Sunflower Seeds: Positive Vibes Only

Hello Friends, today’s seed is going to be all about cleansing negative energy from your job, your friends, or even daily routines that you partake in.

I’m not saying quit everything you do and live at home in a bubble by yourself, but I do think cutting out things that don’t bring you happiness must go as soon as possible! I read something the other day that said: you control what you eat, you control what you wear, you control who you hang out with, and you control who you ultimately are. I don’t think people understand that they are really the ones with the power to make these decisions. Every decision you make can have a positive or negative impact on your life, so it’s a good thing you control your decisions! 

There’s the good old saying if you don’t like it, fix it.

It is definitely easier said than done, but it’s a good word of advice that I think everyone needs to take. Say you go to your job that is 40+ hours a week and the only time you talk about your job is when your complaining about it. Instead of outright quitting and being unemployed, buy a nice suit and send your resume out like crazy. Putting yourself out there is the first step. You might not get your dream job after your first interview, but the more you push yourself, the easier interviewing will get, thus rewarding you with a satisfying job! I think making sure you are in a positive work environment is something people should really reinforce because you are spending the majority of your time there. Just remember work doesn’t have to be dreadful, you can fix it.

Friends — this is always a tricky one.

If you have been friends with someone for a year or even 15 years just know that you don’t owe them anything if they turn out to be toxic. You are not doing yourself or them a favor by trying to justify a toxic friendship. This is something I have struggled with in the past because it can be extremely uncomfortable especially if you don’t like confrontation. However, I also think sometimes confronting the person about something is a waste of time. If you want to leave the friendship and not have to give an explanation — that is completely okay. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for something that you believe is causing a negative impact on your life and well-being. Make sure you are in a supportive circle.

Your body is what you make of it, so if you wished you were 15 pounds lighter or lead a healthier lifestyle, you definitely can!

If you spend time to cook clean and workout a few times a week you can achieve your goals! It won’t happen overnight, unfortunately, but it will be well worth it in the end. Therefore, it is time to cut out the Oreos and replace it with something that will benefit you! Don’t get me wrong, I have a major sweet tooth, but I try to balance what I put into my body. Healthier foods will make you feel better in the long run and give you more energy. Cutting out junk food will eliminate the not-so-good feeling that you have after eating it. Your health should be your number one priority, so you don’t want to put anything in your body that doesn’t help it succeed. You make hundreds of decisions every day, so try to make sure you are making mostly good ones that will keep you, your mind, and body positive.

Just remember there is always room to grow!

Written By: Nina Capuani

Lana Del Rey at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Lana Del Rey came back to sunny San Diego for The Norman F-king Rockwell! Tour on Friday, October 11. The last time she was in town was in February 2018 when she performed at the Valley View Casino Center for her joint tour with Kali Uchis

I arrived at the Theater a bit early, so I had some time to relax and grab a drink. I loved the atmosphere because everyone was dressed in very feminine and 60s inspired outfits to fit the Lana Del Rey aura. After chatting with some friends, I eventually found my seat. The stage was beautifully set up with lights and vines hanging. There were two swings, one on each side of the stage.

Before I knew it, the show began with her song “Norman F-king Rockwell” She set the tone with this song since it was the Norman F-king Rockwell! tour after all.  She moved on to “Bartender” which was one of the songs that was just released a few months ago in August. I really enjoyed this song because the song is about a flirty relationship with a bartender. I found that to be rather relatable.  

After a few more songs she sang one of my favorites, “Born to Die” and I believe this was a crowd favorite too. Almost everyone in the crowd was singing along and there was not a look of boredom in sight. She kept the show flowing and played the Sublime cover, “Doin’ Time” I have always enjoyed this song, so Lana made it 10x better by covering it. She ended the show with a Californian classic, “Venice B*tch” The entire night was great, for there wasn’t anything I would change. She put on a magnificent show. 

Final thoughts? 

I have always liked Lana, but now I absolutely love her. Her music brings out so many emotions that made the show feel even more intimate. She went down into the pit a few times to give out autographs and take photos with some fans. I loved that she engaged with her fans at the show and made them feel like were a part of it. Lastly, I was in awe at how good she sounded. I have been to a decent amount of shows and she had one of the best live performances. Her voice is incredible, for she sounded like the angel she is.

Written By: Nina Capuani

Sunflower Seeds: Summer Recap

Hello again, it has been a while since my last seed, so if you’re new here, welcome to my life blog, Sunflower Seeds! 

This past summer has been a busy one (thus, the lack of posts), but it was full of adventure! In this seed, you can expect to read about a recap of my last summer ever as an undergrad (I am SOOO upset)!

May – what a month you were.

May was an absolute blast and maybe that’s because I turned 21 or because it was the start of Summer (Taurus Season is the best Season, duh). I finished up my Junior Year around May 10, and my 21st birthday fell on May 12. As you can tell, I was already off to a great start! My 21st birthday was the most fun nights I have ever had, and not for the reasons you probably think. My mom visited me for that week, and I had all of my closest friends over to celebrate with. It was a night filled with friends, fun, and of course, tequila.

Around the end of May, I went back to the homeland of Chicago and I got to see the rest of my family, friends, and my awesome cats – shout out to Cookie and Christian. During that time, my sister and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Nashville for a few days and it was quite the rodeo. Nashville is such a lively place and I recommend that everyone goes there at least once in their life.

June – you were the start of something interesting.

June had a lot of curveballs, to say the least. A boy who I had met at the beginning of March unexpectedly came back into my life in May. I thought it was only a weekend thing in March, but I was mistaken. I had my fun with him, but that eventually simmered down. Things with work got complicated too, but that isn’t important. June had a few setbacks, but it was a month of lessons well learned.

July – you always seem to fly by.

July was an extremely hot month considering I don’t have AC in my apartment. The highlight of this month was definitely the Fourth of July. This holiday seems to be one of the people’s favorites. This was the first fourth that I was of age, so it was so much fun to go to the beach and enjoy some of Pacific Beaches’ activities (PB Shore Club anyone?).

August – the last month of the summer ever.

August was filled with fun! I went to Vegas with one of my best girlfriends on the first weekend of the month. I don’t think we slept more than 6 hours the entire weekend, but we definitely made the most of it.  Of course, one trip wasn’t enough for me, so my mom, sister, and I took a girl’s trip to Vegas at the end of the month! We went to see Def Leppard together for our second time and it was such a blast. I don’t get to see them often, so a mother-daughter trip to Vegas did just the just trick.

 I took advantage of my last summer ever and hopefully made the most of it. I can’t believe I am a Senior in College because I feel like I’m eight years old half the time considering I still have to sleep with a nightlight on. All fun aside, I am so excited, scared, and hopeful to see where life takes me. May is just around the corner and I have no idea where I am going to end up, but that’s the magic of life. Cheers to Senior year and not having class on Fridays!

Photo Credit: my BFF, Lara

P.S don’t forget to tune into Sunflower Hour on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 am!

Written by: Nina Capuani

Sunflower Seeds: Comfort Zones

In this seed, I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone. But just for a second, let’s think about the Cheesecake Factory…

Every time I go to the Cheesecake Factory I always order the Godiva Cheesecake. Not that anyone cares as to what my order is, but this is a habit for me and I’m too scared to try something else that I might not like.

I find myself eager to try new things and see new places, but I also get very comfortable with what works. The whole idea of it ain’t broke, don’t fix it kind of sticks with me. However, I must say that I have been getting better at stepping out of my comfort zone especially in this the past year.

This past March when I went to New York, I didn’t know anyone that was a part of the group. People had familiar faces, but I didn’t really know these people on a personal level. I’m not going to lie at first, I was a little nervous since I ended up getting lost on the subway alone, but I was able to make some great friends from that trip. I saw a city I had never been to with fresh faces. 

I usually don’t make the first move with guys, but within the few times I have, I have been pretty successful. I haven’t had a Cinderella story from my reaching out, but I have had a few fun dates from these. Besides spontaneous trips and flirty moves, I have been saying yes to a lot more in life, and I find myself enjoying life even more. I have done things that I never thought I would do, and I couldn’t be happier! The next time I go get a desert, I might just branch out. 

Written by: Nina Capuani