Just Chilling… Sort Of

There’s something about the changing seasons that’s just so inspiring. With summer it’s the bright sun, warm air, green grass… everything looks so much better in comparison to the drab winter from a few months prior. And with every changing season I have new things I’m interested in doing, whether they have been revitalized from the previous year, or are entirely new in appeal.

This summer for me is all about taking a break and doing what I want. The past two summers I have had internships, and they were worth every second for the knowledge and skills that I acquired. For summer of 2015 though, I’m de-stressing. I have a job at the local school district where I’ll be cleaning and help getting things set up for fall. I’m house sitting for family friends. For the first time in almost three years I’m going to be home for longer than a two week stay (this is both good and bad, as you can imagine).

For the next few weeks I am going to be busy getting our house ready for my brother’s graduation party. I feel old. We have hardwood floors to put down, a deck to stain, a senior video (complete with embarrassing pictures and videos from his younger years), and a mountain of other cleaning tasks that need to be done.


So I guess I’m not really taking a break, physically at least. Maybe it’s more of a mental break?

Oh, I guess I forgot about studying for my GMATs too. So there goes the whole idea of getting a breather from thinking for awhile. I’m planning on studying for 3 months and taking them at the end of the summer before I head back to school in August. Originally I was just going to get my Master’s degree at the school I’m at currently (in which case I’m not required a GMAT and would be accepted based on academic performance instead). However, I’m not sure I want to go into accounting anymore. I’m now double specializing in both accounting and management, and I’m really enjoying my management classes.


I have no idea where that leaves me in terms of getting a Master’s degree though. I don’t know what to do. Taking my GMATs is the first step though, or so I’m told by my father. After graduating from high school I thought I would be done with exams like that ever again (except for CPA exams of course, but those aren’t for college). The GMATs sound even more strenuous and awful than the ACTs. And I really want to get a good score so that I can get accepted into a good Master’s program and get scholarships and possibly a graduate teaching position and not end up with so many loans that I don’t pay them off until I’m ancient. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right?

So that’s what my summer’s going to be like. Starting off this post, I was planning on diving into all of the fun things I was going to do during my “break,” but after typing this out, I’m not really sure I’m going to have any more time than I have had in previous summers. *Insert exasperated sigh here*

I probably should make a list of all the things I want to do before summer is over. Like a short-term bucket list*. Maybe I’ll write one up and that will be my next post.


In the meantime though, a few things with me haven’t changed. I’ve still been reading a lot, and enjoying my Netflix (isn’t almost everyone and their mother on Netflix these days though? I feel like it’s become such a common thing).

Here’s a list of the books that I’m currently in the middle of: 


  • Saint Anything - By Sarah Dessen
  • Legend - By Marie Lu
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts – By Susan Cain
  • Superfreakonomics - By Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt

Question: What have you been reading lately, or what would you recommend? Not that I don’t already have an extensive reading pile both physically and just in the general listing sense, but it’s always good to have suggestions. Mostly, right now, I’m curious as to what your favorite non-fiction books are? I like ones that make you think, and I’ve been considering reading a book by Mary Roach who is the queen of humorous scientific books. Biographies aren’t really my thing, although I’ve listened to quite a few autobiographies via audiobook in the past year, so I’m really up for it all. 

I also need some suggestions on TV shows. I’ve been doing a lot of re-watching of my favorites, instead of plunging into any new territory for the past month or so.

Here are the shows I’ve been watching again lately:


  • Haven
  • Eureka
  • Teen Wolf
  • Under the Dome
  • Continuum
  • Dollhouse

Question: So, what would you suggest? Again, I’m open to anything, but right now I would prefer something sci-fi. That’s my favorite genre in books, tv shows, movies, etc. I like sci-fi shows that have an interesting concept and compelling main characters. This summer new seasons of Haven, Continuum, and Teen Wolf are coming and I’m super excited for that. In the meantime though, I should probably stop watching random episodes of the aforementioned shows and dive into something new. Feel free to suggest multiple shows, because I’ve most likely seen a good portion of them already. I think if I were to put the full extent of the sci-fi shows that I’ve watched above, you would think I’m crazy. Or crazier than usual, however you want to put it.

I should also mention that the soundtrack to my life right now is also sci-fi…ish. It wasn’t an intentional choice on my part. I heard it once and got stuck there on repeat. Before you listen, heed my warning.

I’m not even in the same room with any of you and I still feel embarrassed. It’s just so catchy. Really, I have no idea what they are saying for half the lyrics, but doesn’t it just make you want to dance? And while the song itself isn’t very sci-fi in the lyrics, the techno aspect, and music video are. It’s very campy, ridiculous, and just kind of perfect in its carelessness. Britney and Iggy look like they are just having fun, not caring what anyone else thinks.

*It just hit me that a short-term bucket list is basically a to-do list. Well, no basically about it. That’s the definition. Except it has a slightly more fun connotation.

Now I Understand

Basically I told myself that I would come back to blogging when I felt the need to.

Before this long “break,” I never really understood why anyone would quit blogging in the first place (or at the very least, stop blogging for a prolonged period of time).

Now I understand.


Over the summer I wasn’t able to blog for lack of internet access. Then school started back up again and I still didn’t log into my account. I think part of me was a little scared, and part of me knew that it just wasn’t the right time yet.

Since you can all read the title of my blog and know what it’s about, you understand that I am aiming to find a balance with food. It mostly stems from my allergies and all of the pain that food has caused me in the past (both mentally and physically).


I began my first blog as an outlet. I was surrounded by people who didn’t quite comprehend my desire to be healthy. In a world of processed food, that’s quite understandable I suppose. Then I created Eating for Balance when I discovered my food allergies.

I had many different goals with this blog, among them helping others with food allergies, as well as helping myself cope with the struggles I faced from my own.

My much needed break is now over. I feel calmer about this whole “allergy thing” that bogs me down.

At the same time though, I’m wanting to change. I need the accountability that comes with blogging. I need the interaction that comes with blogging.

I NEED to blog again.

Maybe it’s for selfish reasons. I’m still wanting to inspire and helps others with my posts/recipes, but this time around I’m mainly blogging for my own personal reasons.

The first change I want to make is in what blogs I read.

“We are what we eat.”

Or maybe… We are what we read?

A lot of the blogs I read before were good on the surface. Healthy. Happy. Inspiring. Thought-provoking.

But underneath that surface, there were some things not quite as positive.


For starters, negativity. I’m not just talking about rants or complaints about life, but negativity towards others in the blogging community and to other people in the world in general.

For those who say that no one way is the correct way, many of us don’t practice what we preach. I saw countless examples of people expressing their “opinions” with very hurtful statements and actions.

In real life I am a shy person. I avoid all potentially awkward/embarrassing/stress-inducing situations. I avoid conflict whenever possible. That’s who I am. I like everyone to get along.

I never want to make someone feel inferior. No one is wrong. Everyone is different and right in their own way.

I’ll still express my opinions on things, because that’s what blogging is about – sharing new perspectives. It’s one of the things I love about this community.

But I will do my best not to negate any other walks of life in the process.

Freezing Temperatures Continue To Grip The Nation

There are several other things that I am wanting to change too, however, I think it will just be better for you to see from my future posts yourself rather than trying to explain it here.


It will be a slow process easing back into blogging.

Honestly I don’t even want to look at my Bloglovin account right now. I’m sure my inbox of unread posts has skyrocketed into the thousands.

The most practical thing would be to just start over clean. I won’t do that entirely of course, because there are some people that I really want to check up on. But I will be deleting the aforementioned bloggers who I don’t want to be influenced by anymore.

This is a happy space. An open space. I’m going to be open-minded and try to be more of an open book in what’s going on in my life. I will also encourage everyone else to be open-minded in the comments section and feel free to be who they really are.


I don’t want to pressure myself into feeling the need to blog, so there is always the possibility for more breaks in the future.

My approach is going to be more relaxed this time around, which I think will be better for everyone involved. No one likes to read from a stressed-out blogger, am I right?


Now, what better way to start off my first post of 2015 than with some questions?!

Answer: There is no better way.


How have you changed in blogging over the years?

What is your mindset towards blogging?

Why did you begin blogging in the first place? Are you still blogging for the same reason?