Oreo Banana Smoothie + A Message on Staying Positive

Oreo Banana Smoothie + A Message on Staying Positive 

Hi and Welcome Back to Ria Lives Well!


This December, I graduated from Oregon State University with a major in Digital Communications. Before graduation, I did tons of research in order to assimilate the rocket before take-off. Essentially, I prepared myself before heading into a competitive job market.

  1. I made connections with media students within my field to gain knowledge on software and media equipment I lacked
  2. I talked to advisors to list the first steps I should before graduation
  3. I made several appointments in Career Services to tailor my resume and find my strengths, while discovering ways to improve my weaknesses
  4. I participated in mock interviews and received positive feedback.

I planned and I prepared so that when I entered the job market, I would come out on top. Or at least somewhere in the middle.

Let’s just say, when I graduated from OSU, I didn’t expect to be unemployed for nearly two months.
Yet here I am. I have my resume, I have all this knowledge about social media and digital marketing, and I have my degree…but no job.

Don’t cue the violin.


That’s not the message behind my monologue.
My message is all about being positive. I’m staying positive each step of the way, and because of that, I can endure.

I am in a position where I accept my position.

But don’t get me wrong: I’m not embracing my situation, because it’s hardly ideal. I’m unemployed and my area is highly specific.

But I won’t let these downfalls overwhelm me, or consume me, or define me. I would rather let my positive attitude be in charge.

Being positive is a tactic that has worked for me, which is why I advise anyone who is in a bad situation to take a moment, close your eyes and breathe. Now open your eyes, look at the glass, and try to see it as half full.

Start off by acknowledging whatever is going well for you.

Does your car work? Great.

Do you have food and electricity? Awesome.

Are you a hard worker? Pat yourself on the back.

Appreciate these things for their mere existence. Don’t take them for granted. Believe me, they make life better.

And don’t forget to embrace the things that make you happy. I know from experience how easy it is to forget the subtleties of joy when you have school, and work, and a bounty of obligations. But that which brings you joy, however simple, is the marrow of life.

Happiness is what we should live for.

Not the stress of work, school, unemployment, or any other burden. So embrace what brings you joy.

And then plan!!!

Plan, plan, plan for a brighter tomorrow. And work your ass off to make that tomorrow a reality. Because let’s face it: if you stare at a glass long enough, half full will begin to look half empty.

By the way: it’s Tuesday. Did you treat yo self? #treatyoselftuesday 


If you didn’t, I have you covered with this “naughty” smoothie that’s sweetened with Oreos. If you prefer a natural sweetener, swap the Oreos for dates.

Oreo Banana Smoothie

  • 3 frozen bananas (sliced)
  • 5 Oreo cookies (frozen)
  • 2 1/2 cups coconut water
  • Splash of almond extract
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves


Pour coconut water into blender. Add frozen bananas and Oreo cookies. Blend until smooth. Add a splash of almond extract, and a pinch of cloves and nutmeg. Blend for an 30 extra seconds.

This recipe should last one chica 2-3 servings.

And remember, being positive is a power that no one can take from you.

~Live Well!


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