Curling & Commentators

Recently, I decided to surprise my fiance with taking him Curling. He has mentioned many times how he would love to try it, and thankfully living in Olympic city, it’s pretty obtainable. I just searched it because I heard they have classes available to the public. Low and behold I found it, and we signed up. His birthday is coming up so I thought it would be perfect. I decided to go earlier than his b-day, and I couldn’t hold the surprise in too long….so I told him. Let me just say his smile that came on his face after, was contagious. It was stretching ear to ear.

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HE WAS SO PUMPED!

I learned so much! The history behind it, their terminology. I NEVER realized the rocks weigh 42 pounds! I was shocked. It makes sense but I didn’t realize it would weigh that much. Once you’re on the ice and actually curl, it isn’t as heavy as 42 pounds may seem to sound.

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He was so pumped! I was excited to try something new too. That’s always the best, trying something new with your significant other. You learn more about one another and grow together. Plus, you figure out things about yourself!

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I was ready for the runway wasn’t I?? haha. Well, it’s cold in the arena and they tell you to wear loose clothing that you can move easily in. If anyone has been watching the Olympics you see how low and stretched out they are when they’re curling, so this outfit was comfy and perfect 🙂

We only got to play two games, curling only one rock each due to the amount of people at the class, but it was worth it! Our instructor mentioned they were thinking of creating an actual arena JUST for curling, since the Olympic Training Site that you see in the top photo, they share the ice with MANY different groups of people/sports. So getting that ice time is difficult. I hope they do! You may see me in the 2022 Winter Olympics (sike!).

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ONE THING I want to touch on, if anyone has been following curling in the 2018 Olympics, you may know the few teams, mixed doubles, that were in the running for gold. Well, it was confirmed Canada won gold, which wasn’t a shock to me! They spoke on how well Canada is at our class. Our instructor was from Canada and said in their P.E. classes throughout school they would curl! That was apart of their gym class. So it only makes sense.

BUT, what I wanted to touch on (finally), was how I get so irritated when commentators and reporters can sometimes seem to only notice a female athlete’s attractiveness. If no one is watching the Olympics or knows what I’m talking about, the OAR, Olympic Athletes from Russia, there is a married couple for their mixed doubles. The woman, just so happened to be brought up in a conversation on how she either looked like Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. Not that she is a great athlete, that her and her husband are doing well, her back ground on how she started curling, her stats, etc. Just her looks. It’s not the first time I noticed it, that is why it irritates me anytime I hear it. Very rare if at all when they comment on a man’s looks, especially if he is an athlete. They just touch on his skill. But not for this woman athlete curler.

JUST APPRECIATE A WOMAN AS AN ATHLETE. Appreciate her talent. Show off her skill. I’m just tired of women athletes being deduced to their physical appearance. #Seeher (hashtag commemorating how we should see these young women and women athletes).

Alright, I’m done.

I hope everyone has a GREAT Valentines Day tomorrow! Let your significant other know how much you appreciate them for who they are or let anyone you love know, today and every day.

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Stay glowing Ponyboy

I apologize for being quiet for the past week and a half. I traveled for the holidays and it seems once I returned back home and settled in, my immune system decided to settle as well. I got sick and then after that I got conjunctivitis (pink eye). I just couldn’t win. Thank God my sister is a PA so she knew some stuff to help me heal up right away. So while recovering from that, my days have been filled with football playoffs and curling up on the couch, waiting for my school semester to start. After this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my classes will be starting and I am so excited for that! It is a little interesting being on the older side of the average student, but I still enjoy learning and I don’t pay too much mind to it. I thouroughly enjoy school, I believe it is something not be taken for granted. Education, and having it quite readily available, is a blessing.

So I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces of makeup in my makeup bag since I’m going to be going back to school! (Cue all my upcoming photos and blogs to be about it)

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PEEP that GLOWWWWW. I LOVE this highlighter. Before I got it, I was completely ignorant on what to use, or even how to use it. But we all need to start somewhere, right? It makes you thankful that it’s as easy as going on Youtube and finding many different types of women doing their makeup and showing you HOW to apply it. FOR FREE! Think about how it used to be before the internet….a longer learning process I’d say!

If you notice I use an e.l.f Poreless Face Primer I put this on before my tinted moisturizer. It does exactly what it’s name claims, it fills pores and gives a smooth look. I use this mostly on my nose, I don’t have too big of pores but my T-Zone there is oily.

I am not a fan of foundation, for me it’s just too heavy and I don’t have a need for thick full coverage. So a tinted moisturizer with some SPF is important!! This Maybelline Dream Fresh BB tinted moisturizer does just that! I love the light coverage so my skin feels like it can still breath but at the same time gives me an all over coverage (again, with my sister being a Physicians Assistant, she worked in a Dermatologist Office and has seen it ALL!).

I normally don’t have dark circles under my eyes, my sister did because she had more olive undertones in her skin so they showed more. But I still like a lighter coverage under my eyes to assist with the contour. This product is great, it’s really good for those trying to hide their dark circles! Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It’s a concentrated formula for instant coverage. I’m almost out in this picture but I plan on getting more!

I will forever use this product for my eyebrows if my bank account can handle it, lol. Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil is my ish. I also have the Brow Dip and brush to go with it. Which ever style you prefer, pencil or dip, I highly recommend Anastasia products.

This mascara my friends, is the best in my book. I have used Maybelline Voluminous Original since high school and I’ve never looked back. I’ve tried a few more expensive brands but this brand and kind never fails. Plus it’s cheap so that makes everyone happy!

I’ve also used this bronzer since high school, only because I would steal and use my sisters makeup all the time. She would used this and it has great reviews, Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

I added most of my staple items in the photo, but I didn’t include my eyeshadow pallettes. I have multiple ones that I swap out daily. It all depeneds on my outfit really. What are some of your favorites? Or what are some dupes you all know? I love when you like a color for a MAC lipstick but you can find something similar for a lot cheaper! Any rituals you do while doing your makeup? I want to hear all about them!

Oh yeah, and if I had to choose who to root for during these playoffs, only because they are in my conference, I’m going to have to say the Vikings! I just don’t know if any of these teams going on to the next round are a worthy component against the Patriots.

Hope you all have a great long holiday weekend!

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Real Talk

I burdens me, yet makes me thankful, to say this post was inspired by someone’s death, because that’s exactly what happened. I was scrolling through Facebook during the National College Championship and came across a post from a 27 year young woman from Australia who passed away recently due to a rare bone cancer. She happened to write a farewell letter, not because she was making her peace with death, but because she wanted to get her voice out to the world even if it meant her time was coming for the final goodbye. Her message was simple, yet spoke to me in a time in my life where my reality was setting in. This is where the title of this blog post comes into play.

I had this vision of starting this and possibly having some kind of reflection of other women I see that fill my feed on Instagram, but if I followed suit I would be living a lie. Yes, these posts are nice and a lot of them involve some kind of new clothes, style, or brand. These things do make many happy and it’s what people strive for. These things also pay the bills for people and are a life source. I understand these things fully. If that is what you seek here, I apologize but that is something I cannot give. I do not see that as an important factor in my life. I do enjoy the clothes I have, do not get me wrong. I’m very thankful to have things to clothe my back, which is more than some have. I am not the person who goes shopping consistently or every weekend. I could tell you right now I had Plato’s Closet deny my clothes because the label showed they were an older “series” of clothes. That’s because when I get clothes, I keep them for a long time, cycling the seasons. Then I donate whatever I realize I don’t wear.

Please don’t think I’m going to be judgey (not a word, but y’all understand)! I love how we can all be different and we’re all on our own journeys of life. Don’t get me wrong, I like looking at new outfits or different people’s style. I enjoy seeing it as much as anyone else sometimes, but I am explaining how DOING that is not me. I must be true to myself. I must be “ruthless for my own well being” which is what that woman wrote in her letter, and resonated with me.

So knowing that and if you continue reading, thank you :).

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Today was a beautiful day in Colorado. Where I live, it was almost 70 degrees. With the amazing weather, for it being a week into January, the only thing I wanted to do was get outside. So I worked out (did shoulders), went hiking with my pup, played some baseball, then hit the tennis ball around for a little bit. Of course I finished that off by having a beer at a brewery. All in all, today was amazing. I enjoyed the moments as they came. My fiance was kind enough to catch some photos, but in all, I relished in the present, and I was thankful. It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving for any self-reflection of what you see as important to you.

Much love everyone.

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