Give with your whole heart!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The holiday season tends to set the spirit of giving in motion. Whether it's your time, money, or energy, people are giving or serving in some capacity. Every holiday season though or really any day of the year, I am surprised to hear when people discourage one another or guilt people for giving/serving locally or abroad. 

It’s the age old argument, “If you can’t give back to your own community, why are you helping someone overseas?” Or “People in third world countries are at a higher need than people in our own backyard”....I don’t know about you, but I lost count of how many conversations I've heard centered around this topic of conversation and to be honest, it’s anything but holiday cheer.

All of this conversation can be in the name of “God, religion, and/or patriotism”...but really is God going to care if you decide to donate $10 to the local school drive or to a Human Trafficking organization overseas? Aren't all of these people children of God? Aren't they equal in his eyes?

Serve and give where you feel it’s needed. We share this earth together, we share our humanity with every breathing soul on this planet. As a Christian, or I'd hope to those who identify in any faith, religion, or set of customs that may not parallel with a religion, that you'd agree -serving/giving whoever and wherever is good, kind, and needed.

Don't justify where you serve and give - just give with your whole heart. It's making a difference and isn't that all that matters?

Chinatown San Francisco

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This is the largest Chinatown outside of China! This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Rach and I were coming up the elevator from a parking garage and when the door opened we heard Chinese music playing, kids running around, people playing cards, and a whole community coming together to spend time with one another. We were in the heart of Chinatown. 

As I said in my first post, Rach and I love experiencing the gritty, real, and more off the map type of places. The least English spoken the better. The more run down or outdated the buildings, chances are we rather be there instead. We ended up eating Chinese cuisine here and exploring all of the shops. We walked away with arms full of Christmas presents for loved ones while exploring the Chinese culture.

Advice: If you want an authentic Chinatown experience, don't go by Grant street closest to Union Square, but rather in the heart of Chinatown where the Chinese cultural center is. 

Golden Gate Bridge

This iconic bridge is a staple in any San Francisco Trip. Pictures don't do this bridge any justice.

Advice: Anytime of the year go between 8am-11am. If you come after 11, you'll get bombarded with tourists, tour buses, and just about anyone that lives in the Bay Area. Rach and I got there super early, parked in the front row, and snapped some beautiful photos where we didn't have to weave through others to get a clear shot. 

Oh San Francisco, you always steal my heart!

Pier 39

I apologize for the delay! Where I work, it was a busy week. So, continuing after Alcatraz, Rach and I went to Pier 39 and to Fisherman's Wharf for some fresh seafood. We watched the sun set on this little harbor. Although very touristy, I'd say this area is worth the gander and it is also near lots of popular attractions!

Alcatraz Island

Saturday, November 16, 2013

It may be one of the most tourist things to do in San Francisco, but we went to Alcatraz Island! I recommend taking the night tour if possible, but if you take the day tour, it is a gorgeous boat ride where both bridges are visible and Coit tower.


San Francisco's Mission District

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Last weekend my friend Rach came to visit me in the Bay area. We met as transplants in Southern California. We were just two small town Midwestern girls navigating a city bigger than our home state populations. It's been such an irreplaceable friendship - So happy to have hosted her here!

When she arrived we headed to the Mission District in California to eat the best tacos I've eaten since living in the Bay area. One thing Rach and I agreed on is that we like to eat the food that is authentic to the culture we are in. So, no chains, no popular or "go to" restaurants, only eating places that are ma/pa like.

  • Fresh fruit stands
  • Carnitas/Carne asada tacos
  • Soda shop
  • German chocolate

Splurging here & there & everywhere

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Please ignore my former post about me trying to be fiscally responsible this weekend. I decided to go shopping. I also cut 7 inches off my hair and I splurged on a really good meal.

The weather was gorgeous in the Bay area and I thought I'd check out some more Cannery Row stores along with stop at the Fish Hopper 

Lunch: Red blend wine from Tuscany, Crab stuffed Mushrooms, fresh french rolls, and crab ravioli. Delish.
Even more delish, was this lunch view!

 God must have been painting the sky...
 Fresh cut y'all:

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