What’s important to you?

I’ve been thinking about that a lot today. I’ve been trying to compile a list of what I care about and what I truly think is important to put my energy towards.

I think that caring about and loving on everyone is so important. I think forgiveness is important. Embracing who you really and truly are is important to me.

I believe that using my energy and passion and life to help end world hunger is so incredibly important.

I think that developing real relationships with incredible people is important.

Today at work I was talking with a coworker and she was telling me that sometimes customers get a little snarky — and when you’re having an off day, the rude comments can sort of get to you. I told her that I don’t really noticed people’s shortness anymore because when it comes down to it: it’s just coffee.

And I think that thought process extends past being a barista at a coffee shop. Throughout my life, I’ve been a target for some painful words, I’ve gone through traumas and hurt, I’ve been the one doing the hurting, I’ve wished to be someone else…

A lot of this stuff happens because we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in something that, in the long run, is so so unimportant.

But maybe that’s just me. To me, being so enthralled with life is important. I hope that you wake up and go to bed so full every single day. Full of what you’ve done that day, who you’ve interacted with, who you are…

I hope that you can take the time to figure out what is and isn’t important to you. So much energy is wasted on negativity. I hope that you can spare yourself from that.

I’ve said many times that I don’t hate anyone because I don’t want to use my energy for something so dark. I want my heart to be so busy loving on all people that there is no room or time for hate.

That is what is important to me. And I choose to embrace it.



products that rock!


So I’m on my way to school at the moment and I decided to write this!

First off, I’m not really a materialistic person. I don’t like to spend big money unless it’s for adventures (plane tickets, bungee jumping, etc) or tri stuff (running shoes, bike, tri suit).

However, I’ve been reading a few blogs where they write about their “favorites” so I decided to somewhat do the same!

So these are some things that I really enjoy and/or really work for me!

My Thermos. Okay, I seriously love this thing and bring it with me everywhere (school, car, office)! It is an awesome midnight blue color and it legitimately keeps my coffee hot which is much appreciated. Not to mention, it works even better for cold drinks which is really cool too!

These Reebok leggings. Fun fact: I’m wearing them right now. They’re kinda sorta compression leggings but they’re so comfortable and make my aching muscles feel great! When I do long runs in them muscle fatigue is so minimal!

Butt’r. Hahaha I don’t actually use it for that unless I’m going to do a long ride. Guys, honesty is the best policy. 😉 I do use it for running though! Sometimes my legs and arms chafe on runs! Friends and family reading this: it may seem weird but it’s the truth!

Viva La Juicy. I’m pretty sure I’ve asked for this for Christmas for the last 4 years! I LOVE the way it smells. So fruity but not sickly sweet. My favorite perfume I’ve used by far!


These Burt’s Bees facial stuff. This stuff legitimately works for me. It’s the first time I’ve used face wash/moisturizer that actually works and doesn’t dry my face out! I wash and moisturize my face twice a day and I’ve noticed a difference in not only the clearing up of my face but also the overall complexion! Wooooo!

Okay, that’s it! Sorry if any of the pictures are terrible quality. I took them all with my phone and have not yet mastered how to make the iPhone take the best pictures it can. Also, what is good lighting? 😉

Any products you love?


hello from bus.

Good morning!

I’ve got a very long day ahead of me so I just wanted to pop in and say hey.

I have:
9-10: food science
10-11: gap (finish assignments)
11-2: food science lab
2-3: stats
3-4: gap (finish assignments)
4-6: español!
6-7: team track workout

And then I get to go home, do some homework, put my clothes away, and finally go to sleep.

I’m currently drinking coffee on the bus but I can just about guarantee it won’t be the only cup of the day.

My whole body is so so so sore from team strength training last night. It was purely body weight but Jo (the trainer) is so focused on form and stability that it ended up being really intense.

Wish me luck that I don’t fall asleep in class today!

Happy Wednesday!

Coffee Time

Hello! The other day I said I’d post a Virtual Coffee Date… It didn’t happen. Probably because I’ve been falling asleep by 10:30 all week.

However, I have an hour and a half until my next class (Spanish from 4-6)! Sooooo…

If we were having a coffee date…

I’d tell you: That I’m obsessed with this creamer. It’s life changing.


I’d tell you: That I ran in the cold rain today and it felt awesome. It was a 4 miler and my shoes got soaked and I was freezing, but it just felt right. My marathon is in a little over 3 weeks and I am SO EXCITED. This weekend is a 23 miler and next weekend will probably be 20 and then I taper…

I’d tell you: That I’m actually resisting the urge to buy a cup of coffee… It’d be my third of the day. The thing is, I’m going to be on campus until 8:30 and this weather just makes me so very sleepy.

I’d tell you: That I’m really enjoying my classes so far. It’s going to be a tonnnnn of work, so I’m going to try to make it a point to be VERY organized this semester. I’m definitely NOT enjoying paying so much money for all these textbooks and such but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I’d tell you: That I’m now an intern at the Texas Capitol for Rep. Burns! I just started but I am very excited. I have class right after I leave the office, so at least I’ll be looking nice!

I’d tell you: That tomorrow I have off work and I’m looking forward to chilling!

I’d tell you: That telling people about my major is my favorite thing of all time. When someone asks me what it is I get REALLY excited to tell them!

I’d tell you: That this rain needs to go. Honestly I’m glad for it, but I really want the sun back! I want to be able to ride my bike to school comfortably.

I’d tell you: That I’m craving Chipotle. As always. 😉

What would you tell me?



Hello hello!

Long time no writing…

Honestly, I’ve been busy in the weirdest of ways. During break I wasn’t super busy, but what I did need to do was very time consuming. And now school has started and I’m interning and training for the marathon and enjoying life and Austin, so this blog has kind of been put on the back burner.

I’ve got quite a bit of stuff to do today, but tonight I’m going to write up a Virtual Coffee Date (maybe hopefully).

No matter what, have a wonderful Thursday! It’s raining here, but I’m okay with that. We had the most beautiful weather of all time earlier this week and Texas could definitely use the rain! 🙂


Much love,

The Beauty of Rigatoni

I just wanted to show all of you this beautiful meal I’m having right now…



Organic rigatoni with Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil sauce and sautéed onion, asparagus, zucchini, and mushroom. And spinach with olive oil and some crazy good vinegar on the side.


Off to Bastrop to trail run after this!