Progress update

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”

Checking In- Hiatus Explained

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”

Weightloss Wednesday- March 21, 2018

Another week DONE! I was on the road on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and I didn’t do my video workouts. I packed some snacks to attempt to eat as healthy as possible, but as with any trip, there are unique foods to try, and I wanted to get a feel for the cities I was in! Continue reading “Weightloss Wednesday- March 21, 2018”

The Greenbrier Valentine’s Day Trip

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”

Learning to Golf

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.Displaying
    Dunlop’s Ladies Tour Driver. It has a 13 degree loft which helped me get the ball in the air!
  3. 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!IMG_2506 

    Final tip: It’s ok if you mess up. Just remember to have fun!

 

Housetraining Barrett

We got Barrett when he was barely eight weeks old. We thought he was 12 weeks, but after looking at his teeth, the vet estimated that he was approximately a month younger than that.  That means he probably went to his first home at around 5 weeks, which was way too early. Getting Barrett at such a young age did have its advantages because although he had been with another family prior to us, he hadn’t had a chance to pick up any potential bad habits, and we could train him the way we wanted. Continue reading “Housetraining Barrett”

How to meal prep when you hate the idea of meal prepping

I am not a fan of meal prep. I have friends who swear by it, but I don’t like to eat the same dinner several nights in a row so I have to get creative with it. I have also found that when I don’t make a plan, I’m more likely to grab something unhealthy because it’s quick and easily accessible.

Continue reading “How to meal prep when you hate the idea of meal prepping”