Books & Acai Bowls

Happy January everyone! I’m currently blogging from Daytona Beach and the Spring 2022 semester has officially begun! Although the future of if we’ll be switching online or not is up in the air, for the most part we are back in full swing! Winter break was very restful, and I’m so excited for spring break to visit my family again.

Current life updates: I am taking one WorldWide (WW) class completely online that is much more work than I had originally anticipated, but is a really awesome opportunity to explore topics not directly related to my degree. I’m taking a Marriage & Family class which in only two weeks has taught me about more philosophical and multi-dimensional layers of familial relations than I have ever learned about. Another elective I had space for in my last semester, one that I’ve only gotten more excited for after meeting the professor and going to the first few classes, is HU 365 – Comparative Religions! I’m very interested to learn more about different religions, religious practices, and world views.

Current books on my nightstand that are helping me prep for my Comparative Religions course are The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English translated by Geza Vermes, The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation by Carey & Perry, and The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God by Manly Hall. Additional books on my to-read list for HU 365 are The Will to Believe by William James, and The Individual and His Religion by Gordon Allport. I don’t usually have a ton of time to read during the weeks, but I try to get through at least a few pages everynight before I go to bed.

I started going to the gym! I am two weeks in to a gym schedule of lifting 3 days a week! I am excited to finally get into lifting and to get stronger. In addition to lifting I still have AFROTC PT sessions twice a week, and I do cardio like running, stair climbing, or cycling quite frequently. Also, I went to my first cycling class at the fitness center this semester!

Additionally, my new favorite afternoon pick me up is bringing iced tea to classes. I’ve also been trying to eat more fruit and fresh veggies! My faves have been mango, pomegranate, or pineapple on oatmeal in the mornings. Fresh fruit makes dorm room breakfast so much better! I’ve been exploring eating on campus more and recently tried an acai bowl for lunch the other day from Propellers! You can find the entire Propellers menu here!

Oatmeal with pineapple and almond butter!
Acai bowl from Propellers!

In other news, I went to my first graduation prep meeting! I am so excited for graduation and to see my family again. Winter break was short lived and although the semester just begun, I am eagerly waiting for its conclusion. Keep on keeping on folks! Will report back soon!

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