I’m ready for you 2017!

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Dear 2017,

I know it’s a little late writing about my hopes and New Year’s resolution for this year but I wanted to get a taste of 2017 before setting any goals and milestones. For the five months that I have experienced, 2017 you are filled with love, laughter, fond memories, and stress!

January. You showed me how to stay connected to the world around me and accepting to the changes that were happening around me. From taking my digital journalism class, it opened my eyes to the distress that our county and our world faced. Ranging from  disease to terrorist attacks to politics to environmental issues. This classes showed me how to voice my opinion to where I published my first piece “The Pill of Youth?” in the online magazine, POETINIS.

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February. You showed that vulnerability is not a weakness, but it’s actually a strength. The argument we have been through were intense. I have never been an expressive person and I keep a lot to myself. I don’t like to let people in for fear they would leave or use my secrets against me. But you proved me wrong. You listened and work with me through it all.

When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. – Dr. Brene Brown

March. Or as I like to call it “Senior Presentation Month”. Senior presentations and writing a senior paper are the last requirements we need to fulfill in order to graduate. Presenting a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation on the experiment that I have been working for the last two years to the Whittier Scholar Council, my advisor and sponsor, my peers, and my family was beyond nerve racking. Many questions ran through my head like: “What is I messed up? Will I not graduate? What if I cannot answer the audience’s questions?” Nevertheless, the presentation went smoothly and many of my professors were impressed to see the work I have done and are eager to see what future studies hold.

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April. Deadlines and finals are fast approaching. These will be the last exams, papers, projects I will ever do as an undergraduate. These was the final allnighter I will ever pull with my friends and classmates here at Whittier. The final late night taco truck runs to fill our empty stomach with food to keep us going. The final everything. To be honest we were more reminiscent of the how this was going to be “the last whatever” than actually studying. With emotions kicking into high gear, deadlines, and senioritis hitting hard, this was by far the hardest month that you have thrown at me. But we crawled our way through.

Finally May.  After 4 years of tears, sweat, and gallons of coffee later, we did it! I graduated college! I am still at a lost for words. As a first generation Chinese-American, I cannot express the pride that I have for my family and for myself that I graduated from college. All my hard work paid off! I cannot be more thankful for all the people that have supported me throughout my journey! I am done with this chapter of my life. I will never forget all the great friends that I made here and the memories we shared. Starting out as scared, clueless freshmen to confident, knowledgeable graduates. Congratulations Class of 2017! I cannot wait for what the future holds for us!

Excited for what is to come,

Michelle Chen

Antioxidant Chia Berry Smoothie

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Lately I have been on a workout craze and after every workout I would drink a smoothie. Why? I have no idea.

This week I wanted to try adding chia seeds to my smoothies. These tiny seeds are packed with essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, strontium, vitamins, minerals, and they are a rich source of antioxidants.

Well I don’t want to keep babbling. Let’s get started!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice or POM juice
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of non-fat pain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs honey

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. If you want a thicker smoothie, add half a banana and 1 cup of ice.
  3. Enjoy!

If you tried this strawberry oatmeal breakfast smoothie recipe and liked it, please hit the like button or leave a comment below! Do you love it? Do you hate it? Let me know! As always, stay fit, flirty, and fabulous!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

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Rise and shine my babes!

You know what I have noticed all my life? I never have enough time to sit my ass down and eat a proper breakfast. I usually would grab a granola bar and run out the door. Not today!

Today we are going to make a breakfast smoothie. It is perfect for on the go! Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 sliced bananas
  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 tbs of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbs of honey or agave
  • 1 tbs of flex seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

If you tried this strawberry oatmeal breakfast smoothie recipe and liked it, please hit the like button or leave a comment below! Do you love it? Do you hate it? Let me know! As always, stay fit, flirty, and fabulous!

That’s a wrap! Goodbye 2016!

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Dear 2016,

You were a tough cookie! There was so many hoops and hurdles to jump through but in the end I thank you for making me stronger. Starting the year, you gave me a heartbreak that I will never forget. Jeff. We dated for almost two years. Like every relationship, the beginning was always the best but over time we lost ourselves and our relationship became toxic. The rest was history. But through it all, I learned many valuable lessons and I hope to put to use later in my life. img_4960

During the summer you gave me a vacation that tested my patience and showed me what friendship was. My friend Cesar and I planned a getaway to New York for a week. It all sounded so good to visit medical schools, visit my friends and family in NY, and explore the city. When we got there it was all fine and dandy until you threw a curve ball at me.

Cesar and I got along great till we began to get annoyed with each other. I think that was due to the fact that we were spending way too much time with each other and we did not get our personal space. We were stubborn and hard headed people so no one wanted to apologize. In the end, we talked out our problems and that made our friendship stronger than ever.

Side note: I also got a tattoo and Cesar got a nipple ring.

Coming back from vacation, I went on a tinder rampage and I matched with Anthony. We matched in Palm Desert, which was odd because I lived in Newport Beach and he lived in Riverside. It was a complete chance and I had to take it. I fell for him hard. He was everything that I was wanted in a guy. The smarts, the looks, the passion and most of all he cared.  I was very apprehensive at first just because of had badly things ended with Jeff. I just did not know if I was ready to be in another relationship. But hey life is all about taking risks and I did. We’re doing pretty good so far and lets keep it that way 2016.

School year started and yet you gave me another hurdle to jump over. My sponsor for my senior research project left the school and I was in a frantic panic to find a replacement. Luckily for me, one of my professors Dr. Valenzuela agreed to be my mentor and graciously allowed me to hop on to his research team.

There were plenty more hurdles to jump than these but in the end there was always a silver lining. I guess you weren’t as horrible of a year than I thought. Thanks for an eventful year and I’m looking forward to whats to come.

Yours truly,

Michelle Chen

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

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Lately I have been seeing this “overnight oats” fade all over social media. For the people that don’t know, overnight oats are just raw oats soaked overnight in milk or yogurt. I know it sounds like of gross due to the mushy texture of wet oats, but if you like pudding or just hot oatmeal then I think the texture would not be a problem. The purpose of soaked oats is that it allows for easy absorption and digestion of the fibers in oats. These overnight oats are super quick and easy breakfast meals that fulfills your daily magnesium, fiber, plant-based protein, potassium needs. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 6 oz of fresh or frozen blueberries (pureed)
  • 3 cups of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Separate the mixture into preferred containers. I usually split the mixture evenly into two mason jars with one cup of oats in each jar.
  3. Place the mixture in the fridge overnight and eat the next morning! For this recipe, I  topped off my oats with some granola, sliced strawberries, blueberries,and coconut flakes.

*If you want save some oats for later, keep it covered in the refrigerator and it can last up to a maximum of 5 days.

If you tried this overnight oats recipe and like it, please like the post and comment below on what your thoughts are on soaked oats. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Let me know because I’m noise and I want to know! As always, stay fit, flirty, and fabulous!

Orange Lime Strawberry Detox Water

 

detox-fruit-fruits-inspiration-Favim.com-2960595Hey babes! I know spring break is coming up and that means PARTY, a.k.a. destroying your liver. This is a crucial time to be hydrating your body after a night or nights of partying. So what better way to hydrate your bodies and do a little detox than this orange-strawberry detox water? !

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 5-6 strawberries sliced
  • 5-6 mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Wash and thinly slice your fruits.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate for about 2 hours for the flavors to be infused.
  4. Drink up!

*Discard all fruits after 24 hours of usage otherwise they become very bitter and soggy.*

If you tried this detox water and like it please like the post, and comment below what are your favorite detox waters? As always, stay fit, flirty, and fabulous!

All Around Workout

Hey babes! I know its been a while since I posted a quickie workout, but I hope you’re all still doing them.  I know for the past few quickie workouts we have been focusing mainly on our core and glutes, so for this quickie workout I thought we should try something new.  For this week and next week I would like to us to focus on doing a full body workout so the rest of our bodies can match our fantastic abs and glutes.  Without further ado, here is the quickie workout!

  • 10 squats
  • 20 standing crunches
  • 10 wall push ups
  • 10 side lunges (each side)
  • 20 push ups
  • 1 min of jogging in place

If you like this quickie workout give it a like or leave a comment below and tell me what you liked about the workout! As always stay fit, flirty, and fabulous!