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Okay so I realize that it’s only October and Christmas isn’t for another couple of months, but yes I have already created my Christmas wish list. Every year since I was little I would write up a list and give it to all my family members for suggestions 😉 Don’t start judging me just yet, because no, I will not be getting all of this. I typically exaggerate my list, because why not. (but my mom does her best). Each year I ask for one or two big presents and then get little gifts in my stocking. Because I am going abroad in the spring, most of the things I put down are for my upcoming trip.

 

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  • Polaroid Film
  • Lululemon Tote Bag (with zipper)
  • Moncler Jacket
  • West elm Cheeseboard
  • Strut This Leggings and Jacket
  • New Laptop
  • Crate and Barrel Wineglass set 
  • Chanel Red Mini Boy bag
  • Wild Fox hoodie
  • Golden Goose Sneakers
  • New Running Shoes
  • Free People Jacket
  • Lack of Color Biker Cap
  • Passport holder
  • Wholefoods gift card 
  • Tiles
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

*the ones I really want*

Healthy Grocery List for College Students

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As much as I love burgers, mac and cheese, and dining hall pizza; my body just can’t function on that kind of food. This is why I started cooking for myself in college. Many college students, like me, want to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t know how to do that when their only option is dining hall. For those of you who have a kitchen, here is a simple grocery list that allows for quick on the go snacks as well as healthy main meals.

 

Fridge Food

  • Eggs
  • Sliced turkey meat
  • Yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chicken breast
  • Vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit
  • Tortillas (Siete brand)
  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Avocados
  • Dates
  • Salsa/ guacamole

 

Freezer Food

  • Trader Joes Frozen Meals
  • Frozen Fruit (for smoothies)
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Halo Top Ice –cream
  • Riced Cauliflower
  • Frozen Turkey Meatballs

 

Pantry Foods

  • Granola
  • Wheat Bread
  • Quinoa
  • Banza Pasta
  • Canned Beans
  • Sweet Potatoes

 

Snacks

  • Peanut (almond) butter
  • Trail Mix
  • Dried Fruit
  • Skinny Pop
  • Low- Sugar Cereal or instant oatmeal
  • Protein Bars
  • Rice Cakes
  • Hummus and Veggie Pack

 

With just these items you will be able to grab quick healthy snacks on your way to class or if you have more time, you can cook up a yummy meal.

Some of these meals could be:

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Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Avocado Toast with poached eggs

Chicken Quesadilla (Siete tortillas)

Avocado Chicken Salad

Yogurt Parfait

Sweet potato/ spinach Hash

Turkey Meatball Salad

Healthy spaghetti and meatballs

Fruit Smoothies

 

My Daily College Routine

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After playing a division one sport, I was used to being on a very strict daily routine. I found that I personally get more down when my day has structure. Of course there are days that I am super lazy and do not follow this at all, but for the most part this these are how my days look while I am in college.

Waking up

I unlike many college students love waking up early. I like to wake up and get my day started. My alarm goes off every morning at 7/ 7:30. Sometimes if I am doing an early workout I get to see the sunrise. This helps me get a lot more down and I feel more energized throughout the day. I do realize this is not for everyone so plan your day according to what your body prefers.

Workout

I typically work out every day except for Friday, and I occasionally take Saturday off. I will write a separate post about my workouts more in depth but her is the gist. My main three workouts are Orangetheory, Barre class and running. Three days a week I double up and take OT and Barre, back to back. The rest of the week I will either go to OT or just run on the treadmill depending on how I am feeling. I typically will workout in the mornings before my classes so that I get it out of the way. Now that my classes start a bit earlier then last year I might have to switch it up. I still plan on doing at least one workout before class because this gives me energy throughout the day.

 

Class

This year I set up my classes so that I am free in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which allows me time for an internship that I am trying to get. I am taking 15 hours this fall, which is 5 classes. However, one of those classes is online. In the past I have always taken 12 hours but because I am going abroad in the Spring I wanted to get ahead a class. Here is a schedule of my classes each day.

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After class

After my day of classes I head home and make lunch. Sometimes I’ll just have a smoothie, or something quick depending on how hungry I am. At around 5 I go to a study room and get work done. I am one of those people that CANNOT study when it’s loud, so I either go to the library or in the study rooms in my apartment. I’ve never been the type of person who can sit in bed and do homework so this is why I go somewhere. If I don’t have any work I will skip this for the day and just hangout.

Evenings

Because my diet is so specific I make dinner for myself every night. Many times I will meal prep at the beginning of the week, which makes is a lot easier on busy days. After dinner I use this time to just chill. My boyfriend ends baseball practice around 7 so I usually spend this time with him. We try to be in bed by no later than 1:00 but it really just depends on the night.

 

Running Tips for Non-Runners

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After I ended my volleyball career I was not totally sure what to do for workouts. Because I was an athlete, working out was part of my regular routine so forcing myself to get to the gym was never the issue. The problem I began to face was trying to fall in love with the workout. As a volleyball player, I could use practice time as an escape from my life and I struggled to find that again. So, I started running. And let me tell you this was not easy. Never before in my life did I consider myself a runner, so the first few weeks were brutal. I honestly could barely get myself through a mile. Over time I trained myself and fought through the mental battle in order to succeed. Here are a few tips that worked best for me individually, and might help those of you who want to get better at long distance running.

 

  1. Just start doing it

The absolute first thing you have to do is get yourself motivated to try it. Do not get discouraged when your body is dead after .4 of a mile. You WILL get better. Practice running 3-4 times a week get on the treadmill or run outside for at least 20 minutes. If you need to stop and walk, that’s okay just listen to your body, but make sure you are running for at least 20 minutes.

 

  1. Time Yourself

After about a week or two of light running, start to test yourself. Run at least half a mile to a mile and keep track of your time per lap. When you are first beginning, you might not be able to keep a steady pace, but try your best to run at a constant pace. What you want to avoid is starting off really strong and using all your energy on the first two laps, and then failing to finish the rest. Start at a slow pace so you can run for a longer time.

 

  1. Increase your distance every few days

Every few times you run, start to push yourself a little further. This is how you will train yourself to get better. Even if it is only .2 further than before, your body will soon adapt to running. This is also about mental toughness. Sometimes you need to just force yourself to go the extra distance. If you can’t do it, then stop, but really try your best to increase just a little because over time it will add up.

 

  1. Listen to your body

Sometimes you will get on the treadmill, feel good and will be able to run four miles. And other times you will struggle to get through one. This was one of the hardest battles I faced. Listen to your body and rest if you have to. It is not good to run long distance more than twice a week. If you are not feeling up to it then run at a slower pace or even take this day to speed walk on an incline. However, don’t mistake fatigue for laziness. Sometimes you have to push through the first mile before your body gets in the swing of things.

  1. Fight the mental battle-

The biggest struggle for me is fighting the urge to stop. Most people are physically fit enough to run long distance but they lack the mental strength in order to get there. Sometimes I get so bored, and my body thinks that means that I am too tired to keep going. What helps with this is setting goals. These goals can be pace, distance, trying new routes and sometimes even counting calories. This actually distracts me from thinking about running and ultimately allows me to go further.

 

The number one thing I can tell you is to not get discouraged. It takes a while for your body to get used to running; it took mine an entire semester to get good at it. Take it slow, set goals and do not mistake boredom for being fatigued. Running can sometimes get boring so run with friends, play music or even watch TV. Whatever you need to do to make it enjoyable.

Summer Abroad Packing List

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For months before I went abroad for the summer, I was constantly thinking about what I was going to bring. I had heard so many mixed reviews on weather, I had to bring something for every occasion. Since I have been here I have been super happy with what I brought. I am not backpacking so I had enough room for a lot of clothes. Although I wanted to bring everything with me, I had to narrow it down to 50lb suitcase. Many girls have asked me what to bring so I thought I would make a SUMMER EUROPE PACKING LIST.

  • Light dresses

It is so hot in Europe; the last thing you want to be wearing is tight clothes. Flowy dresses are super ideal, light to pack and can be worn for more than one type of event.

 

  • Two pairs of shorts

Of course, you have to bring one pair of denim jean shorts, they go with just about everything and are super comfortable. I also brought a pair of white cut offs that I wore when I got tired of wearing the blue ones.

  • Jean Jacket

This was the most important thing I brought with me. I wear it pretty much every day, and can also dress it up at night. I bought a few more jackets with me, but never really wear them.

  • Comfortable Shoes

This might be assumed, but bring the most comfortable shoes that you own. In Europe, you do so much walking and cannot afford to wear a pair of shoes that will hurt your feet. I have two pairs of Adidas cloud foam shoes that I LOVE. They are so comfortable and look good with all of my outfits. Really recommend getting these exact shoes.

  • Going Out Clothes

So the thing about Europe is that people kind of wear the same thing out as they do during the day. I packed way to much stuff to wear out. Bring a few tops that you can mix and match with a skirt or black jeans.

  • Jeans

I’m in Europe over the summer so I never really wear them, but I brought two pairs of jeans. One pair of Levi boyfriend jeans and one pack of high wasted black jeans. I have worn both of them a few times but defiantly could have gone without them. If you are here anytime other than the summer, I for sure recommend bringing them, but right now it’s so hot they weren’t necessary.

 

DETAILED PACKING LIST

Day Clothes

  • Dresses (x4)
  • Flowy Skirt (x2)
  • White T-shirts (x2)
  • Comfy shirts (x2)
  • Cute Tops (x4)
  • Romper (x2)
  • Tube Tops (x3) – worn during the day and out at night
  • Black Jumpsuit
  • Black Jeans
  • Denim Jeans
  • Denim cut off shorts
  • White Shorts
  • Jean skirt

 

Night Clothes

  • Black Leather Skirt
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Going out tops (x4)
  • Black Deep V bodysuit

 

Comfort

  • Sweat Pants
  • Shorts for chilling (x2)
  • Running Shorts
  • Lulu pants (x3) – also used to workout and go to class
  • Lulu Tops (x2)
  • Pajamas (x2) – have to do wash a lot
  • Over Sized Comfy shirts (x2)
  • Sports Bra (x2) – only need them if you plan on working out

Jackets

  • Jean Jacket
  • Leather Jacket
  • Puffy Jacket – didn’t need this
  • Rain Jacket
  • Comfortable Hoodie

Shoes

  • Adidas (x2)
  • Running Shoes – Also used them to go hiking
  • Mules
  • Flip Flops
  • Wedges
  • Sandals

Essentials

  • Bras (x3) – one strapless
  • Underwear (x15)
  • Calvin Klein Sports bra (x3)
  • Socks (x16) – I like changing socks multiple times a day
  • Hair Ties

Accessories

  • Black Baseball Hat
  • Black Train Boy hat
  • Beach Hat
  • Bandana
  • Silk scarf (for neck and hair)
  • Long Champ bag
  • Mini backpack
  • Mini Crossbody purse