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Health&Fitness

Figuring out what works best for me

Hi, everyone! Today I wanted to touch on figuring out what works best for me specifically the “balance” when it comes to eating.

Just being real I sometimes struggle with balance when it comes to food choices. Ever since I changed my eating habits and adopted a more “clean eating” approach, it’s hard for me to not get consumed in only eating nutritious/real foods. For the past four or so years I got into a routine of eating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins all while eliminating a good portion of processed foods, carbohydrates, and added sugars. It came so naturally for me to lessen or stay away from foods that I thought did not add any nutritional value to my diet.

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My life, Social Work

The job search is OVER

Hello!! Wow, the title of this post puts a humongous smile on my face!! you guys, I HAVE A JOB!!! yippee woo hooo!!!! I’m extremely happy that my job search has concluded.

After going to countless interviews and almost giving up I was offered a job in exactly what I went back to school for!! I was really beginning to think that it wouldn’t happen which was not OK. I had to give myself more pep talks than I think I ever have but I’m so glad I did because it was worth the wait!

I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity!! I probably won’t go into all the details on here but to let you know I got a job doing school social work:) I definitely will blog updates on the social work life in the real world to continue to spread the love and passion of this field.

Not going to lie I’m pretty nervous/maybe a little scared to be out practicing on my own but these feelings only add to my great sense of accomplishment.

For now, I’m going to soak up every last day of freedom from working and try to enjoy these moments. So hopefully that means lots of baking and more blog posting:)

XOXO,

Kenzie

My life

Finding a job is the worst

Hi hi! As of lately, all my attention is focused on finding a job which is sooooooooo consuming/frustrating/lengthy/tiring/a billion other emotions all at once so I thought I would just put my thoughts in a quick post.

  1. Applying for tons of jobs and only hearing back from one. The first thing I do in the morning is check the usuals: indeed and linkedin. I scroll through all of my key-words dealing with social work and hope that there are new postings or something miraculously appears. I fill out applications, send resumes, and cover letters and basically cross my fingers that I hear back from at least one place that I applied to
  2. There are hundreds of social workers vying for one job. Now of course, I’m not sure what the stats of this are but my graduating class is around 200 which if they stay in Ohio, they are all my competition. Job postings are slim to begin with so we’re all competing against each other not to mention those social workers who are already out in the field applying for jobs.
  3. The dreaded rejection email. I have had several phone interviews and in-person interviews which have resulted in rejection emails stating that the position has been filled. This is the worst.  I’m left questioning, Did they not like me? Did I not have the experience? Did I do something wrong in the interview? All of these unanswered questions makes a confused Kenzie. It also doesn’t help that I’m left with not knowing how I can improve upon skills for the next interview.
  4. This whole process takes a toll on my self-esteem. I know I shouldn’t take any of this personally, but it’s hard not to when nothing comes from an interview or I don’t hear back from the job which I was super qualified for and really wanted.

What I do know is that with every interview I get there is a chance to build upon my interviewing experience. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is a job that is the right fit for me somewhere out there. It’s extremely hard now that I’m out of school and have nothing to do but I’m trying my best to remind myself that this takes patience.

As my mom states, “this is a process, you have to stick with it”

 

 

My life

Things I’m anxious about

Hello, it’s me!!!! Goodness! I need to work on posting more.

I am halfway through the last semester of my grad program and can’t wait to be done. I’ve found motivation for school to be a real struggle this past semester. I think in part because of anxiety. I’m anxious to get going in my career or just to simply to know what job I’ll have.  I’ve just started looking for jobs and filling out applications….the whole process is sooooo daunting. I want to make sure I get the job that’s right for me but sometimes you really don’t know until you’re in it. I’m also anxious about taking the LSW which I’ve been studying for when I get break from papers and endless amounts of homework for school. I never was great at standardized tests so I’m pretty nervous about this. I keep telling myself that the material is all things I should be good with because hell, it’s not science or math…it’s social work y’all. But for real, I will be happy once I pass and move forward.  Finally, I’m anxious about all the schoolwork that has to be done before I graduate. Papers on papers on papers and throw in a few presentations and then I can legit be done. My to-do list is hella long but it will all be over on April 24th…which I may cry tears of joy but idk.

Point is, anxiety is no joke especially with school but after school ends anxiety will still be here so it’s all about how you cope.

So here is a list of my current coping skills:

  1. Reminding myself to be present in my thoughts
  2. Deep breathing
  3. Lifting heavy weights and “killing it” in the gym (I’ll have to do a post about my strength training journey soon)
  4. Eating chocolate (this is not a joke)
  5. Instagram stories (Chris is for sure rolling his eyes at his one:))
  6. Taking breaks from homework and not pressuring myself to get everything done
  7. Painting my nails
  8. Baking:)

I think coping skills change depending on where you are in your life.  Knowing your coping skills is all about knowing yourself, which is something that’s ever evolving. I’m lucky enough to have said coping skills whereas many may not and this is something that I look forward to helping others discover:)

Happy  Friyay!!!

My life

Happy New Year

Happy 2017, loves! I wanted to stop by to do a quick post as it’s a new year. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one:) Instead of relecting on the year that was I choose to think about the what’s to come.  I have lots of personal accomplishments like graduating with my MSW, obtaining my LSW, and getting a real world job to look forward to. I also have the wedding of my brother and my BFF, Alex, which I could not be more excited for! And of course I always look forward to the next Continue Reading

Eats

New (to me) grocery store finds

Woooohoooo! I’m officially done with autumn semester and free from school until January 9th! Yippee!!!!!! I’m so glad that semester is OVER! Anyway, I thought I would share some new (to me) finds at the grocery store that i’ve tried and LOVED.

If you love toast and bagels then drop everything and go to Wholefoods to buy this kite hill chive spread. It’s dairy-free but tastes exactly like the real deal. Best part the ingredients are simple and REAL. I also love to dip veggies and just about anything in this stuff. yum.

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Another delish find from Wholefoods is this three sisters chili: better bean. It’s great on tacos or spread it on sandwiches or just eat it out of the tub. It has 9 grams of protein per serving so you know it does the job.

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One of my fave breakfast pairings is granola and yogurt. I have past this granola soooo many times in the grocery store simply because i think spending 7 dollars is ridiculous but a few weeks ago of course i caved and bought this Purely Elizabeth chocolate and sea salt granola. Elizabeth’s granola is like the ultimate of the granola’s out there. Plus it is load on the probiotics which i will talk about it a few. This granola is light and airy (not like the horrible crunchy stuff that makes you feel like you’re eating rocks).

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This next food pick would probably make my brother eye-roll as he always gives me grief for loving black bean burgers. I’ve heard good things about Hilary’s bean burgers so I gave them a try. I do like them but I’m not in love with them yet (maybe i’ll try the other burger options). But the ingredients are on point with being clean and realllll good for you. These would defs make an excellent meatless Monday option or if you just like a good bean burger than try these out.

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Now to the kombucha! Chris and I have been on a booch kick for a few months now. I wont go in to details but i’ve always had stomach issues. I’ve taken probiotic supplemts before but didn’t really notice any difference. I’ll be honest the first time I tried kombucha I nearly gagged at the flavor. But we’ve tried a fair amount of different brands and have favored Health Ade and GT’s. I love the health ade flavors of pink lady apple, pomegranate and grape. I defs stick with GT’s synergy trilogy flavor but have tried guava and strawberry which were pretty good too. I have noticed improvements in digestion and I think it mainly helps me with bloating. So my recommendation is to give the booch a try to see if it helps for those who struggle with picky stomachs:)

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Point is all of these new finds have clean/real ingredients which taste soooo good and make me feel the best:) and I wanted to share the love with all of you!

My life

It’s been a while….

Oopps! Welp I thought I would have posted more on my blog but life happens and there’s nothing I can do about it. Nothing really major going on but school, school and more school. I don’t know why but this sesmeter has been pretty lousy. I feel as though all I have time for when I get home is to get caught up with homework and sleep. But I only have another week of classes and about three major papers and an exam to end this semester…woooohoooo.

Next week Chris and I will be headed to Maryland to see the fam for Thanksgiving. I miss them…A LOT! I’m looking forward to a much needed break and it’s always a good time with the Englers. And of course eating my mother’s food is all I can think about at the moment. I’ve kinda been slacking with meal prepping and making dinners that im actually excited about (again, I blame school and being busy). So maybe this break will give me more inspiration/ motivation/a fresh perspective to get me through another semseter.

I took the sky photo above shortly after Chris and I voted. This is the view right when you get off our elevtor. I remeber thinking how calm, peaceful, and beautiful the sky was over this amazing city and the fact that we just voted for a woman preseident, warmed my heart. Unfortuanelty, the day did not end the way we hoped it would. All I have to say is that I’m going to continue to live a life full of positivity and hope.

Hoepfully, after the craziness of the end of the semster I will be able to spend some more time on here and share more eats, social work things, and life updates:)

xoxo

Kenzie

Eats

3 Delicious Recipes from Gimme Some Oven

Hey guys! Just wanted to stop by to post three recipes I tried this week from the food blogger: Gimme Some Oven. I think I found the blog through pinning a recipe from Pinterest and now I follow her on Instagram. She seems super sweet and has lots of easy recipes on her blog. We actually had meal planned three of her recipes for this week and they all turned out pretty good (this never happens).  I have to share the yumminess:)

On Sunday I made this super thick, creamy, amazingly rich potato soup in the crockpot. It seriously tasted like we were eating a twice baked potato…it was AWESOME! If you like more of a soupy soup than I would recommend adding more broth/water to the recipe! but we liked it thick!

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On Monday I made this: easy quinoa pizza. Instead of separating it into little ramekins I made it in a casserole dish and it turned out superb. I also added lots of mushrooms and ground Italian sausage to give it more flavor so you can really customize it with your fave pizza toppings. It was really easy to whip up too! and you really can’t go wrong with a pizza recipe.

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On Tuesday we made her 20-minute teriyaki chicken with homemade teriyaki sauce. Making sauce is always intimidating but it turned out perfectly! I made mixed veggies and white rice to along with it.

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I’m definitely a fan of her recipes so far and will be on the lookout for more! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!!!

Social Work

3 Ways I’m Incorporating Mindfulness into My Life

Zen stones in water

Now that school and my internship are in full force I feel the sense of stress and anxiety quickly coming over me. I’m usually one who remains calm on the outside but on the inside I’m constantly running through all that needs to be done/freaking out about how little time I have in a day. With deadlines, projects, and life, in general, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed….cue in mindfulness!

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Eats

Food Scenes from this Week

This week we meal planned lots of veggie meals because we were wanting something lighter. This was proven to not be the best of ideas haha. Sometimes we meal plan with good ideas at the time but then it turns bad realllll quick when we actually make them:/

Sunday I made this gnocchi with summer squash and corn. It was super simple and relatively quick to make. I’ll defs make this again but probs with meatballs for some source of protein.

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Monday night I made another recipe from the Thug Kitchen cookbook. Not sure about this cookbook, maybe it’s the recipes that I’ve chosen or maybe vegan just isn’t for me (probs both). I made the cauliflower tacos and added black beans. Needless to say about an hour later we were tearing through the cabinets snacking on anything and everything because we were so hungry.IMG_3051

We originally planned another meal from Thug Kitchen but after those tacos, we scratched that plan and went with meat. So I threw together a quick pad-thai dish with chicken which was both filling and delicious.

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For lunches, I only got one pic…opps but they mainly were variations of this roast beef salad:IMG_3057

On Saturday we ate at Zest for lunch. I got the dragon fruit acai bowl (dragon fruit, strawberry, banana, raspberry, mango, honey & coconut milk ) Chris got the bliss acai bowl (banana, strawberry, mango, acai, honey & apple juice). They were very refreshing for this super hot weekend.

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That’s all of the pics I managed to take this week of what we ate!