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    Living Your Best Single Life!

    Today I want to open up and talk about something that I, as well as many single, young adults struggle with. As young adults in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint, many of us are raised in a culture where we look forward to marriage from a very young age. I remember dreaming and planning my wedding day with my friends back in elementary school. According to childhood mind, there would be a frozen yogurt machine, my husband and I would ride into the reception on alpacas, and then we would have the most epic dance party of our lives!

    Of course I haven’t always dreamed about the wedding itself, but I’ve also dreamed about my desire to start a family, fall in love, and fulfill one of God’s most important commandments. With that in mind, it is very clear that now-during my 20’s-dating is high on my priory list. To this day I am still looking forward to the day I get to marry (or even meet) the man of my dreams. & I’m sure you can relate!

    I don’t know about you, but I often get frustrated because it seems like everyone else BUT me is getting their “Happily Ever After”… Every time I open up Instagram it feels like another person my age (or younger) is posting about their boyfriend/girlfriend, announcing their engagement, or posting a million of their wedding pictures. Of course I’m happy for these people, but seeing everything work out so easily for them often leaves me feeling upset/discouraged!

    Every time I see those posts it leaves me questioning things like:

    When will it be MY turn?

    Will I ever fall in love?

    Why is dating such a struggle for me?

    Where is the perfect man (or woman) of my dreams? etc.

    Let’s be real. These questions can be so defeating! These thoughts can also leave us feeling like we aren’t worthy of a companion, something is wrong with us, or that we aren’t pretty, smart, or good enough.

    So if you have ever felt any of these feelings. I just want to say that you are NOT alone! I’ve been there and I am there. & today I want to share some things that have helped me through these discouraging thoughts and helped me bounce back from difficult dating experiences.

    YOUR RELATIONSHIP STATUS DOESN’T DEFINE YOUR HAPPINESS

    This has been the hardest thing for me to acknowledge. BUT just because you are single doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. Your Happiness will NEVER depend on someone else. It all depends on you. If you can live a happy and successful life when you’re single then you can be happy under any circumstance.

    If you aren’t happy then start doing things that make you happy. Lately I’ve been so sick of dating that I decided to focus more on developing talents and doing things that make me happy. To do so I decided to get into photography and have also started learning more songs to add to my piano and vocal repertoire. Focusing my efforts on these skills instead of just texting guys to try to get a date all the time has been so rewarding and has definitely brought me so much more happiness.

    GO CHASE YOUR DREAMS GIRL!

    STOP FINDING AND START BECOMING

    What do I mean by this? I mean stop trying to find that perfect person and start trying to become that person of your dreams. You are who you want to marry right?

    My patriarchal blessings counsels me to do everything I can to prepare to meet my future husband. I have spent a long time pondering what this means and how I can actually “prepare” to meet someone. However, after reading an article from the YA Weekly I realized that I need to be focusing on strengthening myself in every way that I can! I need to be working on my relationship with God, strengthening my talents, and focusing on becoming a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

    I’ve spent so much time begging God for him to give me the perfect guy, but haven’t spent any time asking how I can prepare to meet him. Instead of asking the Lord for your own desires. Ask him what YOU can to do to be an effective servant for HIM. I know that when we focus on what the Lord wants for us, then everything else will fall into place. Even if it isn’t exactly how, when, or where we want it.

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

    You have to realize that it is very common for people to post about their relationships, and about all things LOVE and bliss. & it’s important to realize that if you were in their shoes then you would be posting about it too! I mean why wouldn’t you?

    What you DON’T see on instagram is all of the other people who are just like you and me and are simply going about living their BEST SINGLE LIVES! I mean I don’t brag on instagram about how I’m single and I don’t share the details of the many awkward dates I’ve been on…

    So remember that YOU AREN’T ALONE! It’s just that we only choose to focus and notice all the people who have what we “want”… ya know? and that’s okay.

    There is NOTHING telling you that if you aren’t married by the time you are 21 you have no hope. In Utah there really is so much pressure to get married young, but don’t focus on that. Ignore it and GO LIVE YOUR BEST SINGLE LIFE! Travel, discover who you are, go have fun, develop new talents and school, work hard in school, focus on God and the rest will fall into place.

    SO?? What are you gonna do to go live your BEST SINGLE LIFE?? I’d love to hear from you!

    XOXO//ALLY RIANNE

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    25 Things to do in New York City!

    I LOVE New York City! There is so much to do, see, and eat! Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do (besides eat) whenever I visit NYC!

    1. See Broadway Shows! Probably the #1 reason I love visiting NYC! Some of my favorite shows so far have been Frozen, Beautiful-a Carole King Musical, and Waitress!
    2. Marvel at the beauty of Times Square
    3. Spend some time in Chinatown-maybe if you’re lucky you can even do some bargaining with the chinese salesmen. 😉
    4. Taste your way through Little Italy.
    5. Climb to the Top of the Rock. Click here to buy tickets.
    6. Ride the Staten Island Ferry-you can find the schedule here. It’s even free!
    7. Visit Lady Liberty- but make sure to book these tickets in advance. They go fast! Especially if you want to go to the top of the crown or her pedestal. Tickets can be bought here.
    8. After visiting the Statue of Liberty, make a stop at Ellis Island. The Liberty ferry makes stops here regularly!
    9. Bike around Central Park-you can rent bikes on most every end of the park.
    10. Hike the High Line Trail
    11. Go on a Food Tour. I am currently working on publishing a post about my experiences!
    12. Relax in the New York City Public Library-seriously SO cool!
    13. Rent a boat in Central Park-worth every penny. Information on renting boats can be found here.
    14. Have a Dance Party in the Subway!
    15. Explore the tunnels of Grand Central Station
    16. Spend hours in the Museum of Art-there are several located throughout the city. My favorite is this one.
    17. Take pictures by the Flat Iron Building
    18. People Watch at Washington Square Park
    19. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
    20. & then Relive your childhood by riding the Carousel!
    21. Stop every five seconds to take cute pictures…
    22. Find the secret Glass water tunnel! Find the address here.
    23. See the Twin Towers and 9/11 Monuments! Seriously so worth it.
    24. Worship in the NYC Manhattan Temple–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds worship services here every Sunday, visitors are always welcome! Details for the meetings can be found here.
    25. Attend a New York Yankee’s game (Still never done this, but it’s definitely on my list).
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    NYC Food Bucket List!

    Here is a list of some of my all time favorite places to eat in New York City! It can be so hard to decide where to eat and where to go when planning a trip to this city. I hope these pictures & recommendations will speak to your soul like they did to mine! 🙂

    #1 Taiyaki NYC – 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

    Hands down one of my favorite ice cream cones I’ve ever consumed. This place also sells the infamous Japanese Soufflé Pancakes! We were dying to try them, but there was a huge waitlist for them, so we settled for ice cream cones. This place is a China town essential!

    #2 Max Brenner– 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    Calling all chocolate lovers! If you love chocolate, then I promise this is the restaurant for you. We were all in chocolate heaven!

    #3 Dough Doughnuts– 14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    These are very unique doughnuts! The flavors we got were Hibiscus, Toasted Coconut, & Salted Caramel. Talk about yummy!

    #4 Clinton St. Baking Company- 4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    THIS HAS TO BE MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST PLACE I’VE EVER BEEN TO! The eggs were the perfect texture, the pancakes were delicious & we almost went back again!

    #5 Serendipity 3– 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    This Restaurant is famous for their Frozen Hot Chocolate! We decided to eat too, and we were not disappointed! What a cute place! & the Frozen Hot Chocolate lives up to it’s reputation-that’s for sure.

    #6 Black Tap– 136 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    We celebrated Rachel’s birthday by having dinner at Black Tap! They were some of the best burgers and fries I’ve ever had, and they are even more famous for their exotic milkshakes! To say I was in milkshake heaven is an understatement.

    #7 Levain Bakery– 167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

    These are the cookies I dream about in my sleep. I tried to make some at home, but they just weren’t as good as the real thing! We took some home and snacked on them all week long!

    #8 The Melt Shop– 55 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    This is my mom’s favorite place we ate! Their Truffle Grilled Cheese was fantabulous. We’ve been here a total of three times between the two times we have been to New York. It’s that good!

    #9 Murray’s Bagels– 500 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Honestly, there is just something so beautiful about NYC Bagels. They are perfect no matter where you get them. We just happened to be closest to this bagel shop after our red eye flight landed and we arrived to the city. Honestly, I would recommend any bagel place in New York!

    #10 Magnolia Bakery– 1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

    This bakery is pure gold! They are famous for their Banana Pudding. I immediately fell in love with both their banana pudding and coconut cake. Everything here is picture perfect & sooo yummy!

    #11 Milk & Cream Cereal Bar- 159 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    If you are an avid cereal and ice cream lover-like me, you will LOVE this place! They make ice cream cones and shakes with your favorite cereals and candies. I’ve always thought I was the first one to invent the fruity pebbles milkshake, but I guess this place beat me to it… hah!

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