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I get by with a little help from my friends…

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Meet my friend Jer. In Italy I met some incredible people and he is one of them hands down. I’ve been struggling since I’ve been home in terms of readjusting and realizing that I won’t be around the same people anymore and that my life is going to be different. I haven’t really come to terms with the fact that my life is in fact, going to be different than it was before I left for my trip.

Who I am now is much different than the Jess before Italy, I don’t really know what to make of it to be honest, but I’m lucky to have such great friends that I’ve made. This morning I had a rough time, I woke up in tears because I miss my friends and I miss the lifestyle of Italy and being in the most beautiful country in the world. I was so used to having my own apartment and going to the grocery store on my own and cooking, actually being a grown up appealed to me, but Jer helped me realize that I am lucky to be home, and that this is a new chapter in my life and that I need to take every chance I can to better my life experiences and myself. I can’t fathom the idea of not having these incredible people in my life. Thank you Italy for showing me how incredible life can be.

My goals now are to get back on track with exercise and a healthy diet regimen along with picking up photography, I may not be great but I’ve learned some from Jer and I find that I really enjoy expressing myself through pictures. I also re-registered for the fall semester and am taking Painting I, Intro to Digital Photography, Intro to Philosophy, and Practical Logic, I am so excited to see what I learn and where my artistic abilities can go with these different classes. This whole soul searching thing has really benefited me and I’m happy that I am now really finding myself and going with the flow rather than stressing about the next day and the day after that, seize the day my friends.

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Italy

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I haven’t posted on my trip because a lot has happened since I’ve been gone. I’m a new person, I am someone who has truly seen a different side of themselves and the world. I got to explore the most beautiful country and eat delicious food, all while finding myself. In Italy I wasn’t worried about losing weight, being in relationships, or anything really because I emerged myself into this trip, I took every advantage and made damn sure that I had a clear mind and positive energy each day I was there because there was no room for negativity.

I miss it crazy there. I miss my friends and the adventures that I would go on everyday. It is going to be a battle that I’ll have to fight for some time to get over the fact that I’m not there anymore. I created a home there, a routine, and friendships. It is bittersweet.

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Starbucks at home and on a budget part 1

Starbucks at home and on a budget part 1

Lately Lexi and I have been going to Starbucks on numerous occasions during the week and we usually get either an unsweetened Green Tea Lemonade (Venti) for about $3.80 or a Vanilla Chai Hot with soy milk, sugar free vanilla, and half of the chai pumps (Grande) for around $4.44, this creates a huge hole in our pockets and lately I’ve been experimenting with both drinks to make a healthy and cheaper alternative.

Today I wanted a green tea lemonade in the worst way and I had to go to the grocery store anyway to pick up some things, so I decided to try to create my own Starbucks drink at home. I picked up a box of 40 tea bags of Bigelow’s Organic Green Tea, and two boxes of those lemonade packets that you use in your water bottles or glasses. This totaled me about $4, close to the price of ONE drink at Starbucks.

I brewed a cup of green tea and allowed it to chill and proceeded to pour a half of cup into a glass of ice and allowed the ice to chill it even more. I then poured HALF of the packet of lemonade then poured another 1/4 of a cup of green tea on top then added more ice.

I had Lexi try it first and she said it was almost identical to Starbucks but less bitter. She likes bitter things such as limeade, some lemonade, and sour grapes. I however, enjoy sweeter alternatives such as sweet lemonade and red grapes. I wanted to have cold green tea on hand so I wouldn’t have to wait for it cool down or water it down too much with ice, so I proceeded to fill a pitcher of cool green tea which took abut six cups. I’m so happy I found an alternative and for $4 I can make numerous servings of an Unsweetened Green Tea Lemonade beverage.

Here is the run down:

Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade (Venti):

Calories: 70
Sugar: 16g

My homed Green Tea Lemonade:

Calories: 5
Sugar: 0g

I think thats a pretty awesome and healthier alternative if you ask me, plus, I get to save gas!

Here is the official recipe:

3/4-1 Cup of chilled Green Tea
1/2- Packet of lemonade

To make TWO servings:

1 1/2 cups of Green Tea
1 Packet of Lemonade

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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My Face Today

I’m so HAPPY. Yes…HAPPY! Being healthy and having goals for myself really motivates me and puts a smile on my face.

For some reason…choosing to be healthy makes me way more confident in myself..does that make any sense?

I feel when people look at me they think “damn that girl is healthy” but in reality they probably don’t pay any attention but, hey! A girl can dream right!

As long as I’m smiling I’m happy.

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