How to Make it NOT a Date

Anyone who has recently gone through a breakup may understand what I’m going through. I’m not the type of girl that has ever rushed into a relationship — mainly because I was in just one relationship for 8 straight years. I was a late bloomer in the dating world at the age of 18, and I’ve only ever had one real boyfriend. So, now that I’m single, I don’t feel ready to mingle just yet. I have no problem hanging out with a guy, but I have become that girl that instantly friend zones any potential dating material. I’d rather keep it casual and just be friends in order to avoid an awkward situation — or relationship. Truth is, and this will sound so incredibly cliché, I’m just not ready to start dating. But, even with my best efforts at explaining my disinclined position, what if the guy still thinks otherwise? What is a girl to do? Continue reading

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Becoming a Control Freak?

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Back in the day, I was able to do just about anything to my skin without any crazy side effects. In fact, I actually used rubbing alcohol as an astringent (eeeek!). No big deal — until I turned 22. For whatever reason, my usually clear skin began breaking out with cystic acne and was super sensitive to even specialty face washes. At one point, it got so bad that a stranger came up to me and asked, “Have you ever heard of Proactive?” Needless to say, I felt pretty horrible and continued my search for healthy, clear skin. After talking with my dermatologist, I discovered most of my cystic acne was probably due to stress and hormones, which I was able to manage and (for the most part) clear up. The sensitive skin issue, however, has remained. Continue reading

Tales from a Dog-Sitter

MugzieI am a self-proclaimed “cat lady” and absolutely ADORE my precious kitty. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t have a soft spot in my heart for dogs! In fact, growing up I had both a cat and a dog. My dog, Mugzie, was my buddy, my pal. Come to think of it, I’ve probably put off getting another dog simply because I don’t know if he/she could ever live up to the reputation and awesomeness of Mugzie (I mean, just look at that face!).

Having a dog, though, is a lot of work. I’ve often compared it to having a child (I know, it’s not REALLY the same thing — but hear me out) because of all the extra attention it needs. A cat, on the other hand, really just needs you to keep the food and water dishes full. Having a human there from time to time to brush you and snuggle with are just extra bonuses. If I stay at work late or go out with friends for drinks, I typically don’t ever worry about my cat. She can handle things. She’s good. (And when I sing her a little P.Y.T. when I return home, she has been known to give me the “oh, you were gone?” look.) But a dog — it needs you…like really, really wants and needs you. These past two weeks, I offered to watch my friend’s dog, Miley, and got a taste of what it’s like to own a dog again. This whole experience has confirmed that I’m probably still not ready to own a dog (or have children anytime soon for that matter), simply because I’m still a little selfish with my time. But, it did make me think of something: Having a dog can help you become a better person. Here’s why. Continue reading

40 Things I Learned by Going 40 Days Vegetarian

As a Baptist, the concept of Lent has always interested me. The thought of giving something up for 40 (well, 46 really) days seemed so intriguing. Lent wasn’t ever something I had practiced, but I often pondered what I would try to give up…and if I could last from Ash Wednesday all the way to Easter Sunday. This year, perhaps with the influence of NOLA and Mardi Gras festivities, I decided to give it a go and give up meat. While I’m not necessarily a carnivorous gal, I do enjoy a good burger and a backyard BBQ. I knew that becoming vegetarian would be challenging, but I had faith that it was something I could easily accomplish.

It’s now been a few days since I successfully made it (piece of cake, right?). I’ve started to add animal protein back into my diet, and in doing so I found that I learned a few things during — and after — this journey. Continue reading