There is a fabulous project I have been following called The Traveling Red Dress. It was started back in 2010, but I didn’t hear about it until January of this year. Grab some tissues before clicking on the link above. These stories are amazing, empowering, and heartbreaking. I love this project so much that I wanted to get involved. I decided to find a red dress to donate. I spent one entire day shopping for the red dress. I went to two malls. I didn’t love anything I found so I came home and continued my search online.
All this searching made me want to have my own red dress moment. I wanted to spend a day in a pretty dress being totally girly and feeling beautiful and empowered. So I dragged along my best friends and favorite photographer for a photo shoot. I chose Valentine’s Day. I recently opened up to you all and that was such a freeing and therapeutic experience that I decided to continue in that vein. Of course, there will still be things I write that do not get published, but I am going to use my little platform here as a space to talk about what is real in my life. Mostly I’ll be sharing my recipes and ventures in the culinary industry, but I will also be sharing my life. My hopes, dreams, nightmares, successes and failures.
I chose Valentine’s Day because I am single, unintentionally, and sometimes that is difficult. Especially during all the romantic nonsense people partake in. I have so much to be thankful for in my life, and I have incredible family and friends, but I still have days where I am down in the dumps and feeling sorry for myself.
Valentine’s Day was the start of my new life! I am choosing to stop feeling sorry for myself. I am choosing to move forward with my life. I am embracing what I already have and going after the things I want. I traveled to Italy, for three weeks, by myself, in 2010 as a way to prove to myself that I could be happy on my own and enjoy my own company. I decided to put myself through culinary school because I love to cook and didn’t want to waste another moment of my short life just thinking something would be cool. If I think it would be a neat thing to do I am going to do it.
I want to write a book. So I am going to write a book, and I’ll publish it myself if I have to. I have several ideas for books so now it’s just a matter of putting “pen to paper” and doing all the legwork required for getting a book published. I am going to finally start my own garden. A friend gave me Square Foot Gardening over a year ago. I have read it, but have not yet done anything else with it. Actually, he lent it to me. I guess I should give that back.
I am not fat, but I feel fat. For the first time in my life I am not comfortable in my own skin. I gained 30 pounds two years ago and it has stayed with me because I haven’t done anything to make it leave. I have made the decision a few times in the last two years to shed my extra pounds, but this time I’m doing it…because I’m announcing it publicly so I sort have to now, don’t I? My aunt, uncle and mom started using My Fitness Pal a while ago and I signed up last October. I tracked it for about two weeks and then stopped. So, be my friend on My Fitness Pal and let’s keep each other accountable! I used to exercise 5-7 days a week and I am looking forward to getting back into that habit. This is certainly not going to become a health and fitness blog. No way! I’m sure as I start eating healthier you will see some healthier recipes here, but I will never give up my chocolate or desserts.
I am embracing my singleness, my femininity, my power to be me, my love for myself, and I am choosing to be the fiercest woman I know and to empower other women to love themselves and live their lives to their fullest, regardless of all the crap that gets thrown our way! I know, men need to be empowered too, but I am a woman and therefore feel I can relate better to women. Men, you can have your red dress moment, too!
I found my red dress and bought killer heels to go with it. I got my hair and nails done. I did my makeup. I wore my red dress all day long. I bought myself flowers and chocolates. I spent Valentine’s Day feeling girly and wonderful! I even did my dishes and took out my trash while wearing my red dress. My Valentine’s Day was a good day. The day ended with an unexpected dinner invitation. Was that the power of the red dress or was that power of my ferocity? I’d like to think it was both!
Of course, my red dress needed a red cocktail to go with it. Enjoy one of my favorite drinks while having your own fabulous red dress moment:
Fierce and Fabulous Red Dress
Serves One Fabulous Woman!
3 Ounces Champagne (I definitely chose mine based on the pretty bag it came in!)
1 Ounce Chambord
1. Pour champagne into a pretty champagne glass.
2. Top with Chambord.