My Vision Board

My friend asked me if I had created my vision board for 2019. I have not but I will. She send me a picture of her vision board. She had a poster with pictures of things she wanted to accomplish this year.  I think this is a really good idea, it will help me accomplish my goals and help me focus on positive things.  For some reason, picture and writing your goals down makes it more official. Before I get my poster and start gluing pictures, I wanted to share my vision board with y’all. On my vision board I want to include:

Traveling: I feel like in 2018, I did not travel as much as I wanted to. For 2019, I have a trip to Portland Oregon planned in June. Hopefully, I can set up a Costa Rica trip and an Italy trip.

Blogging: I want to try to blog more this year. A new blog entry every two weeks. I feel like it fell behind in 2018. I always feel better when I do a new blog post. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something. Lately, I have not felt great but blogging helps me feel better. It is an energy booster for sure.

Healthier lifestyle: I need to work out and not have as much sugar. I have a big sweet tooth, I want to supplement with some health fruit or other healthier options. Then have candy and other desserts in moderation.

Better in Finances: This a difficult one because I do want to travel more, I need to make adjustments where I can travel and still save money at the same time. This probably means no more delivery food.

Right now my vision poster is blank but I will complete it this month. I will put pictures of places I want to travel to, pictures of blogs to inspire me to write, work out pictures, and money pictures to remind me to save.

 

 

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What to do in Scotland

I went to Scotland a week before Christmas for 6 days. I know it was a short trip but I feel like I got to see a lot. I went with contiki (tour group) and got to make new friends. I was able to visit Edinburg, St. Andrews, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Stirling, and Glasgow. Scotland was amazing especially Edinburgh. Edinburgh had amazing architecture and so many things to do. Like the amazing Christmas market. Here are some things you can do in Scotland:

Isle of Skye: This area is full of sight seeing. You will want to take lots of pictures and never leave.  It was a very beautiful scenic route. The seaside of Portee is located here. Its a gorgeous town that has pastel houses. I was able to have lunch there and it was the best lunch I had in Scotland. The restaurant was called, The Caley Bar. They also have a dog at the Post Office that is the official stamp licker. The Eilean Donan Castle is located in the Isle of skye too. The movie Made of Honor was filmed there. The above picture is Eilean Donan Castle.

Cruise Loch Ness: take a boat cruise to loch ness. The cruise stops by the Urquhart castle, so you can see it up close. Maybe you can find Nessie up close too. The boat has food, drinks, and free wifi.

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Try a whiskey tasting: I do not like whiskey but I thought whiskey in Scotland would be the best way to start liking whiskey. I learned that its ok to put water in your whiskey, which I did and it made it a lot better. However, I was only able to try 2 whiskey tasting and a little of a 3rd one. I asked for cider after. The experience was great because our whiskey tour guide told us Scotland history stories.

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Elephant house: This coffee shop is located in Edinburgh. They call it the birthplace of Harry Potter. Since JK Rowling started writing her Harry Potter books there, when she lived in Edinburgh. The coffee shop was packed when I went but you are able to walk around inside.

Edinburgh Castle: I was able to take a tour of castle. It was cold and rainy that day but it was worth it. I learned more about Mary queen of Scots and that Robert The Bruce was the real brave heart. However, William Wallace did do a lot for Scotland. Also, saw the crown of Jewels. I was able to have a tea tasting after my castle experience, to keep warm and help me recharge.

 

Greyfriars Kirkyard:  This graveyard is behind the elephant house in Edinburgh. It’s where JK Rowling got some of her names for her book. Like Thomas Riddle. I could not find the headstone but some friends of mine did. It looks like they do tours of the cemetery too. I also a tour group. I am pretty sure they can find Thomas Riddle and other characters.

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St Andrews: The birthplace of golf and where Prince William and Kate met. They went to the same university there. I went to the coffee shop, NorthPoint Cafe where they had coffee dates. I had a delicious smoothie from there and walked around St. Andrews. The town is beautiful they even have a beach.

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Dallas Favorites

I consider Dallas like a 3rd home. Some of my immediate family live there. After going there this Thanksgiving I wanted to share some of my favorite restaurants from breakfast to dessert. Since food is amazing. Here they’re:

Breakfast/Brunch

  • Maple Leaf Diner: A Canadian restaurant in Dallas. They have traditional diner food (chicken fried steak, burgers, and homemade pies). I ordered Chicken and waffles with bacon and a creme puff. They serve breakfast from 7:00 AM-9:00 PM.CEDFCA12-62B6-4E50-B914-A23A1F4BB64D

Lunch:

  • Pecan Lodge: When you visit Texas, you have to have barbecue (bbq). Pecan lodge is located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. It’s an amazing bbq place and I consider it one of the best in Dallas. It can get pretty crowded, so I would try to make it when they first open at 11 AM. Maybe try a weekday if you can. (Monday’s they’re closed).

Dinner

  • Wabi House: a ramen place I recommend this restaurant for dinner because they had a ramen I wanted to try the Tsukemen ramen (Chashu egg, applewood bacon, chili strips, scallion, and pork belly) but it is only offered for dinner. Someone try it and tell me how it is! I ordered the Tonkotsu which has Chashu, woodear, mushroom, butter corn, egg, mayu oil, and scallion. It was delicious and I definitely recommend it. The spicy Miso is good for people who love spicy food.

Dessert

  • Creamistry: A liquid nitrogen ice cream place.The ice cream is made to ordered, so you get to see how its made. They also have unique flavors. I ordered a Fruity Pebbles ice cream. Next time I will get the Captain Crunch ice cream. The ice cream is so creamy and delicious. They have serval locations in Dallas. I visited the Green Ville one.

FOMO Factory

A pop up museum in Austin has been inspired by FOMO, FOMO-Fear of missing out. People will definitely will feel left out when they look at your FOMO Factory pictures.  The museum’s idea is to celebrate the magic of childhood. They want to bring back the imagination you had as a child. You can scrabble your name, jump out of a huge cake, and play in a ballpit. A friend of mine invited me to go last week. The tickets are $23.00 dollars and is open Thursday-Sunday. They will be in Austin till October 21st.

When I got to The FOMO Factory, the staff was very friendly and helpful. They told me to celebrate like it was my birthday.  The museum has different themes. They have a dessert theme, school theme, playground, and summer vacation. My favorite theme was summer vacation. They had a ball pit, beach balls, a beach, and big sand castle. You can take pictures and pretend to be a kid again. The staff is more than happy to take pictures of you. They even give you free ice-cream and a Snapple. I can not remember the last time I had a Snapple. I recommend the FOMO Factory to anyone that loves to take pictures and who wants to be a kid again.

My Travel Bucket List

Since I did not travel this summer and my next trip is not till December. All I can think about is places I want to travel to. To help with my wanderlust I created an international travel bucket list. Here is my international bucket list:

Thailand

An elephant ride in Thailand has been my dream for a couple of years now. I hear the food is delicious and inexpensive.

Iceland

I think I saw bits of Iceland on my flight from London to Austin. It was absolute gorgeous I know going out there is expensive but I am willing to spend the money there. Also, plane tickets are not bad from Austin. I feel like there is something for everyone in Iceland.

Greece

I have been wanting to go here since I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I want to go to Santori drink wine and look at the beautiful scenery. I have been planning on going to Greece for awhile. My sister wants to go in Summer of 2020. I know that trip will finally happen.

Italy

This country has been on my top list especially, after the Lizzie Mcguire movie. I was trying to go in December or November but ended up choosing Scotland.

Japan

My cousin is there currently, teaching English abroad and the pictures look beautiful. I also want to try that ice cream that does not melt.

I am hoping my international bucket list can be accomplished sooner rather than later. I will work on it. Since, I have not been able to travel, I have been looking at travel vlogs, reading travel blogs, and following travelers on instagram.

Scotland trip

I have been wanting to go on an international trip for a while. I tried to go to Greece for summer 2018, then I had try to set another trip to visit France, Spain, and Italy in September 2018.  Unfortunately, neither of those trips worked out. As of now, I finally have a trip set up that works with my finances and timing. I will be going to Scotland for 6 days in December, a week before Christmas. I could not be more excited. If y’all have been to Scotland and have any recommendations, please let me know. I would be heading Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Scottish Highlands, West Highlands, Isle of Skye, and Glasgow. Here are some things I want to see:

  • The Elephant House: I recently just heard about this place. The coffee shop in Edinburg where JK Rowling started Harry Potter. I am pretty sure it will be packed so I think I will just take a quick picture.
  • Christmas Markets at Princes Street Gardens: This was recommended by Visit Scotland, a travel organization. Its a public park in the centre of Edinburgh and during Christmas they have markets. I am for sure going to stop by and shop.
  • Edinburgh Castle: I heard its resting on an extinct volcano. So, I am hoping to see the castle and volcano.

I just realized that my to do list is all Edinburg. So, any recommendations would be helpful.

 

 

My Favorite Happy Hours in Austin

Lately, I have been checking out happy hours after work. They are fun, inexpensive (well depending on how much you drink), and a great relaxer after work. These are 3 of my favorites:

  1. Peche: this restaurant serves French comfort foods and craft cocktails. The decor is amazing. It feels like the 1920’s when you walk into Peche. Happy hour is all night Sunday and Monday, 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday-Sunday. They have 1/2 off selected food and $5 dollar cocktails.
  2. Salty Sow:  has a laid back setting. They serve American foods, cocktails, and craft beers. Their happy hour is 4:30-6:30 everyday. They have a menu specifically for Happy Hour. They have $5 dollar glasses of wine and great food for $5 dollars like the honey rosemary dipped fried chicken and their amazing duck fat fries. D225FD32-033D-4269-8744-1CA5DFFCB715
  3. El Alma: A Mexican cuisine and cocktail restaurant. When they weather is nice, I recommend sitting on their rooftop deck. Everyday from 3:00-6:00 PM they have discounted appetizers and drink specials. If you’re in the mood for a margarita come here!DB6AD823-9532-4B3C-A80A-9E302BB8287F

Whenever you’re in Austin, check these places out.