Naomi Appreciation Post

04/24/17 – Monday

You know those people who can always make you smile even on the hardest days? Or those friends who give you flowers with notes on them just because? Or create art just for you? Those friends who care more about you than themselves at times?

Well I am so blessed to have Naomi Wu. She is a light in my world and an amazing friend. This post is solely dedicated to her.

Naomi. Where do I start? We first met in our First Year Psychology Seminar class where we freaked out about what we wanted to do with our lives and realized that we were going to be in school forever. This bond over Psychology propelled our relationship and started something greater than what I imaged. Today we are still in psychology courses as well as working together on an experiment and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

This girl is inspiring. She is truly a perfect creation from God. Her smile radiates and when you see it you can’t help but smile yourself. Her laugh is contagious and her loving personality is something I strive to have. She is always willing to help me, listen to my rants and problems, are cares for me endlessly. What more could you ask for in a friend? She exceeds the word friend actually. She is my sister and close friend that I am so honored to have. As I write this my eyes tear up. I wonder why God decided to bless me, little old me, with such a sweet, caring individual when he could have placed anyone in her life to become close with. God is truly amazing and so is Naomi. This is only the beginning of a long friendship, but I couldn’t hold in my appreciation for her any longer.

Naomi, thank you for being my friend and sister. I cherish everyday we have together and I look forward to more memories to come. I love you.


(Pictured Above: Serengetee Izabal Pocket shirt. This fabric is handwoven and helps the indigenous communities of Panajachel.) – Photographer: Faeln Naughton // Edit by Emily Hinch

The History

This semester I decided to embark on a new journey that would change my life. I heard about this company named Serengetee and began doing research online. Once I read their mission statement, I was hooked. For those of you who don’t know, Serengetee was founded in 2012 by Jeff and Ryan after they studied abroad. While they were traveling, they explored markets and began collecting fabrics from countries like Asia, Africa, and Central America. They soon found a way to use these unique and beautiful fabrics to make a positive change in the world. The fabric purchased from over 25 countries supports artisans, their families, and ancient fabric making traditions. Not only does purchasing fabric from these countries help the culture and the artisans, but the company also gives 10% of their profits back to a diverse range of grassroots causes that work to improve lives in their communities.


My Story

After reading about Serengetee’s mission statement and their heart behind what they do, I began looking into becoming an Ambassador where I applied and was accepted! I then struggled to pick out which shirt I wanted because all the pockets, designs, and background information on the fabrics were all so heartwarming. After, I started communicating with other Ambassador’s and figured out ways we could collaborate and make Serengetee more known to the world. This included photoshoots, bonfires, and hangouts. My main goal was to promote Serengetee by first stating the why of the company, as in why they are so passionate about this brand and the heart behind it. I also learned the Serengetee encourages people to step outside their comfort zone and travel to places unknown. As I am wrapping up my time as being a Serengetee Ambassador, I can say that I am proud to have been a part of this company and I will continue to travel more and spread the word of giving back.

Being an Ambassador for Serengetee has influenced my life by giving back, drawing me closer to other’s, and calling me to now study abroad so I can experience these different cultures for myself.

(See if you can catch me featured on Serengetee’s Instagram account (@Serengetee)!)

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(Pictured Below: Plane Cap, Travel More Long Sleeve, and the Fabric Co. Tote)

Fast-Food Vegan Options!

Eating out can be hard as a vegan. Friends want to eat somewhere cheap and want to grab a burger and leave, however, vegans don’t eat any animals or anything produced from an animal. Here are some tips to eating out a vegan:

  • Baskin-Robbins: dairy-free and gelatin-free ices and sorbets
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: the pizza crust and marinara sauce are vegan! Order a veggie pizza without cheese, and ask for your pizza NOT to be brushed with butter. You can also order spaghetti marinara without meat or cheese
  • Blaze Pizza: they offer gluten-free crust as well as Day cheese; try the classic red or the spicy red sauce or a drizzle of BBQ sauce or olive oil and add veggies
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: the black-bean burger is vegetarian (not vegan); salad with light balsamic, french, or asian sesame dressing
  • Burger King: garden salad, fries, and harsh browns; french toast sticks & dutch apple pie
  • Carl’s Jr.: french fries, criss cut fries, hash rounds, hash-brown nuggets; all you can eat salad bar, three bean salad with Italian dressing, raspberry or low-fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • The Cheesecake Factory: veggie burger (made with brown rice, farro, couscous, mushrooms, black beans, and onion); penne pasta dish (made with broccoli, oven-dried tomato, roasted eggplant, peppers, artichoke, Kalamata olives, garlic, and pine nuts)
  • Chili’s: tostada chips and salsa; veggie quesadillas (replacing the cheese and sour cream with extra vegetables); cadillac fajitas without the meat
  • Chipotle: bowl, burrito, taco, or salad without meat, cheese, or sour cream. they offer sofritas (organic tofu braised with peppers and spices)
  • CiCi’s Pizza: be sure to ask about the vegan status of each item on your pizza; they also offer pasta and salad buffet with many vegan options
  • Claim Jumper: pizzas are vegan as long as you ask without cheese; Chinese salad with spicy peanut dressing
  • Cracker Barrel: vegetable plate with your choice of several veggies (including steamed broccoli and a baked sweet potato)
  • Dairy Queen: light smoothies are vegan!
  • Del Taco: 8 layer veggie burrito, the 1/2lb. bean and cheese burrito, or the value bean and cheese burrito with red or green sauce. Ask for no cheese, no rice, and no sour cream
  • Denny’s: oatmeal, the Fit Fare Veggie Skillet (ask for no egg whites), English muffins, bagels, grits, applesauce, fresh fruit, vegetable plates, seasoned french fires, baked potatoes with several vegetable toppings, garden salads with light Italian dressing or oil and vinegar dressing, and sandwiches that can be made with several vegetables options, and the Boca burger
  • El Pollo Loco: BRC burrito without cheese ; sides include pinto beans and corn on the cob
  • Flames Grill: veggie pattie
  • Hard Times Cafe: veggie burger and vegetarian chili (ask for no dairy products in the chili)
  • IHOP: hash browns, fresh fruit, frits, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a plain baked potato, salad with fat-free or regular raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
  • Jack in the Box: black beans, potato wedges, seasoned curly fires, and breakfast blueberry muffin oatmeal
  • Johnny Rockets: the streamliner (vegan Boca burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard)
  • Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut: all the sauces and doughs are vegan! ask without cheese and choose your veggies on top
  • Olive Garden: breadsticks; pasta’s: angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and white-wheat linguine with vegan marinara sauce; minestrone; salad without croutons or cheese; side of steamed broccoli
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: everything can be made vegan, from appetizers such as tofu lettuce wraps to entrees such as Buddha’s Feast
  • Pieology & PizzaRev: offers Day cheese as well as gluten-free crust; just ask for no cheese and no meat and load up on the veggies!
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: make a burrito, taco, or salad bowl with: corn or flour tortillas, black or pinto beans, brown or cilantro-lime rice, fajita vegetables, grilled vegetables, potatoes, guacamole, and most salsas; tortilla soup
  • Quiznos: guacamole, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mushrooms (make sure to ask with no cheese and ask for the balsamic vinaigrette); vegan bread either white or wheat or a herb wrap; side garden salad; potato chips
  • Red Robin: hummus plate; vegan Boca burger
  • Starbucks: sesame noodle dish made with broccoli, carrots, red pepper, snap peas, tofu, pickled cucumbers, and sesame peanuts; dark chocolate desserts; plain or multigrain bagel, class of blueberry oatmeal, the seasonal harvest fruit blent, and the hearty veggie and brown rice salad bowl
  • Taco Bell: cinnamon twists; chips and guacamole or salsa; cilantro rice, black or refried beans; Mexican rices; and all salads; DISHES: Bean burrito “fresco style”, the regular black bean burrito without cheese, the veggie cantina power power without sauce; the 7 layer bean burrito without cheese and sour cream; tacos, nachos, crunch wrap supreme and mexican pizza (ask to hold the mean and substitute beans, without cheese or sour cream)
  • TGI Fridays: nachos with tortilla chips, jalapeños, guacamole, and pico de gallo without cheese or sour cream; cilantro-lime or balsamic vinaigrette on a house salad; fries; onion rings
  • Wendy’s: plain baked potato, garden salad with red Italian dressing or french fries; veggie sandwich without meat
  • Yard House: garden chicken rice bowl and garden orange peel chicken (vegan style!); summer salad or citrus soy salad


Eat on!!!

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Sushi Lover

04/17/17 – Monday

IMG_0350.JPG.jpeg (My go-to meal at sushi restaurants // edamame and a cucumber, avocado roll)

You know those things you always crave no matter what time of day it is? Well for me it is pizza, chocolate, and sushi. You’re probably asking yourself, “But wait. You don’t even eat fish.” Correct! But there are still ways of eating sushi and going out with friends while avoiding fish meals. Here is a list of things a vegan can eat at sushi restaurants: avocado roll, cucumber roll (Kappa), avocado & cucumber roll, picked daikon roll (Oshinko), shiitake mushroom roll, white/brown rice, miso soup, edamame, any tofu dishes, salads, any and all veggies, and more depending on what the menu offers!

Time Management

It is so easy to get lost in the busyness of a day or the craziness in life. The stress of not feeling caught up on school or work is usually stemmed out of failure to time manage. However, I use the term “failure” here loosely. You have not failed, but rather lost track of your time. Here are some steps to getting back on track:

  1. Recognizing that you have lost track of time
  2. Making a goal list for yourself
    • Better grades
    • More time with friends
    • Earn more money
  3. Outlining how you will meet these goals
    • Study more and earlier for exams
    • Don’t procrastinate; finish homework before it is due
    • Choosing to work or pick up more hours
  4. Prioritizing
    • School work comes before Netflix, however make sure to take breaks and treat yourself
    • Sleeping always sounds better than going to work, but working hard will pay off
    • Even though this step can be the hardest and most challenging, once you learn how to properly prioritize, you will enhance your time management immensely
  5. Applying!
    • Now that you have recognized where you are lacking on how to time manage, made a goal list for yourself, outlined how you will better make use of your time, and learned how to prioritize the time you have, you are now ready to go out in the world and get ahead on homework or make more time to hangout with friends!