Spirit, Mind, Body

With the new year, everyone is making resolutions and goals for a better me. My school teaches the philosophy of spirit, mind, and body as the pillars to an overall healthy individual. Wellness and health are important parts becoming the best version of you! Whether it’s physically, socially, or mentally, it all makes up your health. I wanted to share some ways to help you work on wellness this new year!

blog-lily-pulitzer-hero.jpgDrink more water Okay guys, I’m really good at this one in the summer but at school I tend to forget this one. Water is so important for a healthy body. It helps with nearly all of the body’s functions, especially the kidneys. Water helps flush the body of toxins as well as regulates the digestive system. I try to drink around 100oz+ a day. I use the Lilly Swell Water Bottle to help me with my water intake. Here is an article I found with more benefits of drinking water!

Take the stairs My goal each day is to take at least 10,000 steps. By opting to take the stairs instead of elevator can help increase your step intake as well as be much faster. You can also park farther away when going to the store, take the longer route to class and walk during your lunch break! Here is some creative ways to increase your steps!

Meatless Mondays Being a vegetarian, this one doesn’t really apply to me. But, I know so many people who are trying to make the switch. It can be difficult, but by designating oneimages.jpg day a week to no meat can slowly ease you into the lifestyle. There are so many benefits to following a plant-based diet, you can check them out here!

Exercise 10 minutes or 50, it is better than no exercise at all! I know how hard it can be to get exercise in with busy schedules but, it is so important! I try to make sure I have it scheduled in for at least 20 minutes a day. Not only do I feel better about myself but It is a destressor for me. This can be hitting the gym, taking a walk or even just finding some open space. Some of my favourite ways to exercise are pilates, yoga, biking, and cardio kickboxing. Here are some body weight exercises you can do anywhere!

Mindfulness Being present in the moment is so important to be an overall healthy individual. Sometimes we get very wrapped up in everything going on we forget to be in the present moment. Meditation is a great way to be in the present moment. I like to meditate before bed, as it helps relax and clear the mind. Here is a quick meditation to get you started!

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Sleep I am somebody who doesn’t function properly unless I have at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Sometimes that is hard to meet when you have a very busy college schedule. This semester my goal is to aim for at least 7-9 hours a night. Having a sleep schedule has always been difficult for me, I’ll take any chance to sleep in that I can get. This semester my classes all start at 9:30 am so I can try and enforce a sleep schedule more. Here are some tips I found that help to get better sleep!

 

 

Cheers to year full of health and wellness! Let me know your favourite ways to maintain your health!

xoxo

Cheers to the New Year

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Happy New Year!!! I can’t believe it’s already 2019, it feels like I just graduated high school yesterday! 2019 will be full of a lot of changes for me. I will graduate with my bachelors degree and begin my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I will also move to a different location and be buying my first apartment! Lots of exciting things in store for the new year!

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I wanted to share some of my main goals for the upcoming year:

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Here is a picture of on my school’s trip to London, this was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me. I started off not knowing anyone and ended up meeting 13 new people!

 

 

1) Try new things This has been a goal that I am constantly working on every year. The past 4 years I have tried many new things and I am so proud of myself for that! I want to continue with this goal and go even further. Here is a great article from Wanderlust that inspired me to move outside my comfort zone!

2) Eat more veggies I’ll be honest now, I was never the biggest vegetable fan ever. So my goal for the new year is to try really hard to get at least one vegetable with every meal. I have always been a picky eater so trying new foods was never my thing. But I am determined to try some new vegetables even if it is covered in butter.

3) Use my phone less With the new Screen Time feature on the Iphones, it has made me realise how much time I am spending on my phone when I could be doing other things. My goal for this year is to use my phone, social media, and computer less. The world has become so revolved around technology, it is consuming people. Instead of playing on my phone before I fall asleep at night, I will read for 20-30 minutes instead.

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4) Self-care Over the past year I have discovered the importance of taking care and time for yourself. Taking time in the day to recharge and relax is something I need in order to function. Some of my favourite ways are diffusing essential oils, using my salt lamp, doing a facial, spending some time in the studio and watching some Sex and the City. Here is a cute “Self Care Menu” I found on Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

What are your goals and resolutions for the new year? Comment below!

Cheers!

xoxo

How to Get into Occupational Therapy School

 

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I recently got accepted for my Masters in Occupational Therapy and I am super excited about it! I wanted to share some tips on how to make the process a little bit easier! Schools will either offer a Masters or Doctorate, as many programs are moving to Doctorates, I will be sharing my Masters applying experience.

Get a Bachelors Degree

Most schools do not care what you have your bachelors in, as long as you have taken the proper prerequisites courses. Some of the most common majors for OT’s are listed here! I majored in Health Science, which was perfect way to set me up for a career in OT. The program is designed with courses to help prepare students who want to go into a career in Clinical Medicine. Here are some of the courses I took that I felt prepared me well:

Health Care Ethics

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Evidence Based Healthcare

Public Health

Needs of the Aging

American Sign Language

Complete the Prerequisites 

OT school’s each require their own individualised list of courses that are required for their program. Here is a list of some of the most common:

Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Abnormal Psychology

Human Development

Statistics

Sociology

Physics

General Psychology

It is best to aim for at least a B or a 3.0 in each of these courses to improve your chances of being accepted. Some schools won’t even look at your application if you do not need their minimum grade, so be sure to check that out!

Observation Hours

Start early with these! The more you have the better! Most schools will give you a minimum requirement of hours they would like you to have. My suggestion is to do at least 100 hours, as that is what the average number applicants do. Starting early can be an easy way to accumulate these hours over time. It is also good to do your observation hours in multiple settings. Occupational Therapy is very different depending on the setting you are in. It will also show that you have been exposed to a variety of settings and know more about the different core practice areas of the profession. I ended up doing over 100 hours for my application. I did inpatient rehabilitation and productive aging, outpatient children and youth, health and wellness, mental health and rehabilitation.

Personal Statement

Most of OT graduate schools are on a centralised system knowns as the Occupational Therapy Centralised Application Service (OTCAS). This makes it super easy when applying, you only have to submit everything once. The OTCAS has a generalised personal statement that each school requires as well as some schools have additional supplements. The personal statement entails”Your personal essay should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.” While the additional supplements, focus on why you want to go to that specific school and how that would help you achieve your long term goals.

Recommendations

Ask early! Don’t wait till the last minute to ask for recommendations. It is best to give your recommender at least a month to write the recommendation. These can be from a professor. advisor, boss, or anyone who can speak of your professional experience. Some schools also require a letter from an Occupational Therapist. My suggestion would be to arrange a OT observation over the course of a few weeks to help form a relationship with one. I asked my old boss from work, one of my public health professors and an OT I shadowed for a few weeks.

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I hope this was helpful for anyone who is interested in applying! Feel free to comment any tips, tricks, or questions! Good luck!

Cheers,

xoxo

 

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Hello friends! I know its been awhile since I posted but I have been so busy with school and life. I just finished up my first semester of senior year:( Wow, that went by fast. I can’t believe I only have one more semester until I’m done with undergrad. I know I need to catch up with my posts so today I wanted to share some of my favourite traditions for this time of year!

Every year near Thanksgiving time, a casino near me has a display of life size gingerbread houses, They are 100% edible and take the entire years worth of preparation. The village consists of more than 700 pounds of gingerbread dough, 2,045 pounds of icing and more than 750 pounds of candy. That’s a lot of icing!

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Trader Joe’s Trip

With back school right around the corner, I took a trip to my local Trader Joe’s to stock up on some healthy snacks and foods for school! IMG_0487.JPG

I couldn’t resist all the beautiful flowers they have!

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So here is what I got! All under $30! Which is pretty good if you ask me! Trader Joe’s provides great food for low prices. Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, imported foods, and the staples. They love to hear from customers and won’t bring products back if they get a bad review. They always have some great healthy foods I like to stock up on!

Here are some of my favorites!

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Creamy Almond Butter

 

 

I’m a HUGE fan of any kind of almond and peanut butter! Really any type of nut butter lol. I normally just stick with peanut butter because of the low cost and convenience of it. But, Trader Joe’s has great almond butter that is under $5! That’s pretty good for almond butter! They have salt and no salt versions!

 

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Organic Vodka Sauce

 

 

 

I love pasta! Who doesn’t? I have it almost every night! Vodka sauce is probably one of my favorite kinds but I’m very picky when it comes to it. Trader Joe’s makes a great one that is organic too!

 

 

 

 

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Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds and Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs

These are both great for smoothie bowls! I have one almost every morning so these are a must for me! You can either blend in the hemp seeds or put them on top! You can also put them in salads, on top of yogurt or even make hemp milk! I like to blend them and put the cacao nibs on top!

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Just Mango Slices

 

 

I love mangos! These dried mango slices taste just like gummy candy! They are perfect for when you are craving something sweet and want to make a healthier choice! Be sure to get the “Unsulfured & Unsweetened” ones, trust me you don’t need to extra sugar!

 

 

 

 

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Organic Pomegranate Hibiscus Kombucha

 

 

One of my new favorite drinks, Kombucha! A fermented black tea beverage, filled with tons of probiotics! They come in so many great flavors! My favorite are mango and pomegranate!

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s snacks?

Cheers xoxo

Where Dreams Come True: Part 2

I’m going to pick up where I left off on my Disney vacation with the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios!

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Magic Kingdom

The most magical place on earth! There are so many rides and attractions to see here, you might need more than one day! With 6 different themed lands, there is so much to see! My favorite is Main Street U.S.A! The smells of the fresh baked goods with the friendly faces make it so home-like. What is your favorite?

Disney is filled with delicious foods and treats to try! Some of my favorites in the Magic Kingdom are the Dole Whip located at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. It’s a nice and refreshing treat on a hot day! Also, be sure to stop by Gaston’s Tavern for a warm cinnamon bun the size of your head!

My favorite rides in Magic Kingdom:

  • Space Mountain
  • The Peoplemover
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Storytime: During our visit to the Haunted Mansion’s pre-show, the cast member in the room decided to get very into his role. At the end of the pre-show when the lights go out, he moved to be in front of my sisters and I. Once the lights came back on he was standing right in front of us just staring. My sister didn’t notice at first then she turned and screamed so loud. It was so funny and had the whole room laughing! He really made our stay!

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Hollywood Studios

The behind-the-scenes of all things Hollywood! There are so many live shows, thrilling attractions and backstage tours behind all of the magic!

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My favorite rides:

Tower of Terror: This ride is so much fun! I feel like I walked right into the 1930s hotel! The bellhops make you feel like you are an actual guest at the hotel as they send you off to the twilight zone. Be sure to hold on tight, I always fall out of my seat!

The Muppets 3D Vision: Such a sweet and funny movie with some of your favorite muppets characters! Gotta love Beaker!

Rockin Rollercoaster: One of the biggest thrills Disney offers. 0-57mph in 2.8 seconds with a series of inversions, loops, and corkscrews. There are 5 different cars that all have a song to go with them, so you never know what you will get!

My favorite spot to eat in Hollywood Studios is PizzeRizzo! Featuring your favorite muppet Rizzo, there is a wide section of foods for anyone! My favorite is the pizza, It’s nothing fancy but for some reason it’s so good!

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What are your favorite tips and tricks of Walt Disney World?

Cheers xoxo