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!

Let’s Talk About Being Stuck In a Rut…

“But there was a difference between being stuck and choosing to stay. Between being found and finding yourself.” ― Martina Boone

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As humans, we have a habit of trying to plan exactly how our life should turn out. We don’t just set goals for ourselves, we plan and we plan and we plan until we have an unrealistic expectation in our head, this end goal that we work so hard for, and when it doesn’t end up turning out exactly the way that it was expected to, we beat ourselves up over it because we it didn’t go as planned. In life, sometimes things just happen. Sometimes things happen at the worst times, things that we couldn’t have planned for, and sometimes these things completely throw off  the balance of our lives leaving us with absolutely no idea what do. In these situations, we have a choice. We can either sit and dwell on the fact that things didn’t go our way, or we can fight back and make the most of what life has handed to us.

As I’ve said before, I’m someone who loves health. I get up at 6 O’clock in the morning, go to the gym, eat a healthy breakfast, and then go on with the rest of my day. I do this because the healthy lifestyle and going to the gym is what calms my anxiety. Since I’ve been starting the day off with a workout, I’ve noticed that my anxiety is so much more tolerable and I’m able to be my carefree self throughout the day. A few days ago, this took a slight turn when I was running on the treadmill and I strained my ankle. Since this incident, I haven’t been able to walk properly, I’ve been in pretty intense pain, and I haven’t been able to do my workouts. Yes, I can do a workout without my legs, but being someone who loves cardio and feels the happiest when she’s running or getting a real sweat on, it just isn’t the same for me. I’m lucky enough to not have done any serious damage, and I’ll be back on my feet soon enough, but I didn’t realize how hard being stuck would hit me.

The past few days have been full of me questioning “why did I have to get hurt?” “why is the universe against me?” which was all fine and dandy for a second, until I realized that dwelling on the fact that I’m hurt and that I can’t do what I normally do isn’t going to do me any good. Life is what I make of it and if I sit on this couch crying and acting like my entire world is going to end until I get better, I’m just going to be miserable. I realized that I need to focus on the good that’s surrounding me. I have such a loving family that is constantly giving me support and helping me feel comfortable, I have such a loving girlfriend who has been checking up on me and making sure I’m mentally stable throughout the last few days, I’m able to write this, to get my creative juices flowing and my emotions out in a way that makes me feel the happiest, and as cliché as it sounds, I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on my back. The universe is not against me. This is just a small bump in the road, a little learning lesson that will give me the opportunity to grow.

In the midst of this slightly depressing week, the small revelation of “my life is not as bad as I’m making it out to be” was what I needed in order to get my life back on track. If you’re ever stuck in a rut, or you feel like you’ve hit this bump in the road and you don’t know why the universe would do this to you, take a step back, look around you, and try took look for the positive because I promise, the light will shine through the darkness.

Let’s Talk About My Current Favorite Songs…

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley.

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Music is the best way for me to unwind from a stressful day, to pump up and get hyped for my workout, to channel my happiness, or let out all of my emotions when I’m feeling down. While my music taste constantly changes, and I always have to be on the hunt for new songs, these are the ones that I have been absolutely loving lately:

  • Blood Bank by Bon Iver
  • Roslyn by Bon Iver and St. Vincent
  • Holocene by Bon Iver
  • Like To Be You by Shawn Mendes ft Julia Michaels
  • Why by Shawn Mendes
  • Fallin’ All In You by Shawn Mendes
  • Why by Sabrina Carpenter
  • Dive by Ed Sheeran
  • Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  • Drive by Oh Wonder
  • Without You by Oh Wonder
  • Body Gold by Oh Wonder
  • Cherry Wine- Live by Hozier
  • From Eden by Hozier
  • Like Real People Do by Hozier
  • Everytime by Boy Pablo
  • Ready/Problems by Boy Pablo
  • You’ve Got a Woman by Whitney
  • You Were My Girl by Palmas
  • I Want To Know (Your Love) by Palmas
  • Gooey by Glass Animals
  • Already Gone by Sleeping At Last
  • Saturn by Sleeping At Last
  • Anchor by Novo Amor
  • Promise by Ben Howard
  • Love It If We Made It by The 1975

These are my current song obsessions, but I’m open to all different types of music and would love to branch out a bit, so I would highly appreciate song suggestions!

Let’s Talk About Coming Out…

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–Barack Obama

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Hello world, family, extended family, and anyone who is currently reading this post, while I love to keep my blog light-hearted and fun, and this definitely will not be a drag, this topic is a bit more serious than usual. I grew up in a very interesting family, and by interesting I mean that I have multiple siblings who classify themselves within the LGBTQ+ community. Growing up, it was such a normal thing in my household, that when I would hear negative talk outside of my house, at school, or on the news, I was shocked. I never understood why being apart of the LGBTQ+ community was seen as so “wrong”. I didn’t understand why people were so against those who are gay, transgender, bisexual, asexual, etc. That’s why it was hard for me. It wasn’t because of my family. I knew that they would understand, I knew that they would support me, love me, accept me. It was because of the world around me.

That’s why it took me until freshman year to utter the words to ANYONE: I’m bisexual.

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I figured this out when I was in sixth grade, and let me tell you, it was absolutely terrifying. I remember sitting in class and thinking the girl across from me was the prettiest person I had ever seen, and it wasn’t just “oh, wow, she’s so pretty,” no, it was more of “wHat Do I Do sHe’S sO pReTty sToP looking At hER.” This brought on a lot of confusion because in sixth grade, although I had grown up in a very open household that was full of the LGBTQ+ community, I didn’t really know what being bisexual meant. I didn’t know that it was possible for a person to be able feel a connection to both genders. With that being said, I brushed it off until Freshman year. (That wasn’t easy, by the way, it popped up in my head a lot).

Freshman year was when I became friends with this girl who was on the soccer team, and yes, it liked her. At the time, neither of us were open and ready to be ourselves, but now we are both happy, open, and proud. But these feelings were what ensured that I am bisexual, and that it was time for me to tell my mom, and this is how that went:

Me: “I have something to tell you…”

Mom: “What it is?”

Me: “I like boys…and girls…”

Mom: “Okay, want a cheeze-it?” *Hands me cheeze-itz box*

It was just so casual, and it made me wish that everything and every coming out story for everyone could be that casual. Next came my dad, which was also really calm and easy, then my siblings, easy, and then now, this. Most of my extended family doesn’t know, until this moment if they’re reading this. Sorry for not telling you sooner. And also sorry for not telling you that I have a girlfriend. She’s real cute and if you’d like a picture of her you have my number, hopefully.

I’m going to leave all of you with this; coming out is probably the scariest thing in the entire world, whether you have a supportive family or not. My immediate family is immensely supportive and I couldn’t ask for more, but the world outside these doors is not as supportive. One day, it will all get better. One day, we will all be able to respect one another. One day, you will be able to come out and be yourself. One day, there will be equality and harmony in our world.