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Just Keep Swimming

Sometimes, it can feel like life is trying to pull you under. Wave after wave just keeps coming at you, and you may feel like you’re drowning or struggling to catch your breath. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I’ll be there again, that’s just how life is sometimes. Timing never works out the way we want, but there is one thing you can do. Just keep swimming. Keep working on yourself, keep finding the good in the bad, and keep taking one day, one step at a time. Keep the faith, and just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

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Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

In honor of fall being just around the corner, I present to you, a cinnamon apple breakfast quinoa recipe that is sure to delight your tastebuds and keep you feeling full all morning long! This recipe makes enough for two, so if you’re cooking for more, just go ahead and double or triple the recipe.

You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • A dash of honey to taste

How To Prepare:

  • Put quinoa, water, and apples in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon, and serve with a dash of honey!

That’s it, it’s super easy! For drool-worthy pics and to check out the original recipe, go here. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

Get a Massage

Hey y’all welcome to my section on wellness! With everything going on in our lives it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves, and an easy way to relax, unwind, and take care of yourself physically and mentally is by getting a massage.

Massages to me, are things that I budget out for once a month, as a part of my stress relief. I tend to hold tension in my shoulders, which can cause neck and shoulder pain, not to mention headaches, and is just generally bad for you. An easy way for me to fix this is with a 60 minute stress relief massage. It’s amazing, I get to just drift away into zen mode for an hour, and I always feel so much better afterwards. Maybe a little sore depending on how stressed I was that month, but you get the idea.

I’m big on saving money, and a lot of people ask why I make that a priority in my life since they can range anywhere from $30-$100 depending on where you go. I make sure to get a massage each month because I know that stress is dangerous for my health, and this is something that really helps it. To me, that makes it completely worth the cost.

Sometimes, we have to just splurge and spend money on ourselves, especially when it’s for the good of our health. Not only are massages good for stress relief, but they improve circulation as well, and obviously, we all need good circulation. I highly recommend if you’ve never had one before but have considered it that you go give it a try. I got hooked, and I’m sure you will too!

You Will Be Found

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today’s going to be a good day, and here’s why: I laughed, I cried, and I watched in amazement as a truly remarkable cast brought this show to life.

For those who haven’t seen Dear Evan Hansen, let me first say, go see it, it’s phenomenal and amazing, and second, if you don’t want a summary of the show, stop reading now.

Alright, for those who have continued, be warned, I am about to unleash my inner theatre nerd.

Let’s start with the cast. I happened to see the touring cast when they rolled into a city near me, and it was remarkable. Our Evan was played by Noah Kieserman, and let me just say, this man’s voice, his acting chops, everything is phenomenal. The range he has and his ability to channel this character and all the little ticks, how his hands shook just right, and how much he gave to this show, well done, and thank you. To the rest of the cast, Jared Goldsmith, Phoebe Koyabe, Maggie McKenna, Jessica Phillips, Christiane Noll, and Aaron Lazar, you guys exemplified that less is more. With a very small cast, I was transported into this world and enthralled the entire time. Bravo to each and every one of you, to say it was a phenomenal show is an understatement.

The set, like the cast, was small, but had everything needed. We were all so focused on what was happening in Evan’s life and his little web of lies that you didn’t need a lot of extra props or different things taking away from the drama that was unfolding. At one point, a simple stage with a couch in the center was enough.

The story was poignant, addressing so many issues, and in such a wonderful way. We have troubled teens, teen suicide, anxiety, single parenting, financial struggles, relationship struggles, friendship dynamics, and so much more, and none of it felt overdone. It felt real, it felt raw, but more than that, it felt relatable. It felt like this could be happening all around us, if we only knew to look. Beyond that, the way it tied social media into it was even more resounding in this day and age where social media takes up so much of our lives, but especially the highlight reels, the things that we want to share, to the point where if you don’t feel like you have much to share, you may just be tap tap tapping on the glass, waving through a window hoping someone could see you.

The struggles that Evan goes through with his anxiety are handled beautifully, especially the point where he is no longer on his meds because he’s too busy out there living his life, he’s too busy to be worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong. The struggle that his single mom goes through trying to do it all, and failing because we can’t all do everything, it’s relatable, and so is his side of wishing he had his mom there to just be a mom. Single parenting is never a simple thing, and I know from experience that moms will do their absolute best, but will struggle knowing they can’t provide their kids the world all the time. And the pain of seeing someone else be able to do that is never easy on any parent. Basically, this show takes on a lot of tough, but real situations that we are faced with daily, and could not have shown them any better, while always leaving you with this resounding knowledge that no one deserves to disappear, and that you will be found.

In this day and age, this message is more important than ever, and I spotted several mental health wins within this show. It was a beautiful performance, and I truly hope that if you are given the chance to see this show anywhere, that you take the opportunity. With wonderful music and just enough humor to counteract the darkness, you’ll never be left feeling sad, but always hopeful, always knowing that things change and go on.

So, go see the show if you can, it’s beyond worth it, and was absolutely wonderful.

Sincerely,

Me

Take Time to Decide a Game Plan if You’re Feeling Stuck

We all get in ruts in life, and it’s important to take time to decide a game plan if you’re feeling stuck. Determine what changes you need to find happiness again.

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