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Friday Top 3 (#1)

Friday Top 3 (#1)

I’ve been loving Kate’s recent “Friday Top 3” idea for a couple of reasons: 1) Choosing three things per category keeps things simple, forces me to choose and challenges my over-wordy desire to include all.the.things.  And 2) It reminds me of a “game” I play called “Rose, Bud, Thorn.” I like to ask my friends/family what their rose (favorite part), thorn (hardest part) and bud (either something they learned or are excited for coming up) in their past week was. I think it is important to acknowledge what we found hard as well as what made us smile, because it enables us to reflect on what lessons we may have learned and gives us credit for getting through it – however we may have done so. 

So I’m excited to finally have TIME to join in this budding little party. Thanks Kate!

Top 3 Eats

1. My Chocolate Quinoa Breakast Bake. Can’t. Stop. Won’t. Stop. So. Freaking. Good.  I need to get more pears. 

breakfast bake friday

2. This completely ugly but delicious comfort dinner. Mashed cauliflower (with garlic, salt and pepper), marinated pork chop and my Vegan Mushroom Gravy. These flavors totally exceeded my expectations. 

porkchop dinner

3. Stuffed sweet potatoes. I’ve seriously had a baked sweet potato every day this week (not out of the norm actually). Stuffing them with whatever leftovers I have in the fridge has been my saving grace. This one – stuffed with tuna salad (made with greek yogurt, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper), steamed broccoli and cheese – made for a particularly yummy lunch.

tuna sweet potato

I’m not sure what was more celebratory about these meals – their surprising success in the taste department, or the mere fact that I actually got to enjoy them at home and not from a tupperware!

Top 3 Highs

1. FINISHING MY 2ND TRAINING YEAR AT THE ACTING CONSERVATORY…. and…. being asked back next year (sorry for the screamo caps lock). This year was positively crazy.  It was intense, grueling, personally and emotionally taxing, heart lifting, passionate, soul finding, soul searching, worrisome and gratifying all in one. I made it through, was not cut, and will be retuning next year for a season of 5 full length public performances.

2. The morning after. I thought I was going to be all “let’s party give me ALL THE WINE,” when I was officially done. But honestly, I was too bloody tired to feel much of anything. And with the craziness of the week and being around people all the time,  I could feel my introverted self was really just needing alone time. The next morning it started to hit me. I spontaneously felt the desire to treat myself – so I decided to take myself out for a real coffee.   The sun was beaming through the window and I just felt really calm and happy as I sat at my window seat slowly reading through blogs and sipping away. 

PS this was my second full caf coffee in the last 2 weeks and unlike the last one, this one went down perfectly. Ahhhhhh. 

coffee sun friday

Morning coffee and sunbeams, with no where to be. 

3. Having a better meeting with the conservatory head faculty than I ever expected. I was totally surprised by the positive feedback I received. They said more than I could have ever hoped for. I’m so grateful, happy, and still just letting it sink in. 

Top 3 Lows

1. Blegh. That feeling when you know you’ve done something wrong. I totally flaked out on a plan I had with a friend. I thought it wasn’t a big deal and really felt it was what I wanted in the moment, but it was obvious he was let down or miffed. It really wasn’t cool of me and – well deserved on my part – I still feel really, really crappy. So this was a lesson to not do this.  I really need to make it up to him this week. 

2. Anger. I got really angry after one of my full days at the beginning of the week. I tried to reach out to my mother about why I was angry, but she did not give me the response I needed to hear and didn’t seem to see it as the big deal I felt it was.  So I ended up feeling really angry at her – as well. This is a reminder that I need to speak to my mother about the type of consoling that is helpful in these situations. 

3. Buying a whole bag of spinach when I forgot I had just bought one the day before. Hate food and money waste. But isn’t it nice that this was the only third low I could think of?

Top 3 Instagram Finds

coffee badass

Now that I’m starting to experience this again…

favorite meal instagram

Baked Sweet Potato, Fried Egg, Chicken Sausage, Kraut = my heaven in a meal

healing to your spirit

Reminding me of Suz’s post from Tuesday

Top 3 Article Finds

1. “Can We Be Honest For a Second.”  – Alison Leipzig

“….We become afraid to look at the ways we show up in our lives. We are afraid to see parts of ourselves that aren’t so beautiful….” But we all have parts of ourselves we aren’t proud of. How much good does it do to try and ignore them?

2. yourpersonality.net 

Really great, professional personality quizzes – great for relationships and attachment styles. 

3.  Perfection Coins – Rachel W. Cole

Taking the risk – trading in those perfection coins for a life of love and freedom instead


Friday Top 3 was fun! I’m going to pop in with Heather, too for Friday Favorites. Here’s to a fabulous weekend!

Tell me, 

What was a top high and a top low from your week?



  1. Stephanie Leduc | 22nd Apr 16

    Top high was booking some more hotels for our Europe trip coming up in August! Low was not having the time to write a top Friday post through all the studying and booking madness :(.
    So glad to see they are keeping you for another year! Good job, I can tell you devote yourself to what you do, you freaking deserve it!
    I hate those decisions we make in a moment where we think its not a big deal but it is, those are just the worst. The important thing is that you CAN make it up, so don’t worry too much.

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Well let’s focus on those bookings – YAY! That is soooo exciting!!
      Thanks girl – I think we can always make up past mistakes.

  2. Gail | 22nd Apr 16

    High was hearing my friend made it into 3rd year conservatory (hip hip hurray!). Low has been a week of disturbed sleep and dragging it during the day. (Other high which much be included is the naps I squeezed in on a couple of days)

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Fatigue is so hard. Naps = crucial. Glad you gave yourself what you needed <3

  3. chasetheredgrape | 22nd Apr 16

    Oh I am so happy for you! My biggest congratulations on being asked back next year plus getting awesome feedback! 😀
    My top high this week was chatting to my mum on Skype – gosh I am so glad that we made this move in a world where I can video chat my family and friends! My low was probably the massive coffee slump I had this morning – it even brought on a headache… Not good! But it’s starting to pass now so all is well! Have a fab weekend Cora! 🙂

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Thank you Jen!
      Gah sometimes I hate technology but what it has let us do in terms of keeping in touch with our family is purely amazing. SO thankful we can still “see” our family even if we move oversees.
      Coffee can be a blessing and a curse. It doesn’t always make us feel all warm and fuzzy like we like it to :s.

  4. SuzLyfe | 22nd Apr 16

    What a great way to do a Friday favorites post! And I do love that quote about healing–totally in line with my empowering others to empower myself idea. HUGE congrats on finishing your 2nd year and getting the ask back + great feedback. I understand the anger begetting anger, and I think you have a very clear head about the fact that she just didn’t understand what you wanted/needed from her in that situation. When I was really injured, this past November, and in a lot of pain, I had to inform Alex that some of the things that he was saying was just not helpful and were actually causing resentment that I knew he had no reason to cause. It was a good conversation–he didn’t do it again and we were fine after!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      It really all comes down to communication. If don’t choose to communicate our needs and simply let them know – we are really making it harder for both sides.
      Thank you for the congratulations!

  5. Kate | 22nd Apr 16

    I am doing a little dance for you right now! One, because you are DONE for the summer and two, because I totalllllly understand that awesome feeling of going to a coffee shop and feeling ZERO responsibility. It is the best!
    One of the things I love about you is your openness to admit your mistakes and not make excuses for yourself. Screwing up big and little is just part of the human experience. Acknowledging it and then trying to do better is what matters in the end. Now that you are a free agent hopefully you guys to hang out soon.
    I can’t wait to try the qunioa bake…. got to make it to a bulk bin asap!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      I love when congratulations come in the form of a dance!! I see your shaking hips from here 🙂
      I think I’ve learned that denying our mistakes or trying to hide them just does more harm than good. Its only when I am honest and open that I can – for myself – let go, learn and move on. We all make mistakes and I don’t think there needs to be shame in it.

  6. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 22nd Apr 16

    Wow congratulations on being asked back!! Does the new year start up in the Fall? Hope you enjoy some kind of a break!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Yes its starts back in September so I technically have a whole “summer break!” Its been years since I’ve had this kind of schedule. I definitely don’t hate it..
      Thank you!

  7. rachel @ athletic avocado | 22nd Apr 16

    That stuffed sweet tater is epic!!! That makes me want to buy some more right now 🙂
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Sweet taters are everythinggggg 🙂

  8. Lyss | 22nd Apr 16

    Top high from this week is the beautiful weather! Low would have to be some drama with friends. And that stuffed sweet potato looks amazingggg! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Ugh drama with friends can take a lot of energy out of you – physically and mentally. I sure hope it has passed by now or is on the mends. Beautiful weather makes everything better!

  9. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 22nd Apr 16

    Coraaaa, I’m SO PROUD of you. But obviously you exceeded – you work so hard and you should definitely take the time to revel in these accomplishments, now that year 2 is down! And I’m sure all of your positive feedback was so encouraging and reminded you of how awesome you are. I hope you have some down time before your trip to SF. Have a great weekend!!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Thank you Sarah!! I definitely am letting myself see the accomplishments. I loved my year but dang its nice to feel a bit more freedom now. 🙂

  10. katalysthealth | 22nd Apr 16

    So much good stuff in this one post! First off, that bake….I need to go and make that asap. Second off, Im sorry about what happened between you and your friend, but it sounds like you realize the mistake and are trying to rectify it. Sometimes with moments like those its just showing the person how much you truly care about them. And I totally understand the situation with your mom. My husband often times doesnt respond in a way I would like, simply because I am one hard woman to deal with! Poor guy does try, but sometimes I need to be in my own head space before I can bring it to him, then I need to TELL him very specifically what Im looking for from him! Otherwise the poor guy will just be chasing his tail trying to help 😉
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      I feel the same way about my family members. It really is on us most times to specifically tell them what we need from them. Otherwise, how would they know? And chances are it won’t be a big deal to them… they’ll just learn what we need and be able to adjust. So great you’ve been able to be really honest with him. He obviously just wants to help – sweet guy 🙂

  11. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood | 22nd Apr 16

    Yay, congratulations on being asked back! That’s so exciting. I think that sometimes, a quiet coffee alone is all I need to rejuvenate myself – caffeinated or not.
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Thank you! Its crazy how rejuvenating even a short time alone with a coffee can be. Like an emotional/spiritual/physical make over.

  12. Heather@hungryforbalance | 22nd Apr 16

    This week has been a little more full of lows than highs for me, so thank you for sharing your good news!! Congratulations on being asked back next year! I hope you fully enjoy some much deserved time off!
    I’m sorry about the anger and the misunderstanding with your mom. I’ve been there and it’s very frustrating.
    I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      I’m sorry to hear this week has been a low one. They come and go don’t they. But they never get easier. I really hope the sun is shining a bit this weekend and treating you to a few more “highs.”
      Thank you for the congratulations 🙂

  13. Ellie | 23rd Apr 16

    I love Kate’s link-up as well! My top high for the week was having a glorious day off yesterday. Perfect weather, relaxing and happy. My low would probably be paying bills. They got me like 🙁
    Congratulations on your acceptance to further your acting training! This is perfect for you!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Yay for having a day off!! Boo to bills. Such a boo. Sadly… a part of life.
      Thanks Ellie 🙂

  14. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 23rd Apr 16

    Congrats on being invited back for a third year at the Conservatory! I can’t imagine going to a school where you have to be “invited” back. What are your plans for the summer?
    I totally understand about being really upset or angry and wanting to talk to someone but not getting the response you want. I especially hate the old “That’s not a good reason to be upset.” I wanna be like, “Well, maybe not, but I AM upset!”
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Hearing something like that just makes it all worse! Sometimes we just need to have a little temper tantrum – rational or not – and we just need someone to let us BE MAD.
      I’ll be moving back home to my parents for the summer…lots of relaxation and money saving ya know? I’ll be writing about my plans very soon 🙂

  15. gracefulcoffee | 23rd Apr 16

    My top high was getting my braces off after almost 3 years!! YAYYY <3

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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  16. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 24th Apr 16

    I love that you recognized your need for some alone time and granted it. I felt you felt much better after.

    High: getting Ave to latch consistently.
    Low: a health scare with the Hubby.

    • Cora | 24th Apr 16

      I’ve come to be a bit of a pro at learning when I am needing alone time. Sometimes I wish I didn’t require it so much in order to reenergize myself, but I know that even an hour or two can bring me back to a place to be social again.
      Well done Ave, but I hope the health scare has turned itself around! Sending positive and healthy vibes to both you and your hubby.

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