Lets take the time to be Thankful (Xicanita on the Move)

Thanksgiving has just passed an I hope all of you were able to stuff yourselves with delicious food and spend some time with family and friends. It is during this time in which I begin to reflect upon all the things I am grateful for. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, being in grad school has been one of the toughest experiences in my life: I am 2,000 miles away from my family and loved ones and I have had to quickly grow up in a spiritual, academic, and financial matter of the course of a year and a half. And of course…you always experience pain whenever you grow… But despite all of this Continue reading

Thanksgiving in Bloomington

Thinking about attending IU, but concerned you cannot go home for Thanksgiving or other holidays? No problem! The Bloomington community has a number of activities during Thanksgiving that keeps everyone busy! Bloomington Bagel Company has their annual Turkey Trot 5k in the morning, followed by bagels for breakfast. Mother Bear’s, a local pizza joint, has free Thanksgiving pizza for everyone during the day. It is a thick crust pizza, with mashed potatoes as the “sauce,” turkey and stuffing on top, baked to a level of deliciousness you would never believe came from a pizza with mashed potatoes. My friends and I went to try this Bloomington Thanksgiving tradition and were not disappointed. Check out the picture below:

The great thing about staying on campus for Thanksgiving is that you are never alone. About 20 of my cohort mates went to our program director’s house for dinner. It was great being surrounded by my “surrogate” family on Thanksgiving and made the holiday go by much faster. Here’s an action shot of my peers mingling at dinner:

Thanksgiving Celebration

For 28 years of my life I spent Thanksgiving with my family in Texas at my grandmother’s house. Last year was the first time I EVER spent Thanksgiving away from home. It was a great experience. This year I did the same. I spent it in Tennessee with my significant other, and we went to this wonderful place call SWIRLS.

It is BYOB painting, and I absolutely love it. They provide you with wine glasses, canvas, and paint. Then during the course of about two hours you they take you step by step through a painting. I constructed the master piece below. The whole session was very relaxing… And this brings me to my FREE TIP OF THE DAY.

The tip for today is take time to relax. The pressures of being a grad student often times can leave you feeling as though you can’t take time for yourself, but you have to. If you don’t your body will break down, and then you will have to stop. That’s all I got for today friends… take care (literally).