Traveling in Small Doses: 5 Steps to Achieve Weekend Getaways


We yearn for stability, but for spontaneity

For calmness, but for excitement

For stability, but for flexibility

Travel fulfills our need for new experiences, thrill, adrenaline, adventure, exploration, etc. But how do you escape a hectic, busy schedule for some travel time? But how do we balance flexibility and stability when our jobs demand so much of us? Think about traveling in small doses. You don’t have to plan a week long, international excursion. Sometimes, all we need is a three day reset. Learn to balance a hectic schedule with weekend getaways.

  1. Make a wish list- Select 3 places you have always wanted to explore. Miami? NYC? Hawaii? Make a short list of doable trips for the year, and plan them out! I would schedule a trip every 4 months, that way you’ll always have something to look forward to.
  2. Book in advance– Use apps such as Hipmunk, Travelocity, Kayak, to find weekend getaways for future travel. Flights are sometimes as low as $59 rountrip (plus taxes). Your goal here is to book 3 months in advance for each trip.
  3. Find a travel companion(s)– There’s nothing like traveling with people you love. Call up your college best friends, or your significant other, and make sure you are well accompanied!
  4. Plan ahead– Make a list of 5 excursions you want to accomplish in your travel destination. Want to hangglide? Rock climb? Visit a museum? Attend a basketball game? Make sure to plan these out in advance, and make an itinerary for the weekend
  5. Enjoy the weekend- The weekend is here! Make sure you make it to the sights and activities you planned on doing. But most importantly, relax. Vacations are meant for relaxation. If this means spending 3 hours at the beach doing nothing, then do it! This is your trip. Live freely. Live happy.

Natural Face and Skin Products

The Balm & Co

Alex Elle is probably my favorite writer. She has two independently published books, about love of course. She started her projects after dealing with heartache and depression, eventually growing a successful entrepreneurship venture in jewelry making, journal making, and now natural facial and skin products. What I find inspiring about her is that everything she does, she does with purpose. Her books expose us to the realities of love and heartache, but also encourage us to look beyond that moment. She pushes people to believe in themselves through the power of words. Further developing that push, she recently launched a set of journals that encourage reflection and well being in our lives, closely relating to love. She connects the daily journal entries to the lunar calendar, which is dope as hell. But today I want to talk about her face & skin products.

As soon as I heard she would be launching this project along with her daughter, I knew I had to make a purchase. It’s comforting knowing that she is a vegan, and is very in tune with using all natural products and consuming conscious food. I have tried the following products:

  • Citrus ginger lip balm (orange butter, GMO free soy wax, sweet almond oil, ginger essential oil)
    • The citrus ginger lip balm is my favorite of all the lip balms! It smells great. Don’t be scared when you hear “ginger.” It is by no means strong, more of a subtle hint of ginger. I love this lip balm because its so soothing. It really feels like the most moisturizing lip balm I have every tried. It’s most likely due to the fact that she doesn’t use petroleum jelly to create the balm, but actual butter.

lip balm

  • Tea oil (jasmine green tea peals, chamomile, black pepper, lemon)
    • This tea oil smells very earthly. You can definitely sense the subtle black pepper combined with the green tea, chamomile, and lemon. I love using it on my face after showers. It serves as a moisturizer replacement. But you can use it for massages, back pain, joint pain, and muscle relaxation.

tea tree

I would definitely recommend this product line. She has an array of products and selection 🙂



Working on Your Happiness: Understanding the Law of Attraction

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I stumbled along this chart on Pinterest, via shelleyhobbs.com

You are in control of your life.

Something we all struggle with is letting negative things affect our thoughts, actions, and decisions. Not only does it affect our inner psyche, but it also affects our body. Do you start jerking your leg nervously, do you start feeling sick, does the stress give you a headache? Whatever the situation is, whether its relationship problems, work problems, or an argument with a friend, we have to step back and understand where these feelings come from.

I’m sure you have heard of Newton’s Law of Attraction. In congruence with that, the third law of motion states “for every action there is a reaction.” What does that tell us? The way you behave and act after a negative situation has a consequence. So what? Is that person gonna do something horrible to me?! NO. What I interpret that law to tell us, is that you should heed with warning. If you are going to act negative, sad, or angry because of the situation, it will affect your body. It will affect your state of mind. It is hard to separate a negative experience from your emotions, but I challenge you today to rethink your anger and sadness.

As this chart states, “I am 100% responsible for my life. Everything I experience is a reflection of me. I attract the good, the bad, and the indifferent through my subconscious positive and negative thoughts.”

We need to rethink feelings and experiences, placing responsibility on ourselves. I know we hate placing responsibility on ourselves. I get it. But think about how that can help you realign your body, mind, and soul with positive energy. I attract the energy that surrounds me. If someone wants to get in an argument, do not entertain it. Put out positivity, understanding, and care into the world. Show them that you do not want to argue. It’s hard to separate pride, the desire to be right. But we need to realize that it isn’t so much about who is right and wrong, but what energy we want to reflect and give to the world. Let’s make this world better.

Realign how you think about situations, arguments, sadness. As this image says, “Are you attracting the life you want, or a life of worry and frustration?”


Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”


The image above was taken by my roommate, Zoey, at Butterly Wonderland in Arizona. The word “Boundaries” tends to have a negative connotation. When I hear the word “boundaries” I think about several things: relationships, the U.S-Mexico border, concrete fences separating prisoners from a free world. But, “boundaries” can also be a good thing… Sometimes, boundaries protect us from the bad, danger, and from things that aren’t meant to be in our lives.

Miniature cones are placed on the ground next to butterflies who decide to land on the floor. This seemingly simple boundary (orange cone) is placed between a delicate, beautiful creature and humans. However, the orange cone also symbolizes captivity, and the inability for this butterfly to be free.

Sometimes they will make you feel safe, loved, and protected. Sometimes, you will be left yearning for freedom, wanting release. Boundaries, however you interpret them, are engrained in our life experiences. It’s really all about how you look at them, and how you learn to navigate the world of barriers.