Sometimes You Gotta Treat Yo’ Self

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Strawberry Margarita By Light of the Christmas Tree

Sometime you gotta treat yourself, and by sometimes I mean every damn day.

I used to struggle with doing something good for myself. I really enjoyed being a martyr of sorts. If I had “extra” time or money I gave it to someone else:  a friend, a family member, a boyfriend (the boyfriends got a lot of my “extra” ). Then I realized that I don’t have “extra” anything until I start taking care of myself first. I learned by burning out and being unable to save money, that I needed to add me to my list of people I’d go the extra mile for.  And you know what, it’s working out for me just fine. Quite well in fact. I can actually give more deeply to those I love because it’s not coming from  a place of emptiness any more. And…I’m happier! Amazing right.

So how do I take care of myself first? Let me count the ways, I make time to work out and get my nails done, I eat foo that makes me feel good (like healthy and energized but ya know also like YASSS can I have s’more please, currently I’m working on that balance) and I try to do something nice for myself everyday. I struggle with not making that “nice” thing a consumable (aka food or booze) but hey, I’m a work in progress.

Right now, I’m having a bit of a staycation during the week between Christmas and New Years.  Being nice to myself this week doesn’t mean continuing to stuff my gullet with Christmas leftovers. I put that on ice (literally I froze most of the deliciousness that was left) and even worked out today (go me!!!). BUT while staycation can be relaxing, I’d rather be in the Caribbean somewhere sipping on a frosty adult beverage under a palm tree as I watch the cabana boys go by. So, tonight I made myself a frosty cold Margarita in my Nutribullet.  Tomorrow, we’ll see what I do for me…I’m thinking a walk through Grand Central sounds good (I seriously LOVE that building and have the time to make time to explore).

Strawberry Margarita

1 ounce tequila ( I like Espolon)

1 ounce Cointreau (seriously DO NOT USE triple sec, the difference is real, Grand Marnier ain’t too shabby as a substitute and neither is Gran Gala* which is like two thirds the price of the aforementioned two )

1 ounce fresh lime juice (it’ll take between 2 and 3 limes)

4-6 frozen strawberries (you can use fresh it just wont taste so icy, and so if you do I recommend shaking with ice before serving)

Directions:

Dump everything in a Nutribullet or blender and blend.

Instructions:

Sip, savor and imagine yourself in the warm sunshine

Also, let’s be real I NEVER make just one (I think my husband would take that as a personal assault) Feel free to triple or quintuple or whatever you like, just make sure to use equals parts of everything every time.

*Grand Gala has a strong flavor, when I sub with that I cut back to 3/4 of an ounce, so actually it’s cheaper AND you use less. Grand Gala for the win.

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