SneakyLoaf

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is meatloaf. What could be easier: meat + eggs + bread + pan = easy dinner. Not exactly healthy – actually not healthy at all. As my adventure of being gluten-free continues I wanted to develop a “meatloaf” that I could enjoy — with all the ease of the original but with a super healthy, gluten free twist.

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Allergy Testing

A week ago yesterday I visited an allergist was officially tested for food and other allergies. Were my suspicions incorrect? Or did I find out that I deserved to live like bubble boy? One thing, I did walk away with was a heightened awareness of the importance of listening to your body.

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Oh, dear. Not the glutens!

One of the most exciting parts of getting horrifically ill is the the smorgsboard of tests they run on you. Okay, it does not seem quite as fun at the time, because honestly, you’re sick and just want something– anything — to make you feel a bit better as soon as possible. Imagine my surprise when I went to the ER for food poisoning and stomach flu and…walked out knowing I had a serious wheat allergy and my life had to change right then in a major way.

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What Is That Black Thing on Your Forehead?

To my Non-Catholic friends, yes, I do know there a giant black dust spot in my head. It’s supposed to look like a cross and please don’t try and wipe it off. I got it today at Mass and was told the following: “Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.” This is an outward sign of my inner devotion and commitment to my Catholic Faith and it marks the beginning of the Season of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church. I want to pay it forward, change my life, and commit to changing the lives of others while getting closer to God in the process. Sounds like a heck of a journey so I will chronicle it here.

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Dear New Graduate (You Know Who You Are)

New graduate? What’s next after graduation? And why isn’t it easy? There was a point in my life that I thought that graduating was the hardest thing I would ever do until I removed my cap and gown and stepped into the real world. And when things didn’t happen immediately after graduation, I got depressed. Like the sleep all day, cry all night, mope around the house, and do some more crying depressed. I was miserable. Just like you. Here’s how I coped.

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Bragboard: Sammy Shears

MEET SAM: This might sound strange, but I only met the man six months ago and I simply cannot live without him. I’d like to say it’s because he is the one person in this world I trust with my hair. And ladies, you know what I mean, he is the only person in the whole entire world allowed to touch my glorious locks with anything sharp and pointy. Ever. Sam effortlessly delivers hair justice to my rowdy locks, but what really drew me to him was his charisma, his passion for his art, and the fact that he has a heart of pure gold.

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The Angry Painter

I got so angry I needed a creative outlet. In my family, you don’t have to look far for creative inspiration. Very few people know that I have some crazy amazing connections to the art world. Even fewer know that I dabble in art as well. Let me give you an idea on how I cope with anger and stress.

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New Cool Thing: Networking

I hear a lot about networking these days. So much so that I find myself drinking overpriced martinis with people I hardly know more often then I’d like to admit. I am fan of thinking outside of the box (and out of the bar). I want to share some of the ways that I network and encourage you to take some steps to think outside the traditional networking scene.

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Craiglist Musings: Job Listings

Ah, job hunting. It’s kinda the cool thing to do these days. And while I am totally satisfied with my current position, I am always looking for more opportunities I also have the knack of helping people find great jobs in the Dallas area. But one of my friends brought this up: what makes a job legit? How do I know I am not being scammed? If it sounds too good to be true, is it? Look, I’ve been there. One day after I recently graduated, for no particular reason, I got ridiculously ambitious and applied to EVERY, SINGLE JOB posted on Craigslist under Office/Admin. I didn’t really read them thoroughly, I didn’t care if they were sketchy, didn’t have contact information or a website or anything. I just kept hitting reply.

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Getting Dirty: Digital Dirt

I have so many friends and peers that are looking for new jobs…and they make the same mistakes over and over again…especially with their social media. Recruiters will google you. They will Facebook stalk you. They follow your tweets, your pins, you everything. They will find you. They will find every embarrassing photo, drunken post, silly note, whatever. And what they find might change their perception of you in the worst way possible – you might not get hired.

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