My name is Mariah and I’m still working out exactly what I want this blog to be about. It initially started as a blog designed to document my efforts about creating a home out of a cookie cutter rental. However, my life is not just about making my first apartment my own. Thus, I have found it to be difficult (and boring!) to only write about one thing. So, this blog is about me, whatever that means. You’ll find that I’m a little scatterbrained and a lot of crazy. Maybe you like me, maybe you don’t. But this blog will (hopefully) chronicle my adventures of living on my own for the first time.

I have recently become really interested in eating healthy instead of just eating less. For months and months I told my boyfriend “I need to eat less!!” and he would always respond with “No, you need to eat BETTER!”. For the longest time I brushed him off, believing that if I ate less I would feel better and lose weight. Well, as usual, he was right and I was wrong. If I ate less, then I just got hungry quicker and was far more likely to just turn to the box of Cheez-its in my pantry as a way of eliminating my hunger. Additionally, when I lived at my parents house I ate a lot of junk. They didn’t really cook so dinner most nights consisted of something I cooked (read: pasta and sauce) or fast food. Over the last two years I gained about fifty pounds. This is totally unacceptable to me, and I aim to change it. In the process though, I’m learning that weight loss is not just about numbers or calories or pounds lost. It’s about feeling good and being happy with who you are.

Other than that, I am a sophomore studying at the University of Kansas. I think I want to be an elementary school teacher, but who knows? Not me, that’s for sure. I work in an office at KU as well, and have an amazing boss. I used to work at a cupcake shop as well, which made losing weight seriously hard. But, because my aforementioned boss is awesome, I got more hours at KU and was able to leave the cupcake shop for good. Hooray!

I love photography, cooking, and being silly. I regularly spend Friday nights playing board games with my friends. I get extremely competitive which can sometimes be a problem. I’m exploring the art world as well, because I find that I am bored with how things are normally. So I like to change them. Check out my first Pinterest Challenge to learn more about what I mean by “art”.

My boyfriend, Andres, and I have been dating since September 2009. He is my rock. I’m pretty sure I would go crazy without him. Not because I don’t have a life outside of him, I DO. It’s just that his patience and love and support make my struggles so much easier. Even though I get stressed out and upset easily, he is always the same careful, patient, and awesome person. I don’t think I tell him this enough. I suppose I’ve have to work on that.

Anyway, read away.  Thanks for stopping by!

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