Five Things

I've been so busy these past couple of weeks. My birthday came & left (it was wonderful!), and I started a new summer job that allowed me to explore my interest of teaching college-level psychology.  Between my new job and school, it was hard to find some time to sit and do something other than planning and school work. 
August came extremely fast, right? I can't believe that the fall semester is about to start... I barely got the time I wanted in to relax at the beach and travel across the islands like I wanted to this summer.  What I did manage to do is find 5 things that put a smile on my face these past few weeks... and as usual, I love to share them.
I tried my hardest to make an ombre birthday cake for myself (because I find baking to be extremely therapeutic).  It wasn't as successful as I wanted it to be on the outside... I ran out of frosting and the layers were kind of falling apart.  Thankfully, the inside was just as beautiful as I had wanted it to be. 
I love when my friends send me snapchats of things that immediately put a smile on my face.  
A gift from a dear friend from Anthropologie. (Thank you so much!)
Chipotle cravings were at a semi-high a couple of weeks ago.  I did my best to combine a few different recipes to make one at home.  It was a success! Especially the cilantro-lime rice.
And last, but never least. Eid Mubarak to all my family and friends around the world.  
This has been such a hard time for all of us with the constant wars and deaths we have been 
hearing about every single day in the Middle East.  It's getting to the point where Palestine 
is always the first thing on my mind, and I continuously keep them in my prayers.
Their strength and courage is admirable, and I know that my accomplishment in those 
areas will never be compared.

Some uplifting words sent from a friend:

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who 
have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, 
known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.  
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, 
and an understanding of life that fills them with 
compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. 
 Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elizabeth Kubler Ros

You can read about my breath-taking trip to Palestine last year, right here.