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  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    August Captures

    August was the month of golden light.  Luckily, I was at the right place at the right time and my photos turned out illuminated. To some of you I might sound arrogant, but I am just explaining my work and taking pride in my passions. I digress… These are just some of the photos I took in August. You might think I titled this “lock and key” to be obscure and deep, but it’s really because I took a cool picture of a lock. Not everything is a hidden message with me. The sunsets this month were one of a kind. I thoroughly enjoyed the month of August (up until…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    I Want to be Great

    We all want to, right? We all want greatness and we all want to be successful. But what happens when you get too caught up in it? Perfectionism in combination with impatience can be debilitating at times. I am usually driven and this is partly because I strive for flawlessness. Not flawlessness in a beauty sense, but I hate mistakes and they easily upset me. On the other hand, focusing on goals and aspirations typically gives me more energy. I enjoy hard work and achieving goals I set. The pros, for the most part, outweigh the cons. What happens when they don’t? At times, it can seem like too much.…

  • Photography

    FOREST

    So…I was going to write a poem about forests because I was really inspired by the photos I took. But I am no poet and I wouldn’t do “the forest” justice. I guess you should just use your imagination as you enjoy these photos.     I shot these photos in the woods where I used to run cross country. If you are curious, it’s in Missouri. Being back there brought back so many positive memories. I truly felt connected to nature in these moments. It had just rained the night before so everything was lush. Most of these photos are pretty basic looking, but they hold more sentimental value…

  • Veganism

    Typical Grocery List // Vegan

    One of my readers suggested I share a typical grocery list. I thought it was such a great idea because I often get asked about the foods I buy. When I first started eating plant-based, making trips to the grocery store was so stressful. I was kind of all over the place and would just buy random items. It’s taken some time, but I now have a pretty basic grocery list I follow. If you don’t know what to buy, it helps to separate your list into sections. For example, I sometimes separate my list into: protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and miscellaneous. Also, it helps to research recipes or nutrition…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    Summer Goals

    My semester is officially over and I am looking forward to my summer break. On the rare occasion that I have free time, I like to write down my intentions or goals at that moment. Here is what I wrote down for my “summer goals”: Have fun! This is an obvious one, but I often need to remind myself to not take things so seriously. Take day trips. I don’t have any trips planned, but I would still like to go on smaller trips or spontaneous road trips. Post once a day on my vegan Instagram account. I typically post every two days, but it’s becoming more serious now so I am…

  • Veganism

    Fluffy Pancakes // Vegan

    Welcome back! I know I haven’t posted in a while and I am sorry for that. I had finals and I had to move, so I have been very preoccupied. In my absence, I have been working on new recipes. I normally wouldn’t be comfortable making something like vegan pancakes, but I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Here is my recipe, please enjoy. Printer Friendly Version Here INGREDIENTS… 1 Cup of rolled oats. ½ Non-dairy milk. 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon. 1 Tablespoon of coconut sugar or any sweetener. 1 mashed banana. 1 Teaspoon of vanilla. 2 Tablespoons of vegetable or coconut oil (optional) 2 Tablespoons of baking powder. 1…

  • Veganism

    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies // Vegan

    “Do you only eat salads?”. I laugh every time someone asks this. Eating vegan doesn’t have to be boring. I have proved this time and time again. Before making this recipe, I didn’t really eat cookies. That’s changed for sure. These cookies are easy to make, really tasty, and somewhat healthy. PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION Oven: 350 degrees Bake Time: 7-8 minutes Prep Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4-8 servings (makes 1 dozen) WHAT YOU’LL NEED… ½ cup chunky peanut butter. ½ cup brown sugar. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 1 teaspoon maple syrup.   1 tablespoon ground flax seed. 3 tablespoons water. 1.5 cups rolled oats. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. 1 teaspoon…

  • Lifestyle

    22 Things in 22 Years

    I am officially 22 years young! Yes, I am that annoying person that announces their birthday. It might be the day after my birthday when I post this. Anyway, I have seen a lot of posts about “things I have learned in…” insert number of years.  Adulting is one giant teachable moment. Most of my learning experiences have come from the past few years. Without further ado, here are 22 things I’ve learned in 22 years. It’s not the end of the world. It might seem like a big deal, but it’s probably not. Life goes on and you will overcome it. Follow your passions. Life is too short and you shouldn’t…

  • Lifestyle

    Update // Goals

    Like most people, I set intentions for 2018 following the New Year. I have had some comments asking me to do an update, so here you go! If you are a new reader or haven’t seen my goals post ~ HERE IT IS. I didn’t set time restrictions for my goals because I thought that it would be too stressful. However, I should have put a loose time frame so that I would stay somewhat motivated. Anyway, the first goal I had-was to stop comparing myself to others. I haven’t completely mastered this, but I have improved greatly. Something that has helped me is to delete certain accounts on social…

  • Veganism

    Vegan on a Budget

    I constantly hear people say that they don’t have enough money to eat healthier. They “can’t afford to be vegan”.  It’s actually a myth that healthy food is more expensive than junk food (unless you live in a food desert, which is a completely different issue). In the long run, whole plant foods are more affordable and way better for your health and the environment. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to eat plant-based. With the tips I provide you and a little planning, you will realize how easy it can be to adopt this lifestyle. Buy in season. If you prefer fresh produce (who doesn’t), buy fruits and…

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