Monday, September 9, 2013

Busy-ness as Usual!

It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it? Well, I have a great excuse! I've been preoccupied with the new (freakin awesome) semester at school, new job at the farmer's market, and making YouTube videos:D Sooo many things in so little time, but it's all worth it in the end. I'm just glad that I actually enjoy the things that are consuming my life, and I can't wait for the crazy coming months.

First of all, I have the BEST classes in the history of great classes! I have Introduction to Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Article Writing, Black American Music, and Human Sexuality courses; they don't even feel like classes, more like seminars of subjects that I'm in love with! This is probably the first semester where I wake up excited to learn, or adore every single teacher AND homework assignment. It's too good to be true!! So far, (today was my 3rd day of school) school is cool and I wouldn't change a thing.

 
My first day of school outfit:)


Although I haven't worked much at the "Lets Grow Local" Farmer's Market, which is conveniently located within walking distance from mi casa, I think it's the most fun job I will ever have! What other job can let me text, get a huge discount on fresh fruits and veggies, talk to like-minded people, work with my actual friends, and create my schedule every week?? No job, that's for sure haha. Sadly, the market closes down just before winter, but I will always be grateful for the amazing experience and free food!

Admiring the beauty of the local veggies! I wish I could have gotten all of that for free haha. 


I have been shooting extremely amateur YouTube videos from my iPhone pretty much every school day, and I really love doing it! At first, I did it to inform others, but now it's a true hobby. I don't know whether it's because I'm very passionate about the content or for my love of talking; either way, I'm going to do more until I can't stand it haha. I just finished a recipe video a few hours ago, and though it's not the greatest of quality, I still did what I love while giving people a piece of my life/journey. Check out my vids at youtube.com/thesoulfulveganista!!

Over all, I'm pleased by my new busy life and will continue to strive for success, health, and happiness. I can't wait to see what else life has in store for me, even though I don't like surprises haha. Well, I'm going to make some dinner and do some yoga, so I shall leave for the day. Thanks for reading! Peace, Love, and Veggies

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Hike, a Run, and Fun in the Sun

Namaste! The past 2 days have been incredibly eventful and experimental, which is a great thing by the way haha. Hiking, eating sushi, wallet finding, etc., activities I've never experienced before. I love trying new things, especially with new people; and I've been doing this thing lately where I stop over-analyzing stuff and just do it! Weirdly, I hesitate when it comes to hanging out with new people, although I love meeting new people. I wonder what that's all about, but it doesn't matter because I'm going to do it anyways! Being weary about putting myself out there and experiencing everything has really held me back in life, so this is the time to let it all go and be adventurous!

All my close friends and family know this all ready, but I lost my friggin wallet this weekend. Can you believe that? Me? Lose a wallet? Noooo, that's simply not possible! But yes, indeed I have lost my wallet even though we were tight like glue, *sigh*. The good news is that it wasn't stolen and none of my money (although there was probably nothing in there haha) was missing from my account. The bad news is that my beautiful wallet is somewhere out there in the heat, sobbing, calling my name in search for its home! I will find you, wallet, even if it's the last thing I do!! And to get my mind off of this horrible, heart-breaking tragedy, I went hiking with a few people: my friends Neal and Stephanie, my beloved Vante, and someone new named Francisco. We went to Great Falls and the sights were absolutely and insanely gorgeous! GORGEOUS! I knew nature was awesome, but awesome does not describe what I've experienced that day. I climbed up steep rocks, jumped over tree stumps, probably got stung several times by some gnarly dragonflies, and saw a camouflaged lizard! All this with some really cool people. I'm so glad Neal invited me and I will always be grateful for him introducing me to a new part of my life, because I am now converted into an amateur hiker. Thank you Neal!!!

These rocks don't come close to what we've stumbled over haha. 

 This is a real photo, y'all haha. It's so pretty, I forgot I took it!

My baby boy and I breaking a sweat! 

 
My boy Neal! Looking all cute and such:)


Now, yesterday was definitely an experience too. After a long day of work, I hung out with an old middle school buddy, Drew. It was super cool because I tried sushi for the first time! Although I haven't had rice, or grains in general, in a century, I decided to just try it out. Why not? It's not like I would choke on a grain and die haha. And I was pleasantly surprised of how tasty the veggie rolls were! One was stuffed with spinach, avocado, and cucumber; and the other had green beans, sweet potato, and other yummy items I can't remember. I wish I could have taken pictures of the unique set-up of our cute little sushi rolls, but my phone died for the first time in my iPhone history haha. I had alot of fun and am now a sushi lover:) Thanks Drew!!! 

What new things have you experienced lately? I'm probably really late with the sushi and hiking anyways haha. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post! Peace, Love, and Veggies

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Pangs of Being Broke

I'm young, I go to college, I don't have a high paying job, and I have many, MANY things to pay for to support my lifestyle, so why is it still so surprisingly painful to be flat broke??! For some reason, every time my card gets declined I stare at the ATM machine in crippling shock and awe, as if I've never been rejected by a machine before. Although it has happened more times than I'd like to admit (or maybe I'm just exaggerating), I'm still surprised to see that my bank account isn't as full as I thought haha. That always sets me up for failure because there's never too much to buy when you're a 21 year old semi-diva like me!

The real problem with my lack of funds is keeping up with my annoyingly abundant lifestyle. My diet mainly consists of fruits, veggies, and nuts, and I eat ginormous, ridiculously HUGE portions of them (except for the nuts of course haha). This means that I'm constantly buying and swallowing these delicious treats every 5 seconds! It sucks because they're not that expensive by themselves, but if you get to my level of intake, they cost a fortune and a half. Woe is me!! But I've somehow made it by in the past 2 weeks of ultimate account emptiness, and have been able to scrape up some change to buy hefty portions of my favorite foods. It's a miracle (also with the slight help of my sweet boyfriend and daddy haha), but I will always keep my head high and remain strong through this difficult time. In the end, supporting my health and vitality is priceless, so I will pay as much as I can to get all the nutritious food that I please! Being on an extra small, tight budget with a complicated diet is no joke, but I always somehow make it happen. Thank God pay day is coming up soon because I'm going to go on a lengthy and heavy grocery shopping haul!! I'm sooo taking pictures and all that mess, so be sure to check them out on my Facebook and Instagram pages:)

Have you ever had to interrupt your awesome lifestyle because of monetary issues? If so, what was it? Probably not about food like my odd dilemma haha. Thanks for reading and I hope you feel my pain! Peace, Love, and Veggies


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Welcome to the Family Baby Jordan!!

Yesterday, my folks, baby sister, and I went to Falls Church, VA to visit my family, but the main focus was to see my new outrageously precious cousin, Jordan Jr., that just entered the world! Newborn babies make me want to scream out loud about their cuteness! I always look like an idiot around little cuties because I will NOT stop pinching their cheeks and they fight me off almost every time haha.

 
Look at this little angel! Ughh, I'm going insane from his adorableness!! 


Anyways, before I was interrupted by Jordan's adorableness, my family time was an absolute delight. I got to see cousins and aunts and uncles that I haven't seen in months! I love my family so it was obviously difficult to be away for long, but I was just grateful to see that they were all in good minds, bodies, and spirits. Oh, what fun they are! 

Since this was a family gathering, and there's no such thing as a gathering without food, there was plenty of food that I simply could not eat haha. It's totally cool because I haven't came out to the rest of my fam about my new lifestyle and eating habits, so I didn't expect anyone to accommodate me. To be smart, I made my own dinner before I left, which was extra tasty might I add! Once again I didn't take a picture due to excitement of eating, but I will explain it anyways=P I made corn chowder and used it as a salad dressing over a large bowl of greens, corn, onions, and celery. When I tell you that salad tasted like heaven, boy do I mean it! There's nothing better than eating a wonderful dinner out of random creativity and it actually being delicious. I even brought a big ol' bag of apples just in case I was hungry again, and after that huge salad, I definitely was not haha. Of course I don't need food to enjoy my family's company, but I plan on bringing a dish or few to future gatherings; out of giving them a unique experience with raw vegan food AND out of being an extreme foodie. I'm excited for that! 




 
I love these people man! I really did have a blast, even without cake haha. 


Well, I hope you enjoyed my post, or at least baby Jordan's cute little face! I'm going to go on and face the day now with some grocery shopping and romantic adventures with my partner in crime, Vante:) Have a happy Sunday because I know I will! Peace, Love, and Veggies


Friday, August 16, 2013

Oh, The Things I'll Do for Love!

Namaste! I'm finally chillaxing after a long day of frustration, hard work, and frequent urination (I ate like 4 pounds of grapes, that's why haha). The whole Maryland Tax-Free Week totally destroyed me at work today, especially since it ends tomorrow. So the lines at the cash register NEVER dwindled down and I'm surprised I made it out alive! It's absolutely insane what lengths people will go to just to get 79 cents taken off their bill haha. Of course, I did clock out with all my limbs but didn't have the chance to enjoy my night until now. Boo hoo! Although the highlight of my day was definitely the scrumptious dinner I just made, it's also being able to express myself online:) Thank you Internet!

Now moving on to how my yesterday went! I had one of the best days ever with my lovely boyfriend, Giavante, yesterday. We chilled together, we ate together, we laughed together, and most importantly, we exercised together! Vante is a huge fitness fan and a pre-expert, so he whooped my tail when it came to running. I run, not as often as I would like, but I didn't think I was that much of an amateur until he had the stamina to run almost 3 miles! Boy, please! I still went along with it for the sake of exercise, tenacity, and a hint of competitiveness haha. We ran through neighborhoods, so it didn't seem like we were doing the most, but oh honey, yes we were! By the first mile or so, I was panting like an obese dog in Texas (with my tongue hanging out and everything!). It was a blessing when we finally got back around to his area, because I just wanted to collapse and whine. But I pushed through the discomfort and completed the non-stop run! We even had a little race and ran to the fastest of our abilities. I didn't win, but it doesn't matter because I still reached a goal; and he cheated =P

 
This is me before the lengthy run...


...and this is me afterwards. Shut up!   


This is my boo boo looking like he's ready to fight haha. I love them muscles! 


After the run, we just hung out and enjoyed each other's company. I even made us some banana ice cream with real peach sauce as our post-workout meal! I know, I'm obsessed with banana ice cream haha. But how can you blame someone for wanting dessert creatively made out of nutritious fruit?! I'd be crazy not to like it! Anyways, we talked until the wee hours of the morning and I was forced to come home to rest up. Good times, man. 

Have you ever done something crazy for the one you love/d? If so, what was it? I bet it was crazier than running savagely for a couple miles at night! Well, I shall wrap up this post before I pass out on the keyboard haha. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my rambling! Peace, Love, and Veggies

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sunday Crappy Sunday

Hello Wonderful! Once again, my yesterday was fun! I chilled around the house, followed by some organic grocery shopping at my local co-op and belly dancing. What a great combo! But the highlight of my sunny Sunday was definitely the boo lovin' :D After dinner at my former favorite vegan restaurant, my beautiful beau stopped by for a little bit of hang time (nothing frisky!). I made him a tasty Thai-inspired salad and prepared us an all-natural peach cobbler with banana ice cream, and we watched True Blood like we do every summer. It was too fun for words and I got to show off my non-cooking skills haha.

As mentioned before, I ate out yesterday at another vegan restaurant. It's a soul food themed place called "Everlasting Life" in D.C., just about 25 minutes from my house. I normally don't eat out this much, but my family has been in social eating mood lately, and it's almost impossible to turn down free food. And due to my strict eating habits and diet, it makes it hard for me to comfortably eat out! The scariest thing in the world to me is to consume something and not know what is in it. Would you want to eat a salad and later find out that the dressing had dinosaur eggs in it?? No, I bet you would not haha. Unfortunately, this experience (out of the many that I've had at EL) was not a good one; especially since I have gotten much more strict and paranoid from the last time I've dined there. I ordered 4 raw sides knowing that they all probably had too much oil, salt, and fat in them for me to easily digest, but I just wanted to let go and have fun. Fun it was not. After the meal, I sensed some discomfort in my tummy, a little bit of mind blankness, and energy depletion, which is extremely uncommon because all my food gives me the best bursts of energy! I tried to ignore the bothersome symptoms and ordered some (dare I say it?) COOKED ginger spiced tofu! I'm not fanatical about raw food, although I'm in love with it, so I didn't think it was going to be a big deal. Oh, what a big deal and mistake that was. The first bite was pretty fine, but as I got to the third or fourth piece, I thought I was going to puke! Of course I stopped and finally listened to the signals my healthy body was trying to tell me. I can't believe I would keep eating that stuff, but it tasted so good and was raw that I thought I wouldn't be doing too much damage since I eat very healthy about 99.999% of the time. I've learned my lesson from all the culinary experiences that I've had in the past week: only eat out if I have to! I either need to ask more questions about the ingredients in the food or not go out at all. I don't mind my body being sensitive to crap, so I'm not going to hinder it any further for the sake of being social. The best part is that I don't eat junk regularly so I can just pick myself up from this experience and move on! But, the sad part is that Everlasting Life used to be my favorite restaurant in my earliest vegan days and I obviously can't over indulge there like I used to. I guess if you love something, you gotta let it go haha. I'm still a little bitter because the food sickness lasted up until I went to sleep last night, but thanks to my boyfriend's sweet company and my prayers, I was able to feel energized when I woke up this morning! Although my Sunday wasn't as relaxing as I thought, I was still able to be around loved ones and appreciate the weird experience that was thrown into my life.

Do you have any food sensitivities? If so, what are they? Now I know that it's pre-made food in general, poor me haha. Well, thanks for reading and I hope you got something from my post! Peace, Love, and Veggies

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hormone-Free = A Happy Me!! No More Birth Control for this Girl

Hello Beautiful! So, yesterday was fun! I spent the day with the immediate fam (mom, dad, and little sis) and we did some culinary exploring around town. We were originally going to dine at this awesome vegan restaurant called "Great Sage" in Clarksville, but we decided to stay local and ate at the veggie-friendly "Mark's Kitchen" in Takoma Park. This was our first experience there and we very much enjoyed ourselves! I was so hungry by the time I got there, I would have probably eaten anything, including the chair I was sitting on haha. Out of being adventurous, I ordered the seaweed salad and another salad that had loads of seaweed and was surprised to find that I'm fond of seaweed! I always pictured it as this slimy, bitter, puke-green rope of nastiness, but I'm glad to find it was not. I wish I took a picture to share the yumminess but I was way too hungry to even consider it! Although the salads were delicious, the portions were baby sized! They sadly couldn't satisfy my need for super huge portions and I had to go elsewhere:( Later on that night, we went to Columbia Mall and I found a little kiosk called "Salad Creations." Their fresh veggie selection caught my eye, but reading the ingredients in their salad dressings made me queasy, so I got an abundance of tasty greens and veggies with a smidgen of balsamic vinegar and went crazy! At that point, my belly was finally full and satisfied:D Once again, I was too inconsiderate to take a snapshot of the pretty salad, but just know that it was a sight to see and that anyone would have found it delightful. The day ended with some friendly family conversation on the car ride back and then a niceee loonngggg slumber!

The menu at Mark's! They have a wide selection of veggie eats, which is obvious through looking at how many pages their menu has  haha. 

 
My mom and sis in front of the restaurant! They look just alike sometimes that it's scary! 

Just me and my sis:) Although I was basically hungry after eating, I still had the somewhat energy to crack a smile haha. 


Now on to the focus of the post: I am NO longer taking birth control pills!! Today marks the first day of eliminating the unneeded hormones from my life after nearly 3 years. Words can't explain how happy I am! Throughout those years, I kind of felt like I was in a fog. As if I wasn't as focused or didn't have much will power to do what was good for me (except for this year with my new lifestyle!). Oh, and of course there were the mood swings, the many, many mood swings. There were too many times where my fam and boyfriend had to run and take cover from the wrath of Jamila! But that is all going to end now, because I refuse to pump my temple with damaging hormones. Though birth control is incredibly effective, the side effects are just not worth it. My boyfriend and I have decided to use alternative contraceptives and I can't see myself going back. Plus, there is nothing about birth control that is conducive to my new lifestyle! I want to be completely and totally at peace with myself, without the influence of hormones or unnatural foods. I can see life being much more joyous and beautiful now that my body can finally function naturally and that I can get my sanity back. 

Have you ever been on the pill? If so, what was your experience? Hopefully better than mine haha. Well, I must end my night by washing up for bed and having a calm session of meditation. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my post! Peace, Love, and Veggies

 
This is true happiness without birth control! Yaayyy to a hormone-free future!