Summer has finally commenced, you guys!!! Cue the SUNSHINE (please San Diego, no more glooooom), outdoor movies, road trips, farmers markets, concerts in the park and quality friend and family time. I’m finally getting into my groove which I believe is the most important “groove.”  When I’m not in my groove then everything seems to be a little out of whack. Yay for grooves? There are doors opening (with some closing), friendships are being made and I’m feelin’ GOOD. The more you let things happen to you, good or bad, the better.  As long as good vibes are being put into the universe, it will reward you! Taking “me” time is also super important and is a practice I strongly believe in. Yes be social, but don’t drain yourself. Talking to all my extroverted-introverts out there…

This month will be focused on practicing: vulnerability, patience, will power, and love. 

Vulnerability to letting things happen that are out of my control.

Patience in the process (“the process” being life and more specifically finding a job I love). 

Will power mostly for just saying no to sweets after dinner…

And love because sometimes I feel like I put completely unnecessary walls up and don’t give off enough general expressions of love to those who might need it/deserve it around me! For whatever reason this one seems to be one of the hardest for me.

P.s. This is almost month 2 of being (almost) completely vegan!! I’ll do a recap of my experience so far later this week (Teaser: It’s really damn easy)

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Woah that was a long hiatus. I’ll be honest, I felt weird not posting every week. I’ve been in this job-hunting/figuring out what my life #goals are, kind of a funk lately and this hovering overcast hasn’t been helping. Also, my body physically got sick from stressing myself out so much. Didn’t know that was actually a thing…And if you know me, you know I’m extremely chill and don’t like to stress about things, so that honestly probably shocked my system which is pretty crazy.

SO now, I’m consciously choosing to be happy, upbeat, and follow where my heart desires starting now even when those waves of self doubt or negative thoughts start coming down. Everything is up to me and me only and always has been. All about that manifestation life these days, ya know?

And you know when they say, “when one door closes, another one opens”? Well that just happened to me with a job I (extensively) interviewed for and eventually ended up not getting the position. But that same day, my friend texted me asking if I wanted to go to Tahiti for a month in August….Coincidence??! I think not….Just the universe working it’s weirdly amazing magic.

A job will come when it’s supposed to. I’ll still be searching around, but not to the point of sickness(…). And even if it’s not up to the potential/standards that I see for myself and what I could be doing at the moment, I know it’s just a stepping stone for something greater in the future.

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I was talking to my friend last night about how this summer is going to be one for the books. We just feeeeel it you know? I have had a Summer playlist going for about 2 years now where I keep adding songs to it whenever I hear something niiice that just fits into the summer vibe (at least my summer vibe). I figured I shouldn’t let this playlist go to waste on my ears only so here you go:

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It was my birthday on Monday!! My birthday was on a Monday so it pretty much looked like the pic above. Nothing has changed haha.

You would think that turning 23, with a college degree (that rhymed), living at home with no job tied down would be super stressful and anxiety-inducing. Well I would be ridiculous and truly kidding myself and whoever is reading this if I said it’s all peachy over here because it’s not!

I wouldn’t be a normal human being, especially in this day and age, if I told you I feel great about being jobless and living at home haha. BUT I will say that I’m extremely fortunate/grateful in that I can take my time in this job-hunting process I’m in right now and not rush into anything I’m not 100% percent sure I want to pursue.

WHERE I’M AT:

I’ve realized that it honestly all comes down to not giving a flying you-know-what about what anyone else thinks about where I’m at in life and staying honest with myself. And not just saying “I don’t care what anyone else thinks” but truly believing it and living that motto out. I just came back from traveling for 3 months, so of course I’m going to be behind in the job department. And for whatever reason it’s finally setting in that that’s actually okay despite where other people are at.

I had dinner with some friends the other night where I was bouncing job ideas off of them (in a somewhat frantic banter now that I look back on it), telling them about my “Work” tab with over 100 jobs I’ve bookmarked over the past few weeks. It wasn’t until one of my friend’s mentioned that I should simply just take my time in the job process and not worry about it when I realized I need to chill out and that only I am creating this stressful weight on my shoulders to nail down a job like, tomorrow. I know for a fact this stress I create comes from a place inside where I see my friends working, making money, and also another place where I see how I’ve grown up extremely fortunate, surrounded by pretty successful people and have lived a pretty well-traveled/lived life so far. And so naturally, I want to match such success with whatever career I choose and what I end up doing with my life. Which you can see could be kinda stressful, ya? (I hope that all made sense…)

SO, if you’re in a similar kind of boat then my words of advice would be to just confirm with yourself that you know you’re on your right path, despite it being different from where maybe your friends or other colleagues are at! I hate that I’ve created this stress ball in the back of my mind that says I have no job therefore I am useless and not doing anything substantial. I’m gonna call BS on that. Even if I feel like I may not be where I want to be yet, it’s only a part of this big process! Duh. Everything that’s happening at this moment will play a part in where I eventually end up, even if it doesn’t seem relevant at the moment. WHAT I’M TRYING TO GET AT is that 23 is going to be the most exciting year yet and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

I’ve been going to Kauai my whole life and have seen the Noni plant, especially its fruit, being advertised constantly around the island so I finally wrote a post about its benefits, why it’s so damn popular over there and all of its healing powers.

Fun Facts:

Grows extremely well on fresh lava flows.

Known also as “cheese fruit” and the Indian Mulberry.

Before it was used for it’s health benefits, Noni was primarily used as a dye.

Noni juice contains Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, Folate, E, and beta-carotene.

It contains minerals including: calcium, large amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.

Noni is part of the adaptogen family in that it brings the body in a more normal balance.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.real-noni.com/What-is-Noni-i87/
  2. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/noni
  3. http://www.costaricannoni.com/Noni/Benefits/Dr-Neil-Solomon
  4. http://theindianvegan.blogspot.com/2012/09/all-about-noni-in-india.html