Woman Crush – Shirley Porter

Shirley Porter

My OG woman crush is my grandmother, Shirley Porter. My Grandma is the person who inspired me to travel. One of my fondest childhood memories is laying in front of her fire place looking at a photo album (remember those?) of her most recent trip. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate and respect her tenacity, hard work, and the girl boss she truly is.

Her Story:

My grandma grew up in Helena Montana during the Great Depression. Her brother used to kill rattle snakes and sell the skin for boots and made the tail into a baby rattle (how fucking gross is that?). Anyways, she always dreamed of moving to a big city and becoming a business woman. At 18 she moved to Spokane Washington to pursue a degree in Accounting. Being a woman of the 1950’s, she was married and pregnant with my mom at age 19. She had 4 kids, was an accountant, and a perfect housewife/ party host all by the time she was my age. At her office she trained a man under her only to later discover that he was making double what she made (#wagegap) (still an issue today). This inspired her to leave and start her own business. The preschool, School For Little People was born! (Yes, I am aware this is not PC.) She has since sold the preschool, and retired. Well actually, talk about how she is hardworking… She retired for a month and then joined the Washington School Board to help accredit other preschools. She eventually retired from this for a hot second and then went back and worked for them again. Currently she is “retired”. However, she was the project manager on her church’s remodel, and does their accounting for them, and runs their senior plus program there. Whenever I am in town it is actually very hard to see my grandma because she has constant appointments, lunch dates, or is off traveling. Currently she is in Hawaii with her girlfriends.

Whenever I am feeling lazy or unmotivated, I remember that my grandma was superwoman and that I can have my cake and eat it too.

5 Random Facts About Me

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  1. I once had a rabbit named Ulysses. – I’m a huge animal lover. I raised 4 rabbits and 2 rats in my childhood, and of course I’ve had dogs and cats.
  2. I have to trim my eyebrows when I wax them.– Even though I am a natural blonde (okay I’ve started highlighting), I’m really hairy. My best friend is a cosmetologist and she always teases me when she does my eyebrows and lip.
  3. Purple is my favorite color. – I went to Macy’s to get my make up done when I was 13 and the woman told me purple is the best color for my eyes. It’s been my favorite color ever since.
  4. I have Raynauds Syndrome. – It basically means I’m allergic to the cold. When I go for a run outside, my entire body gets itchy once I’m back inside.
  5. I’m obsessed with mountains. – I have a tattoo of mountains on my back as an ode to growing up in the Rocky Mountains. I also always say that the mountains are my church. When I need clarity, I go hiking. Last year, I crossed a bucket list item off when I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite (pictured above).

17 Things I Learned in 2017

  1. It’s okay to takes risks.
  2. Always bet on yourself.
  3. Travel truly is the best medicine.
  4. Things are not always as they appear. Trust your gut!
  5. It’s okay to have strong opinions, and state them.
  6. That how you dress and present yourself does say a lot about who you are.
  7. People have and will always be annoying. Learn to ignore them.
  8. Not everyone is born equal, and therefore we need to help each other.
  9. Your body is capable of so much. Push yourself!
  10. There will be times you can only count on yourself.
  11. You’ll have to handle a lot of rejection, but keep your head up and keep going.
  12. Your problems get far more complicated as you get older.
  13. Everyone should read the news or at least skim the headlines. Learn what is going on in the world people!
  14. Being creative is good for the soul.
  15. That my friends are incredibly strong and beautiful people. It is so important to surround yourself with people you aspire to be.
  16. There are far more good people than bad in the world. It is okay to trust.
  17. Be kind, do good things, and good will come back to you!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful 2017 and will have an even better 2018. Feel free to share what you’ve learned this year in the comments below.

Top 5 Places to Shop for Gifts

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If you’re like me, you have saved almost all of your Christmas shopping for the 2 weeks before Christmas. Also if you’re even more like me, you’re broke! This is a round up of my top 5 favorite places to buy unique fun gifts for family and friends that don’t break the bank.

  1. Papersource – Check out their personalized planners!
  2. Ban.do – The entire fucking site is perfect. Check out the gift section to help narrow it down.
  3. Leif – The apothecary section is to die for (inexpensive and unique)
  4. Anthropologie– I stick to the Home & Furniture section. They have fun books and mugs.
  5. Sephora / Ulta – I put both because it just depends which one you have points with. When in doubt everyone loves a gift card to one these places or face masks!

Etsy was a strong contender, but I took it out of the top 5 because sometimes shipping can take awhile which makes it an unideal choice for the last minute shopper.

If you’re looking for a super cheap gift, One year I bought mugs from Target, a bag of chocolates, and hot chocolate packets. Everyone loved getting a mug with a hot chocolate packet and little Godiva chocolates, and I loved only spending about $10 per person.

Let me know your favorite places to buy gifts or even better share your cute DIY gift ideas!

 

Late Night Thoughts – Decision Making

This is where my mind is currently wondering at 2am instead of dreaming:

Making decisions as you get older seems to just be harder. I’m starting to feel as though I have a time limit and that every decision I am making from here on out is truly defining my life path. This is stressful for a person like me because I don’t have a grand life goal as it appears that so many other people my age do (crossing my fingers it just appears this way). Sometimes I wish I had this grand career goal (CFO of a fortune 500 company for example) so that every decision I made could be justified as getting me closer to that goal. However, I (and I am hoping I’m not alone on this) am moving between companies, trying new cities, and traveling hoping that something will stick and that I will love it. Deep down I know that this is just part of the life’s adventure and that most 25 year olds probably deal with this, but it doesn’t make me sleep any easier.

Asking for a friend! Comment if you feel the same way too 🙂

Top 5 Current Favorite Podcasts

In the last couple of years I have become obsessed with podcasts. I’m not the type of person who can lay around the house listening to them, but I love love love them for road trips or long plane rides. Below is a list of my top 5… okay 6… podcasts that I am currently listening to.

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  1. Serial – duh! It’s a classic and pretty much the one that everyone gets started with. Who doesn’t love trying to solve a mystery? (This one doesn’t count because I’m not currently listening to it)
  2. The Moth – Anyone who knows me know how much I love a good story, so obviously I can’t get enough of any podcast that is all story telling.
  3. Risk – It is also a podcast full of stories… Shocking!
  4. Women of The Hour – This is Lena Dunham’s podcast and she interviews women of hollywood on issues surrounding women today.
  5. Never Before– Janet Mock runs this podcasts and she interviews extremely interesting woman, from Tina Knowles (Beyonce’s mom) to Maxine Waters (politician). I find it to be very inspiring.
  6. My Dad Wrote a Porno – It is exactly what you imagine.

Comment below and tell me which Podcasts I need to listen to next!

Travel Diaries – Palm Springs, CA, USA

 

With so many amazing restaurants, world-class hotels, and friendly locals, it’s not hard to see why so many celebs have made Palm Springs their desert oasis. The atmosphere here is vibrant and fun, and you’re always guaranteed a good time no matter what you are doing. My parents recently bought a condo in their new favorite city so I now have the pleasure of escaping here for the weekends.

Here is a round up of my favorite places in Palm Springs:

Nosh Spots:

  • Koffi – Coffee and pastries
  • FARM – Brunch (the chicken and waffles are to die for)
  • Cheekys – Brunch
  • Bill’s Pizza– Best pizza in Palm Springs
  • El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana – You have to eat Mexican food when in southern California
  • Wally’s Desert Turtle – If you want to be fancy and spend some $$$$

Sleep Spots:

  • Parker – It is a Palm Springs staple. Everyone has to go check out the Parker gardens and have a drink in the lobby bar. This is a great spot for celeb spottings!
  • Riviera– Absolutely beautiful, and the pool bar is fun to have a drink at if you aren’t staying there.
  • Arrive – Very hipster, but the pool and bar are always popping and everyone says they enjoyed their stay
  • Ace – Very fun places to hang out. There is always something going on (evening pool party, jazz bar)

Drink Spots:

  • Bootlegger Tiki – Small inside, but great drinks
  • Bar – Just go!
  • Alibi Azul – Fun drinks and atmosphere
  • Tonga Hut – Yummy appetizers
  • Hop in and out of all the bars on Palm Canyon Drive. You’ll have a blast!

To Do:

  • Hiking – To get out of the heat take the Aerial Tramway and walk around in the mountains for a couple of hours.
  • Shopping – walk around downtown, Desert Hills Premium Outlets, El Paseo Shopping District
  • Gamble – Agua Caliente (I won $900 there!) and Spa Resort Casino
  • Pool Day!
  • Drink Drink Drink!

My Ideal Day in Palm Springs:

Wake up and head to FARM for brunch (I always order the chicken and waffles (even though I’m trying to be a vegetarian…)). After brunch you can walk around downtown and explore the shops and art galleries as a way to burn off some of your brunch. I personally just grab my trendy floatie and a cocktail and head straight to the pool to work on my tan. In the evening get dressed up nice and fancy and head to the Counter Reformation in the gardens of the Parker for appetizers and wine. Après the Parker, hit the bars downtown! You can always grab drunken food at the Alibi Azul as your nightcap.

Welcome To My Blog

This blog is for the adventurous millennial woman. I will be writing content that speaks to me and is hopefully relatable to you. Such as, traveling, dating, sex, money, relationships, friendships, working, and anything that has to do with surviving adulthood. I hope you enjoy and please reach out with any comments or ideas!

xx – Courtney
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