Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels (Re-blog)

A post originally on Love the Search by Adi Zarsadias
Commentary in RED by Yours Truly, to tailor it to my travel life.
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She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun-kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there.  But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell. (Sometimes, she’s still pale, especially if most of her traveling is done in the temperate months)
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Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it. (Yep)
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Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq(4th Street Live). And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.
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Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working herself to death for someone else’s dream (but she will because she knows that it is the best way of financing her dreams). She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She (wishes) makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.
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Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher (unless she can’t actually touch her toes). She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming, but she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.
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Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty.  She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling (or cobblestone streets of Europe), life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing (or butchering a new language to order street food).
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Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.
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She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins (I don’t know what that means) without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination (every time). She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.
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So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go. (or put on your  big boy pants and go with her)
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We aren’t flaky, but we can’t wait for our next adventure. We’ll spend every spare dollar to go, to see, to do, even some dollars we can’t spare. We’ll meet new people and talk about them like they’re family. We’ll never know how much we love the people we leave at home until we leave them behind. It doesn’t negate the worth of traveling, but instead shows just how priceless it really is. I’ve said to those I love before, “I’m boarding now. If I don’t make it to my destination, know that I died happy. Forget the funeral, and spend the money going to a new place”. -Sara
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Considering Hair Options

My hair is best long. It’s as simple as that.

Halloween 2013 as Merida from Brave

Halloween 2013 as Merida from Brave

It looks okay short, but it just doesn’t feel like me. I think the shortest that it has been in the last 8 or 9 years is somewhere right about here:

Near Halloween of 2010, I think.

Near Halloween of 2010, I think.

The problem is, I have the 5 year itch. I usually go and get somewhere between 10 and 20 inches cut from my tresses, and follow that decision up with 6-9 months of self loathing.

So here’s the deal. I want to change it up, without totally sacrificing my length. I’m intrigued by this partial shaved trend. I don’t think I could commit half of my head to it, but maybe something à la Ellie Goulding?

My question, how does this work with VERY curly hair? And how do you go about growing it out without looking like your kinder-gardener got your hair with safety scissors while you were napping on the couch?

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My Hopes for 2014.

Why do we make resolutions on or around New Years Eve/Day every year? What is the motivating factor? Why do we all make the same ones?

Don’t believe me?

I want to lose ## pounds this year.
I want to eat healthier (or whatever is fad: low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, gluten free).
I want to save more money.
I want to de-stress.

If you claim to have never or contemplated one of these, I might be skeptical.

I think at the end of a year we’re forced to examine the last 12 months, and sometimes we tend to focus on what wasn’t perfect, as opposed to what far exceeded our hopes and dreams. I won’t pretend that I don’t wish a single thing had been different about this year or the one before. I mean, I would love to be in a great relationship, living abroad or wondering why my pants just keep getting looser and looser. However, I refuse to let that distract me from what was possibly one of the best years of my life. Seriously! Let’s look at 2013:

-I ‘found myself’ during 12 months of intentionally remaining single, after dating guy after guy after guy (seriously like 16-17 in 2012, varying degrees of seriousness), and losing myself while trying to find validation in a relationship.
-I set foot in 9 countries outside of the ole U.S.A.
-I met over 80 of the most AMAZING people, a handful of whom I will love for  the rest of my life.
-I got a goddaughter!
-Went skydiving.
-Ran two half-marathons
-Tried more new foods than I can count.
-Learned to navigate public transit
-Lost 30 lbs.
-Saw a very toned down version of the Aurora Borealis
-Used powertools
and -Grew a garden.

Just like a person, though, I’m not satisfied. There are a few things that I would like to accomplish in 2014. I am intentionally trying to stay away from standard resolutions, because I don’t want a standard year. I want another earth-shaking, never the same, be telling these stories until I die kind of year. I also want them to be realistic and practical. Here’s what I’ve got:

-To improve my photo skills. I hate showing someone a photo I took of somewhere incredible and having to say, “This picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice… here let me Google some better pictures.”

-To spend (probably unwisely) way too much money on travel.

-To stop distancing myself from people. I am incredibly lazy with my friendships.

-To do more, go more, see more, try more STUFF. I teeter being a borderline shut-in and being so busy doing so much that I forget to breathe, but I want to be consistently active.

-To be able to be happy for people in my life when they get the things that I haven’t, instead of this horrible mixture of sort of happy for them while throwing myself a pity party.

and for fun:

-To master the art of cat eye makeup with liquid liner and, in doing so, that gorgeous, old Hollywood glam. (that one’s going to be tough)

Do you want to see your life change in 2014?  If you are a resolution maker, what did you resolve this year?

2014 Travel Plans

What’s the best part of the new year? Well, if you asked Uncle Sam, he’d tell you that his favorite part of the new year is April 16. I don’t know why you’d ask Uncle Sam, though. No one likes him.

If you asked me, I would tell you that New Year’s week is the time that I start planning my major travels for the coming twelve months. So go ahead, ask me what tentative travels my year is likely to hold…

Come on. I’m waiting…

Since you asked, this year holds a few trips! And here’s what they are:

Starting early in January: Austin. It’s just a long weekend to explore and see some silly road side attractions with my Texas dwelling sister. it was probably poor planning to go in January, because most things to do in Texas are outside.

Austin at Night Photo credit: Tumblr

Austin at Night
Photo credit: Tumblr

Next: Australia. After approximately a 5 month, travel free saving hiatus. My goals down under include camping at Ayers Rock, and seeing as many friends as possible in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, while meeting lots of new friends.

Sunset at Uluru Photocredit: Tumblr

Sunset at Uluru
Photo credit: Tumblr

While North America is still in summer, a nice trip out to Vancouver will be perfect. It should still be dry and warm, sparing me from the horrible heat and humidity of the South.

Aerial view of Vancouver. Photo credit: Tumblr

Aerial view of Vancouver.
Photo credit: Tumblr

To cap off the year, I’ll be going up to the Northeast, for a pop in to Boston and to see some of the foliage changing in Connecticut, maybe with a quick drive up to Portland, Maine, for some seafood sampling.

Fall In the Northeastern states. Photo credit: Tumblr

Fall In the Northeastern states.
Photo credit: Tumblr

All of my plans are still, well, in the planning stage at this point, but these are what I’m hoping for! I’ve got to rack up these air rewards points somehow!

So what about you? Where would you like to see with your own eyes this year? Where do you dream of opening your eyes???

Sharing Your Passion

They say that the best blog is one that is a medium for your passion. I have posted about DIY projects, crafts, food, clothes, travel, adventures, and personal thoughts. The closest of those that I could call my passion might be travel, but I’m still just learning the ropes there. Passion is something that is ingrained in us from earlier, even if we haven’t fully realized it.

So what is my passion? I think it is, and has always been: telling a story. I have been writing (for fun, not merely for necessity) since late elementary school, and fictionalizing adventures with my imaginary pals before that. I have an imagination that could likely write loads of books if it could be channeled. I guess that is why my posts are all over the place. I will do whatever I need to for material to write, but more important that a recipe or new city are the memories that I’m sharing.

I’m aware that it’s likely just me, my mom and a few bored friends that read these posts, which is okay. I write because I love to write and if you are reading this, I’m your biggest fan. xo

Marry Christmas and Happy New Years from my family to yours... or back to mine, since they are the ones who read this! har har har

Marry Christmas and Happy New Years from my family to yours… or back to mine, since they are the ones who read this! har har har

 

Tackling Adult Acne: Witch Hazel

Hey.

Let’s talk about something that makes me uncomfortable.

No, not feelings. I’m not willing to get THAT real with you guys.

I want to talk to you about ACNE.

It’s bad enough when you’re a teen, but 99% of products out there are geared towards that demographic. Problem is, there should be a different approach to skin that is riddled with pubescent hormones and to skin that is long past that window, but still looks like it didn’t have time to shower between gym class and algebra 1.

Confession: I have acne. My skin is just bad genetically and none of the teenie-bopper products with One Direction or Katy Perry on the commercial have any effect (other than to make my cynical body covering cackle like an old, evil witch… with horrible skin).

Exhibit a:

My face is sad because of the acne demons raping and pillaging under its surface. keeping in mind: concealer, foundation and powder are all in play.

My face is sad because of the acne demons raping and pillaging under its surface. keeping in mind: concealer, foundation and powder are all in play.

There are other factors that could be in play here: hygiene, diet and/or genetics. Let’s tackle those. 1) hygiene: I’m clean. I enjoy regular showers and other clean things, involving soap and other amenities. 2) diet: usually pretty good, but sometimes it leaves something to be desired.

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Gimme a break. I’m human… and a woman.

So that leaves us genetics. I won’t pretend to be an expert or dermatologist. I have just done a small bit of research and thought that I would share my findings with the internets.

My sister told me during a Skype conversation that someone had recommended witch hazel for her skin care regimen. I did a bit of research and it turns out that the astringent produced from the leaves and bark of this plant have been used medically for centuries, dating back (at least) to the Native Americans.

So, I braved the Christmas crowds to go purchase a bottle, sold in stores next to the rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. I’ve taken most of the products out of my regimen: Proactive, Mary Kay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno. I use pure coconut oil to remove my eye make-up and a mild antibacterial cleanser. I follow that with the witch hazel astringent and a tiny bit of coconut oil as an overnight moisturizer. In the morning, I use the witch hazel again and let my skin rest for a while before applying my cosmetics.

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It’s been about a week and I can see a HUGE difference. New occurrences are non-existent. The bits that were already there are healing incredibly quickly. I’m a cheap-o. I am not going to spend hundreds of dollars on products, so this is what is working for me at the moment. If you have grown up pizza face like me, I hope you find success in this!