Hi! I'm alive!! I'm sure I seem like a stranger by now, but welcome back  :) 

I've been so MIA and was recently talking to my mom about wanting to start writing again. As I started thinking about blog posts, I had no idea what I wanted to say. I didn't feel inspired to post a new recipe or tell you all the meals I've been loving. I didn't feel inspired to write about my new workout regime and what I've been doing to get in exercise every day. I didn't feel inspired to write about much at all, actually ... and truth be told, I still don't.

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But the one thing I really do want to explain: The past few months at school have been the best and hardest experience all in one.

Moving into a new home has been challenging.

Eating in a new place has been challenging.

Trying new activities + clubs and managing them all has been challenging. 

Going to a new gym has been challenging.

Having new coaches has been challenging.

Spending a lot of my time with people entirely different from me has been challenging.

Having new teammates has been challenging.

Making new friends has been challenging.

Establishing a new routine has been challenging.

Learning that I am the only person that can advocate for myself has been challenging.

... And having to do it all by myself within the first months of school, it's really challenging.

my dorm room!

While I don't regret the decision to switch schools for a second and there have been so many great things that have come from it, it's important to me to acknowledge that it hasn't been all rainbows and butterflies.

As I express on my blog, I try to always "stay on the sunny side" and keep things bright and cheerful... but that's not reality. In truth, we can only be happy if we are growing, and growing can be difficult. When you stay in the same place where you are content, you never grow, you never expand your perspectives, and you never learn what's out there in the world - the opportunities, the people, the cultures.

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So, as for the lack of posts - I've been working on figuring things out for myself. It's hard to write something to help you live a happier, healthier life when I feel like I, myself, am just keeping my head above water. 

But this is a period of improvement, and I'm figuring it out day by day and embracing it for all that it is. While there have been some challenging days, I have grown so much already and this leads to bigger, sunnier things ahead!

embrace today,


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