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thesecrettohappinesss asked: just randomly came across your blog and saw that you're moving to cali this summer and was just curious about why and what you studied in college! i'm currently a freshman hoping to someday possibly live in cali, but am completely unsure of what I want to do! haha. :)

Hey lady, thanks for the question! I’m joining the 2014 Teach For America corps, and have been placed in the Bay Area. Teach For America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending educational inequity in our country. As things stand right now, just 8% of students growing up in low-income communities will graduate college by the time they are 24 years old. I’m crazy passionate about this cause because I grew up in a middle-class area just a few miles away from an urban area; the difference of one zip code is what determined both my success at an undergraduate institution, and the impossibility to even attend undergrad for my peers just a few miles away. The thought of that absolutely makes me sick. And I want to change it.

I am double majoring in Mass Communication and Spanish at my university, and I have a minor in Latin American Studies. With Teach For America, I will teach at a bilingual (or dual-immersion) elementary school, meaning that at least 50% of my instruction will be spoken in Spanish.

As far as finding a reason to live in California, there are TONS! My boyfriend used to live there and I LOVED visiting him. The weather, the diverse cultures, the overall laid-back atmosphere, the AVOCADOS. I love it there. If you’re interested in Teach For America and their mission, check out their website, or feel free to hit me up with more questions! I interned with them last summer in Atlanta, and currently work for them as a campus recruiter. Needless to say, I’m really devoted to educational equity. I’m always here to answer questions!

Guys. Tea just makes me so happy.

Guys. Tea just makes me so happy.

“Nobody can eat according to hunger 100% of the time. Mostly, you should eat because you’re hungry. Sometimes, you eat because something is fantastic, even if you’re full. And always, you eat what your body wants. Always. At first, eating intuitively was hard. I had to think about it a lot. But now? I don’t really think about it at all. I feel free. I no longer have to measure out every tablespoon of food. I don’t have to track everything in a stupid weight loss app on my iPhone. I don’t have to count and weigh and measure and go to sleep hungry. The food that I eat isn’t classified into “healthy” or “not healthy” categories. I just eat and I’m happy. My body image is better than it’s ever been and I love it.” —I’m not sure who wrote this (if it was you, tell me and I’ll give you credit!) but it pretty much perfectly captures the essence of Intuitive Eating. Eating intuitively has been quite the journey; not always easy, but completely worth it. It feels good to be at peace with who I am, inside and out.
Butternut Squash Kale Soup to warm you up

Yesterday got really snowy and sad outside, so I warmed things up with this delicious butternut squash and kale soup:

Based upon this recipe from Recipe Girl, I made a few modifications to make this soup a bit more economical (read: affordable for this broke college gal). It made four large servings, meaning I get to enjoy one a day until I head to California for the weekend! Here’s my modified recipe:

Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash, peeled, diced, and roasted for 20-30 minutes in the oven (I drizzled some olive oil, salt, and pepper on top)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Stalks Celery, diced
3 Carrots, diced
1/2 Onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and cut into tiny pieces
1 box low-sodium broth (I used chicken because I had it on hand, but if I were feeling vegan I would have gone with veg broth, of course)
1 can great northern beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
About 3 cups Kale, torn (but I say throw in as much as you’d like!)
2 Tsp Dried Thyme (this was all I had on hand… The original recipe called for fresh thyme and rosemary. I say just invade your spice rack and get inventive!)

Instructions:
1. Place butternut squash on a cookie sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil  season with salt and pepper, and roast in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (about as long as it’ll take to assemble everything else)
2. In a large pot, drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil and add celery, carrots, and onion. Stir. Once they start getting soft (about 3 minutes), add the garlic and spices (in this case, thyme).
3. About 5 minutes after adding the garlic, add your broth and, once it reaches a boil, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Add squash, beans, and kale. Let simmer for another 10 minutes.
5. Serve! Makes 4 servings, and is GREAT as a leftover.

Want to try out this recipe? PLEASE do - and tell me what you think! I’m obsessed with this goodness, and know you will be too!

I know I don’t reblog on this site like, EVER.

BUT I AM JUST LAYING HERE IN MY BED LAUGHING AT THIS.

(Source: pointlesszalfietv, via fit-fab-fun)

Found a Bikram yoga studio in Cincinnati with an unlimited 30 day trial for $30

I haven’t regularly practiced yoga in years, my mat has made a nice home underneath my bed, and I know this class would absolutely live up to it’s “torture chamber” nickname…

But I’m really thinking that I’m going to try it. I need some new in my life and some revitalization in my soul.

Can anyone offer me some chief expert advice?

PS, Ellie Goulding is now my workout goddess.

Every one of her songs just screams “this is perfect for spinning!”

Post workout snack / dinner / HEAVEN

Came home from the rec and WAS STARVING and feelin’ orange.

A quesa dilla made on the panini press with:

Also, a big HUGE orange.

Ladies and gentlemen, happiness.

I get a shot into my hip or arm muscle once every three months, and today I almost passed out.

That’s right. I’ve gotten this shot before. Zero problems. And today, I just so happened to have nearly fallen onto the nurse. PS I had a 100 degree fever, too.

My forced optimism is NOT turning this yucky week around for me.

I’m just HAPPY today.

Not for any particular reason, except that I feel like I was sad about sad things for too long and I’m finally remembering who I am and that derivations from life plans don’t mean that life is derailing.

So I’m smiling a lot today because I’m alive and life is really, really good and I’m really, really blessed.