The Never Ending Journey

There are as many ways to live in this world as there are people, and each one deserves a closer look.

The Summer Retrospect

My favorite thing to write is a review of a time period in my life or a review of an event. This review is about my summer (mainly) in Florida.


I honestly cannot wrap my mind around the fact that school started a week ago. I feel like I just moved out of my house in May, anxious to have my surgery. But, I have to face the fact that school has started and I need to get my game face on! I was very fortunate to have lived with some awesome girls this summer who love life and add excitement anywhere they go. I do regret not spending more time with them and building better relationships. I got to be apart of a great work team, at BareMinerals, as well. It was refreshing to meet so many new people who shared their lives with me and were so accepting of me. These were people I felt secure around and myself as opposed to my normal insecure being. The two and a half months flew by but it felt like I had been there much longer, as if I knew these girls much longer. The job itself was also a learning experience, one that I will hopefully take with me in my career and benefit from it. The main thing was the amount of good customer service I learned that will definitely aid in my hospitality degree. If I didn’t have a life path semi drawn out already I would consider cosmetology school! I believe it is such an amazing expression of creativity and art. Make up doesn’t have to be just something that hides your face but something that expresses who you are. This summer may not have been Europe or some amazing internship in the city like I planned but it was just as beneficial and growing. Ferrell and I got to spend a lot of quality time together which is helping us with this next year of long distance. We also went on trips together which was important to me because we don’t get to experience that when we are 16 hours apart normally. Most importantly, I learned that he will be the husband and the wife on account of him being able and loving to cook. He would work 8-5 and come home, make dinner, and have it waiting for me when I was done with work at 9. I tried a couple times to reciprocate but it was usually frozen food or pre made BBQ I would heat up…you know at least I tried …we had some great memories made this summer though which we will never forget. For instance, when he left chicken on the stove over night and the fire department had to come to his apartment at 5 AM because it could have burned down, or when my car almost got towed , or when he locked my keys in my car, or when my hubcap came off on the highway - without us spending the summer together these insane things wouldn’t have happened yes, but then they wouldn’t have happened and we would have fun life stories. Also, he wouldn’t have beautifully manicured nails. So everyone won this summer and I only lost a tank top, new earrings, my hubcap (mentioned) , and my water bottle and had my heels and car jack ruined. But no one was harmed in the making of this summer.

*We also had a great birthday a couple days ago with all of our favorite people. 22 will be a great year!

He sleeps in every movie..

I had to leave Florida today after 2.5 months. It flew by but hopefully we only have to be long distance for 10 more months. Getting to spend the last two months together definitely made us grow in our relationship and learn some new quirks about one another lol. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you @relli89 ❤️
#longdistance #florida #love #seeyasoon #mylove #tenmonths

I had to leave Florida today after 2.5 months. It flew by but hopefully we only have to be long distance for 10 more months. Getting to spend the last two months together definitely made us grow in our relationship and learn some new quirks about one another lol. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you @relli89 ❤️
#longdistance #florida #love #seeyasoon #mylove #tenmonths

Destination: Bogota

I read many travel websites and blogs, but nothing truly prepares one for a trip to a new place. I thought I knew what to wear and what to except and things alike but that was not the case. So here are some interesting tips and advice for your trip to Bogota, Colombia.

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1. Don’t have expectations because they will prove you wrong. I honestly did not know what to expect other than I needed to know spanish. Leave your expectations at home because whatever you may think will definitely not be the truth. For instance, Bogota is very very dirty. I didn’t mind it because it is a massive city and there are millions of people everywhere. But I don’t live there so I didn’t have to care much about it. I did not think it would be that dirty, however.

2. It will be cold and you need a sweater or two or five. I swear that I read it was going to be in the 90’s. Despite the many blogs I read about being in the mountains and it being in the 70’s in the day and possibly 50’s at night I believed it was going to be hot. Well, I was pretty wrong and I was pretty cold. I also stuck out because I didn’t have dark winter clothing - because oh yeah, it is winter there during our summer. You know, that Southern Hemisphere thing. I hunted for a cute sweater or jacket the second we landed and ended up with one I wore for a few hours then preceded to wear Ferrell’s for the remainder of the trip. Regardless though, Bogota is in the mountains so layers are necessary. As are pants.

3. Taxis are cheap!! We paid $5 for a long (time and distance) ride. *Note: they have the peso too not dollar. The bus is even cheaper !! It cost cents to ride the bus and it’s even cooler than that because the bus has it’s own lane blocked off from any other traffic so you get places faster than other transportation. The bad thing about the bus is during rush hour (going to work/school and leaving work/school) almost the entire city is trying to take the bus and it’s seriously the craziest sight. The bus stations are similar to a subway station and there are doors to let you get onto the bus (not the bus doors) and people crowd these doors EVEN when there bus isn’t arriving. This makes it impossible to board when it is actually your bus!! Then people are packed in so tightly that you can barely breath! Advice: take a taxi at rush hour! There are also small buses called “collectivo” but we never figured out their routes and ended up in the wrong part of town. Those can be flagged down whenever you need a ride and cost about the same as the big bus.

4. La Candelaria is a cool place to stay with tons of history and fellow travelers. It also has most of the hostels and cheaper accommodations. But it can be sketchy at night so stay with a partner or travel by taxi. We were offered cocaine twice by the same young guy who actually thought it was funny he ran into us again a lot later that night. He goes “remember!?” I was also told by Ferrell we were offered LSD and weed by some other guy but I didn’t hear it. They didn’t try to push anything on us after our first “no gracias”. The street vendors were pushier than the guys selling drugs. Other than that it’s pretty normal as far as a big city. The police are everywhere so I imagine it’s hard to get away with much these days.

5. Be prepared for stray dogs (whom are adorable) and lots of homeless people.

6. We went on a graffiti tour that was very interesting. The guide was a known artist himself so he knew everything to know about the street art. It is worth taking one because it gives insight to the city history.

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7. Sundays are big days. Ciclovia is a huge deal which is when they close down the entire Carrera 7 and everyone rides their bikes. All the street vendors come out too and it’s just people everywhere! Rent a bike and participate! There is also a market in Usaquen on Sundays. Also all museums are free on Sunday which is a bonus. The Botero museum is connected to the Bank museum and a couple others. Then there is the gold museum and other ones around the city. It definitely saves some money waiting until Sunday to go!

8. At the airport - I read this prior to the trip and then it became a reality - take the taxis in the authorized section or you may be duped into a hotel promotor and pay more or be told that your hotel is closed.

9. Things to see/do:
Monserrate
La Zona Rosa (t)
Parque de 93 (we didn’t see)
La Candelaria
Museo de Oro
Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira)
A Futbol game if in season
Andres club
-the city is big but it’s not full of attractions because tourists have just started appearing in the last 10 years give or take. It’s slowing turning more touristy and adapting.

There isn’t much else to say other than the younger population (millennials or Generation Y ) are extremely fashionable similar to that of Europe or New York City so I was feeling lame about my outfit choices. Also, know some Spanish because there are few English speakers that you’ll encounter. Necesito ir a (location, por favor, gracias, discuple or perdon, la cuenta, por favor, cuanto costa, donde esta…., baño, no habla español, un poco, como esta orden, como esta, buen dia/noche oh and hola, soy (name)….you’ll be great! Use English and hand motions if there is a problem. Have a safe trip!

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P.s. Try the chicha.

I was super surprised today by my fabulous coworkers -for my last day, cakes and treats. Super sad to leave. It was the fastest ten weeks ever and I’ll miss the Bare Minerals team! #bareminerals #girlfriends #cake #bonbons #love #theygotmea12packofdietcoke #awesomegirls #superloved

I was super surprised today by my fabulous coworkers -for my last day, cakes and treats. Super sad to leave. It was the fastest ten weeks ever and I’ll miss the Bare Minerals team! #bareminerals #girlfriends #cake #bonbons #love #theygotmea12packofdietcoke #awesomegirls #superloved

Such fun and welcoming roomies. A summer to never forget!

Such fun and welcoming roomies. A summer to never forget!

This is a blog about blogs

So, in the fervor of the online world, everyone these days has a blog. A beauty blog or an art blog or like me a whatever blog. Mine started as a way to document my travels and while I was in Europe to delicately portray my time with the hellion children. But what I am focused on now, in this exact time, is the amount of beauty blogs out there. Don’t get me wrong, I am always reading them and getting tricks and ideas. What I want to say, however, is that my own personal beauty secrets/tricks are not so much secrets/tricks. I am constantly doing something new merely because I have forgotten certain information I have read or learned. I don’t think I have kept up with a beauty regimen for years that I hold to a religious status. I do have products I have used since before I could walk but that doesn’t mean I will never use anything else. To me, it feels like we must have these awesome beauty tips to be an appropriate female. I am just normal, I know that. I look at old pictures and I think about how much I loved the way my hair looked or my make up during a certain time period but I cannot tell you how I did it! Bottom line of those pointless rant is that I am just a normal girl. I have no tricks or secrets for anything I do for hair or skin. I don’t stick to one workout routine everyday. It just seems that so many girls are on YouTube or blog sites giving their expertise on topics and to me I’m thinking “well you’re like 16 how can you be such an expert?!” I don’t know.

These are just thoughts reflecting on my normalness and average lifestyle.

Another sleepless night with thoughts running on my mind treadmill. They’re running a 7 minute mile.