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Massachusetts sunsets are the prettiest 🙂

Monday, December 23

Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well! Today has been very productive for me so far; I’ve gotten a lot of work done for Analog, and I also spent a large portion of the day with Eli. We made some delicious double chocolate peppermint chunk cookies, which I wish I could share with you through the screen, and we also had a lovely walk in the downtown area of our small city. I also did some less exciting things, such as laundry, because Duke really stinks up my sheets from sleeping in my bed. I know, riveting information.

Tonight I’m probably going to watch Elf with my mom, because it’s our favorite Christmas movie, and then I’m going to see if I can get started on my Black Histories, Black Futures article for Analog. It’s going to be a great challenge for me, because I’m much more used to writing creatively than doing PR-like press pieces, but I’m looking forward to tackling this project. I think it’s important, as a writer, to cover as many different writing styles as possible. For me, that’s the only way to improve. 

It feels unreal that Christmas Eve is tomorrow! I doubt I’ll have time to write tomorrow, but you’ll hear from me on Christmas for sure.


Thursday, December 26

Merry Christmas, everyone! Regardless of what you celebrate, I hope everybody had a safe, happy day with your friends and families. I personally have been having a lovely time, and I really appreciated having a short break away from the internet for a couple days. I didn’t even think about Analog, school, work, blogging- or anything like that during Christmas Day. I think it’s really important to give yourself a little mental break from your usual tasks, even if you love doing them. 

Christmas Eve was mostly lovely; my grandmother and neighbors came over to celebrate the holiday with us. We laughed, we ate, and we celebrated throughout the entire evening. It was so nice to have everyone together in one place, and to catch up on laughs and stories. My brother was also there, but I haven’t been getting along with him nor my father for the past six months or so. As many of you probably inferred, I didn’t see my biological father this Christmas. I’m very happy things panned out that way, though I did send him a card and a candle in the mail. As long as I keep my physical distance, I don’t have a problem with sending him a Christmas card and a gift.

Christmas Day was also very wonderful. It was a cozy, quiet day, and I spent the morning hanging out in the living room with my mom and my stepdad. We had this amazing french toast casserole for breakfast, and opened our gifts together on the couch. I genuinely love everything my mother bought me for Christmas- she got me some really thoughtful, beautiful things, and I’m excited to post about that next week! My mom loved the things I got her, too: a 2020 planner, swarovski bracelet, lavender shower gel, and a vanilla candle. Duke and Cooper also loved their dog biscuits 🙂

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My mom had to work on Christmas Day, so in the afternoon, Mark and I took Cooper to the beach to run around. I don’t think I’ve announced this yet, but Cooper has terminal cancer and we’re trying to make his last few months as happy and comfortable as possible. He had a fantastic time running around on the beach, and he even waddled into the water a couple times. Crazy boy, it’s freezing out there! 

Anyway, today I’m going to try to get some writing done, for both my personal blog and Analog. Besides that, I don’t really have an agenda. I’m looking forward to spending the rest of break with Eli and my other friends, so maybe I’ll do something with him today! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week as well. Talk soon!


Saturday, December 28

Okay, so I’m about to go to bed, but I just wanted to hop on here to tell you guys that I saw Cats the movie today. And yes, it was just as bizarre and terrifying as critics are making it out to be. Now, let me say that I actually love Cats the musical and the 1998 filmed version is one of my favorite musicals to date. I’m not bothered by the costumes, the storyline (not that it really has one), and of course, the music. I love it all and I think both T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Webber are geniuses. My problem with the movie was the CGI and the weird embellishments the director tried to add to the story. I don’t want to say too much of my thoughts, because Eli and I are planning on writing a review for Analog. But yes, I did just want to let you guys know that I saw the movie, and I laughed so hard at the weirdness of it all, I even cried at one point. 10/10 recommend for comedic purposes!

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Anyway, I’m about to take my melatonin and tea and get into bed, so I hope y’all enjoy reading this tomorrow. And please see Cats for the laughs.

Monday, December 16

Hi all, I hope you’re having a restful week thus far. I certainly am, considering my sleep has improved tremendously and my anxiety is finally at bay. I’m really loving being at home and spending the holiday season with my mom, Mark, and our two dogs. The first night I was home, we wrote holiday cards and got some Christmas wrapping done, which really got me into the wintertime spirit! I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping; I have one more thing coming in the mail for Eli, but the shop didn’t supply any tracking information so I’m not quite sure what day it will get here. I also have a Fab Fit Fun box that’s supposed to be arriving soon, but I (yet again) had some problems with FedEx that I’m trying to sort out. I’m pretty sure I received the wrong tracking information, because my box is currently on route to…Virginia? No, I’ve never been to Virginia or ever had an address there. Your guess is as good as mine in this situation. Anyway, Fab Fit Fun is sending me a replacement box, so at least there’s that. I’m hopeful it will get here before Christmas, because I had some gifts for my family in the box, but who knows what will happen. I’m honestly not too worried about it. 

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I have to go back to my university on Wednesday to take a single exam, which is a bit of a bother, but at least I’ll finally have microeconomics over and done with. I’m basically done with all my work for the semester, I just have to ensure a few forms are finalized by January because I’m graduating in May. Also, great news! I got my dream internship this week! I’ll happily write more about that once I get closer to my start date in January. I’m so over the moon about that news! Anyway, I’m going to start working on the 12/18 article, and then I might go down to the gym. It’s been awhile since I’ve exercised, so I’m definitely long overdo. 


Tuesday, December 17

So, today I woke up to a pleasant surprise! My Fab Fit Fun box, which was originally on track to Virginia (of all places), has magically appeared on my doorstep today. So, this means I was able to finish my mom’s Christmas gift, and I’m now able to start working on my review of the winter box. I’m planning on releasing that article on January 3, so that I can have adequate time to test out the products I’m keeping for myself. 

I’ve had a very relaxing, lowkey day so far. I did a full face of makeup and used the new Beauty Bakerie palette I got in my box, so I’m feeling pretty good about myself today. My skin has been absolutely atrocious lately, perhaps due to the fact that I’ve reintroduced dairy, so I tend to feel a bit better about myself after I put some foundation on. After makeup, I spent the majority of my day hanging out around the apartment, answering emails and getting some writing done. I’m working on Friday’s article, which is going to be all about my holiday traditions, and I’m also going to get started on a list of interview questions for Analog. Speaking of Analog, I’m holding a holiday-themed party/meeting for my team on January 4, and I’m really looking forward to having everyone together. If you want to know more about my process of putting together a student-run publication, I’d be happy to write an article on it!


Thursday, December 19

Now that all my exams are finished, I finally feel like I’m officially on break! As I mentioned previously, I had to drive back to my university yesterday to take my final microeconomics exam. The exam was at the worst possible time of day, 3:30, so it was basically peak traffic time after I finished. A drive that should have taken fifty minutes took about two and a half hours, so that was a bit aggravating. Nonetheless, I’m glad it’s over with now. I really struggled in that class because I have a math learning disability, and there’s a language barrier with the professor, so I had a really difficult time grasping the material. Nonetheless, I think I passed, at least.

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Happy 8th birthday, Duke!

After my exam, my mom and I went to the mall to return a pair of boots, and then we got some dinner together. We have a really strong bond, and I always look forward to spending quality time with her. I also saw Eli yesterday, which was a nice treat.

Today I don’t really have any plans, so I’m just going to hang at home and get some writing done. Eli and I might go to a cafe tonight, so I’m looking forward to potentially spending more time with him.

As many of you who tune in regularly know, I struggle with having an anxiety disorder that manifests itself in almost every area of my life. Sometimes my anxiety is set off by specific things, such as loud noises and needles, but often, it is provoked randomly and interferes with my daily life. This is especially distressing when I’m trying to sleep and my heart won’t stop pounding, or if I’m sitting in class and I suddenly feel a giant wave of panic.

Although my anxiety is definitely much more severe than an average person’s, it has actually gotten better in recent years. From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2019, I took a moderate dose of Lexapro to manage my anxiety symptoms. Now, I’m off of my antidepressant and I take a natural 5-HTP serotonin supplement instead. I also take a combination estrogen pill, which even further manages my anxiety and overall health. In rare emergencies that I am really having a full-fledged panic, my doctor has instructed me to take Ativan if I need it. This has also been really helpful for me -incredibly helpful, really. Especially if I know I have a shot or a doctor’s visit coming up, I can rely on taking an Ativan to prevent me from passing out.

While all these pills are good and dandy, there’s another component that really helps me manage my anxiety. My dog has been my number one supporter throughout my entire teenage years and into my young adult life. Dogs in general have the amazing ability to sense emotions from their humans. In fact, dogs can literally smell the change in your mood, and many will immediately spring to action to assist you in any way.

For example, Duke, my yellow Labrador, inherently knows that crying or sniffling means I am upset. Even if I just blow my nose with a tissue, he always thinks I’m crying and immediately runs over to me, wagging his tail in concern. If I am crying and Duke approaches me with concern, that usually is enough for me to pull myself together and smile for him. Especially if he starts licking away my tears, that is almost always guaranteed to make me laugh.

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If I am panicking or visibly having an anxiety attack, however, Duke reacts differently. Instead of being vocal and causing commotion, he usually gets quiet and just lays down in front of me. Or, he’ll come up to me and lay on top of me. Deep touch therapy (or deep pressure therapy) is a real practice trained to service dogs when their owner is having an anxiety attack, because it has a calming, organizing effect on the body. The fact that Duke knows I need his comfort and support without even asking is amazing, and shows just how in tune dogs really are with their best human friends. 

Something that I hear come up a lot on anxiety forums is whether or not people with panic/anxiety disorders are qualified for service dogs. For me personally, I would say it depends on the individual case. If your anxiety has complicated to the point that you can no longer leave your house, I would say that person definitely qualifies for a service animal. If your anxiety prevents you from getting the help you need, then I also think that would warrant a service animal. That being said, there are cases in which a person with anxiety may still want an animal without it being registered as an official service dog. One way to do this is to register your pet as an emotional support animal, which is easier to do but does not grant your animal access to as many establishments as a service dog would.

I myself have wondered if my anxiety is intense enough to justify a service dog. Like I said before, my fear of needles and hospitals has caused me to reach a point where I would almost definitely avoid going to the hospital at all costs, even if I really needed to. When I have really bad panic attacks, I lose my vision and my hearing, and that can be really traumatizing to go through all alone. If I at least had some sort of trained companion, I would probably be more open to leaving my house and going to medical offices without the fear of having a panic attack all by myself, because the service dog would be able to comfort me and perhaps even stop the attack from happening altogether.

That being said, I have no plans to go out and apply for a service animal right now. I would worry, actually, that I was taking the animal away from someone who needed it more than me. It is something I think about for my future, though, especially since I’m becoming an adult and I’ll have to start doing things on my own. If I do end up reaching a point where I can’t even go to work or seek medical help because I’m too scared of having a panic attack, then I’ll really start to think more seriously about it.

Anyway, that is my personal experience with animals and managing my GAD. Do you have any heartwarming experiences with your animals treating anxiety? Let me know down below!

Coming up next: A Fall-Themed Makeup Look

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Monday, October 7 

Today has been a super chaotic, albeit fun, day for writing. I’m really excited about the articles I’m currently working on, because they branch out quite a bit from my usual subject matter. I’m somewhat more interested in “harder” news stories and controversial topics, like the early start time of school and the iffy nature of the Impossible burger.

Right now in my life, I definitely feel like I’m going through some sort of an identity crisis. One thing that makes me feel better is to pop in my headphones and go for a walk around my neighborhood, day or night (usually both). My ears are starting to get sore from constantly popping in my headphones, because I love having my music on while I walk and think. Like I said last week, I think it’s important to tear ourselves away from screens and just spend some time with our minds. It’s painful sometimes to just feel your feelings, but I truly think it helps me to approach things head on and just think about them and accept them, and maybe even eventually have some sort of sense of understanding.

Despite doing a LOT of thinking and reflecting, my mood is actually pretty high and I’m feeling stress-free. PMDD has not reared its ugly head yet, so I’m hoping this means I have finally adjusted to my Yazmin and I don’t need to add another antidepressant. It usually takes about three months to adjust, which is about how long it took for me to get used to my new combination pills. 


Friday, October 11

I’m home until Monday due to the long weekend, and I have to say, immediately felt such a wave of happiness and freshness once I stepped back into my home. I haven’t been back to visit in about five weeks, so it feels good to be in a new environment for a short while and spend some time bonding with my dog. My mom is away in Maine with her boyfriend until Sunday, so it’s just going to be me and Duke for a few days.

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Very happy to report that my mom didn’t kill my basil plant, Keisha, while I was away.

I was planning on writing a 400 word blog post about applying socialism to life simulation worlds, such as in The Sims, but it became pretty clear to me at the beginning of my research that this was going to be something MUCH bigger than a blog post. So now, I’m turning it into a research paper instead. I have an outline, an annotated bibliography- the whole shebang. And no, I will not be turning it in for any credit. Once I complete the paper, probably at the end of the month, I’ll probably shove it into my desk to rot until I clean out my dorm in May.

This is actually the second research paper I’m writing; the other one actually is for a class, and it’s about the detrimental mental health effects of cancel culture. I’m actually enjoying writing two papers at once, because it gives me something to do in case I start to suffer from boredom. The interesting thing about having ADHD, OCD, and GAD is that they all sort of feed into each other in a cycle. Because I have super-fast processing skills, I power through my school work quickly and get bored easily. Being bored subsequently enables me to engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and the OCD then enables me to get anxious. Then, to combat my anxiety, I dive into new writing projects and schoolwork, and the cycle just starts over from there.

I know that probably sounds exhausting, but it’s working out great for me right now. I like being ambitious and busy. I do take quiet time every day to relax and practice self care, but the real highlight of my day is sitting down and tackling some new questions in my writing.

Duke is cuddling next to me in bed, and we’re listening to John Denver and Devendra Banhart and Taylor Swift. I’ve also listened to “A Horse With No Name” by America about six thousand times today. After this I’ll probably turn on The Office, because even I need a Netflix break every now and then. Goodnight, all!


Saturday, October 12

Today has been another productive day, and I’m really happy with the amount of schoolwork I have gotten done. My goal is to have six pages of my research paper finished by Monday, and ten pages finished my Wednesday. A large portion of my research paper is centered around conducting a survey, so I’ve also sent that out into the universe today.

This morning I took my dog for a long walk and really took in the beautiful fall foliage. Truly, nothing compares to autumn in New England, especially Massachusetts. After our walk I was super happy to discover that the second shipment from my ThredUp order came in the mail, so I was able to finish writing that review this afternoon. Keep an eye out for that article, it’s coming on Wednesday!

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Look at him being an absolute angel!

I’m starting to feel a bit icky, so I hope I’m not getting sick. My plan for the rest of the day is to consume copious amounts of vitamin C and take a boiling hot bubble bath, in an attempt to reverse the sickness from coming. I hope you guys are having good luck beating the fall cold as well! I know for a fact there’s a stomach bug going around my campus, and I absolutely do NOT want to catch that.


Coming up this week:

10/14- Why School Starting Ridiculously Easy is Not Good for Your Health

10/16- My First ThredUp Review

10/18- Challenging My Friend to Go Vegan for a Week

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Monday, September 23rd  

It’s unbearably hot in Massachusetts right now, and the flimsy window fan in my room isn’t helping. It looks like the rest of the week is going to be just as hot, so I’m trying to brace myself for that and seek out all the AC’s placed on campus. 

Over the weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about my future, and what type of life I would eventually like to fall into. One thing I know for certain is that I do not want to become a corporate drone. I do not want to wake up every day and dread my useless 9-5 life. I know that nobody enjoys working boring 9-5 jobs, but I would especially despise it. In order for my life to feel meaningful, I need to do work that matters to me and sparks passion. It’s my ultimate goal in life to help people, and lessen the emotional burden we face in the stressful environment of my country. I want to make people laugh, smile, and relax, in any way I can. Even if it means I’m working 14 hour days and just scraping by, I will work those hours tirelessly and with so much joy in my heart. All I want in a career is to be my own boss, make my own money, and do what makes me feel meaningful.

I’m also very focused on working with animals. I adore ALL animals, with the exception of bugs and other creepy-crawly insects. But everything else? I am READY to devote my life to you. As a sensitive person, I’ve always felt extremely connected to animals and wanted to spend time with them. I volunteered for a short while at a farm over the summer, and then spent the rest of my time pet-sitting in my apartment building. My life goal is to have a pet cow; not even for agricultural purposes, I just want to have a cow to hang out with and take care of. 

This is a really long-winded way of saying I want to live somewhere with tons of animals: cows, goats, horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and small animals, like rats. I’m reluctant to call it a farm, because like I said, I’m not using it for agriculture. But I want to open up my land to the public, and allow guests to get close-up to the animals and learn how to handle them. I want to open up my land to cow-cuddling, so people can learn how affectionate and gentle these creatures are. Obviously, I would have to monetize this business to get by, and I would also want to blog about my animals, sell merch, or open up a Bed-and-Breakfast. In a nutshell, I want to start a community where people can come and just spend close-up time with animals. I mean, it would be the best of both worlds. I get to hang out with animals, and, I get to help people while working from home! (Future wife: I hope you’re on board with this.)

I recently re-took an assesment on MASScis called Career Cluster Inventory, which is a resource I’ve been using for years now. It’s free and extremely easy to find, so I highly suggest it to all of you. Basically, you are provided with a list of activities, and rate how much you would be interested in each of those activities. At the end of the assessment, the website generates which industries, in best-to-worst order, are ideal for you. My number one industry is Business Management, my second is arts, and my third is human services. I just wanted to throw that tidbit in there for you guys, because I think it’s a really amazing resource. I’ll leave the link to MASScis at the bottom of the page, if any of you are interested in that.

By the way, I am still using a lot of my Fab Fit Fun products regularly! I used up all of the delicious-smelling sugar cubes, and today I used my lunchbox to carry my food. More to come on that tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 24th

Like I said, I’ve been using my lunch box frequently since I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box. Because my diet is very specific and somewhat limited (my choice), I do have to make time in my schedule to order groceries and prepare meals. I have free delivery from Whole Foods because I’m an Amazon Prime user, so that definitely helps me tremendously. I prefer to have my groceries delivered because I don’t have a car, so literally walking to the grocery store is a hassle and a waste of time. I feel lucky that I live relatively close to a Whole Foods (within four miles), so I can have my groceries delivered within two hours.

This week I ordered some kitchen staples, like vegan Deli meat and vegan cheese, to make sandwiches with. The packages are small and compact, so they fit in my fridge perfectly, and one pack can last me up to a week. Every night I swipe a couple of pieces of bread from the dining hall, and assemble the sandwiches in my room before bed. Then I pack my sandwich in my lunchbox, and stash the whole bag away in the fridge until the next day. It’s convenient to have a meal to take with me, especially one high in protein and fiber. 

I also got a couple tubs of vegan cashew yogurt, which tasted surprisingly authentic and delicious. I was only able to buy the unsweetened variety, so I swiped a few teaspoons of sugar from the dining hall and added it to the tub to sweeten it up a bit. This is what I’ve been eating most mornings, usually while I do my makeup and get ready.

I also ordered a few other comfort foods this week, as my college obviously does not provide dairy-free and meat-free alternatives for things like that. I let myself buy a pint of dairy-free ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s (finished immediately), and the best vegan boxed macaroni and cheese I’ve EVER had. Seriously, if you’re looking for amazing vegan mac-and-cheese, you have to try the cheddar style by Modern Table Meals. I’m definitely buying that in bulk the next time I order my groceries!

Anyway, that’s pretty much what I do to get by here at college and still enjoy food that tastes good. Although it may not sound like much, it really is enough to get me through the week until I order groceries again. It’s expensive, yes, but that’s the price we have to pay for having specific diets. I’m hoping in the future my college will expand to offer more dairy-free staples, like vegan cheese and almond milk. I’m getting pretty tired of drinking my hot coffee black in humid September.

Moving on, today has already been quite busy. I had to leave my Human Services class early because my professor started talking about lobotomies, and I do NOT fuck around with that kind of stuff. Especially since I hadn’t eaten anything yet, I was feeling really squeamish and didn’t want to risk passing out in class. I’ve been pretty tired since then- panic always makes me feel lethargic for the rest of the day. It must use up a lot of energy. 

I decided to go ahead and write for my school’s fashion/lifestyle/culture magazine, so the rest of this week will probably be spent focusing on that. I love having writing projects and deadlines, so I’m looking forward to it! And, of course, I’m going to be working hard to punch out three articles a week on here, plus my weekly catch-up. This is the kind of work that makes me feel happy and fulfilled, so I’m really excited to tackle these various projects. I would say I probably spend 2-4 hours per day writing, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 


Wednesday, September 25th

My anxiety has been somewhat heightened for the past few weeks, and it seems to come in waves. Sometimes I am able to keep it under control, because I’ve learned a variety of coping mechanisms along the way, but other times I just have to ride the wave. 

I had two instances of bad anxiety yesterday; the first was in my Human Services class, as I said, but I was able to leave the situation and go take deep breaths outside. Last night I had another bout of anxiety, but this one wasn’t the direct result of anything in particular. I was watching a show (a murder mystery actually), which obviously heightened my emotions and kept me on the edge of my seat. But then I suddenly started to feel a little anxious. And then, it just snowballed from there. Having anxiety at night can be the worst because there’s no one you can call or talk to; in this case it was 2:00am and everyone is asleep. I was extremely lucky because one of my friends happened to be awake at that time, and I chatted with her on the phone until I was calm again. Now that it’s the next morning, I’m absolutely exhausted. I do owe my aromatherapy rollerball some credit, because after I added some drops to my pillowcase, I started to slowly calm down and get sleepy. It’s never fun to have serious anxiety, but when it interferes with sleep, that’s especially not fun.

I also had some weird dreams; not quite nightmares, but tense and anxious in nature. I’m sure it’s all connected in some way. The good news is, I woke up today feeling fine (albeit tired). I have three classes today, so I’m hoping they go by relatively fast. 


Friday, September 27th

I didn’t get any writing done yesterday, not even for classes or homework. My mom and my dog came to visit, so I was primarily preoccupied with that. We sat in the grass and I caught her up on all of my life happenings, and in general, it was just really nice to see her. We’re also planning on getting dinner next week with my brother, so I’m looking forward to that!

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So good to see my favorite boy this week!

 

Afterwards, I felt pretty drained, so I didn’t end up getting any work done. I don’t think it has to do with the visit, I think it’s because I’m approaching my 4th week in my pill pack and I’m generally fatigued around that time. I’ve gotten a lot of texts from distant friends, but I haven’t replied to many of them. I feel like I just needed a little break from talking to people and helping them with their needs, so I could focus on my own needs for one night. 


Saturday, September 28th

Yesterday ended up being really fun, but I didn’t end up writing any more because I was actually off campus! My good friend and I went to Playa Bowls in Boston for an early dinner, which was a lovely time and the banana bowl I got was delicious. If I had a steady income, I would be spending my money at Playa Bowls constantly! Afterwards we went to the Museum of Science to use the telescopes (also in Boston), and finished off the night at The Cheesecake Factory. It was a long night with a lot of walking, but we had tons of fun. Lily is someone I can laugh with all day, all night, and her personality is so vivacious. By the way, for those of you who don’t know, The Cheesecake Factory has the Impossible Burger!

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Two absolute snacks in one picture

I’m so happy that more restaurant chains are offering more plant-based options, including KFC, Subway, and Burger King. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of Impossible Foods due to their business practices, but if that’s the only thing on the menu I can eat, obviously I’ll take it. I respect Beyond Meat a lot more as a company, and love that you can even get their products at the supermarket! What are your favorite vegan menu items? I’d love to try the vegan chicken being tested at KFC, but it hasn’t caught up to New England yet.

I’ve been focusing a lot more on internships lately, because I need one to graduate in May. I will almost definitely be taking on a Spring internship, and it’s surprisingly hard to find something that appeals to me. Like I’ve said many times before, I’m not a corporate-oriented person. I’d love to find something that allows me to be creative, oral, and visual, rather than feel like a drone or a personal assistant. The unique thing about my degree (Digital Media + Social Justice) is that it applies to almost all industries, so hopefully I will find the perfect fit somewhere!


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Coming up this week:

9/30- Yes, Your Mental Health is More Important Than a Good Grade

10/2- Six Controversial Foods and My Opinions on Them

10/4- News Flash: The Lisa Frank Kickstarters Still Haven’t Received Products

As of today, summer break is here, and I’m so excited to be home with my friends and family. The only thing I don’t like about the summertime is the weather, ironically. I have annoyingly sensitive skin, and even being outside for ten minutes can make me break out in an itchy rash.

With that being said, I plan on spending a lot of time inside my air-conditioned apartment, working out at the gym and preparing delicious vegan food. I’m also going to be spending a lot of time with my dog, who’s going to make some adorable appearances in this blog!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Duke is a bit on the chunky side. It’s normal for labs to become overweight easily, because they are very food-driven, so I try to combat this by feeding him the healthiest snacks possible. Duke’s walnut-sized brain can’t tell the difference between a biscuit and a carrot, so it’s a win-win situation.

Carrots are actually my all-time favorite snack to feed Duke. There are many nights where we cuddle together in my twin-sized bed and munch on carrots together, and even though he makes quite a mess, it’s still adorable to watch. For all fruits and veggies you feed your dog, I recommend cutting them into small pieces so your fur baby doesn’t choke. Duke especially likes raw baby carrots, and I usually give them to him to reward him for good behavior. In regards to health benefits, carrots can improve your dog’s dental health, and they’re also an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber!

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Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries are also a sweet, healthy snack that you can feed your dog in moderate amounts. Personally, I’ve found that Duke has a slight sensitivity to berries (i.e, colorful diarrhea), so I only really give it to him as a special occasional treat. For his birthday, I sometimes make Duke a little “pupcake” with blueberries in it, and he always licks the plate clean. Aww! Berries are full of antioxidants and fiber, but be careful not to feed your dog too many berries, because the natural sugar count is very high!

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Mmm, sour.

If you have a dog with stinky breath, then apples are your new best friend. They’re a cheap treat, they’re very healthy, and they too can help improve your dog’s dental health! Typically, it’s best to cut up slices for your dog, but I sometimes like to just let him take bites of it. I mean, look how freaking cute he is. Along with being a good source of fiber, apples are also a great way to give your dog some vitamin A and C. Just make sure to keep the seeds and core away from your dog, because they can be choking hazards.

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Peanut butter isn’t a fruit or a veggie, obviously, but in small amounts, it can be a nice treat for your puppo (especially with fruits or veggies). Duke can sometimes give me a hard time when I’m trying to get out the door, so to distract him, I like to fill a toy with some veggies and a bit of peanut butter. It keeps him busy for a while, and also, it’s a lot healthier than tossing some sugary biscuits to him. Just like for humans, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein for dogs, and it contains heart-healthy fats, too! Side note: make sure you DON’T feed your dog sugar free or “lite” peanut butter, because the chemical sweeteners can be toxic for your dog.

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Last but not least, green beans are a healthy veggie alternative that you can feed your dogs as a snack. Green beans are very low in calories, while still remaining filling, to keep your dog satisfied for hours. As with any other treat, make sure you feed them to your dog in small amounts. Duke was certainly pampered today with this taste test, and I’m sure he’s going to snuggle up on my bed and take a nap after we’re finished. Thank you for checking out our article today, and we hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

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Additional reading: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-approved-people-food/

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