5 Reasons Why Life is Better at the Lake

I am super grateful to be able to live in the Pacific Northwest for many reasons.  One in particular is the fact that there are lakes just about anywhere.  After just one visit to Lake Padden in Bellingham, Washington, it is already one of the best lakes I’ve been to in my home-state.

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After a peaceful walk around the entire lake it made me realize how much better life can be with one trip to the lake, and how satisfied you feel when you leave.

1. Clears Your Mind

Regardless of all the crap that might be going on in life, something about being at the lake just takes it all away and you forget everything that is going on.  After a very stressful and emotional couple of weeks, I forgot all of it with just being at the lake and it made me feel very happy.  With my mind cleared, I was able to fully enjoy being with nature and was very content.

2. Keeps You Active

What is even better about being at the lake and enjoying a picture perfect landscape is that it keeps you active! Walking about 2 miles around Lake Padden was a great way to get in some exercise while enjoying a great view and great summer weather.  Looking to make a fun trip to gain more steps on your Fitbit? The lake is the place for you!

3. Makes You Feel at Peace & One with Nature

Similar to clearing your mind, just getting out in nature is the best medicine to anything going on in your personal life.  It’s the perfect escape to get that peace and relaxation you’re always looking for and to enjoy the great outdoors as well.  For a day, or for a week, the lake is the perfect way to increase your happiness.

4. Increases Happiness

With being outside, getting exercise, getting away from people, and regaining your thoughts and peace, you’ll only leave feeling happy.  Even if being in nature isn’t really your thing, give it a try, it may surprise you!  Forget about Facebook, Twitter, and your wifi connection and get outside!

5. Your Home Away from Home

With being a “city girl”, I’m always looking for a break from constant rush hour traffic on the freeways, heavy populations and crowded places, and sometimes just a break from all of the drama going on in life.  The lake is my home away from home because of what it does for me and how it makes me feel.  Any place in nature or at the lake is always welcoming and makes me feel at home in its own way.

 

 

Finding the Perfect Summer Drink: Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz

Thanks to BuzzFeed Food and Pinterest, finding the perfect summer drink is even easier than a cookbook.

Just recently, I stumbled across the perfect link on BuzzFeed to a list of refreshing, non-alcoholic summer drinks (https://www.buzzfeed.com/realsimplegood/10-light-and-refreshing-non-alcoholic-summer-drink-2cs3v).  Out of the ten recipes, the one that caught my eye the most was the recipe for Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz.  It sounded so unusual and different due to the fact that it had the word “roast” in it, but it only intrigued me more to want to make it and try it for myself.

Spoiler alert: it’s actually really good.

(Link for the recipe: http://www.useyournoodles.eu/roasted-peach-strawberry-fizz/)

Ingredients:

3 Peaches

600 g Strawberries

1 1/2 Cup of Apple Juice

1 1/2 Cup of Sparkling Water

Crushed Ice

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 (degrees fahrenheit)

2. Cut peaches and strawberries in half (and remove the pits from the peaches)

3. Place the fruit on a baking tray with foil and bake for 25 minutes

4. Take out tray and let cool for 10 minutes

5. Remove the skins from the peaches and and blend the peaches together with apple juice in a blender

6. Blend the strawberries separately 

7. Combine both blends together into one glass with ice, and enjoy!

 

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After gathering all of the ingredients, and placing them on the baking tray and into the oven, bake for 25 minutes and then allow 10 minutes for cooling.

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Once cool, remove the peach skin and blend the peaches and strawberries separately.

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Once blended, combine into one glass and enjoy!

I would highly recommend this recipe, as well as the nine others on the list for those who want to enjoy a new drink recipe for the summer and try something new.

Playing Tourist in my Own State: Bellingham, Washington

Perfect summer weather is probably the best excuse for an adventure.  Sticking to my summer goal of exploring more of my home-state, this weekend led me up north to Bellingham, Washington.  The Friday night drive on I-5 with my dog took a huge turn when my car broke down right in the middle of the freeway in what felt like the middle of no where in farmland.  After about an hour of sitting on the side of the freeway with people pulling over to see what was up, I was finally able to get back on my way (thank god for AAA, and my dad’s car who saved the day).

Starting Saturday off right, I played tourist on the Western Washington University campus and enjoyed a fun little trip down to the water to Boulevard Park.

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Walking through Red Square on campus was relaxing and a great way to enjoy quiet and peaceful scenery.  Walking by the campus’ famous fountain and its artwork was like walking through an outdoor museum.  What made it even more enjoyable was the cloudless sky and the beaming sunlight.

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Walking by all of the brick buildings was a picture perfect landscape setting with each flower bed garden and colorful assortment of flowers.  Walking by each flower bed, I just couldn’t resist taking pictures of each.

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Ending Saturday’s adventure at Boulevard Park on the water was probably my favorite part of the day.  The park had the perfect little boardwalk next to the train tracks, a cafe, and beach rocks next to the water.  Not only was it fun for me, but also for my dog who loved wandering the little beach area.  After visiting one of Bellingham’s beach parks, it only makes me want to explore the rest and adventure more around Bellingham on this fun weekend trip.

 

Nailing a Fun Summer Job

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I have just finished my first official week working at Macy’s and I am so happy to finally have a job that I care about and enjoy.  For a lot of people, the struggle is real for finding a job, and actually liking the work that you do.  After about a month of applying to jobs in this competitive job market, I was beginning to feel hopeless at the fact that so many places were hiring, yet I wasn’t good enough.  After hearing back from Macy’s and being offered the job I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start a fun new job for the summer.

I’ve had my share of work experience over the past few years and not being happy with the work that I do.  But after applying to work for one of my favorite stores, I know I made the right decision.  I am grateful for the opportunity to spend my summer being exposed to so many types of clothing and styles, and being able to work with clothes every day.  While it is still retail and requires working with the public, it always has its frustrating moments that can really grind your gears, but overall I haven’t been this happy about a job before.

For being a broke college student, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a positive and fun work environment for the summer to earn some type of salary.  With two more months left of my summer before heading back to school, I am looking forward to the rest of my time working for Macy’s.

 

5 Ways to a Happier Lifestyle

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We’ve all seen how people act when they’re in a bad mood and are having a bad day, and we’ve all seen how people act when they’re in a good mood and are having a good day, we even notice how we, ourselves act based on our moods. Attitude and perception is everything.

 

1. Be kind, no matter what

A smile can go a long way.  It may be hard to force a smile while being totally lit up, but even just forcing the facial expression automatically activates happiness.  What if, instead of acting negatively when in a bad mood, we act positively and make ourselves happier?  How did it feel the last time you were angry and started acting negatively toward others?

2. Positive vibes only

Find something worth laughing over, look back on a happy memory, or make fun plans with friends.  Don’t dwell on the problem, solve the problem.

3. Get more sleep

Manage your time.  Get all the things done you had planned for one day and schedule around your sleep calendar to maintain 8 hours of sleep each night.

4. Exercise

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5. Find a hobby you like, and pursue it

Whether it be reading, golfing, listening to music, or fishing, do one thing a day that makes you happy.