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Sunday, December 31, 2017

that's a wrap 2k17

It’s crazy to think that today is New Years Eve—officially the last day EVER of 2017. Man, I feel like this year flew by in the blink of an eye. I always remember my Great Grandfather Johnson once told my dad that the older you get, the quicker time seems to go by. He was absolutely right.

2017 was a challenging, exciting, eventful, thriving, flourishing (I've worked on expanding my vocabulary, can you tell?), life-changing year for me. It was filled with all sorts of wonderfully happy and dreadfully sad moments. I created a new blog, I was in my first wedding, my sister got engaged, I moved to Park City… without a doubt, it’s been one amazing, wild and stormy journey. 

Moving across the country by myself to Park City, UT has been BY FAR one of the BEST decisions of my life. After Christmas, I couldn’t wait to get back. I told my parents that I felt like I was going home. I love it here that much. Going back to New York for the holidays felt very different, it was very bittersweet. There’s a quote on Pinterest that I found that describes exactly how I felt:

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.”

I love my new life in Park City and I honestly can’t imagine where I would be had I not come out here. It’s true what they say, your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. 

I feel very excited for 2018. I have a strange feeling that it’s going to be my best year yet, partly because I want it to be. I have many new goals that are scary and exciting all at the same time. It will be a year of beginnings, taking on new endeavors and putting myself out into the world. I want to leave the past behind, break bad habits, let go of limiting beliefs and cut the negative ties in my life. I hope to travel to a country I have yet to visit, meet new people, and create some really outstanding memories. I want to continue to read more books, use my phone less (especially social media), and start saving more money to invest into my future. I want to ski as much as I possibly can this season (fingers crossed for snow) and explore all the mountains that Utah has to offer. Most importantly, I want to become the happiest person I know and continue to fall in love with every aspect of my life. 

Well friends, just like that...it’s time to call 2017 a wrap! 

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.”

Happy New Years Eve, everyone. 
& tonight at midnight, a very Happy New Year.

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

grown up grilled cheese

Last night’s temperature in Park City bottomed out at a warm and steamy 9 degrees fahrenheit. Can you say brrr? Although bone chilling, I actually don’t mind the cold temps. I was driving around looking at Christmas lights last night and it reminded me of when I was a kid sitting in the back seat next to my sister with my mom and dad up front. I have some really great memories that were made in some really cold temps. To me, cold weather is cozy. It’s a time to bundle up, cuddle up by the fire, sip on hot cocoa and embrace all that winter has to offer. That was the mood I was in last night, so I decided to make my own version of a “grown up” grilled cheese and tomato soup.

The soup I bought was from Whole Foods, by a brand called “Pacific.” It was their Organic Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. It comes in a little (or big depending on what size you buy) box and I poured it into a pot and heated it up over the stove.

For the grilled cheese, this is what I used:

2 Slices of Sprouted California Style Bread (Alvarado Street Bakery)
2 Slices of Organic Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 Roma Tomato, Sliced
2 Basil Leaves
1/2 Avocado 

Avocado Oil for Bread 

I don’t think I need to tell you how to make a grilled cheese, but I will…
  • Heat a pan/griddle/skillet over Medium High Heat 
  • Brush Butter, Olive Oil, or Ghee (I used Avocado Oil) onto 1 side of both slices of bread
  • Put buttered/oiled side down onto hot pan
  • Add a slice of cheddar to each slice (sometimes I cover with lid to melt faster)
  • Wait until cheddar starts to melt and then add 1 Basil Leaf on each piece of bread 
  • Then add slices of tomato to one piece of bread and mush avocado on the other
  • Carefully use a spatula to flip the avocado topped piece of bread onto the other 
  • Push down on top of bread with spatula to get sandwich to stick together 
  • Flip back and forth until it reaches your golden and toasty liking 
  • Slice sandwich in half and enjoy with soup. *Sandwich tastes even better when dipped in soup*
This was so simple, so easy and so delicious! Besides, who doesn't love a grilled cheese?

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 


Sunday, December 3, 2017

1 month in pc

It is absolutely and completely hard to believe that I arrived here in Park City, Utah 4 weeks ago today. To me, 1 month has flown by in the blink of an eye. To my parents back home, it has felt like an eternity (lol). In all honesty, some mornings I still wake up and think, “Holy sh*t I’m in freakin’ Utah!” I’ve done a lot of “ballsy” things in my life, but coming out here definitely makes the top of the list. 

I’ve heard from so many people since I’ve been here—all wondering WTF I’m doing. Truthfully, I’m following a dream, my ski bum dream. It’s been a heck of an adventure, no doubt. Driving 2,000+ miles away from the only life I have ever known has made me stronger than I ever thought I could possibly be. Many say I’m “living the dream,” which to some extent is true. However, they don’t take into account that although where I’m living and what I’m doing is cool, it’s most certainly not as fun without your family and friends. It’s true what they say, nothing good in life comes without sacrifice. 


All in all, week 4 and month 1 has been a success. I like to acquaint my journey to a quote from Eat, Pray, Love I saw the other day:

"If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself... then truth will not be withheld from you." 

1 month down, 5 to go…

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura