Archive for February, 2015

ISFLC 2015 Coverage

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Very excited about the footage I shot at the 8th Annual International Students for Liberty Conference!

Click here to see the rest of my photos and video for A Generation Empowered. The event roster included Dr. Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Edward Snowden!

♥ BB

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Accepting Alone

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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In my teens I hoped to find my high school sweetheart. In my 20’s I thought I’d find Mr. Right. The closer I get to 30, the more comfortable I am alone. The following Valentine’s Day post isn’t meant to dig at married friends, rather explain why I’m more focused on myself than a man.

Reflecting on the emotional development from my early to late-20’s, I wasn’t ready for a serious relationship. I needed to travel the world, have fun and build my career. I didn’t know what I wanted. In hindsight, if I’d settled down, I doubt it would’ve worked. If I’m uncertain in myself, I can’t be confident in a relationship. Moreover, my relationship priorities have changed. It’s not about social status and Instagram image, it’s about finding someone who makes you laugh, makes you think and challenges you to be a better person. I haven’t found that person, and that’s ok.

I refuse to accept societal pressure and wife up because of a biological clock. And no, being single at 27 doesn’t default me to a lesbian (what a rude assumption). The last thing our planet needs is women who procreate because their uterus is ticking. I’m yet to meet a man I can’t live without, and who can’t live without me. Why is this so hard to comprehend?

I’m painfully aware I’m a product of my environment. My parents provided a less-than-stellar relationship model and like most millennials, I came from a broken home. As an adult, it’s made me intolerant of mistreatment. Sure relationships require compromise, but some things aren’t worth sacrificing. Patience, kindness and trust are essential.

Ironically, last year I didn’t write a Valentine’s Day blog despite my first relationship in eight years. Why? Subconsciously I knew we weren’t compatible (and post-breakup his accidental admittance of infidelity confirmed these feelings). Looking back, I wanted love so badly, I overlooked relationship deal breakers. I ignored my own advice and started to settle.

I wrote about this in 2010 and still see it today. Admittedly unhappy couples sticking it out because they fear life alone. The transition from relationship to independence might evoke feelings of isolation, but with one life to live, why settle for sub-par love?

As if finding a significant other isn’t hard enough, it’s especially difficult to date in the digital age. Communication has morphed into a series of right swipes and misinterpreted texts. Long gone are the days where a man point blank asks you out. Bottom line: dating fucking sucks.

Of course bachelorette life can seem desolate. Who doesn’t want a special someone to share in their everyday adventures? Instead of dwelling on it, I’d rather work, workout and work on my tan. What’s meant to be, will be, because love happens when you least expect it.

I’ve been the best friend, the friend with benefits, the rebound and, unbeknownst to me, the other woman. I’ve been turned down, dumped, cheated on, and heartbroken. The only thing I haven’t been is “the one.” While it’s a bummer cruising solo, it won’t last forever and when Mr. Right rolls around, I will love him with all I’ve got.

♥ BB

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HBD Dad

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to Dad,
I hope there’s Social Security for you.

Happy 65th birthday to the best dad ever. I get so many traits from you: my creativity, writing, love of extreme sports, passion for politics and that fiery personality! :]

Love you Dad!!

♥ BB

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Palm Springs Reunion

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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It’s become tradition to visit my Great-Aunt Virg and Uncle Jim in Palm Springs every winter, and boy do we have fun!

Books by the pool, lazy lunches and lots of gin left me with a taste of retired life. What’s better than all that is our time spent catching up. We talked for hours. Los Angeles, love, family, friends and politics… You name it, we discussed it. Aunt Virg always gives the best advice and at 83-years-old, wisdom definitely does transcend generations.

While Aunt Virg is my grandma’s sister, it’s obvious we’re related. I see a lot of her characteristics in me. We both lived overseas, are open minded, adventurous and refuse to settle. She married my Uncle Jim in her 40’s and he was worth the wait. They travel, laugh and love. These two are the epitome of relationship goals. Aunt Virg says to find someone who is your best friend and remember “the best relationships don’t always end in marriage.” Geez, are old people smart or what?

I feel fortunate to have such an amazing family. The memories made during our annual get-together are priceless and I will cherish them always.

What are some of your family traditions?

♥ BB

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Fiscal Friday – Ready for Retirement

Friday, February 6th, 2015

This Fiscal Friday we’re power walking Palm Springs to get Millennials ready for retirement. While it might be decades away, it’s never too soon to start planning those golden years!

♥ BB

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