Yesterday morning, I was getting ready for one of the most monumental walks of my life: the walk across the commencement ceremony stage. I dabbed on some bronzer and smiled to myself as Vitamin C’s “Graduation” came on the 90′s Pandora station. That has been my station of choice for some time now, but not once have I heard that song – until yesterday. Of all days! I faintly chuckled and became lost in a zone of memories: catching fly balls at the local softball field with my dad at night, long after practice had already been let out, creating “inspired” (I use that term very loosely) dances to Spice Girls songs with my girlfriends, and special shopping trips to the mall with my mom in the summer time.
Now, over ten years after those memories were made, I will be making new ones: continuing to blog and making it better for you (!!!), getting my first big girl job, continuing my studies of nutrition and fitness, and eventually settling down with Matty. There’s so much on the horizon. I’m scared, excited, passionate, and complacent.
Yesterday, I was just mostly excited.
Coming into the nutrition field, I truly had no clue that it would be so mentally taxing. But I prevailed and worked my hiney off! I couldn’t have done it without my girls. We studied, complained, laughed, and cried together through everything.
Me and Kristen
I could not have possibly made it through without my parents. Studying nutrition and journalism, I really only had the time to work on the weekends; college basically required me to be its slave all day, everyday. My parents paid for my groceries, cell phone bill, and even my gas on occassion. They not only supported me financially but showered me with constant love and support for these five years. They are amazing people with the warmest hearts, and my entire being fills with joy when I think about what they have done for me. Mom and Dad: You are the definition of what a parent should be for their child. You have taught me what it means to love, nurture, teach, and respect. You are not just my parents but my best friends. I can only dream to have what we have with my future children!
And then there’s Matty. Oh, where to begin? You are my soul mate, my rock, and my everything. You shower me with love and spoil me with your patience every single day. You are the first person (and the only person!) I have been able to give myself to fully and completely, and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of our lives together.
Post-graduation, I ate my face off! I genuinely love eating clean; it fills my mind and fuels my body through day-to-day life and super challenging workouts. Yesterday, clean eating went out the window when Matty, my parents, and I went to Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge for some diner-style vegan food!
For my meal, I rolled with the salad special: spinach with strawberries, Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onions, with a lemon-based vinaigrette on the side. I also ordered a side of tempeh bacon and their heavenly sweet potato mash.
My dad decided to order a round of fries for the table, which came dusted with fresh rosemary. I went to town! They were so, so, so delicious and addicting! Then came dessert, the moment I had been waiting for! Veggie Galaxy makes their own coconut-based ice cream in house and it is out-of-this-world amazing. I ordered a 4-scoop (two chocolate and two vanilla) and was graced with these:
Yes, I ate both of those. Major food baby. SO worth it! Can you tell by my smile up above? With said welcomed food babies, we hopped in the car and headed home. It was the perfect ending to a milestone sort of day.
P.S. – I noticed that a lot of you are making my recipes the day I post them (love that!) so I thought I would start something new called a “RECI-PREVIEW.” The day before I post a recipe, I’ll post the ingredients so you know what you need to have on-hand. So, with that said, here are tomorrow’s ingredients.
- 1 can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- kale (duh!)
- cherry tomatoes
- nutritional yeast
- Mrs. Dash Garlic Seasoning (garlic powder works too)
- Annie’s Goddess Dressing (or another savory dressing of your choice)
Do you like this idea? Let me know!