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Home is Where the Modern Map Art is…

Home is Where the Modern Map Art is…

Home is where the Modern Map Art is… Isn’t that how the saying goes? Because I could’ve sworn I’ve seen it quoted somewhere …hmmm… Oh, I know!!! I must’ve seen it on Modern Map Art‘s website right before they gifted me this awesome artwork! For […]

SHIMMY’S 1ST GIVEAWAY!!!

SHIMMY’S 1ST GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m a nice person and all, but have I ever been like “super-D-duper” nice!?! Hmmmm only to those who deserve it, honestly! 😉 Today I’m doing something different, however! Since I’ve recently become quite the mid-year Santa, I’ve decided to giveaway the following: Tory Burch […]

Buddha Belly Bowls

Buddha Belly Bowls

So I might as well face the facts – I never began my Summer Body routine, I never picked up a barbell, and my menu choices at Panda Express can definitely tell you that eating healthy was NEVER an option! I can always strive to look good for Autumn though, right? 😉

Best Buddha Bowl Recipes

Well, regardless of if I can or can’t, I’m gonna try anyways and my first stop is Buddha Bowls!

Have y’all heard of them? They are basically these big belly bowls full of nutrients from our essential food groups (minus desserts, of course!). Jam-packed with grains, protein, and every other healthy and quite colorful fruits and veggies your palate can ingest, these bowls are the most creative dish since salads. As a matter of fact, comparing them to salads is the best way to describe them. The only differences are a few of the ingredients featured in Buddha Bowls, including brown rice, lentils, tempeh, etc. aren’t typically present in salads. But eh, that makes them THAT much better!

Buddha Bowl Ingredients

Of course, it’s best to use a guide to get you started, but once you get the hang of it (choosing ingredients from various food groups and topping it off with a savory sauce), you’re pretty much good to go! 🙂

For my first Buddha Bowl, I opted for some butternut squash (cuz sweet potatoes are FAR too sweet for little ole me), some broccoli bites, lentils, onions, garlic & sesame seeds (not pictured), whole grain brown rice, and some incredible edible eggs! Now to be honest, these ingredients by themselves are NOT tasty AT ALL. What really made them yummy, however, was my creamy Thai Kitchen Peanut Satay Sauce. It was simply the icing on top that made it both savory and more than filling!

Best Buddha Bowl Recipes

My qualms with Buddha Bowls? Well, besides spending hours in Whole Foods pairing various ingredients together with highest hopes of them being delicious once combined, it took even MORE time to prepare the bowls! For most, preparation times of 30-40 mins is standard, but for a gal who doesn’t cook…it was TORTURE! I was in the kitchen non-freaking-stop! If I turned my back, the squash could’ve burned or the rice could’ve boiled over. It was like babysitting a child! I couldn’t cut it…BUT nevertheless, she persisted, right? She did and so shall I! I’m reclaiming my time and my health which means, sucking it up and learning more recipes are on the horizon!

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As I continue my journey of maintaining great blood pressure levels, lowering my cholesterol, and staying fit, I encourage you to join me! Leave your health tips and tricks below so we can #FallintoFit (get it? – Fall into Fitness?) Fall – as in the next season since I wasted away my summer on Shanghai Steaks, Gouda Cheese, and Nekot Crackers! 😛 Blame my mother! 😉

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 

Best Buddha Bowl Recipes

The Fountain of Truth

The Fountain of Truth

My baby brother is 21 and I'm ummmmmmm…older! 😉 None of that matters though because here lately we've been approached by the most random of individuals questioning us about our status…relationship status! 😛 That's right! People think I'm a mere youngin' (who's taken by her […]

Social Media Kills Productivity :(

Social Media Kills Productivity :(

Not to be a Debbie-Downer, but let’s face it, from the time we wake up till we nestle under our duvets, all we do is scroll…scroll…and scroll some more. We are constantly reading statuses, liking pictures, reading articles, and uploading our own content. Ultimately, we […]

Jordan Chapman – The Hat Logic

Jordan Chapman – The Hat Logic

Quite naive to say the least, I ventured into this blogging world not realizing exactly what I was getting myself into. I mean, I knew about the whole “writing creative and engaging content” thing, and of course, I had the “take the best pics with a complicated camera” rule down pact! But all of that other stuff – the meeting absolutely wonderful individuals who also share your same creative spirit – yeah, ya girl never got that memo! 😛 Responsively, and right on time, as usual, God showed up, helped me meet the freaking best blogging buddies, and I haven’t been the same since!

the hat logic

For July’s Chocolate Doctorate feature, we have my gal-pal and fellow blogger buddy, Jordan Chapman of The Hat Logic. The moniker, The Hat Logic, not only serves as her style staple, but also describes her lifestyle as well. For instance, she blogs, travels, attends school (in pursuit of dual-degrees, I might add), and has panache like no other! Read more to see how she handles it all while still remaining on top!

There are so many choices: sneakers, golden trinkets, and even apparel too…why hats? 

Out of everything hat’s are my go to because they help me fix any hair situation! They’re a great accessory and with so many different styles, there’s never a bad one for a day!

the hat logic

  What’s your major(s)? Did you step into college knowing what you wanted to pursue or did it take awhile?

I’m doing a double major in international studies, which is basically international relations, and art history. I came in with everyone telling me I should go into business, but I knew I didn’t love it. I tried it my first semester, but hated all of the classes and really struggled, so I moved into political science and art history the next semester and fell in love. It wasn’t hard for me to find my path as I went after two of the things I loved most, politics and art. They don’t go together at all, but I love both of them and they really complete me.

How has blogging influenced your academic success thus far?

Oh boy, it’s really helped me learn how to manage my time. There are a lot of nights where I’m up til 2 am making sure my videos are rendering and uploading, but there are a lot of weeks where I go ahead and knock out my work so I can have time to focus on the blog or friends. It’s taught me how to study and make the most of the limited time that I do have.I budget a lot better now and it’s taught me a lot of valuable life skills about  how to market myself and how to not be afraid of speaking to powerful people. I know what I want and in college, it’s hard to get there sometimes or know when to make a move. I’ve learned to be myself and also take each opportunity that I can to be better, but that’s something I learned in blogging.

the hat logicAs a blogger, you’re basically a creative entrepreneur – why did you choose to remain steadfast and pursue your education regardless?

Blogging is one of the paths that I’m considering going full time in after I graduate, but at the end of the day, there are so many different things I love, I would never drop the opportunity to go to school to be a full time blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and if I had the option, I may take a semester off, but I love learning too much not to. I want to know as much as I can about as many different things as possible, so I can’t even think of a life where I didn’t. And plus, if WordPress died tomorrow, I’d have to find something else to do with my life, so I’d rather have an education to fall back on in case blogging doesn’t become my future career.

When we first met, you mentioned how your father told you to establish a project that would get you into Emory University – what was this project and how did you go about making this decision?

Well I had already started the blog by then, so the project was more of making the blog into a business. This was well before people were making hundreds of thousands a year off their blogs, but he wanted me to be at the forefront of it all. Obviously, I’m not a top 10 blogger, but I’ve been learning along the way things that will help me be successful later on. The blog is my baby, but it’s also my business. I will never not thank my dad for that and I wish he could see all of the success that I’m hoping will come from it, but it’ll be great in the future.

Advice to others in college struggling to manage it all?

It takes time. Don’t ever rush it and force yourself to get it all at once. I’m in my second year and still don’t have it all down. Life comes at you hard and fast, when you least expect it. There are times when the blog sits empty because I’ve got 3 papers, 2 exams, and a presentation in 2 weeks and I just don’t have time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s alright to mess up a bit, but pick yourself up and do better the next time.

the hat logic

Why is London your first love?

London is my first love because out of everywhere in the world, it’s where I feel at home. I’ve been about 5-6 times in the last 2 years, but each time it just takes my breath away. I never feel out of place and I feel like it’s somewhere I belong a lot moreso than Atlanta. A  lot of my values and what I want in my future match up with the people I have met there, so I’ve fallen in love with it.
 the hat logic

 You’ve been all over Europe, basked in the tropical sunrises of Anguilla, and even explored the southern charm of South Carolina. Where to next?

Oo next? I’m going to London in September for Fashion Week, but I don’t know!! I may go up to North Carolina and Indiana to visit friends, but that’s about it! I’ve just gotten in from Cabo and New York on vacation and work, respectively, so I’m taking some time to myself to work and chill for a bit! I’m off on study abroad next year, so who knows where I’ll go off to then!

If you could travel anywhere with Tom Holland, where would the adventure begin?

Oooo okay so I’ve got this massive trip planned out with a future boyfriend so Tom will have to do haha! It’s one of those around the world trips, but better! So start off with a drive around the US, I’ve got a car, so starting in FL, we go up the East Coast, then drive across the country on a huge road trip to the west coast. Stop in Cali for a few days, then go further west, Hawaii, Australia, Bali, The Seychelles. Then, Croatia, the Middle East, Turkey, Egypt (I’m obsessed with Egypt, taking another Egyptology class with one of the top people in the world this year), then South Africa! After South Africa, I wanna be a daredevil and do all 7 continents on 1 trip and go to Antarctica! Dad and I had planned on it, but I’m going to do it for memories sake! Then up to Morocco for some warmer weather before taking on Europe via train, ending in London! Longest trip EVER, but so so worth it!
the hat logic
Inspired much? This beauty has her goals, dreams, and aspirations that are well on their way to coming to fruition, and quite frankly, I’m pretty convinced that with any wide brimmed and kohl colored Stetson, fedora, or even beanie, she’s bound to conquer even more!
Join her journey by following her links below! Be sure to tell her Shimmy sent ya!
Remember to Live Life, Beautifully The Chocolate Doctorate

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