The 2017 52-Hike Challenge reflections

I finished the 52 Hike Challenge on December 31st. It really did take me all year to do it. I almost thought I was not going to finish this challenge because in the beginning of December, I was on #43. But another part of me thought it was still possible to power through 9 more hikes… Continue reading The 2017 52-Hike Challenge reflections


You’ll find it here in the bottom of the canyon…

This is from Hike #50 from my 52 Hike Challenge--  Franklin Canyon -- a canyon that divides Beverly Hills and Studio City -- respectively, the hip Westside and sprawling San Fernando Valley. Franklin Canyon is not as crowded as Griffith Park nor Runyon Canyon. It is funny how a few miles down Coldwater Canyon Road… Continue reading You’ll find it here in the bottom of the canyon…


“Marlena” by Julie Buntin

Female friendships...namely, teenage female friendships are interesting. They're complicated. Marlena by Julie Buntin follows the story of a 15-year old girl, Cat, who moves to a new, rural town in Northern Michigan with her brother and her newly divorced mom. Cat befriends a girl next door named Marlena -- she's older and cooler -- and life for… Continue reading “Marlena” by Julie Buntin


The Northern Lights in Iceland

We went to Iceland in late November and sometime during our trip, we found the Northern Lights ONCE out of the 6 days we were there Below these photos are of the Northern Lights from that one Monday night. Understand the weather science of the Northern Lights. You see, the Northern Lights depend on multiple factors.… Continue reading The Northern Lights in Iceland


Happy New Year!

Where did 2017 go? Gladly all through 2017 I carried a planner each day to track good habits, journal each event, accomplishments, adventures, etc. I never thought I'd eventually adopt the idea of having a paper planner and LOVED every time I open my planner. I've also met a community of other people like me… Continue reading Happy New Year!


Top Posts of 2017

Here a round-up of the top posts from this year. It was interesting to see which posts had the most views but I also wanted to share my favorite posts for the year. Most Views: About - Not really a post but it did get quite a lot of views. I miss looking out of the… Continue reading Top Posts of 2017


Travel Tuesday, a 2017 review

  This year because I had a lot of PTO, I took a day off here and there otherwise I'd stop earning more PTO -- this would be equivalent to working for free. Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington) Central California Coast Sequoia Iceland Hiking - Not really travelling but I've been hiking a lot… Continue reading Travel Tuesday, a 2017 review


Celebrating longer, darker nights at Descanso Gardens

Last year, we went to the Enchanted Forest in Descanso Gardens. Each year from November to early January, they transform the place into something magical -- well...the credit all goes to lighting effects. It is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I thought this would something we would every year, but… Continue reading Celebrating longer, darker nights at Descanso Gardens


Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval

"Through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, we keep achieving, craving the external validation that comes when we get all As or are chosen to captain the team. I was, and am, extremely ambitious. But the more we achieve in order to win the approval of others, the further we get from our own goals—and happiness."… Continue reading Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval


Iceland teasers

Iceland, you exceeded my expectations. You are a unique country. You have volcanoes. You have snow. You have incredible waterfalls. You pride in your nature and your geothermal energy. It was an incredible trip. Below are a FEW photos from the trip to get LITTLE preview whilst I settle with my day-to-day, prep for grad… Continue reading Iceland teasers


Monday Motivation: I’m back

...actually, I came back from Iceland on Friday night. It was such a fantastic trip. Stayed tuned for Travel Tuesdays and the future one's thereafter. Also on Friday night, when I arrived to LAX, I turned on my phone to find out I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE MPA PROGRAM!! I start school on January 21st.… Continue reading Monday Motivation: I’m back


…and we’re off!

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