MAUI: PART I

I’m back from vacationing in Maui! I am so happy I got to spend 10 full days relaxing, eating, and exploring.  I MISS IT SO MUCH ALREADY.

Some of the highlights of the trip? Whale watching, dinner cruise, seeing sea turtles napping on the beach, and just driving around the island. I’ve got a ton of pictures that I can’t wait to share with you all!

We found these Sea turtles laying on the beach, in Paia. I have never seen a sea turtle before in real life! It was so incredible. The weather was so warm and perfect, in the mid-70’s & low 80’s.

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We stayed in multiple locations on the island: Kīhei, Ka’anapali, and Māʻalaea. We did it this way 1) to save money (we used Airb&b the entire time) & 2) we liked to see what each location had to offer. We had such an amazing time, I’ll try and break up the photos by location!

 

Kīhei:

 

 

Upcountry Kula:

 

The Lavender farm in Kula was beautiful! So many gorgeous flowers and plants… and the views were incredible. On Part 2 of the maui trip I’ll post pictures of Ka’anapali, Lahaina (whale watching), the road to Hana, and more.

 

 

xo

Studying Abroad in Paris, France.

I’ve been home for a little over a month, and I think it’s time I write my “study abroad” experience blog post. Where do I even begin?

What an incredible experience. I am SO HAPPY I took the plunge and decided to follow my dreams of studying abroad. I think I picked the BEST place to study. I fell in love with Paris, but let’s be honest- who doesn’t fall in love with the city of lights? It’s charming, the wine is amazing, and everywhere you turn it’s visually pleasing. The Parisian buildings, famous landmarks, and museums made me never want to leave.

I had picnics by the Eiffel Tower (something I’ll never forget) with wine, cheese, and baguettes, enjoyed wild nights out in Bastille with amazing friends, and enjoyed drinking coffee at my favorite cafe called Radiodays. Life in Paris for 4 months was a complete DREAM.

I found myself there. I gained my confidence back, I learned how to be independent again, and I chased adventure. For the first time in a very long time, I felt happy and free. I felt like I could accomplish anything. This is my biggest take away from studying abroad. I was able to reinvent myself, and focus completely on myself. I had just gotten out of a long term relationship, and going to Paris when I did was the best thing ever. It put a lot of things into perspective, and for the first time in years, I was single!

I made friends for life. Before going abroad, I was so nervous to meet new people. I am pretty reserved and mostly always to myself, so to my surprise I made a ton of friends. I traveled to different countries with them- and we experienced different cultures together. It was hard saying goodbye to these people, because most of them live on the East Coast! But one day, I plan on visiting them all and having a little reunion. I miss them all so much.

I finally can say I’ve been to Europe. For the longest time I’ve been itching to travel to Europe. I’d watch “House Hunters International” on HGTV, and record the episodes that were specifically in Europe. Places like Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Prague and more were calling my name. Studying abroad in Paris meant that it was easy to travel to other surrounding countries (a huge BONUS)! So, as you all know from prior blog posts I was able to go to: Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Nice & Cannes, Venice, Rome, Naples, and Marseille. This was me traveling on a budget and having limited money… I was so fortunate to be able to see all those beautiful cities. I cannot wait to go back and explore the places I didn’t get to visit. Now that I’ve had a little taste of traveling, I want more!

School/Fun ratio was perfect. The American Business School of Paris is where I attended for Spring semester. I took a full load (12 units), and had more than enough downtime to travel, have fun, and enjoy the city life. I had class Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s. I loved having three day weekends; it truly was the best. I liked the school, and loved how many different nationalities went there! I got to meet all kinds of people, from all over.

If I could go back to Paris, I would in a heartbeat. I’m actually still dealing with withdrawals and coming down from my Paris high- as I call it. I hope to go back to Europe when I graduate from college next fall. I’d love to backpack for 3 months or so, but obviously that all depends on finances & where I’m at in my life. BUT- that’s the goal. I must go back! Some places I’d love to see that I didn’t? Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal,  Scotland, Ireland, Wales, should I even go on? I’d be down to go ANYWHERE!

I’d tell anyone thinking about studying abroad to DO IT. Jump in, head first. It really did change my life, and opened my eyes to a whole new world. If you have any questions, or would love some advice about Paris- I’d be happy to share my knowledge and experiences. This was a special blog post to write, I hope y’all loved it.

 

xo

11 things to do when I’m twenty-four.

September 30th was my birthday! I turned 24 years old. My twin sister came up with her fiancé for the weekend & we celebrated together! We had so much fun. But I’m missing her already, and she only left 15 minutes ago.

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We went to the cutest restaurant in downtown Palo Alto called Vino Locale. We sipped on some champagne & rosé (my favorite), and ate while a guitarist played live music. It was the cutest. The picture above is me and my gorgeous sisters. Love them!

I thought it would be super fun to come up with a list of things to do when I’m 24! So here we go….

  1. Travel Abroad. It’s time I get out of the United States and travel FAR AWAY. I’m talking Europe! I want to explore. So I think it’s time to finally see a different country. My top places to see are: France, Italy, England, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and the list goes on. I’ll take what I can get. Time to be young, carefree, and live life. I’m only getting older…
  2. Focus on my studies. I’ve always loved school and trying my hardest getting good grades. But of course there is always room for growth and improvement. I want  to  get good grades, and even try to make Dean’s List! I made Dean’s List in community college a few semesters, and it was such a great feeling. I know I’m capable of doing it again!
  3. Drink more water. Super self explanatory. I want to drink more water. There’s so many health benefits that come with drinking water (healthy clear skin, fight fatigue, aids weight loss, and more) and it’s time I make more of an effort.
  4. Read more books. I love reading. But life can get pretty busy, and my books gather dust. I don’t want this to happen anymore. Over the summer I read about 5 books (and I could have read more) I loved it so much. It’s time to make an effort to read no matter what.
  5. Pay off unnecessary debt/ save money. Now this one is going to be tough, but probably one of the most important things I want have to do! Money can be a touchy subject with people, since it is so personal. But I need to pay off some bills and be more money savvy.
  6. Go to the beach more often. I love the ocean. I love listening to the waves, and smelling the salty air. I live in California, and I’m not that far away from the coast. I want to take more trips to the beach, and not to swim, but to relax- read a book, sit on a beach towel and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. Whether it’s Point Reyes, Stinson Beach, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, … I need more of it.
  7. Go to a concert. I haven’t been to a concert in years. I think it’s time to choose a great band, and go watch!
  8. Get a file cabinet for important documents. I’ve been meaning to do this one for a long time, but I keep putting it off. It’s super important to get documents in a safe place and organized, so they are easy to find. I’m an “adult” now, so it’s time I invest in a file cabinet. hah!
  9. Get my first facial at a spa. Turning 24 years old, I know it’s super important to take care of your skin! I can’t believe I’m in the stage of “preventing” wrinkles/fine lines, so I have nice skin when I’m older. So doing a facial will keep my skin radiant, slow the aging process, even skin tone, fade dark spots, etc. I have NEVER had a facial before, but have heard such wonderful things about them. I love serums, moisturizers, face masks- so I think it’s time to add this into my skincare routine monthly.
  10. Bake a pie from scratch. I’m not a good baker. I’m still very much a beginner, but something I’ve always wanted to do is bake a homemade pie. I have always bought pre-made crust, but this time it would be nice to bake a pie and do everything from scratch. Apple pie… it’s going to happen & I will document how it turns out! Be on the lookout & wish me luck!
  11. Write more. I love writing. Whether it’s for this blog or in a journal, it’s important for me to continue writing because it’s huge a passion of mine.

xo