Thinking out Loud 9/8/16: Life Update

September 8, 2016 in About Me / College

Hi guys and happy Thursday!! How have your weeks been?? I’m thankful to have had Monday off of classes, and I don’t have class Friday’s so it’s not too bad of a week for me! Anyways, going to be linking up with Amanda to think out loud for you guys today and give you a little update in my world!



This semester I’m taking 5 classes. 3 of which are intertwined and are part of a learning community which is a requirement for my college. My learning community is making a magazine, and within that I am taking science and belief, big questions and the media, and then the final class-making the magazine! I am with my best friend in that which is so awesome. We meet Monday’s and Wednesdays from 1:00-5:15 which is long, but we have a 15 minute break between each class which is nice!

I am also taking sociology which I am excited for, as I am thinking about minoring in that. It is just an intro class so I can get a feel for it and the subject. Sociology is on Monday’s and Wednesday’s too from 6:00-7:15. (So my Monday’s and Wednesday’s are nonstop to say the least… lol)

I am taking a developmental psych class too which already seems super interesting. The professor seems awesome and the material itself is something that sparks my interest. This class is on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10:00-11:15!


I’m on the board for two clubs this year. I’m the VP for Autism Speaks and the secretary for a club called Health at the Hill! I am also part of the Psych Society and a club called Food Truth which works to bring more local food and produce onto our campus. 🙂 I am excited to be on the board for two clubs this year and have those leadership positions and to be part of the other clubs as well!


I typically workout in the morning before my classes around 7. My neighbor Brody and I go together because she’s an early bird as well. I love the mornings and starting my day off with a workout. It’s like my little me time and I cherish it so much!

Another fitness update is that I am going to be part of the social squad for Go Fit UI am so excited for this and to be part of this awesome group. Basically I’ll just be posting on Instagram about my workouts, why working out should be something that is FUN, and all that good stuff. 🙂


I’m on a meal plan at school, so I am part of that dining hall club. Mine isn’t awful. Obviously not gourmet, but it does the job! I like the salad bar, deli, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, mashed cauliflower, tofu, pb&j’s, sushi, soup, and probably more stuff I’m forgetting. I usually eat breakfast in my room, so something like oatmeal with fruit + nut butter, peanut butter and banana on bread with fruit, cereal with banana and yogurt, Bobo’s oat bars with yogurt and fruit, etc. I also have soup, quinoa, couscous, sweet potatoes, and noodles for when I want to have lunch/dinner in my room too! And ingredients for smoothies because I brought my blender this year. 🙂


I have lots of snacks in my room too like fruit, nuts, bars (kind, no cow bars, cliff bars, square bars, vega, etc.), sweet potato chips, tortilla chips, snackimals, Lenny&Larry’s cookies…. and more!



(Buy these cookies from my link here!! ->

Fun stuff 

I see my friends for breakfast/lunch/dinner dates throughout the week and I’m always with them during the weekend whether that may be working out together, doing homework, shopping, getting coffee, or going out! Finding a balance with my social life is important to me, and surrounding myself with others that lift me up and make me smile is really essential for my mental health.


My roomie and I after our arm workout! 


I pray throughout the day, read my daily verse, and try and keep up with my She Reads Truth reading plans. I go to church once a week as well. 🙂

That’s it for this little update! I love reading these types of posts so I am going to try and do more little updates throughout the month. 🙂

Now tell me: 

Are you a morning person? 

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends? (I loveee coffee dates!!)

Have a happy Thursday friends!! Sending alllll my love to you! <3


Lyss <3

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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It September 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I’m so proud of you for being apart of Fit University!! You’re a rockstar! 🙂 I’m totally a morning person and I think it’s awesome that you workout with your friend too. It’s always more fun that way! And hehe I KNOW you love coffee dates, that’s one of my favorite things to do with friends too 🙂 If it involves food or caffeine, I’m there! Have an amazing day babe <3 xo
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so so much babe!! and yess hehe same here. Love food dates 🙂 Always so much fun!! Wishing we could have a breakfast date asap. 🙁 Love ya lots and lots!!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot September 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Sounds like your settling in nicely!! 😀 I had a good cafeteria when i was at school too–they get a bad rep!
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I really feel like they do! Mine could be a lot worse haha

  • Reply Edye September 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like your schedule is busy and super productive 🙂 I used to be a night owl, but now I’m slowly becoming a morning person. I love getting up before everyone else and having my coffee whilst reading a book – so peaceful!
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  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life September 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, but a lot of fun things! Your classes all sound really interesting, especially developmental psychology.
    I am definitely a morning person! I love being up and working when no one else is around… for me it is just much less stressful than when everything else is up and stressing out about their homework. 😛
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I agree! I think being up late at night is more stressful than early in the morning. I have pulled my fair share of late nighters, and I really don’t like them haha. Definitely an early bird to say the least!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law September 8, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Girl, it’s sounds like you have been doing SO well! You are totally owning the college student life 😉 xo

    I’m definitely a morning person! I’m an early riser who’s also early to sleep 😛
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Aw thank you!!

      Sometimes I definitely don’t get to bed early enough, so I do need to work on that. Especially because my body naturally wakes up pretty early!

  • Reply Ellie Pell September 9, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I am a total morning person! I love getting up early when the earth is quiet. I find I am in constant prayer throughout the day. Either praying to God that work goes smoothly or thanking Him for something. I really enjoy how relaxed it makes me feel 🙂
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  • Reply Kate September 9, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Sociology was SO fascinating. It was one of my favorite classes I took during my undergrad. I think if I didn’t do dietetics I would have done social work.
    I totally miss having a dining hall I can freely access. I loved the salad bars and breakfasts.
    Good for you for getting so involved. College is such a special time in your life, so even though it can get crazy stressful, I think that it’s so good to take advantage of all the fun stuff!
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      ooh that makes me even more excited for sociology! I do love my salad bar and think we have pretty good options! Having the dining hall def does make things less stressful. Having to cook all the time would be challenging at school!

  • Reply Sarah September 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I loved developmental psych! Pretty much anything psychology is interesting. It sounds like your year is off to a great start, so happy for you girl!
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  • Reply Emily September 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Wow, you’re doing a lot Lyss! I love how you’re involved in different clubs, and that Food club sounds really fun and wonderful. 🙂 Thank you for diving in and loving on so many people; is 5 classes a lot? I haven’t gone to college, so I feel a bit lost as to how much is a lot? 🙂 And I’m a total morning person; I kind of shut down at night quickly. 🙂

    God is GOOD! I’m learning to pray more and seeing more and more of my sin everyday and His forgiveness and His goodness in revealing my need for Jesus more and more every day.
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    • Reply Alyssa September 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      5 classes is typically the norm! And food truth is so cool, I’m excited to be part of a club like it! Thank you for your love Em! <3

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