I ate fish. 

Gasp. Hold up. What? Now, depending on how well you know me, how long you’ve been following my blog and your personal opinions/beliefs, that statement will probably get one of three reactions…

1. Um, okay? #nobodycares

2. How could you?! #fisharefriendsnotfood

3. Hell yes! #letseatsushi

Before you judge my decision, let’s backtrack for a second…

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 8 or 9. I never liked meat and stopped eating it before I even knew the term “vegetarian” existed. As time went on, my eyes were opened to a world of non-meateaters and I began to associate myself with the lifestyle. I love animals (particularly pigs but that’s a story for another day), so it all seemed to fit. I was ‘Emily The Herbivore’ and damn proud of it.

In high school, I was a “grilled cheese” vegetarian. No need to elaborate- I’m sure you all know a few of those. After gaining a few unwanted pounds at the beginning of college, I set out to get “healthy” and diet my way back down to a comfortable size. Unfortunately, things went too far.

I won’t delve too deep into this part either (another post, another day)– let’s just say, I took things to the extreme. Emily The Herbivore became Emily The Vegan. I convinced myself and everyone around me that meat was bad, dairy was bad, eggs were bad…and “I didn’t like any of it anyways”.  Two years passed and I was left underweight, lonely and hungry for the life I had lost.

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I was fed up and something had to change. It started with yogurt, then cheese, then a little milk in my coffee and suddenly I was back to a [slightly healthier] version of my vegetarian lifestyle. I started gaining much-needed weight and, even thought it was extremely uncomfortable, I kept going.

Now I’m here; two years later, 30 pounds heavier and healthier than I’ve been in my entire life.

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Which brings me back around to the topic of this post– fish.

Since the day I stopped eating meat, I never once thought about it. I never craved it or felt unsatisfied with my meals until about 2 months ago. I began to notice that I never felt “full”. I would be stuffed-to-the-brim with food and still feel like something was missing. When I saw my friends eating sushi and salmon filets, I wanted it. It was weird and, to be honest, it freaked. me. out.

After thinking, re-thinking and over-thinking, I decided to bite the bullet and eat the damn fish.

I went out for sushi and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

Now, don’t expect to find me at In-N-Out with a burger in my hand any time soon, but I’m done labeling myself by the food I eat. If I go a month without meat, that’s okay and if I go out for sushi with my friends, that’s okay too. Life is too short for limitations that feel restrictive. Eat what you crave, do what you love and stop worrying about the rest. Freedom is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Here’s to nourishing our mental, physical and emotional hunger…

-Emily

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Success!

I finally figured out how to get this video uploaded to YouTube #technologicallychallenged

The quality isn’t the best (somehow the video went from 1080 HD to 720 in the rendering process) but I’ll work on that for next time. If anyone has any tips on video editing, rendering, etc. please share! I’m currently using iMovie to do simple editing and really have no idea what I’m doing. HA.

Without further adieu, here’s a peak inside my itty-bitty studio apartment!

I tried to mention where everything is from but if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

Here’s to a happy home…

-Emily

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I’m late, I’m late, for a very important…post? Yikes.
Where did the rest of July go? Hell, where did 2014 go? I don’t understaaaand.

Okay, I’m done complaining. This post is long overdue so I’ll save my rambling and hop to it.

July 2014 Favorites: 

Fashion & Beauty:

still not shopping // neon nails // braids // all-natural skincare // long necklaces // EOS lip balm

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Food & Fitness:

eating out, weight training, eggs, hiking, goat cheese, brunch, squats (aka: finally building a booty)

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Life:

moving! // spontaneous travel // being silly // treating myself // erin condren planners // networking

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That’s it– July in a nutshell.

I have a busy week ahead but I promisepromisepromise that more videos are in the works. I actually filmed a little “Apartment Tour” today (yeee!) except YouTube is being a butt and it won’t upload.

Ooh, and if I’m not already following you on social media, leave your twitter and/or instagram username in a comment below so I can awkwardly stalk your life #letsbehonest.

Here’s to being a little silly sometimes…

-Emily

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Think back on your life two years ago..

What were you like? What things interested you? Caused you stress? Brought you joy?

Now look at your life today…

I don’t know about you but, for me, everything is different. In the past two years my world has been emptied and filled, kicked and hugged, tossed and turned, flipped upside-down…I consistently preached that “everything happens for a reason” but never believed it– until now.

I gave up fear and gained life. I discovered a new career path, more friends, a greater appreciation for family, a better relationship with eating and exercise. The list goes on. The person I was two years ago would have panicked at the thought of doing what I do today. Every day is different and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve fallen in love with living and that brings tears to my eyes.

I don’t have it all figured out– anxiety and stress still plague me sometimes– but isn’t that normal? The key is to deal with those feelings as they come rather than living in a constant state of “safety” to avoid them. If you’re unhappy with something in your life, crave change, desire freedom…make it happen. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. You have control. Own that shit.

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PS: I’m not even going to pretend to come up with an excuse for my lack of blogging. Le sigh. But I’m definitely still here and a picture-heavy July Favorites is coming your way very, very soon. In the meantime, feel free to stay in contact via Instagram and my slightly-sassy Twitter.

Here’s to a little more life…

-Emily

I’ve resurfaced from the depths of insanity…yet again. I’ll save the sob story (…there isn’t one) and apologies and skip right into the good stuff. Yesterday, I made the executive decision (while under the influence of coffee) to start filming videos. While I may not have the time or energy to sit down and write posts, I can definitely whip out my phone or camera and document whatever may be happening in my life. Is that awkward? Slightly. Or maybe that’s just me. But it’s worth a shot, eh?

Now that you’ve listened to me ramble for 4+ minutes, I’ll bombard you with photos. A lot happened over the past few weeks; I got drunk ‘celebrated America’, moved into my first solo-apartment, started exercising again– minimal cardio, lots of weights, ate good food (duh), and managed to squeeze in a 24-hour trip to visit my family and get my hair done. Cue picture vomit.

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Here’s to a happy, healthy life…

-Emily

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Whew. This month

The past 30 days are kind of a blur. From finding a new apartment and preparing for my move (this weekend!) to starting a new job and dealing with major car issues, a lot has happened. Everything is coming together though and I’m so excited about this new, unexpected chapter. Life is beautiful. 

June 2014 Favorites

Fashion & Beauty:

outfit repeating // tank tops // natural makeup // messy buns // bright nails // not shopping (at all)

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Food & Fitness:

snack bars // the stair master // squats // mimosas // salad bars // new cafes // sweet potato fries

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Life:

working (a lot) // home decor shopping // reading // organization // sleeping in // family visits

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Another month filled with an assortment of amazing memories.

I hope you’ll forgive me for my lack of posting this month. With both my magazine internship and PR job being computer-based, it’s hard for me to stare at the screen any longer than necessary. But I’m definitely not going anywhere. I love Build Your Bliss and I’m so thankful for all of the friendships and opportunities that have resulted from it. Thank you for sticking with me.

Here’s to a month of change…

-Emily

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This. This is the chilling truth.

Our time is so limited…so precious…and yet we continually wish it all away in a search for comfort. We live with a false assumption that happiness lies in tomorrow or the next day. It doesn’t. It never will. Happiness is within us right this second, we must simple learn to feel it.

Here’s to treasuring today…

-Emily

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