September Goals…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” -Helen Hunt Jackson

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  • do yoga much more often
  • start decorating for fall
  • gather more Halloween decorations
  • only order take out once in a while
  • paint on a canvas
  • keep my gpa up
  • stay on top of my bullet journal
  • stop putting so much pressure on myself
  • make time for myself during the week
  • try new recipes (baking and cooking)
  • try to walk 10k steps a day
  • hang out with friends more often
  • blog a lot more
  • find a way to make moola
  • EAT! ALL! OF! MY! MEALS!
  • plan an amazing homecoming
  • read pride and prejudice!
  • try outfits that are outside of my comfort zone
  • listen to new music
  • be happy

when you’re in need of a pick me up…

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” -Lou Rawls

  • come on eileen- dexys midnight runners
  • this must be my dream- the 1975
  • no matter what- badfinger
  • come and get your love- redbone
  • parking lots- plums
  • love my way- the psychedelic furs
  • my girl- the temptations
  • 1999- prince
  • out of my league- fitz and the tantrums
  • dog days are over- florence and the machines
  • sleepyhead- passion pit
  • sunflower- rex orange county

 

Let’s Talk About Creative Outlets…

“I think as long as I have a creative outlet, I’m happy.” -Nat Wolff

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There are times in life when we realize that everything is simply too much. It seems as if everything awful that could possibly happen is hitting us like a tidal wave all at once and there is nothing we can do about it. In those moments, when everything is just too much to handle, what are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to take a deep breath and calm down? I’ve learned over the years that when life is far too overwhelming, the best way for me to take a breather is to turn to one of my many outlets and creative outlets. Some people have a very hard time finding what can calm them down, what can make them feel free, so I’m going to share some of my favorite outlets in hopes of giving some of you some ideas!

  • Painting- Even if you’re no good, pick up a brush and paint a picture. Get those creative juices flowing.
  • Sketch/doodle- If painting isn’t your thing, doodle or sketch a little picture that’ll make you happy.
  • Bake something- I absolutely love baking. Seeing the end result, going through the whole process of creating something, it’s amazing.
  • Re-Decorate your room- If you’re ever stuck in a rut or feel overwhelmed, changing your space is an amazing way to change things up and start with a clean slate.
  • Journal/write- If you’re overwhelmed, you most likely have lots of thoughts circulating throughout your head. Pick up a pen or pencil and write down what you’re thinking, it’s very therapeutic.
  • Take some pictures- Grab a camera, whether it be a DSLR or just your phone camera, go outside, and take pictures of things that interest you.
  • Listen to music- This is probably the most calming outlet in my opinion. Sitting back and listening to your favorite music, tuning out the world for a bit, nothing beats it.
  • Go on a hike/take a walk- Getting out and going into nature is so blissful. Take a second and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Dance- This goes along with painting, whether you’re good at it or not, get some endorphins out, have fun, dance.
  • Talk to a loved one- This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I know for me, talking to someone I’m close to helps to relieve some of the stress of life.

Having a creative outlet is needed, because without it, life is much too hard. We are supposed to enjoy life, we are supposed to live, not just be alive, and if our lives are just full of stress, we aren’t doing it right.

Let’s Talk About These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts…

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”- Matt Groening

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Fun fact: I have a very unhealthy obsession with donuts. Sadly, they’re not the healthiest food in the world, who would’ve known! I’ve been searching around for a yummy, healthier donut recipe that could compete with the unhealthy donuts and that could make me forget about my one true love; apple fritters. So far, I haven’t been able to find a healthy version of an apple fritter, but I did find these gluten free cinnamon sugar donuts that I made vegan, and let me tell you, they have changed my life.

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(shout out to Kristina of Love & Zest for this wonderful recipe!)

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What you’ll need for this recipe is;

  • Butter (I used Earth Balance vegan butter)
  •  Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Almond Milk (I didn’t have unsweetened but it turned out just fine!)
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cinnamon

First off, your going to preheat your oven to 425 degrees and spray your donut pan, then set it aside because you’ll use it later. To start this off the batter , you’re going to melt 4 tablespoons of your butter in a large bowl, then combine the maple syrup and vanilla into it. Once that is well mixed, beat your egg in, then add the baking powder, salt and almond milk. I would recommend using a whisk to stir this in to get rid of the clumps because the baking soda WILL leave some clumps, but they’ll eventually whisk away. Next, add your flour, stir until it is completely combined, and you have your batter! I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon, simply because I love cinnamon, but that’s definitely optional. Spoon your batter into your donut pans, filling them almost to the top because I learned that they don’t rise very much, then pop those bad boys into the oven for 10 minutes. Once those are done, place them to the side and start working on the cinnamon sugar coating. The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, but as I started to coat the donuts, I noticed that there was a little too much cinnamon (surprising, I know). I would recommend keeping the 1/3 cup of sugar, but starting with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and adding more if its needed. Once the donuts are cooled, place your cinnamon sugar mixture in a plastic bag along with a donut and shake it all up until the donut is well coated. Repeat this step until they’re all done, and bam! You have yummy, gluten free, cinnamon sugar donuts!

These cinnamon sugar donuts are everything I would want and more in a healthier version of a donut. They’re fluffy, they have amazing flavor, and they’re is absolutely no guilt when you eat them! I absolutely recommend giving these a try. Not only are they delicious, but they were insanely easy.

 

Let’s Talk About My Photography…

Photography is such a beautiful way to show others how you view the world through your own eyes. I do it because it allows me to express my creative mind in a unique way Now, I in no way claim to be the world’s best photographer, I don’t claim to even be that great at photography, it’s just something that I find relaxing and comforting. I haven’t mastered anything yet, I still require LOADS of help when it comes to editing photos, settings, and everything in between, but here are some photos that I and the people who have helped me have been able to come up with.

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Mukilteo, Washington. Edited by my lovely girlfriend. (Most are)
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San Francisco, California.
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Mukilteo, Washington.
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Seattle, Washington.
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Beaverton, Oregon.
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San Francisco, California.
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San Francisco, California.
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Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Las Vegas, Nevada.
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San Francisco, California.
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Napa, California.

While I still have a long way to go, I love learning about this hobby and learning about new ways to express myself through it. I hope that everyone who sees these enjoys them and they bring a little bit of happiness to their day!