1, 2, … Sweep!

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Summertime means only 1 thing.. Baseball! I got to attend 2 games out of a 3 game series between the Giants and Padres at Petco Park. Once again, my boys did their job! Swept the series. Padres almost make it too easy..

Had so much fun last night with my gamer babes!

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T W E N T Y O N E

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I survived! Apologies for being away for so long, but between work, getting a second job, getting through finals week and consecutive days of celebrating, I have had little time to breathe. Last week, I celebrated my 21st birthday at Crushed in Pacific Beach with my closest friends. It was an amazing day and I could not be a luckier girl to be surrounded by great people and great drinks all weekend. Between the mimosa flights, beer tastings, country bars, and legal beers at a ballgame, I’d say I’ve been celebrating 21 the right way. Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes.

Cheers, xoxo

(I guess I can throw out that fake ID now… sorry, mom!)

Cafe Gratitude // San Diego, CA

IMG_7913I am whole (macrobiotic bowl – braised garnet yams, adzuki beans, sea vegetables, sauteed greens, kim chee, garlic tahini, teriyaki almonds). I am glorious (blackened tempeh caesar wrap).

I was grateful to share such a healthy and beautiful meal with my best friend of 16 years! What are you grateful for?

May 12, 2016

What a difference a year makes.

As I’m laying in my bed procrastinating all the work and studying accompanied with the last two weeks of the semester, I curiously wandered onto my blog and went through my archives. Which led me to my first post on cappuccinos&curlssf (before it was called that). That post was published on May 2, 2015. And as I glanced at the bottom of my computer screen to the calendar icon, it dawned on me that today is May 2, 2016.

In that first post, which can be read here, I said “My words may reach no one- and that is okay. My stories may be dull, but they’ll excite me. My journey may not be relevant or interesting or important to anyone else, but I’ll get over it. Someday it will be.” 

A year later, I am not a famous blogger or journalist, nor am I a social media phenom. In the last year, I’ve graced you with my favorite outfits from my average wardrobe, pictures of delicious meals at trendy restaurants (I am a wannabe foodie after all), stories from my adventures abroad, a political rant here and there, and hopefully some sort of inspiration from my health journey. I think I have a lot to offer, so I share that all with you.

A year ago, I was in a place where I kept telling myself I was okay, happy, and inspired. Looking back, I was falling apart on the inside, heartbroken, stressed, and scared of the future. Today I can say that I’m still a little stressed (it’s finals week), and still a little scared (I graduate college in a year- WHAT!), but I am okay. I am happy. I am breathing. I am alive. I’m here to stay.

What a difference a year makes.

To anyone who has even thought about visiting this page, I thank you. I’ve got a lot to look forward to and I continue to be motivated and inspired to build a platform for myself that can allow me to create and share content for anyone who will listen. I mean I am only 20 (21 in 11 days! Eeep!)- I’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot to share.

xoxo, Kass

 

Baseball’s back!

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Any San Franciscan will tell you how important the Giants are to our city. So after years of talking about going to Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona, I made it happen. It was so awesome to see the boys back in action getting ready for the 2016 season! Scottsdale was flocking with baseball fans from across the country. Everyone was excited to enjoy the ballgame, a beer, and make new friends- just what baseball is about.  Already excited for next year! You can take fans out of the city, but they’ll never be too far away. Go Giants!

Celebrate Progress

My workout routine has been a little off recently, with school and work piling up. And the days that I have gotten a workout in, I have greatly avoided the one and only- cardio.

But tonight, I decided to look that demon in the eyes when I was deciding on a warmup. So I ran a mile.

To many, a mile is measly. But looking back at where I started a year ago, running a mile without taking a breather shows how far I’ve come. I used to be proud of myself for making it to .5 miles with my heart pounding, nearly falling to the floor.

It’s okay to take a few steps back. We’ve all been there, but confidence at the gym is so important and fundamental to success. Though I haven’t been taking the gym and dieting as seriously as I should have for the last few weeks, that 1 mile reminder tonight was the push I needed to kickstart what I’ve been wanting to do for so long. Don’t punish yourself over what you could have done- celebrate where you have gotten so far.

A Letter to My 21 Year Old Best Friend

Happy golden birthday, babe. It seems like the last few years have seemingly prepared us for this (drinking beers around the fire in Montana comes to mind), yet it baffles me that you’re 21. And doing it without me? How dare you.

16 years of friendship, memories, laughs, and sometimes tears. So on this day, it breaks my heart I can’t be with you on your birthday. I always pictured this day being a little different.. something along the lines of me watching as you rip shot after shot until you can no longer stand.

For the record, I still fully expect you to do that.

Years ago, it seemed nearly impossible that we could survive without being together almost everyday. When we went to different high schools, I felt like a part of me was being relocated much too far away. And when we split off for college, I was terrified. But I think the greatest characteristic of our friendship is that we can go weeks or even months without talking, and it doesn’t tear us apart. Every time we’re reunited, it’s like we never left each other’s side. I think we have a special trust in each other that the other is doing just fine.

As we get older, it dawns on me just how opposite we are. I think anyone that knows us well- our parents or our friends from home- knows that to be true. Whether it’s personal style, or our preference in art, or our hobbies, I’m not too sure if someone would put us together as being best friends for almost 20 years. And yet, every time I run into someone from Sts. Peter & Paul or someone who knows us from years ago, they always ask how you’re doing. They know we stuck together, because we always did.

I love you to the moon and back, and I hope this day is one you remember (or can’t)!

You’re always in my heart, Darbs. Even though you left me for Idaho and Alabama. COME BACK TO ME, you glorious soul.

xoxo Kassandra

 

Don’t hold on to your mistakes.

It’s okay to make mistakes. Recently, I went against my better judgement and did something that I can’t say I’m proud of. I let whatever I was feeling at the moment take over and blur what I knew was wrong. I let it eat at me for days. However, I reassure myself that the past is the past, what is done is done, and all there is left to do is grow from it. I realize that we all make mistakes, some more drastic than others. The feelings that I feel now, regret, stupidity, and pain, make me confident that I’ll never make a mistake like that again. I’ve come to believe that we make mistakes (sometimes over and over again) in order to finally come to terms with who we are. Mistakes are an opportunity for growth, forgiveness, and hope.

This is how we learn. About life, the world, other people, and most importantly, ourselves.

I’ve always said that everyone who comes into your life, whether for a day or for several years, can either be a blessing or a lesson. Some happen to be both, and to let those people go can be the hardest thing in the world. Luckily, I can say that I don’t regretting letting anyone into my life, nor am I feeling any remorse for letting them go. 2016, the year of growth.

Okay, okay, I’m back.

I’m a bit disappointed in myself that in the first week of 2016 I haven’t updated this blog as much as I would have liked! But I am alive and well, and one of my goals from now on is to keep this page consistently updated! It’s been great to be back in San Diego, eating super healthy, working out almost everyday, and focusing on myself before the hectic semester starts. I challenge all of you to get up and do something that will better YOURself in the early weeks of the new year!

Life WILL throw you curveballs and sometimes your judgement and emotions get rattled. In those moments, be sure to keep your head up and strengthen your focus on the things that matter. Do what’s best for YOU and when you see something that brightens your eyes and fills your heart with joy, follow it with all your might.

Happy Friday, lovers.