Simple Everyday Meals: Rice Cakes

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I like to keep things simple, and food is no exception. When I first started high school, all the way up until about senior year, I had a habit of skipping breakfast- I thought it was an unnecessary hassle and that it would save time. Who wants to wake up at 5am to cook? As someone who treasures every possible minute of sleep, this sounded quite unappealing.

Freshman year of college, I told myself I’d find healthy foods that I could crave and would make me want to get up from bed and have me looking forward to starting my day. And I did!

These recipes I’m going to be sharing in this post and upcoming posts are extremely simple- some of them can even be prepped from the night before! Which means extra snooze time and who doesn’t like that?

The first meal is one of my personal favorite: rice cakes!

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Ingredients:
– 2 rice cakes
– 1 tbsp of sunbutter or your favorite nut butter
– 1 tbsp of vegan cacao spread (my personal favorite is Artisana’s but there’s a lot of other good ones out there)
– Strawberries
– Bananas
– Blueberries (optional)

Lay out all your ingredients in front of you and place two rice cakes on a plate. Spread 1tbsp of sunbutter on one and 1tbsp of cacao spread on the other. Wash and cut up some strawberries and 1/2 a banana (I use around 2-3 strawberries.) Decorate to taste (I personally enjoy placing bananas on my sunbutter rice cake and strawberries on the cacao spread.) If you’re craving something different, wash up some blueberries as well and use them to garnish your cakes.

… and that’s it! Super simple and super yummy.

Ash xX

Twenty | 20

20. The constant reminder of my age brings a bitter-sweet, muddled feeling. A confusing midpoint in life; no longer considered a child, not quite an adult. You’ve made it this far, past the awkward adolescent years yet you’re only halfway through the journey.
Three years ago, I found myself graduating high school. A terrified 17 year old with no clue what I wanted. Everyone around me seemed to have it all figured out. Pre-med. Pre-law. Engineering. Nursing. Business. Yet there I was, with no single idea of what direction I wanted to head in.

Flash-forward three years, and the feeling still lingers.

What do I want in life? If I had known the answer to that question at the time, I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog post right now. Or maybe I would, just in a different context.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. 20 things I’ve learned at 20.

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  1. Seize every opportunity: Don’t let your fear ever stop you from going after what you want at the moment. Some chances only come once in your life, and if you spend time trying to live in your comfort zone you’ll never be happy.
  2. Sometimes it’s better to let go: Friends should help you grow and bring a positive influence in your life. If you notice your friendship has become toxic and is bringing you more harm than good, it’s time to end it. Weed out the bad, and only let the good grow.
  3. Believe in something: Find something and let it consume you. Whether it’s a goal or yourself, find something to fight for and give it your all.
  4. It’s okay to not have it figured out: Everyone is at a different stage and believe it or not, one day you’ll find every answer you’ve been looking for. But for now relax, life isn’t a checklist.
  5. Read: Read a lot. Books have the power to shape you, opening your mind to new worlds and perspectives you would’ve never dreamed about. Read every second you have a chance.
  6. Learn to see the familiar in the strange: Or vice-versa; learn to see the strange in the familiar. Challenge your mind and learn to see the world in a new perspective.
  7. Say no: It’s okay to say no. Don’t feel obligated to do things you don’t want to just because of what others may think or want.
  8. Learn to be alone: We’re social creatures, but every once in a while it’s good to have some alone time. Learn to appreciate your own presence and company. You’ll discover things about yourself you never knew.
  9.  Moderation: Life is about balance. As Cheryl Cole‘s song once said, “Too much of anything can make you sick, even the good can be a curse.”
  10. Spend time with your family: Sometimes we forget that they’re getting older too and they won’t be around forever. Enjoy the time you have with them. All the moments, no matter how small they may seem, will make the most beautiful memories.
  11. Don’t settle: Nothing good came to someone who never strived for more. Never be satisfied with where you are; appreciate what you have, but always remember there’s room for improvement.
  12. Seek fairness: If something seems unfair, speak up. Don’t ever let yourself or others be silenced. You have a voice, use it.
  13. Write: Just pick up a pen and write. Scribble the first words that come to mind. Let them flow out from you. You’ll never understand how therapeutic it is until you try it.
  14. Don’t change for someone else: Don’t try to turn into something you’re not to impress someone. Always stay true to who you are.
  15. Be childish: It’s okay to curl up in your living room and sing along to all the High School Musical movies. It’s okay to wear an animal onesie around your house. It’s fine to still sleep with your childhood stuffed toy. Embrace the innocence in your soul.
  16. Stop complaining: If something is bothering you, do something.
  17. Red lipstick can be your best friend: It will do wonders to your self-esteem, trust me.
  18. Take care of your body: It’s the only one you have.
  19. Change is good: You might find comfort and feel safe in your usual routine, but it’s good to spice things up every once in a while. Try a new hair color. Order something new. You might find yourself to like new things.
  20. You never stop learning: Every day you’ll learn something new in life. Don’t ever think you know it all.

05.23.17 | Palma de Mallorca

This past week has been crazy and unreal to say the least. Between work and classes, sometimes even 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like enough and each day can start to feel repetitive and dull. So you can imagine my excitement when my supervisor announced that I’d be attending a one week all-paid course in Palma de Mallorca.
“Palma?!” I screamed.
At that moment, I couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing. I’d be getting sent to Palma for a whole week for FREE. IMG_0134.JPG

Plane-view of Madrid

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New Beginnings

Hello, and welcome to a little piece of my muddled mind. This has been something trailing in the back of my head for a couple of years now, so it’s been a long time coming and here it is. 

Blogging has been an on and off project for me. Over the last couple years I have opened up small blogs, or contributed to writing posts on certain pages but due to the lack of direction and inspiration, it usually resulted in inactiveness and ultimately losing the motivation to continue my attempts of blogging. 

When the new year kicked in, I told myself that I would work hard to finish any incomplete projects I had, as well as finding the courage to pursue new endeavors that might’ve terrified me before in the past. This is step one.

So if you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day~

Until the next post~!

– Ash xX