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How to Plan your Next Vacation: Part 4

This morning I am busy planning more for my trip to San Diego! I’ve fallen a bit behind on my planning, so now it is crunch time!  Lucky for me, I am practically done with the planning and am almost on to the FUN!

This is part FOUR of my how-to-plan series.

In PART 1, I looked for destinations on Pinterest and showed you how I use Pinterest boards to create a list of dream stops for any destination.  This part was the most fun, but also the most mindless.  I just click-and-pin anything that sounds interesting, no reading just yet!

In PART 2, I started to filter those pins.  I started clicking all the links and browsing the websites.  Those that didn’t seem relevant or weren’t interesting, I deleted.  The ones that did feel like a great fit, I transferred over to Pocket!

In PART 3, I read through those articles and blog posts I saved to Pocket, and started to take notes on things I wanted to do while I was in San Diego.

Now, in PART 4 I will be taking that list of stops and putting them together in a Map!  I use Google Map for this.

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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.