thankful thursday


I know that we’re still a week out from Thanksgiving, but I am feeling overwhelmingly content. This period of life moves so quickly, and things change rapidly, but it’s pretty rad. (Side note: I signed my first lease this week, and my brother got engaged. c.r.a.z.y.) I’m trying to savor every moment of it– after all, there comes a point where being broke and not having your life figured out is no longer charming (terrifying)!


I am so thankful that I get to attend a university where students are not only encouraged to create, but are provided opportunities to showcase their work.


I’m thankful to be living in a country where I’m free to pursue an education. Right now in history we’re reading books about women right’s in parts of Asia and the Middle East. The oppression they deal with is incredible, and I take my own freedom for granted way too often. In fact, there are actually more girls than boys in my physics and genetics classes right now– how cool is that?! #WomenInScience #Wow

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I am so, so, SO thankful for the people that I get to do life with. My family, friends, and my hamster make my life so bright. The world is filled with beautiful people, but I’m pretty sure that I get to be around the best of the best.

Snapchat from The 1975 concert we attended– it was honestly the highlight of my semester.

I’m thankful for music. For good books. For color and sunshine and fresh flowers.

I’m thankful for my job. For the crazy, completely overwhelmingly full days. For lazy, Saturday mornings. For sturdy mugs and stronger coffee.

I’m thankful for my wonderful church family. For my dog. For roommates that are down for baking and Netflix sessions after rough days.

I am thankful.



40 days of vegetarianism: the conclusion

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My first post-Lent meal, a.k.a. the most beautiful burger I’ve ever had.

As I mentioned previously, I gave decided to give up meat for Lent this year. 

I’ve never been a hardcore bacon obsessed carnivore, but I do eat it fairly regularly– and with relish, you might say.  But learning more about the human body and nutrition this school year really opened my eyes to how, well, unhealthy meat is. Becoming a (temporary) vegetarian also made me more aware of sugar and salt contents in food, in addition to forcing me to learn how to cook something other than a grilled cheese sandwich.


Plus, the meat industry is pretty sketch.  For instance, did you know that U.S. beef cattle contribute more fossil fuels than all planes, cars, and trains combined?  Not to be crude, but that’s a lot of actual crap.

I also lost 5 lbs, so that was pretty great. (Although I was still lifting, running, and dancing my diet was the only thing that I changed significantly.)

So conclusion: vegetarianism is hard, and inconvenient at times.  That being said, I think I’m going to take the plunge and slowly transition away from eating meat.

What do you like on your burgers?