Paleo On-The-Go: Quick Snacks to Take With You

applepie_larabarWake up around 5:30am.
Drink water.
Do some form of yoga.
Blow dry hair.
Put makeup on.
Find something to wear.
Change multiple times only to put on the first outfit with satisfaction.
Gather laptop bag, purse and food bag.
Get Penny into her pouch.
Head to the kitchen to make breakfast.
Pack lunch and snacks while eggs cook.
Sit down and eat.
Kiss parents goodbye.
Grab everything and run out the door.

Interestingly enough, this only takes me 1-2 hours every day 😉 Haha! Taking my time and enjoying the morning is a favorite part of my day. I also like to be prepared for the day. With a 30 minute drive to work and about 45 on the way back, I spend a lot of time away from home and can’t be tempted by quick “food” options, like drive-thru’s and convenience stores. How do I stay prepared you ask? I just throw some of my favorite snacks in my food bag and I’m good to go for the day. If I’m hungry, I have something good to eat, and if not, I find comfort in knowing I have the option. You know, just in case I break down on the side of the road or get stranded, I wouldn’t want to starve.

Here’s a list of  paleo snacks you can find at a normal store near you:

  • Larabars. Holy moley, I don’t know how I lived 22 years without them! My favorites: apple pie, coconut cream pie & key lime pie
  • Dark chocolate. (I mean real dark chocolate. Not Hersheys!) I like Green & Black’s 85%.
  • Portable fruit and veggies that are good at room temp. I love muchin’ on sugar snap peas!
  • Nuts. I like to pre-make little bags that are easy to grab and full of variety.
  • GUILTY Pleasure: Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups.
  • I also drink lots o’ hot tea, water and kombucha.

Remember, don’t rely on snack-age. You usually don’t need to hoard snacks if you’re eating a filling breakfast and lunch. Always plan ahead and you can remain satisfied with your little stock pile of paleo-yums hiding in your purse or desk drawer.



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25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013

I stumbled upon this article on one of my favorite websites, MindBodyGreen, and knew I had to do it. This has been a huge year for me. From emotionally trying situations to very rewarding ones. I have learned a lot about what to do, what to avoid and where I want to go in life. So here is a peek into how my year went and how I plan to kick ass in 2014…

25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013

1. What am I most proud of this year?

I am most proud of graduating college in four years and immediately starting a position I am crazy about. My passion for my career grows every day. I truly love what I do and enjoy learning new things.

2. How can I become a better _____________?

Personally – I would like to be better at being self-aware and humble. I have tendencies to get ahead of myself and really make my head big without realizing it. This is good to an extent but sometimes I forget to take a step back.

Professionally – I want to be the very best of the best in my specific position. I want to be an industry leader both locally and globally.

3. Where am I feeling stuck?

I am feeling stuck in my fitness routine. I am absolutely in love with yoga and am really putting my heart there. The struggle is finding time in my schedule to thoroughly enjoy my practice without feeling rushed or like I should be doing something else.

4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?

I feel grace comes with experience and knowledge and there is always room for more.

5. Am I passionate about my career?


6. What lessons have I learned?

Real-world adult life is weird. We yern our entire lives to be older only to realize we want to be young. It’s weird to think about how much my life has changed this year. With every experience there has been a lesson I will carry with my forever. I am also quickly learning I can do anything I set my mind to.

7. What did I my finances look like?

My finances are good. I feel I’m doing quite well considering I’m 22.

8. How did I spend my free time?

I spent my free time with family, Solomon and friends. With my “me-time”, I started exploring yoga more, reading about the benefits of whole, real food, keeping up with social media trends and advertising. I also bought a sweet baby sugar glider, Penny, that I’ve been taking everywhere with me!

9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?

As of fall, I have really started to take care of my body completely. My mind does get lost sometimes. I let stress subconsciously take over and I can get pretty mean and snippy with the people I care about most. I’m working on my soul. Like I said. I need to humble myself a bit.

10. How have I been open-minded?

Seeing other perspectives at work has helped me become more open minded. I am not always right and it’s so refreshing to listen to other peoples ideas and thoughts.

11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?

I feel the most inspired when I’m doing something I’m truly passionate about or just kickin ass at. Doing my first Whole 30 in September really inspired me to be a better me. The work I do for my clients inspires me because there is always a challenge waiting to be tackled. I also feel inspired when doing anything that betters my mind, body and soul.

12. What projects have I completed?

The work I do daily are all ongoing projects but every time I meet a goal or see high engagement with my content I count them as a feat. Social media can be tricky. You can be yelling at a wall or hitting it home with the perfect audience.

I worked on the latest edition of our magazine Logic + Magic. I had the oppourtnity to write a piece in the magazine and also be on the cover and on two internal pages. Doing the photoshoot was so much fun. It was really exciting being thrown into something I’d never done before.

I was in a group for one of my final senior projects where we got the chance to work with The Dream Factory. We put together an entire IMC plan for them and they took it to the national level. I still volunteer for The Dream Factory and I just love everything they stand for.

And, we all know, The Whole30 was my most recent “project” which I am incredibly proud of. You can read the recap here:  Whole 30 – Recap & Results 

13. How have I procrastinated?

If we’re excluding tasks like cleaning my room and car  then I’d say there were days where lack of energy got the best of me. I missed a few networking events this year I wish I would have gone to. But hey, it’s hard transitioning from college-student life to real-world life

14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?

I need to get my sleep schedule to a consistent pattern. Late nights no longer work well with my new lifestyle. I also would like to restructure the time I spend on my phone and set specific time aside for family, boyfriend and friends.

15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?

I still feel pretty inexperienced compared to my collegues who have been in the industry for years. Sometimes I listen to their ideas in meetings and forget to turn mine on. I think this is probably because I feel that I am less experienced and forget to speak up.

16. Where has self-doubt taken over?

Well considering I have about 5 different personas to master on a daily basis and turn on and off at any moment, I sometimes doubt content that I write for my clients. BUT my doubt is elimitnated by my amazing coworkers who tell me it’s great or provide little ways to improve. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about creating valuable content with confidence.

I have also taken on this self-doubt about running. Yes, physically running. Treadmill, on the road or running in place, I don’t like it and I’m not sure why, considering I used to run track and cross country when I was younger. I’m not sure why I’m completely turned off by the idea but I just say things like my legs are too short and I can’t run. I should work on this just in case I need to run in a zombie apoclypse some day. 😉

17. When have I felt the most alive?

I truly felt alive during my Whole30 experience. The 30 days taught me how to listen to my body and how to control my thoughts about food.

Solomon and I took a roadtrip to Cali last December/January. I felt so alive exploring unchartered territory in my book. I also swam with dolphins in San Francisco. I was amazing to feel how real wild animals are and how smart dolphins are.         Incredible!

Also, beinging photographed for the cover of L+M made me feel pretty alive. The vulernable feeling of being photographed alone was a really cool experience.

18. How have I taught others to respect me?

This year I have really started to stand firm in my choices and beliefs. Showing my knowledge has also allowed me to earn respect in all aspects of my life.

19. How can I improve my relationships?

I’m sure we all feel this way, but I need to value the true relationships that I have more. I am so lucky to live this life and can’t imagine doing it without the people in my life. I know I need to cleanse myself of old relationships that are no longer serving their purpose to my goals and dreams. I know I can always listen more,  be humble,  have empathy and make more time for the people who matter.

20. Have I been unfair to anyone?

I’m sure there are times I have been unfair to my bf and family. They are always here for me so they are usually the first to see the not so pretty side of my when it comes out.

21. Who do I need to forgive?

I feel like I need to forgive myself for mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve said.

22. Where is it time to let go?

I need to let go of certain friendships, old habits with bad food and the thought of always being perfect.

23. What old habits would I like to release?

In 2014 I will let go of any ties with bad food and toxic tendencies that do not make me healthier and happier.

24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?

I will start doing yoga every day again. I would like to live completely and wholey paleo with no turning back (Disclaimer: This does not mean I will not have the occasional “normal” food during special events.)

I want to do a lot more networking.

I will also work on setting aside specific time for each family member, Solomon, his family and my best friends to improve our relationships.

25. How can I be kind to myself?

I’m actually pretty nice to myself but I’d say reminding myself that I can do anything I set my mind to and that I am good enough.

Okay, since I’ve spilled my guts out to you… I want you to answer these question one by one, whether in your head, written out in a journal or typed on your blog and review how your year has been and what you plan to change next year. It’s never too late to change and once you go so far there is no turning back.

Good luck!

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Three Years Ago – My Long Distance Relationship

I was sitting in my best friends drive way waiting for them to pull up. My parents wouldn’t let me ride to Chicago because it wasn’t “safe” to drive there and back in one day. I was mad, but didn’t fight them on it because I knew I wouldn’t win. Instead, I went to my best friends house and waited. He was driving to Chicago to pick up two friends, one of which was his “doctor” in Afghanistan. Yes, my eyes lit up when he told me I would like him, and the fact that he said doctor… shallow, I know. But can you blame me?

They pulled up and I jumped out of my car, ran over to the garage door and punched in my best friend’s garage code feeling super cool. We all went inside, introduced ourselves and settled in. I could not say Solomon’s name, let alone comprehend his last name so i just smiled, my very interested smile, and batted my eyes. He was the perfect image of “Tall Dark and Handsome” and I was in shock. My best friend really does know me!

After a night of sharing our life stories with each other and staring into each others eyes I had to wake up and go to the pumpkin patch with my family. All I could think about was Solomon. I definitely stalked him on Facebook all day. I sent texts to my best friends and told them to go look at him. I even told one of them that I knew he was something special, different, whatever that feeling is when you “just know”. I could not believe I’d met this guy. Later that day, while I was at the pumpkin patch, he commented on my Facebook page. I obsessively checked my phone waiting for his replies.

After more disagreeing with my parents, I stayed at my best friends house again that night to hang out with everyone. Okay, I went to spend as much time with Solomon as humanly possible. We went to breakfast on Sunday and spent some time together then it was time for him to leave. I wasn’t sure what to think. “This weekend was too good to be true. Will I ever see him again?” So many questions ran through my mind. Late that night I heard from him that he got home to Chicago safe. Every day since then we have talked to each other. Through the good, bad, stressful and exciting days we’ve been together. We spent 2 and a half years separated by distance from Indiana to Chicago and Indiana to Oregon.

Regardless of where we are, I know we will always be here for each other. I am so lucky to have Solomon as my boyfriend, best friend and biggest fan (besides my parents, of course!) So heres to more memories, laughter and cross-country trips as we make our way through this thing called life.



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I’m a Charger


A couple months ago our CEO sent out an e-mail requesting that all staff take a ‘test’. So in my mind, I immediately think, “Oh crap, I hate tests. What kind of test? Is it timed? I thought I was finished with this test-taking sh!t!”

I was rather curious though. My first workplace ‘test’. I clicked into it and signed up. About 15 minutes later I was finished. Wooo, that was easy AND painless.

Then, it was time to wait. Something I am not very good at. Patience is not one of my virtues 😉

Last week, the creative team and mine (Media+Marketing) were invited to a team building activity. Not really sure what this would entail, I was dying to know. (Not very good at not knowing things either. I’m basically a control freak)

Our activity leader handed us a paper with our names on it along with some other cryptic information. We went through some information about the programs algorithm and how your results are configured. Then we had to get up and she visually showed us where we stood next to our peers regarding thinking strategy and four other factors. Here are my results:

My thinking strategy is actual/potential. This means that I am able to access both patterns of thinking, but will begin with an actual plan base before moving to the potential option as a ‘Plan B’. This thinking strategy is a reality-based flexibility that will consistently look for ways to improve structures and systems.

My drive is Charger. Not surprising. This means I am motivated by my personal sense of authority. I have natural self confidence and assertiveness. Am able to navigate conflict without internalizing the circumstances. Once I have made a firm decision, I can be difficult to persuade otherwise. Chargers have a healthy sense of self-interest and will consistently seek to identify their stake in a situation.

Being people driven indicates that I am energized by interaction with others.

Rapid paced means I am a natural multi-tasker, able to juggle multiple activities at the same time. The charger drive intensifies this styles sense of urgency: nothing happens fast enough.

The Fact Finder element indicates that I value making information-based decisions. I seek to avoid mistakes, and gather understanding in order to do so. With the charger drive, satisfying rules and expectations connected directly to personal standards is a priority.

So overall, I would say this thing hit the nail on the head. The team building activity was a great experience that allowed all of us to learn more about our peers and ourselves. I am insanely thankful for the amazing experiences I get to have with my co-workers.

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My Life: 21 moving on to 22

When I turned 21 I was going into my last year of college. Meanwhile, a lot of people I grew up with hadn’t even started college. I’d been at the same job (not to mention my first job) for over five years. Ready to take on the world, I took my first internship as a social media intern for a POS system startup. I took 20 credit hours in school, almost 20 intern hours and worked at Zesto the rest of the time. All the while I maintained a social life. I am very close to my family and friends. And I was in a long distance relationship.

My boyfriend, Solomon, lived in Oregon. Going on two years, our relationship was definitely out of the ordinary and very extraordinary. I wrapped up 2012 with a trip out to Oregon and a road trip down the west coast to Hollywood. Solomon surprised me and took me to go swim with dolphins (FYI my lifelong childhood dream). I was crazy excited to say the least. We had an amazing time but the time went by too fast.

I came home to start my last semester of college and start planning for graduation and the real world. And then, through my awesome advertising professor, I got an internship at, what was, LeapFrog Interactive, at the time. I was working under the social media specialist for 3 months before I got hired on full time. (The agency went through a rebrand and we are now LEAP.)

This summer has been a blur with graduation, leaving Zesto, starting my career in the ad industry, Solomon moving here, catching up with my girlfriends, going to wine festivals and of course, turning 22. I am very pleased to say I am exactly where I want to be in my life.

Can’t wait to see the wonderful things this life brings. I’ll keep you updated.


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