COLLEGE, FOOD, LIFE, MUSIC

What’s Happening Right Now

This post is going to be all over the place, but organized at the same time. I recently posted about it being my last semester of college and about my goals for 2018. I thought it would be fun to do a little update on those things and just what has been going on in my life lately. It is kind of funny because each day something new pops into my head and I write it in my notes. I am constantly thinking of potential blog post ideas or just random things I want to talk about with someone. I feel like writing things down right when you think of them, either in a notebook or in your phone can be super helpful and keep you inspired. Now on to what I was actually planning to talk about.

How My Resolutions are Going

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how my goals are going. I knew when writing them I probably wouldn’t keep up with all of them, but I am keeping up with a good part of them, so I am really happy. My life feels organized and happy. I am reading almost every day, which I will get more into later. I am allocating time for work almost everyday, which is good for my career development, but also my wallet. Spending money was going well until I had to order a bunch of stuff for school, but otherwise it is going ok! I just purchased a journal that I have started writing in every week. It gives some prompts, so it is easy to find inspiration. I have been smiling at strangers and friends of course a lot. I will walk home from class and see how many people smile back or even acknowledge me. It is a little sad because most people just look down. I don’t know why we are afraid of each other lol. As of now, those are all the things I can think of, but I am happy with how they are all going.

School

I wanted to talk a bit about school in this post, but that just sounds boring and I will save it for another time.

Books!!!

Like I mentioned earlier, I have been reading. By reading I mean books for fun, and my own enjoyment. It’s funny because the book I am currently reading is actually for a class, but I really enjoy it. I think I briefly talked about it a few posts ago. It is called “Where Am I Eating?” by Kelsey Timmerman. It is a really cool book, and definitely opens your eyes up to things you don’t think about when it comes to where you are getting your food. I definitely appreciate the bananas I get to eat a lot more. I have also picked up a few other books to read, ranging from personal growth type books to fiction. So I am VERY excited to get started on those.

Music

My boyfriend got me wireless Beats for my birthday and I love them. I have been listening to a lot of music lately because of them. I have been listening to LANCO (country group), Moon Taxi (which my mom actually told me about), Grace VanderWaal, and a bunch of random music I used to listen to in middle school.

Food and Restaurants

If you are ever at IU there are a few restaurants you have to go to, so I thought I would mention them now because I love these places. For sushi, Ami is the place to go. It is my favorite restaurant. I also love Rush Hour Station, Anatolia, and My Thai. However, because of my money saving goal, I have been mostly making things to eat. I have been having a lot of avocado toast. If you haven’t tried the Everything Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joes, you need to. I sprinkle it on top. I have been having pasta a lot too because it is easy and filling. I rediscovered my love for plain Greek yogurt, so that is exciting. I used to eat it all the time freshman year, but I think I got bored of it. Obviously, I am not a chef and these aren’t complicated meals, but regardless, they are delicious.

Hope you all made it through this long post and enjoyed it! Let me know what music you are listening to, good books you are reading/have read, and how your goals are coming along!

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FOOD, TRAVEL

Vegetarian Food Guide: Charleston, South Carolina

It is finally time to post my food guide from my recent trip to Charleston with my family. I’m going to share some of the places we went and some of the vegetarian friendly foods I ate! These places have a lot of options for any food preferences, but because I am vegetarian, I wanted to share the yummy foods I ate.

BREAKFAST

Glazed

The first place I saw when I got to Charleston was this donut shop. I feel like every foodie is on the hunt for donuts in a new city, so Glazed was the first stop. They have all the classics, but also some fun flavors that you may not typically reach for. If you are up early, give Glazed a try!

 

 

 

Gnome Cafe

I really only chose to go to here because of the name, but it ended up being a vegan and vegetarian place. I got the breakfast bagel with portobello mushroom bacon, “cheese”, and a tofu scramble. It was yummy and a fun way to try some vegan substitutes.

 

 

BRUNCH/ LUNCH

East Bay Deli

This was a more random, and unplanned stop for my family and I. We were on our way back from a tea plantation, so we were in need of some lunch. We saw East Bay Deli as we were driving back toward our hotel and decided to stop. I got a veggie wrap, and I don’t usually like wraps, but it was really good! So if you want a quick, classic lunch, East Bay could be a good stop.

 

 

Hominy Grill

I am not usually a potato person, but I liked these potatoes. I loved my omelet. It had hominy in it, which I had never had before. I just looked it up to make sure I was right, but it is a type of corn. The service at Hominy Grill was fast and friendly. We did sit outside which ended up being a bad move because it was kind of chilly, but an overall great place to try in Charleston.

DINNER

Husk

Initially, I was worried I wouldn’t like Husk because the menu is not very vegetarian friendly, unless you like salads, which I usually don’t. However, Husk surprised me. The waiter offered me the veggie plate, which has seasonal veggies. I wasn’t aware of what would be on it, but I was pleasantly surprised. As you can see from the photo, there is a ton of different veggies in the little bowls. All with their own flare and flavors. I loved each of the dishes, but I think the more Asian inspired dish and the more traditional medley of veggies were my favorites. Husk is pretty expensive, but the service, adaptability, and food overall make for a great dinner spot.

Basil

I LOVE Thai food, so I really wanted to try Basil. I got my usual Pad See Ew and it was delicious and super filling. I ended up taking home half of it and eating it a few hours later as a late night snack lol. I also got a mojito with my meal. I had never had one and it was a special that night so I had to try it, and it was so good! I am definitely going to have more mojitos in my life now. Like most of these restaurants, the service was really quick. It may have been because of the time (my sister and I went around 5:30), but regardless everyone was really nice.

COLLEGE

It’s My Last Semester of College

Happy almost Wednesday! The cover photo of this post is exactly what it looks like in Bloomington right now lol.

Today I want to write a little update for you all. It is currently my last semester of college. It is kind of crazy I am almost done with school and off to the real world, but not just yet.

I have been back in classes for over a week now. I am taking 5 courses, which feels like a lot for a senior because I imagined myself in no more than 4, but not everything can work out perfectly. So far my classes are fine. I got to select 3 as electives, but the other 2 are capstone classes for both of my majors. I am not the hugest fan of those, but they shouldn’t be too hard. Along with those classes I am taking an international marketing class, a digital advertising class, and a consumer behavior class. I don’t have a real opinion of them yet, but they should be interesting enough. I really like that I get to read a lot of books that at first glance look interesting. I have already started one called “Where Am I Eating?” And so far I really enjoy it.

Other than classes, not much has been happening. I got my post in for the blog I write for at school. I spent too much time in bed being sick and have already skipped 2 classes because I was sick, which is not too exciting. It keeps snowing so it either looks really beautiful outside or a bit dreary, but either way it’s SO cold. Because of the cold I have spent a lot of time reading and reorganizing my Pinterest. I thought I didn’t like Pinterest anymore, but it turns out I just didn’t like how my board were set up and some of the content, but now I can’t get enough.

I will end off with a few things I am excited for this semester:

Thursday nights out

Little 500

Spring Break

Sushi Tuesdays

The books I get to read for my classes

Blogging for my school

See you all in my next post 🙂

COLLEGE

2018 Goals

I do one of these every year. I can’t say I always stick to all of my goals, but I find I’m better about them if I tell someone. This year my goals are a little different and I think I will be able to accomplish most of them! I hope you all had a wonderful 2017 and that 2018 will treat you well! Feel free to comment any of your goals!

1. Plan out how I’m spending money- this should seem obvious, but I’m going to be a part of the “real world” very soon and want to make sure I’m managing money better.

2. Set aside time for work

3. Attempt to journal- this is something I never wanted to do, but I think it could be kind of fun and help me be creative.

4. Set aside time for reading- I honestly read 2 books during 2017. And I love reading. It is so fun getting caught up in a good book, so I want to do that more.

5. Smile more- I smile a lot but I want to smile at everyone not just people I know or recognize.

6. Talk less- I talk too much. This year I want to listen more.

7. Live in the present.

8. Floss regularly- this is a goal every year. I don’t know why I am so lazy about flossing.

9. Help others more even in small ways- this is something I care a lot about, but I need to prioritize it more. Like reading and working, I don’t always put it first.

10. Work on my adventure__with__ellie Instagram and improve the photos and content.

COLLEGE

21 Things I Learned at 21

This post is a bit overdue but I totally forgot was even in my drafts. Just want to say that I am very thankful for anyone who even stumbles across my posts. Blogging is something I do because I enjoy putting my thoughts down, but the thought of people actually reading something I write makes me very thankful. These are just some of the things I learned this year. I feel like I have learned even more since my 22nd birthday but that can be in next years blog!

1. Put yourself out there.

2. Keep doing what you love even if you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Eventually you will.

3. Be there for others.

4. You only get to be in college once.

5. Smile at everyone. You never know what their day has been like.

6. Stay in touch with those you care about.

7. Write and then write more.

8. Carry a notebook around to jot down ideas.

9. Make your LinkedIn yours.

10. Do things you are afraid of.

11. Take pictures of your food because it’s pretty.

12. Don’t buy that last drink at the bar.

13. Eggs over rice is the best simple meal. And it’s even better with veggies.

14. I love Chicago.

15. I’m afraid of change, but also ready.

16. Always have a Google Doc to avoid group meetings.

17. Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to be social for the day. It’s ok to have time to yourself.

18. Listen to all of music you loved in middle school.

19. Don’t get nervous for presentations.

20. Almost always say yes.

21. Never pay for delivery. Always do carry out.

With it being the new year I have some goals that I want to work towards. So be on the look out for another post soon!