Living in the Moment while Traveling

Travel blogging has been a challenge.  Especially being employed full time.  I don’t know how so many of you amazing bloggers can balance it all!

I’ve been back from San Diego for almost a week and haven’t had time to upload my photos to my computer yet! What’s the secret?

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Wednesday Wisdom – 4/27/16

Buddha always provides such great insight on life, this one speaks to me just as strongly as most quotes from Buddha do.  The trouble with our society is procrastination.

Sure, we procrastinate important things, like completing a project that is on a deadline.  But more important than a project is life.  It’s fleeting, and it is precious.  That’s a huge reason why I made a recent career change that, frankly, gave me more of my life back.

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Travel Near: La Brea Tar Pits & the LACMA

For those of you who speak Spanish, The La Brea Tar Pits is quite a redundant name, but I assure you, “The La Brea Tar Pits” is how we refer to it here.  (For my non-Spanish speakers, “La Brea” means “The Tar,” so when you call them The La Brea Tar pits, you’re saying “The The Tar Tar Pits.” Fun fact.)

I’m always on the hunt for local places to explore that are inexpensive to visit, and I’ll be honest, this one pushed my budget a little over the edge.  La Brea is located a mile away from The Grove, for those of you familiar with the area.  I frequently park in a Beverly Hills neighborhood and walk when I visit The Grove to evade the high price of parking.

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Laundry Night.

Tonight, in lieu of a Wednesday Wisdom (sorry guys, I’m packing for San Diego!), I’m posting a sponsored post for a recent test run I did for Purex plus Clorox 2.  The promotion challenged me to use Purex plus Clorox 2 to fight my toughest stains.

Besides for the dramatic and surprisingly large coffee stains I receive on a regular basis, I don’t have too many stains I consider to be stubborn…except for the dreaded, yellow underarm stains.  Gross.

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Wednesday Wisdom: 4/13/16

We all build walls.  Sometimes to protect ourselves, sometimes it’s because we think we need to protect others.  Whatever your reasons for building walls, you create them.

I often build walls that limit myself.  I am afraid of failure, so I build a wall that keeps me from trying.  The wall protects me from failure because I can’t fail what I don’t do.

It is these walls that have held me back in the past, prevented me from doing all that I could do.  I try not to build these walls anymore.  It’s hard.  Instead of walls, I try to create nets.  I try to build an environment that is safe, that will protect me from failure, but one that can be easily torn down if needed.

Friends and Family make up my net.  Stability helps my net.  There are people and actions that allow me to create a protective wall that allows me to feel safe, while still giving me room to breathe, to be free.  It’s all about perspective.

I like nets, not walls, because nets allow me to see what’s on the other side, and reach it if that’s the path I want to take.

What are your walls? How do you destroy them or use them to your advantage?


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FIVE Books I’m reading about Road Trips!

It’s Friday Reads…on a SUNDAY!

I’ve been busy preparing for my new job, and I’m starting this week! I am incredibly excited to start my new job, both because of the job itself and because it is close enough to take public transportation to work.  I am ecstatic to not have to drive to work anymore! (My last commute was practically across the entire city of Los Angeles, and I drove for an hour and a half each way! UGH.) I will gladly have someone else do my driving for me.

To celebrate all this new-found time, I have been searching far and wide for things to occupy my time on my commute.  I have picked out books that I am very much looking forward to adding to my list.

Much like my blog, the books I’ve picked are all about my favorite form of travel: the great American Road trip.

Here are FIVE Road Trip Books I’ve Added to my List!

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Travel Near: The Getty Museum

Boasting one of the best views in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum is not one to be missed for both locals and visitors.

Panoramic View from The Getty Museum in Los Angeles

The museum itself is completely, entirely, absolutely FREE! (Parking will cost you $15, but pack the car with all your family or friends, paying for parking is worth it considering the alternatives are walking a couple of miles or taking the metro for $1.75 each direction.  Unless you’re going by yourself, save yourself some time and pay to park.)

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Wednesday Wisdom: 4/6/16

This quote is one of my favorites, it really holds true for my entire life.  I grew up in a small town, my family rarely took vacations, we were sedentary. My family lived in the same place they grew up.  My grandparents and all twenty-five cousins all lived relatively close to one another.

But I had two uncles that had left. One on my mom’s side, one from my dad’s side.  While both sides of my family often criticize these two for “not coming around more,” I related to them.

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