Posted by: KristenErin | June 7, 2011


I have been drinking a lot of Starbucks coffee lately, so last night I decided to invest in a Starbucks reusable iced coffee cup! And that’s exactly how I started my day today, with an iced caramel macchiato with soy milk! This is the only way I can stay focused through my 3 1/2 hour math class (yeah it’s rough!!). Although the coffee didn’t seem to help much today.

For lunch I grabbed chick fil a. As a college student, I eat out A LOT! It’s always easier to eat on the go. Since this isn’t the healthiest option, and I’m trying to clean up my bad eating habits, I went to Target tonight to grab some groceries for dinner. I ended up with a few extras. Inspired by Tina at Carrots N Cake I bought some oatmeal (3 different kinds, I couldn’t pick just one) & pumpkin granola, all with flaxseed!

Once I got home I made a whole wheat pasta Chicken Helper meal for dinner, and decided to make some FiberOne Blueberry muffins for desert/breakfast. I’ve had them sitting around my pantry for a while now, and today was definitely a good day to make them! The box recipe calls for vegetable oil, and 2 whole eggs. To make these a bit healthier (and more moist & fluffy) I used apple sauce instead of oil and only the egg whites. 

I couldn’t resist eating one right out of the oven!! They’re delicious! I am excited to try my new oatmeals along with a muffin and coffee in the morning. Already setting the mood for tomorrow, it seems like it’s going to be a good day!

Posted by: KristenErin | June 6, 2011

The breath in your lungs & the beat in your heart

In my second yoga class for the summer semester, my teacher asked us what we were grateful for. People started listing off things like friends, family, pets, health, education, and so on. My teacher asked us to think smaller so the gift of eye sight, and being able to walk were mentioned. Once again, she asked us to think smaller and then says, “What about the breath in your lungs? Or the beat in your heart?” these things are completely taken for granted. Becoming aware of this has given me a new perspective on things I am grateful for.


We were also asked to come up with our own life mantra, a word or saying that creates a positive vibe on life. After much thought, and many examples, I decided what I wanted most was to love and to be loved (as cliché as this sounds). This is the mantra I chose because I want to love what I do, I want to love the people around me, love life and most of all to have the love be returned to me. Not just superficial love but true unconditional love.



After just two weeks (only two classes) my best friend Allie, who I was talking to about my yoga experience, said I seemed more peaceful. I knew that the rest of the day after my yoga class I felt more stress free and happier, but I hadn’t realized that it carried on throughout the week as well.


Here are a couple of things I am feeling grateful for today:

•The breath in my lungs & the beat in my heart! (This will always be on the top of my list now)

•My internal alarm clock

•My best friend & her parents

•Henry & Tara (my dogs)

•My family

•Anyone reading this


Posted by: KristenErin | June 4, 2011

When the student is ready the teacher will come

I’ve always been a physically active person. I have been dancing for 7 years now, and throughout the years I’ve enjoyed different forms of exercise, such as and Ab Core class or Spinning. I’ve been to yoga classes before at the YMCA, but this time yoga was different. I was told that I was short on my elective credits for school, and hoping to be finished at the community college by the end of summer, I was determined to take the extra classes over the summer. I was lucky enough to get into a yoga class! The first day of class the teacher gave us a bit of background information on yoga. It was very enlightening, I had never been given information on yoga, other than poses. By the end of the class something inside me clicked and I realized this class is just what I needed. My mom had died in 2009 and my dad died back in December. While I’ve been handling things very well,  I am a very strong person, I am sure there are some subconscious suppressed feelings and emotions, seeing as I have my moments of  random depression. I realized that this yoga class was going to be the thing to help me find true happiness again. I shared these feelings with my teacher and she told me ” That’s how it works, when the student is ready, the teacher will come”. After that class I knew yoga was something I wanted as part of my life.