Times has rushed passed me and I sit here in December thinking what a crazy year its been. This year has broke me and taught me many lessons. For this I am thankful because the series of unfortunate events brought me great success and even a new relationship.
I’ve learned that no matter what kind of car you have or how many followers you have on Instagram it doesn’t really mean sh**t. No matter what amount of money you have it wont bring you a eternity of happiness. Finding peace and love within yourself, taking a step back from everyday life, realizing what really matters. That is what matters. The happiest times I’ve had was walking on the beach with my significant other while listening to the late night breeze soar through my hair. Even the little things such as petting a cat or taking a walk around the lake. This is happiness.
Everyday, I wake up, I never know what each day could bring. My whole life could change within a blink of a eye. Taking advantage of change can bring fear and often it really sucks, when this happens be prepared to start a new path. I am very thankful for what I have even though some days it can be very difficult, however the future is unwritten. Remember, success is made by failure and dedication, never give up.
Your favorite blogger,
As you all may have noticed I have been absent from my blog for a long time; I don’t really have any reason other than an unmotivated heart. Writing is something I love to do but sometimes shit happens.
We all reach a time in our life where we are adrift and uncertain of what to do next. After I graduated college I was devoted and dead set on traveling and living in my dream. However, life had its own plan which was a bit hard to swallow but you just take it with a grain of salt. For sometime, I had almost given up my dreams and aspirations but getting up every time after you have fallen is the best part. People close to me did/do not support my aspirations and probably never will. It can be hard to go through hardships and endeavors when you feel alone but look I’m still here. I know what makes me happy and what I want; that’s the most important part. My life is mine not anyone else’s. People are always so infused in everyone else’s life, when yet they don’t even look at their own. Constant pressures and negative thoughts from others can affect you but only if you let it. DO WHAT YOU WANT!
I write this blog not only to show travel tips and my experiences but to hopefully give at least one other person the hope and encouragement they need. Thanks for reading my sappy post and hope to be back soon. Much love.
Preparing For Long Term Travel
Not everyday does someone say they’re leaving the country and not coming back for some months and even years. Most of the average population would call you crazy. Everyone wants to travel but who actually does? You! Yes, You!
What I really want to focus on talking about today is the mental aspect of this. It can be one of the most important factors. When you tell your family and friends you’re planning this trip you expect the best response. However, sometimes that is not always the case. You must prepare for the best and worst outcome.
Many traveler’s may experience disapproval from their family or friends. This can be hard to swallow. What you should not do is take it to heart. If this is something you want to do go ahead and do it! If you let others opinion’s effect your decisions you will never be happy in life. It’s a shame some people feel so opinionated on what you do. Always follow your heart and dreams! No matter what!
Now, since I got that out there you’re probably thinking okay where are the other tips? All I can say is plan but in moderation. What works best for me is planning the first few destinations then just going with the flow. Why do I do this? If you’re backpacking you might be somewhere and totally change your itinerary so sometimes it is best to have leeway. Last tip: the money. Save money like your grandmother told you and save, save, save. Cut expenses like eating out and unnecessary buying.
I hope you enjoyed this little bit! Remember, travel smart, and live easy! Please comment and let me know your experience’s or tips! I would love to hear them!
I live this life not to conform to what others want but rather to follow the passion in my heart and soul. – Alanna
My top 10 facts no one tell’s you about living in Mexico City.
PDA– also known as public display of affection. WOW! Let me tell you it takes some time to get used to. You kind of look at them at first and cringe in a similar fashion you look at your sister when she eats your food. Yeah. Well a large of people in CDMX are in love and really like to show it.
Street Dances– if you’re broke and have no money to hit the club. DO NOT WORRY you can dance to cumbia, salsa, bachata etc right under a bridge near you. Actually if you’re wondering it is pretty LIT.
Que Chido– chilangolandia has a large amount of slang and if you don’t know it then you should probably study up on that before you arrive.
Metro– well ladies and gentlemen you have not seen weird stuff until you ride the Mexico City metro. You will also find there is a separate area just for women to ride.
Street Food– You love tacos? Great me too! Just please make sure you go somewhere suggested by a friend or family member. Or you may not be feeling so well afterwards. However, don’t worry to much because the Tacos their are delicious!
Street Art– here you will find some of the most beautiful graffiti with stories that go along with each of them.
Don’t be Afraid– people have heard so many stories from social media it masks a perception but really its not always like that. I was always very safe. There will always be places that are safe and unsafe in any big city. Moral of the story just enjoy your surroundings I mean you’re in MEXICO.
La Panadería- if you want the best bread go around 6/7 pm. They bake it fresh and the whole neighborhood will be racing to get some of it. So, hurry before its gone. If you go before this time the bread may feel like an actual rock.
Fiesta- there will be a party for every occasion. Have a baby; party. Your primo comes over; party.
The Mexican Favelas– go to the right area in Mexico City and you will find the favelas looking like the ones in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In CDMX there is a large distinction between the rich and the poor. As you may find the rich in Santa Fe the place I call little Los Angeles.
Hope you enjoyed what I could think of off the top of my head. In all Mexico City is my second home and will always be my favorite place to live. Feel free to comment or subscribe to my blog for more. Adios!
Greetings from Mexico,
Today I have officially been living in Mexico City for a little over a month which seems to feel like an eternity. I really enjoy living here and my Spanish is improving slowly but surely. It is very surprising how much you can still survive without knowing the language proficiently. Anyway, I have no idea where the next months will bring me but I will keep you updated. Much love. Xoxo.
How is it going? Good? Well, I’m glad to hear that. I have not been writing in my blog very frequently due to life and such. This time around I want to make more of an effort to get back to blogging more. As it is something I enjoy very much.
These past few months have had many ups and downs, it has been crazy. Since graduating college in May well you could say things didn’t go as planned. That is alright though because I learned that everything happens for a reason, some things are not meant to work out.
It is especially difficult as my pursuit is unlike others whom hold the american dream dear to their heart. That is not my ideal life. My journey has been interesting one could say and some call me crazy but that is okay. My dreams are my dreams and I refuse to let others opinions change what I want. Other people will always have something to say no matter what you do. That is why I just don’t care what others think because in reality they are just unfulfilled with their own lives.
The year 2016 has ultimately been like getting hit by a plane but yet one of my best years at the same time. I traveled to places I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams. I once stood looking over an Island in Croatia and that’s where I promised myself to always follow my dreams and travel the world. I am thankful for everything because in the end it was a huge learning experience for me.
Just know if you’re a recent college graduate you may be confused and lost but don’t worry I have been there and you will figure it out. All in time my friend.
Stay tuned: I will be having a surprise for everyone
Below: Images from my time in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
As many of you have seen Americas new fate, we begin this new era. Americans are afraid, sad, and really..devastated. We made jokes of this in the past but now this is our fate. It is no longer funny as people fear their lives and equality in America. This morning when I heard the news I shed a tear. Our new president who is a racist bigot let me remind you who belittles women and does not want rights for the LGBTQ community. All day I have avoided social media, fleeing the truth of what has happened. Tonight, I looked on social media once again and seen dozens and dozens of stories of racial discrimination. As a person who is an American born citizen but is half Mexican I know my looks change people’s perspective of who I am. Racism in America has been hidden for so many years but now is showing its true colors again despite our new president. Our president who enables these people and pretty much tells them hey it’s okay to be racist. When it is not. I fear the equality for my niece and nephew who will have to face this head on. Today, my sister told me she had to explain to her children what racism is, that truly breaks my heart. I hope Americans stay strong and fight for our rights. Remember, we are all equal no matter the color, sex, origin, etc. We are one.