On the first day of college, at orientation, I sat down at a table of strangers feeling slightly overwhelmed but excited. I had never been shy but in that moment I felt unusually quiet. Who should I say hi to? What would I say? And then Hayley turned around and said hello and asked me what my major was. I immediately felt myself ease up a bit and I had a new friend! She was my first friend in college and throughout the next four years, we remained very close, even living together sophomore year.
One thing that I always credit Hayley with is showing me what it means to be healthy. She introduced me to healthy, clean eating and the best ways to workout for my body. I asked Hayley to write occasional blog posts for Rice & Repeat because she has a great, healthy mindset that I think we all can learn from. To start off, I thought I’d do a little Q & A with Hayles so you could get to know her a bit. Disclaimer: Pics were mostly taken from Hayley’s instagram.
Q: What is your idea of being healthy?
A: My idea of being healthy is to take care of yourself in every aspect of your life. That being: fueling your body with food, exercising/getting up and moving, and being kind to yourself mentally and physically.
Q: What is your favorite thing to cook for breakfast?
A: Oooh, I’m a sucker for peanut butter toast topped with bananas and honey. It’s simple, but I pretty much crave that every morning!
Q: What do you do to de-stress?
A: To de-stress, I like to get in my jammies (preferably my ones with skiing bunnies on them), get into bed, and binge watch some 30 Rock reruns.
Q: What is one of your guilty pleasures?
A: My guilty pleasure is definitely charcoal pore strips. I wish I could do them everyday! I LOVE peeling them off!! Gross, I know.
Q: What is your go-to gym workout?
A: Normally I start with 30 minutes of cardio. To avoid getting bored during that time, I switch to different machines during these 30 minutes (i.e. 10 minutes on bike, 15 minutes on elliptical, 5 minute cool-down on treadmill). And then I’ll end my workout with some arm exercises using light weights and some floor exercises (i.e. plank, crunches, side leg lifts, etc.)
Q: What is an important life lesson that you’ve learned?
A: The most important life lesson I’ve learned is that it’s okay to ask for help. You can’t always do everything by yourself, and that’s okay.
Q: Do you have a favorite beauty secret?
A: PRIMER! Face primer, eye primer, you name it! It’s a life savor. ALSO, the e.l.f. eye refresh is everything! It makes your under eyes feel like magic and it really helps with morning puffiness.
Q: What is one piece of great advice you’ve gotten from your mom?
A: Gosh, it’s so hard to pick. I think the best advice from my mom would be to not let people treat you like sh*t. You need to realize your self-worth, and if someone doesn’t see it then that’s their problem. They don’t deserve you in their life, in that case.
Q: Name one thing you’re really proud of yourself for accomplishing.
A: I’d probably have to say successfully balancing college and work. I got to graduate college with academic honors while having done consistent acting jobs throughout those 4 years. It was a tough at times (and caused many a panic attack), but I did it!
Q: What is one thing or place that always brings you joy?
A: One place that brings me joy is definitely Harry Potter World!
Q: What is something most people wouldn’t guess about you?
A: I’m a lot more quirky and nerdy than I appear.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
A: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Q: Why do we make good friends?
A: I think we make good friends because we are so ridiculously similar! From our silliness to our fashion sense to our sense of humor to our love of crafting, it’s just all the same. I truly think we were separated at birth.