In honor of graduation, I needed to make a College post! I know this is in left field compared to my other posts! I hope I don’t offend anyone in this post, but apart of blogging is being able to discuss difficult topics. I recently was around a group of people and we were talking about what happened to an individual after he had skipped around a few colleges… One person in this group made a remark about how he thinks he’s at Indiana University Kokomo (a community school). I wouldn’t have thought anything about it, but it was the way he said it… with a smirky tongue. The kind of way you say something without really saying it.
I was immediately offended, but I bite my tongue like I have many times before on this topic. See, I also graduated from this same school, did I become some worm under a rock? No. To this person, and to many others, these schools will never be good enough. I NEED to tell all of my community school peeps one thing, be proud.
Be proud that your parents aren’t paying your way through college. There are A TON of people who get help from their families. Which is seriously awesome. However, there are A TON who don’t. Some people may think these people are at a disadvantage. I look at it a little differently. Growing up nothing was ever handed to me, thankfully. My parents are awesome and didn’t want it that way. At the time I didn’t understand it, they could have given us whatever. Instead, they taught us work ethic and to truly be humble in every aspect of life. Honestly, I would feel really weird if they did pay my way through college. Thanks, but no thanks…anyway, Not only did you go through college and get a degree, you did it on your own dime.
Be proud you went to school full time while also working. Many students also work part time or full time to make their way through it all. As someone who went through those times working all those years. I know it can be difficult.
Be proud that you won’t have to spend your entire life paying back loans. One thing about community college is that it’s not the most expensive option. I know someone who got a scholarship and instead of going to a larger college, she went to her community college and got her bachelor’s degree paid for. Also, if you have family in the area you can save money on housing too.
Be proud that you can go on into this world and make big bucks like the rest of them! I know many who have.
Be proud that you made it through your hardship and still got your degree! What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are so many people who truly struggle. These schools help those individuals succeed and meet their goals to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Don’t get me wrong, going to a large university or college is an amazing thing also! I know that you also have put in many sleepless nights, hard working hours, and come across struggles as well. I KNOW that some of you also worked and are paying your own way. You should also be proud! My husband, friends, and family have attended amazing schools. I’m so proud of them. I do know that they are aware enough in this world to understand that successful people also comes from community college as well. I also know that some students hide the fact that they do go to a community college or never talk about it because people can be cruel about it. So to those who are not so aware, before you bash, belittle, or make fun of someone for going to a community college think of all the reasons why they went there in the first place and remember that they are only human.
Having a break is a very important time for anyone. My husband works from sun up to sun down and sometimes doesn’t even get to kiss our sweet boy goodnight. Which also means that I’m working around the clock too. I can hear some of you anti stay at home moms now-“omg, staying at home with your son isn’t a job, “she has it so easy.” While I’m blessed to be able to stay home, I think I also deserve a break. When my husband is home, I do get a few moments of relief. Sometimes it only lasts seconds. Those few times a week I cherish though. The time that I write I cherish. The time I get to work out I cherish. The time I spend in the shower, I cherish. I even go sit on the toilet just to sit there for long periods of time pretending to poop (omg I just said poop 😲-come on people, don’t act like you don’t do that too). These times “away” I cherish.
I can hear some of you thinking, “wow, she really must not like her family.” No, that’s not it at all. I LOVE them so much it hurts. I’m a better mom, a better wife, a better human being when I can get away for a few minutes and just be alone. I need that time to rejuvenate, relax, and let go of all things. If I’m not able to do these things, then I turn into a crazy person and all fury comes down on my husband, my dog, and lack as a mother.
When I mean crazy, I mean super insane. Everything my dog does turns into the worst possible things. The way he chews his bones and leaves a mess on the floor, the way he grabs Easton’s toy wanting to be chased around the house with it, and the way he uncontrollably licks Easton’s face. Yes, sometimes it’s cute and precious, but my lord Rudy (our dog) you don’t need to lick his face off.
Feel bad for my poor husband when he gets to come home to crazy me. He will eat his dinner and then I can’t help but ask if he was born in a barn because of his loud ass chewing and chomping. Then I get upset if he can’t watch Easton for more than two seconds so I can just be. Once, I just looked at him and asked him if he could just stop talking. I’m telling you people, having a break is important.
Now you all have some sort of idea what happens if I don’t. I’m a nicer all around person once I have that moment to myself. I can come back and be a better mom, wife, and human being. I think that goes for everyone though. It’s important to have me time. Especially if you have a crazy schedule, if you’re a mom with many little ones, or if you own your own business. Not only will this me time rejuvenate you, it will make you better at whatever you do and ultimately be a better person. Think about the other people in your life as well, like family and friends. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with endeavors that you’re into and soon enough those close to you get used to the idea of you not being around. Take that break that enables you to see your family and friends. Those relationships are important to your mental health as well.
Here are some things you can do for your break to really relax:
No! Dandelions aren’t beautiful you crazies! We spray our yards for them so it looks crisp and lusciously green. Those damn dandelions. We see them down the street at a nearby house. As we walk by that certain house with all of their dandelions, it’s easy to think that they don’t take care of their yard or that they just don’t care. Who am I kidding, we have a couple too. Then I see me son…his eyes and curious fingers don’t go for the crisp green grass. No, they go for the gold dandelion.
His pure innocence takes ahold of me and really gives me a different outlook. We see everything so ugly. It’s hard not to in this world. To him, everything is beautiful and magical. It could be a gold dandelion, an older dandelion (the kind you blow in the wind), our dog’s smelly fur, the creases in our hand me down furniture, the wrinkles in my mom’s smile, or the gray hair on my dad’s face. EVERYTHING to him is beautiful.
Today, it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of our world. You get on whatever social media account and see the worst. It’s sad really. We are more prone to judge others because of it. We scroll down our feeds just to see what juicy information we can find. It’s not our faults. We can’t turn the Television on without seeing something insane.
I’m sad that I am raising my son in a world with such violence and hate towards each other. The only thing I can do is raise him to treat others with respect. One thing that really bothers me are those crazy, hot head drivers. Sorry person honking behind me, I will turn when there aren’t cars in my path. Or the person who gets angry with the poor handicap people driving. They are doing their best. We are all doing our best. Don’t give people a hard time at life. They are doing the best they can. Give them support instead if you think they need it. You don’t walk in their shoes. You don’t know what their life is like. So instead of being rude. Be Kind. Offer a smile, a hand, or nice words. Be Kind.
So maybe dandelions are beautiful. You just need to look at them from a different point of view ;-).
So this weekend I made healthy banana pancakes! One thing I have found out about my fit journey is that I cook more now than I ever did before, haha! My poor husband. Another thing that I’ve noticed when I cook is the HUGE mess I make. I could never own my own bakery, I would come home and look like a ghost with flour all over me. Honestly, I’m messy with most things. I should change my blog to the “messy mom.” Hmmmm .
Anyway, I started out with two bananas. I put them in a bowl and smushed them real good until smooth!
After they are smooth (note, they are not fully smooth in that pic ^). Add two eggs.
At this point you may use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. Begin mixing the eggs into the mixture. Then add 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 cup flour, 1tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
Give it a good mix until smooth! Use 1/4 cup to make your cakes. It should make around 6 pancakes 🙂 I couldn’t believe how good they were! There are actually better ways to make this even more healthy- like instead of flour, baking powder, and baking soda-just use oats! Those are next on my list to try :-). I also can’t believe how awful these pictures are, LOL.
If you remember last week I didn’t do too well with this fit journey. I’m really motivated this week! Stay tuned for my meal prep!
For our entire lives we have relationships that surround us. I have many relationships that I cherish deeply that include Family, friends, and God… to just name a few. It’s important that these people in your life understand how much they mean to you. You lean on them and they will lean on you.
My family has always been super close. My parents worked really hard to ensure that we are close and always will be. The memories I have growing up make me laugh so hard. My sisters and I definitely had our moments. Once, my older sister was driving me and our little sister to school. There was snow on the road and we were taking the back way. My oldest sister and I were screaming at each other over clothes while my little sister in the back was sighing at our argument. We come up to a stop sign and begin to slide, the three of us start screaming in unison……we barely tap the stop sign. We all burst out in laughter so hard we’re crying. We have had a lot of laughing until we cry moments, but we have also had the moments where they tell me how I’m being and I tell them. Even if it makes us mad. It’s important to have your family. They will be with you to make you laugh, and be brutally honest with you.
How do they fit into my fit journey? Well, my little sister has always been a fit chick! She had abs the day she was born. My older sister has had two babies and bounced back like her skin was a rubber band (I’m the Oompa Loompa middle child)! They are also both amazing people with booming careers ahead of them (one in grad school, the other is a great photographer <check her out!) …They motivate me to be more like them more than they know.
Friendships are also a major part of my life. I have a few people that make me smile everyday. To them, it seems like all of my ideas and thoughts are awesome! I tell them I’m losing weight- “AWESOME, go Hannah! Let’s compete on Fitbit!” I tell them about a new business venture I’m thinking about- “yes!!! You should do it!” I tell them that I’ve cheated on my diet- “hell, me too!! Don’t worry about that!” I love the support I get from them and when going through this fit journey, it’s awesome having people like them by my side.
I have a son that I can’t wait to see where our relationship grows. I hope he always needs me. Even when he is my age someday. I talk to my parents almost everyday, and as he grows I hope he feels the need to talk to us too. Since my son can’t really talk to support me in this journey of mine right now, our relationship motivates me. I want to be able to keep up with him in his future. I’m scared if I don’t do something now, I won’t be able to then. As much as I am proud of him, someday, I want him to be proud of me.
Someone else by my side who I don’t talk about often enough is God. I don’t go to church as often as I should, but there aren’t many nights that I go without talking to him. He has helped my family through some difficult times and he is also helping me through this journey I’m on.
So why do relationships actually matter? You might believe differently, but they make us who we are. They help up evolve. Without my family I wouldn’t have learned the necessary lessons or what Love truly is, without my friends I think I would be insane, without God there would nothing.
I’m not going to lie, this week was difficult. I wasn’t able to get out and workout as much as I wanted and I really just did not like my salmon meal prep as much as I thought I would! With that being said, I did have a couple cheat meals. UGH…I’m so disappointed in myself. Last week I did so good! When I do workout everyday, I am more prone to eating how I should. Positive note, at least I am figuring out how to work through this and what works for me and my body. OH! I did find a good article solidifying my morning oats!! 5 Things That Happened When I Ate Oatmeal Every Morning For A Month
I love having them in the morning and this article says exactly how I feel about having them. If you haven’t tried to eat them lately and you’re looking for a change (especially if you are on a diet) I recommend eating them!
Next week I don’t think I will be getting fancy with my dinner meal prep and just keep it simple. Stay tuned!