Keeping Your Goals a Secret

There’s an important life lesson that I have slowly stumbled upon in my last few years of college, and that is if I want to succeed in something; something being a goal, a hobby, life changes etc., keeping them a secret is the key to accomplishing those goals with flying colors.

This has been a life experience for myself while in school because college is most certainly a time to discover yourself and understand your true interests. I’ve often changed my attitude about healthy life choices, discovered activities that I enjoy doing and want to continue doing, and the struggle with these life changes is that I always find myself giving up on the challenge, not devoting enough time, or feel discouraged from continuing. I’ve always heard that if you have a group of people behind you to encourage your new interests that you are more likely to succeed. I don’t entirely agree or disagree with this statement…

I have great friends in my life, and we share many of the same interests. Sadly, I find that sharing my hobbies or goals with my friends became an on going competition. So many of my peers want to be the best at everything, get into avocations that aren’t necessarily their style (everyone wants to be a part of the latest trends), and they want to be noticed as the person who is the most passionate for that specific thing. I get that. Especially because I have found myself doing the same on occasion. But the older I get, the more I realize that my passions and goals are for myself, not for everyone else. I am a firm believer in expressing yourself and showing the world of your true colors, but I just want to help my readers achieve that end goal of being a true “yoga guru,” “insta fit model,” or “foodie” without the competitions of your peers or the discouragement of those around you.

I first discovered this motto about three years ago with my fitness goals. One day I woke up and decided I was sick of how my body looked and I wanted to change that. I wanted to make healthier life choices and feel my strongest and best self. When I told my friends about my goals and aspirations, they couldn’t be more supportive. It wasn’t until I actually started losing weight and showing results that they became a little less ecstatic about my journey. They would make comments about how silly it was that I watched what I ate, and they definitely didn’t agree with how often I went to the gym. The way that I train isn’t for everyone, but I started to realize that my peers were just angry at themselves for not making those changes in their lives. I would sometimes get discouraged with the way they reacted over my results, but I soon learned to keep my mouth shut and to stop informing them on where I was at in my journey. Fast forward two years and I can’t even count on one hand of how many of my friends have requested my assistance in helping them change their fitness goals to succeed, so they look the way that I do. If I didn’t stop informing my friends of my goals, I would have probably given up on myself a long time ago. But I found that keeping it to myself and just letting my actions do the talking, that I have created my best self who is stronger than she has ever been and has the body she has always wanted.

I don’t want you (my readers) to think that I don’t believe in encouragement of others or think that support isn’t the way to go. A lot of the times it is the only way. If you have a goal to change in your life because of a serious health issue, than support groups and close friends and families are terrific ways to accomplish those goals. All I am saying is to make sure that your friends and family are truly supportive of what your are doing and want to see you succeed. My fiance Jared is that person for me. I would have never made it this far in any of my hobbies or goals if I didn’t have his support. In the end, your goals and hobbies are about making you happy and successful and at the end of the day, if you are truly passionate about something, people will take notice!

Always,

learnandbewithme

Blue Apron: Review

What a wonderful world to live in! One where our dinners can be dropped off right outside our doorsteps with perfect portion sizes and recipes to die for. I have embarked on this food journey recently and after preparing and enjoying the meals sent to me, I felt a review was in order!

My fiance, Jared, and I signed up for Blue Apron about two weeks ago, and to be completely honest, it’s because I despise grocery shopping. I know, everyone must think I’m crazy because if you love food as much as Jared and I do, then you’re excited about purchases all your favorite goodies. But for me, if I’m not going up and down every aisle picking out anything and everything I find exciting, then I’m not having it. That doesn’t really work out in our favor as adults with routines since that leaves us with no meal plans throughout the week. Which results in bad habits of eating and not receiving the right nutrients needed for a healthy life style. Also, Jared and I love cooking together! It really brings us closer and gives us our ‘together’ time that we very much enjoy. We have both always wanted to try those ‘at home’ meal delivery service so we did some research and Blue Apron was our number one choice!

We originally went with Blue Apron because of the option of only getting vegetarian meals. Although we are not avid vegetarians, we do like to cut back our meat intake when we can. And trust me, those vegetarian options are just as tasty as the next one (or so I like to think). In a family of two, you can get three meals delivered to your door once a week. They portion everything out perfectly so you don’t have to worry about waste or if you’re eating too much in one serving. Even each cream, seasoning, or veggie comes with exactly enough for you and your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, grandma, or whoever you decide to experience this with! Also, a plus of Blue Apron is that they take pride on all of their foods being fresh and organic! Woohoo, a win already! We chose the option for them to deliver every Sunday giving us a good start to the week ahead.

I love experiencing new things in life, and learning to enjoy cooking is one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love trying new recipes, but I always saw cooking as tedious and I would always wait until I was starving to make it. Then I would find myself being more angry about my food not being ready. So for those of you who aren’t quite sure if they would like cooking, or are afraid they would be bad at it, Blue Apron would be perfect for you. They come with super easy instructions on how to do everything, pictures and measurements of all the ingredients you need in front of you, how long it takes to make, and they even have videos on their app on how to do something if you’re unsure! I find that very helpful seeing as I am definitely the kind of person who second guesses everything they do! And for the meals you really enjoy, you always have the recipe with the measurements of each item so you can make them again and again!

 

(The meal shown above is sweet potato quesadillas, yum!)

Everything that appears to be perfect, they too have their flaws; I have a couple of down sides to cooking the Blue Apron meals. Each Blue Apron comes with a time frame of how long each recipe takes to cook. Cooking really is a masterpiece and I know masterpieces take time, but when there’s a recipe that takes a whole hour to prepare and make, I sometimes get a little aggravated. Of course, this is by no means a reason not to try it out, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, these meals are not for you. They each take approximately 30 minutes to an hour to prepare and serve.

Blue Apron has made Jared and I’s evenings much smoother now that we know we have meals to choose from. We just simply pull out the recipes, decide on what to have based on our moods, and get to cooking! I have really had a pleasant experience with Blue Apron and we both agree this is a good use of our money. Especially now that were not wasting money on food we cant eat enough of before it goes bad (fresh produce of course), and spending loads of money going out to eat at restaurants (which we do very often). Out of the few weeks we have been receiving Blue Apron, we have yet to prepare a meal that we didn’t enjoy. Lastly, it keeps us in our own kitchen creating something we can be proud of! So get going on your research if this is something you would be interested in, and discover it for yourself!

Always,

learnandbewithme