Battling Humidity in May

I had some food shopping do today so while I was out I grapped a tall, vanilla bean frap with a shot of caramel. Let me just say that frap was the closest thing to the Butterbeer I tasted at Universal Studios. I miss the taste of Butterbeer so much. My favorite part is the the creamy part on top.

Starbucks <3

Starbucks ❀

As you can see from the photo above the humidity has been fighting a battle with my hair. It was 88 degress today!!! It is only May and I am already worried about the amount of work I will have to do to my hair this summer.

Bummer News

I found out I didn’t get the internship that I interviewed for last week. 😦 I had to email the company when I didn’t hear from them and, then I received an email from the lady who interviewed me and she said that the position had been filled. What a bummer?! That was the first time I didn’t get offered a job after doing an in person interview. I can’t help but feel a little hurt. I have so many questions I want to ask them that I know will never be answered. I know in 10 years this will not matter and I will probably even forget about the internship. I refuse to let this situation affect my mood. After reading the 😦 email, I started applying for more internships. Β Hopefully, someone will see my resume and think, ‘she looks like a great applicant for the position.’ πŸ™‚

Good News

I have been stretching everyday like a champ. My body always feels better after a good stretch. I also pushed myself on the treadmill yesterday, which makes me feel like I am working hard to reach my fitness goals. I found a weight class that is being offered at a local gym and I will be calling the gym tomorrow to find out all about the fees. Exercise classes are great at helping me push myself. In other good news, I start my job in 3 weeks, which means I can start looking at some things I really want to buy. I have to buy myself Β a gift for starting a new job, right? πŸ˜‰

Here are some things I want:

1.

http://ttp://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/accessories-shoes/finds-under-50/madeline-wayfarer-sunglasses-polarized/pc/61/c/397/8064.uts?swatchName=Spa+Blue+Lobstah+Roll+Medium

I want all 3 designs but I should probably only pick 1. πŸ™‚ I also just realized that Lilly Pulitzer agendas are now available for pre-order. They look amazing!

2.

Clarisonic

I have heard only good things about Clarisonic.

3.

Name Necklace

I love this necklace, but I am not sure how it will look with the necklace that I already wear everyday.

Things I am Currently Loving

  • ‘Title’ by Meghan Trainor
  • The environment. All the trees and grass look so pretty in May
  • The smell of sunscreen
  • This blog
  • Hugging my mom when she gets home from work
  • Pinterest. I am preparing to redo my room so Pinterest has been a huge help
  • My bestfriends from college

Now I must end this post in the best possible way, which would be with a picture of the french toast I made yesterday morning, πŸ™‚

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Oh wait! Here is a picture of my dinner for today

Eat all the veggies!

Eat all the veggies!

Improving a Mood

I made tea today and I thought this was a cool picture of it. You can just tell it was a hot cup of yumminess. πŸ™‚

tea time

I want anything that is put on my blog to be positive. I believe that if I write in a positive way and only show positive images, then it will affect my own attitude. Writing on my blog definitely feels therapeutic for me so most of this blog post is positive, however this blog post came about out of a negative feeling I was having. Trying to figure out what I want to do with my life while moving back into my parents’ house can be really hard. I currently have friends that live in different parts of the country so the only friends I can look to are the ones I have in my hometown. I do not have as many friends in my hometown as I did when I was in high school, which makes a lot of sense since that is what happens when you move away for college. The friends and acquaintances that I have at home are all working different ‘big people’ jobs or attending school so it isn’t the same as when we were all in high school. Sometimes I will go months without seeing certain friends because they are so busy and to be honest, that really bothers me.

At the moment I am done with my internship and am waiting to start my new job in 2 weeks. I was offered the part-time job that I interviewed for last week. Yay! I am still waiting to hear from the internship I interviewed for. I am the type of person that needs to be busy and I absolutely hate sitting around so I do get a bit bummed when I have no plans for the day. Yesterday, I was really missing two of my best friends from college, Holly and Lauren. I knew if they were living in my hometown, then I would be able to hang out with them more. Fortunately, just being able to text them helps to improve my mood. When I have days where I wish I was busier I always remember two things:

  1. I get to choose what way I want my life to go.
  2. I can’t make people love or want to hang out with me. I can only be myself.

I decided I was not going to sit around the house waiting for life to knock on the door. I leashed up one of my mom’s dogs and headed to the park. My mom has a tiny, five pound yorkie that she rescued when I was eleven. Her name is Lily but she is under the impression that her name is Baby because when we first got her we called her ‘Baby Dog.’ I am not kidding! She only answers to the name Baby. She is a little bit of afraid of people so she minds her own business when she goes for a walk, however people love to comment on how she cute she is and they usually assume she is still a puppy. Our walk immediately improved my mood because nature always makes me happy to look at and it feels good to be around people even if you aren’t talking to them. I saw a man who had baby ducks sitting on his shoe and I met a woman who told me she wanted to buy a dog like Baby. I listened to the music in my ear phones and was able to relax a ton during our walk.

Our view

Our view

Baby Dog

Baby Dog

My mood improved a lot after our walk. I still can’t get over that I live with my parents and that I am a college graduate. My parents are extremely supportive of me and understand that I am trying to become something great, I just don’t know what that is yet. The good thing about me is that I do not sit on the couch thinking what should I do. I always am either in school, working, or doing an internship. I think if I wasn’t working toward finding something that I love, then maybe they wouldn’t be so supportive. How else am I going to find my passion if I do not experience different jobs or internships?

Walk is finished

Walk is finished

Entertaining part of the day

When we finished our walk, I was hungry so I decided to make french toast. I just bought Lavash bread because I heard it is yummy. The great thing about Lavash bread is that it is 70 calories per serving. I grabbed two servings of Lavash bread and tried to create healthy french toast.

Just Starting

Just Starting

My plan was to fold each lavash piece and put strawberry jam and bananas inside so that it sort of looked like a pocket. Unfortunately, when I tried to flip each slice the right one was a bit stuck to the griddle. 😦

Poor guy on the right

Poor guy on the right

Add some syrup!!!

Add some syrup!!!

The toast didn’t really taste that good but I still ate it! I definitely have made better french toast with whole wheat bread. I guess part of growing up includes the trial and error that comes with cooking. Haha. Β I portioned everything as I cooked the french toast since I am trying to eat smaller portions as I mentioned in my last post. I better get going I have some exercise to do. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy Memorial Weekend! I hope to post tomorrow with a cute banner that says Happy Memorial Day πŸ™‚

Why I Choose to Exercise

Exercise

  • Ran 2 miles
  • 10 minute interval run: 1 min @ 2.0, 1 min @ 8.0
  • 35 min bike ride at level 10
  • 10 min arm exercise I found on Pinterest

I am hoping to make my running interval workouts longer. I would like to do it for 20 minutes but when I get on the treadmill I get so bored. When I am running miles I feel like it is easier because I just focus on my thoughts but when I run in intervals I just keep checking the time. When I am working out it is easy for me to stay in my comfort zone. If I start to feel like I am stepping out of that comfort zone, then I start to really hate the workout. For instance, if I make myself run at a higher speed, then I immediately want to lower the speed because I can feel my body working harder. I like for my workouts to be relaxing but when a workout truly feels like a workout, then I end up wishing for the time to fly. I definitely push myself more in workout classes because I want to keep up with everyone else around me, but I need to be willing to push myself in my own private workouts. My goal for running today was that I had to run 2 miles at a speed that was higher than I was use to running.

My Goals With Exercise

One of the major reasons I exercise is for my future health. I recognize that exercise can help me stay flexible and healthy in my older years. I am happy that I workout now so that when I am older working out won’t be as hard for me. I want to be that senior citizen that my neighbors see biking and running around town. Unfortunately, there are some circumstances in life that I may face that could prevent me from running forever or dancing till I am 100. I just focus on what I can control. I do what I can right now to make my future life better. One thing I hate admitting about myself is that I can’t touch my toes. I think the last time I could touch my toes was when I was a newborn. I am trying to stretch everyday so that soon I will be able to touch my toes. I personally feel that flexibility is just as important as cardio. I am only 22, but I wake up everyday feeling very stiff and I do not like it. I believe that if I keep stretching everyday, then I will be able to touch my toes. My dream is to one day be able to do a split. My mom laughs and can’t really understand how I can’t touch my toes. One of the reasons I never joined pilates is because I feel like my inability to touch my toes would make me look like a fool.

Working Out for Appearance

When I first started working out I was 14, and wanted to look skinny. My goal was to look like the people I saw on television. I figured I would just stop working out when I looked skinny. At 22, I no longer look at working out the same way I did at 14. I definitely workout to look good but I also now workout for the reasons I stated in the previous paragraph. I recognize now that exercise is something that will be a part of the rest of my life. I would like to lose 15 pounds, which is something exercise helps me with. I am currenlty at a BMI that is healthy and if I stayed at the weight I am now for the rest of my life I wouldn’t complain. However, I recognize that my metabolism will get slower as I age and I need to prepare for when that happens. I think my best me would be 15 pounds less than what I am now. I want to be a bit more toned and to feel like I have strong muscles. The hardest part about losing weight is changing my diet. I currently eat very healthy, however my portion sizes are too big.

The whole point of this long post is that my journey of losing 15 pounds will come up on my blog. I want to use the blog to help me stay accountable in losing weight. I am going to create a page that focuses specifically on the progress I will be making on this journey. My choice to lose weight is my own and I do not preach or state that other people need to lose weight. I love myself at the weight I am now and I am sure I will love it just the same when it is 15 pounds smaller.

Interviews Done!!!! :)

I finished all the interviews that I had for this week! πŸ˜‰ Surprisingly, I do not get as nervous about interviews as I think I would. I am the type of person that gets nervous, anxious, and worried very easily. My friend likes to say that I turn a mole hill into a mountain very quickly. But when it comes to interviews I just try to walk in just being my awesome self. One major point that I remind myself everytime I walk into an interview is that if I truly make a fool out of myself, then the only person that will know is the interviewer and me. The interviewer isn’t going to write on Facebook or Twitter, “Hey, just to let everyone know Ashley was very awkward in her interview this morning.”

At 22, I have had my fair share of interviews, which defintely helps me through them. The one type of interview I still get extremely nervous about are phone interviews. You would think that something that is not face to face wouldn’t be nerve wracking but it totally is for me. I had to do one for Disney and I was so nervous beforehand I think the grip I had my phone could have crushed the tiny thing. The only thing that helps me get through phone interviews is that I remind myself that if the interview starts to get really bad or I lose the ability to speak then I can always hang up. My mom hates when I say this and to be honest I don’t think I would ever really do that. It is quite rude to hang up on someone unless, of course, it was someone telling me I would get to meet Kate Middleton because then I would probably hang up from being so excited. πŸ™‚

Funny Story

When I was 15 and didn’t have my first job yet, I got a call from my friend telling me that the local baseball field was hiring for the summer so we went to the mall to be interviewed. I was pretty excited about it because if we both got the job, then we would get to spend our summer together working. I wasn’t even nervous for the interview. While waiting in line we ran into school friends and we just chatted during the wait until I was called in. I didn’t even have a resume because I was 15 and had never worked before. When I was called in I gave the interviewer a terrible, flimsy handshake. He then asked how I was and what position I was applying for. He couldn’t really ask me much about past experience so his next question was, “What do you like to do for fun?” For some reason I blanked out at that moment and said, “I like to read and….I don’t know.” That’s right! I said, ‘I don’t know.’ The question he asked me is probably one of the easiest questions to answer. I could list probably a 100 things right now if someone was to ask me that. Guess who didn’t get the job? This lady! But neither did my friend so I wasn’t completely heart broken.

Time to watch the Bacholorette (no judgement please)! Β The guys are so cute this season. πŸ™‚

Getting Excited!!!

I have 2 interviews set up for this week!!! I have one on Monday and the other one on Tuesday. The one on Monday is for an internship. I don’t really want to do another internship but I want to be busy this summer and have more experience to put on my resume so for now it is good for me to do another internship. The interview on Tuesday is for a part time job where my mom works. The pay for the part time job is great and it will allow me to work in an environment that I am thinking of creating a career in. You have to start somewhere, right? I am pretty excited for this summer.

I feel like this summer is going to be a fun one. I just signed up to join a soccer league with my friend. We keep joking that we are going to have to practice before we have our first game. We haven’t played since we were 11 so lets hope we don’t make too much of a fool out of ourselves. And…. I also just got Rosetta Stone. I have always wanted to be bilingual especially after working in Florida where I experienced hearing many different languages. I learned French in high school and can probably speak enough to help me if I got lost in Paris. I would love to one day be fluent in French but for now I have started learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone. My dad is fluent in Spanish so it makes more sense for me to practice learning Spanish for now. I can have him help me with pronunciation and grammar so basically he is my own free tutor. For instance, my pronunciation of the word ‘ella’ is hilarious and a bit embarrassing right now. I have to repeat the word so many times before the computer lets me move on to the next word. Haha. I am liking Rosetta Stone a lot because it makes the learning process fun. I also bought a workbook that is a 1st-3rd grade level. It was weird stepping into the child section of Barnes and Noble. It took me till I was 14 to enjoy reading books. Some of the books I saw in the children’s section the other day had some enjoyable plots on the back covers.

Goals Update

  • I hope to have a schedule where I post on the blog everyday but right now that doesn’t work for me. I want to write posts when I feel inspired to type something. I will still post 3-4x a week or even more depending on how I feel.
  • I ran a lot of miles this past week, which I am super proud of. This upcoming week I plan to do a lot of interval running.
  • I have cleaned my room!!!! Now I just have to start making it look more like a 20- somethings room.
  • I finally posted all my photos on Facebook. I had photos from last year I still hadn’t put up.
  • I am not a huge fan of the current banner but I am still working on it. I am sure it will change a lot in the next coming months.

goal 2

I also ate this yummy breakfast on Saturday morning. It was a chopped up pancake with fruit and yummy syrup.

breakfast pancake

P.S. I updated my about meΒ menu. πŸ™‚

Slow Tuesday

I planned for today to be super productive in the morning. I thought I would accomplish all my tasks before 12pm. Now that I look back I sort of have to laugh at the idea that I would have everything done by 12. First, I planned to wake up at 8:45, instead woke up at 9:30.Β Second, I planned to eat breakfast, then immediately workout and walk my mom’s dogs. Third, I thought I would apply for 10 jobs.

I failed at finishing any of these tasks before 12pm and that really bugs me. When it comes to work and school I always have things done on time but when it comes to my everyday life, I just don’t. Why is that? However, I do blame half of my laziness on the sweet potato I made this morning. I woke up craving a sweet potato and scrambled eggs with american cheese in them. I know I am weird.

yummy

yummy

The sweet potato took me 30 minutes to make but that is still no excuse for my laziness. I could have walked the dogs while waiting for the food to cook or sent out a few emails.

Fortunately, I finished most of my tasks by 8pm. Score! I ran 3 miles, applied to 5 jobs, and walked the dogs. I think when it comes to accomplishing tasks I need to do them immediatly when I wake up or I keep putting them off. For instance, watching an episode of Game of Thrones this morning was far more entertaining than applying for jobs. As soon as I pressed play on the television I no longer felt the need to get anything else done right away. I think next week I should set a new goal that involves no more procastinating. If I didn’t procastinate so much, then I would probably be less stressed and would have a lot more time to relax at night. πŸ™‚ Anyhoo! Tomorrow I will be going to my internship so I won’t have to worry about being too lazy. My internship allows me to be on a certain schedule so procastination isn’t really an option. Yay!

Update on goals:

  • I have ran 13 miles so far, which means I surpassed my goal. Woohoo!
  • I applied to 5 jobs. I only have 5 more to go! πŸ™‚

Funny little story

I was taking a shower earlier and my phone rang. I usually listen to Pandora while I am showering so my phone is always right next to the tub. When I saw who was calling I thought it was my mom because it had the same caller id as her job. I answered the phone on speaker and yelled, “Hi,mom!” because the shower head was still running. No one answered back to me and i could barely hear as it is. After I hung up my phone rang one more time but I figured I would just call her back in 2 minutes. When I got out of the shower, I noticed a notification on my phone that mentioned I had a voicemail. And that is when I made this face :O. I remembered that I applied for a job where my mom works about a month ago. I still can’t believe that happened. :/

Mother’s Day and Croissants

mother's day

I spent Mother’s Day morning watching Friends episodes and drinking hot tea in bed. I fell asleep at 1:30am last night, then I woke up at 4:30am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. 😦 I rarely have problems falling asleep. My sophomore roommate in college used to say that I would fall asleep at night so quickly after I would be having a conversation with her that she would be a bit amazed. As much as I hate having trouble with my sleep, I did appreciate being up so early. I love being awake when the sunrises. I feel like I am the only person in the world that is awake at that very moment. I know that I sound like an absolute cheese ball. Anyhoo! I stayed in bed until 9 :), then went for a four mile run on my treadmill. I finished my workout with an arm exercise that I found on Pinterest. I want to incorporate more arm exercises into my workouts. I want to look and feel strong for the rest of my life. It was pretty nice to have my workout done by 10:30am. Once, I was done with my workout I popped almond croissants in the oven. I bought Trader Joe’s almond croissants and placed them on a pan the night before.

Before

Before

While I slept it took the croissants about 6 hours to rise. I decided to make the croissants for my mom so she would have something special to eat. The best part about cooking the croissants was that I couldn’t mess up the breakfast.

After

After

Two of my sisters and I also bought my mom a bouquet. My oldest sister bought her a pretty plant that was inside a water can (I had to google water can to make sure that was the right word to use :/ ).

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Update on my goals:

  • I cleaned a little bit more of my room. Yay!
  • I have ran 7 miles in total so far, which means I am already over halfway to my goal (cue the dance emoji girl). Unfortunately, I have experienced my first blood blister from running today. The blood blister is on the side of my foot and it is not very fun to look at. I have been running since I was 14 and this is the first time I have gotten a blister. I guess I should throw my shoes away? Looks like I will be using google search engine tonight.
  • I failed at posting by 12 pm but at least I still did a post for the day even if it was a bit late.

I Failed

I failed! I failed at posting everyday this week. 😦 I had my post for last Monday sitting in my head just waiting to be typed up and then I got tired. Super fail. From now on Saturdays will be the start of each week for me. My goal for the upcoming week is to type a post before 12pm. I love having goals so I am pretty pumped about this. Now that my goal has been set I now must change the topic to (drum roll) a summary of my week!! πŸ™‚

Monday

Monday was a beautiful day with a temperature of 82 degrees. Yay! I went with my parents to get lunch and then sat at the beach by myself.

third post salad

I was carrying so much stuff that my mom had to help me bring it on the beach. While my mom tried to help me with my beach chair I sort of made a fool of myself. As I was about to sit in the chair my mom moved it thinking that she should move it a few inches back from the sun. Not good. I realized midway into trying to sit that I wasn’t feeling the chair on the back of my knees and well I jumped backwards to land in the seat which meant I hit the seat so hard that it started to close. Sooo… I ended up with my butt stuck in the seat with my feet dangling out and each of my hands holding my iPhone and iPad (a girl has to save her technology πŸ˜‰ ). My mom laughed so hard that she couldn’t help me right away. I am pretty sure all the beachgoers were staring at me because I yelled out, “Mom, why did you do that?!” After that brilliant experience, I spent about an hour reading a book until I started to get too cold, then I moved into the car while waiting for my parents to come back. The car was nice and toasty so I still got to experience the view of the beach just from a warmer spot.

Tuesday

Nothing exciting happened on Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday

I spent Wednesday and Thursday at my internship.

Friday

I spent yesterday also at my internship but I love Fridays because I get to see one of my friends. My friend currently works at a magazine so every Friday after work we go to Soulcycle, then out to dinner. Yesterday I got out of my internship early so I decided to hop on the subway and take a quick trip to TopShop located on Broadway in SOHO. I read the store’s address wrong and walked on West Broadway for 10 minutes before realizing the store was definitely not on West Broadway. Before skipping on over to Broadway, I stopped in a Starbucks to take advantage of their frappucino Happy Hour. Who doesn’t love half off on a Starbucks’s drink?! And then I finally ended up at TopShop. TopShop is by far one of my favorite stores. The first time I went into a TopShop was in Ireland when I studied abroad and I fell in love with the clothing store. I didn’t buy anything yesterday but I did see a few things I might want to buy. After leaving SOHO(one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city) I met my friend for Soulcycle. Soulcycle is my favorite spinning class because it makes me feel so calm when I finish. The class is a mixture of music and therapy for me. The instructor we had was so nice too. We try to make her class every Friday and I guess she started to notice this because when we left she asked us our names and said she would remember us. Her class is a ton of fun. She doesn’t single anyone out and she makes everyone in the room feel like they are awesome just for coming to the class. I finished the rest of my Friday buying macarons with my friend and eating a yummy dinner at Sarabeth’s. We had a blast just talking about our past week and telling funny stories from our past. I also found out that my friend was offered a new job so that is so exciting for her! πŸ™‚ I was pretty tired when I got home.

third post pizza

Saturday

I have a lot of shopping and exercise I hope to accomplish today. I spent the morning playing around with the site PicMonkey which is super fun. I am hoping to create a nice banner for my blog. In other words, the one I have right now is temporary. Hopefully, now that I have a blog I will become a bit more tech savvy with Illustrator and Photoshop.

third post yogurt

(yogurt drops for breakfast)

Goals 1

Second Post

Second Post!!! I am happy to see that I am posting on the blog everyday since I started it. πŸ˜‰ I know. I know. It has only been two days. I have thought about creating a blog for awhile and I can see already why so many people love having one.

Soooo…I guess I should say Happy Sunday!!! I spent this wonderful Sunday at a brunch with a few friends. One of my friends from high school turns 23 tomorrow so a few of her close friends got together for a fun brunch at 1pm. We sat outside behind a beaultiful building that had Christmas lights hanging from roofs and branches above all of us. I can only imagine how beautiful it must look at night. We were lucky it didn’t rain and that she picked a gorgeous day to eat outside. The menu where we ate had a lot of items that included bacon which is not something I like to eat (everyone else I am related to loves bacon) so I ordered an omelette. The omelette had cheddar cheese and broccoli rabe in it. Super yummy! I ate my omelette while sipping on a tasty mimosa.

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We spent almost four hours chatting away until I decided I should get going. My friend and I drove home in some of the worst traffic I have ever experienced on a Sunday. It was the kind of traffic where you feel like no one likes each other. I just kept hearing people beep and yell. By the time I was near home, my friend and I figured we should pick up italian ices. I ordered a medium vanilla cream ice.

I guess I should finish this post because it is getting a bit lenghty. I plan on spending the rest of my Sunday drinking hot green tea and watching my favorite Sunday night tv show. Hopefully, I will be able to get myself up early tomorrow to go for a three mile run. Maybe by typing that last sentence I will then feel like I am obligated to go running.

First Post

This is so exciting!!! First post. Yay! Now that my excitement has subsided, I guess I should introduce myself. Hi, my name is Ashley. I created this blog so that I would have a space to post fun pictures and any random thoughts I may be having. I am aware that barely anyone will read this but I thought this would be a better as well as more fun way to keep some sort of diary/journal. Let me start by introducing myself just like I used to do when I was a kid and bought a new journal.

Hi journal! Here are three things about me:

1. I love reading blogs

2. I have a huge obsession with almond butter/strawberry jam and icecream

3. I am in love with manatees. I hope to one day get to see them at Crystal River in Florida πŸ™‚

Now that I have finished my first (very corny) post I can now say I officially own a blog😁.