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Happy 150 Years Theta!

150 years ago, four women decided they were tired of simply being tolerated at their college and that they were going to do something for them to provide a support system for women in school. Little did Bettie, Hannah, Alice, and Bettie know, they were starting the first Greek letter fraternity for women, that’s right a sorority before they existed, that would thrive and grow for 150 years and counting.

I joined this organization about 8 years ago when I was in college. I had wavered on the idea of joining a sorority for a while, and finally decided I would rush and see what happened. I had no idea where I’d end up, if even in a sorority at all, and I was definitely hesitant about it because I’d heard the rumors and stereotypes and didn’t want to be a part of something potentially catty. But I still decided to give it a shot. Fast forward to getting into Kappa Alpha Theta.

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I’ll be the first to admit it’s not all sunshine and butterflies when you join a sorority. There are catty girls who spread rumors and who you just don’t get along with. There are people who expect you to act a certain way because you’re a sorority girl. There are lots of events, which don’t get me wrong are fun, but it is a huge commitment on time and dedication to it.

It’s also an amazing decision to make to join one, especially Kappa Alpha Theta. Theta focuses on academics, service, philanthropy, and supporting sisters. I met some of my best friends because of the sorority and some very important people in my life. Since graduating, I’ve also met flight attendants, women in Disney, and other alumni of Kappa Alpha Theta from all over the world who share a special bond with me. A bond that has lasted 150 years and will continue to grow for many more generations. A bond that has allowed us to experience having a group of women support you and look out for you during some of the most formative years of your life and then some. I’ve met women who I can call crying when my life is crumbling to dust around me. I’ve also met women who are more excited than I am when things go right. I’ve met women who plan surprises like a trail of puzzle pieces to lead you to your paddle or women who will spend hours watching kickball tournaments for a good cause. Without Kappa Alpha Theta, I wouldn’t have met these women.

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I am so grateful that not only did I meet these women in college and beyond, but that I’m still meeting them. I met new Thetas yesterday at an Alumni event celebrating the 150 years of sisterhood. It was a lovely experience getting to see women as young as still in college to those who have been a Theta for 50 years all come together to celebrate an organization that binds us together.

If you’re reading this and wondering, “should I join a sorority?” All I can say is yes. Give it a try. Go through the rush process and don’t give up part-way when you’re in tears on your apartment or dorm room floor because the sorority you thought you wanted dropped you. Don’t decide it’s not worth it because you don’t want to be a “sorority girl.” There’s more to us than meets the eye and I know several from other sororities who are wonderful women who just want to help make the world a better place. Listen to your heart and give it a try. You’ll gain a wonderful support system and a sisterhood that shows you traditions and rituals that bind you together, and if you matched well, that support who you are as a person.

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Pay All Your Bills At Once

This may seem tough, but with how easy it is to schedule payments, it’s really much simpler to pay all your bills at once. Even if your bills are set out, you can schedule them to be paid when necessary, and sitting down once is much more time efficient than sitting down multiple times and hoping you don’t forget a bill payment.

Love Potion

Hey y’all so this won’t make that special someone you have your eye on fall in love with you, but it will taste good, and maybe help it if this is an unrequited love situation. Check out the recipe originally from: https://www.thechunkychef.com/love-potion-vodka-cocktail/

You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Peach Schnapps
  • 1 cup of grapefruit, cherry or raspberry juice (to me, cherry or raspberry is tastier than grapefruit, but to each his own)

Prepare:

  • Pour everything into a cocktail shaker, add some ice, and shake away.
  • Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Switch Up Your Workouts

Hey y’all, so I know you’re still going strong on those New Years resolutions and keeping up with those workouts, so now’s the perfect time to remind you to switch up your workouts for this Wellness Wednesday.

We all know how important it is to keep up with your cardio and it’s also equally important to switch up your workouts to make sure they stay effective. I don’t mean that you have to completely change what you’re doing, because that’s not it at all, but you should mix things up a bit. What many people don’t realize is that if they continue to do the same workout every day, it won’t work the same way that it did a few weeks ago. You need to change it up a bit whether that be trying a new workout to get you out of a rut or just adding to your current workouts. It also doesn’t have to be a permanent change, but if you’re pretty regularly doing cardio and then arms, try adding in a new workout for your arms, you can find several on Pinterest. This will help shake up your workout and get you working a different part of your muscles too. The same thing goes for cardio, if you find that you’ve suddenly hit a rut in what you’re doing, change it up. If you’re on a treadmill, adjust the elevation of your workout, or try going faster and see if you’re finding that to be challenging for you. These changes can be simple tweaks that can make a huge difference.

If you find you’re just growing bored with your current workout or it really doesn’t seem to be working for you, don’t be afraid to try something new! I have tried so many different workout classes and exercises from Zumba to kickboxing to running outside to treadmills and ellipticals, and not all of them worked for me, and that’s ok. I tried it, if I loved it, I kept coming back and if I hated it, I tried something else! Even if everyone raves about it, it’s ok if you don’t enjoy that type of workout. My friend and I tried pilates once, and neither of us got what the big deal was. What works for some doesn’t work for others.

Switch up your workout every now and then and see what a difference it makes!

Go Through Your Jackets

Now is the perfect time to go through your jackets and see if any are too small or too large, and donate them. Especially now when temperatures are dropping, jackets are in need, so if you have any you don’t wear or need anymore, donate them to your local shelter or a store that is doing a jacket drive.

XO Rice Krispies

Hey y’all so that special time of year is coming and for all of you who are excited for Cupid and all the love and romance he brings, I have a recipe you’ll love. It’s super easy and super cute, making it perfect for Galentine’s Day, a romantic date night, or preparing a snack for the kids’ school. XO Rice Krispies are a delicious and fun treat anyone will love.

You’ll Need:

Pink and/or red food coloring

1 box Rice Krispies cereal

1 bag of marshmallows

XO cookie cutters (Not necessary, you can form these by hand)

How To:

  1. In a medium sprayed or buttered sauce pan, melt the marshmallows over low-medium heat until fully melted.
  2. Add in the box of cereal.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Spread out into a wax-paper lined pan.
  5. Use cookie cutters or your hands to create XO shapes.
  6. Enjoy!

Meatless Mondays

Hey y’all! How are your resolutions going so far? We’re only about two weeks in, so hopefully everyone is still going strong. One of my resolutions was to try to eat more veggies and less meat this year. Now, I know the importance of eating meat and I will never fully cut it out of my lifestyle because A) I love a good steak and B) eating meat has many health benefits that I want for my body. However, I can also definitely try to eat a little bit less because that’s also good for my body and good for the environment. So I’m going to try to work harder on incorporating meatless Mondays, as well as only have meat in one meal a day.

Meatless Mondays

So meatless Mondays is essentially no meat on Monday, which for someone who is very used to recipes that use meat, can be a bit difficult. I’m still trying to find healthy lunch and dinner options that are vegetarian, as well as don’t only consist of pasta. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love pasta, but I also am trying to limit that to once a week, so I can’t have it for lunch and dinner. Luckily, Pinterest is a great resource for me, and I also found these frozen black bean burgers that are delicious, and not super high in sodium, which means I can enjoy them without worrying too much about the preservatives factor.

Meatless Lunches

Here is another place where I struggle. So I can enjoy a salad just as much as the next person, but the problem is that I’ll be starving in an hour or two, and that was when the salad had chicken on it! When it’s just a plain salad, that simply doesn’t cut it for me, and I know several others who would agree with me. Once again, I’m having to get a bit more creative with things, but luckily that can also be easily done. Make yourself a peanut butter sandwich to go along with the salad or make up a quinoa and vegetable power bowl. Those are both good sources of protein and don’t contain any meat. Hummus and vegetables and pita bread is another great choice. Again, if this is something you’re considering doing, use your resources, Pinterest never fails with a recipe for something.

At the very least, if you find that you can’t go without any kind of meat on Mondays, go with a lean white meat and try to lower your intake of red meat. I get it, steak is delicious, again I love it, but I also rarely have one because it really isn’t the healthiest option out there. But turkey, chicken, those lean white meats, those are great options to help your heart stay healthy while still getting your meat fix.

If anyone has some vegetarian recipes they’d like to share, please post them in the comments! I’m always looking for new recipes to try 🙂

Have an Evening Routine

Hey y’all, so there are some nights when it seems like there is just too much to be done and too little time to do it…at least, that’s how I feel sometimes. You know what really helps me to get things done and stay focused? Having an evening routine. I know, I know, but trust me on this, it really does help. The past few weeks I’ve been coming home from work and first thing I do is change and get my workout in, and I haven’t missed a day, and that was during the crazy holiday times too! I then have a bit of energy so I can get some chores done, make dinner, etc. It’s all because I have an evening routine and that really helps me to streamline my night.

Don’t Bottle It All Up

We all know what happens when we take a jar or a bottle or even anything and we keep shoving things down in it, eventually it will all come exploding out. The same thing happens for people, when you keep pushing down anger or sadness or any kind of emotion like that, it’ll come out eventually. It may be something big that causes the eruption of emotions and it may be something quite small. No matter what the cause is, it’s important to not bottle it all up.

Psychologically speaking, bottling up or stuffing down our emotions isn’t healthy. There’s a reason therapy is so beneficial, oftentimes because people just need to speak about their emotions and get them out of their heads and bodies and into the world. Not to mention, communication with your loved ones is super important, and it’s usually them that cause these feelings to erupt at certain times.

There can be a lot of things that we may bottle up. We may hide our sadness at something and keep it hidden and whenever more is added, we just shove it down deep and pretend it’s not there. That’s effective, I suppose, for a little while, but at some point, that sadness is going to come up, and it’s going to cause you to break down crying whether at a broken nail or a commercial or something else. The same goes for anger. If you’re angry at someone about something they did, you can try to bottle it up, but if the behavior continues, you’ll find yourself exploding on them, and you may wind up saying things that you won’t be able to take back.

Luckily, there’s a simple cure to this problem. Don’t bottle it up. When someone says or does something that upsets you, you’re allowed to share that they did so. It’s not a bad thing to let someone know if they’re taking advantage of you or at least if that’s how they’re making you feel. One thing I’d definitely suggest is saying something along the lines of, “this makes me feel this way” because sometimes people don’t realize how their actions or words can make you feel. They may not realize that putting you in a certain situation makes you feel very uncomfortable and then that discomfort turns to anger towards them. Basically, you may take something as an attack or as them being inconsiderate, but if they’re unaware it’s an issue, they won’t be able to stop the behavior.

The only way to get these emotions out and work through them is by talking about them. You don’t have to have a therapist to do this either, call up a friend, grab a cup of coffee and just talk. And have those uncomfortable conversations. It may not be pleasant to bring this up to someone, but it’s necessary for your mental wellbeing.

Go Out of Your Way to Watch Out for Others

How many times have we heard to watch out for our fellow humans, but how many times do we actually do it? And no, while watching out to not walk into someone is important, that’s not quite what I mean for this post. Go out of your way to watch out for others in other impactful ways. If you see your neighbor struggling with a bunch of heavy boxes or bags, run up and offer to help or even grab their door for them. If you see something that doesn’t seem right at your neighbor’s house, send them a text and double check it. You won’t bother someone by helping them when they need it nor will it ever be a bad thing to go out of your way to watch out for others. We’re all in this together.

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