LA Getaway

Thanks all for your patience while I worked through some things. I was definitely burnt out and needed a break, but I’m back and I feel great! Last weekend I went to LA to visit one of my best friends and go to Paleyfest. It was a small getaway trip but it was just what I needed.

Since Jessica moved to LA a few years ago, I’ve been going down to visit her every couple of months. This past weekend ended up being the first sunny weekend LA has had for a while so it was perfect timing. I rented a car for $89 for two days through Hotwire at NU Car Rentals. It’s pretty easy to find cheap rental cars for LA you just have to be patient and check different websites.

That weekend we decided we were going to visit Santa Barbara, but on our way we took a detour to Carpinteria and I fell in love. It is about 2 hours from Los Angeles. It’s a smaller town than Santa Barbara, but just as beautiful and less people. The sun was shining, we had mimosas and laid out on the beach. After our beach time, we went to a quaint Thai restaurant in Carpinteria that was really well priced, $15.00 for our lunch special.

That Saturday we attended Paleyfest with Stephen Colbert. For those who don’t know what Paleyfest is (I didn’t either), it is a Q&A with actors, writers and other people in different tv shows. They have them with the cast of This Is Us, Hawaii Five – O, etc etc. Pretty much any major popular show has done a Paleyfest. The last time I saw Stephen Colbert was when I was in New York in 2017 so it was long overdue to see him again.

Sunday we went and got brunch on Melrose and walked down Melrose. I’ve never been to this area so it was fun to check out and explore. It was also so hot that I was regretting my choice of wearing jeans and was being a baby and complaining I needed Seattle’s colder climate. HAH

Anyways all in all it was a good weekend that I needed to help recover from my rut and now I’m back!

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Carpinteria , California. iPhone X.

 

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Little Update

Hi friends!

It’s been about a week since I last posted and I know I haven’t been very good at posting these past few weeks. I had all these intentions after I came back from Argentina to have multiple blog posts about my trip, different advice and tips about Buenos Aires and I’ve hit a bit of a wall.

I’m in a bit of a mental slump where I’m not really motivated to blog. I know that’s not fair to you as readers. I’m working with my therapist to figure out how to get myself out of this mental rut that I sometimes fall into where I loose all motivation for everything.

This ebbs and flows and I haven’t hit one of these in a really long time, so it’s something I’m really trying to pinpoint and work on. So instead of producing terrible blog posts, I’m going to take a step back from this blog and work on my mental health. I love this blog and everything I’ve built so far so I will come back, but I might take another week or two off just to focus on myself.

Thanks for your patience, for your love and your understanding. I’ve received a lot more support and love than I ever expected when I started this blog and I appreciate that so much.

You can follow me on twitter, my food instagram or my recently launched travelgram – I promise I’ll be back!

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Black History Month Spotlight: Lorraine Hansberry

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Thanks for following along so far. I’ve had great reception from friends and family who have appreciated these spotlights. Next week will be my final spotlight and my last spotlight will be Marian Wright Edelman so stay tuned! I know it’ll be in March, but as I took a week off for travels I wanted to still do my final spotlight.

Today’s spotlight is Lorraine Hansberry.

Lorraine Hansberry is the first black American playwright to have her play produced on Broadway.  Her play Raisin in the Sun is considered an American classic today (NPR). Her play Raisin in the Sun is about a black family that tries to move into a white neighborhood in Chicago (SparkNotes).

Hansberry was born in Chicago and attended University of Wisconsin before moving to New York City to pursue theater (Britannica). It was in New York that she began writing  for a monthly paper called Freedom and became an activist for peace and racial justice (FemBio).

Raisin in the Sun is her most famous play to date.  The play spotlights the struggles black people faced living in a segregated city and trying to move up in the world. Her female character Beneatha is highlighted for her positive image of a black woman who is intelligent and career driven (FemBio).

Unfortunately for us Hansberry passed away at age 34 to pancreatic cancer. Not much is known about her life except for a few pieces of work that she left behind after her death.

Here are some books to read more about her:

My first international trip for 2019

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I’m so excited I’m finally going on my first international trip of the year. I’ve been planning this trip since August of last year and the time has finally come! My friend Emily, who I met in college asked me to go to Madrid with her last February. I’ll be in Argentina for 5 days, I leave Wednesday but won’t arrive till Thursday.

My trip to Madrid with her was last-minute and spontaneous. I don’t remember what exactly happened, but she had texted me and I was asking her what she was up to and we ended up talking about her trip to Madrid. She told me what dates she was going and I realized I had those dates off so I jumped on the opportunity to go with her and went (this all went down in three weeks).

This time around it was a bit more planned out. I’ve known since August after we had talked about going on another trip together. She mentioned she had already booked this trip to Argentina and asked if I wanted to join, and she knew I was going to say yes.

Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Buenos Aires through LAX on American Airlines. I’ll be making sure to take notes and get back to you on my experience flying American. This will be my first time flying American internationally (I’ve only flown them going from Seattle to NYC). The flight is about 12 hours long and I’m preparing myself for this.

Here are a few things I always bring on my carry-on:

  • Headphones
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizer Wipes
  • Sleep Mask
  • Glasses case
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

(Pro tip: If you travel with medicine, make sure to always bring your medicine with you in your carry-on in case your checked luggage gets lost).

This is my second time going to South America, the first time was in 2012 when I went to Venezuela for a mission trip. So this will be my first time going as a tourist.

We don’t have much planned yet but I have a few things planned and made a few reservations to a few different restaurants that I want to try (can’t wait to blog about it later!).

Sorry for this vague blog post, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers for this trip, as I’ll probably do quite a lot of blog posts about it. I’ll be posting photos of my food adventures on my food instagram here and my new travelgram that I just launched, which you can follow here.

Catch you back in America!

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Black History Month Spotlight: Wangari Maathai

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Happy Black History Month! I wanted to spotlight different women this month as a way to honor them, remember them and hopefully inspire other women. My second spotlight of the month is Wangari Maathai. The next spotlight will be Lorraine Hansberry.

In my opinion, Wangari Maathai is one of the most notable women in this generation who does not get as much recognition as she deserves. She is the first Black woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya and became the first woman in East and Central Africa to receive a doctoral degree (Nobel Peace Prize). She served on the National Council of Women in Kenya and it was during this time that she founded the Green Belt Movement (Green Belt Movement).

The Green Belt Movement is an organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to work towards conserving the environment and improving their lives. Maathai founded the environmental organization to address the issue of having streams drying up, food supplies being less secure. By planting seedlings, the women are able to store rainwater, provide food and firewood and receive a monetary token for their work (Green Belt Movement).

Conservation work wasn’t her only passion, Maathai was also an advocate for human rights, AIDS prevention and women’s issues. She addressed these issues in front of the United Nations General Assembly frequently. In 2002 she was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly and in 2003 she was appointed Assistant Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife (Britannica). In 2004 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Black woman to receive the award.

Since being award the Nobel Peace Prize, Maathai published an autobiography of her journey. She was also appointed the Goodwill Ambassador to the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem. In 2006 she founded the Nobel Women’s Initiative (Green Belt Movement).

Maathai passed away in 2011 due to ovarian cancer.

Here are some books to read more about her:

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Earlier this month I was nominated by The Newbury Girl for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am extremely honored for this recognition.

Sunshine Blogger Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate (at least) 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions

Newbury Girl Questions

1.What is your biggest blogger goal for 2019?

My biggest blogger goal for 2019 is to continue to create meaningful content. I want my content to be relatable.

2. What is the best advice you received as a blogger?

The biggest advice I received as a blogger was to not burnout. As a new blogger there is a desire to put out a lot of content to gain followers fast, but then you risk burning out and running out of ideas. I’ve been taking it slow and only blogging once or twice a week (slow and steady eh?) (I’m not Canadian I just wanted to say eh.) 

3. What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I’ve got some really great trips planned this year and I’ve been working a lot on my own personal journey. I did a lot of soul searching last year and now this year is my time to heal and grow and repair myself.

4. What was your least favorite song from 2018?

Honestly any song by Cardi B, not because I don’t like her but because I cannot understand any of the lyrics.

Who was the first artist/musician you saw in concert?

DO I ADMIT WHO I FIRST SAW OR DO I LIE? This is so Seattle of me but the first concert I saw was Modest Mouse in 7th grade. Hahahah okay bye.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m such a night owl it’s crazy. I love the night, make me get up at 6am and I’ll be dead.

Pick one: Netflix, Hulu, or HBO?

Oh this is hard, but HBO. Unless I have Hulu with HBO added on, then I choose Hulu with HBO.

Pick one: Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter?

Yo why you gotta make me choose. I love them all, no discrimination. But if I really had to choose Instagram is great. I can use it show off my amateur photography skills.

If you could wake up tomorrow speaking another language, what would it be?

Chinese 100% it’s my mother language and my only regret that I can’t speak it. 

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or living, who would it be?

Oh Thurgood Marshall for sure. He’s one of the most fascinating person I’ve ever read about.

Share your favorite post from 2018. Why is this your favorite?

My favorite blog post is Vancouver Day Trip because it was such a fun trip and I had a blast. Also who doesn’t love road trips? And shoutout to Chelsea for reading my blog, always supporting me and being a great friend. 

My Questions (all travel related)

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
  2. If you live anywhere, where would it be?
  3. What is your favorite travel memory?
  4. After a long day of traveling, what is the first thing you do once you get there?
  5. Do your prefer road-tripping or flying?
  6. What is the most adventurous food you’ve tried while traveling?
  7. How do you choose the next place you are going visit?
  8. If you could only travel to one country which one would it be?
  9. What do you think is the biggest barrier for why people don’t travel as much?
  10. If you could only travel with one person for the rest of your life, who would you choose?
  11. What’s your favorite comfort food when you are traveling?

My Nominations:

  1. Bill @ A Silly Place 
  2. Cynthia @ Adventuring Woman
  3. Irine @ Travel with Irine
  4. Allie @ Allie Wanders
  5. 1Adventure Traveler
  6. Analytical Traveler
  7. Lily @ Anchoring Away
  8. Madelene @ InBetweenSC
  9. Angelica’s Travels
  10. The Impulsive Traveler
  11. Captain Jetson