Lately

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So at last it’s just me in this big ol’ house here in Kauai. The holiday’s are over and everyone has left to head back to the real world. The last of my family leaves today, except my grandparents, they’re staying until the 16th (me, the 13th). One of my best friends comes in on the 8th and I’m so excited!! Today I’m getting my nails done, grocery shopping for this curry I’m gonna make tonight, walk, and then watch the sunset at Shipwrecks beach. ❤

Mostly what this trip has consisted of:

– Cortado Coffee trips

– Gym

– Beach x 1000

– Family dinners

– Kauai Juice Co…every day.

-Watching daily sunsets + sunrises like it’s our job

-Adventuring!

These past 2 weeks were amazing and also pretty exhausting, but in a good way. I love family time over here but I’m one of those people that gets so burnt out when I’m constantly having to make small talk every night at the dinner table and having to play catch up with all of the cousins/uncles/aunts. It’ll be nice to have some days and nights alone to have time to cook for myself, watch my shows, start to truly plan my Australia trip, and read a book on the beach with no interruptions like the good ol’ introvert I am likes to do heheh. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_8012Processed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_8112Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCimg_8179SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetimg_8096

Lately

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Christmas Eve dinner with the squaaaddd.

I think my family might win the award for most untraditional + zero f’s given of them all…and I love it.

Thanksgiving was in Kauai, not even with my whole family…where we gladly just ate fish and veggies and went to bed early.

Christmas was in Kauai with the whole fam. No Christmas tree or anything, just gifts on the porch. The rest of the day was spent soakin’ up the sun on the beach with everyone. 

New Years will be rung in with my sister and her hubby here in Kauai with some new friends. Probably going to a bar for some drinks and the countdown. 

Super super chill and I wouldn’t want it any other way. The holidays will always be the holidays despite the lack of super traditional events for us because as long as the whole gang is together, that’s honestly all that matters! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, traditions or not, because as long as you find what you’re grateful for each year then that’s all it really comes down to. ❤

Pictures of what I’ve been up to lately:

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And from yesterday, an early birthday present to my grandma: a 3.5 hour ATV ride through mud and rain because isn’t that how most grandmas celebrate their birthdays?

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If you ever want an epic ATV ride with amazing views (think locations from: Jurassic Park, The Descendants, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) then check out Kipu Ranch Tours. Super cool tour guides and epic scenery.

Internet Things:

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Scenes from the beach yesterday.

Science: more research coming out about how tweaking certain genes in mice ( and possibly even humans) is definitely capable of ‘reversing’ our age. Could you imagine??

Travel Tip: Staying on the right track during the holiday’s. I swear by #1.

Mental Health: Something my family and I are pretty passionate about; how medications are actually doing way more harm than we think.

Freshen up: The most commonly misused words in the English language.

Learn: what kombucha is and why you should drink it! Not to mention this was an interview from the CEO of my favorite kombucha brand, HealthAde.

Physical Health: Coconut oil and it’s weight loss benefits, specifically how it targets the belly area. Yes plz. I’ve been putting a Tbsp of it in my coffee every morning!

Energies: Gold, Red, and Green. Why these colors might have a lot to do with channeling your energy.

Travel: airport snacks you can actually get through security.

Beauty: FDA might be proposing a new regulation on lead levels in beauty products!

 

Internet Things

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Design Inspo (above^)This unbelievably cool hostel in Valencia, Spain is design goals. I might have personally done some things different but overall everything seems to works really well together.

Welcome to the future?: With the population predicted to rise by over 2 billion by 2050, more food companies are looking to produce “fake” meat to keep up with future demands.

Wellness: I love Well + Good’s wellness trend list they come up with every year in prediction of the year to come. Number 3 will definitely be interesting to watch, while number 9 I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing for years…

Business: From taking away your credibility to discouraging your employees and their loyalty, why trying to be a people pleaser is the wrong strategy to take as a boss.

Tech: I straight up almost just bought myself 20 things from this list of 50 extremely useful tech accessories that would be perfect little gifts or presents for this holiday season.

Health: A really extensive but useful guide for conquering your next hangover.

Because we all use it: Everything that will get you banned from using Uber.

Music: umm new favorite website?! I’m all about finding the newest/coolest music so this is pretty amazing.

A Day in: Mammoth!

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View outside my bedroom! Snow makes everything 100x prettier.

Happy Monday! I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday up in Mammoth with a group of friends to go skiing and it was so much fun. I just rented ski gear which was dropped off at the house for us and it made life so much easier. I had to buy ski pants and a thermal top but other than that I was good to go. Post-ski sesh each day we would make dinner, hop in the jacuzzi and drink some good ol’ fireball because it only felt fitting, and then just hung out and played a few card games! You know it was a fun weekend when you feel like you were barely on your phone the whole time, and didn’t feel the need to be. Good old-fashioned fun with good people is seriously hard to beat.

I’ll post a beginner’s guide later today what to pack for a ski trip because I was a little lost myself when packing I’m not gonna lie…It’s only been about 12 years (!) since I last went skiing…

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^Made the guys do the cleaning hehehe

Updates + I’m in Kauai!

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Unreal sunset the other night on the SD bay

Hi hi hi! Just to keep you updated: I’m in Kauai for the next two weeks so get ready for more posts to come involving everything Island-related!

This past weekend was a whirlwind. I subbed in for a friend of a friend to play in an intramural soccer game and lemme tell ya, I’ve never been so sore in my life. I forgot about all of those weird muscles (hi abs) that you have to use and took for granted when I was younger! Or maybe I’m getting old? Wompp.  Met some really cool people, too. Thinking about joining at some point so yay! Then that night and Saturday, I hung out with a bunch of old friends and we went out to Pacific Beach and had a friggin blast. I forgot how fun socializing can be, guys!! (If you know me, you know I’m such an introvert/homebody…)

Monday consisted of me tutoring and getting stuff done before leaving for Kauai (nails, brows, chiropractor, finding local events to go to that I can blog about, etc. etc.). I got dinner at the new Sushi Lounge with my parents also and it was so good. Highly recommend the “Hawaii Five-Oh” roll. So now I just landed about 2 hours ago and can’t wait to do all the things I have planned!

Here’s some pics from the past couple of days:

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^Can you feel the fear in my face in this pic orrr…hahaha #parentsturnedmyroomintoagym

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Tanning in November? I’ll take it.
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Super random BUT, these wall fixtures in the girl’s house who I babysit for, i’m obsessed.

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^Pic from my insta of my wittle house I’ll be staying in while I’m in Kauai! ❤