As many of you know, I am Greek! I love rich and delicious Greek foods, but I have tried to adapt some of my favorite Greek foods to a healthier option. Continue reading “Greek Beef Stifado”
I have never posted on a Sunday, and don’t plan to make a regular thing of it, but I wanted to get this update out so I am going to stop making excuses and post it now. Continue reading “Progress update”
So, I fell off of the blogging wagon for a bit. I had a lot of stuff going on, both personally and professionally, and didn’t really want to write. I want my blog to be organic and natural so that it truly reflects me both as a writer and who I am as a person, so since I didn’t want to write, I didn’t force it. I am in a better place currently– the personal stuff is working itself out, and I have a few leads on exciting new career opportunities. Continue reading “Checking In- Hiatus Explained”
I will admit that prior to 2017, I had never even heard of the Greenbrier. My boyfriend’s family planned a trip there in the fall for his dad’s birthday, and I fell in love. The combination of the vast property, the decor, and the service, made it an absolutely wonderful trip. Continue reading “The Greenbrier Valentine’s Day Trip”
Almost a year ago, I picked up a golf club at the driving range and began to learn the sport. 28 years old, learning a new sport. Let me tell you, it is never too late to pick up a new hobby. I did this a couple of years ago with ice skating (Bar prep stress-relief) and I really loved it. So it wasn’t totally out of the question for me when I began to consider learning golf.
Why golf? A few reasons: 1. My dad golfed when he was younger and loved it. He took me mini-golfing (I know, it’s not the same thing) pretty frequently as a kid and I enjoyed it. 2. A few of my girl friends and I kept talking about how it would be fun to make a night out of going to the driving range and that we should all learn together. 3. Golf is a big part of my boyfriend’s family time. He, his brothers, and both of his parents golf. In fact, I remember on my official “meet the parents” night, his dad asked me excitedly “Do you golf?”, to which I responded “No, but I’d consider learning” — and consider it, I did.
Did I think I would like it? I wasn’t sure. Did I think it would become one of my favorite after work activities? I definitely did NOT think that that would be the case. And yet at not even 8 weeks in and I was pretty hooked.
By NO means am I an expert on this subject, but I do have a couple of tips that I have picked up so far for anyone who might be curious about taking up the sport.
- TAKE LESSONS.
I had gone to the driving range a couple of times before I started my lesson at RMU’s Ladies Golf Academy. My boyfriend was helping me with my swing and stance, but I decided to enroll in a 4 week class to learn the fundamentals. When I began my class, my instructor said that coming to the class as early in my learning as I did would prove to be a huge advantage for me. I hadn’t picked up any bad habits yet and could learn the proper techniques to improve my game.If you google in group golf lessons in your area, you’ll likely find that driving ranges offer beginner classes and you can get started!
- Don’t buy a full set of clubs.
I followed the same rule that I followed when I taught myself to skate. I wanted to make sure I planned to follow through with the sport before I made a big monetary investment in it. Luckily, most driving ranges have clubs (albeit, old and clunky), that you can use to try your first couple of times to figure out if you see yourself pursuing this on a long term basis. One of the driving ranges that I visited had a hot pink driver as a loaner club. I typically don’t gravitate toward hot pink but I tried this driver out and I LOVED it. So I googled, found it online, and had it shipped to my apartment a few days later. It was VERY reasonable in price but it worked for me.
Dunlop’s Ladies Tour Driver. It has a 13 degree loft which helped me get the ball in the air!
- Be Patient.
Golf, like any sport, can be frustrating. Go into it with low expectations and know that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be excellent from the beginning. I was given the advice to just try to hit the ball the first few times. Once I was able to make contact consistently, I began to focus more on where the ball was going. This trick helped me so hopefully it works for you!I am by no means a golf expert (far far far from it, to be honest!) but I am having fun learning and am happy to share my progress with you!
Final tip: It’s ok if you mess up. Just remember to have fun!
I used to LOVE to read. I’m talking major bookworm. I would devour one book after another to the point where I’d finish books in the same day that I started them. Not to say that I don’t like to read currently. I definitely still do, but somewhere during law school where I was assigned copious amounts of reading on a daily basis, I stopped reading for fun with the frequency that I used to.
Because I have been trying to get back some of the things that I let slip aside (health & fitness, creative writing) I decided that I should add something else to the list: I’m going to start reading for pleasure more. Continue reading “Bookworm once again”
I went back and forth about going live with this blog. For about a year, to be honest. I went through periods where I was so excited about it, and then periods where I questioned what I was doing. Who will read what I’m writing? Why will people read what I have to say over the innumerable already successful bloggers out there. These doubts actually caused me to put this blog on the shelf for almost 8 months. Continue reading “Stop Hesitating”
Cuba is one of the trendiest and hottest vacation spots right now. Understandably so, since up until recently, most United States citizens were unable to legally travel to Cuba. I traveled to Cuba in November, but unlike many Americans, this was not my first trip to Cuba. Continue reading “Traveling to Cuba”
Pretty much everyone who I have interacted with over the past year has heard about how much I want a puppy. I moved into my own apartment and it was a bit lonely without Meatball and Juliet underfoot, so I had been keeping my eye out for puppies online and in the shelters for the better part of a year. I realllllly wanted to rescue, but I wanted a dog that would stay small because a. I live in an apartment with no yard, and b. I travel a good bit and would like to be able to travel with my pup sometimes. I soon learned that it was tough to find a small dog at a shelter. So I kept looking.
One day, my boyfriend showed me an ad that he found on craigslist- a woman was rehoming a puppy. Continue reading “Meet Barrett!”
Keeping in the theme of my learning to golf, I decided to take my nephew, Elijah mini-golfing on one of the first truly nice Saturday afternoons that we had this spring. To learn a little about my relationship with Elijah and what he means to me, read this post! Continue reading “Elijah’s first mini golf lesson”