Mid-Year Check-In | Finding Happiness

Mid-Year Check-In

You guys, life is good. My (completely unplanned) focus word for 2017 is joy, but the year certainly didn’t start out that way. I didn’t make a new year’s resolution. I had never done focus words before and, frankly, I didn’t really understand them. I didn’t set out to start any new hobbies or change something about myself or anything (other than starting a gratitude journal, read that story here). But, life had other ideas for me. About a month into the new year, I had an epiphany ( 😉 ). I had spent the first few weeks of semester (so early to mid-January) in a constant state of anger and annoyance. I had zero patience, was tense all of the time, wasn’t sleeping, and could have been set off by any little thing. I’m still not entirely sure why I was like that, but it was not a good […]

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Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

I have to get up for work at 5:30 every morning and, though I’m a self-proclaimed morning person, I like my morning routine to be as easy as possible. Since I’m a mess in the kitchen (especially when I’m half-asleep and running late), I was so excited to try out this recipe for make-ahead fruit and yogurt parfaits from Iowa Girl Eats! These easy parfaits have 4 base ingredients, but a ton of options to make it your own. They’ve made my mornings so much smoother and breakfast is super quick and painless, not to mention yummy! So, today I’m sharing her recipe as well as some different ideas for how to make it your own.     Find the full, original recipe with pictures and measurements on IGE here!   Why? Not only are these parfaits super easy to put together (duh), but all you need to do in […]

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In Seven Words

In Seven Words

Yesterday was the first day of my online class for the summer. Assignment number one was to make a forum post introducing ourselves. Apparently there’s no such thing as escaping the dreaded ice breakers, even in a virtual class. Yay school 😉 Anyway, it seemed easy- you know, the basic name/year/major spiel that is the tried and true go-to for every omg-I-just-met-you-what-do-we-talk-about conversation with someone new in college. To take it one step further, we also had to include a description of ourselves using only seven words. Sounds simple, right? Well. As is my nature, I completely panicked and overthought every single one of those seven words, but hey, it got me thinking. There’s so much background to any one word we could pick to describe ourselves: so much context, depth, perceptions, experiences, subconscious, relationships, interests, jobs, dreams… you get the idea. All of those came into play to make […]

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A Look Into The Anxious Mind

A Look Into The Anxious Mind

Anxiety takes on so many different forms that it can be hard to fit into one box. Some people have more “extreme” experiences than others, but you can’t compare your struggles to someone else’s and make your own invalid. Nothing about you is invalid. I know that can be hard to convince yourself is true; I struggle with it myself even though I blog about it quite frequently. Below I have more or less a surface look into one aspect of my own anxiety that surrounds my relationships with the people in my life. As I mention, some days it gets worse and some days it gets better, but if you can understand why I apologize all the time or why I try to shrink back as much as possible or why the smallest of things make my day, then you will have a much better understanding of me and […]

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The Intangibles I’m Loving

The Intangibles I'm Loving

I’ve mentioned my 2017 focus word a lot, especially regarding how much more positive my life has been as a result of completely throwing myself behind it. Making that decision was one of the best things I could have done for myself personally and it’s led me to appreciate so much more. I’ll take an experience, connection, or time over a material thing any day. It seems I’m always drawn to what’s hard to put into words, so we’ll see how this list of intangibles goes! Keep reading for some of my favorite intangible (or close enough to intangible) things in life right now! via Bright Mornings I love being up in the morning (as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now), especially when the sky is clear, the sun is rising, and you can just tell it’s going to be a great day. Yeah, sometimes it’s chilly, sometimes I’m running […]

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Stop Ignoring Your Worth

Stop Ignoring Your Worth-1

You clicked through to this post today for a reason. Maybe it’s because you want a little pep talk. Maybe it’s because you want to read my story of how I realized that I actually matter so you can find that for yourself. Maybe you’re just one of my friends trying to procrastinate on your homework (love you!). Or, maybe, you want an opportunity to tell me none of this applies to you. You still can’t see your own value so you think “Oh yeah? Don’t tell me what to do. You don’t know me” and go to work on your three page rebuttal as to why I’m wrong. Spoiler: I’m not 😉 This stubborn self-doubt can be, believe it or not, a form of entitlement which I recently read about in Mark Manson’s new book. According to Manson, “…construing everything in life so as to make yourself out to be […]

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13 Quotes That Prove Morning Is The Best Time Of Day

13 Quotes That Prove Morning Is The Best Time Of Day

You guys, I absolutely love mornings. I love everything about them, especially how, even if you’ve stayed up a little too late the night before, you just can’t help but step back and appreciate how incredible this world is. Mornings are quiet and calm. They’re still. They always have this special haze settled about them that makes you feel like you’re living a dream. There’s nothing like sitting outside (or by the window in the winter) with a cup of coffee and watching the sun rise or campus slowly come to life. This weekend was so beautiful and I consider myself lucky in that I was able to get up with the sun and experience all it had to offer. I spent the weekend in such a state of appreciation that I just had to share it with you! With the morning sun comes renewal and peace. It brings hope […]

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What Happened When I Turned Off Blue Light

What Happened When I Turned Out Blue Light

You all probably know by now that I put a high priority on sleep, even as an engineering student. I could go on my own little soapbox regarding the importance of enough quality sleep, but you can just read the majority of it in my post here. I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again how you need to turn off the electronics a few hours before bed since the blue light they emit is harmful to your sleep. It’s like that green light in The Great Gatsby, except instead of calling you to your “American dream” or your “true love,” it’s calling your brain to activity. It’s calling you to action. Okay, so maybe that’s not the best analogy ( I tried, they’re both colored lights okay), but you get the idea- blue light at night is not right!   So why is this such a big deal? Here’s […]

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Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

Life is hard. Our days seem to always be packed as we try to fit more and more into every twenty-four hours. When we reach a minor set back- an extra long line at Starbucks before class, stop-and-go traffic on the way home from work, forgetting to take dinner out of the oven, uncooperative WiFi right before an assignment is due, or unusually cranky kids (or floormates, same difference 😉 )- we’re frustrated, angry, and extra stressed. We not only let those emotions get the best of us, but we take them out on those around us as well. We think life is simply out to get us, that it’s just our luck. The first week of this semester, I was angry. I was curt, irritated, and just very tense all the time. Literally anything would drive me insane- my suitemates talking at night, the kid snoring next to me […]

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Your Skin’s New Secret Weapon

Your Skin's New Secret Weapon

Note- This is a sponsored post in which I was sent these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through one of my links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   I absolutely love charcoal skincare products. There’s something about the words “activated charcoal” that just helps you know the product is natural, detoxing, and going to work! This is one reason why I was so excited to be able to try two of this kind of product from Derma•e’s purifying line.     Derma•e is an ethical beauty company that creates 100% vegan, natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free skincare products. Wow, what a list right? They fully support the health and well-being of their […]

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