A Malibu Proposal

A mere few hours spent in Malibu is enough to rejuvenate you for weeks. If you haven’t made a trip, I highly suggest it. Despite its ongoing growth, the oasis somehow retains its calmness— a trait rarely found in or around Los Angeles.

I have a lot of personal memories rooted in Malibu, because my family has a home on the beach. So, I was excited when a friend told me he planned to propose there. He and his fiancé flew in from Indiana last weekend— desperately needing a break from the long winter. Of course, I was more nervous about the proposal than he was! Men simply don’t think about logistics the same way women do. Example: the groom-to-be wanted my husband to toss the ring to him from  a balcony to the beach. I wouldn’t trust baseball’s best pitcher with that job. Not to worry, though— we came up with a better plan before having to buy a metal detector, and our friend managed to pull off a waterfront proposal without any hiccups. I had the honor of playing the not-so-discreet photographer all weekend. Enjoy a glimpse into all of the fun!

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Mind Ready Monday: Life is Long

Welcome to part two of Mind Ready Monday: a weekly write up meant to boost your mindset. This week’s mantra doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on the surface. Life is long?! Typically, we can all agree life is short— time is flying, and that terrifies me. For the sake of our sanity, however, let’s look at things from another perspective for a minute: life is long. It’s something my dad has been preaching for years. Quite frankly, the slogan frustrates me, because I’m the type who wants things right now. I blame the Internet for that.

Like you, I have a lot of dreams. Dreams to host television shows. Dreams to launch a business and a charity. Dreams to someday turn this blog into a book. Dreams to start a family. If I’m being honest, I often find myself looking at life like a countdown clock— worried I’ll run out of time to see my dreams become realities. Perhaps it’s all part of navigating the quarter-life. Or maybe we’ve just come to expect rapidity in all parts of our lives the same way we expect it in sending a text message. Why am I not hosting Dancing with the Stars yet?! Probably because Erin Andrews got the job instead.

Inevitably, this outlook doesn’t always promote patience. Instead, it prompts unneeded pressure. Which is why I need to start embracing the real meaning behind life is long.  We’ve got to stop living our lives and making our decisions from a YOLO-state of mind (that means You Only Live Once, for those of you unaware of hip tech acronyms).

Life takes time. Success takes time. Families take time. Dreams take time. Nothing worth working for is built overnight. Be patient. Work hard. Love harder. Expect your plans to change and your dreams to evolve.

It’s a lot easier said than done. But I’m learning my fears of running out of time do nothing but drain me from the present. So let’s work on this one together. Enjoy your life right now, instead of merely wanting everything right now. Life is long if you start living like it.

 

Sip Away, It’s Friday!

You’ve worked really hard this week, so celebrate with a festive cocktail! I appreciate drinks that are tasty and light. Too often, the best cocktails are loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners. I’d rather waste the calories on a cupcake. In anticipation of the weekend, I’m whipping up three of my favorite cocktails. The prep work is simple, and you don’t have to feel too bad about the calories. Oh— and you know the rule: drink responsibly.

 Happy sipping!

 

GRAPEFRUIT MOJITO

Ingredients: white rum (2 shots), grapefruit (¼), mint leaves (3), agave (1 tbsp), soda water

Directions: Peel and slice ¼ grapefruit and put in a cocktail shaker. Add mint leaves and agave. Muddle ingredients. Add ice and shake. Once shaken, pour all ingredients into a tall glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

*** Note: if using a small cocktail glass, only one shot of rum is needed.

Serves one

 TEQUILA TEASER

Ingredients: tequila (2 shots), jalapeño (1 slice), cucumber (6 slices), fresh lime juice (1 squeezed lime), agave (1 tbsp), soda water

Directions: Add tequila, jalapeño (sans seeds), cucumber slices, lime juice and agave in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Pour all ingredients into a tall glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

*** Note: add jalapeño slices for more spice. If using a small glass, only one shot of tequila is needed.

Serves one

BERRY BURST

Ingredients: vodka (2 shots), raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, soda water, berry ice cubes

Directions: Begin by preparing berry ice cubes ahead of time. Add a single berry to each cube in a traditional ice tray. Once frozen, add a handful of colorful cubes to a glass. Muddle a handful of blueberries and raspberries in a bowl. Add one or two tablespoons of muddled berries to the glass. Pour vodka into a tall glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

*** Note: if using a small cocktail glass, only one shot of vodka is needed.

Serves one

*** Video by Erik Shute and Adam Falk ***