Monday, November 30, 2015

Day 9: Blogging Challenge

Day Nine: How you hope your future will be like.

I don't think that question is grammatically correct, but okay haha. So the whole point of this challenge was to post daily BUT (forgive me) I was too busy recovering from my food coma. I hope you ate about half of what I ate this Thanksgiving. 

Fortunately for me, I consider this a repetitive topic since I just talked about Where You'd Like to be in 10 Years on Day 2.

Instead, I'm going to direct you to my (delayed) Thankful Thinking post that can be found HERE.

Happy Monday!

Thankful Thinking

First of all - Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and yours from Cocktails & Creatives! I hope everyone had a safe holiday and celebrated with full bellies and full hearts.

Secondly - Since I felt today's Blog Challenge topic had essentially already been covered, I wanted to take some time and instead - in true Thanksgiving spirit - express my gratitude for life. Too many times I find myself complaining about what doesn't go right, things I'm stressed about, people I'm angry with and how I don't want to get out of bed in the morning. 

The truth is, I have so so so (times infinity) much to be thankful for. 
Keep reading for my top "Reasons to be Thankful"...

this fur child | This dog is everything to me. He's my best friend, my companion, my snuggle buddy and my reason to come home. He's a huge pain in my ass (sorry for the language) but he's just so full of love and slobbery kisses that I can't possibly stay mad at him for doing laps around my coffee table and knocking over my glass of red wine onto the white (now pink) carpet. 

these chicks | These girls rock. They're the reason for smiles on my face and laughter in my heart. There's something so calming knowing they will always be there for me and will always be honest (sometimes too honest...ahem) and are always up for a good time. 

a roof over my head | Sometimes this one gets overlooked as I forget to think of it as a blessing and instead just part of every day life. Not everyone has a roof and 4 walls surrounding them. I'm lucky to have my cute little 1000 sq ft lofted townhouse, complete with utilities and some furniture that's seen better days.   

my family | Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. We fight, we laugh, we cry and we forget to call each other... but I wouldn't trade them for the world. It might have taken me until I was 24 to realize it, but it's amazing how much I really appreciate these fools. 

so much food  | I'm so thankful that not only am I able to keep food on my table, but also a fully stocked pantry and fridge. I have the ability to eat well & eat often. I tend to overlook the fact that if my stomach growls I can just walk to the kitchen. I'm also thankful that I inherited a love for cooking. On a side note, if I had to live on one food for the rest of my life? Pizza fa sho. 

success | I might not know what I'm doing in life but I do know that I keep growing and I keep learning. To me, that is successful and I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given (and earned) from a career aspect. It's fun getting paid for a job you enjoy doing!

I'm thankful for you taking the time to read my post today. Have a great week and don't forget to recognize the things you're grateful for this Holiday season!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 8: Blogging Challenge

Day Eight: A moment you felt most satisfied with your life.

Dude. Easiest post ever... when I completed the 
Reebok Spartan Sprint Race in Charlotte, NC [Spring of 2013]

About | Spartan’s shortest course at 5+ miles but 20+ obstacles including mud, fire, walls and barbed wire. If you fail an obstacle along the way, you owe 30 burpees before continuing on. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. There are three main types of Spartan Races; The Sprint, The Super is 8+ miles, 24+ obstacles, often hosted on a tougher terrain and the hardest of the three races is the Beast at 12+ miles and 30+ obstacles. 


Race Day | It was a very cold and wet 50 degree day in Charlotte. The race was actually in question of being postponed due to rain flooding and unstable conditions over the previous couple nights. The girls and I had been talking about this race for months and a few even traveled from surrounding cities to join our race group. One of the mom's racing with us had completed a Spartan before and recommended we use gloves and wristbands. We also duck taped our shoes on to avoid losing them in the mud (the race website had a "RIP shoes" picture of all lost shoes). We found out after the race that Charlotte was dubbed the "Dirtiest Spartan Race" of the year... no wonder I was still getting it out of my ears.

Takeaways | This was easily one of the most physically challenging things I've ever done in my life. But it was just so awesome to cross that finish line and know that I was a Spartan. I was sore for a week, was covered in cuts and bruises, had to wash my clothes SIX times to get all the mud out and was literally shaking I was so cold and muddy afterwards BUT I would do it all again in a heart beat.

Keep scrolling to see some awesome pictures of the obstacles and race course. 
I'm the one in the bright green shirt! 
(photo credit: friend's mom's and Reebok race crew)

 BeforeAll cute in our bright tanks and Spartan Headbands #FeelinFierce

During Getting a lil' muddy, sweaty and tired #FeelinDead

AfterFreezing, exhausted, disgusting, accomplished #WeDidItAndDidntDie


This brings a whole new meaning to "Mud Mask". Onto Day 9!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day 7: Blogging Challenge

Day Seven: Your Zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.

My birthday is March 10th - which makes me a PISCES and no, no I did not know that the personality of the Pisces is the hardest to pinpoint. But it does make sense of why I'm all over the place! Haha. I do think having combined traits helps me relate to other people easily and I've always found it simple to make friends. I can honestly say I've never really looked into the meaning of my zodiac sign until today, but at first glance it seems about 90% accurate. 

Pisces Strength Keywords:
- Adaptable
- Accepting (yup)
- Devoted 
- Imaginative 

Pisces Weakness Keywords:
- Indecisive (only when it comes to food)
- Self-pitying (sometimes)
- Lazy (nope)
- Escapist (sometimes)

- Compassionate (yup)
- Oversensitive (yup)

Today's horoscope from reads;

Thanks for stopping by for Day 7 of the Blogging Challenge - tons more of these interesting questions coming up this week!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day 6: Blogging Challenge

Day Six: Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

1.       I played the trombone in Honors Band in 5th grade.
I quit in 6th.
2.       I've played fastpitch softball nearly my whole life.
Until I got injured in high school.
3.       I can fold my tongue to look like a clover.
But only for close friends.
4.       I can do the worm forward & backward.
That’s also only for close friends. Or dance floors.
5.       I’ve only been out of the country once.
Okay, twice if you include a cruise.
6.       I can still do a one-handed cartwheel round-off.
No one said anything about sticking the landing.
7.       I can type 110 words per minute with 0 mistakes.
And then get a cramp in my hands.
8.       I can’t wink, with either eye.
But I can make my eyes go two different directions.
9.       I fell off a stool when I was 3 and split my lip open.
You can still see the scar.
10.   I swam at the NC State Swim Meet my junior year of high school.
It was a team relay, still counts.
11.   I was on Homecoming Court 3 out of 4 years.
Not once did I buy a dress for it. I’ve got friends with good tastes.
12.   I ran hurdles and the 100 yard dash in middle school.
Now I trip going up the stairs.
13.   I write down everything I eat.
I really don’t have a good reason for this. I’m just weird.
14.   My eyes change color based on what I’m wearing.
Does that make me part chameleon?
15.   My second toe is longer than my big toe.
Some say that’s a sign of wisdom. I agree.
16.   I lost the 5th grade spelling bee.
Metamorphosis sounds a lot like metamorphisis. 
17.   I totaled my first car 3 months ago.
Thank God for insurance.
18.   I’ve been asked if I was a professional golfer.
It was my very first time at a driving range.
19.   Sometimes I practice writing with the opposite hand.
You know, just for precautionary reasons.
20.   I don’t like chocolate cake.
Or chocolate ice cream. Or chocolate frosting. But I like chocolate.
21.   I shaved my legs in a dorm room sink in college.
Blame it on the a-a-a-alcohol.
22.   I’ve never used a fake ID.
But I looked 25 then and 19 now.
23.   I try not to go anywhere without a water bottle.
The one time I do, it’s like the Sahara Desert all up in there.
24.   I keep chapstick in every room in my house.
And my purse. And my car. And my office.
25.   I have about 50 statement necklaces.
Maybe even more. Don’t judge.
26.   I’d rather wear tennis shoes and sweats than heels and skirts.
I’m a huge tomboy. Always have been and always will be.
27.   My mom, my step mom and I all have “Lynn” as our middle names.
And it will be my future daughter’s too.
28.   I still know every lyric to all the 90’s boy band songs.
But it ain’t no lie. [baby bye bye bye]
29.   I could literally eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life.
If only it were calorie-free. It would make writing down food so much easier.
30.   I’m allergic to cats.
At least I know I won’t be an old cat lady. Maybe just dogs.

So this post was wayyy harder to write than I thought it would be! 30 interesting facts? I didn't think I was interesting enough for 10 facts. I surprised myself, haha.

Thanks for stopping by for Day 6 of the Blogging Challenge. You now know more about me than I ever wanted you to :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day 5: Blogging Challenge

Day Five: A time you thought about ending your own life.

My goodness these are super intimate questions. I can't say I've ever wanted to end my life, but there are times when I definitely just wanted to give up. Give up trying, give up caring, give up fighting. Sometimes it was in school or with athletics. Most times it was with relationships - family, boyfriends, friends. But for me, it was those same things that also kept me from quitting, from saying "I'm done". When my family wasn't there for me, my friends stepped in. When my friends weren't there for me, my parents took my side. When I got frustrated with school or sports, both helped. My point is that if you are willing to seek help, guidance and support IT IS THERESince I don't have much to talk about on this subject, I'm going to provide guidance for anyone who may be going through a tough time. 

I can't imagine what either of these guys were thinking or feeling, but....

When I was a teenager I found out my uncle committed suicide. 
It was in front of a group of people. His funeral was open casket.
My mom and her siblings cried for days.

When I was in my 20's a good friend's brother committed suicide. 
They found his body on a river bank. 
His mom and family are still grieving, that was over 2 years ago.

We still don't know why either did it or what we could have done to help.

24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

Not such a happy post today, but it's Friday and I'll cheers to that & the help and resources available in our country for those that need it.

Holiday Outfit Guide: Thanksgiving

Happy Friday, Readers! 

With the holidays quickly approaching and a 100% guarantee that I will be stuffing my face / gaining 10lbs in 2 days, I wanted to share a few of my outfit ideas for Thanksgiving festivities. I created these based on items that I already have in my closet (or super similar) and also that are a little "forgiving" if you will. Ain't nobody wanna see my food baby. 

Thanksgiving is a little different for my family. With my parents divorced, we split our time between Mom and Dad... which means double food and zero regret. Both sides live here in Charlotte so fortunately no heavy traveling! I'm looking forward to spending time with everyone and really can't wait to see my little brother back in town from school at AppState! When my two brothers and I get together it's always goofy (with a few sibling jabs) and by the end of the day we're all sick of each other. But that's how it should be :)

I took a couple days off from work to help with cooking/baking and just because  I wanted a couple days off. We'll spend Wednesday night at my Mom's - I'm making green bean casserole and a cranberry brussels sprout salad (we'll see how that turns out, mom's request). Thursday will be at Dad & Keely's (my step mom) - I'm making honey glazed carrots and a pumpkin swirl cheesecake. #GetInMyBelly

one | the "I refuse to wear pants" look (no really, I'm not wearing pants)
Dress |Boots |Vest |Watch |Bracelet |Scarf |Earrings

two | the "fake it til you make it" look (psst. these are stretchy pants)
Pants || Shirt |Vest |Boots || Bracelets || Necklace || Purse

three | the "I'm too cool for school" look (where are my glasses?)

Shirt |Shirt |Purse || Earrings |Boots |Leggings

four | the "I tried but not really" look ('A' for effort?)

Jeans |Sweater |Scarf |Boots |Earrings |Lipstick |Watch |Bracelet

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day 4: Blogging Challenge

Day Four: Your views on religion.

So this post isn't quite on the humorous side like my normal entries - but worth a read nonetheless.

As with most things in my life right now, I am undecided. I was baptized as a baby into the Presbyterian denomination and grew up going to church on Sundays with my family. Back then you wore your Sunday best and you were quiet and you sang the hymns that were slow and meaningful. When I was in 8th grade, I was confirmed, again Presbyterian, and continued to go to church with my family until my parents split in late 2004. Then college happened and boyfriends that weren't religious and then more excuses. I moved back home to Charlotte after college and attended occasionally - mostly Easter or Christmas services. Since then I've attended a few new places including Elevation Church and discovered you can in fact wear jeans to church and scream at the top of your lungs during sermons. (Who would have thought?)

While Elevation and so many other churches have great services and leaders, welcoming congregations and incredible connections to God, I still wanted to find Him on my own. I didn't want to be told that it was "the right thing to do" or "if you don't, bad things will happen to you" or "everything is happening because of Him". While some of that might hold true, I also believe that hard work gets you places and if you want to make it happen you will. 

For now, I'm still searching for my own connection. Not necessarily something good (or bad) to happen, just something. It may be to the Earth itself, or with Him or maybe a different higher being. Regardless, I don't feel that religion should be discriminated against and I hope I didn't offend anyone with this post. These are strictly my beliefs and I didn't think it was fair to skip a question on this challenge, because that's what it is... a challenge. 

Onto Day 5 ....

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Day 3: Blogging Challenge

Day Three: Your view on drugs and alochol.

Yes - I spelled alcohol wrong on purpose because sometimes that's how it sounds when you've had too many glasses of Robert Mondavi Cab Sauvignon. Don't judge me, haha. My mom once said "Teriyaki" instead of "Karaoke"... I'm blaming you, you juicy fermented fruit deliciousness.

I'm going to keep this post pretty short since most of you have read either;
A) My blog title, or 
B) My About Me page.

Drugs are bad.
(unless they're prescribed/medicinal)

Alcohol is fine, in moderation.
(unless you're in college cause you get a free pass)
(or with your girlfriends on the weekends)
(or participating in bar crawls)
(or it's Football Sunday)

A while back, one of my best friends, Amanda got me the cutest "just because" wine journal and it's probably one of my favorite things. The goal was if we decided to buy wine, it would be something we had never tried & we'd document it in the journal. You can mark everything from color, to smell, to taste to price and alcohol percentage! Unfortunately, I haven't really been keeping track of anything. Writing this post makes me want to start again though! 


Just in case you were wondering, here are my Top Drink Choices;

Jameson Irish Whiskey (on the rocks) // Vodka Soda - Splash of Cranberry Juice & Lime Wedge // 
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon // No-Da Brewery Hop Drop N' Roll


What are some of your favorite cocktails? Any low-cal suggestions (love my vodka sodas!)? Craft beer or mainstream beer?