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Happy April! I feel like it was January a few days ago, but nonetheless, here we are at the beginning of a new month 🙂 I want to do more of the things that make me HAPPY and less of the things that I know aren’t helping.

  1. As always, done is better than perfect.
  2. Practice gratitude in word and in action. I think it can be really easy to compare yourself to other people, and it’s an exhausting game that you’ll ultimately lose. I want to focus in on what I have to be grateful for – which is SO SO much! So keeping in mind that gratitude when talking with others and making sure people know that I appreciate them, too.
  3. Try new things! So many things, so little time it always seems like. And there’s always something daunting about trying something out for the first time, but the only worse thing than failing at that new thing is to not try at all! So here goes.
  4. Smile more! At people I walk past, at strangers, at friends, at the person who I’m ordering coffee from.
  5. No social media when I first wake up or right before bed. A few seconds quickly turns into minutes spent scrolling and scrolling. I want to start and end my day social-media free.
  6. Stretch every day. I have been loving getting into yoga and stretching more and I feel like I’ve really made great progress. A small little task that will bring me joy each day.
  7. Know you are talented! This one is a biggie – I’m starting to become more confident in my creative works, and I want to own it! It’s really scary sharing my photos and videos with the world, but I know this is only the beginning for me and I have so many things and ideas to share!

What are your monthly intentions? Comment below!


Oh, also I finally launched @brunchiebabe on Instagram, so go follow me there and keep livin’ with me on @livinasleah.





IMG_6004Hellooooo March!

February went by so fast and my #nodairyfebruary flew by! (Here’s the link to how that went!)

I honestly look forward to getting my gel pens out at the end of each month and thinking about things I want to improve, or actions I want to take, or mantras I want to adopt for the following month.

It’s only the start of the third month of 2018 and I know I have become more mindful of my actions and the way I spend my time on a daily basis because of writing my intentions down.

1.  Done is better than perfect.

I think you’ve heard me say this one before — and I aim to keep saying it to myself over and over again when I feel like something I do or say is not good enough or up to par. Progress over perfection.

2. Stop biting your nails.

I want to tackle a bad habit of mine that’s been around for too long! Biting my nails. I also have horrible cuticles and pick at them whenever I’m bored, stressed, or anxious. It leaves my hands ugly and often times, I’m super embarrassed of them. SO I will be setting myself up for success by getting my nails done today!

Woo #treatyoself! Which I have not done in a very long time.

And with this intention, I know there will be times that I mess up and catch myself, but the important thing is to be mindful and choose to keep working at my goal.

3. Read for 10 minutes a day.

Enough time scrolling on my phone, and more time growing in knowledge, please.

4. Ask more questions.

I tend to assume, rather than ask questions a lot of the time. And you know what they say about assuming… (it makes an ASS out of U and ME). Alright, so enough of that. And they also say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, so I’m going to be asking more questions. About people’s days, about concepts I don’t understand, and being okay with not knowing the answer all the time.

5. Know you are where you are supposed to be.

I recently signed up for yoga at a studio near my house, and this was something one of the instructors said during the practice. And when I heard her say this, in my head I wanted to scream “Yes!!!” I am supposed to be sweating my tush off in this class right now, yes, I am supposed to be studying documentary film at Chapman right now, yes, I am supposed to be whatever I decide to be because life is good and I should enjoy it in the NOW. Enough questioning if this or that is right, I’m just going to trust my gut and keep going.

6. Hustle, baby hustle.

No pain, no gain.


What are your intentions? I hope this may have inspired you to set some intentions for your month, week, or day! Comment below any intention you have for the month of March 🙂




No dairy for 28 days seems pretty simple, right? That’s what I figured too.

And it was for the most part – except I realized how much dairy I really consume on a regular basis. But wait a second, why was I getting rid of dairy in the first place?

To be honest, I thought it was making my stomach upset and wanted to do a little experiment to see if I cut it out entirely if my body/mood/skin/anything changed. I didn’t really know too much beyond that and I honestly didn’t do my “homework” on what dairy really does to your body when it has too much or too little.

So I googled “what dairy does to your body” and I got this article.

Ok, I’m sorry what?!

For each daily glass of milk you drink, your risk of death rises by 15%, according to a study in the BMJ.

Yeah, I don’t buy it.

And then next, I find this article.

Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.


There’s a crazy amount of information out there about dairy’s effect on your body and it’s not super clear which sources to trust and which ones not to trust.

So I will tell you from personal experience…

NOTHING MUCH CHANGED. (on the surface)

I swapped my milk for my cereal in the mornings to almond milk, cut cheese and yogurt completely out, and when I felt like eating ice cream I would go for dairy-free options.

I wish I had more of an exciting outcome, but I honestly feel the same.

What I DID learn though is that CHEESE IS ON EVERYTHING!!!!

And I love cheese, don’t get me wrong. But a lot of the time it’s unnecessary. Cheese on a burger, cheese on a sandwich, cheese on a salad, cheese on pasta, you name it, I’m sure someone has put cheese on it. And after 28 days of saying “No cheese, please” I think I’m going to start saying that more. Cause a lot of the time they’re just mindless calories!

I also discovered my love for almond milk. Man, almond milk is delicious. You should try it some time if you’ve never tasted it before.

My major takeaways from this month:

  1. Listen to your body! If you think that something is making your stomach upset, or your skin flare up, or anything, take note of it and do a little experiment like I did. And through these experiments, you’ll get to know your body better and you may discover a new alternative you never thought of before!
  2. Do your homework. Yeah, I didn’t do this one. So maybe you should, lol.

Happy March and stay up to date with my current 30 day challenges here on my blog and on my Instagram @livinasleah!



Brunch spread from Filling Station Cafe in Orange, CA

Restaurant: Filling Station Cafe

Price: $8 – $10

Address: 201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Parking: parking in the circle is pretty unreliable

Biggest pro: cheap options (better for lunch/dinner) good outdoor seating

Biggest con: terrible, terrible potatoes



Breakfast is served all day at The Filling Station Cafe.

I’ve been to the Filling Station multiple times – it’s the perfect lunch option for when parents are visiting and want a nice cheap lunch walking distance from school. And most times, it’s pretty good, but this brunch was a definite disappointment.


My first legal drink! Wahoooo!

There is seating inside and outside on the patio, but you definitely want to snag a table outside if you can. Colorful umbrellas keep you cool during the day and heated lamps at night will keep you nice and toasty. The atmosphere is perfect for a sunny day in Orange.


Brunch spread


Tomato, spinach and feta omelette with breakfast potatoes

What I ordered: $9.75 Tomato, Spinach and Feta Omelette

The first thing I noticed about this omelette is that all the ingredients were folded inside of the eggs, rather than being incorporated throughout. Not my favorite method, but it was not the death sentence. (The real death sentence were the potatoes, but I’ll get to that in a second). Then, onto the ingredients – the feta cheese was fine, I thought it was a bit excessive on the cheese, and then the tomatoes I thought only added a mushy texture and not much flavor. Omelet had all the right intentions, but the wrong execution.

Now, for my long paragraph about the potatoes. When there’s an option between potatoes and hash browns, I usually ask for the waiter’s preference and go with that. So, I took the potato recommendation. Boy was I sad when I tried them. Dry, flavorless and hard. Yikes. It seemed like these potatoes were made yesterday. One of the cooks probably forgot to throw them away, and so they thought they were saving the planet by saving these sad, dry potatoes. I immediately asked our waiter to switch them out for hash browns.

Also, a quick word about the toast, or I guess I should say bread. My sourdough toast was really more like underdone flimsy white bread.


Eggs Benedict and tomato, spinach and feta omelette

The Filling Station Cafe has so much potential, but sadly falls flat. I’ll be heading somewhere else the next time I’m out to breakfast.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya on the brunch side!

If you visit The Filling Station Cafe, let me know what you thought! Also I’m always searching for the best brunch, so comment any suggestions!

Instagram: @livinasleah



Happy February!

After a month of meditation, my goals for this month is to continue the progress I’ve made mentally and translate that into real-time action while still paying close attention to my mental health.

1. Done is better than perfect.

My mantra for the year and the formula I’ve been using whenever I feel overwhelmed by a task or project.

2. Walk with purpose.

Walk with purpose and walk with poise. Kill ’em with confidence even though it may be the very first time you’re doing something.

3. Knock on more doors.

Going to a university is such a privilege and one of the best parts about going to a private small school like Chapman University – are the connections you make! I want to put myself out there, knock, and see who or what answers back.

4. Forgive yourself.

This one’s a biggie. The harshest critic is often times ourselves. I know I’m the hardest on myself, but progress comes from making mistakes. While I definitely hate the idea of failing at anything, I want to get over my perfection-obsessed mindset and get into the groove of forgiving and loving myself right now as I am.

5. Pay attention to your body. 

Our bodies are amazing and without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. A lot of the time we take this for granted, I know I do. So I want to listen to what my body needs and fuel it with healthy thoughts and actions so that I can be at my very best.

6. Tell someone you love them every day. 

The month of love! Spreading little notes or texts of love can go a very long way.


In part of paying attention to my body, I decided to challenge myself to a month of no dairy. I love milk and I LOVE cheese, but after eating a few meals that were on the heavy dairy side, I started to notice I was getting an upset stomach. So for 28 days, I’ll be removing dairy from my diet!


I’ve hung my intentions up on my little chalkboard so that I can see them every day.

What are your intentions? And how are you going to change this month? Let me know in the comments below!