Archive | October, 2012

A Peachy Breakfast

25 Oct

Remember how I told you I was working on getting healthy and eating right? Yea, well none of that really happened last week.

Whoops.

This week things have changed: I’ve worked out, twice (so far!), and I’ve been eating better. Here was this morning’s breakfast:

It was quick, easy, and pretty healthy…Here’s how you can make it!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sliced peaches (the frozen ones work perfectly fine — that’s what I used)
  • 1 Thomas’ Whole Wheat English Muffin, sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp. butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. uncooked oatmeal
  • 1-2 tbsp. cream cheese (whipped would be best – fewer calories without having to compromise flavor like you do with that yucky, low-fat cream cheese)
  • a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

  • In a small skillet, over low heat, melt butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Once those ingredients have melted together, add in oats. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Tip: keep heat medium-low so that you don’t end up burning your pan or sauce.
  • After oats have cooked a bit in the pan, add the peaches to pan. (If using the frozen ones like I did, I recommend defrosting them before you throw them into the pan). Stir occasionally and allow peaches to warm up completely.
  • While the peach mixture is “doing its thing,” throw your muffin in the toaster, and let it brown to your desired level.
  • Finish it off! After the muffin is toasted, spread some cream cheese on each slice, and top with warm, peachy goodness!

Variation:

  • Don’t like peaches? I’m sure you can use just about any other fruit as a replacement. I actually may try this with strawberries before the week is done!

That was easy, right? And you start your day off with fiber, fruit, and overall goodness. I’m no mathematician, but I can tell you without a doubt that you won’t exceed 400 calories with this breakfast!

So next time you are thinking of making breakfast, try this, and let me know what you think!

Stay healthy, my friends…

-D

Can You Guess Who…

14 Oct

…has a birthday coming up in exactly one month?

Yep, you’re looking at her.

ME!!!

Woo-hoo! So exciting, right? The big 2-4 (ok, maybe that isn’t typically considered a “monumental” birthday, but every year lived is worth celebrating)!

YOLO.

What does this girl want for her birthday? Well, a few things…

  1. A GOOD JOB — is that really too much to ask for from an intelligent, talented young woman with her master’s degree?
  2. A SICK BODY — not in a sick “ah-choo” way, but I’m saying like “mmhmm, she know she bad” kind of way. Alright translation for anyone not understanding my slang: a more toned physique.
  3. A GOOD JOB!! Oh wait, I did say that already. Clearly you see just how important that is to me.

So how do I go about getting these seemingly simple gifts? (Well isn’t that always the tough part?)

Here’s what I’ll be doing to turn my birthday wishes into a reality:

  • APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! I can’t say that I’ve been slacking in that department, but I have been doubting whether or not I have the skill level to apply to certain jobs, when in reality, I do. I have to keep in mind…

  • WORK IT OUT! I’m sexy and I know it, but there’s always room for improvement. I promise that at the end of this month-long period I will post a before-and-after pic that will blow your mind. Haha, let me not hype this up so much. But seriously, the running begins, as well as the squats, push-ups, core workouts, etc. If I see my plan is working, then I will share with you all, of course!

So those are my goals/wishes for the upcoming month. What goals will YOU be working on during this time period? There’s no time like the present to start working on your dreams!

Got workout tips?

Share them? A blogging community that works out together, stays together (yep, totally made that one up, but if the shoe fits…!)

Got job-finding tips? Share them!

Let’s all accomplish great things together!

-D

Behind the Lens

11 Oct

I took this photo about a month ago at a family outing at the park for my father’s birthday. I thought it was a beautiful photo, showing some of nature’s beauty.

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’ve been a little down over the past couple of days, but as I look at this photo, I realize the following:

Life is sort of like photography…

Every single thing you see through your camera lens is not going to be beautiful, but you have the power to make the best of it. Sometimes looking at something from one angle won’t get you anywhere. You won’t see what you want, or what is meant, to be seen. Sometimes you have to roll around, and get down and dirty to get the perfect shot.

Are you getting what I am saying?

Every moment in life is not going to be picture-perfect.

Times will get hard. Life will throw some nasty, little curveballs at you.

But what are you going to do about it? Are you going to do what it takes to turn your ugly moment into a beautiful lesson?

My advice? Unleash your inner photographer: get creative in how you fight back against life’s challenges!

How do YOU conquer the things in life that are less than picture-perfect? Talk to me!

-D

Can Dreams Really Come True?

9 Oct

Today I write, as a broken spirit…

I said I was going to get back on track, but reality smacked me in the face today and told me to have a seat.

What do you do when the career you dream of becomes something that cannot become a reality? Do you give up? Change your dreams?

Usually I’m on “Team Dreams Can Come True,” but today, I feel as though all of the members of my team got shot and killed, and with it, so did my hope.

I feel like this post can go in a thousand directions…

I could focus on how student loans are the worst things ever, and how because I am in debt up to my ears, I cannot afford to get into the industry that I want so badly to be a part of.

I could talk about tips on how you can overcome a feeling of defeat — oops, I can’t do that, because I’m clearly struggling with that right now.

I could tell you how in times like these you have to “let go, and let God,” but even I am sitting here struggling to believe things will get better.

So alas, I finish this post the same way I started it: as a broken spirit.

The Bottom

7 Oct

If there is one good thing about hitting rock bottom, it is that the only way left for you to go, is up.

I mean, what can be worse than crying under the blankets for days, eating donuts in bed (maybe that isn’t too bad, just unhealthy), being unemployed, and broke…with Sallie Mae calling me everyday?  (God please don’t accept this as a challenge!)

Ok, so technically things could be worse, but I’ve learned that each person’s “bottom” is different, and right now I’ve reached mine.

I didn’t expect to be feeling like this two months after graduating with my master’s degree — that “on-top-of-the-world” feeling has left me.

This feeling of depression has got to go, so today, I pledge to start climbing back to the top, as that is where I know I belong.

I don’t know what your struggle is, but let’s remember this quote, together:

“It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

And now I leave you with an inspirational song, of sorts, by Florence + The Machine (who I’ve been sort of obsessed with for the past month or so…)

Enjoy!!

-D

P.S. We can and will overcome any adversity we face! Stay optimistic!

And just how do I explain this?

4 Oct

Do you ever decide that you want to do something, but have no idea where to begin??

Or how about, you have so many great ideas, but don’t know which one to pursue??

OR, you know what you want to do (and it involves a bunch of different things), but you don’t know what to name your precious product??

Ok, if so, we are on the same page!

I’m D, and I’ve decided to start a new blog: a place where I can talk about things that interest me, like beauty trends, products, tips and basics one day, and then the next day talk about love and relationships… And then the next day talk about workout tricks to give you a gravity-defying booty…followed by an op-ed about how hard it is to be a Saints fan this season.

If you think I’m all over the place, good — that means you are paying attention!

So how the hell do you name a blog that touches on a little bit of this, that, and everything in between?

Welcome, my dears, to MISC.

MISC.: Abbreviation for “miscellaneous,” which is defined as consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character; or having various qualities, aspects, or subjects.

So let’s consider this blog a miscellaneous collection of my thoughts, tips, advice, ideas, photos, videos, and so on and so forth!

Bottom line, just be ready for anything.

Thanks for checking out MISC. and I hope you enjoy!

-D