Happy Wednesday

Good morning lovely people!

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I am spending my morning in Panera with this amazing caramel latte. What’s your favorite morning breakfast stop?

And why not start the morning with some positivism!


Remember, you are important. You are smart. You are beautiful. You have the potential to change the world.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Balance.

I’ve been learning a lot recently. One thing being that balance is everything.

I was stuck in this rut thinking that everything I ate had to be absolutely perfect or terrible.

The truth is, balance is key. Sure, fruits and veggies are important and taste great, but so does pizza. Another thing I love is spicy Doritos and cream cheese (mmmmm). Exercise and getting active is good for you, but who doesn’t love a “binge on netflix” kind of day? It’s important to have an equilibrium between these things.

There is a healthy balance between everything we do and a harmony in the way we live our lives. Take care of yourself for yourself, not to impress someone or because you think if you lose weight everything else in your life will suddenly become perfect.

Sometimes when things come crashing down in life, it’s a good time to step back from everything and grow.

Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat “perfectly” or give up anything you love. In fact, any lifestyle that does not include chocolate in it is not for me :p . Being healthy is about listening to your body, nourishing it, and enjoying the things you love.

Where do you find balance in your life?

Just a Reminder..

Sizes everywhere are different.

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These are size 8 jeans. In another store I can fit into a 4, another a 2–sometimes I’ll try a pair on and it doesn’t fit my legs, other times it fits everywhere but the waist is too big, and often times skinny jeans are way too tight around my ankles.

The point is, do not let a number determine if you are allowed to love yourself.

Just love yourself because you deserve it. You deserve it whether you’re a size 0 or size 15. You deserve love.

Have a great day! :)

Deciding what I want to do with my life….With a little help from you!

It’s come to my attention that I need to pick an ambition and run with it. I enjoy so many subjects in school and I like the idea of many professions, so it’s difficult to decide. It’s a little embarrassing to mark myself as “undecided”, but at the same time, such a huge decision is difficult.

Some of the things I’m interested in?

Teaching. I love working with children (people in general, really) and I have a lot of experience with it. When I was younger I always thought it was something I’d end up doing. However, upon getting this new teaching job and furthering my education in it, it has lost its luster to me. Perhaps it’s just a phase. Any teachers want to share their experience in their decision to become a teacher? 

Dietetics. I love cooking and learning about nutrition. Yes, my knowledge of it began at a horrid place in life, but it evolved into a fascination with the science of how our bodies work. My only reservations was that the job would be kind of boring, after reading about what dietitians do. Dietitians, what’s the most exciting part of your job or what do you most enjoy about it?

Physical Therapy. I love the idea of working with people all day and helping them better their health! I’ve read a lot about physical therapists and again, I’m insanely interested in anatomy and other similar subjects. My only reservation about this career was the schooling. I’m so eager to get out of school right now and I’ve only been in college for 2 years. I couldn’t imagine 6 years of intensive schooling. What is PT school like and how did you get through it? What is a day in your life like?

I love travelling and of course, writing, but I wasn’t sure what, if anything, I could honestly pursue with that. It’s been a dream of mine to be an author but I figured that could be sort of a “side thing” in my life.

What do you think? What is your major/career and why? How did you come to that decision?

Progress.

This past week has slowly been easing into a normal pattern. So proud of myself and thankful for the help I’ve been receiving! I know the battle is not over, but I’m winning.

Yesterday morning for breakfast I had “Healthy Cinnamon Toast Crunch” or more formally called: Mom’s Best:

Mixed with a sprinkle of Kellogg’s All-Bran with milk and a cup of coffee.

Since I worked all day yesterday, instead of old disordered self saying, “Don’t eat anything all day, burn more fat,” when I was hungry at lunch I walked just down the way in the mall and got a strawberry smoothie. It was delicious.

By the time I got off, I was starting to get hungry again. Mom brought home Jimmy John’s.

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I had the “Vito” Italian sub (I asked them to add hot peppers as well) and a chocolate chip cookie. Dad and I sat down and watched the Notre Dame game. I swear ND will always keep us on edge. That game was stolen from them last night though. We’ll show em’ next time. Let’s go blue!

This morning I did something I haven’t in years! I was in the mood for pop-tarts. I know, I know, right? We used to eat them almost every morning at my grandma’s house because they were quick — That way my siblings and I could cram in front of the T.V. and watch Dragon Tales.

So anyway, I was craving the pop-tarts because I haven’t had one in such a long time. Instead of trying to figure out a way to make a lower-cal version or trying to justify to myself why I deserved to eat one, I just did it. 

I love myself and I deserve to eat. I am now writing this blog post while enjoying a nice cup of coffee and one package of nostalgia. Ironically enough, it isn’t even as good as I remember it being! The chocolate fudge flavor was my favorite growing up (no surprise there) but it doesn’t really taste that much like chocolate when I think about it.

Well, I’m off to conquer the day! I hope you conquer yours too!

Many blessings,

Mahoney

The world is mad.

Throughout history and time, the world has undergone such tragedy, heartbreak, and evil. Even in 2014 we deal with the fear of a nationwide plague of Ebola, war, and unjustified violence. The United States is drowning it debt, nuclear warfare seems closer every year, and it’s sad to say children now fear going to school due to horrific school shootings.

As I sit here overlooking all this, I can’t help but ask, where is the justice? Where is the reason? Where is our God in all of this. It has people asking the typical questions, why would God let this happen? Why does God allow these things to happen on earth?

Theologians and philosophers have studied this for years and have concluded it to the fall of mankind at the very beginning with Adam and Eve.

And if you’re like me, sometimes that isn’t enough of an explanation. After a dinner conversation about Columbine one evening, I was fervently curious about it. I was only five years old when it happened, so what I heard about it was very little. The idea of telling a tale so gruesome to a five year old was something my parents were not about. I researched the incident and read horrifying stories as well as survivors finding their purpose years later.

My questions were full of anger; how could God let those two boys do this? Why did He let those kids die for nothing?

Usually that’s the part where my dad says to me, “God is not doing this. We live in a broken world; because of the fall of Adam, this is what happens. We have free will, Mahoney.”

Can’t You do something though? God could do something (ANYTHING) if he wanted to. He could do ANYTHING. He’s God.

The truth is, none of those things satisfied me. I was angry. I was asking these questions but I couldn’t imagine what the victim’s parents were asking. Their broken hearts must still be yearning for answers, and probably will for the rest of their lives.

Think of when Jesus died on the cross. He hung there, dying in one of the most disrespected and ghastly ways to die. I can only try to imagine what the pain he must’ve felt was like. Not only that, but He saw us in our sinful ways. I always liked to believe that He could see how much the world would fall even after He died, and yet He did it anyway. He could see the Columbine shooting, He could see the wars to come, He could see the children dying from child abuse, He could see the serial killers, He could see suicides around every corner, depressed people walking on earth believing no one loves them–He could see it all. He carried those things on His back.

People taunted Him. They said if He was the real Son of God, He could get off the cross and walk away. And the fact was, He could’ve. He could’ve jumped off the cross and road into the clouds never to return.

But He didn’t because He knew this was for something far greater than Himself. He knew that his suffering had significant purpose in something large. And not many understood that. They didn’t understand why He had to die.

And I believe the same goes for us. We never understand God’s mysterious ways (or at least we won’t till later). But the suffering we go through has a greater purpose. God doesn’t take us from our crosses because something bigger is going on that we don’t understand.

God doesn’t make us suffer and He doesn’t let things happen. The Theologians are right, free will and the fall of Adam have led to deep corruption of some souls. God knows life is suffering. He takes that suffering and turns it in to something beautiful.

Though I will never understand why people die so soon and why tragedy hits the world so harshly, I know He is there and His ways are great.

How do you cope with/explain tragedy?

 

Wednesday

I’m reading…

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. This was one of the three books I started at the same time. Now that I’ve picked it back up, I can’t put it down. It’s a true account of Nik’s mission is Somalia. Nothing is impossible for God.

I’m listening to…

Lately this —–>  

It has been my “get up in the morning and dance” song. It’s so catchy and fun. What song do you listen to every day to get you feeling positive? 

I’m wearing…

Jeans, vans, and a comfy sweater!

I’m eating/drinking…

Right now I am drinking a hot cup of hazelnut coffee from Panera, with just a dash of half&half. Their coffee is like Christmas morning.

I’m obsessing…

After a long conversation about Cancer yesterday and the people in our community who are very ill, I’ve been researching the affects of GMOs and artificial ingredients on the body. I think that kind of research is insanely interesting and it stemmed from a passion about why companies are selling us cancer causing non-foods and why we aren’t demanding something different.

I’m looking forward to…

This list is practically endless. I’m looking forward to this semester being over, New York City, winter, finishing a couple books, finish writing a novel (for once in my life), and a million other things. Life is better when I have something to look forward to.

That’s definitely a coping mechanism I’ve learned. Always be working towards something!

 

 

I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Many Blessings,

Mahoney