Bike riding may be worse for health than previously assumed

Commuting via bike may be worse for commuters than the public thought. Researchers at Colorado State University have found through a recent study they conducted that what cyclists are gaining by riding their bikes around Fort Collins, they may be losing by breathing in toxic gases from cars. Dr. Nick Good of the Department of…

Simple Salad and Getting Back to Basics

Ah, the new year. 2016. I’m usually all about those ambitious New Years resolutions but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I think that’s because every year I tend to pile myself up with expectations and goals and things to add to my life in order to “improve” myself. This year…

Why We All Hate the Selfie Game Yet Still Play It

Lets be honest, most of us like taking a selfie when we are looking on point. I mean, even if we don’t have the guts to post it online, we are all guilty of building up our selfie library if only to just have the satisfaction of knowing if we had to post a hot…

What It’s Like Having Anxiety

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30 Anxiety is difficult…

How to Survive Long Distance Relationships

“Love will travel as far as you let it, it has no limits” ~ Dee King Long distance relationships(LDRs) are hard. Duh. They suck. I’ve only recently come to terms with this. The current status of my relationship is that I live in the grand ole ColoRADo and my boyfriend lives in the huge city…

Living an Authentic Life

~ Live the story you want to tell ~ Simply Topaz It’s really easy nowadays to get caught up in what everyone is doing on a daily basis with all of the resources available. We have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and so many other apps and websites that allow us to “stalk” other people that…

How to Get Your Body in Summer Shape

First off, no matter where you are with your “summer body”, you are amazing. You don’t have to have washboard abs and the perfect booty to be ready for summer. How your body is right now is wonderful and you are beautiful just the way you are. That being said, I know that for me, I…

Why Shopping Local is Always the Best Choice

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good trip to Target or the convenience of shopping at Walmart (especially cause this college girl has got a budget), but there are so many wonderful aspects of taking the time to go downtown and experience the little unique shopping opportunities that you can’t find just anyplace. 1. If…

On Enjoying Life Right Now

There is always something to look forward to in our lives. A new car, a raise, Friday afternoons, summer, getting married, graduating college…. the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, those things are great and we should definitely be anticipating them, but sometimes looking forward to the next big thing can ruin what we…

Don’t Ever Wait Until You Are “Ready”

I want to write like other bloggers, to  write about nostalgia, my beautiful travels, about all of the little curious things that come to my mind. But every time I sit down to write, I hit this roadblock that seems to glare at me as if challenging my resolve to find a way around it…

What Maui has to offer the Mainlanders

It is a beautiful thing to just sit on a beach at sunset in silence, no phone in hand to document, and just marvel as shades of pink and orange flash across the sky for only seconds as the end to another day appeared with the moon. It is a treat I look forward to…

Making Every Day an Adventure

It isn’t every day that I get to hop on a plane and jet off into the unknown to explore a different country, but it is every day (or at least almost every day) that I have the opportunity to test out a new coffee shop in my city or discover a new favorite piece…