the start of nursing school

hello friends!
long time no see, but i thought i’d pop in and say hello! i figured that i will at least be updating the blog every once in awhile if anything just to stay in touch with all my friends and family back home, and give you guys a glimpse into my life as a nursing student. i honestly am not sure just how much time i will have to write nice posts with photos, but since i’ve long since made the decision that this is in no way shape or form my business, i’ll just be writing when i can and leaving it at that. sound good? :)

i started nursing school last week and it is incredibly overwhelming, keeping me very busy, but also already leaving me very fulfilled. i know that this is what i want to do and i know that i am in the right place, and that is such an amazing feeling after not knowing for so long. don’t get me wrong, i still have no idea what kind of nursing i want to go into or where i eventually want to work, but i do know that i’m on the right path, as long as it’s taken me to get here.

(views from my hike in the north georgia mountains this morning!)

life has been crazy, y’all. taylor and i drove across the country which was the trip of a LIFETIME, and he helped me get all moved in and left just two days before my first day of orientation. and then we had two days of orientation and then three full days of class last week.

i’m in six classes, which include:

  • health assessment
  • pathophysiology
  • bioethics
  • health promotion
  • clinical practicum
  • foundations (which kind of goes along with the clinical practicum class)

i’m certainly not used to the sheer volume of things that i have to keep track of since on the quarter system i usually only had to keep track of three or four classes! the accelerated program i’m in, it isn’t accelerated in that we are doing more each semester than regular BSN students, we are just doing things in a slightly different order and continuing school through next summer so that we can graduate in winter instead of spring. we are starting clinical rotations in real hospitals in 5 weeks, and i’m absolutely terrified and excited at the same time – pretty much my feelings about nursing school in general.

a little health update: i’ve still been cooking lots of delicious meals while i’ve had the time, but i’ve also been getting better about buying more food that’s easily grab and go, and prepping more food in advance. this week i already cooked a bunch of chicken and i bought some extra protein bars as well as these fun little sargento snack containers that have cheese, nuts, and fruit in them.

i’ve also started going to crossfit (i found a new box here, and it’s been great so far!) at 5:30 in the mornings, and let me tell ya, that is an adjustment for sure. the days in school are long and i find myself exhausted at the end of each day, so i figured that fitting workouts in in the morning is my best bet. i’m proud of myself for making it to 3 classes last week amongst the chaos that is the start of school, and i’m hoping to continue to get to 3-4 classes a week. i know that even though it takes time out of my day, it’s important for my sanity and my health to continue to do something that makes me so happy + is good for me.

one more thing before i go – the move in itself, while wonderful, has definitely been an adjustment. i was so incredibly happy to get out of LA and i absolutely love it here- things are GREEN, the air is fresh, there are plenty of activities to do and places to explore, humans are actually nice, and nature is just a stone’s throw away- but that doesn’t mean that everything is easy all the time. moving is hard, you guys! i’ve had a few moments where i’ve just missed the comforts of being around people who know me well, being somewhere where i know where everything is, and stuff like that. it’s hard not to get caught up in the fact that i’m thousands of miles away from my entire family, my boyfriend, and my closest friends, but reminding myself of why i’m here and that everyone is only a touch of a button away has definitely helped.

a little self-help tip before i go as well–> i was listening to the girls gone wod podcast the other day (highly recommend if you want a good laugh and to listen to two ladies who are just honest about life and give great advice!) and they were talking about having different tools in your toolbox to cope with stress in your life. i know that there’s going to be a lot of stressors in my life in the upcoming 15 months, so i actually took the time to write out all the things i can do to relax and calm down the other day. my “toolbox” includes stuff like taking a bath, lighting a candle, going for a walk, listening to a podcast, calling taylor or a family member or friend, taking a nap, and much more! it was really helpful to actually write it all out as a reminder that i have a lot of things i can do for self-care, and if there’s one thing that’s been emphasized here, it’s that you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. <3

that’s all for now- i’m back to getting my reading done for class tomorrow, but if you made it this far, thank you so much for being here. love you all and i’ll be back soon!

xo

Julianna

a little bit torn

helloooo from the east coast!

i made it to atlanta, guys, and am so excited to be here! my apartment is infinitely better than my tiny little place in LA and thus far the humidity hasn’t killed me either. i had the most amazing road trip on the way over here, and the past week has been spent getting all moved in. now the only things my roommate and are missing is a couch & coffee table which is pretty sweet if you ask me.

anyway, i’ve been thinking about a lot things lately, and i’m a bit torn about something i’ve been considering. i’ve been blogging in this space for 5 or so years now, but as much as i don’t want to admit it, i just don’t feel the passion for it anymore. i feel a little obligated to still be posting healthy living content- food, fitness, etc.- and while i still love those things, they just enhance my life. they aren’t my life. and i’ve been dragging my feet about posting blog posts about things that i was & am totally stoked about- the whole trip across the country, the move in process, and more. if you asked me in person, i probably wouldn’t shut up about them!

i’ve been playing with a few ideas, since i don’t know if i’m ready to just stop blogging entirely. it’s been apart of my life for so long, brought me so many sweet friends, and i thoroughly enjoy writing. so i’m not really sure why i haven’t felt passionate about *this* blog. i don’t know if it’s because so much of my past  is on here and i feel ready for a fresh new start, or if i don’t know how to blog about new things other than food and fitness, or if i just am tired of blogging, period. i’ve taken mutiple breaks off of blogging and none of them have sparked the desire in me to get back to it.

i miss the days of writing lots of posts, not expecting anyone to read them, and just getting so excited about this space. that hasn’t happened in awhile, but i just don’t know if i’m ready to let go of this space, and everything it has brought me.

being in atlanta has made me so excited for the future; all the adventures i’ll go on while i’m here, the new people i’ll meet, the new food places i’ll try, the bonds i’ll make in nursing school, the things i’ll learn, and so much more. it feels like such a fresh start that i’ve been toying with the idea of starting a new blog entirely separate from this one. for a chance to start over and have a blog name that doesn’t sound like a sixteen year old came up with it (for real, that’s how old this blog is).

i’ll keep you guys posted on what i decide, but for now.. i just want to say thank you for everything that you all have given me- support, virtual hugs, and a safe space to express myself. i truly am grateful!

i’m so excited for these new adventures and i’ll be sure to let y’all know if i create a new little space!

xo,

julianna

graduation weekend 2016!

now that we have the backstory out of the way, here’s a little recap of graduation! **edited to add, i wrote “little” and then got to the end of the post and was like whoa. this a long one. grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine, it’s going to be awhile! haha**

i know it was a little over a month ago, but hey, you only graduate from college once (ok ok, i will be graduating twice, but you get the point haha).

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like i said in my previous post, taylor surprised me in the middle of finals week, so he literally did everything he could to help me in those last few days. i was studying hard but he did my laundry, dishes, helped me study, and even went and got me coffee, donuts, and my favorite protein bar in between finals. talk about a keeper.

once my finals were over, it was time to celebrate! my parents got in on thursday night right after i’d finished two finals, so we took it easy, went out to dinner at 800 degrees, and i was back early at the apartment. that night i went out for drinks with my roomies and we came back and danced in the living room for hours. it was literally the perfect way to end things and made me so sad that i’m moving out soon! the three of them are still living together so i’m going to be visiting often <3

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unicorn palace 5ever <3

unicorn palace 5ever <3

the next day was the big college of letters and science graduation ceremony! it was 2 hours long and i don’t remember much, but we took so many pictures after which was really fun.

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i wrote the sappiness in a previous post with some graduation photos we had taken, but i truly wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, friends, and boyfriend. i am so thankful for them all! <3

this special lady put on all her graduation garb just to come to campus to take pictures with me. talk about a good friend! we had classes together almost every quarter and she was the only other person in the sciences i was friends with. i can’t tell you how many life crises and classes i wouldn’t have gotten through without her! i also have her to thank that i have any clue of what’s going on in the world and her to thank for endless laughs while in college. she is currently applying to med schools and i know she’s going to go on to do amazing things with that big heart & brain of hers as well as all the hard work she puts in day in and day out. love you corinne!!

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we also took some photos against this brick wall which ended up being some of my favorite photos from the day:

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after we finished taking pictures, we went to peet’s for some iced coffee (what else is new) and then off to shake shack for my graduation dinner! i’m not one who loves fancy dinners and i love shake shack so this was perfect. great burgers & fries & desserts, and even better company.

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the next day we were up super early to go to disneyland!! my parents bought tickets for everyone (huge thank you to them) so that we could go there to celebrate since i didn’t have my second ceremony until the next day. we spent the day fastpassing our hearts out, riding my favorite rides, drinking out of a BB-8 cup (i was SO EXCITED about this!!), and eating mac n cheese cones from carsland. it truly was so much fun <3

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from snapchat! follow me @julibananna

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and then sunday was the final ceremony for my department! i was in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology and although they completely butchered my name when they called it, it was nice to be in a smaller ceremony.

more pictures:

after this i had to take my parents to the airport, and by this point, i was 100% exhausted. i came back and relaxed and then Taylor and i did my favorite de-stressing activity: hitting up PetSmart to look at cute kittens and puppies, going to Marshalls to shop, and then Sushi Stop for my favorite cheap sushi. there’s nothing better!

more to come soon!

xo,

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the backstory of graduation 2016

hey hey!

i was planning on writing a full graduation post today that i’ve been meaning to do for awhile, but i realized i couldn’t tell the story of graduation weekend without talking about this first.

to be perfectly honest, the last two weeks of college weren’t actually spectacular. i was extremely overwhelmed with school, and at the time i was actually going through a breakup (with Taylor). i know you guys have seen him pop up on the blog from time to time, but i never shared much of our story because this is a public space and to me, what happens in a relationship is very private. but, his and my story is part of the graduation story and i can’t leave it out without feeling like i’m not being genuine.

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anyway, in the last two weeks of school, taylor and i were talking a little bit (this is in the period of time we were broken up), and i was having an incredibly hard time emotionally, physically, and mentally. one night, i was studying for my plant physiology final, and i heard a knock on the door. i just happened to be the one to get up to answer it and i was incredibly surprised, shocked, and happy to see taylor standing there with flowers and a card. he got on a plane and came down to surprise me for graduation, full well knowing that after everything we’d been through that i could have said no and told him he couldn’t stay. 

long story short, he came to all my graduation ceremonies, to disneyland with my family, and stayed extra to help me pack up half of my stuff. and even though we’d been through a lot, i think the photos show clear as day how much we care about each other.

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(seriously. he brings me so much joy.)

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we spent a really long time talking through everything, and now are back together stronger & happier than ever. <3

i wanted to tell that story to remind you all that NOTHING is perfect. it may seem like that when you read other people’s blogs, but if there’s one thing i can promise you, in this space i am as authentic and genuine as i can be. i have been dating taylor for over a year now and our relationship sure has had some major ups and downs unlike anything i’ve experienced. that’s what happens when you fall in love with someone who lives in a different state (he is from my hometown, for those of you who don’t know), and it takes a lot of work to keep up. and we failed at that a handful of times, and it’s taken a lot of trial and error to figure out how to work through this. i haven’t talked about much of it on the blog because, like i said, a relationship is a private thing and it doesn’t feel right to share too much of it. but even though you don’t see a lot of it, remember that everyone has their struggles even if they don’t share them on the internet ;)

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seeya soon for the full graduation post!

xo,

 

#Slap90Days2: week one

it is currently day 11/90 of the #Slap90Days2 challenge and i figured it was time for my weekly update! as i said in my previous post, my goals included:

fitness

  • 3 strength-based/CrossFit workouts a week
  • 10,000 steps at least 5 days a week
  • increase one of my lifts
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(post-CrossFit aka i’m dead)

health

  • eat more eggs (this is totally a joke seeing as i eat over a carton a week lol.. gotta keep it lighthearted;)
  • find healthy options while travelling
  • meal prep for the week for lunches and dinners when school starts

personal

  • take an hour to myself each week
  • don’t die in nursing school (only half joking)
  • and i added a goal: get out of my comfort zone!

so how did i do?

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i technically set my goals on day 3 of the challenge so i’m going to start from there with tracking my goals!

days 3-10:

as far as fitness goes, last week i did a CrossFit class, lifted a ton of heavy boxes for moving, got my Schwinn certification (2 spin workouts happened in the cert), did a strength workout with Propel at IDEA, took a SPRI session that involved a 2-hour tubing workout, did a Pop Pilates class, and did a 2-hour dance workshop. basically, I KILLED IT. just so you guys know, i normally would *not* work out this much, since that leads to overtraining, but i wanted to make the most of it at the IDEA Fitness conference and learn some new things. i also killed my goal and hit 10,000+ steps all 7 days last week!

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ran into my fellow instructor jocelyn at the training!

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with Kaila from Healthy Helper and Blogilates herself!

for health, i did a pretty good job of staying healthy while travelling. i got a protein-style burger at in-n-out which was also nice because it didn’t put me to sleep on the 6 hour drive to LA, and i packed a lot of healthy food for the fitness conference. i went to TJ’s and picked up some salads, nuts, dried fruit, kale chips, and ingredients to make a dinner with brown rice, lemon chicken, and green beans. not to mention all of the awesome meals i had as a part of BlogFest!

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for my personal goals, this week majorly lacked in rest! but last night i had a couple of glasses of wine and relaxed and watched the bachelorette and a movie with my roomie which was so very much needed. i also really got out of my comfort zone at the fitness conference. i’ve never done pilates because i much prefer workouts with heavy weights and lots of sweat, but i suck at slowing down and stretching. pilates worked my muscles in an entirely different way and i actually really enjoyed the class! Cassey Ho herself taught it and it was a lot of fun.

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second of all, i was supposed to go to a glutes and core session at the end of the day yesterday, but instead i decided to go to a pop diva dance workshop. i absolutely love to dance, but never have thought i was good at it (or good enough to teach dance fitness), but yesterday i danced my ass off for two hours, with no thoughts of not being good at it, and it was incredible. i killed it and it inspired me to set a goal of becoming a dance fitness instructor. i’ve never set that goal because since i don’t have a dance background, i thought i wouldn’t be good enough. yesterday showed me that’s not true at all.

long story short, the challenge is going amazingly and i am so thankful to the prez for starting this challenge because it is pushing me to be a better version of myself in so many ways.

i thought i’d end the post with my favorite products that i’ve been using this week from Slap Nutrition:

  • unflavored BCAAs mixed with crystal light lemonade (i buy the crystal light sweetened with truvia)
  • Her-V vitamins! the prez threw in a free bottle with my slap stack order and i’ve been loving them!
  • vanilla whey protein mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. it’s the bomb!

a post with my favorite products is coming soon!

what are your goals for this week/month/however long you want?!

xo,

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