopped playing sports. I stopped so much.


Once school is over, I am going to focus more on ME. I am going to focus more on my art. I can get lost in a whole new world once you hand me a pen, pencil, paint brush, paint, and paper. Art is how I express myself. I am going to focus on spending more time with my friends and family. I have so much lost time to make up for. I am going to focus on cooking and baking more. The kitchen it therapeutic for me. I get lost in the aromas and my mind just frees from all of the stress I may feel. I am going to focus more on being active and playing sports. I am going to start playing volleyball and soccer again along with lifting, pilates, hiking, and yoga. I love being active. I am going to focus more on hiking, because it is my new found passion. I am going to focus on ME. I’m going to do what makes ME happy. 


When I do what I love, I am the most happiest. When I spend time with the people I care about and love, you will never catch me without a smile. I have let what I think what would make other people happy consume me. I realized that I can’t truly make other happy if I am not happy first.


Art makes me happy. Being active makes me happy. Family makes me happy. Friends make me happy. Music makes me happy. Blogging makes me happy. Cooking makes me happy. Baking makes me happy. Hiking makes me happy. Going out and enjoying life makes me happy. 


I’m on a journey to focus on what makes me happy. I am going to find myself again. I am going to be happy. I am going to do what I love. I am going to be me.


-What makes you happy?

-What makes you, you?

-Have you ever lost yourself? How did you find yourself?

-What are your thoughts on this?


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Currently – April 2014

Happy April!

I can’t believe that we are already 1/4 of the way done with 2014. That blows my mind. Seriously.. it seems as if New Years was just yesterday! So far, this year has been filled with some pretty crazy events, experiences, and overall feelings. I have kept my head up and staying positive. I am ready to bring on April with a positive and optimistic attitude. I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me. 🙂



Current Book:  The Weight of Silence – Heather Gudenkauf

“It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. 

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.  

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor. 

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.”

I haven’t gotten the chance to start it yet, but I am going to start tonight. I love starting a new book at the beginning of each other. This one has been on my little library shelf for quite some time now. I think it’s time to crack it open and dive into a new story. 🙂


Current Music: Two songs that I have completely fell in love with.


Current Guilty Pleasure: Going out with friends to meet new people and try out new things.

Current Nail Color: I actually have my nails painted this month. I wanted to come in with a subtle spring color, and the first color that came to mind was purple. Of course. Purple is my favorite color, so I love loving down at my nails and seeing a pop of color. 

Current Drink: This may come as a surprise to you, but Diet Snapple Peach Diet. Shocker, right? 😉

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Current Food: I have been all about oatmeal for breakfast, snack plates for lunch, and quesadillas for dinner! They’re so dang good! Oh come on, you can’t deny that oozing cheese. 😉




Current Wish List: Leggings, new clothes, chocolate (Yes, chocolate. Resses to be exact.), a massage, a new phone.

Current Needs: I need sleep, leggings, clothes that will fit me (all of them growing to be too big), and some self motivation to help push me through this last hectic quarter of school.

Current Bane of My Existence: All of these projects for school that are compiling up!

Current Indulgence: Taking a lot of time for “me.” I know we should all do that anyways, but with school starting back up, I need more time for me (to stay sane). I have taken up a lot of stretching and yoga, along with Netflix nights, spending more time with family and friends, and just taking in those moments to breathe.

Current Triumphs: Conquering “fear foods” such as Domino’s pizza, thin mint ice cream, gooey cheesy barley, and other delectable goods. I know it may not be the best for me, but knowing I conquered them is pretty damn satisfying. 

Current Blessing: Although I am facing quite a few health issues, I am blessed for the recovery I am taking in order for my body to recovery. Back in the day, I used to flip out if I rested too much. Now, I am enjoying it, because it is helping me mentally with balance and physically with obvious reasons. 🙂

Current Outfit: I’m rockin’ the dark colors right now (unintentionally) while it’s pretty hot outside. Go figure. *eye rolling emoji* I am wearing black basketball shorts (at least I’m wearing shorts, right?) because they are better than jeans and pretty darn comfortable and a dark grey v-neck.

Current Excitement(s): Knowing I have less than two months left of school, moving to my new house soon, becoming more confident and a social butterfly, making new friends, and overall living the life I am living.

Current Mood: Pure and utter bliss.


-What are you currently reading?

-What’s your current music of choice? 

-What are you excited about? Triumphant about? Blessed about?

-What are you indulging in?


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Let’s Chat Over Some Coffee


Good morning, you guys. I just want to sit down here this morning and have a talk with you. I have my oatmeal, my coffee, and an open mind for this post. I don’t know about you, but I love having catch up talks over some coffee.. Well, I’ll be the one doing the talking, but we can gladly get one going in the comments. 🙂

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Alrighty, first off.. I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot start my morning without some oatmeal and coffee (well besides drinking water upon rising). My days always feel incomplete without it. Ya know what I mean? Even with the warmer weather, I still love having my oats warm. Maybe it’s the fact I haven’t tried overnight oats, but I digress.


*I feel like I’m the only one who mixes in my nut butter with my oatmeal besides saving it for last.*



I seriously cannot believe that it is the last day of March. Is it just me or is 2014 going by beyond fast? We are already about to head into the fourth month! Ahh, it’s crazy to realize that we are already 1/4 of the way through the year. That blows my mind. I think that’s a bit too much to comprehend while only having a few sips of coffee. Whew, I feel like today is going to be a whirlwind of a day already.


As I already clued in on yesterday, I got to experience something new this weekend. I went to my first quince. I was invited last minute by my friend to go to their friend’s sister’s party. I’m talking about an hour before pick-up notice. I was running around trying to find a dress and get ready. It was a little awkward considering I didn’t know anyone, but I made the most of the night. Right as we got there, I met the princess of the night, got assisted to our seats, and was given food. Good thing because I was HUNGRY. We had rice, beans, pork, tortillas, and veggies. It was pretty tasty. We enjoyed apple cider throughout the night. We also watched the court dance to some songs. I’m not gonna lie, I started tearing up at the slow songs. It was so beautiful seeing her dance with her dad and given her new shoes to symbolize her becoming a woman. Even though I was the only white girl there, you bet your butt I was dancing along to the music even though I didn’t understand it. They all welcomed me with open arms, though. 🙂



On Saturday, we started moving some furniture into the new house. I still can’t believe how beautiful and spacious the house is. In some of the rooms, we are going to add some wood flooring. We didn’t move much, but I did help my dad do a good portion of the yard work that needed to be done. No surprise that I got sun burned. I’m happy that I’ll be receiving a vanity and a new bed post when the flooring is finished and we clear out the house we’re in right now. I’ve already started packing and my room is becoming more and more bare.


*These oats are so creamy!*


Sadly, I finished watching all of the episodes of That 70s Show, so now I don’t know what to watch on Netflix.. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 😀


*Oh no.. my coffee is almost gone.*


Besides those two major events, I didn’t have much going on this weekend. I got stood up, but I won’t get into that. We gotta stay positive!


I know what I was going to say now.. Due to some internal issues (I’d rather not go into detail), I have been advised to not partake in physical activity until my body starts to function normally. The most physical activity I get is walking around. I have been doing a lot of stretching, because this girl cannot stay still for so long. I just get so antsy! o.o


*Oh no.. my oatmeal is coming to an end..*


What I have decided is that once I get the okay, I want to start training to compete in a powerlifting meet and compete in bikini figure. I know it will take a lot of work, but honestly, I really want to do it. I am determined to do it. I’m not going to do some crazy diet and wear myself out, so I will probably do it in a year or two. I don’t want to damage my body even further. No way, Jose.


*Spoon dropped in an empty bowl and my list sip of coffee*


Well, my bowl is empty and my coffee is finished. This was a nice chat. We should have it again sometime soon. 🙂


I hope you have a marvelous day and an amazing week. ❤


-What did you do this weekend?

-What did you have for breakfast?

-What are you excited for?

-What’s there to watch on Netflix?


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Thinking Out Loud #9 –

I think I share just as much excitement as Amanda does for Thursday. I mean, how can you not get excited about Thursdays and piling all of your random thoughts into one post? You get to learn so much about different bloggers and how their mind works. It’s no secret that we’re all a bit nosy to find out what’s going on in people’s lives. Or maybe that’s just me… o.o


1. I am in a really giddy mood today, because today is finally the day I get to see the house that I’m moving into in less than 2 months! I’ve only seen pictures online, but from the looks of them, it’s pretty fantastic! The rooms are spacious, the patio is huge, my room will get its own little patio area 😀 , there is a fireplace, two french doors, and a beautiful big kitchen. (Gotta save the best for last, right? 😉 ) I get to go see it after school today. Let’s just say I won’t be able to sit still in my seat from all of this anticipation! Plus, it’s more into the city which means more activity, more (NEW) people, and new experiences.

2. You know how I’ve been raving about Diet Snapple Peach Tea? Well, I just discovered these babies. I no longer have to keep purchasing the 6 packs. I can just whip out one of these, pour it in some water, do the shake it shake it dance, and enjoy. 😉


3. I’ve been eating more lately. I have been feeling/looking small again. I’ve gotten a few comments about it at school. I didn’t intentionally mean to. I mean from the looks of it, I have been eating more and conquering food like no otha! I guess this just means more food for me.

4. Oh! I just remembered (haha, good thing for this post. amiright?) that I am finally starting to exercise again! Since physical therapy, I’ve been going in to do back exercises including resistance bands and a stability ball. There have been exercises I have done without equipment. Some of the exercises include pulling, stretching, and squats. At home, I have started doing more leg/glute focused workouts along with some arms. I have been doing Blogilates to work my way back in slowly. I’ve always had a love for pilates and I just love her vibrant energy. For arms, I’ve been using my body weight and 5 lb dumbbells. I just can’t wait to get back into the gym. 😀

5. Speaking of more focused leg workouts, I wore shorts yesterday and got a lot of compliments on my legs. They told me that they were muscular and told me they looked nice. My progress is showing and I am so happy with it! My legs are the first to grow for me (muscle wise). I take pride in the strength of my legs. 🙂

6. I started watching Being Human on Netflix lately. I don’t know how I feel about it.. I need some suggestions on what’s good on Netflix. Please leave some suggestions below. 🙂

7. My motivation for doing my school work has been on point lately. I’ve been knocking out homework before 5 pm, I’ve gotten ahead on some projects that aren’t due until next month, I’ve been doing well with studying, and ace-ing tests! This girl is one happy girl. 😀

8. Speaking of school, Spring Break starts next Friday afternoon. Granted I don’t have any plans to travel, I am excited to get a week off. It will be full of family time, friend time, meeting new people, cooking/baking, reading, relaxing, and working out. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

9. I’ve been going through cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and almond milk so quickly. Seriously, the cottage cheese and greek yogurt doesn’t even last 4 days. What is this? Why is it disappearing so quickly? *le sigh..*

10. I hope you have an amazing day. ❤

-What do you like to watch on Netflix?

-What are you doing for Spring Break?

-What workouts do you like?

-What do you like to eat?


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Spill It Sunday – Shuffle It Up

Happy Sunday Funday! I hope everyone is having a relaxing day filled with love, good food, and good vibes. Today’s theme is shuffle edition. I am a HUGE music lover. It gets me through so much. It really gets to me. I love to dance (very awkwardly) , sing (even though I really can’t) , and reminisce along with it. So many memories can be captured in a song. It’s amazing. Anywho.. onto the shuffling!


Thank you Arman for hosting! 😀



The Prompt: 1. If you have an MP3 player or Ipod, put it on shuffle and list the next 5 songs/videos on it and tell us why it’s on there!

1. All For You – Janet Jackson.. I remember back in the day when I would clean the house with my mom. She would turn on the tv to the music stations, and it seemed as if this song came on every.single.time. We’d sing along at the top of our lungs and dance around while cleaning. Oh were those the days.. 😀

2. Neon Lights – Demi Lovato.. I’ve always admired Demi Lovato and her strength. With some of her experiences, I can relate to her. I have been supporting her since she’s been on Camp Rock. Woah.. that takes me back. I love the beat and lyrics. Definitely will be a song I will incorporate into my running playlist.

3. My Everything – Randolph Permejo.. I was dedicated this song by my best friend. It’s so cute. It makes my heart melt and I can’t help but smile when I listen too it. So adorable. ❤

4. Till I Collapse – Eminem.. It makes me feel bad ass. I love lifting to it. It’s motivating. Need I say more?

5. It Will Rain – Bruno Mars.. This song was my go to after a breakup. When I first heard it on the radio, I fell in love with it. Gah, Bruno is so romantic. I better turn this off before I get too emotional..

Well, as you can see.. my arrangement is quite random. I listen to a variety of different music, I PROMISE. I need to update my playlist ASAP though. I hope you’re having an amazing day. ❤

-What’s your favorite song?

-What is your go to workout song/songs?

-Who’s your favorite artist?


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Thinking Out Loud #5 – I’ve Got The Power!

Hey there and happy Thursday! This week has just been flying by and it’s that time again. Time to release my inner thoughts into a discombobulated post where it is COMPLETELY acceptable. 😉


Thank you Amanda for hosting! 🙂

1. I have recently received the latest edition of Seventeen and did I find it empowering. Literally, I fell in love with the topics and absolutely felt so empowered and motivated. The main topic centered around Girl Power (that is possibly why “I got the power!” feeling after reading it). Reading all of the stories and experiences left me in awe. It was primarily about women under 21, and have so many younger women achieved so much ranging from action roles, to awards, to charities, to just everything. The tone was so uplifting, and I must say, they gave some pretty motivating advice that I will be incorporating into my life.

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2. This week has been full of self reflection. Primarily on my emotional well beings and the factors contributing to it. This week has been filled with some heart heavy topics, but they were honestly what I needed to read. My emotions have been on a full on a wild roller coaster ranging from pure happiness, to burdening sadness, to giddiness, to just a bunch of other feelings. I’ve done some reflection on everything that has been going on and I have been making some changes for the better. You gotta do what makes you happy, even if it doesn’t make the others around you happy.

3. My sweet tooth has been on a rampage lately. I kid you not, I have at least one candy before bed every night. Last week it was Almond Joys (major coconut cravings!) and now it’s Twix this week. I’m a girl who loves her chocolate. What can I say? 😉

4. My parents decided that we’re going to be moving again to a more busier part of town. They want to open up a restaurant and follow their dreams. Guess who’s getting a guaranteed job to serve food AND come up with recipes? This girl! HOLLA! 😀

5. I think Amanda would be proud of me for me being able to say that I have been keeping up with the memory jar. I have kept up with it. I will definitely be keeping up with it and will be looking forward to that reminiscing moment at the end of the year.

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6. So.. Valentines day is next Friday. Guess who’s treating HERSELF to chocolate, flowers, a home cooked meal, and a movie night? This girl! It will be a night of rest and relaxation. 😉

7. I’ve been really happy to hear all of your positive responses on the recipes (1, 2, 3) I have posted thus far. When I recover, I will definitely been in the kitchen whipping up some more recipes!

8. Speaking of cooking and baking.. does anyone else get utterly inspired to open up a restaurant or bakery after watching cooking shows? I kid you not, after I watch some episodes, I officially plan out all of the retails of what food place I want to open up, what will be on the menu, the theme, etc. It gets a bit hectic. I have like a whole notebook full of ideas!

9. I have been aching for more sleep lately. My work load has increased so much that sleep seems to be a pure blessing once my head hits the pillow. At least I have blogging to keep me sane.

10. I really want to open up and make new friends. I am an introvert so naturally I keep to myself most of the time. I want to break out of my shell. I want YOU to introduce yourself to me in the comments. Let’s become friends? Yes? Yes.

I hope everyone is having/has an amazing day. ❤

-What are some of your random thoughts?

-What recipes would you like to be seen made?

-Tell me about you! Let’s be friends! 😀


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