I am still alive.
In the past month, I’ve quit my job, moved out of Boston, moved to a new state and started graduate school at a top school to get my Masters in Food Science (we are getting serious up in here about food chemistry, people). It has been a huge change to say the least, and it’s taken me some time to get settled, find my sneakers (and pots and pans) and get back into it. Here are some changes you will be seeing around here:
- No more fancy gym. I will be working out with the 19 year old undergrads at my campus’s very impressive and million (billion?) dollar gym, and I will be coming up with all of my workouts by myself. So far, this has ended up with mixed results: from feeling like I barely worked out when I left the gym, to pushing myself so hard that I can’t lift my arms above my head to wash my hair the next day. Hopefully my workouts will get more consistent as time goes on, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. Also, all of you guys will be my new gym buddies since my gym group of Booyah Babes remain in Boston. 😦
- Sunday Training Log Update. My parents got me an awesome training journal, as I am taking on the hardest race ever coming up in May. It’s a trail half marathon that climbs straight up a mountain for 8 miles and then goes back down. (Side note: Holy hell, what have I done?) Regardless, I’ve been logging my workouts in this sweet training journal and I will share them with you here at the end of the week.
- I am cooking on a budget! I am pretty much living on a graduate student stipend, which is like someone taking your paycheck and taking a zero off the end of it. So, I will be saving saffron and cardamom for special occasions. Every time I see my bank account I just remind myself it’s for the greater good, and I will be able to purchase new Lulu again someday. *sigh*
Okay, now that we got through the semi-painful aspects of becoming a graduate student, here are the exciting ones:
- I’m studying wine! Yup, I’m stoked.
- Since I’m in the food science department, everyone is pretty much firmly divided into two groups: the people who could care less about food, and the people who are literally obsessed with food and all they want to do is make delicious things and do experiments in their kitchen. Guess which group I’m in? 😉 This will make for some exciting inspiration!
- I now live in the woods! Hello, trail runs, hikes and all of the outdoor things. (Side note: it’s very quiet and very dark here. Still getting used to it.) ❤
- Learning about food chemistry is probably the most interesting shiz ever, and hopefully I can share some of what I learn and tell you guys some seriously cool stuff about food. Booyah.
So, there’s all of that. We’ve gone over why I don’t do resolutions before, and I’m still in that boat (summary: you don’t need a special day to start taking good care of yourself, just do it now). But with all of these changes happening, I am focusing on living less out of habit and more out of intent. We are fueling happiness in 2016, folks. Buckle up!
With warmth (and a whoooole lot of food chemistry),