A New Year With New Opportunities

I just arrived to my in-laws yesterday to spend New Years with my partner and his side of the family. I am so happy to be with my nephew again. He starting to learn to walk and is turning 1 year old in 12 days! I feel blessed to have this time, especially because things will be different next year.

Given the time of the year, I find myself reflecting on how thankful I am that my partner and I are together after 5 years of long distance and being able to plan our future. 2017 was filled was a lot of changes and struggles that felt out of my control, but we have had much to talk about, research and plan.

I likely will not be working in a planetarium or even a science center. However there are a lot of other opportunities, such as libraries, state parks, history museums or even a museum down in New York City. I am flexible since I have a lot of passions. My partner and I also talked about me doing yoga teacher training or studying nutrition. With how I have seen many of my friends needing to adapt with the jobs that are available, I figured I would need to be open to other careers. My path to working in the planetarium was not straight forward.

My partner is seeing this in his technology career too. What he started working on when we began graduate school in 2009 is on its way out soon. The job offer he took allows for him to take professional development courses and learn more about the other areas of his field so he can grow with his field. It was amazing the opportunities this company will offer.

Any new opportunities happening for you this year that you would like to share? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!


I have been laughing a lot lately. I am realizing it is something I have not done much of over the last decade. Sad. Things have just been so serious and overly planned out. I did not have enough moments where I was enjoying life. Thankfully, that is changing now. It feels great to be laughing again every day.

I have heard it can help with reducing stress levels, among other benefits. Laughing is undeniably good for you. There are all these conflicting messages about what foods or habits are healthy, but the actions you do for a happy life can be the best place to start to improve your health.

A short post today because we should all be enjoying the holiday season with our loved ones. I know I want to focus on laughing with my family and friends. Happy Holidays! Hope you get in your laughs this week 🙂

Ending What I Ate This Week

So I started doing these posts every week because I thought it would help me stay on track, but it did not. Addressing my emotions and finally knowing where we are heading after my partner graduates really changed my habits. It does not mean that I will never share what I ate again, but I need to focus on improving myself. Let me know if there is any aspect you would like to me share about the process I am doing to end my bad eating habits.

My Binge Eating, the Truth

I have been binge eating. It is an unhealthy habit and I am trying to put a stop to it. I know I am doing this as a response to anxiety. I need to address the stress instead of escaping it via eating well past full. Realizing you have a problem is step one. Getting help regarding my anxiety issues is the next step. I am looking into though.

There are not a lot of options mental help in my area that we can afford, but I recently learned about the online tool BetterHelp that I think can work for my needs. I have to do something though. It is important for my health and healing. I also know that my mentality could be negatively impacting my hormonal healing.

This is something that has gotten out of control over the last year, but it is not a new habit. When family drama heightened over the holidays I used the buffet of holiday meals to distract me and keep my mouth shut. Though, as soon as the food was put away I was free to speak my mind. Eating is out a temporary fix.

Currently, I have been buying and making too much food and using the excuse of not wanting to waste anything. It is just an excuse though. There have been many things I could have froze to eat another day or items I could have just not made.

What I Ate This Week (12/7 – 12/13/2017)

A week mostly filled with leftovers, but did not over eat and kept dessert to the end of the day or herbal tea.


Quiche and fruit with yogurt

Quiche and juice

Apple cider buttermilk pancakes – I just really wanted pancakes, so I made it happen one morning and the craving was done.

Clementines, pomegranates, pear butter, yogurt – I made the yogurt in our instant pot. I also made the pear butter 🙂



Avocado toast and juice

Lentil soup

Lentil bolognese over spaghetti squash

Coconut curried lentils


Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts and Tofu

Pinto and gauc tacos topped with red cabbage slaw

Lentil bolognese over spaghetti squash

Butternut squash soup with pepitas, pomegranate and goat cheese



Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Peppermint cookies – Watch the video for the cookie recipe, if you use it, she left over the sweetener on the written recipe.

Herbal tea

Miniature Mint Kitkat

Was I Getting Enough Sleep?

Since my last day of work at the museum, my sleep has changed. I pretty much always got in 8 hours and I thought it had been the perfect amount of sleep for me. However, I have been waking up naturally after 9 hours for the past few months. I started to wonder if I had been getting enough sleep before.

I am not someone who has trouble sleeping. I enjoy sleeping and only occasionally, usually due to traumatic experiences, have issues with falling asleep or staying asleep. My partner on the other hand has serious insomnia issues and can be stubborn about following the routine his doctor recommended to help him fall asleep and stay asleep. I know I am lucky and that many people suffer from sleeping disorders. I just have been reminded lately that sleep is important.

With the changes coming up we will be able to get a new mattress too, which could help us both since our current bed is 8 years old and has an obvious dent in the middle. It makes sleeping on our backs quite uncomfortable. I know quality sleep has amazing benefits, including healing. Anything I can do to improve my hormones is important to me.

Even with an older mattress, however, I feel more well rested than before. I did not think one additional hour of sleep a night would help this much. I know I am not “catching up” on sleep I previously lost. There are studies that show you can not play the catch up game with your sleep. Regardless, I am grateful I am sleeping better and it is something I can do to easily take care of myself. It does not cost a dime either! 😉

What I Ate This Week (11/30 – 12/6/17)

A friend visited me from St. Louis over the weekend 🙂


Maple pecan oats

1/2 Mom’s Special from Mom’s Deli – My friend who visited this weekend brought me a sandwich 🙂

Toast + clementines with plain yogurt – I bought this yogurt at the farmer’s market.

Mushroom and Swiss Chard Quiche – Something from my recipe testing I do and the crust turned out very poorly.



Apple beet carrot ginger juice + avocado toast


1/2 an Italian sandwich

2 Bean and Cheese Pupusas and 1/2 Tamale

Lentil barley soup

Spaghetti squash and Lentil Bolognese


Burrito bowl


Lentil barley soup


Spaghetti squash and Lentil Bolognese

Pork Boxty


Thai Chili Tofo and Brussels Sprouts


Christmas cookies



Vegan Cheesecake




My partner received a job offer and we officially have accepted it on Thursday. We will be moving to the Hudson Valley area of New York in late Spring. I have never been to that area of the country and I am really elated to explore it for the first time. It is a relief that we have this figured out. We are also hoping to buy our first home when we move, whoa! So much excitement!

In March we will go scope out the area to look for housing. Then in May, after graduation, we will drive both our cars over to New York to get settled in and learn the area before he starts his position in June. There is plenty of time. I can also start looking into jobs for myself!

It just feels like life is coming together. We are in one place together. We will both be out of school. We can settle down. We can save more money. It is the beginning of the next chapter of our lives. I just keep breathing a sigh of relief and in disbelief that I will be a New Yorker. Life just keeps getting more interesting.

Additionally people can finally stop asking us when he will be finished. Something that is an anxiety inducing experience because a PhD can feel like it will never end at time. Regarding most questions though, if you think about it there will always be a question they will be asking. They likely have not seen you in a while so they are asking to catch up with you. So be nice, likely it is not their goal to make you feel like you are behind in life. That feeling is all on you.

Look for more posts regarding this in the Spring. 😉