The Real Reason Women Are Becoming More Unapproachable

This post is so true. It’s sad, but this is a reality.

James Michael Sama

There is sort of an unspoken secret among all men that we are all aware of, and have always been aware of since the moment we became old enough to recognize our interest in women. It is something that is not frequently spoken about and therefore women do not usually have the same innate understanding of the issue. They may not even realize that it exists.

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Here it is: It is terrifying for a man to approach a woman.

As (single) men, we find ourselves in the midst of countless women that we would like to talk to every single day. Whether it be passing in the halls at work, on the subway, or even just on Facebook. Yet, many rarely actually walk on up and just say ‘hello.’ Why is this?

Because it is not only scary, but risky. One thing men will not openly admit is that…

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55 Followers! Wahoo! Thanks y’all!

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I have officially reached 55 followers! Thank you to everyone who likes/comments on my posts and has hit that lovely “follow” button thus far. I’ve been in quite a writing slump lately but you are always great motivation to keep going.

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All Caught Up In Social Media “Bliss”

Well, my apologies for being MIA for almost a month. Moving will do that to ya, I guess. If you’re wondering, Colorado is a pretty amazing place to be. I absolutely love it here. The people are friendly; the scenery is breathtaking; the weather is phenomenal; and there is an abundance of sunshine giving off happy vibes at (almost) all times. How could one not love it here??

There is one thing that has been on my mind since I moved and I’m not sure if it’s a result from moving or if I’ve always felt this way and never taken the time to express it. It seems that I’m much more sensitive to how I choose to keep in touch with people since nearly everyone that I’m close to is now 500+ miles away.

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Do you ever wonder what’s really going on in people’s lives when you’re looking at social media sites like Facebook or Instagram? Or what people’s motivations are for some of these crazy posts that we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing day in and day out?

One prime example:

  • It’s your mom’s birthday. What’s one of the first things you do to wish her happy birthday? Some people are old-fashioned and will probably just pick up the phone to call her and tell her how much she is loved and make sure that she’s doing something enjoyable for her special day. Others, particularly those that are active on social media, will post some long extravagant post like such (please excuse and/or enjoy the over-exaggeration as I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of these posts before)… “Happy Birthday to the most beautiful, loving, honest, cheerful, intelligent, inspirational, blah, blah, blah woman I know. I am beyond blessed to have you as a mother and I absolutely can not imagine my life without you. You are THE best person in the entire world and I can’t help but ramble on about all of these things so that I can get a million likes on this status when everyone sees how much I love my mom.” And yet that person might not even take the time to call or, God forbid, spend time with his/her mom for her birthday. My point? What’s the true motivation for posting such an extravagant paragraph about how awesome your mom is when you could just tell her in person and enjoy some quality time together?

Here’s the thing. I’m all for showing everyone how much you love and care about your awesome momma on her birthday. I love seeing the pictures and it’s always a good thing to see that people have good relationships with whoever it is that’s having a birthday. But wouldn’t it be a better use of time to give that person a call or go spend time with them doing something they enjoy? And why in the world do the 500+ friends you have on Facebook need to see your birthday wishes for that person?

I completely know and understand that it has become commonplace to post about any and all events or holidays or birthdays or gifts your boyfriend got you or the million pictures from your wedding or a picture of your new Nike shoes on Instagram or…you get the point. But if you really step back and think about it, why are we sharing all of these things on the Internet? Is it to get likes on your status or picture so you know that people from high school still care about what you’re doing? Or so that everyone knows that your boyfriend likes to spend money on you? Or so you can show how beautiful your special event was to all the people you didn’t invite but are friends with on Facebook?

I think in today’s world it’s worth taking a minute to think about why we are posting things on social media. Many of us don’t think about it this way, but once it’s on the Internet, it’s up there for good. I’m guilty of posting tons of pictures on Facebook, mostly because that is where I store all of my pictures. But what I often don’t think about is how little most people probably care about seeing those pictures. And how little I actually care about sharing those pictures with a ton of people online who I never actually talk to or hang out with. Why can’t I just store them on my computer and print out the ones I like for my close friends and myself?

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Food for thought, anyway. I’m sure I won’t stop posting pictures on Facebook because I’m probably too lazy to come up with another way to store and share pictures. And I surely don’t expect anyone else to, especially with how common sharing almost everything on social media has become. But maybe we are focusing too much time and attention on staying “connected” with our social media friends and not enough time living in the moment and enjoying life’s beauty with those whom we love.

If you have thoughts on this topic, I’d love to hear them! Post a comment below if you’d like.

Good Reads

I haven’t had a whole lot of spare time this summer between working, traveling nearly every weekend, and working toward getting my real estate license, but when I do have spare time I love to read. My reading list for this summer thus far has been an interesting mix but I’ve 100% enjoyed every book that I have picked up (which is rare for me). So I thought I’d share my list. It’s a little bit of fiction/drama and a few non-fiction interesting reads. A very random compilation, but a good mix never hurt anybody!

  1. The Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, & Allegiant) by Veronica Roth
    • This series was one that I couldn’t put down the entire time I read it. It’s full of action and has an interesting twist on a story of young love and despair. I saw the movie Divergent when it came out and, while I thought the movie was good, the book is much better.
  2. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
    • I read this book before the movie came out and thought both were equally good. The story is of a man in the Navy Seals and their mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan who was thought to be allied with Osama Bin Laden. The book has a much deeper explanation of the insane amount of mental pressure that the Seals go through, both in training and while out on missions. While it was entertaining to read because of the intensity and suspense of the story, it also made me respect those in the armed forces just that much more. While I’m sure we are all grateful for those people that serve our country on the battlefields, I doubt that we consistently give it much thought. This book easily puts things into perspective.
  3. The Language of God by Francis Collins
    • Don’t let the title scare you. Whether you’re a believer or a non-believer, this book is extremely interesting. Francis Collins led the Human Genome Project, which enabled humans to take a good look at our DNA sequencing to see what humans are all about. He has also been an atheist, an agnostic, and also a Christian. This book provides a wealth of information about how our world works and how it might be related to some higher power. It’s a great book for both non-believers who are slightly interested in religion but are afraid to take a leap of faith, and also for believers who have significant questions about what to believe and what not to believe. I absolutely loved this one.
  4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling
    • J.K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. This book is a light read despite it’s tale of an ongoing murder investigation. (Sounds weird, I know.) It’s great. Trust me! :)
  5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruse (which I already mentioned in a previous post)
    1. I’m in the process of finishing this book, but I absolutely love it. Sophia has an intensity about her and her writing that is magnetic. She’s got a great sense of humor and makes her story of success both enjoyable and compelling. Love it so far.

 If you have any books that I should add to my reading list for the rest of this summer, comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Recipe Added to the Dinner Page!

Time to share another awesome recipe! I tried this one last night and loved it. It was delicious and super healthy. It’s a spaghetti squash pasta with shrimp (original recipe uses chicken instead), sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and peas. The great thing about this dish is that you can season it and add any vegetables you want to it to make it taste just how you like! :) Check it out below or visit my Recipes – Dinner Options page!

 
Author: Tasty Kitchen – Original Recipe Post can be found here: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/special-dietary-needs/spaghetti-squash-with-grilled-chicken-and-sun-dried-tomatoes/
 
Prep time: 1 hour          Cook time: 15 mins           Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 whole Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth, Divided Use
  • ⅓ cups Sun-dried Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 whole Chicken Breasts, Grilled And Sliced
  • ¼ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pinch Salt/pepper To Taste
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
2. With a sharp knife, cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scrape/remove seeds with a spoon.
3. Place squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet: bake for 45 minutes.
4. When the squash has about 15 minutes left in the oven, start to prepare the rest of the dish (steps 5-8) so that your squash “noodles” are still hot when you serve them.
5. In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic. Saute 1 minute.
6. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth, sundried tomatoes, and broccoli and saute 5 minutes.
7. Add peas, grilled chicken (I used shrimp instead), and remaining 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Shake about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese into mixture (just enough to thicken the chicken broth).
8. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover skillet and simmer for about 3 minutes.
9. Remove squash from oven after 45 minutes is up. Let squash cool.
10. Using a fork, scrape the inside of the squash with the tines to remove strands.
9. Serve on top of the squash strands with fresh shaved parmesan cheese and enjoy! :)
 
 
 

Summer Reading List (thanks to Lauren Conrad)

Lauren Conrad posted an awesome summer reading list on her blog a few days ago. I just started reading #GIRLBOSS and I love it already! As a recent college graduate and a soon-to-be newbie in the workforce, it’s so refreshing to read about a real woman’s ambitions and accomplishments. Especially when it doesn’t involve a bunch of freebies and money being handed to her from Day 1. Sophia Amoruso is fearless, quirky, determined, and outrageous wrapped in one…and I’m loving every second of it!

“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it…You’re a fighter –you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms…You take your life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process.” – from page 1 of the first chapter in Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS. If that doesn’t inspire you to keep reading, I’m not sure what will.

2 New Recipes!

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my italian style stuffed chicken breasts and homemade marinara recipes on here yet! I made this dish last weekend and was instantly reminded of why it is my all time favorite go-to dish. So delicious and easy to make. Check out the first two recipes on my Recipes Page to see a list of ingredients and instructions.

The homemade marinara sauce is actually super easy to make so PLEASE try it – you won’t regret it, I promise! Enjoy! :)