Fisherman's Wharf

Saturday, September 28, 2013

On a beautiful 70 degree Saturday, I wanted to be near the water. The Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey Bay is typically so full of tourists such as myself in the summer months, I figured that the last week of September wouldn't be nearly as bad. 

I parked downtown Monterey (for free) and walked down to the wharf. Several eating places, shops, and sitting areas to enjoy the wharf. 

Enjoy my little Saturday adventure with me:

Lovers Point Park

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I went on a mid-week adventure to Lovers Point Park.

It was the perfect 2 hour get away! The great thing about sights along the central coast is the FREE parking :) Also, there is a path to walk alongside from Cannery Row all the way until the end of the gold course. 

Adorable coastal homes, the ocean, a sunset, it doesn't get more picturesque! 

Point Lobos

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday was my first full day off since I started. I didn't look at my email, didn't respond to work related texts, didn't try and work on work in my few minutes of sitting, zilch! 

So, I checked out Point Lobos! It's absolutely stunning & if you are anywhere near the area it is worth the adventure. 7 miles of beautiful scenery - ocean, rugged coastline, sea creatures, forest like trails, and if you're lucky the warm sun. 

I hope you enjoy my little self care vaca day through photographs.

Ruggest coastline:
Splish splash:

Famous China Cove:

Decorating your living room as a minimalist

Monday, September 9, 2013

I have a confession. I hadn't seen my place prior to moving in, but I figured it couldn't be too bad. So...when I arrived, I thought holy water, this is so clinical looking...what in the warm pit of fire am I going to do to fix this?! The place where I am at is a former military base, so everything is so.....militant?

I fell asleep on the couch, the one below, and pouted myself to sleep [pathetic alert]. I told my mom how I didn't like my new place and she responded, "Well, suck it up"...You have to know my mom to think it's hilarious, because it was.

My friends re-assured me once I added my belongings in, it would feel more at home. I was also feeling guilty because I learned that I had the largest apartment on campus, so that alone changed my little tude'.

Things my new living room always need:
1) LIGHTING - Seriously. If you haven't figured out the art of good lighting...Please do. It changes the whole vibe of a place!
2) SPACE - Arrange everything to make it personal. I wish I had taken a photo of when I first got looked nothing like the before photo. I tend to host groups of 3-6 people, so I wanted my space to reflect that. Which meant seating, television angles, and how much I'd crowd into my living area. So, get your space figured before you start to decorate!
3) Photos - Even if I can't share my physical space with every person close to my heart, they might as well be hanging on my wall or sitting on a shelf or table. I try and refrain myself from shrines, but that's a tough promise :)



Re-defining happiness

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I have everything a human would ever need in this world. I have Christ, a Faith to believe in, family, friends, and people who I love and love me back. I also have a paycheck, shelter, clean water, and food.  I am so passionate about my job that it doesn't feel like a job. I wouldn't trade my life for anything, even though I am alone in a place where nothing is familiar - I've still never known life to be this good.

So, what's my deal? What's this post really about?

Shouldn't I feel like I finally made it? Why is there a need to re-define my own happiness?

I've always had a mile marker for my happiness. Society has always had a mile marker for my happiness and I'm a bit embarrassed to say I sometimes feel like a sell out when it comes to that.

I mean....high school graduation, college, graduate school, marriage, kids, money, whatever it is, there has always been a mile marker for feeling like I made it.

I realized in the past month that I am out of mile markers. It's a bit scary to think I will determine what my next mile marker of "happiness" will be and determining if I should celebrate those moments or if I should continue to work hard, be humble, and put forth the effort to achieve my next big moment in life without marking it as another mile stone.

How do I re-define my own happiness based on what I measure it to be, and not society's indicators?

I definitely don't have the answers. What I do know, is I can't wait to stop and celebrate all of life's moments that I've been so fortunate to have and will continue to have.

17 mile drive

Sunday, September 1, 2013

With my first weekend off since July, I made sure to carve out some time to explore the area. I decided to make the 17 mile drive, a popular tourist destination in the Bay area. 

It is a $10 fee to get into the park, but well worth it. The weather decided to be nice to me the second half of the trip too, which I was happy about because I got to watch some whales as I was stopping through some look out points.


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