Why I started Blogging

It’s been 6 months since I started my blog. I got inspired by a close friend of mine to start one. I was not having a good week and felt unmotivated. He asked me what I like doing. I told him that I liked writing, traveling, and food. So, he gave me the idea to start a blog. Some of you might be asking, why I had never thought about a blog before; especially since I like to write. I did try to blog in the past but it never stuck.  I would get distracted with other things. Life happened pretty much. Basically, I didn’t make the time. However, It was always in the back of my mind. My friend gave me the push and direction. I am very thankful for him for that.

I really do want to continue to blog and make it another 6 months or longer. Blogging makes me happy. I am happy to talk about my travels, food experiences, and personal thoughts. It helps me put all my thoughts together and express how I feel at the moment. I can be having a bad day but writing makes it better. Also, I want to help people travel because it’s an amazing experience. I know blogging is not easy but I like it and its something that’s mine. It’s something that expresses who I am and I get to know myself better.  So, I hope to continue writing to everyone and I hoped you have enjoyed it so far.

On Turning 30

As I get closer to 30, I can’t help but look back on my life. Growing up, I felt like 30 was the age that you had to have everything figured out. You have to have the job, the dream job or live in a big city and in a house. Maybe even be married with a kid on the way. Basically, I had a different life set out for myself. 30 makes me think of things I did not accomplish. I thought having the job, the city, the house, and the marriage defined success and 30 was that magic age. Now, I’m 2 months away from 30 and well… my life is different than expected.

My main question about turning 30 is would past me be proud? To be honest, I think so. I  like living in Texas because I am not far from family or close friends. San Francisco was my dream city but the cost of living is a different story. I would not be able to enjoy the culture there because the majority of my money would go to rent. Marriage is a beautiful commitment but I am glad I have waited. I feel like I am still getting to know myself and I wouldn’t be a good wife if I don’t get to know myself. I am more prepared now than the past and I am excited for my future marriage.  It would be great to own a house but I am not financially ready and I do not know what city I want to live in. A house is a really big commitment and it needs a lot planning. You need the money and you can not forget about the maintenance. My career is still starting and I feel good things are happening my way. I am hopeful for it, my current job and past jobs have taught me a lot.

30 might seem like the magic age to have everything figured out but there isn’t a magic age. I think whats important is that we live our lives everyday. Also, having a good support system is definitely necessary.  I like getting older because it makes you realistic and when your realistic you’re better prepared for life.  I know I don’t have the house, the big city life, the marriage, and the job but I am excited for 30.  However,  right now I am going to enjoy being 29.

Denver

Denver is definitely an outdoor city. They have skiing, kayaking, rafting, biking and hiking trails, mountain climbing, and so much more.  Denver is beautiful, the whole state of Colorado is gorgeous. I loved seeing the mountains in the distance as well as the Denver skyline. Of course, there is more to Denver than the scenery and outdoor activities. They have many museums, breweries, and professional sports teams.  I had the opportunity to see Denver while visiting my friend Heather. She let me stay with her for a couple of days and not only  showed me around Denver but outside of the city too. It was an amazing experience.

Day 1

I got there around 2:00 PM. The first thing we did, was eat a late lunch at City O’ City. It’s a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free restaurant and it damn delicious. We ordered the seitan buffalo wings and BBQ wings for an appetizers. For an entree we shared a BBQ bowl with seitan, vegan mac&cheese, kale, and coleslaw. Along with bloody Mary’s. After lunch we walked to the People’s Fair located in the Civic Center Park. The fair had free entrance and had booths sealing jeweler and clothing. We didn’t stay long but I had a nice time seeing the booths and the park. The park has a good view of the capital and fountain in the middle.

After the fair we went back to Heather’s place and got ready to enjoy Denver night life. First place we went to was a brewery called the Great Divide. We both ordered a Strawberry Rhubarb sat outside and enjoyed the nice summer weather. The weather was nice in cool at night. The beer was delicious and I liked their yeti theme. The brewery closed early and we headed to Finn’s Manor Bar. The bar had a diverse array of food trucks, cocktails, and craft beer. The bar gave me an Austin feel with the open patio and food trucks. They had many areas we could order drinks. We ordered cocktails and a frozen rose’. We bar hopped for bit but another bar the stood out was Matchbox bar. The bar also had a huge patio with wall murals and bar games. After all the bar hopping we got late night pizza and walked home.

Day 2

This was outdoor activity day. We drove an hour and half to the Incline near Colorado Springs. The whole drive was beautiful. Colorado landscape is full green/white mountains as well as red rocks. The drive was not boring at all. We even stopped to take pictures by the Air Force area. We got to the inline in good time and noticed it’s beauty. The incline had a $10 dollar parking charge, which is to keep the incline beautiful. However, it was way out of our hiking range. As soon as we got there it had these stairs to hike to the top of the mountain. We tried to see how far we could get but we didn’t make it far. These led us to Garden of the Gods. This was a free park with beautiful red rocks. Heather and I walked around and took in the scenery. Pictures were a must as well. We stay for about 30 mins. grabbed a bite to eat while we hydrated. FYI the whole time we hydrated, we had plenty of water in the car. When we got back to Denver we ate at a restaurant called the Jerusalem Place. I ordered the vegetarian plate. This place has good prices, great good, and stays open late. I was really tired when we go back to Heather’s, I only had a couple of sips of wine and fell asleep.

Day 3

We had a chance to have a picnic at Bear Creek Lake Park. I got the crunchy roll sushi at trader Joe’s and Heather got a spring roll.  The lake was perfect it had sand and a nice view of the Lakewood mountains. The weather was really windy that day, so we didn’t get into the lake. Instead, we put down towels on the sand had a picnic, talked, and people watched. I was surprise there was some people swimming in the lake because it was a cold day. however, the wind did get really crazy and it started raining, everyone left including us. I had been wanting to see the Red Rock Amphitheater and we drove by since we were near. The rain had stopped for a bit and I had chance to take pictures of the beautiful, phenomenal venue. A bucket list thing, is to see a concert there. It’s on my list for sure.

For the night, we decided to grab dinner at sliceworks and have a beer at Denver Beer Company. The beer we both got was called the Princess Yum Yum. It was a raspberry beer. It was tasty, it wasn’t to strong and was an easy beer to drink. The brewery was nice it had a front patio where people can bring there dogs. We sat inside but the doors were open to the outside. It was weather I could get use to.  To end the night we saw Wonder Women. It’s a movie I recommend, by the way.

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Day 4

Day 4 was when I had my flight back to Austin. This day was just catching up with Heather and driving by the Denver skyline and Broncos Stadium.

My trip was a really good experience. I really liked Denver, its probably one of my favorite cities so far. Colorado is just beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. The weather is also nice in the summer, we drove with the windows down and Heather’s apartment also had the windows down. Something you don’t really do in Texas. Also, just being able to hang out with Heather and having a girls time made it a memorable experience. Trips are always more fun with friends.

Regrets in life

One of the main questions, friends and family might ask you, are what regrets do you have in life? To be honest, it really is a difficult question. It’s difficult to look back and remember what you regret in life. It’s a horrible feeling to think and feel that regret. It might make you feel stupid or embarrassed. At least for me anyways. I think the regrets I have in life are things I didn’t do, then things I did do.

One of the biggest regrets I have is I had a chance to study abroad in Spain when I was in undergrad and I didn’t take the opportunity. It was a couple reasons I didn’t go, mostly money. But when I look back, I could of made it happen. I could of used financial aid and I had some money saved up. Also, close friends of mine were going and it would of been a learning opportunity for me. If I would of gone to Spain, I wouldn’t of had that regret. Of course, I do have other regrets like not keeping in contact with a close friend or applying to that job. I guess that is one of the reasons regrets exists is to help us not make them in the future. Basically learning from a mistake. Not going to Spain or applying to a job have help me travel more and apply for more jobs. I even visit and talk to close friends more.

My main reason for this blog is to remind y’all and myself that when you have an opportunity to do something that will be beneficial, then do it.  Go on the cruise to Alaska, apply for that dream job, move to that big city, and keep in contact with that close friend. If not, you might look back and regret it. Life is to short to not do the things that can make you happy.

 

The Traveler

Close friends of mine, say I am “The Traveler”. They usually ask me how I can afford to travel and how can I go by myself.  I can afford to travel because I make it a priority. I feel experience is worth more than material things. I rather buy a plane ticket to Peru than clothes or home decor. I travel by myself sometimes, because its difficult to accommodate to other people’s schedules. When you’re in your late 20’s The majority of your friends work full time, have second jobs, have kids, or they’re just to busy to travel. Of course, when I can travel with friends I go with them.

Whenever I am in a bad mood, I think about traveling. Then my mood changes and I can’t stop smiling. Traveling helps me get through life or more like it helps me live life. It keeps me going and keeps me sane. Traveling makes me feel like I am doing something with my life. By experiencing different cultures, meeting new people, and learning new things. I love being able to look back at my traveling pictures and reminisce. My office, even has postcards of different places. It motivates me.

I don’t know if I consider myself “The Traveler” like my friends do. Mainly because I still haven’t been to a lot countries. I haven’t even visited all the major cities in the United States. What I do know is that I like to travel and want to continue. Whether it’s visiting a Texas city, a different state, or a different country. And I feel like that makes me a Traveler.

Finding Time to Travel

Life can get in the way of travel and other adventures. There is work, school, kids, and anything else you can think of. In college, I felt like I had more time to travel because of holiday breaks. Also, in college you can study abroad or get an internship abroad. However, in the United States you rarely get holiday breaks and there is no study abroad. There is some jobs that can transfer you, if you are interested in moving. Not all jobs have transfers and traveling for work conferences is not really a vacation.

If your like me, working full-time. Plan your trip, way in advance. Look up your vacation policies before you book your trip. Some jobs offer 2 week paid vacation, upon request. Usually the breaks I have taken to travel internationally have been a little more over a week. I went to Ireland for 9 days and London and Paris for 8 days. They were quick trips but I still enjoyed myself. I usually plan my internationally trips a year to 7 months in advance with a tour group, EF college Break. Tours groups can usually set up your flight and hotel for you. Which really made it easier for me. My trips to the United States travel are usually planned  6 months to 3 months in advance. I recently set up a trip to Denver for June to visit a friend, for 4 days. This gave the time to ask off work, look up flights, and ask my friend if she was available.

When I was working full-time and attending grad school. I had to find time that was good for both work and school. I chose Mid- March to travel to Ireland, It was spring break for school and not a busy time at work. The earlier you plan for your trip the better you can overcome these obstacles. It gives you more time to research the time you have, better plan your trip, and save. Before you book you trip make sure to read about the refund rules for airlines and hotels, if you have to cancel. When I traveled internationally with a tour group, they offered travel insurance. The travel insurance offered cancellation, helped with lost items during your trip, and medical expenses.

If you have a kid, you most likely have to plan a trip that is good for both you and your children. Maybe like a beach trip or visit a place that has theme parks. Also, the same rules apply, you have to find a time that is available for everyone. For example, when the kids are not in school and when you’re not busy at work/school.

I know its difficult to plan trips when your busy but it can happen. Just because you work full-time, have school, kids, or all 3 doesn’t mean you can’t. It just has to be planned in advance. That has helped me and I hope it can do the same for you.