Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Out West Wednesday : Signs I'm becoming a local

I made my big move out to Colorado about 2 and a half months ago, but honestly it feels like I've lived here much longer than that. I never thought I'd be able to adjust to some place so different so quickly. I've always been a very adaptable, go with the flow type of person though so really I shouldn't be that surprised. This is really starting to feel like home and with each day I feel more and more like a local. How do I know? Well these 7 signs are pretty good indicator.

1. I don't cry when the temperature drops down to the teens, only below zero
2. Climbing a flight of stairs doesn't make me lose my breath from the altitude
3. I get excited for a pow day
4. I actually call it a pow day
5. I'm greeted by name at my local liquor store
6. When someone asks where I'm from my first response is "I've lived here since November"
7. I never want to move out of the Valley

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Five

Hello, it's me. Since I've blogged exactly twice since the beginning of December I thought it might be fun to do a 5 things post today. Do people still do these? I know I use to link my post up every week with someone, but for the life of me I just can't remember who that was even with anymore. Anyway here are the top 5 things that have been going on in my life during my blogging absence.

1. Gossip Girl - I finally gave in and got Netflix, and by that I mean my sister got Netflix and I finally caved and asked for her password. I always stayed away because I knew it would consume so much of my time and I was 100% correct. I've been obsessed with Gossip Girl and am already well into the third season. I don't know how I've never watched it until now, but if Blair and Chuck don't end up together in the end I'm going to be so upset.

2. Dating - The Vail Valley is often referred to as the Male Valley and one look at Tinder makes it very clear why. I don't know what the ratio is, but its fair to say the men greatly outnumber the women in this town. Which is great because you have so many choices, but is also terrible because all those choices can be overwhelming. This deserves its own post, but let's just say I've been on more dates since moving to Colorado than I've been on in my whole life combined. Sadly though I'm still very much single.

3. Not Skiing - Since I moved out here I've only been up on the mountain once. I had a really great, patient instructor and was still terrible, so I've been nervous to go back up. But I'm making myself take advantage of my free lessons this month and going up. Hopefully I'll shake this cold I have in time to go on my next day off work.

4. Thinking about what's next - My job is only guaranteed until the end of ski season in April and my lease is up at the end of that month. I keep trying to put off thinking about the future but more and more people ask me what's next and I'm starting to realize April really isn't that far off. I'd like to stay in Vail but it's just a matter of finding another job (or being offered year round status where I am) and finding a place where I can afford to live. Keep your fingers crossed the right opportunity presents itself to me.

5. Being homeless - Last week a water line broke in my building causing everyone to evacuate and me to not have access to my unit until late last night. Thankfully I work in a hotel with really great management and was able to stay in a room there for an employee rate, meaning I got a 4star room for around $100 a night. I've never been so thankful to work in hospitality. But it certainly felt nice to use my own shower and sleep in my own bed again. Dealing with all of if was certainly a crash course in adulting.

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Friday, January 1, 2016


Long time no blog. It's funny, when you're too busy living life you don't have the proper amount of time to record it all. That's exactly what I've been doing for the past two months. If you had told me a year ago that I would now live in Colorado I would have put money down that you were wrong. I started 2015 pretty miserable and now I start 2016 happier than I've been in years. It's not that I now make tons of money; I break even each month. I don't now have a fabulous boyfriend; my string of Tinder dates are a post waiting to happen. My job isn't super glamorous; I spend the majority of my day radioing phone requests to different departments. But I'm somewhere that makes me happy, doing something I enjoy, around great people. That one super scary, spontaneous decision to move to Colorado has made all the difference. Maybe I was having a mid 20s crisis; but it's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. My blog tagline is : making the most out of life. And I finally feel like I'm in a place to do that.

So here's my challenge to you for 2016. Don't make your resolution be to workout 3 times a week or save money or give up soda. Make your 2016 resolution be to do something that scares you and pushes you out of your comfort zone. It doesn't have to be something as huge as moving across the country, because I realize that's just not doable for everyone. Maybe it's going on vacation by yourself or signing up for an online class. The point is you'll never truly know yourself until you try something you've never done. You could be missing out on the best decision of your life.

So what's my personal resolution for 2016? Keep doing things that scare me. Remember to listen to my gut and say no when it doesn't feel right. Worry less. Laugh more.

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