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 regrooting 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.
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!
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.
I stayed in Vail, Colorado from December 27-January 2, 2014. Boy had I missed Colorado.
My first stop was in Durango with my mom for another one of her business trips. Durango is a small resort town just North of New Mexico. I enjoyed seeing the town my mom always talked to me about. They have a train ride (we weren’t able to go on) and a historical downtown district. We arrived on Christmas day when everything was closed, so we weren’t able to get the “full” Durango experience, but we still made our own fun as always. My mom went to work the next day and I worked away from the office editing a video for my job. The next day we drove back to Albequerque (where we originally flew into) and I caught a flight on Southwest to Denver, a short 2-hour drive from Vail. I arrived in Vail Friday evening.
Day 1 (Saturday, December 28th): This was my first day of ski school. I’d only been skiing once, in North Carolina, and I thought I would get it down instantly. I was wrong. I attended a half day of ski school and decided to go ahead and “ski” on down the mountain.
Let’s just say I got down the mountain without breaking any bones. But it wasn’t pretty. Afterwords, I definitely took advantage of the hot tub and some cold Coors Light (I was pretty excited to hold my beer out in front of me and look at the rockies on the can with the real rockies in the background).
Day 2 (Sunday, December 29th): We took a break from skiing, and went to the next town over to watch The Wolf Of Wall Street. I loved this movie, but I do agree with critics that we got the point of all the drugs, alcohol and partying. Maybe cut 15-30 minutes of it, the movie still would’ve been great.
Day 3: (Monday, December 30th): I took another shot at skiing on this day. It was better but not perfect. I basically hung out on the bunny slope for half the day. The other half, I slid down the green slopes.
Day 4: (Tuesday, December 31st): On this day, I got to ski with my boyfriend and his “uncle”- Randy. He’s basically an expert at skiing, been skiing for over 40 years.
I had high anxiety on this day. I was starting to get anxious and down on myself since I hadn’t “mastered” skiing. I like to be good, if not the best at the things I do. I like to think I’m athletic enough to pick up most sports, so I was really disappointed in myself and wasn’t in the best of spirits.
Luckily, I received some help that moved me to the next level. Randy helped me with my stops, which were the hardest for me to master. He also helped build my confidence. After going down a couple slopes, I was getting better and I felt better. I still felt a little anxious, but I knew I had control. We went all the way down the mountain and ended in Vail Village. Funny thing is, they tricked me and brought me down blues the whole way. I was still a little scared, but I pushed through and got down only falling once.
Once we got to the bottom, we definitely made a stop at Garfinkel’s to enjoy a beer. I felt so accomplished! That’s one of the biggest reasons I love trying new things- although I can’t expect myself to be perfect at something new the first go around, it’s such a rewarding feeling when you’ve achieved a goal. My goal was to learn to ski and not look like a complete fool while doing it. Maybe next time I’ll learn to snow board.
Later this night, we went out for New Years to a cool place in Vail Village. I forgot the name, but it was a nice restaurant, pretty large on the inside. There was a band and a champagne toast at midnight. The songs the band played were a mix of oldies and songs from today. We definitely had fun and rang in the new year the right way.
Day 5: (Wednesday, January 1st) We watched skiers ski down the mountain from the living room and patio on this day. We were worn out and relaxed. There was a lot of cleaning and packing to do. We went out to eat for dinner and watched the Baylor football game. I was sad to leave, it was so much fun and so beautiful in Vail. But between the physical and mental requirements of skiing for the first time, I was also extremely tired. It was time to say good bye.
This is a trip I will never forget. I’ve visited Colorado several times before, but not like this. I am so blessed and am thankful for the people who have been in my life and allow me to enjoy these experiences.