C'est La Vie

Three years ago I adapted a new way of thinking that has since then changed my life for the better. I used to worry a lot about life and love and appearances. As expected, this was not the best for me and my life. I never realized the damage this way of thinking could have.

As a student in high school, my biggest focus was getting the requirements needed to go to college. Not just any college but a great college. I needed to go because it was necessary to set an example for my little sister and my extended family members. I stayed up late and woke up early. I even drank coffee. I was only 17. Can you image a 17-year-old drinking coffee? Now I can but then, back then... that was awful.

Through college I worried about making my

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Dying Childhood

I dream often, everyday I’m certain, but it is very rare that I remember my dreams in great detail the morning after. Sometimes I remember them all. Other times I remember but the bits that seemed important. A couple of nights ago I had a very weird dream. I knew it was odd because I woke up the following morning eager to share it with my roommate, which is not something I often do. 

The dream took place in a familiar but unknown setting. I was surrounded by people I didn’t know. In the dream I met a little girl who passed away but was there for the time being. We laughed and as time passed I found myself heartbroken because I realized this little girl was gone and would never be back [in the dream]. This little girl who I did not know but shared a connection with had such a large affect on me. I remember crying uncontrollably while holding her, as she told me everything would be fine. 

I woke up the next morning with such

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Green Aloe Vera Juice

As I lay in bed last night, drinking the aloe juice I bought at the grocery store and binge watching The Mindy Project (my holy grail) it occurred to me to take a look at the ingredients and nutritional information on the back of the bottle I was drinking. As expected, the bottle came as 6 servings with about 98 calories each, along with six servings of sugar, sodium, and more. So I said to myself, "Why don't I make this juice myself". 

Aloe Vera is magical in my family. Every aunt and uncle has a plant in their yard. My mother too. The health benefits of aloe vera are ridiculously full of amazement. When consumed the plant detoxifies, supports the immune system, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, is good for digestion, and is an easy boost for your vitamin and mineral intake. 
When I was younger and would cut or burn my finger, my grandmother used to go out to the garden, chop off a small portion of the aloe vera stem, cut into it, and put the slimy substance on the wound. It was soothing healing magic.

After a good 3 AM search on YouTube and Google for aloe juice recipes, I woke up this morning and decided to create my own. I am very happy I did. 


Here's what you'll need: 

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Au Revoir 2015

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

I'm pretty sure I did loads of thing that I've never done before but like always, I probably forgot more than half by now. One thing I did do that I had never done before was basically all this summer. After the school year ended I stayed in my second home and worked like any responsible adult would. It was fun. The late LA nights with friends were a plus. 
 

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

This year I actually stayed away from resolutions, only because..

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