Month: July 2017

A Broke Girl’s Guide: Meal Planning

As a struggling college student who works part-time and odd jobs to support myself, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to want to eat healthy on a (very) limited grocery budget. So here are my top 5 tips for cheap, easy meal planning…   1.) Plan your week. Surprise, surprise, successful meal planning actually involves planning! Sit down on whatever day you grocery shop and plan what meals you want to eat that week. You can easily DIY a whiteboard to have three separate slots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. Pick out what you want to make, but leave room for spontaneity. If Tuesday rolls around and you decide that Friday’s dinner plan would really hit the spot, switch them! The meal plan isn’t a contract – it’s a guideline. Another thing to keep in mind is if you like to eat out once a week, don’t plan a meal to cook that night. And, if you’re making batch meals (which you probably should be), you can easily …

On Slipping Up & Revisiting Goals

Here we are, a little more than halfway through the new year, and many ambitious goals have fallen by the wayside. I know that personally, I haven’t managed to write every night, practice French for 30 minutes every day, or even work out five times a week. And when you realize you haven’t been keeping up with your goals, your gut reaction is to feel shame or give up entirely because “it’s too late now.” Yeah, well, tell your gut to shut up. Goals are incredibly important to have if you want to accomplish anything and evolve as a person. Writing things down and breaking them into steps brings focus and direction into your life (which, otherwise, is just a chaotic swirl of events). But life is messy and we aren’t robots! There is no shame in reworking your goals to be more manageable because your reality isn’t what you idealized six months ago while you were drunk and setting off party poppers. Any progress is better than no progress. Most importantly, there is no such thing …

June Favorites

A huge hodgepodge of everything I’ve been loving. Bright red polka-dot slip dresses worn to the lake, sunscreen staining lacy edges and strawberries staining corners of mouths. Freezing cold drinks sweating in our palms and freezing cold waves lapping over sunburned shoulders, both providing relief from the scorching air. Air conditioning buzzing loudly in the window. Ceiling fans looping overhead. Cool sheets tucked under knees. Warm lemons tucked in paper bags. Welcome to June. Relish: Lucy Knisley writes autobiographical graphic novels (say that three times fast). This one is about her love of food and her experience growing up with foodies for parents. The mouthwatering images, cute stories, and illustrated recipes bought this book a special place in my heart. As soon as I turned the last page I purchased two more of her graphic novels. Happy City: All about urban planning. The writing style is engaging and entertaining and there is a lot of information in here. Honestly if you’re interested in how slums develop and why some cities thrive then this is a great read. …