I am very excited to introduce my first group of weekly posts, TRAVEL NEAR, named after my slogan.  Each week I will feature my favorite local travel destination (local to wherever I am based at the time, that is).

I don’t like to only think of travel as venturing hundreds of miles.  You can be a tourist in your own town, too, and I do so as often as possible.   In a city as big as Los Angeles, it isn’t hard to find a new place to visit.

Find a new TRAVEL NEAR post here each Thursday, and find my old near travels in the menu bar under the same name.


The Tuesday Morning Update

Hello lovelies! I’ve had a busy week and haven’t been great at updating the blog these past seven days.  I am alive, well, and exploring!  I have many more posts to come with updates on all that I’ve been seeing in the Los Angeles area.  Those posts will be coming in the next few days and weeks.

One thing that has been occupying a lot of my time has been a new job!  I am so excited to be starting a new job at Universal Studios Hollywood.  More on my career transition to come.  But please bear with me as I get my footing over there and, of course, continue to explore all there is to do in this city!



Wedneday Wisdom: 3/23/16

Why let life pass you by?

Helen Keller said that to not live life to the fullest would be a wasted life.  Ask questions, and get out there and find your answers. Don’t wait for adventure to find you and don’t wait for somebody else to do it for you.

If something is going wrong in your life, change it. If you are stuck, change something you can.  Find something good to look forward to that helps you to forget about the things you can’t change.  There is no good in allowing yourself to stay stuck.

If you can’t change the circumstances, change your outlook.  Life is too precious to let it pass you by.  Take every obstacle as an opportunity for a great story. A great adventure. One you’re not ready for but have to take anyways. You’ve got this.


8 Things the locals do in Burbank

Burbank doesn’t get the love it deserves! As a new-local, Burbank is one of my favorite areas to hang out.  It’s quiet, there are always things to do, and parking is free! Maybe it doesn’t have the same authenticity as other local neighborhoods in Los Angeles, but the thing about Burbank is that it isn’t a destination, it’s a back yard.

Burbank isn’t filled with tourists, and it’s not a place that you have to spend money in order to have a good time.  I could waste hours in Burbank without even blinking an eye.  And did I mention that I don’t get charged a penny to park my car there for hours!? That’s seriously a huge perk in this city.  To celebrate my love for all things Burbank, here’s a list of my favorite things to do in Burbank on the weekends.

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Friday Reads: The Happiness Project

Tonight I’m reading THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin.  Gretchen took on a project where she set goals for herself to try and create a happier life….and then documented all her thoughts and changes in chronological order.   In her book, she recognizes that she can’t change others, but must change the way she reacts to others to find the happiest life.  This stayed with me above all else.

Along with her book, I’ve been listening to her Happiness Podcast as well.  In the podcast, she explores similar themes to the book, but also approaches topics from her other two happiness books:  BETTER THAN BEFORE, and HAPPIER AT HOME, both of which I cannot wait to read!

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Craft Brews for St. Patrick’s Day

My ideal night of going out doesn’t consist of getting dressed up and going to a place with loud music. Quite the opposite, in fact.  When I go out, I enjoy dressing down and going somewhere that has room for conversation between friends.  I love finding a place that has a unique taste and a fun atmosphere.

Craft breweries fit me perfectly.  I love going to brewery tap rooms.  Calm, relaxing – unwinding – environments.  Easy to bring friends together and catch up, easy to make new friends over beers.  Craft brews are different everywhere you go (sorry Budweiser) and most of the time it is the only place on earth this beer can be found.  I love that craft brews are exclusive, and reflect the local taste.   They’re a great stop for travelers, and a great place for local adventurers to explore.

Three local Los Angeles breweries are hosting St. Patrick’s Day events that you might want to check out tonight.  All are great options with great brews.  One way out in the Valley, one near Glendale, and one downtown.  Pick the best for you, and get out and enjoy some great local brews tonight.

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Wednesday Wisdom

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is brought to you by my never-ending need for adventure.   The only limitations we have in life are the ones we set for ourselves.  I have found that through prioritizing (and cutting back on the Netflix power-sessions) I have more time to accomplish the things I truly love.  I keep focused on where I am going, not how much time I have left.

Keeping focused on creating the best environment for myself has really changed my perspective.  I am leaving my career path (already) because it keeps me from achieving personal goals in order to accomplish career goals.  I have realized in the last few years that I am not a career-driven individual.  I’m not driven by a clock.  And it was time for me to step back and re-analyze where I was going.

This Wednesday Wisdom is making me reflect on where I’m going, but that’s the beauty of this quote.  It is focused on a destination, not a time restraint.  Where am I going? I’m not sure yet.  But that is the best part of the journey.


Pack Light!: Carry-On Edition

Throughout college, my life had been one continuous series of travels that required me to pack ridiculous amounts of things in teeny tiny bags.  I grew up in Wisconsin and went to school in St. Louis.  This was a (comparatively) small distance that made it easy to travel home for birthdays, holidays, and extended weekends.  Easy might not be the best word to use, maybe that’s another post all together.

Flying into the Madison airport is outrageous! As a college student, flying into Madison was completely and totally out of my price range, so I learned to navigate the magic that was $1 tickets from the MegaBus.  (Did I ever get a $1 ticket? No, but I did manage to get plenty of $5 tickets, and that is good enough for me!)

These treks required me to shove as much as two weeks worth of clothes and things into a small carry-on bag.  Now, to be clear, MegaBus policy states that you can bring on as many as as two suitcases to be stored in their under-the-bus storage, but for those of you unfamiliar with my exact path of travel (and I don’t know why any of you would be familiar with that, unless maybe you are my mom.  Hi mom!) I have to travel from St. Louis to Madison by way of Chicago! That is a 12 hour day and two very long bus rides.

When I get off the bus in Chicago and have to run down Canal street to catch my next bus at Union Station…I don’t want to be lugging around the allotted two suitcases. In fact, sprinting down Canal Street to catch my bus that I am 2 minutes late for is much, much easier with a carry-on backpack.  

Studying abroad in Europe, I became even more versed in packing carry-on bags, because unlike my ventures to my parents’ house, this time I had to remember to pack my own toothpaste.  Packing light became a breeze!


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Friday Reads: Why You Shouldn’t be Allowed to Drive

Unfortunately, I tried to link up the article, but the website link is subscriber-only content.  That being said, this article from TIME Magazine was a super interesting read about the possible future of the Auto Industry and I highly recommend finding this article by any means necessary!

I always check out the library first and foremost (and this is TIME Magazine, people. Your local library has it!) Other options might be to check it on at the Grocery store or via Zinio, or you can follow THIS LINK and subscribe to TIME Magazine right from your computer and read this and many other super interesting articles! (To clarify, this is not a sponsored post for TIME Magazine, but if anyone from TIME is reading this…let’s talk!)

The article in reference is from the March 7th, 2016 issue (and starts on page 52 if you’re looking to read as you stand in line at the grocery store!)

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