Did you all have a fantastic 2015? I remember around this time last year I made a few goals. They were to travel more, live with a spontaneous spirit , live and see the world as I am able.
I think I am quite happy of the fact that i did indeed do those things, whether planned or sporadic, i got outside and saw as much of the world as I could while balancing a full time job and other responsibilities. There was a getaway at least once a month, whether to staycation in a beach town in Monterey or a planned getaway to Canada, something always in the works. I am so glad to have had that experience, and I feel even more grateful than I did a year ago.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”
As I’ve gotten older, it’s also become clearer to me how my parents see the world, and what they always wanted for their children. Whenever I visit my them, it’s a funny sense of what I call “then, not now”, which loosely translate to the feelings of the past in the present. Seeing them age, seeing them become increasingly sensitive to their spiritual side and seeing them become more passive about things they were once crazy about – it’s funny, and sad, though inevitable.
Over the long weekend in January (MLK), a few of us visited Yosemite Nat’l Park. I’ve always wanted to go there but it was always so far when I lived elsewhere, but now that I’m in the Bay Area it’s SO much closer. In fact, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to even think about going. What was I thinking? Photography may have motivated me just a tad. You can’t deny you can get effortlessly gorgeous shots in one go.
My mind has a tendency to run 150mph in all different directions with sporadic thoughts sending me to a paralyzing state of panic and anxiety. Even after years of regular exercise, i still needed something to keep my mind from escaping to its dark place which manifested from thoughts of failure to inadequacy and emptiness.
I read online about the mental and physical benefits of yoga and decided to give it a go. Because why not? It is an ancient centuries old practice that seemed beneficial for people, not only for health but also wellness.
New Orleans, the city with its old buildings, horse drawn carriages and cast iron balconies that resemble less of the American city and more of an old European city, sits in the Southern region of the US famous for its cultural mix of food, architecture, voodoo and jazz.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I took a few days to visit the beautiful city – a city that’s been high on my list to explore. Four short days, but packed with activities and memories. The city is absolutely fantastic with its rich history, honeyed air, indulgent food. I found myself moving to the languorous rhythm of the city’s heartbeat.
SF –> Los Angeles –> Vegas –> Death Valley –> Back to SF
Road tripping down the California coast to the valleys and back is not a trip for the faint of heart. It requires lots (i mean LOTS) of driving, good company and ambition. Also, hydration, snacks and an ample music collection is essential.