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4 Quick and Easy Snacks

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One thing that I really have a hard time with during school season is eating healthy.  I justify eating the blue-bagged Doritos with “I’m too busy to eat healthy!”


I thought it would be a good idea to post some easy (healthy) snacks for the business professional or student.  Because I’m no expert about eating healthy, I consulted Camie Cragg – a fitness and health enthusiast.

A little bit about Camie:  Camie lives in Reno, NV – I met her through my boyfriend (who works with her husband).  If you befriend Camie (see links below!) you’ll quickly learn that she is one of the most positive and inspirational people you’ll meet!  Her Twitter profile says it all:  “True ambition to help, guide, consult, push, motivate, educate, inspire a healthy lifestyle! Workout hard & don’t be average!” You can follow Camie on

Twitter (@Camiecragg)

Website/Blog for recipes, work outs, photos and more information at


I probed my mind for the longest time before deciding to consult Camie for some ideas.  When I asked Camie she quickly busted out four easy healthy ideas.  Camie recommended:

  1. Non-Fat Cottage Cheese with Diced Apples and a Sprinkle of Cinnamon – this is quick, easy, and can be prepared the night before.  On a personal note, I like using crushed pineapple (canned) in nonfat cottage cheese – SO YUMMY!  Play around with it!
  2. Protein Shake – fitness staple!  Protein shakes can be easily made in the morning and consumed on your drive to work.  I recently purchased a mini-blender where you can quickly make a smoothie/shake and take it to go in the cup you blended it in.  BRILLIANT!
  3. Greek Plain Yogurt with 1/4 cup Smashed Blueberries – Who doesn’t love greek yogurt and blueberries??!
  4. Small Can of Tuna with Pieces of Fruit or a Handful of Veggies – This is a great item if you don’t have a refrigerator to keep food cold.  I personally like my tuna cold, but it’s not a necessity.

Now – GOOD LUCK!  It’s possible to eat healthy with insanely busy work and school schedules.

What are some quick healthy snacks you are a fan of?  Please share!

Thursday Thoughts from a Young Professional

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It is almost the end of the work week and I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This past week I have learned:

  • I am extremely thankful for professors that let the class out early.
  • You can do more than you think during a small 1-hour lunch break.  I successfully drove to school, searched desperately for parking, turned in an add-slip for a summer class, drove to Walmart to buy lunch, called my mom, and ate lunch with 10 minutes to spare!
  • I still love the blue-bagged Doritos.
  • The “=+” in an excel formula means NOTHING but people still continue to use it.
  • I have a lot more “inappropriate” Facebook photos than I thought.  The purging has been a long drawn out process.
  • I think I’m incredibly busy with school and work full time, but I can’t even imagine tacking on children to the mix.  There are people I have class with that work, go to school, AND have kids at home.  I learned that I am thankful to not have kids.
  • The beautiful weather outside really does make you happier in a I-don’t-mind-working-until-6-because-it’s-still-light-at-8pm kind of way.
  • Crossfit really will be the death of me one day.

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I am SO THANKFUL tomorrow is Friday.  It sure has been a long week, hasn’t it?


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Gas prices are increasing.

Grocery bills are growing.

The economy is stressed.

I have mentioned in an earlier post that I believe it is important to save for the future and ensure that my savings account consistently grows.

In order to accomplish this, it is important to set a budget.  But WHY is it so hard to set a budget?  I have the most difficult time of sticking to budgets I create for myself.  I find myself thinking, “I don’t have enough time to budget this week.” and that’s when it stops.

The other day I went grocery shopping and decided to stick to the deals/promotions I had researched.

I saved $14 and only spent $12!!!

With that being said – I believe I will start my budget again.  I find I save so much money and my savings accounts grows significantly when I put in the effort.

What does everyone else do to maintain their budget?  Tips?  Tricks?


Misconception: College Graduates Make 6 Figures

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Upon entering college, I was promised fame and fortune after graduation.

Okay, maybe not fame.

But I truly believed I would make a fortune.  I knew that my Business degree wasn’t enough to get me to that 6-figure salary we all dream about, which is why I was dedicated to getting my Masters before even completing my Freshman year as an undergraduate.

I remember my step-dad telling me:

“You have to get your Masters.  When you get your Masters, you’ll be making 6-figures right out of school.”

HECK YES!  6-figures for having no experience and for just attending school?  Easiest money I’d ever make.

I QUICKLY realized this is far from reality.  Not only is landing a 6-figure gig post-college unrealistic, but during this economic downturn landing ANY gig after college can be difficult.

Another thing I learned:  You want to start at the bottom.  I think by beginning at the bottom, I learned so much about what kind of employee and co-worker I am.  I have learned that becoming a leader will be much more rewarding after I have put in my time and effort.  When I become a leader, I will be able to relate to my staff – I will have been in their shoes.  I will be proud of climbing the ladder and earning my position based on my qualifications, not what a piece of paper dictates.

A 6-figure salary does not come from your degree, but rather the effort you apply after you’ve received your degree.

The end.

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Where did my social life go?

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One thing that I struggle with is prioritizing my time, and I have learned that time prioritization is key to surviving a full time work week + MBA classes.

Another thing that I have learned is that my social life needs to take a back seat during this stage of my life.  My friends say on a consistent basis, “I hate that you’re in school!” after I say something along the lines of, “I can’t, I have class” or “I have a test I need to study for” etc etc.

I suppose if I learn to prioritize my time, I may be able to have my cake and eat it too.  Below are 4 things that I have identified could help me find my social life:

  1. Don’t procrastinate – I always procrastinate my homework assignments and tend to cancel plans occasionally because “My homework isn’t done yet.”  If I don’t procrastinate, I’m sure my stress level would decrease and my social life could potentially increase!
  2. Don’t skip the gym – I tend to skip the gym because the last thing I want to do after work on a day I don’t have class is go to the gym.  No – I want to go home, throw on some pajamas, and be in bed by 8:30pm.  Truth is, if I didn’t cancel my gym plans, I’d probably sleep better and not have to enforce an 8:30-9:00 bed time.  If I sleep better, I won’t be spending all of my spare time trying to catch up on rest – I’d be able to socialize 🙂
  3. Make plans, and stick to them – When I make plans with my friends, I always insert my “tentative” plug-in just in case I have to cancel.  “Okay, let’s tentatively plan for Wednesday and I’ll let you know if I need to move it.”  Typically – I move the date.  Bad bad bad!  My friends all completely understand, but this still makes me feel like a bad friend.  I need to make plans, and have the intentions to stick to them.
  4. Plan out the week – I’m known for being over “anal” about making plans.  I don’t like “play it by ear” plans – I need concrete details and specifics!  So it baffles me why I don’t plan my week ahead of time.  By doing this, I can efficiently allocate my time to work, then school, then friends and family.  I like it.

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