A year after it’s initial release date, the documentary “Blackfish” has shocked many people around the world. It caused more than an outbreak of controversy revolving around Seaworld, but also a division of belief. Does the documentary illustrate the ultimate truth about Seaworld, or is it simply a compilation of former angry Seaworld trainers?

I’ve been following the impact of the film over the past several months. Musicians such as The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and Martina McBride have cancelled their events at Seaworld. I’ve only seen a few PR-focused responses directly from Seaworld, and with a PR background, these responses seem routine and, in my opinion, generic. They don’t make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and they definitely haven’t convinced me to disregard everything disputed in the documentary.

In the past month, Seaworld made three blog posts. Killer whales were the subject of each post. I think Seaworld should have taken a stance and made an immediate response the moment this documentary was released in January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Recently becoming a target, Southwest Airlines has been asked by film supporters to discontinue their partnership with Seaworld. Southwest  responded to this request stating they are in a “listening and education mode”. I may be bias since I am a huge Southwest fan, but I think this is the perfect response- neutral and understanding. They aren’t making any irrational decisions and continue to stay true to their culture, which is why I am constantly a proud supporter of Southwest. Other companies under fire include Groupon and Toys’R’Us. Clearly this documentary sparked many fires of passion for these animals, whether you’re for or against the Seaworld operation.

As for my view: I grew up visiting Seaworld. Being from Dallas, San Antonio is an easy weekend getaway for most families. I’ve been there at least a half dozen times. The last time was during my sophomore year in college with my family. I always enjoyed myself and never left with a sad feeling. Along with the entertainment, I remember learning facts about marine animals and how Seaworld has helped conserve and give back. Never once did I have a negative thought about this wonderful place.

October seemed to be the month Blackfish went ‘viral’. I saw dozens of posts about it on Facebook, and being a Netflix subscriber, I instantly watched it. After viewing the film, I was left in complete shock. I felt so sad for the animals and it seemed I had been unknowingly betrayed by the Seaworld brand. My non-profit of choice is any charity that involves rescuing, rehabilitating or conserving the precious lives of animals, so this film had an immediate effect on me.

With that said- I know Blackfish is a documentary. I know it was exposing all the terrible things that have happened and it was made to sway the opinions of the viewing audience. While this film deeply saddened me, I cannot say I believe 100 percent of the claims being made. I’ve taken away a few things from Blackfish.

#1- When you are faced with a crisis, you must make an immediate response. If Seaworld would have been more present since the beginning of the film’s release, I believe they could have prevented some of the mess that has been made.

#2- Don’t change your beliefs after being exposed to one side of a story. People want you to be on their side, and sometimes they will do whatever it takes to get you to believe in what they are selling you. I love documentaries and I think many of them have exposed many truths, but I know not to let them completely change my view on things.

#3- Out of all those affected by this documentary, Southwest Airlines decided to stay neutral. That’s the best approach in my opinion. They need time and more research before reaching a solid decision.

Having a background in public relations helped me keep my ground on this subject and I know there’s always two sides to every story. This is an ongoing study that I personally find very interesting and will continue to research.

One Reason Why Being Happy on Valentine’s Day is Better

We all see it. Between Buzzfeed, Thought Catalogue, Elite Daily and all the other websites producing viral articles on the world wide web.. there are constant comparisons being made between being single or in a relationship.

Well guess what.

There’s this crazy thing called happiness that really controls whether it’s better to be in a relationship or single. I’ve experienced Valentine’s Day both ways, and I must say, I like it either way!

“All The Single Ladies”


Single? Who doesn’t love a reason to go out and grab drinks with the girls or guys? It’s important to not dwell on the fact that you don’t necessarily have one special person to share it with. If you’re single, you have to appreciate all your friends who are there for you on the reg rooting for you to  m o v e   o n   t o   t h e   n e x t.

Another plus- Valentine’s day is on FRIDAY this year. Wow the possibilities are endless!

A double plus? The weather will be WARM and it is patio weather! Ladies pull out the crop tops, it’s time to show off your sexy!

“I Will Always Love You”


In a relationship? Time to cheese it up and gush about your love for your significant other! I think it’s always important to make sure you show your appreciation for your loved one on this day because who knows what kind of nonsense you’ve put them through in the past year. No one’s perfect, and no one should underestimate the power of nice, thoughtful words on this day of love.

**Guys don’t you dare forget those flowers.** Unless your girl is extremely abnormally allergic to pollen or whatever flowers are made of, there is not one reason you should fall short on this.

“But I don’t think she’s into flo…” No. She is. “Tom” boy or not. Just do it. Make her day and she will make yours at the end of the night.

My point is, it doesn’t matter which situation you’ve found yourself in. Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to spread the L.O.V.E. Tell your best friends how beautiful they are, tell your lovers how much you love them, and don’t forget to MAKE it a good, fun & happy day.

Happy Valentine’s Day Ya’ll <3<3<3


Low Carb Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is far from gourmet, but I am currently obsessed with my crock pot! Last night I diced the carrots, celery and cilantro. I also cut the bad parts off the chicken breast. And that was the hardest part of this whole recipe.. so here it is:

-2 chicken breasts

-1 Box of chicken stock

-1 Bag of carrots (peeled and diced)

-1/2 Stalk of celery (cut into small pieces)

-Fresh cilantro (I just pulled off a handful and cut into small pieces)

-Dreamfield Spaghetti* (a lo-carb pasta, for more info click here.)

-1 cup of water

-Seasoning of choice (I used sea salt, pepper, Tony’s, garlic salt and a weber’s grill chicken-flavored seasoning.)

I put all the ingredients listed above in the crockpot this morning and let it cook on HIGH for 4 hours. I came home for lunch and it was PERFECT!! I have to admit, I did mess up. I set the crockpot on low after I ate lunch and didn’t turn it off until 5 hours later. Now the noodles are way over-cooked. So make sure if you decide to cook it on high that you don’t leave it on too long. But, I still ate it for dinner as well. I love it! Can’t wait to enjoy it for lunch the rest of this week!



Chipotle Copycat Chicken Salad

A few weeks ago, I attempted to recreate my favorite salad in the world: a chicken salad from Chipotle. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a recipe that mimicked the “fast food” chain’s chicken and cooked up a pretty similar rendition.

I added romaine lettuce, cilantro-lime brown rice, black beans, pre-made pico de gallo from Market Street, white corn, fat free sour cream and topped it with salsa. It was absolutely scrumptious. AND I had leftovers for 3 more lunches! I will definitely make this again.

Link to full recipe.