Doing What’s Healthiest for You

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To celebrate my “Spring Break” (I mean, do they have Spring Break in grad school?? Our class was cancelled due to our teacher going to a conference, so yeah, I’ll consider it Spring Break) my grad school bestie, Irene, met up to do what we love to do most: go to the mall and be together!

I had worked earlier that day and was sorta tired. It was my Friday at my work and was happy knowing I didn’t have to go straight from work to school, it’s my Friday but also my longest day. Irene texted me to ask if I wanted to mall it up during our would-be class time and without hesitation I said, “F*ck Yes!!!” But as the day went by I thought “well, would I still like to go out after work or do what I normally do and go home, take off my bra, and watch Netflix while I nap?”

Even though I knew I’d be tired from the day I told myself that I must, must, must take time for myself and do the fun things I enjoy. Not only being a grad student but also working in a field where it’s so easy to focus less on yourself since there are so many people to help. Of course helping others is amazing, don’t read this the wrong or selfish way…it’s just that you must be aware of what your job title is and what your title as YOU,  _________ (enter your name here) is. For me, it’s being girly and doing what makes me happy.

One of those is of course, mall dates, but also blogging! I knew I could count on tons of fun with my grad school bestie AND have photo-ops to share on my blog with you. That fleeting thought of going home and isolating myself sounded good but seeing my gorgeous friend and doing something out of my typical schedule sounded WAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY better.

Two giant coffees, getting a matching pair of pink Alex and Ani bangles (our BFF bangles, yay!) and spending time with my beautiful friend was the perfect way to spend my “Spring break.”

What are things that you love to do once you’re off the clock? I’d love to know!

<3 always,

christina

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Stand Up For Yourself…One Conversation at a Time

Being told something about yourself from someone else when it’s not asked caught me off guard.

Has that ever happened to you?

I was told that I don’t stand up for myself. And instead of stopping and defending that statement, I continued telling a story (one that I was in the middle of telling, btw) I didn’t stop and say, “No, I do.” or at least a “Ya, I’m working on it.” type of defending statement. Instead, I didn’t say anything. So as I tell this story to my sisters, they pointed out that I didn’t stand up for myself in that very moment!!

Wow. Ugh. I’m still working on being assertive and not second guessing myself. It sucks when this happens though.

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Has this ever happened to you? Let’s revel in support of one another!

Besides this, I had a great day. How about you?

<3 always,

christina

Happy Birthday, Pochacco!

He’s the coolest and cutest dog. (Snoopy is cool, too!) But, Pochacco is my fave!

I love that his birthday is technically on a leap year, February 29th but is celebrated today.

Happy birthday, Pochacco!! You don’t look a day over 2 basketballs! hehe I made that up, can ya tell?

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Any Sunday funday plans? I’d love to know!

I hope you have a nice and happy day.

<3 always,

christina

Stand Like a Flamingo!

Hi, everyone!

I hope you have had a fabulous February! I know I’ve posted a lot less lately and I just wanted to let you know that I’m working on giving my blog a “treat yo’ self” makeover so pardon the old look for now.

Until then, I wanted to share my fun photo I took while I visited Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo with my brother who was visiting from San Francisco and my sister. It was truly a lovely day. I got to see two colors/types of flamingoes that day. I didn’t know there were two kinds. One set are more salmon-like in color and the other is the pale, light pink shade. Of course one of my favorite animals are pink!!

Do you have a favorite animal? If so, I’d love to know! Also, do you ever go to your local zoo? I would urge you to go since it’s most likely inexpensive but oh so fun.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! I’ve missed blogging!!

Talk to you soon,

christina

Image via LuckyDayBlog.com
Image via LuckyDayBlog.com

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The Berry It’s A Girl Thing: Best girly shit

We’ve all experienced it. The uneasiness of getting used to something, not living in the moment and thinking about tomorrow when it’s still today. It’s the anticipated anxiety that’s filling your mind with irrational “what ifs” and “I’m scared that” scenarios. For someone who has anxiety issues, these feelings take a longer to subside. I have to work them out in my mind and have my rational girly self tell me to “Chill…breathe.”

Most of the time this works. I’m lucky to have my cell phone with me during the day to connect with someone if I can’t get out of my head. Calling a friend, texting my husband, scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram helps! It gets me out of my mind and focus on something else. Thoughts are fleeting. I just need to chill during that time.

And if all else fails, having your bestie text you every 10 mins or so to check on you works! Speaking of which, coincidentally while I was scrolling through my favorite feed on The Berry, It’s A Girl Thing, always makes me smile! Case in point. This AWESOME-SAUCE gif of my girl, Leslie Knope!!!! Which makes me think…she needs to be my girly girl!! Stay tuned for that post!!

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I hope your week has gotten off to a anxiety-free start! If not, there’s always Leslie Knope girl power gifs, texts and phone calls from your favorite people in your life, and always, knowing that there’s always tomorrow to restart. Just breathe until then <3

<3 always,

christina

The Time When I Thought I Had TB & Scared the Bejeezus Out of a Nurse

You’re going to laugh at me. Perhaps even make fun of me for this post. But I wanted to write because it’s been too long since I’ve posted. It’s not right that I haven’t posted and I am very sorry.

Not only did I start my fabulous job, I also caught a cold along the way. A cold where it’s still around one week later, even after taking the severe version of over the counter medicine to help me get over it. Coughing and blowing my nose with beautiful snot and phlegm coming out. It was like my body was throwing out old garbage that it didn’t need anymore, like a roommate that’s overstayed their lease.

“Get the eff outta here!!” my body would say as I coughed it up. “And don’t ever come back!” My body was working hard for me. Imagine my body has a New Yorker garbage man voice. Yep. Life being girly has a bouncer.

I woke up at 5am with my lymph nodes so swollen that I could barely swallow. Oh, and I was sweaty. That’s it. I’m going to the doctor even though it’s going to set me back a days worth of pay.

With WebMD as my primary health care provider, I narrowed it down to a few possibilities if it was more than a cold. Could I have TB? Or strep throat? Or something more horrifying.

I tell my husband my worrisome theory and he rejects it immediately. “Babe, you don’t have TB. You haven’t been coughing up blood or had a fever at all. I highly doubt that so don’t think that you do.”

Fast forward to being seen by a nurse before the doctor comes in, I let her know that I think I have TB.

The nurse could not have whipped out her mouth mask fast enough. “You what?!” My husband is giving me “the look” and shaking his head. He is furious that I told a medical professional this tidbit. “What?! I want her to know my concerns!” The poor nurse was scared and had this look on her face like it was too early to be dealing with this bitch who thinks she has TB. I didn’t apologize to her. She wasn’t the friendly and caring nurse that we all hope we get when we’re in the hospital.

Happily, the doctor is very friendly and tells me I don’t have TB. I don’t have strep throat. I have a cold. No TB. It’s okay, I’m alright. YAY.

I’m here to stay!

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I hope you are having a nice week so far. Any plans or fun ideas for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to know!

<3 always,

christina

In Hindsight

I recently started watched VH1’s new scripted series, Hindsight, a story about a girl who is reminiscing about her life the night before her 2nd second wedding.

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Becca is looking through her old photo album filled with photos of her first wedding, along the fun times with her best friend, She realizes that she hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Lolly, in ten years due to something that happened in their friendship.

If she only knew what she knew now. That her wedding when she was 23 years old to an artist that has an accent and a nice body would ultimately end in divorce. That her and her best friend would no longer be speaking to one another, she imagines what if? Now it’s the eve of her wedding to her lifelong friend, a nice guy who she basically grew up with. She loves him but isn’t “wowed” by him. Is there something more? Or is this it? You can sense her confusion the first 20 minutes of the show.

Suddenly, she’s in an elevator going up to her parent’s apartment when the time travel occurs. She wakes up and to her surprise, it’s 1995 and it’s the morning of her first wedding. She’s still best friends with Lolly. She has time to change her life with what she knows now. Will she still marry her first husband and try to work things out differently? Or will she call off the wedding?

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These are important questions she ponders all at the same time getting used to not using her iPhone, wearing Doc Martens and a sunflower printed sun dress, but being able to smoke inside a bar again. This is my favorite new show!!

Becca, the time traveler that gets to go back and wear uber-cool chokers and motorcycle jackets.
Becca, the time traveler that gets to go back and wear uber-cool chokers and motorcycle jackets.
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Becca’s best friend, Lolly. How cute is this outfit?!

The show’s soundtrack is amazing as it plays sooo much of 1995’s best music. Think Ace of Base, Alanis Morrisette, Mariah Carey, and Lisa Loeb, hanging out at a bar with it all being played through a fancy JUKE BOX filled with CDs!! Remember those?!

Now let’s see…in 1995 I was only 11 years old, but I knew what the vibe was. I dreamed of getting CDs, loved going to a video store to pick out a movie on VHS, and wearing a flannel shirt tied around my waist. Peace sign chokers and everything printed with happy sunflowers. It wasn’t too shabby. Where were you in 1995? Were you born yet? Were you falling in love? I’d love to know!

Just so you know, I am a sucker for time travel movies. Back to the Future, Hot Tub Time Machine, 13 Going on 30, Peggy Sue Got Married, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, any version of A Christmas Carol, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, to name a few. I know there are plenty more but that’s what I can think of off the top of my head. Please feel free to add your favorite time travel movie!

I hope you are having a happy Sunday and that you have a Sunday Funday <3 Oh, and happy Super Bowl day!

<3 always,

christina