50 Tiny Things Every 20-Something Needs To Realize

On my ONE year anniversary with WordPress, I thought I should post something for myself and for all the 20 somethings out there. Some of us already have been through our quarter life crisis while the rest of still have everything come easy. I came across this post on Thought Catalogue written by Lauren Jarvis-Gibson.

So here is what I read and loved!

1. Your parents only want what is best for you.

2. You can’t change your body type.

3. Meditation actually works.

4. You aren’t fifteen anymore.

5. Talking about someone behind their back isn’t going to make you look any cooler.

6. You aren’t going to have the same friends that you did when you were six. And that’s ok.

7. People grow apart.

8. Just because someone tells you they love you, doesn’t mean they will mean it forever.

9. When you find love, don’t run away.

10. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

11. You are not as alone as you think.

12. Making a mistake is not the end of the world.

13. You’re allowed to quit a job you hate.

14. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

15. Sex gets better.

16. Travel while you are young.

17. Heartbreak is a universal feeling. And it’s not going to kill you despite what you might think.

18. Trust your gut.

19. You have to work at what you want. It’s not going to come to you.

20. Don’t get back with your ex.

21. Crying doesn’t make you weak.

22. You’re allowed to feel lost at this age.

23. You’re allowed to not know what the heck you are doing.

24. Work hard in school. It will be worth it.

25. Don’t let people who treat you badly back into your life just out of comfort.

26. When you say, ‘I love you’, mean it.

27. Your dream career may not be what you are going to do for the rest of your life.

28. Your dream guy/girl may not be who you end up with.

29. Online dating isn’t something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

30. Love is always going to be beautiful.

31. Mental health isn’t something to joke about.

32. You’re allowed to drop everything and travel.

33. You are still so, so young.

34. You will probably have a quarter-life crisis one of these days, but I promise you, you will survive it.

35. Block your ex on every social media platform. Trust me.

36. If you are in love with someone, tell them.

37. Make mistakes. And then learn from them instead of beating yourself up about it.

38. Follow your own advice.

39. If you really want something, chase after it until you get it.

40. Being kind goes a long way.

41. Know your worth.

42. Don’t let people treat like you like a little kid.

43. How you see yourself is so important.

44. You can’t hide from your problems.

45. Tell the truth and come clean if you mess up. Don’t hide.

46. Grades don’t mean a thing in the real world.

47. Worrying more will not do anything to help you.

48. You need to surround yourself with people that make you feel good about yourself, not people that bring you down.

49. Don’t ever take anything for granted, especially the people who you love.

50. Say ‘I love you‘ as much as you can.

Honestly, these are the best set of advices I’ve ever come across. They are so relatable and so true at the same time!

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Millennials, take heart!

I wasn’t motivated to write this until I had a discussion with my friends about how work was draining the life out of us. We all had one thing common, we all wanted to break away from the familiar norms and reconstruct how our society was engineered. Being successful did not just mean a steady job to us but instead, we want to do more in life than have a 9-5 job and be paid every month.  

Of course, we followed our passion because who doesn’t want to spend their working hours doing something they love? However, this got me thinking because though, following your passion seems exciting at first it is misleading because how many of us truly know what our passion is? Ok for those who have really found that spark, how many of you can align that with a job? Obviously, life isn’t about paycheques and careers anymore but in this competitive world what else will we survive on? 
 
The transition from university to work isn’t very easy and for the first time, we leave our comfort zone. We started doing what everybody today calls it, adulting! For us, the Millennials we like things quick and easy. We are so used to getting fast results that our entry level job is too tiresome because we get into the field expecting exciting and fulfilling opportunities. This is the phase where we must build the basics and lay out the foundation of our career ladder by accepting the challenges. I recently read that though it might not be possible to follow your passion into the working world, it is possible to find passion and meaning in almost any job or industry by finding your flow. So instead of cribbing what you’re doing right now, set out and find your flow! Find out the things you excel at and broaden your career perspective by knowing what you do best. 
 
To crunch it down, we’re in our flow when we’re at our best, and when we maximize opportunities to be at our best, we can find passion in whatever work we are doing. And while you’re at it, make it the most of it by making memories! 
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Savoury Oatmeal!

One week into the year of 2017, I wonder how many of you want some incentive to keep going. So, I am back at my breakfast recipe give away.

Obviously, my recipes are BuzzFeed, Tastemade or Pinterest inspired but if you ask me why breakfast makes up my favorite meal, it’s because they appeal to the lethargic side of me. The best part about these is that you can even prepare them the previous night so you don’t have to wake up extra early. Heck, they are even your breakfast to-go options when you don’t want to run late on an empty stomach.

This one today was an epiphany to me! I mean I never realized there are other ways of preparing your oatmeal. I thought of taking the road less trodden by making my oatmeal savory and not sweet! Initially, I was very skeptical about this but obviously, it intrigued me so much that I just had to try it out myself.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4-5 of Mushrooms cleaned and cut in half (you can use sausages or any other meat option too)
  • 3 Cherry tomatoes
  • A handful of Walnuts
  • 1 large egg

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add oats and pinch of salt; stir, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a small nonstick pan over medium. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Cook the mushrooms with a little butter along with the walnuts to add to the flavor. Once the mushrooms are cooked and the nuts roasted, set them aside. Add egg and cook until white is set and yolk is still runny, about 3 minutes. Season egg to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve oatmeal in a bowl, layer the sunny side up egg on top along with the mushrooms and the walnuts.

You can always go ahead for your favorite sides instead of mushrooms and walnuts.

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Aglio Olio my way!

I know I have been stuck on giving out breakfast recipes but today, I feel extra generous and here’s one of my all time super easy main course recipe! Spaghetti Aglio Olio is a famous dish from the Naples which requires only garlic and olive oil. Aglio Olio itself means garlic and oil. Here you go now my easy peasy recipe number two!

Impress your guests with this fancy yet simple traditional Italian dish, trust me it only takes 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams of spaghetti
  • 4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 200 grams of Mushroom cleaned and cut in half (you can use sausages or any other meat option too)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt, Pepper, Butter, Olive Oil, Chilli Flakes

Directions

Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions until al dente (Make sure the spaghetti isn’t over-cooked because we don’t want it to break)

While the spaghetti is cooking, heat a saucepan. Put in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and add the mushrooms, saute them until golden brown on all the sides.

Push the mushrooms to one side of the pan, add a little olive oil and the finely chopped garlic along with some salt and chilly flakes. Saute for one minute without disturbing the mushrooms. Make sure you don’t burn the garlic. Once you get the garlic’s aroma rising saute them all together.

Add the cooked spaghetti, to the pan. Add some more salt, pepper and Chilli flakes to the spaghetti along with some butter. When you toss the spaghetti, be gentle as you don’t want them breaking down into smaller pieces.

Transfer to the serving dishes and just before you serve, for a bit of sophistication, grate some parmesan on the top.

Enjoy your Spaghetti Aglio Olio with a nice crusty bread on the side.

If you have some leftovers the next day, add some canned peeled tomato puree for some flavor. Mix it, heat it, eat it!

You’ll be glad there was some leftovers from the day before 😛

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Deck em’ Dark!

Tis the season to be jolly LAZY!

This is that one time of the year, we have a genuine reason to be lazy. It’s cold and all you want to do is snuggle up real nice under those blankets. I become a lazy sloth who wants to do nothing but sleep and eat. To feed my hungry belly, I experiment with some simple recipes and try to make them all fancy. So I thought why not treat you all to some easy peasy lazy recipes for those of you who are too lethargic to get up and moving!

This Christmas, I give to you, few of my all time beloved recipes which never fail to please. Trust me all these recipes have no more than 3-5 ingredients in them and they are uber easy to make for unannounced visitors too!

I know for a festive season the title might seem off, but wait till you take a look at the recipe. 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of large bread loaf
  • Melted dark chocolate or dark chocolate syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Any berry preserve (Optional)

Directions

Toast the two slices of bread with a little butter if that’s how you want. If you’re trying to cut those calories, leave the butter alone!

Once toasted, apply a generous amount of peanut butter on one side and some berry preserve on the other. (The preserve is completely optional)

Place the sandwiches on a plate and drizzle away the dark chocolate syrup on the toasted sandwiches. You could even place an extra bowl of dark chocolate syrup on the side

This effortless and undemanding sandwich is something you can pull off for kids and grown-ups alike, trust me the chocolate drizzle will make them go ga-ga!

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Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

It’s so right when they say, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast!”

From boosting your brain power to putting you in a good mood, breakfast has great powers. This recipe is Buzzfeed inspired but with my very own twist to it. Let’s start cooking!

Ingredient

  • 2 slices of large bread loaf
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup spinach
  • butter
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • some shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese

 

Directions

In a pan fry the spinach with the cream cheese on low heat and season.

Place the mix in between the two bread slices. Top with cheddar or mozzarella. Press down, add a little butter to toast. Continue keeping the heat on low, cook on one side until brown. Flip add more butter cook the other side too.

Cut a hole in the middle with a glass, place an egg and season. Press down until level. Add more butter.

Cover the skillet until the egg is cooked. Once the egg is cooked, carefully take it out of the skillet and plate it along with the cut out middle part.

Side it with bacon or some seasonal veggies and enjoy.

DISCLAIMER: The dish can disappear in seconds (cause it tastes so darn good) but definitely worth every effort put in.

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Brownies To Die For!

Hello helloo, so here’s me again with my favorite all time super easy brownie recipe for all you dessert lovers out there. This recipe is the simplest a brownie recipe can get.

Wait no longer, here you go with my 5 ingredient brownie recipe.

Ingredient

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs (3 if you want cake like brownies)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 180°C and also grease your pans

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cocoa powder. In another small bowl, whisk together the butter and eggs. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

Bake the brownies for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Have your brownies hot right out of the oven with scoop of vanilla ice cream making the perfect pair. Top with some nuts and chocolate or caramel syrup and enjoy!

Now who said making brownies was a herculean task!

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