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

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

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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

Sunflower Seeds: Summer Aspirations

With summer here, I have done some serious self-reflecting over the past school year and now have some summer aspirations.

I couldn’t be happier with how my third year of college went, but I am eager to accomplish more. In the past, I used a timeline for events in my life that should have or will happen at certain ages. For example, I expected to know exactly what I wanted to do with my major/career by the time I was a sophomore, but now I am going into my senior year and I still debate changing my major at least once a month. It’s not too practical to live your life on a time line, so now I just like to set different goals for myself! Therefore, I thought this summer would be the perfect time to set and accomplish some personal goals!

First and foremost, my number one goal is work full time.

As an extremely broke college student, this will really benefit my wallet. I’m currently in the fourth and final stage of interviewing for an internship, so if I get it I will be accomplishing this goal! If not, it’s not the end of the world but I really need to pick the slack and work a job or two. Since I am going into my senior year and being 21, I would like to not worry about expenses like going out or going to concerts. Besides having extra cash for fun spending, I want to have enough saving to be able to afford rent right out of college. I don’t know what is going to happen in a year, and I really don’t want to have to move back home to Chicago. I am just trying to look out for my future self!

A second goal I have is to travel more!

If I am working full time it might be hard to travel, but I am positive I can work something out. I’m not necessarily trying to go out on international rendezvous’, but I would like to see more of the West Coast. I have never been to the Grand Canyon and its not that far away! I would to do more fun weekend trips even if it’s to places near San Diego like Julian, CA. However, I do want to go back to New York at some point in early June, so hopefully I can come up with enough money for that!

Lastly, I just want to have a ton of fun!

This will be my last summer ever as an undergrad, and I want to have as much fun as possible before I’m in the real world. In my seed about New York I stated that I lived in an atrocious, filthy, and cockroach infested apartment this past summer. I lived with 6 girls in a tiny two-bedroom apartment. All of our twin beds touched because we didn’t have much room, but that wasn’t really a problem compared to all the others. Besides it being filled with cockroaches, it was abnormally hot (sometimes I would sleep outside by the pool because there were less bugs and it was cooler there). Anything and everything that you think could go wrong did. Even though the living situation wasn’t ideal, I had the time of my life! It was the most fun summer I have ever had given that I had cockroaches for roommates. I met so many incredible people and explored. I hope to do that again, but without the bugs of course!

All in all I think it is good to motivate yourself and have different goals. Mine really come down to making money, traveling, and fun! That’s not too much to ask for and they all relate to one and another, so I’m sure ill accomplish them. Weather your goals are big or small you really can accomplish them if you put your mind to it!

Written by: Nina Capuani