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Flashback Friday’s: California Dreaming

Aloha!
I hope that this summer is treating you well! I honestly thought that this summer was going to be a big ole bummer for me. I was working so much that I didn’t really get to enjoy things I normally would. I been stressed out a lot which resulted in me getting sick (several times). So when the opportunity for me to fly up to California for a week to visit my best friend (nearly 20 years of friendship we’re talking) – I was extremely excited. I actually wanted to have a longer trip so that I could drive/fly down to Las Vegas area to visit family but it didn’t work out the way I planned. Either way – an escape from what had become stagnant and dull really got me feeling happy. I hadn’t seen my best friend in years so I wanted to make sure I soaked in every precious moment I could with her. Also, not only was I visiting her; I was also getting to meet her future husband! DOUBLE EXCITED. So read on for a little behind the scenes look at my little California adventure.

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Soooo… the first stop we made was to get some In-N-Out burgers. That meal really hit the spot after the plane travel and miniature “meal” that they served us on the plane. Speaking of that… the “meal” consisted of a little rice, ONE baby carrot, ONE broccoli and a serving of chicken. It was the complimentary meal so I wasn’t so annoyed but it would have been nice to have the option to purchase something else but alas… my belly was semi full after the meal and they gave us a delicious cookie and unlimited beverages.

Since I flew in at night (time differences suck) we didn’t do much else that evening but enjoy some burgers, get hugs, laughs and some tears in since it had been so long since we had seen eachoter.

Forestiere Underground Gardens

The first place aside from getting food was visiting Forestiere Underground Gardens When I first heard about the gardens (online) it sounded like a cool place to check out because of the history and how it came to be but actually going there and experiencing the tour I was blown away! If you have never been there, it consists of undergrown tunnels and rooms that were hand-built (using mainly hand tools) by Mr. Baldassare Forestiere in the 1900’s.

The tour takes you through what was his home (underground) and you get to see the grapevines (so cool) and citrus trees he grew (many of which still stand today). He was a brilliant man and thought of many things – from how to keep the caves warm during winter to secret peep holes so he could see if someone had snuck down into his cave. It was just a lovely experience and I would totally take others to see it just to learn about the history of it.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Of course we had to hit up the mall and outlets in the area to pick up a few things and that was a lot of fun. And I don’t care what anyone thinks – I went to the dollar store and got $24 worth of goodies that would have cost me nearly double if I had purchased them here in Hawaii. We once had a 99cents store and prices slowly reached $1 and eventualy $1.75 to $5.00. Sneaky bastards. Anyways – don’t hate on dollar store splurges lmao

One thing I totally didn’t realize was that there were Casino’s in California owned by Native American tribes. Two that we checked out was Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and Table Mountain Casino. We actually went to both of them more than one time and on the weekend we ended up at the Chukchansi’s Firehouse Lounge. We spent a couple hours at the Lounge drinking, laughing and chatting with the bartenders. I hadn’t had that much fun in so long!

California Eats

Other than In-N-Out there were a couple other places I wanted to stop for food and treats. Here is where I stopped:
Table Mountain Casino: They have great food (at great prices). I really enjoyed their chicken wings from their cafe (I hade them twice). They also have other places in the casino to eat. One place we tried was Eagles Landing Restaurant and lemme tell you. I had their Cobb Salad. THE BEST salad I have had in ages. It was HUGE, everything tasted fresh and deeeelicious.

Chick-Fil-A: I used to live in Georgia so of course if I see a Chick-Fil-A somewhere I just have to get me a chicken sammich, waffle fries and lemonade (they had watermelon so I was like YES PLEASE)

Krispy Kreme: Need I say more?

Dutch Bros Coffee: My best friend insisted that I had to try this coffee spot because of my love for coffee in general but also because I like specialty and blended coffee drinks as well. LEMME TELL YOU… I had a Caramelizer Freeze (blended caramel mocha) and it was so delicious – rich, flavorful, just enough sweetness, creamy and didn’t turn into melty ice mess. Good stuff! I want to try like 10 other things on their menu!

Lots of yummy food was had but I’m a little bummed I didn’t get to eat a giant turkey leg.

California Dreaming

Of course I didn’t get to go to every place in California that I wanted to go to and had to remind myself that California is pretty huge (compared to the island I live on) so I really look forward to going back again. Of course my Best Friend was trying her hardest to convince me to move there. Funny thing is I have thought about moving to California off and on for years. Not sure if I will actually take the leap and do it but I have been very tempted.

Have you been to California? What are your favorite places to visit, things to do and food to eat there? Let us know in the comments.

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The Great Escape

If you follow me on social media you probably know a bit more about all the things I have been going through since I have been M.I.A. from this website lately.

Long story short: I have been stressed out and near my breaking point. There have been a lot of things going on in my life and I am exhausted – physically, mentally, emotionally. I need to do things differently or I am just going to hit bottom.

I have decided I need to do things differently. I recently had a birthday and in a few short years I will be 40 (GASP). My Dad’s (R.I.P.) birthday was a few days after mine and I have been thinking a lot about how fast life really does pass by and that there are many things I have said I wanted to do or experience and I just haven’t really put forth much effort into making these things happen.

I need a break. Actually… I need an escape. I was going to just plan a staycation and get a hotel in Waikiki or stay at one of the resorts and just play tourist for a weekend but I decided I really wanted to get off the rock and go somewhere to see some of my favorite people. I planned on flying to California to see my BEST FRIEND and family members and head to Vegas at the end of the trip to see more family members. Reality is my part time job is in retail so I don’t have that flexibility so I am sticking to just a 7 day California adventure.

I have nothing spectacular planned but I can’t wait to get to California and see my Bestie that I haven’t seen in far too long, hopefully get to see a couple family members and find some time to relaxxxxxxxxxxx.

I find it very funny that people continue to hint at me not coming back. I will come back of course but I feel like I will come back a better version of myself because I will not be in the same day-to-day routine I have been stuck in lately. I am praying for there to be moments of clarity on this trip. Time for me to reflect on things and plan on what I want to do in the near future. I am so excited to really get out of this rut I have been in. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way so I encourage you to choose one thing on that list of things you told yourself you wanted to do ages ago and DO IT.

Stay tuned for more details on the great escape.

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I’m Back (SORTA)

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Where do I even begin? Last year I was starting to pick up on my blogging and attempting to write and publish blog posts more consistently but life happened and all of my great plans and ideas came to a screeching halt.

I was wrapping up my final semesters of school, my Dad passed away and I was forced to get a second part-time job in order to afford living in Hawaii.

Needless to say I think about blogging and writing a lot. More so now than ever. I have so much to write and share but even during the times where I am not overwhelemed with different emotions or exhausted from working 12 hour days, I just can’t seem to put a post together.

I had some time off today and thought I would sit here and just write. Not even think about if any of this makes sense or where to put the sentences or paragraphs. Just write. Write because I love it. Write because it excites me.

Something that inspired me to write/blog again (more?) was somehow being off (between my two jobs) to catch the WriteStuff chat on Twitter – I haven’t been participating in twitter chats much lately or any social media really unless I have time while I lay around and try to get rest or just relax a little bit.

Another thing that inspired me was this Marie Forleo (one of my favorite people) youtube video with Sarah Jones about trusting your intuition and listening to that little voice. I choose to listen to that little voice.

Anywho, forgive the mess. I am back (sorta). Expect more random posts coming to you shortly. Summer time is my favorite time – beaches and bbq’s as well as my birthday coming up (July 10th). Thank you for hanging in there with me. I love you.

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Flashback Friday’s: Sick & Tired

Happy Friday Folks!
I hope that you had a wonderful week. As I prepare this post (I usually write and edit Flashback Friday’s posts throughout the week) I am fighting a terrible cold and cough. I have been surrounded by coworkers and customers with colds and the flu so it was pretty much a given that I would end up catching some type of bug. Two days of just resting and hydrating myself has done me well but I may need a day or two more to really get back to being myself again.

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Friday’s are great days usually – it is payday, the end of the week (and start of the weekend) but since I’m in a crummy mood I’m gonna just share a couple things I am sick & tired of so I apologize if this is missing a joyful message today. lol

I am Sick & Tired of…
+ Being stressed out about things that are completely out of my control. I will do what I can on my part and just release the rest to the Universe. Stress is just overall sh*tty – the feeling of it sucks and the way it can lead to me being sick is just not worth it in the end.
+ People assuming they know something about me just because I carry a characteristic of someone they knew in the past. You can’t fully know me unless you take a chance to know me. Stop assuming sh*t.
+ This weather. It really needs to make up it’s mind. It was cool and breezy yesterday and today it is storming and humid. This weather always leads to people getting allergies, the cold and/or the flu. Just stoppit already.
+ Your president. That is not my president and I still for the life of me don’t understand how the joke (of him even running) ended up with him being the president. You sure this isn’t an early April Fools Joke? Because it makes us (the U.S.) look like a bunch of fools if you ask me.
+ Twitter not allowing us to edit our tweets. Get with the program.

That concludes the things I am currently sick and tired of. I’m sure there are others but my head is so cloudy and my sinuses are so stuffed up I can’t think straight. lol

Anywho, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy out there. Water, rest, theraflu and ACV drink have been my friends.

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Flashback Friday’s: New Adventures

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Life, Life
Life has been good for me aside from ongoing car issues. But I remain positive and hopeful about what is coming up. I was able to spend time with family members for my sisters birthday – which is always great. Family time is one of my favorite things!

Work Life
Guess who is starting their second part time job this weekend? You guessed it! In order to get ahead financially (and save up so I can afford a bigger place) I decided I needed to get a second job.

Blog Life
I am happy to report that I have worked on many of these drafts that have just been sitting there. There are several posts that I have completed and are scheduled to post during the next couple of months. WOO HOO. I haven’t added too many new drafts as I want to work on the posts that I have planned first – but if there is a topic that I really, really, really feel like I need to write about, I will definitely be added that to the ongoing list.

College Life
Now that I will be working 2 jobs (and my side hustles + Avon business) I really have to organize and plan how I will work on my 2 Senior Projects. Because I love writing and doing research so much it doesn’t feel so much like work or a task that needs to be done so that is a good thing (for me.) I have been sticking to the schedule I created so far and will tweak it a bit based on my new work schedule and availability. I am super excited to be getting closer and closer to graduation!

How was your week? Let us know in the comments!

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Flashback Friday’s: Updates On Life & More

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Life,Life
Life has been… interesting lately.
About a month ago I started having car issues. Slowly different things were found to be the culprit and were fixed but we still have some issues that need to be looked into. This has lead me to getting a bus pass for the first time in over 5 years.

Instead of coming and going as I please, I have to rely on the bus. I don’t have a problem riding the bus, however, the time it takes travelling and waiting for a transfer bus cuts into time that could be spent doing other things like sleeping, blogging, writing my two Senior Project papers and so on. It has been such an inconvenience that I have found myself near tears dreading the long bus adventures.

Actually riding the bus is a different story. I see a lot of interesting people and get to view the city instead of focusing on driving. It has actually inspired me to get out and go do more things (even though the introvert in me is saying “stay home and read a book”) – I actually went to walk around the mall and browse in Barnes & Noble. I didn’t have to worry about driving around the parking lot for 10 minutes trying to find a parking stall.

I have decided that even if/when I get my car fixed, I am going to catch the bus a couple times a month to go on some adventures. I’m only going to stay in my area (Honolulu) and Waikiki/Ala Moana – but this has actually been a good change (for the most part) – but pray we figure out what is wrong with my car because I miss her dearly.

Blog Life
I have been very productive behind the scenes when it comes to blogging tasks. I have been more organized and actually been working on these 50+ drafts that have been sitting there waiting for some action. I plan on posting at least 2-4 times on every blog that I contribute to and I feel like I am off to a good start. I have a bunch of posts scheduled to post within the next couple of weeks so let’s see how I continue to stay consistent with everything else going on in my life.

Work Life
Nothing new to report. Still enjoy my job. It has came with more challenges mostly in the form of us being busier. I have been looking for a second part time job (possibly for evening/weekend) – but with the car issues that has been a bit difficult since public transit adds 1-2 hours of travel time usually. So trying to increase my side hustle and Avon income more instead since that is something I don’t necessarily have to travel for (as often) – wish me luck.

College Life
We are in week 2 of a new semester. I feel good about this semester and I think if I continue to stay on top of everything I will do great and not stress out (too much) this semester. I’m happy that I only have to physically go to my school once a week. Since I am doing 2 Senior Projects it required a lot of writing which is actually good for me because it is forcing me to write something daily – a habit I have been trying to have for quite sometime. This should help me not only with school and freelance work but also with my blogging. I consider that a major win.

I hope that you all are doing well and have a great weekend. Thank you again for stopping in to read about what I have been up to this week.

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything exciting happen for you this week? Let us know in the comments!

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