Driving Down the 101

In’N’Out Burger. Santa Monica Pier. The Grove. Disney Land.

I had been lusting over California for years. There was something about the calm of the beaches mixed with the fast paced city life that intrigued me and had me spending hours of my days planning out my trip. Last Summer I made my dreams a reality and headed to the west coast for the first time.

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I can truly say after spending only 4 full days, California has my heart. From the city views at Griffith Park to the beautiful sunsets at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu I fell more and more in love. I made the trip with my boyfriend Mike (my favourite travel partner) and we set out to see and do everything on our checklist.

Day 1: Disney Land & California Adventure Park

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Day 2: Driving the Coast (Laguna Beach to Santa Monica)

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Day 3: City Sights & Malibu (Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Sign, The Grove, Point Dume State Beach)

 

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Day 4: Shopping & Baseball  (Rodeo Drive, Third Street Promenade, Angel’s Stadium)

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 I can definitely say wholeheartedly that I will be heading back to California in my lifetime and I can’t wait to explore it even further.

Thoughts on Job Hunting

Today I woke up and got ready for a job interview. It was for a company that is well known and reputable. I showered, got dressed and got in the car. When I got there I walked halfway from the car and the door of where the interview was, turned around and went home.

The reality of it is, this wasn’t a job I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I didn’t feel like it would leave me feeling accomplished and satisfied at the end of each day. I felt anxiety, shortness of breath, an almost drowning feeling. It wasn’t because I was nervous or because I felt like this company would be a horrible place to work for, in fact it was the very opposite. It was a place that would provide security and a paycheck but what it wouldn’t provide was my happiness. I felt all these feelings of anxiety because I knew deep down if I accepted this position it would throw me off track and set me back more from where I really want to be in life.

So why do we accept jobs we don’t want? Probably the most common answer is money. Having bills to pay and responsibilities (the worst part of being an adult, am I right?) forces us into working jobs we don’t actually want. It forces us to put our dreams on the back burner and causes us to fear taking risks. We constantly look forward to the  free time we have away from our jobs. Evenings and weekends become the only time we truly feel ourselves. It is a cycle that can last an entire lifetime and some people retire or worse die feeling this way. Okay, that sounds a little morbid but it’s also the truth.

I think a lot of job unhappiness stems from having to make such a big decision at such a young age. At 17 I was given forms to fill out to decide which College or University I wanted to apply to and which program I wanted to enroll in. Looking back at it now at 17 I couldn’t even decide if I wanted pizza or a sub for lunch. How was I expected to decide what career I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life?

As we get older I think we start to really figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are. The things that excite us and motivate us start to become more apparent. These are the things we need to run with and somehow manage a way to make them our career because if we don’t we are only letting ourselves down.

Reflecting on my decision today to not go to the interview I feel relief and a weight off my shoulders. I am going to take the time to write a list of things that are non-negotiable in my job search and also continue to work on my blog. We all have the power to take control of our lives and earn money doing what we love.

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Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old

Decisions.

It is something that I have been battling with for quite a while now. Not like the type of decision of what drink will I get at the bar in my younger years but more like “what job is going to make me happy for the rest of my life?”.” Is this going to be good for my future?”. “Where will I even be in 10 years?”. These are all questions that become more pressuring as your 20’s march along.

I have now just turned 25 years old. Sure, I’ve traveled a bit, I have a job, I live on my own, but I am always craving something more. I feel that my life isn’t meant to be conventional. Some people my age have a full-time job, have gotten married, had children, but for me I crave something else. I have never pictured my life being the typical/safe way of living.

I do not have the pull to get married, have kids, or work mindlessly 9-5 as weeks of my life roll by. I have always almost felt overwhelmed when I think of this lifestyle – not that I judge anyone for wanting it. I realize everyone has different views of what is going to make them the happiest.

To be open and honest, there have been so many times in the past where I have felt the pressure of other people. I have spent time worrying about what this person or that person will think of me if I make a decision that is unusual or out of the box. I have feared that I might fail and have others snicker and make remarks behind my back. With this being said, I have grown a lot and learned to push these fears out of my mind. I have made many decisions that have turned out to make me extremely happy.  I decided that traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I will continue to make traveling a priority. I have decided that I won’t settle for jobs, people, or situations that make me unhappy. I have decided that no matter what happens I have to always trust my instincts and not listen to people who tell me my decisions are wrong.

We have one life to live and we shouldn’t waste it on satisfying other people’s opinions.  Go out & and make all your dreams a reality.  Everything will work out in the end.