[bal-uh ns] • noun
- a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
- something used to produce equilibrium, counterpoise.
- mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgement, etc.
Hey, what’s up, hello people!!!! I am freaking back and super duper pumped about it! Before I jump right back into all things foodie, I wanted to take the time to share why I took a break, what I’ve learned these past 3 months, and how the above have helped me grow so much.
Ok, first thing’s first: it really is all about balance. I’ve heard it a million times, but I finally learned it this past semester. I was in 19 school hours, turning 21, making time for my long distance relationship, practicing self care as much as possible, the list goes on. As you can see, I reeeaaalllyyyy needed to learn how to implement balance into my life. Unfortunately, that meant stepping away from Hangry Hannah to focus of figuring out how to manage my time and priorities, have fun, be successful, and maintain friendships. But I’m so, so glad I did!! I was able excel in my classes, celebrate mine and friends’ 21st birthdays, land my dream internship, take time to relax, and spend some good QT with my boyfriend. It doesn’t happen over night, but if you dedicate the time and focus on figuring out how to balance it all, life really works out.
Not only did I learn balance in my every day life, but I learned balance in my diet (not diet in the sense of a restricted food plan, diet as in what I eat on an every day basis) – something I didn’t know I needed but I really, really did. The Instagram foodie communities are so cool and supportive and fun and helpful, but they also can be pressure inducing. I constantly felt like I either had to be eating super healthy/pretty food or crazy junk food that would make for a perfect picture. Seems silly but I just didn’t know how to balance what I ate. Taking the time to step away from sharing all my meals and truly discover a diet that made me feel good was so worth it. Not what looked cool or was trending at the moment, but what made ME feel good. I hope that sharing this and sharing my meals will help others find true balance in their diets as well. To reiterate, it’s all about balance!!!! I love fueling my body with good, real food, but I also love sharing meals with loved ones and baking, and learning to balance it all (and not feeling guilty about eating this or not eating that) has made me a happier, better version of myself. Don’t let food inhibit you from growing your friendships or exploring new places – realize what is important, eat what makes you feel good, and know that what food makes you feel good is going to be different than what food makes others feel good (which is totally normal, we are all different!).
Balance is so important and I cannot stress that enough. Learn what things and people you want to prioritize and change your life accordingly. Learn what food makes you feel good and implement those changes, even if its scary (“healthy” is a personal term – what is healthy for you is different than what is healthy for your best friend, again we are all different). I’m super excited to dive back into Hangry Hannah this summer. I’ll be sharing how I pack my work lunches, cooking dinner most nights, and on the weekends (I am lucky to be able to travel a lot this summer) I’ll be sharing my fav food spots from everywhere I go (and will also be asking for lots of suggestions so be prepared!).