My #Questival Team!

Watching the sunset in Denver:



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Many awesome things have happened in the last four months…

I was accepted into graduate school (yipee!)
I went on a cross-country road trip (life-long dream of mine)
I booked a roundtrip flight to Costa Rica (more on that later)
I left my 9-5 desk job

There’s a lot of “I” statements happening with me lately, but here’s why I don’t feel guilty about it. I’ve been in self-sacrificial mode for a long time. Honestly, when I’m not somehow going out of my way to help something/someone else, I have the tendency of feeling inadequate as a human being. While there’s so much to be said about offering oneself for the benefit of others, I’m establishing another important lifestyle for myself; one of caring and feeding my body, mind, and soul first.

This new trajectory started about a week ago. It involves, among other things, a conscious effort to know myself on a deeper level by:

Treating my body to the rest and sleep it requires
Delving into an exercise regimen that is fulfilling and consistent
Cooking and purchasing whole foods, and specifically, eliminating sugar from my diet

Those are the three basic lifestyle changes that I’m prioritizing. Other activities, like meditating, reading, and experimenting with natural hygiene, are mixed into the pot, but they aren’t the main fare. My intent is to give these top three behaviors the time and energy to become second-nature, to become habit, and to follow me wherever I go.

I’m blogging about this process mostly as a way to reflect on each day and each week. If you’ve made a similar conscious decision to rewire and reinvigorate your life, I’d love to hear from your experiences. Thanks for reading!

Name the panda cub + more!

Top pick…
Have you ever wanted to name a sweet little panda cub? Time to cast your vote!

What I’m reading…
Platonic touch is missing in the lives of men; but why? The Good Men Project takes a look.

If you’re getting psyched for Girl Meets World, read up on Cory (Ben Savage) and his take on the new show. And if you ever doubted my profound love of Boy Meets World, this might change your mind.

No man is an island, but apparently you can own one for about the cost of an NYC apartment.

I haven’t hit the “why is a baby at this party?” stage yet, though I feel it creeping up on me!

What I’m learning…
The incredible history of Jewish immigration to Japan during WWII.

We’ve all heard of Sub-Saharan Africa, but have you heard of the Sahel? ME NEITHER!

What I’m eating…
Insanely delicious 3 ingredient pumpkin cake with a simple syrup glaze. Whip it up for an easy Thanksgiving treat.

What I’m watching…
Catching up on the Walking Dead. Can you believe I’m only on season two?

How I’m feeling good…
Spending a Saturday with some of my favorite people.

Hey there, pumpkin

Ready for the easiest most delicious autumn dessert in the world?

pumpkin cake

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1 spice cake mix
1 can of pumpkin
1 egg

Combine and mix ingredients. If batter is too thick, add 1/3 cup of water.
Grease a 9×9 inch pan and spread batter evenly.
Bake 22-25 mins or until toothpick test comes out dry.
Finish with your favorite cream cheese frosting or (my favorite) a simple syrup glaze.

Simple Syrup Glaze
1/2 cup powered sugar
2 shakes of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp butter (melted)