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“If Grendel Wins, it will be a gruesome day” -Beowulf

Unfortunately this is a little later than I like to post but with the start of fall semester, things have been a bit busy. However, I promised you (and myself) content so here it is.

Have you ever read Beowulf? For enjoyment? For an assignment? Well, I’m on my second time reading it for school and I wanted to share a little bit of my thoughts on it. It’s a great epic poem, no doubt about that. And I love that Beowulf wants to defeat Grendel for Hygelac’s fame rather than his own. I think that’s wonderful!

It actually made me think about people in our society today. How many people would say they want to fight an undefeated monster for the fame of someone else? Go ahead, I’m waiting. Yeah, I can’t think of anyone either. They may be out there, who knows. But that’s the thing. In olden times, you didn’t do things for self fame, you did them for the fame of your ruler. And you still did them the best you could. I’m not saying times were better back then, heck, women weren’t treated to great so I’d never want to live in that time period.

To have people do things for other people, though. How amazing that would be. All too often, people do things and expect recognition, rewards, something. Our society hardly even does service anymore. And that’s nowhere near fighting a scary monster.

I know I’m rambling but reading this made me really look at the state of our society and boy has it gotten me down. So, to cheer me up, you know what I did? I listened to a song from the soundtrack to Beowulf. So, here ya go!

And I’m sorry you had to endure my nonsense, it’s 2:00am and I’m running on no sleep. I just really wanted to share this song and my thoughts. Enjoy! And next week won’t be a bunch of nonsense.

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“Evil might not prevail in the end, but it certainly doesn’t fail to devastate in its time.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

hope-on.jpgThere is so much I could write about today; how school is going, my ASL 1 class, my math struggles, my journey searching for a job. There is only one thing that keeps coming to mind though. The tragic events that have been happening in this world. So much death and devastation is going on and it breaks my heart. Just yesterday, a man walked into a LDS church and shot 2 men. The worst part? It happened in front of everyone. When I say everyone, I mean men, women, and children. Of course, there is never a good time to commit murder but, to me, it’s even worse when so many innocent children have to witness it. I was not there, I don’t know the whole story. I can say that it must have been awful. A similar thing happened to a bishop in the ward I am in now. That was in 2010 and I remember hearing about it at seminary because the bishop of the building I went to seminary in was his brother.

I am honestly at a loss of words, how and why would anyone think about doing these things? My heart breaks for the families affected. I pray for comfort. Hug your families tight today, you never know when something tragic will happen. That’s the sad part of today’s world.

To close this post, I will post a couple of articles about yesterday’s shooting as well as the one that happened in 2010 in my ward building. Please pray, send good vibes, or whatever you do. This family needs it.

Mormon church shooting: Suspect in custody after killing one and injuring one during service

Police Search for Motive in Shooting at Nevada Mormon Church

One dead after Nevada Mormon church shooting

Mormon bishop fatally shot in California chapel; gunman killed

“When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Then He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort. Those great gifts will not be destroyed, even by death.” —Russell M. Nelson, “Jesus Christ—the Master Healer,” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 87

“There is terrible suffering in our world today. Tragic things happen to good people. God does not cause them, nor does He always prevent them. He does, however, strengthen us and bless us with His peace, through earnest prayer.” —Rex D. Pinegar, “Peace through Prayer,” Ensign, May 1993, 67

“Comedy always pushes some buttons, because it wouldn’t be comedy if it didn’t.” -Beth Behrs

Breakfast smoothie day 7!!!

3 ounces Greek yougurt

1/2 a carton of blueberries

A handful of Pineapple cubes

A bunch of kale

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup of water

Throw everything in blender and blend until smoothe.

 

This smoothie was a little thicker than I like but it tasted great. It is inspired from Beth Behrs’ book The Total Me-Tox. She gives a few smoothie recipes and this one is called Smooth-Out Smoothie. She also says to add 1 Tbsp of almond butter but I don’t have any in my home so that was left out. If you would like to learn more visit her website, totalmetox.com.

If you have tried any of her smoothies or have any comments about her book, please comment below. As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

“Whether you’re reaching for one of your favorite cookbooks or just winging it, do your best to keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal. At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” -Kris Carr

Breakfast smoothie day 6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥

1 8oz carton almond milk

1/2 cup greek yogurt

pinch of turmeric

1 green apple, cored and cut

1 carrot, peeled and cut

1/2 a carton of blueberries

1 handful pineapple

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids and yogurt to blender. Next, add fruits, veggies, turmeric, and chia seeds. Blend well. Add coconut oil. Finish blending. Serve and Enjoy.

 

Today I just decided to add whatever I felt like together so there’s no specific recipe I took inspiration from. I must say, it came out very good so I am pleased. What would you change to this recipe? Let me know if you decide to try it.

“If you don’t look after your body, you will have nowhere to live.” -Jason Vale

Breakfast smoothie day 5!!!!!

1 8oz. carton almond milk

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

splash of vanilla

Pinch of turmeric

A bunch of kale

1 Avocado

1 banana

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids to blender. Next add fruits, chia seeds, and spices. Mix well. Finally, add coconut oil and continue to mix. Serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is inspired by The Domestic Geek’s vanilla-vacado smoothie, which you can see in this video. It is the second one shown.

Share how you make a smoothie recipe your own in the comments. And as always, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic day!

“You can’t be sad when you’re holding a smoothie.” -Unknown

Breakfast smoothie day 4

1 8 oz carton of almond milk

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1 banana

1 carrot, peeled and cut

A handful of pineapple chunks

A sprinkle of turmeric

A splash of vanilla

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids to blender. Next add all fruits and spices. Mix well. Finally, add coconut oil and finish blending. Serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is very loosely inspired by the following video from The Domestic Geek. It is the third smoothie they make.

Please share your thoughts below, we love hearing from you. As always, thank you for stopping by and have a splendid day!

“I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It’s good time management.” -Michelle Williams

Breakfast smoothie day 3!!!

1/2 cup lemonade

1/2 cup greek yogurt

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1/2 container of strawberries

A few kale leaves

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp turmeric

1 packet coconut oil

Add lemonade, yogurt and probiotic first. Next add fruits and veggies. Then we add everything else except coconut oil. Blend well. Add coconut oil while blending. Serve and Enjoy.

 

This was VERY loosely inspired by this recipe from The Domestic Geek (you can tell I made a lot of changes).

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Follow her Instagram, thedomesticgeek1. She has really awesome stuff for her viewers!

“In life, much like smoothies, you get out what you put in.” -Bolthouse Farms

Breakfast smoothie day #2

1 8 oz. carton Almond Milk

1 bottle of Yankult Probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1 banana

Handful of pineapple chunks

A bunch of kale

1 Tbs chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add milk and probiotic to blender first. Next, add your fruits, kale, and chia seeds. Blend together. Finally, add the coconut oil. Pour and enjoy!

 

This is another smoothie inspired by The Domestic Geek. Check out the video below, I used the first one she shares.

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” -Pat Conroy

Breakfast smoothie #1

1 8 oz. carton of Almond milk (vanilla)

1 bottle of Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut up

1 banana broken into thirds

1 peach, pitted

1 Tbs of chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add milk and probiotic to blender first. Next, add your fruit and chia seeds. Blend well. Lastly, add the packet of coconut oil. Pour in 1 big cup or 2 small cups. Enjoy!

 

This recipe is inspired by The Domestic Geek. Check out the video below for the smoothie I made, it’s the first one.

“There are only two choices: keep it or chuck it. And if you’re going to keep it, make sure to take care of it.” ―Marie Kondō

tidy          I recently finished the book titled “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. It has truly inspired me. If you haven’t read it, you should! You can find the book here. It is an easy read and very detailed. I even began reading her second book “Spark Joy.” Which you can purchase here. I’ve also seen it at stores such as The Container Store, Michael’s, and Barnes & Noble. I checked the book out at my local library via Amazon so if you don’t want to purchase looking at your library would be a great option.

The thing that sticks out about these books is that we not only clean up and get rid of stuff but the whole thing is about WE KEEP WHAT MAKES US HAPPY. Let me repeat that, we only keep what “sparks Joy” in our lives. Sometimes that means that we have to get rid of something we were gifted many years ago and have held onto it for one reason or another even though we never use it and we barely even enjoy looking at tidy2it.

Another thing that sticks out in this process is to go at it by category rather than by room. This is contrary to most of what we’ve heard which is why it sticks out to me. Marie Kondo maps out 5 categories: clothing, books, paper, komono (miscellaneous), and sentimental. First you gather every clothing item and place them on the floor (or the bed, as I did) and physically touch each item one by one to see if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Then you do the same with the rest of the categories. There is a great printable here. Another blog to reference can also be found here.

Here are a few comments from others I spoke with who have done this method:

“It has been great for my mental health. Less anxiety triggering crap. Something I’d mention is that KM is very much a middle class privilege. To be able to throw out perfectly good clothes just because they’d don’t spark joy is something I am very grateful for.” -Nicholas

life’s too short to be surrounded by items you don’t love.” -Robin

“Drastically reduces your interest in shopping when you only buy things you really like and know you need a place to store it.” -Blair

“Definitely brought a sense of calm and tranquillity to my home.
Feels so peaceful in the bedroom especially” -Victoria

“Getting rid of books was/is the hardest part for me until I realized that this was a metaphor for my life. Holding on to stories that in many ways defined me felt safe. Making space for new books also meant making space for new ideas, new line of work, new friends. I see now that not only do you need to make time for new things to come into your life, you also need to make space.” -Maria

“I found the ‘wasted money’ hard to get over. At first I wanted to sell everything as I spent good money on items. I bagged up 8 bags in my first clothes KM but don’t have time to photograph and list items. I took the plunge and donated and chucked them and the relief of things being gone was instant and made me feel lighter. 28 bin bags later and I’ve not regretted not selling anything. I’m always interested to read how people overcome the ‘wasted money’ thoughts.” -Kerrie

I encourage everyone to give Marie Kondo’s method a shot. It may just change your life. If you have done this before, comment below with how it has helped you. I love hearing personal stories. I just started the method so I’m not done yet but it has really helped me enjoy living in our little studio.

As always, thank you for stopping to read my blog. I hope to hear from you in the comments. I enjoy your feedback. If there’s something specific you want to hear about, let me know.