Alright, friends. I have just one more final to do today, and then I’m off to Christmas break. Woot!
It is definitely a change of pace to be at college, as opposed to going to work every day like I did prior to this. Honestly, I am so glad that I decided to go back to school. I have been able to think more and more about what I truly want to be in life, and I am giving myself the opportunity to do it. But that is just the logical reason that I’m glad to be in school. The real reason I’m glad is because, without a perfectly clear-cut reason, I am so much happier now. I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my life, and I feel like I am in control of my fate. I am so happy to be surrounded by likeminded people in my classes, to engage in mentally stimulating activities, and to be investing in myself rather than aimlessly and numbly going to work at a dead-end job.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that all jobs without education are dead-end (or that jobs that require education aren’t) but for me and the particular job I was around the particular people I was working with, I felt truly and deeply depressed. I was in a hole for those two years that I felt I was constantly digging myself out of, and I am so so happy to finally feel free. And I do feel free. I sing and dance for no reason, I take naps at my convenience and wake up feeling refreshed and open, and when I have clear free time (or sometimes when I procrastinate) I get to do something that I really love doing: blogging. I get to make new recipes, dance around the kitchen getting everything together and then cleaning it all up, try delicious food combinations, test lighting and angles in my food photography, and share this beautiful vegan lifestyle with all of you wonderful people.
My favorite part about my college schedule is that on most mornings, I have the time to wake up leisurely, slowly prepare myself for the day, and sit down to a warm, hearty breakfast. I haven’t been able to have a warm breakfast is so so long. I used to dread waking up, would crawl out of bed only when I had to rush to make it to work on time, and quickly prepare a smoothie on my way out. What a sad way to have breakfast! I love the feeling of enjoying a leisurely breakfast, and even more than that I love the feeling of being excited to wake up each morning. Nobody’s path is the same, but I found my path, and I am so grateful to be on it.
My advice to you is to find your path, too. If you don’t like waking up in the morning, figure out why and change something! We really do only have this one life to live here on earth, so I think that we should make ourselves the happiest versions that we can be. To help with that, I want to share with you my favorite leisurely morning recipe right now. It is a delightful chocolate chip oatmeal, and it is sure to make to feel warm, fuzzy, and comfortable, even in early mornings with work soon following.
Please let me know what you think about it, and never forget that I am here to send good vibes for your path-searching.
- ♥ 2 cups water
- ♥ 1 cup oatmeal
- ♥ 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- ♥1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- ♥ 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- Bring two cups of water to a boil.
- Add in the oatmeal, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to "low," and cover for 10 minutes.
- Uncover and stir in the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Pour into a bowl, and cover with chocolate chips and any other toppings your heart desires!
- ♥ Instead of coconut sugar, you could also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or any other sweetener you like.