Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

If you ever wonder what goes on in my day-to-day life, you’re in for a treat.

I often include tidbits from my life while sharing workouts, recipes and playlists with you each week. However, I haven’t shared a lot about myself in quite some time.  

Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to lately as a food blogger, fitness fanatic, college graduate and soon-to-be first-year law student . . . at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law! Once a Gator, always a Gator! More details about law school to come, but for now, enjoy a peek into my life.

P.S. I got the idea for this list from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. She’s one of my favorite food bloggers and CRACKS me up. Seriously funny writing. She shares the widest array of recipes you’ll find on any food blog. From trashy to artisan, she’s got it all. Thank you Jessica for the idea and for always making me laugh.

Also, product links are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting this blog so I can continue to bring you the content you want! 🙂

Eating

Wonderful Pistachios

SO ADDICTING. No self control around these flavor-packed nuts. Good thing it takes so darn long to crack open just ONE. Keeps me from eating too many.

Drinking

Lots of water from my Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Assorted Herbal Teas.

Nalgene 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle

It’s HOT outside in Florida, and it’s only getting hotter. Bring on the liquids! Here are some of my favorite teas:

Bigelow's Orange & Spice Tea

Tazo cocoa mint mate tea

Tazo Cocoa Mint Mate Tea (a.k.a. dessert)


Wild Sweet Orange (Decaf) Tazo Teas

Celestial Seasonings – Herbal Fruit Tea Sampler 
 

Practicing 


Yoga!
 

I fell off the wagon and went to maybe five classes during my final semester at UF, but I’ve been practicing three to four times per week lately. I forgot how much faster I recover from tough workouts by simply stretching. It’s also fun to see the improvement in my balance and flexibility.

Although I love classes, I’ve been practicing on my own at home with YouTube videos and Nike Training Club (NTC) App workouts.

Nike Training Club Solar Power Yoga

Most of the NTC sessions are 15 minutes in length, so they’re perfect to complete as a warm up or cool down after cardio and strength training. My favorites are Vinyasa Rush Studio and Solar Power.

Mastering

My design skills.

I’ve come a looonng way since the start of this blog (i.e. blurry photos and horrible graphics/layout). However, I know I also have a long way to go.

I learned about general design principles, HTML, CSS and other things in my public relations visual communication class. I also had the opportunity to put them into practice with our final project and this blog. It was definitely one of the more practical courses I took as an undergrad. (Thanks Professor Tappan!)

I can’t afford the Adobe Creative Suite right now, so the following free design sites are my lifesavers. They make designing attractive blog graphics easy peasy.

Learning

Nothing.

Riker Hall dorm University of Florida
Me in my freshman dorm room at UF

I’ve learned so much in school and from life in general in the past four years, so I’m taking a break from learning anything. I’ll have plenty on my plate come August with the start of law school, so relaxing is the name of the game right now.

Trying

To control my breathing during timed 2-mile runs.

I’ve never been a runner, so trying to control my breathing while maintaining a one-mile pace in the range of an 8:00 to 8:30 minutes is difficult.

I can’t say why I’m suddenly running 6 miles per week just yet, but I promise I’ll share more details soon. I’m SUPER excited to share the news. It’s been difficult keeping it a semi-secret for the past 2.5 months!

P.S. Does anyone have tips on how to up my pace and control my breathing more naturally while running?

Playing

New music. Specifically . . . 

Supermodel by Foster the People

This album by Foster the People 
 
Nirvana Harry Fraud Remix by Sam Smith

. . . and this song by Sam Smith

These artists are ahead of the game with music right now, in my opinion. I give it two months before everyone is obsessing over them.

P.S. P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday. 🙂 

Finishing


My undergraduate career. 

UF College of Journalism and Communications Ambassadors 

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations May 3rd!

Reading


A few books. Specifically . . . 

One L by Scott Turow


One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School.

Is it bad that I already understand how 1L’s feel because of my LSAT class? So much self doubt when your score doesn’t increase. . .  


On a brighter note, I promise to reveal why I chose UF Law over law schools in the D.C. area soon. It’s related to the semi-secret I talked about with regards to why I’m suddenly a runner.

I’m also reading . . .

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey (How Artists Work)
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work about how the minds of artists. If you like Malcolm Gladwell’s books, you’ll like this one too. 

 

Remembering

My high school years.

I can’t believe it’s been four years! My brother graduated earlier this month. I feel old but look younger than the baby bro, haha.

Wearing

Frat tanks and Nike Pro Core Compression Shorts.
 

Frat Tanks and Nike Pro Shorts

It’s summer peeps. Time to dress like a bum.  

#sorrynotsorry

Cooking


A LOT!

Basil Chicken Meatloaf and Roasted Veggies


My brother and I both eat like horses, and I’m doing the majority of the grocery shopping and cooking.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Protein Bites on Hungry Gator Gal

Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more of my daily eats.

Pina Colada Smoothie on Hungry Gator Gal

Get ready for some new recipes. 🙂

Working 

As a nanny.

Lake George, NY


I’ll be starting my job as a nanny for my two younger cousins June 30th just outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. I’ll be there until the beginning of August.

We’re spending time in Lake George and might be headed to the Hamptons. I’ve never been to the Hamptons, so I’m PUMPED!


Traveling


Possibly to NYC and D.C.

I’m hoping I can work in a few weekend trips to NYC and Washington, D.C. via train while I’m up North. I have friends in both cities this summer and would love to visit this sandwich shop in NYC for the first time and buy cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake again.

Georgetown Cupcake (DC Cupcakes)


Foodie problems.

Wanting 


Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter

 Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter

I bought a different brand at Whole Foods because we ran out of the supply that was supposed to get me through to next week when I’m in Gainesville for my brother’s freshman orientation. 

Unfortunately, I have ZERO self control with nut butter and already devoured every last bit. Now I’m stuck with a jarful of sunflower seed butter that’s sub-par. 

Haaaalp me survive until Wednesday.

Related HGG Posts:


Treats and Healthier Eats

Plant Fusion Protein Powder on Hungry Gator Gal

Food and Fitness Finds for the New Year

Caffeine, Sweets and Snacks

2 thoughts on “Friday’s Favorites: My Life Lately + Where I’m Going to Law School

  1. I stumbled on your blog through another fitness blog and was happy to find a local blogger, since I'm new to Gainesville. That said, I spent 12 years in DC. If you get up there and want to change up the cupcake experience, use Foodtruckfiesta.com to track down Curbside Cupcakes. I think they're way superior to Gtown's. Plus, food trucks are fun! Gainesville's city commission could take notes.

  2. That's awesome that you spent 12 years in D.C. I only lived there for 4 months for an internship but loved every minute of it. I hope to return after finishing law school. As for the cupcakes, I'm always up for trying new foods, especially from food trucks. And you're right. Gville could take some notes on improving the food truck experience! Thanks for stopping my blog. If you see me out and about in Gville, don't be afraid to say hello! 🙂

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