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.

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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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new computer

hi friends!
just wanted to stop by and say hello, even though there won’t be any photos in this post. i just got a new computer (an ASUS zenbook that is super light, fast, and even has a touchscreen!) which i am super excited about, but transferring photos from a mac to a PC has proved rather time consuming and challenging. i’m sure i’ll get back into the swing of things soon, so fingers crossed!

as for updates, i just got back yesterday from a weeklong trip up to Oregon to see the boy for the 4th of July, go camping, explore some of Oregon’s beauty, and so much more! i’m hoping to write a post about that once all my photos are uploaded here.

as far as the future goes, i just committed to doing slap nutrition‘s 90 day challenge which i am really looking forward to. this is the second one that slap prez has done, and seeing as i didn’t really commit to the first one, i figured that i should do this one! i thought about not doing the challenge just because the next couple months are a huge transition period with moving and starting nursing school, but then i really thought about it and realized that i was cheating myself by making excuses for not doing the challenge. i made my goals realistic so that i can make sure to do my best to complete them, and if i end up being able to do more, then that’s great! i want to make sure i stay healthy and active even in this period of travelling and moving, and i’m hoping this will be just the kick in the pants for that. i’m also planning on doing weekly recaps of the challenge here on the blog.

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(my goals for the challenge! be sure to follow me on instagram as well as snapchat – my username for both is julibananna – for more daily updates!)

i also have a slap nutrition post in the works on my favorite supplements by them, and if you’re a returning customer, for the next 90 days you can get 10% off the store automatically which is awesome. i’m hoping to snag some salted caramel bcaa’s and some more of my beloved slappy birthday. if you want to participate in the challenge you can read the full rules on this post by the prez on instagram!

*just a side note that this post is not sponsored in any way – i have been a slap nutrition customer for over a year now and just love the company so much!*

i will be headed back down to LA next week for the IDEA World Fitness BlogFest, seeing my girl Kaila, and packing up my apartment! i’m definitely feeling ready to get out of this limbo stage and get more settled into a routine but i know that everything will come in its time. for now, i will be spending way too many hours of my life sitting on I-5 and driving, haha!

catch you guys soon with more! love y’all!

xo,

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MIA

hello friends!

wowiieee it has been an insane last couple of weeks. i don’t even know where to begin, but i do know that i don’t want to skip over recapping it because it’s something i’m going to want to be able to go back and read in a few years.

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graduating college, going to disneyland, packing up half my apartment to drive home, coming home, going to a zillion doctors appointments to get everything in order for nursing school, trying to finish an online class, apartment searching, going back to crossfit again, and more has kept me extremely busy!

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(grad dinner at shake shack! cause i’m classy like that haha. it’s all i wanted!)

i definitely didn’t mean to fall off the face of the internet, but i have to keep reminding myself that you can’t do it all and sometimes things slide. and thats ok! i’ve been spending time with family and loved ones, making time for fun summer things, all while still taking a class and trying to get my huge checklist for Emory whittled down day by day.

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i’m planning on writing a graduation weekend post soon as well as some other things coming up in the works, but so that i don’t put too much pressure on myself, i’m just committing to one blog post a week.

as always i’m usually posting a lot more frequently on instagram (@julibananna) and i am always snapping on my snapchat (the snapcode is in my sidebar or you can search me by my username – julibananna) so be sure to follow me there for more daily updates! i did a full day of eating snap story the other day which was a lot of fun to do.

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as for the next couple of weeks, i will be finishing my online class and taking the last final before nursing school, heading up to Oregon for the 4th of July weekend + camping + some outdoor adventures, spending one more weekend at home, and then headed to the BlogFest/Idea World fitness conference and getting my Schwinn spinning certification, then a trip to New York with my family, and then getting everything all packed up in a whirlwind to make the cross country drive to Atlanta.

and just typing all that out makes me super excited and slightly exhausted already, haha! #coffeeme

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i hope you guys are doing well! thanks for sticking with me through this period of lots of transitions!

love ya lots!

xo,

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