[ a VERY detailed ceiling @ Château de Chenonceau – always pay attention to detail so that shit doesn’t hit the fan ceiling, y’know? ]
Here’s a story for ya – kind of a travel horror story if you will.
DRAMATIC … Just in time for Halloween?
As you guys know, I’m studying abroad in Paris at the mo’ – which means that the fall break ( a.k.a. : the week of Halloween, which the U.S. doesn’t count as a no-school holiday, but Europe does) will involve lots of travel & wanderlust.
Seriously, I’ll be going from place to place & snapping ALL OF IT – come hang!
Thankfully, I don’t have Friday classes this semester – SO I had originally planned to make the most of my free time by going to London earlier than the rest of my girlfriends.
& I definitely wanted to have a few of my own Nancy Drew self-exploration moments, y’know?
[ my very own Nancy Drew moment in the Parisian catacombs ]
Of course, things don’t always go as planned … & when that happens, it sucks beyond belief.
There I was, with my hopefully-under-22-lb suitcase lagging behind me & my Longchamp bag weighing down my shoulder, stepping off the metro after being on it for 16 stops ( yup, I counted – I was that bored ) …
It’s been SUPER busy-busy these days … BUT I want to keep you guys updated, regardless.
I really try to make it a priority to post at least 2-3 times weekly ( ALL posts up @ 7 AM PST ), but I really couldn’t do it.
& I would really rather spend quality time making quality content, instead of rushing & slapping some random BS post on the blog. It’s just not my thing to do the bare minimum, you know?
Right now, I’m actually writing this from a little wooden desk in my room in Paris, France! I could literally be in Antartica or something & yep, you’d still find me blogging away … 🙂 ( you can keep up with my behind-the-scenes adventures on Snapchat! )
It’s such a dream. I’m constantly pinching myself to remind myself it’s real.
So far, it’s been really incredible. I got here less than a week ago to study abroad this fall, & I’m already dreading the day I leave – HA!
I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOVEEE music.
It’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s a confidence booster, it’s a conversation starter, & hell – nothing has ever made me more productive. I totally swear by it when it comes to getting shit done & becoming the best version of yourself.
For me, music = motivation. I like it loud – HA!
Especially when working out. YES.
But, sometimes music is very much underrated. People don’t usually relate music to productivity because they find that it can be very distracting. However, this just isn’t always the case – it might be a distraction sometimes, but that’s a GOOD thing. Reallyyy & truly.
Before I grasped exactly WTF made organic foods so special, I was so, so confused. Seriouslyyy.
I didn’t grow up eating all organic, so I had absolutely no clue.
As soon as I was out in the world, shopping for my own ingredients, I was very much lost :
Why should I pay double the money for foods that literally look the same as the normal, cheaper stuff?
I once totally thought it was a marketing ploy – I mean, we’re never exactly sure what’s ACTUALLY done with our food during the long, LONG process involved before it’s set on the table, lookin’ nice & pretty.
& if you’ve had these same thoughts before, let me walk you through it – I’ll keep things simple!
I mean, really – IS IT a fruit? Or is it a vegetable?
My theory? It’s totally a fruit – I definitely eat it like one!
I’m talking : light breakfasts, juicy snacks, or a lil’ sweetness in my salad – YES.
Of course, I adore all fruits ( seriously, fruit is SO good – taste-wise & health-wise! ). But, tomatoes are probably one of the healthiest fruit choices out there.
First off, tomatoes are clearly not as sugary as apples or bananas … Seriously, 1 tomato only has 22 calories. You’d prob be burning more calories from slicing & eating the tomato! Or even just taking a huge bite out of it & trying not to make a mess ( been there, done that ). Negative calorie foods are the SHIT.
Today I’m throwing it back to a time when I would eat junk food like it wasn’t a huge problem. YIKES! – we’ve all been there, right?
WEIRD because I basically I grew up in a house that almost never had candy, chips, or soda at an arm’s reach.
I think what really makes junky processed foods SO alluring is that they’re easy to eat & packed full of flavor – WAY too much flavor than necessary.
Crazy thing though : While inhaling an entire bag of chips or cookies, I never ever wondered “Oh gosh, I wonder what makes these so damn good?” … Until one day I randomly decided to read past the nutrition facts & glimpse the ingredients label.
MAN, what a totally eye-opening, life-changing moment that was!
Like, curiosity killed the cat?
… NOPE, just my appetite.
Not even being extra ( okay maybe a lil’ – who am I KIDDING ), but just WTF was sodium stearoyl lactylate? High fructose corn syrup? Sorbic acid? Artificial flavors?
These are all ingredients commonly found in highly processed foods – kind of as if we’re eating out of a chem lab instead of a kitchen.
I decided I wasn’t a fan & I wanted to cut down on the unnecessary chemicals going into my body – food should just be food, y’know? & thinking back, these processed foods tasted good for about 2 mins before I ended up feeling sluggish & gross – just not the best version of myself AT ALL.