Thinking Out Loud ; 4/9/15

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤

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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. 😉

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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!

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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. 😉

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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!

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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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T.O.L 11/13 ; New News!

Good morning and happy thinking out loud Thursday!

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in the link-up party. (Sorry, Amanda!) Life has been crazy busy lately, so typing up this post will let me put my mind at ease. 🙂

1. I cannot stop listening to Blank Space by Taylor Swift and The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez. They are both so catchy, and I can’t get enough! I always catch myself humming or singing a tune from either one of the songs.

 

2. I got into this online game called Tera. If you don’t know what that is, it’s kind of like a mystical mid-evil game. I have a girl character named Day.dreaming. Her race is an elin and she’s a healer. I’ve been spending quite a few hours a day playing. o.o It’s soooooo fun!

 

3. I’ve been getting better at driving! I’ve finally went onto the major roads, and I’m still really nervous, but it’s been getting better! I just have to work on easing on the gas and brake. 😮

 

4. I’ve been lacking in the sleep department lately, but I find myself full of energy throughout the day. (After coffee of course. 😉 ) What is this madness?!

 

5. I am so so so ready for the cold weather. It has been hot for too long in Arizona. I’ve already got my beanies, sweaters, hoodies, mittens, scarves, and blankets all ready! 🙂

6. My diet Snapple peach tea kick is back! My mom bought a few packages for me, and they may or may not be already gone…

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7. Did you hear about Toy Story 4 and the new minions movie coming out?! You guys, I don’t think you understand how excited I am about that!

 

8. I am on the hunt for an owl mug. I have been using some plain-Jane mugs lately, and I’ve been seeing a lot of cute owl mugs on Tumblr. If anyone knows of any places I can get a hold of, please leave a comment below. 🙂

9. I am so excited about being able to start lighting a fire in the living room. It’s going to make me even more excited about Christmas!

 

10. My birthday is in 26 days! ^_^

 

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

 

-What songs have you been listening too lately?

-Are you ready for the cold weather? 

-Tell me some of your thoughts! 

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Thinking Out Loud ; I’M BACK!

Happy Thursday everyone!

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It’s been quite some time since I have joined the Thinking Out Loud party. (Sorry, Amanda!) My mind has been like that one grandma’s purse from Halloweentown (before the malfunction movie). If you don’t understand that reference, I’m saying that I have never-ending thoughts. I’m not so good with intros so let’s just get to the thoughts! 😀

1. I’m about 99.9% sure that my parents do not want me to go to a university out of state. Of course they want the best for me, but when I mentioned what schools I wanted to attend, my mom was tearing up. They were always going back to me going to local universities, because I’ll be closer to home. Although I would like the comfort of home, I know I want to take a risk and take hold of opportunities. It’s a stressful process of searching for the right university for me, but I’ve got some months to go before I make the BIG decision.

2. I am so ready for all pumpkin everything. I know I am not the only one on this. I just love the fall. Summer is not my forte. I am ready for flavored teas/coffees, sweaters, jackets, hoodies, scarfs, beanies, candles, etc. Who’s with me?! ^_^ OH! You can’t forget the food.

3. I think Singrays and the M4 are some sexy cars. Sorry not sorry. They just are.

4. I have been itching to make spaghetti squash lasagna for the past two weeks again. I need to get all of the ingredients this weekend and whip it up again. So filling. So tasty. So satisfying.

5. I’m still sucked into Supernatural. I’m on season 9. You guys.. IT’S GETTING INTENSE. I still have about 19 episodes to go before season 10 starts October 7th. I’M SO READY! 😀

6. I think it’s safe to say that I’m the cycling queen up in my area of Phoenix. I cycle 6 miles a day 6 days a week. You can’t tell me that doesn’t give me that title. Even though I have been taking the same route, I still get amazed each time. You may be wondering, “How is that possible?” Well, it’s the people I see. I’m not going to lie, Phoenix is filled with some interesting characters. It helps get my mind off the heat. 🙂

7. It’s safe to say that I am 100% happy. Even though school is really stressing me out, I am honestly really happy. Every day I wake up ready to take on the day. I am learning new things every day, my strength is increasing, my faith is increasing, my self love is increasing, and I’ve just been feeling so blessed. It truly is a wonderful feeling.

8. Girl, since you posted this video on your last T.O.L post, I can’t get it out of my head. It is a catchy message that really does send a positive message. It’d be nice to hear more songs like this. So empowering.

9. I have also been also feeling this song as well. It’s a song I have on repeat while in the gym and in the car.

10. I hope you have an amazing day! It’s almost the weekend! ^_^

-What are some of your thoughts?

-What song do you have on repeat?

-What are you excited for when Fall comes around?

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Thinking Out Loud ; 6/5

I’m gonna take a risk and skip an intro and go straight to the thoughts! I hope that’s okay, Amanda. 🙂

 

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1. Man oh man have I been loving being on vacation! I have never felt so stress free in such a long time! Enjoying the days going to the gym, having more time to cook, spending more time with friends and family, swimming, watching movies.. this is the life. I’m surprised I haven’t turned into a lazy bum. I’ve actually been quite motivated and more active. No complaints here though!

2. Every night I have been having a combination of three different cereals and a tortilla with peanut butter. It sounds like a strange combo, but it is honestly really good. It fills me up and I go to bed with a happy tummy.

3. With the move, I was only able to do at home workouts, because the gym I was signed up too was too far to get too. Well, I was finally able to join and new gym, and I love it! It has some equipment I have never tried before, so trying them out is fun! Definitely makes the workouts more fun.

4. I have no doubt that I will get addicted to Netflix over vacation. Slowly but surely my days have been filled with watching movies on Netflix.

5. Every day I have been biking around 6 miles in the morning. It gives me a time to myself to just think and clear my mind. I’m happy that I am able to ride my bike again. I haven’t rode it since the accident back in January. o.o

6. Recently, I lost someone that is really close too me. I mean extremely close.. I’m still feeling it in my heart, but I just want to let you know that it is okay to cry. I have been crying lately, because I don’t want to hold back the tears. It’s not good to hold in your emotions.. Just just have to feel what you feel.

7. I have been having my craving for frozen yogurt again.. oh my. I blame the hot weather. 😉

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8. I have also been craving the grilled chicken burger with avocado and sweet potato fries I mentioned yesterday.

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9. I have been chugging water like it’s nobody’s business. Arizona’s heat is no joke. I even started carrying around a gallon jug. o.o

10. I really need to update my playlist for the gym. Any suggestions on some songs that could help motivate me? I’d really appreciate it!

 

I hope everyone has an amazing day! ❤

 

-What have you been craving lately?

-What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

-What do you listen to when you workout?

-What are some of your random thoughts?

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Get To Know Me Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! We have survived Monday and we’re one day closer to the weekend. We always have to keep it positive. Amiright? 😉 Here’s a survey from the lovely Angela for Arman’s Spill It Sunday Tuesday.

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1. If your tastebuds could only decipher one flavor for the rest of your life, which would you choose?  i.e. Salt, sweet, spice, sour

-Definitely sweet. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I am a sucker for the sweetness of fruit and chocolate. I mean, who isn’t? 😉 I am really sensitive to salty food and although I love me some spicy and savory food, I was prefer sweet. I think you could tell by my oatmeal in the morning and my hankering for all things chocolate.

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2. What sports did you play as a child, if any?

-This little girl was a tomboy for sure! I played soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, dodgeball, gymnastics, and dancing (does that count?). I was never good with softball and baseball.. Let’s just say I was really prone to getting hit.. o.o

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3. Who would you want to be handcuffed to for a day?

-Does this mean celebrity wise or like a friend? I guess I will just do both.

Celebrity: Beyonce. I mean come on now. She’s the baddest chick around. Maybe I could get her to teach me how to dance. Oh how interesting that would be!

Friend: Christine! I wanna meet this girl whenever I go to Cali! She’s a sweetheart for sure. Umm, can we make this happen anytime soon? 😉

4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? What’s the strangest thing you want to try to eat?

-The strangest thing I have ever eaten? Erm.. I think it would have to be one of those lollipops with a scorpion in the middle. Not a good experience. o.o

-Wanted to try? Umm.. I don’t really know about that one. If anyone has any suggestions, leave them alone please!

5. Lions, tigers or bears? (Oh my)

-Lions fo’sho.

6What is your favourite restaurant you’ve ever been to?

-Although I do love me some Chipotle, it’s no clue that I love BJ’s. Ranging from their avocado spring rolls.. to their grilled chicken clubs.. to their peanut butter pizzookis… You know what makes me really happy? There is one right down the street from me. 😉

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7. If you were forming a band, what would your band’s name be, and what kind of music would you play?

-I am really bad at coming up with names, so I would prefer to skip this question. What kind of music? Kind of like this song. (Yes, I am showing this song again, because it is FABULOOOOOOUS.)

8. What is the best compliment you’ve received?

-My friend told me that I was the inspiration to a whole group of girls at my old school to start a healthy lifestyle for themselves. *blush* 🙂

9Describe your personal style (for clothing or decor) and why you like it.

-It’s either leggings or dresses. Right now, I have been more on the dress side. I have a new found love for dresses now. They’re so cute and comfy. I always feel so beautiful and confident in them.

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10What is one thing you absolutely want to do this summer?

-Realistically: Meet new people and go on a HUGE group hike.

-Unrealistically: Go backpacking in Europe.

-Your turn to answer the questions! 😀

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Tell Me About You Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I want to start out by saying Happy 21st Birthday to my sister! I can’t believe she is already 21! I already know her plans for the weekend (considering she has told me quite extensively about them). Tonight, we are going to go out to Macayo’s with our family and her friends. I am really excited!

 

I want to spend a day answering the questions from Arman’s Spill It Sunday posts, so you can get to know more about me. Here’s the first of many to start on Tuesday. 🙂

 

1. In real life are you an extrovert or more introvert person?

-It really depends on who I am around. For the most part, I am an extrovert, but I do have my introvert moments. I’m a shy soul at first, but over time I open up more. I guess that is how it is for most people.. I like my times alone, but I also love being around friends and family.

2. If money was no object, where would you move to?

-California.. on the beach to be more specific or next to Disneyland. Seriously, that would be a dream of mine. You have no idea how happy I’d be. 🙂

3. What are your hobbies besides blogging, food and working out?

-Art (Duh), spending time with friends and family, listening too music and singing, watch movies, go out exploring, etc. 😀

4. If you have a sibling what do you have in common and where do you differ the most? If you are an only child tell me about your pet/ mother/ father, best friend …

-My sister and I both share the same humor, but we differ on a lot of things. She is more of a free soul that is more socially based where I am social, but I am more focused on an education and going after my dreams. She does go for what she wants, but I don’t think she is as motivated.

5. If you were able to spend one day as the opposite sex, what would you do?

-Wouldn’t that be an adventure? Hmm.. I don’t know what I’d do really..

6. If you could have any super power what would it be?

-The power to heal. I would want to be able to heal people with the magic touch. 😀

7. When you’re upset, what are you doing to cheer yourself up?

-I draw, I watch funny videos, I bake or cook (very therapeutic), I workout (THAT ENDORPHIN HIGH), I smile and remember all the good in my life. ❤

8. You have $500 to spend on anything you want – what would it be?

-Dresses, leggings, workout clothes, FOOD.

9. What is your favorite piece of art (painting, sculpture, architecture…)?

-The art of optical ground allusions.

10. If you were able to go back in time and give your teenage self any advise what would you say?

-I would tell myself that starving yourself and over exercising is not the way to go. You are not those thoughts that dictated your mind. Food is not the enemy. Being fit and healthy is so much more important than a thigh gap or a flat stomach.

I would tell myself the proper way to become healthy with the proper nutrition and exercise.

I would tell myself to stay strong and to always love myself.. no matter what.

 

 

I hope  you had fun reading this. Tell me about you! 🙂

 

-What do you do to cheer yourself up?

-What do you like to do for fun?

-Answer some of the questions above!

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Currently ; May 2014

Happy Monday Cinco de Mayo everyone!

I hope everyone had a marvelous weekend that was filled with a lot of happiness and whole lot less of stress. Amiright? I know I’m a few days late, but it’s time for a currently post for the month of May! ^_^

 

Current Book:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I was finally able to snag a copy from the library, and so far, it is a really good book! It’s a bit confusing without proper punctuation, but I overlook that. I heard a movie on the book came out, so once I finish the book, I’m gonna watch it. From what I’ve read so far, I would really recommend it. 🙂

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Current Music:

Still playing this song on repeat. I can’t get enough of it.

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Art. I have neglected it for quite some time, but I am getting back in the groove. It’s ranging from masks, to Disney boxes, to sculptures, to sketches. My artistic side is coming out stronger than ever!

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Current Nail Color:

Still rocking the purple. My other nail polishes have been packed away. I did get a pedicure with a really cute tealish-aquamarine color, but I’ll save you from seeing a picture of my feet. I personally don’t like seeing feet.

Current Entertainment:

Lately, I’ve been watching Salem on tv and Bomb Girls on Netflix. Salem is a bit graphic, but I enjoy watching it. Bomb Girls is a good show to watch! It really does a good job with showing how life was for women during WWII. I also love the fashion and hairstyles, so that’s a plus. 🙂

Current Wish/Needs:

  • Art supplies.
  • A massage.
  • Dresses.
  • A vacation.

Current Food:

Erm, it’s a bit weird, but I have been having tuna more often lately. I guess that’s the savory part. I’ve gotten a bit creative, and I have been making smoothies in a mini food processor. I can’t wait until I’ll be able to whip out the blender again. 🙂 I’ve also been having oatmeal before bed as well. It really does help me sleep better with a full stomach.

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Current Drink:

I’ve been cheating on my beloved Diet Snapple Peach Tea with Diet Snapple Sweet Tea. As you can see, I am a big fan of Snapple. 😉

Current Triumphs:

  • Rekindling my love for art.
  • Making more time for me.
  • Finally being able to do the splits.
  • Being able to sleep more. Thank goodness!

 Current Bane of Existence:

So many finals and exams coming up. SO.MUCH.STRESS. I can’t wait until it is all over by the end of May. I can do this.. I can do this..

Current Blogger Crush:

My girl Ashley. She has such a big heart and never fails to make me laugh. I can’t wait until the day I get to meet this chick! We live in the same state, so of course we have to. We’re foodie twins all the way. Oh how many crazy adventures we’d get into if we were roommates.. You should go check out her blog, like right now.

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Current Indulgence:

Sleep. I have been lacking a lot of it lately, so I take every advantage I’ve got with naps and sleep. It’s good for the body, so I don’t justify it as being lazy. 😉

Current Blessing:

Being able to do more of what I love even through all of the chaoticness of this month. I did lose myself this year, but I’m slowly finding myself again. 🙂

 Current Outfit:

Still going strong with my love for dresses. They’re my thang, didn’t ya know?

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Current Excitement:

School ending at the end of this month! No more stress! Just time for friends, family, excitement, and ME. I am so ready.

Current Link:

I’ve been on Buzzfeed like it’s nobody’s business lately.

Current Mood:

At ease with everything. Pure bliss.

 

I hope you have an amazing day and month. Stay smiling. ❤

 

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-What are you looking forward to this month?

-What are some of your currently’s?

-What did you do over the weekend?

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