Smoothie 

I’m no Betth Crocker (at least not yet 😉), so my food posts will be far and few between. But I just had to share this neat shortcut for smoothies I learned from one of my friends! 

I’m a snacker so I’ve been trying to find healthier snacking alternatives while I’m couped up in the house studying. After some research I decided to try my hand at making my own smoothies. 

I bought kale, strawberries, mangoes and Greek strawberry yogurt from the grocery store. I evenly divided the strawberries, mangoes and kale into 7 ziplock bags like so. 

  
I put the bags into the freezer so they would freeze (obviously). This negates the necessity of using ice for the smoothies because the frozen produce suffices. 

I used 1 bag and added a half cup of Greek yogurt and a splash of orange juice. I blended everything in my ninja blender until smoothe. This was the outcome.  

 
Healthy, delicious and filling. I can’t wait to try new ingredients! 
Xx

Choose Happy

Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know for all of these things God will bring you to judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9

As are many other things in life, studying for the bar is tough stuff. It’s a most humbling experience. I’m leaTning things I’ve never learned before and I’m relearning things I feel as if I should remember. I’m not going to lie, I’ve cried several times. I’m my own worst critique and failure or giving up has never been an option for me. I still have a few weeks remaining before I take on Goliath, but in order to keep my spirits up I have found the following Bible verses and extremely helpful. I hope they can touch you in a time of need as well. 

She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Jesus said, “If? There are no ifs among believers!” Mark 9:23

“And surely I am with you, always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power s made perfect in weakness… 2 Corrinthians 12:9

Have anymore? 

Xx

Late Night Thoughts

Lord, thank You for helping me to bend to Your will and die to myself daily. 

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  Matthew 16:25

Needing God in Times of Comfort

So I’ve been back in the States for a little over a month. Life has been a whirlwind since, to say the very least! I witnessed graduations of loved ones, spent some quality time with close family and friends and I even graduated from law school! Praise Him! I’ve been so busy celebrating and catching up with everyone, that I’m ashamed to say I stopped spending (as much) time with God as I should have. I was so thirsty for Him while I was in Argentina. I laid all of my problems and worries at His feet. I was reading my bible and watching sermons religiously (no pun intended) I even started a biweekly bible study with some of my sorority sisters.

When I came back to the states, it was almost as if many of my problems disappeared, or didn’t seem as important as they once did. I no doubt attribute that to 1) prayer and 2) being back home surrounded with familiar faces. It was a joyous time, but lately I have seen slight changes in my behavior. I’m a little less patient, a little less enthused about bar study, a little less willing to listen to others and give advice etc. I’ve noticed with myself that these things tend to come about when I am “too busy” to get my daily dose of Jesus. It’s like my light begins to dim as I don’t appreciate and take advantage of my place in the kingdom. Who do I think that I am?

Within the last week, I’ve really had to check myself on several occasions. I was so uncomfortable at times when I was in Argentina and that really led me to lean on God in all aspects of my life. Now that I’m back home and “comfortable” I should continue to lean on God and trust him in all aspects of my life. I never want to take God and His gifts for granted. Not only should we seek Him in the rough times, but in the good times as well because without him there wouldn’t be any good times. I’m making a promise to myself to remain diligent and intentional about my relationship with God. I’ve had no trouble committing to favorite colors, best friends, television shows and other worldly things. I should not and WILL not have a problem committing myself unto the Lord either. #humbled

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Peru 

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Peru for Spring Break. Peru is absolutely beautiful!!! I landed in Cusco and immediately took bimodal service to Aguas Calientes (the little small town that sits below Machu Picchu). The first day we were tired from traveling so we just walked around and grabbed food. The next day we we climbed Huayana Picchu and toured Machu Picchu! If you want to climb Huayana, you need to be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible since the government limits the number of people allowed to climb it per day. Yes, it was a very difficult climb but so worth it!! We didn’t use altitude pills but I might have found them worth it had I tried. 

The next day we traveled back to Cusco via a bus and private van service. After some napping and  yelping, we found a great restaurant to have dinner. Cafe Morena had the highest ratings on yelp and that’s definitely no surprise. The food was delicious, the servers were attentive and the owner was great!! I highly recommend this place to anyone in the area. Since I was still getting used to the altitude, this was an early night for me. Earlier in the day I booked a tour called the Sacred Valley. This is one of the standard tours offered and it didn’t disappoint. My travel partner chose to go rafting and she also had a good time. 

After our day trips the following day, we grabbed dinner at Cafe Morena again and headed to have drinks with some of the people my friend met earlier that day. I can’t remember the name of the bar and clubs that we went to but they were all near the main square. 
This was a very challenging (the hiking part) but fun (everything else) trip. Check out some pictures below. 
Xx
   
        

girl chat episode 101: his friends

Now, let me preface this by saying that I’m no relationship expert by far. But I, like many women I assume, have often struggled with the role my boyfriend’s (when I have one) friends play not only in our relationship but in my life in general. To that end, I reached out to one of my dearest friends today to get her take on the situation via text. Find a transcript of the convo below. She’s absolutely brilliant and I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed speaking with her about it.

Me: My love!!! How are you? I have a situation that I’m trying to flesh out in my head…like how I feel about it.

Friend: Tell baby girl about it.

Me: How do you deal with your man’s friends? Do you expect them to be your friend as well and have your best interest in mind…or do you take into account that they are “men” and will abide by “guy code” and look out for your man and his interests only?

Friend: I would say a little of both. I like to believe that I’m a good person and that a sane individual would like to see another person treated well (“man you shouldn’t do that to her she’s a great girl” etc. etc.)

But also, I know that when it comes to my friends I care about them way more than any man so I’m more than likely to expect the same from a man’s friends.

Me: Okay. I was wondering if it would be unreasonable for me to expect a male mutual friend to express those sentiments you mentioned. I think it’s reasonable. Maybe less when it’s more his friend than mine but again…a sane individual should have some sort of moral compass.

Friend: One thing I have realized is that a man’s moral compass doesn’t always work as accurately as a woman’s because most of them don’t have  a sense of urgency in life. We women are truly concerned about our future selves and any damage we do to another person really sticks with us. Men are absolutely sure that they will have the woman and the life they want regardless, so they are more willing to forgive their own past transgressions.

Me: Wow…that’s so insightful. It makes so much sense as well. Does that mean that we have unrealistic expectations then? It’s all just so confusing…

Me: Let me answer my own question. I don’t think it’s unrealistic if a guy is actively pursuing a relationship with Christ because then his views about these types of things will more accurately reflect what is right. Got it. 😊

Friend: I think that’s the answer.

Me: And I think you’re wonderful.

Friend: Like attracts like m’lady. 😍

(The last two exchanges weren’t particularly relevant, I just wanted you all to see how cute we are lol)

Moral of the story is simple- if you lay with dogs, you’re going to get fleas. You may think that your man is a good person and he very well may be, but you should also consider who he surrounds himself with. He should surround himself with like-minded men that are in active pursuit of the Kingdom (as you should with women) and the issues discussed above won’t be a concern. Yes, Jesus hung out with the tax collectors and’nem. BUT Jesus was preaching to the wretched, not turning up with them.

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#relationshipgoals

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graduation realizations

Eek! I can’t believe it but I graduate from law school in a little over a month! As I scramble around trying to get enough tickets for my family and friends to come, I’m reminded of another place that I want to see all of my family and friends.

Recently, I rededicated my life to Christ. I was raised Christian and often frequented church, but I can say that this decision is of my own, adult fruition. I’m tired of living just to satisfy myself in the now- I’m focussed on eternity!
So where do I want all of my family and friends to meet me? Heaven, of course! Forget graduation celebrations- this is going to be the ultimate turn up! Jesus is having a party and he has tasked me with inviting folk and I want everyone to be there!
This weekend, I was speaking with several of my friends. It was about the normal stuff such as school, relationships and whatever else 20 somethings seem to deal with. As we discussed these things, I had a tugging in my heart. “No, don’t do that sis/bro. It’s not from God.” “Bro/sis, I know it’s hard. But just rest knowing that what God has for you is for you. Trust his perfect timing.” I was sharing whatever book/article/song/conference or whatever else I could to try and get them to want to know Jesus like I want to know Jesus. I have such an inner peace about life right now and I want my family and friends to experience the same thing!!
Needless to say, I got a lot of mixed reactions. I never want to appear as the “judgmental friend” so I backed off whenever I could sense some discomfort. I realized, that just as I can’t force people to come to my graduation (but I’m sure to have a good turn out), I can’t force people to want and actively seek to go to Heaven either. It’s just something I can’t do. I can encourage my loved ones,  pray for them like crazy and share my own experience, but this is a personal walk. Just as I reached a point in my life where I was tired and couldn’t find any comfort in anything or anyone but Jesus, I pray that they will seek the same comfort and in Heaven.
As I embark on this journey, it makes me sad thinking about the relationships that I might lose. But in the song, “Live Through It” by James Fortune, he ensures us that God already knows who is meant to be in our lives and that it may be better to leave some people behind. I’m looking forward to gaining new relationships and strengthening old ones with the love of Christ. I’m learning to trust in God and his will because I’m going to Heaven even if I have to go alone! Turn up! :)