Just Because

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

This weekend I had plans to start a blogging challenge to build my content. I wanted to start yesterday but I couldn’t, and for a very amazing reason. I became an Aunt!!! I was already so excited for that day to come since I was told my sister would be having her first child. However, there are feelings that overwhelm you the second you see those tiny ears, and hearing the little cries that melt your heart. I am overjoyed to finally be an aunt and am so proud of my sister for all she went through to bring her daughter into this world.

Anyways, back to blogging…

With baseball season picking up speed in the month of May, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite places ever…AT&T Park!!


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Just Because, Mental Health

Breaking Bad [Habits]

Today I found an article about  29 Habits to Break Before Turning 30. Now, as you may know, I have already arrived at my third decade of life, and some of the habits listed within this post I can proudly say I actually did break within the last few years (hooray for me!) However, there were a few stubborn traits that I am having trouble parting with, one being not pursing something I love.

Some can assume that laziness is a factor in my lack of accomplishments in life, but really, its because I can talk myself out of anything, at anytime, any day! Not that I am not lazy (because that was going to be the other habit I wish I didn’t have if I didn’t choose this one) but its not laziness that is the little voice inside my head telling me I can’t do something.

Always [day]dreaming…
I have always had big dreams. I had multiple majors when in [community] college, I attended two different trade schools (cosmetology and culinary), and I even planned on moving up within a company I had worked for for a few years but instead, I quit a few months before beginning the stepping stone process. I have asked myself if I am really just that indecisive. Although I admit that I can be, its really because I didn’t believe I would be good enough at any of those things so I just bailed (minus culinary school; I mentioned that in 15 facts about meEvery major I ever wanted to pursue, I convinced myself that I could not complete the prerequisites, and/or, it would take too long and I would be too old to start a career in “insert any career title here”. This blog almost didn’t make it passed two, or three posts, because I didn’t think I had enough interesting things to write about.

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Just Because

15 Facts About Me

April 22nd, 2018

I have seen many “about me” posts recently, and being a new blogger myself, I figured I would join in and share a little bit about myself. It was a struggle to come up with that many interesting things about myself, honestly, but I gave it a solid effort! So, here are 15 facts about me…

  1. I am a self-proclaimed sugarholic. I love sweets. Ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes, you name it, I want it!
  2. Running with the theme of the fact above, I attended culinary school for baking and pastry arts. Unfortunately, due to financial reasons, I could not complete the program (but I learned a lot while I was there)
  3. I was vegan for about 2 1/2 years; vegetarian for roughly 5 years. I am no longer either (see: Why I Stopped Labeling My Diet)
  4. I am the oldest of 3 children; I just turned 32, my sister is 25, and my brother is 20.
  5. I could watch The Lord of the Rings a billion times and never get bored.
  6. I am a high school drop out. However, I did receive my G.E.D. in 2007, three years after I should have graduated high school.

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    June 2nd, 2012
  7. I met my husband online after a friend convinced me to make a profile on a dating website because she didn’t want to make one by herself…and now we have been together for a little over 8 years, and married for 6 this upcoming June. Funny how things work out.
  8. I love watching sports/sporting events. I am a big San Francisco Giants fan (baseball) and I also root for the San Jose Sharks (hockey) and the San Francisco 49ers (football)
  9. Growing up, I was never interested in travelling. But as I have gotten older, I really want to see, and experience, new places. I am currently starting a bucket list, of sorts, of all the places I’d like to visit, both within, and outside, the United States.
  10. Although I am a little late to the party, I am totally obsessed with Ed Sheeran.
  11. I live in sunny California, but I would much rather live somewhere with four, actual, seasons. Maybe one day…
  12. I am afraid of bodies of water (specifically where you can’t see the bottom. I’m convinced, even at 32 years old, that a sea monster will come up from the depths and eat me)
  13. I am very proud of being a “rescue mom”. We adopted our cat in 2011 when he was only 9 weeks old, and we adopted our dog in 2013 when she was almost 4 years old. I treat them like they are my children and I am not ashamed of that.
  14.  Pizza is my favorite food! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? I could seriously eat pizza every day!
  15. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. It took me a long time to be comfortable with admitting that and being willing to seek help. I finally did in late 2017 and have been in therapy and taking medication since. The experience has opened my eyes to how much of a stigma there (still) is in society regarding mental illness, and that I want to try to do my part in breaking that; although I am not 100% sure how I will go about that yet…

Well, there you have it! 15 “interesting” facts about me. I’d probably say they are more random facts, than interesting, but that’s okay!


Mental Health

I Am More Than Sad

I know there are a lot of similar blog posts floating around the world wide web, and by no means am I trying to “copy” anyone, I just wanted to add my two cents to the topic.

First, and probably the most important, depression is not the same as sadness. This is a common misconception that I have personal experience with. Sometimes sadness can feel so debilitating that you may think you are depressed; very understandable. With that said, sadness is a completely normal human emotion, that we all experience within our lives. It usually occurs when you have experienced a disappointing event, a hurtful situation, or when grieving over a loss.  However, once you overcome the event, or situation that brought on this emotion, the sadness dissipates.

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NorCal Eats

NorCal Eats: The Butcher’s Son (TBT)

In honor of throwback Thursday (TBT), I wanted to share a post I wrote for my old blog, last year.

I feel a small disclaimer is necessary before you read on. I visited The Butcher’s Son, and composed this post, when I was following a vegan diet. I no longer label myself a “vegan”, (I consume animal products, currently) But I still really enjoying eating plant-based and finding plant-based versions of non-vegan items.

I hope you enjoy this blast from the past!

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If you are within driving distance of Berkeley, CA, do yourself a favor and check out The Butcher’s Son.

It took my husband and I almost a year after hearing about this place to actually take the time to go eat there. Wow, what took us so long?!

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