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Recently I read an article on the Runner’s World website that talked about how volatile it is to compare ourselves to others.  The author saw a quote that read: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  While reading this article, I realized how much I compare myself to others and how it isn’t doing anything to boost my self confidence.  Then I thought about it more and realized that for every time I think something positive about someone else and compare myself to them, there also could be something positive said about me, about how I can do something better than that person.

I think of my one friend who is super fashionable and who always seems to have perfect hair (which I constantly envy).  Then I thought to myself, well those things are great, but can she run a half marathon like I did?

Another one of my friends is really outgoing and can make friends instantly.  Then I thought, can she get through all the engineering courses I did?

Another friend is very thin and has been that way for years.  To which I think, can she cook and bake like I can? 

The point is, we all have good qualities, and not so great qualities.  We shouldn’t focus on what other people are better than us at, but focus on what we are good at and what we want to do with our lives.  Could I own really fashionable clothes?  Yes, but I have an irrational fear of spending large amounts of money.  Could I have perfect hair all the time?  Yes, but frankly, I value sleep more than waking up early and getting myself ready.  No one can be perfect all the time and accepting our shortcomings is a huge step forward in accepting ourselves.


Welcome to my first Friday Favorites post!  I’m excited to share a few of the things I’ve been obsessed with lately.

Starbucks Iced Passion Tea

The coffee where I work is less than desirable (and that’s putting it kindly).  Lately, I’ve been left with a horrible coffee aftertaste in my mouth from bad coffee, bad creamer (the powdered cheap stuff) and it leaves me wanting something iced and refreshing.  Enter passion tea.  I’ve been hitting up Starbucks on my lunch break and getting this refreshing drink.  Since I’m a special card member–green, not gold (yet..), I get free refills on tea when I stay on site!  Which is perfect if just one glass isn’t enough or if I’m still tired and want to refill with green tea.

What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?



Earlier this week I made my stuffed bell pepper recipe, which was delicious and left me with lots of leftovers!  I ended up cooking some shrimp and tossing it with the rest of the leftovers and had this for 2 more meals!  Tasted great.  Although, if you microwave quinoa as a leftover, I would HIGHLY recommend putting a paper towel over the plate–a lot of my quinoa splattered while reheating, leaving quite a mess. 

What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?

Essie Lavendar Nail Polish

Unfortunately, the name of this nail polish escapes me, but I’m still obsessed with it!  I love Essie and wish I could every color in its colleciton.  I bought this one a few months ago and still love it.   Currently, I’ve been super busy and my nails have been polish free for probably 4 days–definitely the longest they’ve been bare for awhile.  Will definitely have to paint them this color soon!

What’s your favorite nail polish color?

Egg White Omelet with Veggies

Confession: I’ve had this two times in a 3 day period–once out for brunch and once at home.  It tasted so good!  I sauteed up some zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and then added some tomatoes in and topped it with salsa.  So good, so fast, and so easy!  Another confession: I didn’t take pictures of my omelets, so that lovely picture is not mine 😦

What’s your favorite way to cook up some eggs?