Words of the Week: Dr. Oz Inspired

I saw this quote from Dr. Oz last week and totally loved it:

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It is so simple but such a great mantra to live by.

Love the things you do, love the people you surround yourself with, love the way you act, feel, and see the world around you. Love with all of your heart and don’t ever, ever do things out of hate or spite. Do things simply out of love and care and for love.

Whether you’re motivated by love for your job or love for your friends, love for your significant other or family, love for life, love for fitness, creativity, science, numbers, or community service…or maybe a combination of love for all, a few, or several of those things…let love guide your life and you are guaranteed to be happy.

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Words of the Week: Love

Since I have been so focused on Valentine’s Day this week, I thought this quote was only fitting:

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Even though I picked it for Valentine’s Day, I love this quote no matter what the season. The idea is so simple yet so right.

Think of how many things you do each week out of anger, jealousy, hate, or frustration. Then think of how many things you do out of love. What is the ratio like?

I know that even for myself, I need to work on doing more things out of love, happiness, and peacefulness and less out of frustration, jealously, and anger.

If I did everything out of love, everything I did would make me happy. Everything I put into the world would project positive attitude and influence, in turn, making myself happy and enriching my day to day life.

Take time this week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, to do things you enjoy, be inspired by the people you love, and commit to actions that are catalyzed purely by love. Your life will undoubtedly be better from it.

Imagine how peaceful the world would be if every action done was done out of love?

A Shameful Obsession

Okay, so one of my most shameful obsessions is The Bachelor.

It all started this past summer when I began watching The Bachelorette. There was something about Emily Maynard that I just really liked – despite how every other second the tabloids were calling her fake, a bad mom, and every other horrible thing under the sun. I became so obsessed with her journey to find love.

Once the season was over, I found myself so hooked on the show itself. Even though in my mind I know it’s crazy, half-fake, and even a little bit trashy at times – I can’t get enough of it.

Last week when the new season of the Bachelor began, I was so excited. Then, the fact that the bachelor is Sean from Emily’s season made me even more excited (if possible).  I wasn’t home when it was one but DVR’d it and watched every moment of the two-hour episode, on the edge of my seat, totally enthralled.

After I finished the episode, for a moment I thought about how sick it is that we not only watch people date on television, but become so obsessed with the intimate detail of someone else’s life. I mean, I wouldn’t want someone watching me date a guy on TV, let alone fall in love and face the difficult yet inevitable trials and questions that form around new relationships.

However, I just can’t stop watching this show. I get way too obsessed with it (almost as obsessed as I got with Degrassi back in 2011…). But, like many of the women I work with at work declared about shamelessly watching the series, we just can’t help it.

Maybe it’s because it has to do with love or because it features a totally cute Texas native. For whatever reason, this show is on my list every week and I will probably never miss an episode.

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Going the Distance

Since I started my blog, I’ve been really debating whether or not it is appropriate to even mention the fact that I have a relationship on it, let alone discuss it. My relationship is just one of those things that I like to keep private since it is obviously a personal topic.

I have decided that I don’t really think it’s appropriate or necessary to discuss the details of my relationship on here. I mean, if my boyfriend was posting stuff about our relationship online, it would probably irritate me, so why should I be doing it? I see other bloggers with pictures of them and their significant other on their blog, detailing all kinds of things about their relationship – what they did that weekend, what they love about each other, and so on. I think that is awesome for them and I love reading those kinds of things, but it just isn’t something I’m interested in writing about.

One detail that I think is okay to divulge on my blog, however, about my relationship is that it is a long distance one. We go to different schools that by car are about 14 hours apart. This means that we usually only see each other on breaks, and this is our third school year going the distance.

Whenever people ask about my boyfriend and where he goes to school, whenever I respond and they realize how far it is I always get the same response: a look of shocked, perhaps a dropped jaw, and the inevitable question how? So many people have asked me how we do it and how we manage it, so I thought I would share (without getting personal) some stuff about it here.

In no way am I saying that I’m a relationship expert or that I have a perfect relationship that everyone should envy and pine for. I have a relationship that is perfect for me but would not be perfect for everyone (or many not even anyone) else.

And I will be honest – being long distance is definitely a challenge at times. But here is how we’ve made it a lot, lot easier:

  1. Look at the positives – being apart sucks, yes, but there are so many great things about it too. I love the fact that we have our own, separate lives complete with our own interests, activities, and friends. This makes our relationship a lot more balanced and healthy.
  2. Love the time you have together – one of my favorite things about being a long distance couple is that when we’re together, the time is so super special. We truly do cherish breaks when we get to be together and have so many special, irreplaceable memories from those times.
  3. Set times to talk – my boyfriend and I, when we were first apart, talked excessive amounts. Between Skyping, texting, and calls, we were pretty out of control. It definitely took time to find a balance between talked too much and talking too little. Now, we have a great system where we have everything planned out just the way we like it, with set aside times during the week to video chat and talk. This is great because we always have a lot to talk about, and the time we do talk is so special and really fun.
  4. Be reasonable – when you’re apart, there are definitely different challenges than when you’re together.  There are certain things that spur arguments or emotions when you’re apart that can be difficult to deal with. The most important thing to remember is to be reasonable rather than start or perpetuate fights. Most of the things that seem like a huge deal in the moment seem silly a week, day, or hour later.
  5. Be a best friend – the biggest piece of the puzzle that allows being apart to be a breeze for me and my boyfriend is that not only are we a couple, we’re truly best friends. This makes everything so much easier and completely worth being apart. When you can’t imagine what your life would be like without someone, it’s a good indication that even if you’re apart it’s more than worth making the effort to stay close and take care of your relationship.

Like I said before, these are the key elements of what works for me and for us in our relationship, and everyone is different.

I can say that as challenging as it may be at times to be apart, I wouldn’t change my relationship for anything, and if you’re going the distance as well, I hope you feel the same way.

I love these long distance mugs! Might have to get them

I love these long distance mugs! Might have to get them

Book on my Shelf: The Spirit of the Season

If you’re looking for a great book this holiday season that really captures the essence of the season, I highly recommend The Gift by Richard Paul Evans.

My mom recommended this book to me several seasons ago and it was such an amazing read.

It’s a really easy and quick book, but that does not take away from how great the story is. It reaffirms love, faith, and the spirit of the season.

In short, this is nothing short of a truly inspiring story that will do nothing but get you int he holiday spirit. Most of all, though, it will remind you of the true meaning of the holidays.

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Thanksgiving Baking

I had a great Thanksgiving and I hope that everyone else did too! It was such a beautiful day outside and I was lucky enough to be surrounded by great family and friends this holiday.

I am so lucky to have a mom that would do anything for me, and I don’t think that I could get through many, many things without her. I have an amazing father who has instilled lifelong values in me, like hard work and passion – just to name a few. I have a sister who I am lucky enough to call my very best friend, who is there for me every second of every day. And although I never blog about him, I have a boyfriend who makes me happier than I ever could have imagined. Not to mention I have friends and sorority sisters that I am thankful for every day.

Anyways, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without lots of food. Like…my mom always makes so much food that afterwards, our fridge is absolutely stuffed with leftovers. It’s kind of crazy, and always reminds me how we are lucky to have so much when others have so little.

My favorite part of the meal is always dessert. This year, I did a lot of baking.

I made:

Turkey cupcakes (inspired by Pinterest)

Pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting filling

Peanut Butter chocolate bites

Classic chocolate chip cookies

Butter balls

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My mom and sister also made an array of baked goods, including pies, cakes, and brownies. Needless to say, we had a ton of delicious desserts at our table.

I am definitely very lucky and very, very thankful this holiday, and I hope I can be as lucky for many years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!

pinterest inspired, obviously!

dessert table, yum!

Pups

I love my dogs. My family has two little dachshunds that I miss terribly when I’m at school.

Their names are Riley and Bella and they have very different personalities.

Bella is older and is more…lazy. Riley is more energetic and playful. They’re both very cuddly though, which is so fun.

It’s so amazing, however, how happy my dogs get whenever I see them. Whether it’s coming home from school and I haven’t seen them or after just going to the store, they’re always so excited.

Recently I read a quote that said, “Only a dog will love you more than you love yourself”. That is so cute and so true. Dogs will love you unconditionally and always make you happy, even on the worst of days. Especially on bad days, I feel like dogs sense something is wrong and make an extra effort to be there for you.

Obviously I’m completely obsessed with my dogs because they’re cuddly, cute, and so sweet. My sister is even more obsessed with them, especially Riley.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of my dogs:

warming up

taking a snooze

trying to come back to school with me

bath time!

wishing me a happy birthday!

just relaxing