My Tales of Thailand

It feels like just yesterday I was sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean in a diaper floating around….IMG_8515

Okay, but seriously, it’s the coolest thing and I don’t know why more Americans are not familiar with this.

So what this is, is very simple. You take a regular life jacket and put your feet in the “suggested” arm holes, bring it up to your waist and snap it in. (Looks like a diaper) You jump in the water and can just float around…with a beer in your hand of course;)

With that being said, Thailand was absolutely amazing, gorgeous, and very educational.

Once again, you may ask, Why did you go to Thailand?

It’s simple. To be culturally challenged. And trust me I succeeded.

From the language, to the food, to the religion, to culture, and so much more, I was challenged but most importantly, I was learning and experiencing soIMG_7717mething new.

Thailand is cheap and very easy to get around and gives you plenty of options. We spent 16 days in Thailand. It all depends what you want to see and how you want to do it and to be honest, you just have to buckle down and pick a few places you want to see and go from there. My friend Lesley and I decided to just backpack it and do as much as we can.

So we started in Bangkok, went up North to Chiang Mai, down South to Phuket, then to Phuket Town, over to Koh Phi Phi Island, a boat tour of some of the other Islands, over to Au Nang, a Longboat to Raleigh Beach, then back to Bangkok.

Yes, it was a lot of traveling and go, go, go but it was worth the following:

KT’S THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS

  1. THE TEMPLES (Bangkok)-

IMG_5261We paid to take a tour of the Temples in Bangkok and many of IMG_7742you may say that this is a waste but to be honest, it might have been the best money that I spent in Bangkok. She took us to the most visited, beautiful, and educational temples, she spoke English, and was able to drive us versus us having to find them on our own, and most of all she was able to tell us the stories, the history, and the facts about their religion. It was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had when I knelt in front of Buddha in one of the most beautiful man made Temples I have ever seen…

  1. IMG_7844CHATUCHAK MARKET (Bangkok)

This by far was one of the most overwhelming markets I have ever seen or been too let alone mall or shops in the entire world! This market is 35 acres with 8000 stalls separated into 27 sections! The largest market in Thailand! I can’t express into words even that we were there for almost 6 hours and probably didn’t even see ¼ of it!

  1. ELEPHANT NATURE PARK (Chiang Mai)IMG_5500

This park is a beautiful and moving experience as it is a sanctuary and rescue center for elephants. I was able to feed, touch, and get to know many of the elephants on a personal level and hear each of their stories dealing anywhere from neglect, to physical abuse, to none other than their amazing stories of how they overcame their obstacles. This park also has a dog rescue center where they took in as many dogs as they could after the Tsunami hit to help find the owners, feed, and bathe them back to life…

  1. TIGER KINGDOM (Chiang Mai)
    IMG_5692Honestly, when can you really say that you got to pet, lay on, and play with a Tiger!? Sure, many say that they are drugged or not normal which is probably true to a certain degree or at times they may have too. I mean, yes, I was being a tourist with the Tigers and wanted my picture taken and all that fun stuff…but I definitely would prefer not to get eaten or hurt! But really, I pet a REAL tiger in Thailand…how awesome is that!?
  2. ZABB E LEE THAI COOKING SCHOOL (Chiang Mai)IMG_8107
    Eating Thai food is one thing and to be honest a whole different blog post but making Thai is truly a cultural experience. This cooking class was just fantastic. We first picked out what 6 courses we wanted to make out of the choices she gave us so I picked; Spring Rolls, Chicken Pad Thai, Kao Soi, Kao Soi Curry, Coconut Soup, and Mango Sticky Rice. She then took us to the local market to explain the difference between the ingredients and how to properly pick them. We got back and straight into the kitchen making everything from scratch but better yet, eating everything! No joke, best Pad Thai that I had in Thailand and best part…I made it!:)
  3. BANGALA ROAD (Phuket-not FUCK IT! Pu-Ket)
    IMG_8137Now, if you have ever been to Bourbon Street….times that by 5….Thai Style. It is truly an…experience. From lady boys (aka Transgenders), to strip clubs, to bars, and better yet to the ever famous especially on this road…”Ping Pong” shows. Yes, I saw a “Ping Pong” show, Yes, you probably have no idea what it is…but I do not necessarily want to go into detail with what all I saw in the 2 ½ hour show….however, feel free to use your imagination or better yet look it up online…but I do suggest while looking online that no one is around…all I can say is they can do stuff I’ve never even thought of or seen before in the USA! A true… “Freak Show”!
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  4. BOBS BOOZE CRUISE (Koh Phi Phi Island to surrounding Islands)

    Although I don’t seem to remember this cruise due to many reasons of the unknown or maybe it was the booze, it truly was an amazing and fun experience! It’s a 6 hour cruise the Maya Beach (where The Beach was filmed), Monkey Beach (where you literally feed real, wild monkeys), Loh Samah Bay, Wang Long Nook, and Pi-Le Bay. We were able to snorkel, sit in diapers (as stated above), and most of all drink as much as we wanted…! It was an awesome way to see the true beautiful landmarks in the Indian Ocean!
  5. BAMBOO TATTOO (Koh Phi Phi)
    IMG_7846So, as I was walking, kind of hungover I guess you could say from the previous day’s Booze Cruise, we are walking along side the beach full of shops when I see a Tattoo Place…I stop and look at some of the artwork and think it is truly beautiful. Of course, they have a man that comes out and speaks English about the history and culture of the tattoo and explains how it is all done with a shaved bamboo stick and ink….and that I can go swimming and get in the Sun almost immediately after. He had me hooked after that. I decided that I had some time and why not get a Bamboo tattoo almost right on the beach in Thailand! This honestly, was one of my most moving experiences in Thailand….to see, to feel, and to have the culture with me at all times will by far be a memory that I will always now be able to remember… written in Thai on my arm is “Strong Courage & Success”…
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  6. LONGBOAT RIDE (Ao Nang to West Raleigh Beach)

    As we sat in Ao Nang on the beach, it was beautiful but not as pretty as I had hope and the entire time we kept watching these beautiful longboats take people to other beaches. We decided, why not? Let’s go on this longtail boat and experience another beautiful beach. These boats are common to Asia which transport tourists using a common automotive engine powered and maneuvered by a man. It was a bit scary but fun experience but quick and easy to get to the next island!
  1. IMG_8480KOH SAN ROAD (Bangkok)

    This is pretty much how we ended our trip….ironically nicknamed “Backpacker Ghetto”.   It’s basically a street that sells handcrafts, paintings, clothes, unlicensed DVD’s, fake ID’s, and much more! During the late evening, the streets turn into bars and music is played with street vendors selling barbequed insects, exotic snacks, and the ever so famous ping pong shows!

 

As you can see, we did some amazing things in the 16 days we were there which technically ended up being 13 due to travel there and back. If I could go back which I plan on, I will definitely spend more time there. There is truly so much to see and do and experience!

LASTLY…I would like to end by sharing my RANDOM FUN FACTS:

IMG4202_44b41*DRIVING is INSANE- Scooters are everywhere, there are no speed limits, no true lanes,
and no turn signals….and did I mention the scooters are everywhere carrying as many people, as many things, and oh ya…EVERYWHERE!

*TRASHCANS- Good luck finding one! Honestly, they are no where to be found…its beyond strange but it is even stranger because there isn’t a ton of trash on the roads or anywhere as a matter of fact for trash cans being almost non existent…
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*TOILET PAPER- I went to Thailand thinking that I was going to go to
the bathroom in these little holes in the ground and not have any toilet paper but honestly, we only experienced that ONLY  once…(See the picture next to this…yes, I got my squat in that day!) however there were quite a few times bathrooms did not have toilet paper. So, make sure you ALWAYS have tissues with you…AND never put the toilet paper down the toilet…their septic system is a disaster and you can be fined for that…seriously!

*BIDET’S- Ya, I know strange. No fancy restrooms or toilet paper but don’t worry you can wash your butt with their bidet’s that were in almost every restroom! No dirty butts in Thailand!

*SEWAGE-So their butts may not stink but their cities sure stink. ESPECIALLY Bangkok. Take one of the worst smelling cities in the states that you have ever been too…and times that by at least 5…It’s awful…(Needless to say, Bangkok you were fun but I don’t think I will be back visiting you…the other cities were tolerable and more beautiful)

*NAPKINS- Or should I say more like the cheapest toilet paper you can buy in the USA! They are extremely so paper thin that when you used them to clean up yourself or maybe blow your nose, you got even messier than when you started.

*BILLBOARDS-Absolutely huge! Takes years to build…yes that’s how big!

*THE COUNTRY THAT NEVER SLEEPS- Seriously, they say Vegas is the city that never sleeps but honestly, Thailand is the COUNTRY that never sleeps. There is always something going on…street food, street markets, and people always up working! We got lost coming home one night and didn’t get in until like 2 am and we were on a side street where they were just setting up for a night food market where the locals come in and buy their goods for the next day for their street food and restaurants….it was an amazing site to see that truly shocked me as it made me realize how much Thai people work and how much they truly live life to the fullest…

To END up this extremely long blog that I tried my hardest to cut down for you and try to make fairly interesting….I want to share one last thing…

IMG_8175As I sat on the Beach one day…eating my fresh pineapple…trying not to burn in their extremely hot sun…I thought to myself how lucky I was to be able to go, experience, and be in Thailand. However, I did that on my own. My parents or elders didn’t pay for me, my parents or elders didn’t tell me to go, I wanted to go. I worked hard, I researched, and I made it happen. And to me, that’s a huge accomplishment. And thank you Lesley for being my amazing travel buddy and taking the time to plan out much of what we did! (I can’t wait for the next time!)

Traveling is great. Traveling is fun. And once you go, you get the bug to go more and more. But trust me when I say it’s not easy to leave your house, your friends, your family, and your loved ones. But it’s important to see, experience and just go… I know it takes time and money to do these things but if you set your mind to it, be smart, and save, you can go wherever your little heart desires….

Thailand you made me think, see, experience, learn, and live again….until next time…or the next adventure…..IMG_7769

PS- A Thai Food Blog coming next….Trust me….this one will get interesting…..

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”- Buddha

 

 

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Why Thailand?

So I booked a trip to Thailand…

Thailand1Go ahead and ask…”What? Why Thailand?” (Don’t worry that’s almost everyone’s reaction.)

Here has been my general response…
“Why not!?”, “I found a cheap flight so I decided to just go!”, “A lot of backpackers that I know have been and have raved about it”, “I heard it’s pretty cheap once you get there”.

However there is much more as to why I decided to go to Thailand… Here are my reasons: (In no specific order)

 

  1. Their Culture- Have you ever heard or known about the Thai Culture? Probably not..and neither did I until recently. They like to live in the present. Not the past. Not the Future. But in the NOW. How many times in the United States culture are we encouraged or more so expected to think about our future? A LOT. I can’t wait to just 100 percent live in the moment!
  2. Their Weather- It’s amazing to me the variations in weather and how little we know about weather not just in our own country but in others. I’ve been asked a lot about what their weather is like while I am there. Well, the good news is, it will not be their “rainy” season while I am there. Today in Bangkok it was 73 degrees with a high of 92. Needless to say, while we are there it will be anywhere from 75-95 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be hot but I love the sun and for that it will be absolutely worth it!
  3. Their Food- It’s evident that Thai food is not the most common food in the United States but it has slowly been making a bigger appearance. Many of us are becoming familiar with it and I have learned to quite enjoy it. I really learned and experienced Thai food while I was in Australia. However, they say that it is much different over there than it is here. And let’s be honest, I love food, and I love trying new things and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about their street food. (Which they HIGHLY recommend you eat versus a restaurant because you can really see how it is prepared.) I am really excited experience “real Thai Food”.
  4. Their Islands/Scenery- Have you ever seen a picture of Thailand? Sure most of the time it’s cropped or photoshopped but I can guarantee it is absolutely stunning photoshopped or not! With all the pictures I have seen, I can’t wait to see them in real life. I love beaches, I love islands, and most of all I love seeing new parts of the world that bring a new light and vision on life…
  5. The People- Almost all the articles I have read have stated, the people are extremely nice. It is honestly known as “Land of Smiles”. Obviously, like any country, there will be tourist scams and crimes but it is stated that the people of Thailand are friendly, open and kind. (You hear that Dad!?… Yes, my dad is very very worried in which he has a right to be…but as with any travel, I did my research and have planned accordingly”
  6. It’s affordable- When I said, I found a cheap flight, I mean it. Just look up a round trip for a certain time of the year, and I guarantee you will be absolutely surprised! Better yet, the best part is the dollar goes a long way in Thailand. Plenty of hotels and guesthouses for under $20.00! The street food for example is equivalent to a $1.00 or less for an entire meal! Beat that McDonalds!
  7. Lastly…To CHALLENGE myself- It’s evident that I like to travel. (If’ you did not know, I really love to travel) But to be completely honest, I love to challenge myself. I love to try something new. I love to go somewhere new. Many of you think this is so easy for me, to just pack my things and go. But it is really not. Not one bit. Every time I leave, I leave my family, my friends, my house, my dog, my lifestyle. It’s hard. And saying goodbye never gets easier.

 

I am going to Thailand!!! It is pretty god damn far away! I can not speak their language. I Thailand2do not know very much about their style of living. Most of all, it is basically all completely new to me and all I will have with me is one little back pack! Talk about a challenge….

However, I travel to stay on my toes. I travel to be happier. I ravel to build self-confidence. I travel to experience new things. I travel to make memories. I travel to meet new people. Most of all, I travel to break my routine.

How many times, do we say, we need a vacation. Or we need to get away…. Most of us say it a lot and if not, we think it, or we want it, and we know when we need it.

And right now, in my life, I need it. I found this article on Huff Post- “11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person” and I find it very interesting and put my spin on it for this upcoming trip…

*Find More Self-Confidence by Dealing with Unexpected Situations.- As I stated above, my dad and many of my friends and family are very worried about me over in Thailand. However, I know that my friend (Yes, I have a friend going with me so I am not going completely solo) and I have done a lot of research, talked to people whom have previous been and live there, and most of all are very very smart women. I do, however, take into consideration that we may have to deal with unexpected situations but to me, that is part of life. That to me, is a way to learn. Good, bad, ugly situations will always make me a stronger person if I learn for myself how to get through them.

*Be Happier-When I travel, I’m happy or I at least find my happiness again. When you go to an island or to paradise where the locals are happy and smiling, and friendly, it’s truly a contagious feeling. And for that reason, I learn to cherish the small things again and just be happier.

*Appreciate my Friends and Family More- Truthfully, I have already learned this. Traveling to Australia 4 times now, I really have learned to appreciate my home. I really can say I am comfortable with where I live, with my parents, my friends and most of all myself. Yet, every single time I travel, I learn to appreciate it and them more and more…

*You Make New Friends- This is one of my favorite parts of traveling. I love to meet new people. I love to strike up a conversation, learn about someone, and where they are from and connect in a way that I probably will never see them again but will be able to keep up with via social media and who knows, maybe someday see each other again! There are so many people in this world and I cherish every single person I get to meet because everyone has a story and everyone is unique!

*Detox From Social Media- This by far, is pretty much my top favorite. Ask my friends, when I go on vacation, I like to put away my phone. I like to enjoy my trip and take in as much as I can. Sure it’s nice to get wifi in a country and talk to my friends and family but its nice to get away from Facebook, Instagram, and the drama that coincides with that. Of course, I post here and there, but I refuse to be on my phone the entire time. It’s important when on vacation to really be on vacation…

*Getting Some You Time- If you don’t know me, I work a lot. I work hard and have a pretty crazy, hectic lifestyle. I do not take much time for myself. If I’m not working, I’m usually trying to help one of my friends or help my parents or something along those lines. I don’t like to spend money on myself. And I don’t like to take much time for myself because in my head, I should be doing something else. So, when I go on vacation, I really do make sure, I take some much needed “ME” time. I splurge a little on myself but I know I have worked hard and earned every bit of it.

*Education, Education, Education- I can’t stress this enough…I have become a much more well rounded person because of my travels. I have honestly learned more traveling than I have with some of my college classes. I’ve learned about myself, about others, about life, and been put into situations where I have been forced to figure out on my own. It’s amazing how much you can learn by traveling!

*Get a Vitamin D Boost- Need I say anymore, I need Sun to be happy. Hence why I have to get out and take a vacation. Sunshine and warmth generally puts us in a much better mood! I can 100 percent agree, at least for me! And trust me, I know Thailand will provide the Vitamin D that I need!

*You’re More Interesting- Once again, if you do not know me or you do, I live a pretty interesting life. But I like to keep it interesting, I like to be spontaneous, adventurous, and most of all courageous! I like to have stories, to have memories, and keep things interesting. So, if that means booking a trip to Thailand, then why not!? Let’s do it.

*New Experiences Give Us Moments To Remember- I have so many moments that I have experienced that I am able to remember but I want to keep having this unbelievable moments that I will forever remember. Whether it be a sunset in Hawaii, , standing alone on a beach in Australia or playing like a little kid on the 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, I will always want to create a moment to remember wherever I am at….

*The Effects of Traveling, Aren’t Just Short-Term- Sure, Traveling makes me happy when I am there but I always feel like I come back with a happier and better outlook on life. I see things not always in a new/different way but more so, I see things from another point of view. I’m able to view and understand things better. I’m able to have more confidence in myself. And that will stay with me for a very long time….

thailand3I know this post was extremely long but I wanted to clarify; Why Thailand, Why travel, and What happens to me when I do travel.

And I will end with this… I will forever be grateful for being able to travel.   However, when you think that you can’t travel, you can. Anyone can. You have to want it. You have to earn it. And you have to just make it happen. Just do it, once. By yourself or with a friend and you will get the bug or the urge and see all of these things to realize and understand, it truly does make you happier and a better person all around!

So, see you soon Thailand. Will update you when I can…. 😉 (Don’t worry, we have a ton of amazing, cool, and adventurous things planned that I will tell you after I get to experience. And Dad, don’t worry, I will be safe!)

 

“Travel Makes You Realize That No Matter How Much You Know, There’s Always More To Learn”

 

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Challenge Yourself…Just Try It!

Remember my last blog post? Okay, so you didn’t quite read it? Well the titled says it all… “New Year, Same Me”. I stated how I am comfortable with who I am but I’m always striving to find ways to be happier, to enjoy life, and to try new things…

With that being said, one of my “new things” that I wanted to try this year…was to challenge myself more with life, my mind, and my body.

IMG_7009So, a little back history about myself. I’ve been working out now for about a year in a half, 5 days a week. (Of course, I’ve missed a few days here or there but I’m almost always there 5 days a week!) I originally started this after my Put In Bay season (an island on Lake Erie that I bartend at) due to not eating right, drinking too much, and just feeling terrible about myself. I found a trainer in my hometown that was willing and able to help me out. To my surprise, he specializes in “Powerlifting”.

So if you do not know or understand what that is…here is a quick idea of what “Powerlifting” is according to elitefts.com:

“First and foremost, what is powerlifting?

Powerlifting, often confused with Olympic lifting, is an individualized sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Each lifter is placed into a specific division and classified by several variables including weight class, age group, and experience level. Further subdivisions are made between what is known as “raw” and “geared” powerlifters, indicating whether or not the individual is wearing supportive equipment during the competition.

Competitions are generally all-day events that begin with the squat, progress to the bench press, and conclude with the deadlift. Every lifter is allowed three attempts at each lift, making for a total of nine competition lifts throughout the day.

Three officials serve as judges and collectively decide whether or not a lift is considered “good” or “bad.” Each judge’s decision is represented by a panel of red and white lights (white indicating a “good” lift and red indicating a “bad” lift) displayed after each attempt. Two or three white lights are sufficient for a “good” lift while one or less is disqualified.

At the end of the day, awards are presented to the lifters with the highest squat, bench press, deadlift, and total within their division. A lifter’s total is determined by the sum of his/her best lifts, and the individual with the highest total is considered the all-around strongest lifter in his division.”

IMG_7006Now, when most of you hear this, you think of BIG guys, and most of all BIG girls. Truth is, a woman does not get big unless she is truly taking something to make her big. It’s not in our natural system, have the testosterone, and “build” to get big. So, please do not worry when lifting heavy as a woman.

I personally enjoy it. I enjoy the training I do. It’s a wide variety of repetitions and weights with some days of heavy squats, deadlifts, and bench. The feeling I get when going heavy or as we call it a PR, is truly a strong mental and physical accomplishment for all the hard work I put in during training is truly a reminder that in life hard work pays off! I am by no means saying that I am a professional, saying that I am the best, or even truly know exactly all that I am talking about but I do know that I enjoy the training for the sport, I enjoy learning about it, and most of all I enjoy the feeling and outcome that comes with it. I have an amazing trainer to make sure to switch things up, stay healthy, teach me the proper technique and style, and most of all stay safe.

But, I will be honest, my body has gone through a lot of transformation. IMG_5764I’ve become “bigger” is some areas and smaller in others. However, when I say bigger, I should say….more fit. I’m not big and as I stated above, women do not get “big” unless they truly are trying to get “big”. But, my body has changed…and to be honest, I feel the best I ever have even though I have to buy bigger shirts or pants. I feel fit. And I feel good and that is all that matters!

However, with working out, comes the diet or should I say eating right. Many people work out and just don’t eat right or vice versa they diet but do not work out.

Let’s be honest, I could go on and on about that but that’s not what I’m writing this post for…I wrote this post to explain about challenging ourselves more…

Of course my last post described my “FUN LIST” of what I wanted to do this season. I’m not too big on “New Years Resolutions” but what I am big on is challenging myself.

IMG_5152I love to work out but I also love food. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a love for healthy food but I know sometimes my portions are wrong, I do not stick to it, and most of all I splurge way too much. So, it was time to do something that I know I would have to stick to and make it work.

The girls at my gym did a 30 day challenge to basically cut weight during October. Unfortunately, I was unable to do this due to my crazy work life during that time of year. I secretly really wanted to do this challenge.

So, in speaking to my mom about what she wanted to do this New Year, she explained that she wanted to lose some weight and get back to being a little healthier.

A light bulb went off in my head!

I told her, lets do this 30 day challenge! I explained, it will not be easy…but if we do it together, I know it will work and we will feel better. Most of all, I needed to cleanse my body for my next trip to Thailand…

So, we said, lets do this! Unfortunately, due to my crazy life, I can only do this for 25 days because that is when I leave for Thailand but my mom will be completing the full 30.

I returned home from Florida yesterday, we splurged and went to Olive Garden and enjoyed a nice meal together as it was our last meal, we then went grocery shopping and are prepared for this week.

The challenge is safe and proven to work IF we follow it absolutely correctly and to a tea! We eat quite well and is just really the same shit all the time. You eat your chicken, steak, rice, and sweet potatoes and vegetables…. plain jane. Oh and my favorite plain rice cakes for snacks…mmmmmm!IMG_7541

However, if myself and my mom can feel better, get back on a healthy eating habit, and most of all complete this challenge, we will feel much more confident about ourselves and life’s future endeavors because we did it!

(I will keep you posted on our results as we took some before pictures, weighed ourselves, and measured but I’m going to save until the very end….so you can truly see the change, the commitment, and most of all the dedication and maybe get some motivation for yourselves!)

So in closing, I would like to let you know that I truly know it’s hard to stay in shape. It’s hard to eat right. It’s hard to work out. But, it’s so unbelievably important for our mind, body, and soul to do. It helps us in so many ways both physically and mentally.

I know I’m not perfect but I know that I am trying. And I truly support anyone trying to improve his or her fitness and eating habits! Remember, one day at a time, do what you can, and most of all, CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

 

“THERE IS NO CHALLENGE MORE CHALLENGING THAN THE CHALLENGE TO IMPROVE YOURSELF”

 

 

 

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“NEW YEAR, SAME ME”

I’ve had to think long and hard how I’m going to start this blog again….

For example…How in the HELL am I going to catch your attention? Have YOU want to read about things that I write about….hmmm….

Well…here it is. It’s a NEW YEAR….AND SAME ME!

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I’m all for it being a new year for everyone. I’m all for a time in our lives to start fresh, to make changes, and to better yourselves, but this whole, “NEW YEAR, NEW ME” is just not okay with ME…

I’ve come pretty far in my life. Meaning, I’ve been through breakups, deaths, financial struggles, family issues, job changes, and a lot of other things that I’m sure many of you have been through. It’s hard at times. And we all deal with in variety of ways… but truth is…for those of you reading this we all are still here. We all are still living life or like many just going through the motions…And trust me, many times PATIENCE is key….

This past year, I did something that sometimes takes many people years and years to do and for some unfortunately never do.

I accepted my life. Most of all I accepted me.

I know I’m not perfect. I know I know my life is not normal. I know I do not have a full time “real” job. I know I do not have “normal” parents. I know I am not married. I know I do not have kids. I know I could go on and on about how “different” I am….

But really what is normal? And why do we have to be “normal”? (BORING!)

We grow up in a society that suggests that we have to go to school, graduate, get a degree, get a job, get married, get a house, and have kids. (Basically)

But where in there does it state to have fun, to live life, to accept life, to be independent, and most of all to grow on our own for us….and to be “YOU”…

So instead of “NEKT Hawaii BlogW YEAR, NEW ME”, I’m doing a “NEW YEAR, SAME ME”.

I enjoy my life. I cherish my life. And I can’t wait to explore more of my life!
With that being said here is what I want to do this year: You could call this New Years Resolutions, I like to call it…
KAITLINS FUN LIST:

1. GO TO THAILAND- (Already booked, I leave in Febuary!)

  1. GO FISHING- (I haven’t been in years!)

  2. GO TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS- (I’ve been once but really want to go now that I’m older and enjoy it now and may even go this week!)

  3. LEARN TO DRIVE STICK (Yes, I know I’ve never driven a stick shift but I promise you, I will learn even if I’m terrible at it)

  4. COOK A NEW MEAL FROM COMPLETE SCRATCH (I think its fun to cook and learn to cook something new)

  5. GO TO A STRIP CLUB- (I know this seems crazy that I have never been but I have to at least do it once!)

  6. GO TO VEGAS (Yes, I know I travel a lot of places and I’ve never been to Vegas!)

  7. HOLD A TIGER OR RIDE AN ELEPHANT IN THAILAND (Yes, I better do this in FEBUARY or else I’m going back!)

  8. GO WATER SKIING OR TUBING (I work on an island on Summer and have never done either of these, I think it’s truly time)

  9. LASTLY…I always try to challenge myself with one of my FUN idea’s to do…. I’ve been skydiving, I’ve been snorkeling, I’ve shot a gun and all things that I was pretty scared to do but honestly I’m pretty scared to go SCUBA DIVING….with that being said, it’s making its way to my “FUN LIST” FOR THIS YEAR!

 

I’m sure there is plenty more I want to do and most of all WILL do and that is what this blog is for! To keep you posted on my crazy, fun, and most of all spontaneous adventures because truth is life is too short as many say to me. “Do it while you can”. And by can, I mean , just make the time to have a little fun…we all need it to have some sanity!

Cheers to a new year and please feel free to comment with future posts, thoughts, adventures, and idea’s to have some fun for this new year! It’s my goal to make this blog as real, as fun, and inspiring as I can this year!

“The greatest act of courage is to be & own all that you are. Without apology. Without excuses & without any masks to cover the truth of who you truly are. “

 

PS- THIS WAS 2015’S LIST…

*Go Skiing and/or Snowboarding-CHECK

* Go Paddleboarding

*Go Surfing

*Go Paintballing

*Go on a snowmobile or 4 wheeler

*Volunteer with a charity-CHECK

*Go Bungee Jumping

*Attend a country concert in the Summer

*Go to the Kentucky Derby

*Grow my OWN garden

*Go fishing

*Learn a new language

*Visit a new state

*Backpack Europe

*Get a nice camera and make it a nice hobby- Just purchased one today: )-CHECK

*STILL NEED TO Learn how to shoot a gun at a shooting range-CHECK

*STILL NEED TO Learn how to drive stick

*STILL NEED TO learn how to line dance

 

CLEARLY…I DID NOT GET TO COMPLETE EVERYTHING ON THAT LIST BUT IN DUE TIME…….I’VE GOT A NEW LIST TO COMPLETE!

 

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“Life Is What You Make Of It”

Although I know it’s been a while, I know I have a few things coming up that may catch your interest and be worthwhile for your reading pleasure.

As I missed my ‘oh so popular’ Nbeach_bucketew Year’s Resolutions post, aka “Bucket List-2015”, I figured, it is never too late to make one. So here is what I would like to do this year: (I know, you may laugh at a few of these but I’m totally okay with that)

I would like to…
*Go Skiing and/or Snowboarding
* Go Paddleboarding
*Go Surfing
*Go Paintballing
*Go on a snowmobile or 4 wheeler
*Volunteer with a charity
*Go Bungee Jumping
*Attend a country concert in the Summer
*Go to the Kentucky Derby
*Grow my OWN garden
*Go fishing
*Learn a new language
*Visit a new state
*Backpack Europe
*Get a nice camera and make it a nice hobby- Just purchased one today: )
*STILL NEED TO Learn how to shoot a gun at a shooting range
*STILL NEED TO Learn how to drive stick
*STILL NEED TO learn how to line dance

peaceAND finally… I want to do one crazy thing that someone plans for me. I don’t care what it is, just something that I have never done before. I know it is a bit scary to leave this in someone else’s hands…but I would like to do something completely out of my comfort zone and what better way than to challenge you all to put me to the test! So…who is it going to be? And what will it be? I will keep you all updated and posted.

However, with all of these things that I want to accomplish this year, I completely understand that it may or may not all work out how it is supposed to. But, that is what I have learned about this thing called life. Not everything works out how it is “supposed to”. And quite frankly, I don’t enjoy living life how we are “supposed to”.

spontaneousAs I have stated in the title and throughout this entire post, ‘Life is what we make of it’. We all go through trials and errors. We all experience problems. We all have issues. It’s evident. But what we do with each life lesson is completely up to us.
I feel like sometimes I may look at life a bit differently than most or should I say how we are raised we are ‘supposed to’ live life and I’ve come to terms to be okay with how I live my life. I refuse to settle. I am determined to live my life to the fullest. I refuse to be miserable with my life. I’m determined to find out what makes me happy, however long that may take. I’m determined to try new things. I’m determined to travel new places. And I’m determined to find a job that I enjoy.

So until then….I see no reason to be upset with the life that we are given. ‘Life is what we make of it’. Enjoy it. Embrace it. And just live a little: )

“This bright new day complete with 24 hours of choices, attitudes, and opportunities, a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes, this unique gift, this one day cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it.”

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“Keep Calm, I’m Back!”

Once again, it has been a while….and by a while, I mean since May 27, 2014! Time flies by when you’re having fun…or working…or just not taking time to yourself in which most of us simply do not do enough. So, once again, I’m going to try this blog…for myself and for anyone who enjoys reading  it…

In the beginning of the year (2014), I wrote and proposed some things  that I wanted to try to do/accomplish for 2014. I’m quite disappointed in myself.  Here is what I stated in that blog with explanations if I completed or not:

“So here is SOME of what I would like to try for 2014..(or New Years Resolutions as some call it) Of course, I may not be able to do all of these, but that is what other years are for…

  1. I would like to learn to drive stick-INCOMPLETE
  2. I would like to go to a shooting range and learn to shoot-INCOMPLETE
  3. I would like to learn/go snowboarding-INCOMEPLETE
  4. I would like to go zip lining-COMPLETED (indoor zip lining in Kentucky)
  5. I would like to go bungee jumping (really quite scared to do this one)-INCOMPLETE
  6. I would like to go to a concert (Yes, believe it or not, I’ve never been to one!)-COMPLETED! (Michael Buble-Melbourne Australia)
  7. I would like to go to a state that I’ve never been too (Arizona, Texas, Maine?)-INCOMPLETE (Believe it or not)
  8. I would like to learn how to crochet-INCOMPLETE
  9. I would like to take line dancing classes or attend a square dance-INCOMPLETE
  10. I would like to try Grates wings (A well known local joint in Fremont, my home town-INCOMPLETE
  11. Eat healthier- COMPLETED (Finally and working out 5 days a week!)
  12. Get more organized-COMPLETED (A start anyways)
  13. & my favorite…Laugh more & Cry Less….”-COMPLETED! “

As you can see…I didn’t get many of these done….which is a shame.  However, the year isn’t over yet. I still have time to complete these.  So, if anyone is willing and able to assist me, guide me, or join me in any of the above resolutions to complete before the New Year, LETS GO!

Now, I also wouldn’t say this year was a complete waste.  I was able to get a “decent” amount of travel and experiences in ktblog2that were not on my list:

*Key West, FL- Was able to bar hope, and make it to the Southern Most Point in the United States
*Grand Cayman- Snorkeled in the ocean and swam with stingrays *Jamaica- Climbed Dunn’s River Falls (Waterfall)
*Sydney, Australia- journeyed there by myself this time with no family members
*Melbourne, Australia- Went to my first concert, tried Indian food, went to local bars & the city
*Honolulu, Hawaii- Saw Sea Turtles, marine base, North Shore, ate Hawaiian shrimp & swordfish, hiked diamond head and other local spots, stayed in a hostel
*Maui- Completed the single lane road to Hana, saw numerous waterfalls, saw the only black sand beach
*San Diego, CA- Saw the treacherous forest fires that were burning all over the city
*Chicago, IL- Went to the Zoo
* Louisville, KY- Went  indoor zip lining in the caves
*Put In Bay, OH- Went Kayaking for my first time
*Bahamas- TBD (Cruise Dec 13)
*St. Thomas- TBD (Cruise Dec 13)
*San Juan- TBD (Cruise Dec 13)
*Grand Turk- TBD (Cruise Dec 13)

It’s evident that I love to travel. It’s obvious that I love the beach. And it’s abnormal how I live my life. But, if there is anything that I have come to conclusion with, it’s that, I enjoy the life I live.

It hasn’t been easy coming to this conclusion but it fits with my lifestyle. I work many seasonal jobs that have allowed me the availability to take trips.  It has been sometimes (and by sometimes…I mean almost all the time) hard to understand. A lot of my friends (Now mid-twenties) have full time jobs, houses, kids, and what I like to call stability.  It took me a while to understand that my plan of getting out of college, getting a full time job, moving out of Ohio, getting married, having kids, ect ect ect was a plan…..and in life, our plans don’t always go the way we want them too. My plan now, is to just live my life because truth is, I am stable, I am working, I am making it on my own….just in my own kind of way….and to be honest, that is okay to do.

My life: It’s hectic. It’s uncertain. It’s scary. And….it’s very different from most. But, it’s my life. I live, I learn, and I take nothing for granted. I travel to learn. I travel to explore. I travel to meet people. I live my life because I can and most of all…I am able too!

I hope to keep you all updated on my future endeavors, words of wisdom, beliefs on current, past, and future issues with this blog. Please let me know if you would like to hear, see, or have me write about anything specific. Now, who’s ready to help complete my “New Year’s Resolutions” before the end of the year?

“I’ll look back on this and smile because it was Life and I decided to live it”
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Life Is A Journey…Explore Yourself

IMG_2690As my almost 2 month journey comes to an end, I feel a mixture of emotions…I can’t help but think to myself…about LIFE.
Life can be anything we want it to. We have the ability to make what we want out of it. If we want to do something-we do it. If we don’t want to do something-we just don’t.
However, so many times throughout my life, I’ve been so indecisive. I never know what to do…I want too but then I don’t. I think about the consequences, my future, and of course, what we all think and worry about…money.
Lately thought, I’ve tried to stop thinking about the consequences especially the money part. So many of us worry too much about money, for instance, if we can or can’t do something because of the cost…
But, think about it, life can be ANYTHING we want it to. If we want to travel and explore the world, we can make it happen! We work hard for a reason…but we also can ALWAYS find some kind of work wherever we are at. (Even though it may not be what we want at the time or the most enjoyable, it pays for us to enjoy life for the time being) So in retrospect, don’t worry about money, it can always be made…
I’ve also learned that while traveling, it is not about staying in the nicest places or doing the most expensive things, its more about meeting new people, finding free/cheap/interesting things to do, and exploring while having fun…
I guess the biggest step to life is finding the courage to live and be happy. We all know that’s no easy task. Life has a way of throwing curve balls and bumps in the middle of the road that can test our courage. (Believe me, I’ve had my fair share and a lot of it my own fault…) But, none of that means to stop…it means, learn a few lessons and keep moving forward. There is so much life to live, see, and do!
So, if I told you these 2 months were easy, I would be completely lying to myself and to you…
I have been completely tested on this journey in ways that only some or even just myself would understand..but I wouldn’t take back any of this for the world.
From Ohio to Chicago to LA to Sydney to Melbourne to Sydney to Honolulu to Maui to Honolulu to LA IMG_2615to San Diego to Denver to Detroit To Fremont to Chicago to Fremont to Louisville and finally back to FREMONT (home sweet home), it was one amazing journey to say the least… I’ve seen and experienced so many things. Most of all, and more than anything, I lived my life.
I’m sure many of you ask yourself; “How can she just do this?”. It’s actually quite simple. Listen to the advice from your elders, realize when they state: “Do it while you can” & “Do it while you’re young”, they ABSOLUTELY mean it. Many times, there are others that state they regret not traveling more…
The more I thought about these statements, the more I realized that there is so much life to see, to live, and so many more people to meet…
IMG_2585Since then, I have taken all the chances that I can get to travel…but this past trip was for me.
I wanted to test myself. I wanted to do something on my own. More than anything, I needed to find me and what I really want in life.
I did, however, manage to realize that we shouldn’t focus so much on what we want in life but more so what we need. What we want and need is completely different. And, truth is, what we need in life is very, very small.
Many of us have this idea that is brought on by society itself as well as others that we need more that we really should. (And of course, it has to be name brand, heaven forbid!) Kind of crazy to think how absolutely little you need to live a good, happy life.
For instance, I tested this theory by doing something totally out of my comfort zone. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay in hotels for the most part of my life while traveling. But, when traveling alone and to just see the world, there is really no need for that especially while on a budget. I decided to stay in a hostel.
So many, including myself, like to think of that word meaning; dirty, sketchy, shady, ect, ect, ect. Absolutely, completely wrong.
After being in Australia, now 3 times, and having the luxury to work with backpackers, I have heard that hostels are the way to go when traveling alone. However, like anything, you should definitely do your research…to be better safe than sorry.
I decided to stay at a family owned hostel in Waikiki for 2 nights as I was unsure if I would really like it or not. To my surprise, it was quite enjoyable. I had 5 roommates from all over the world, some only in for a few days. They ranged from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Australia, and New Jersey. The best part was, we all shared one common goal, to explore Hawaii and make the best out of our trip.
It by far, was one of my greatest accomplishments to do on my own. Believe me, it was so scary at first. I didn’t know who to talk to, where to sit, proper protocol, or event if I would be able to sleep. But, I did it! I opened up to people, made new friends, learned to survive, and even ended up staying all 5 nights in the hostel!
Which brings me to another scary point but completely worth it in the end, is traveling alone. It’s hard,IMG_2523 and not easy but can definitely be done. It really does teach you so much about yourself…
Although, I wasn’t alone ALL of my trips. I have so many to thank for being by my side…(and if I forgot you, don’t worry, I really didn’t, I just didn’t give you this special shout out) Thank you Jeff, Saul, Lotte, MJ, Jay & Jane, all the staff at Hollywood horrors, Brennan, Chad & Claire, and Kinzie. All of you put up with living and working with me at some point or another and helping me throughout my journey in many ways that I will forever be thankful for…
But when it came time to being alone, it was quite tough. I feel it was only tough because that is what my head was telling me. We really can do anything we want. They just never told us somethings, it isn’t as easy as it looks. You just kind of have to figure that part out on your own…
I guess what I’m really trying to say is that traveling alone can be quite overwhelming especially at first and it can definitely get a bit lonely at times. Also, as a young woman, traveling alone, I had to be very good at reading people and very aware of my surroundings at all times.
IMG_2399I know it was scary, lonely, intimidating, and hard at times, I wouldn’t take back the moments that I was able to have and experience. It forced me to learn directions (Yes, Jeff, believe it or not, I learned how to get around cities by bus, train, and even walking!), to talk to new people, to reconnect with friends I have from all over the world, to eat new food, to try new things, and to do things that I would normally never do because I was completely able to be out of my comfort zone..
I can’t begin to explain the whirlwind of emotions that I went through on my journeys but what I can tell you is that it is worth every second… I have and always will support traveling. It is a part of me now that I take with me wherever I go.
Now that I am on my last flight writing this last piece to my journey, I can begin to explain what all is going through my head…
To wonder “What if?” And, “Whats next?”is one of the scariest things to think about… but I know I have some great opportunities out there for me. I have some great places in mind to move and I now know I really can make it on my own.
I do truly hope that I will not have to do this alone forever.. I would love nothing more than to share these journeys, experiences, and memories with someone.IMG_2507
So many of my friends are in a relationship, married, or have kids at this stage in their lives. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of them! I’m just not one to push this subject on anyone, but it sometimes can make you think and wonder why not me?
I can’t force anything to happen with that part of my life. I know it will happen when I least expect it. I couldn’t be more thankful for those people that show up in your life though during your travels that remind you of the good qualities that you do have…they provide a sense of hope for your future…and that I won’t be alone forever…
Whatever I decided to do after this journey is totally up to me. I have the ability to do whatever I want because it is my life and I need to just live. It is not about the right or the wrong decision, it is about doing what is going to make me happy…
I finally feel I am completely ready for the next chapter of my life…Let the next journey begin…

“Find The Courage To Just Be Happy”

 

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Why Lent?

Figuring out how to top my last blog entry is tough. However I hope by now that you see, I love to write, but more than anything, I love to relate to others. I like finding topics that many of us have opinions on.  My blogs aren’t going to cater to everyone and each audience may be different but if I can get to just one new person and repeat person, I feel as though my writing and time was all worth it.

As I have contemplated what exactly to write about, I thought about what exactly is going on right now…Lent. Many ask what is it? Why do it? Do only Catholics do it? What are you giving up? Do we have to do it? Ect Ect…Here is a simplified version of what Lent really is according to PennLive.com by Julia Hatmaker. (If you are familiar with Lent, please disregard this section)

March 5 marks the beginning of Lent in 2014.

What is Lent?

Lent is a period of time between Ash Wednesday and Easter that is geared towards spiritual purification, meditation and penance. It lasts around 40 days, not including Sundays, drawing from the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert before starting his ministry.

Who participates in it?

Lent is practiced by most Christian groups, including Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Anglicans and Lutherans. However, it is not generally practiced by Baptists. More on why Baptists do not participate in Lent.

Do you have to give something up?

No. The focus of the season is on spiritual growth. The focus is not supposed to be on one’s self, but one’s relationship with God. Oftentimes Christians choose to take on something during Lent, like reading more of the Bible or completing daily devotions.

Fasting is a traditional part of Lent, but not everyone does it. Its purpose is to symbolize penance, remorse for one’s sins. This can also be done by giving up a luxury or by completing acts of charity.

Catholics become pescatarians on Fridays during Lent, meaning the only meat they eat comes from fish. That’s why you’ll see a lot of Fish Frys around town during this season.

Do non-Christians participate?

Yes. Lent has gradually become secularized by many, serving as a chance to give up bad habits. As PennLive’s Kari Larsen puts it, “It’s a second chance at New Year’s resolutions.”

When does it end?

Good question. For most protestant churches it concludes on the Holy Saturday – or the day before Easter. For Roman Catholics, however, it concludes on Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday – the day before Good Friday, which is the Friday before Easter.

What are the major days in Lent?

  • Ash Wednesday: Marks the beginning of the Lenten season. More info can be found here.
  • Palm Sunday: The Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. On that day the crowd put palm branches on the ground beneath the feat of the donkey Jesus was riding.
  • Maundy Thursday: Also known as Holy Thursday, this day focuses on the last supper Jesus had with his disciples, before he was arrested.
  • Good Friday: Also known as Black Friday, this day commemorates the crucifixion and Jesus’s death. On this day, many Christians will also do the Stations of the Cross, which includes 14 prayers and moments of reflection regarding 14 events leading up to Jesus’s death.
  • Easter Sunday: This day recognizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is a triumphant day for Christians, serving as a reminder of the Christ’s conquering of death and the forgiveness of sins.

As you can see or may know, Lent can be for everyone but is not a requirement, it is more so a choice. I am a born and raised Catholic but unfortunately do not make it to Church as much as I should, however, I do try and participate in Lent. I find Lent to be a lot of self control and helping me connect to God more like I should be. I’m not one to force religion on anyone, we all believe in what we believe…

However, I find Lent to be a wonderful opportunity for so many.  We have the ability to give up something, to gain something, to do something, and most of all to fast and not eat meat on certain days.

With that being said…I’ve tried to participate in Lent most of my life. I’ve given up pickles, olives, chips, fast food, sour cream, ice cream, chocolate, basically all the stuff I absolutely love. (Yes, I know totally weird combinations) But, this year, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to connect more with myself, to others, and to God. I decided to do something. I decided to become healthier and be more thankful…

To become healthier, I have started ‘meal prepping’. I have pre-planned plastic containers full of healthy food for the week. It is my goal to eat at least one of these meals a day therefore cutting out some of the more fatty foods that I used to eat.  It’s a great start and goal towards getting a healthier life and eating habit.

The other ‘thing’ that I am doing is writing a ‘Thank You’ letter to one person each day of Lent in order to become more thankful and show my appreciation to others. At the end of Lent, I plan on mailing out each of these letters to people that deserves a much needed Thank You from myself..

I want to stress that I’m not one to force religion upon anyone. I believe in God but know everyone has their own beliefs…I just really feel Lent can be a powerful thing for many…We sometimes forget about the little things in life that we should be doing or can give up and still live the life that we want and need…

Here I will leave you with the first letter I wrote on Ash Wednesday:

Dear Kaitlin, (Myself)

I know this may sound weird that I am writing myself but sometimes I am too hard on myself. Sometimes, I forget to think of the good that I have done and still do…I know I sometimes put on a strong face for others to see but underneath I’m not as strong as they think.

However, I’m writing to let you know, many people do appreciate all that you do especially me. Sometimes, you need to stop, think about the good things, and thank yourself for all that you do. Stop focusing on the negative and look at all the positive things you have done for yourself and others. 

You still have plenty of time to figure out your life. Remember, good things come to good people. Keep being you, and always be thankful for everything you do, everything you have, and everything others do for you. You have made mistakes, but you have learned. You have endured pain, but you have conquered. You have lost but deep down you have won…because you are still here. You are still strong. And, you are still living each day to the fullest.

Remember, always be thankful for what you have but most of all, be thankful for being you…

Love & Many Many Thanks,

Kaitlin Turner

“Be Thankful, Be Healthy, & Be You…”

PS- Feel free to share what you are doing for Lent, a Thank You Letter to someone, or a simple comment….!

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To Date A Girl That Travels…Or Not?

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAA few weeks ago, I was awaken from a text from a good friend of mine. His text said:
“This is the first thing that popped up on my newsfeed this morning”:
https://medium.com/better-humans/802c49b9141c

(And yes, that is all it said….)

I know this may be a lot more work, but I’m asking you to please, take a few minutes to read the above link…(Takes about 3 minutes)

Now that we are on the same page…here is what I thought about this.

I am a woman that has been brought up traveling. My  parents were fortunate enough to take me along many of their trips. I was able to see a lot of the world and experience new adventures along the way. However, I didn’t stop just there…I now am traveling on my own. I’m booking my own trips to see parts of the world. And I’m taking every chance I get to see and explore new countries.

This girl had some great opinions…but opinions that I simply just do not agree with.

1. “She’s the one with messy, unkept hair”- I disagree. I, like many, like to keep my hair well groomed. However, when need be, I do know how to not wash my hair and just throw it up o put it in braid. Mainly, I know how to keep it maintained enough to still pull off a cute look. This to me, is considered a turn on for a man. A woman that does not take 2 hours to get ready, a woman that can just throw up their hair, be ready to go, and still look stunning!

2. “She is hard to please”-I disagree. I seem to think I am very easy to please. Since, I have lived with little to nothing at times, not had cell reception in many places, and have learned that you must walk, train, bike, or cab it in order to get where you are going, I like to think I’m a pretty flexible person due to traveling. She stated in her post “The usual dinner-movie date will suck the life out of her”. How completely wrong this is. A woman that travels, absolutely loves dinner and a movie. When thinking of traveling, that usually isn’t the first thing on our agenda. We many times, miss out on movies and are unable to see on the big screen! PLUS at this day and age, a man taking any woman out on any date, is always a plus! These days, it hard to find or do! Especially with a travelers busy schedule! Therefore, we as travelers are quite easy to please. We make do with what we have, and appreciate the little things in life versus the ones who do the same thing over and over again.

3. “She will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale-I agree. For once, I think I may agree with this statement. Why not watch the airline sales!? There are great deals that come through and sometimes are too good to pass up. If willing and able, why not go? I’m a firm believer in finding great deals, and if it’s meant to be, then go for it! I would much rather spend my money on a flight then going out to the bar for one night!

4. “Chances are she can’t hold a steady job”-I disagree. Most of us that enjoy traveling, do hold steady jobs. Although it may not be your 9-5 business job, we do have many steady jobs. Some may even be seasonal. The biggest part is keeping a steady job in order so we can travel. We prefer to keep in touch and make connections.  Most of all, most that travel are hard workers. We make money, we save money, and we spend money wisely in order to travel. But in order to make money, we must work hard. Therefore, most of us work long hours, or multiple jobs…Remember, we work hard for our travels;)

5. “She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers completely.”-I disagree. Since when are you ever ‘wasting’ a college degree. I seem to remember taking many classes that didn’t even pertain to my college degree. Therefore, I believe college gave us further education in general.  And how many people do completely switch careers? Quite a few, or so I hear…AND what is so wrong in switching a career? If you do not like what you do, then why not switch it up? We are allowed. Further more, the way I look at it, I am not ‘wasting’ my college degree. I am just furthering my education by exploring the world first before I utilize my college degree? When is the right or wrong time to go to college? When is the right or wrong time to use your degree? And when is the right or wrong time to know exactly what you want to do in life? Only you will know….Don’t judge others based upon your experiences….

6. “Don’t date a girl that travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty.”- I agree to disagree. This blog writer is right in some aspects, as most of us that travel, do live by the seat of our pants. If an opportunity arises to travel, we find a way to go. And most of us, are uncertain as to what exactly our future holds….however, aren’t others that do not travel uncertain of many things? Life throws us blocks in the road quite often? Although many of us are uncertain that travel, many of us have set goals that you may be unaware about. I know I will want to travel forever but that doesn’t mean, I don’t want to get a steady job, a husband, have a family, or even have a place to call home. I look at choosing uncertainty as…choosing opportunities.

7. “She tends to speak her mind.”-I agree. A woman that travels, is forced to learn how to speak her mind. However, unlike many that speak their mind frequently or at the wrong time and place, we have learned the right from wrong. Many travelers deal with a variety of cultures and experiences that allow us to see and learn the right techniques in order to speak our mind. We know how to respect one another. We understand there is a certain degree to speaking our minds but at least we have the ‘balls’ to do it.

8.”She will never need you”- I completely disagree. I will admit, many women that travel, are very independent but we still need others. Although, we can do many things on our own,there are plenty that we can not. I will need you…I enjoy company of others, I enjoy meeting new people but I also love needing someone…My life is not meant for me to enjoy alone…

9. And then she closes with this…”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.”- I couldn’t DISAGREE more with this woman...If you fall in love with a girl who travels….keep her. Love doesn’t just come and go… Go with her. Explore the world together. Do something different. And don’t let her go….hold her as close as possible. A girl that travels, wants to feel loved. Men come in and out of her life but never stay…always letting her go…I guarantee if the right man came along….a girl that travels would limit her travel to keep up with the man as well….it may just take time and some communication…..More than anything, if you ‘unintentionally’ fall is love with a girl who travels, don’t punish her. Respect her, love her, and find a way to make things work…..DSCF4334

In closing…obviously I travel. I love to explore the world. I love the beach. And I love new experiences. And if there is one thing that I have learned throughout talking to so many different people…the one thing people regret in life…is not traveling more. So many say, “I wish I would have traveled more, or could have…”

So, their advice:

“Do it While You Can, and Do it While Your Young…”

PS- I’m heading back to Australia;)

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Do You Believe In Karma?

I’m a firm believer in Karma.

But…what exactly is Karma?

Well, according to the web and Buddha (where karma originally came from) Karma is; “the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” (I’m not going to get into the history of Karma but more so the application itself to today’s society)

Karma is thought of in many forms. Many of us apply it to ourselves. Some may apply it to others.  Whatever way we think of karma, it usually comes back to actions.  And, “actions speak louder than words”….as many like to say. Karma is believed to be the force to which has determined your place in this world.

GOOD KARMA: If you are kind, compassionate, generous, tolerant, and a worthy person in your life — then you are one lucky soul. You will most likely be rewarded.

BAD KARMA: If you are primarily a bully, or selfish, cruel, and/or including anger, drunkenness then it is said that you may be incarnated into a short-lived life. Or a life filled with sorrow, pain, loss and misfortune.

 I feel as though I’ve dealt with a good mixture of ‘Karma’ already in my life. I’ve had my positive and negative elements that I’ve been forced to deal with. Some are my own fault, and some are others.  Bottom line, it comes down to our actions….

I try to be a good person. I try for the hope that I will receive good karma. They always say that good things come to good people….However, I know a lot of good people that have a lot of misfortune. Although, it’s not fair, I’m still a firm believer in karma…It will come.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in a year, but it will come.  And it may not be all that you have hoped, but focus on the little things you receive with good karma…

For instance, one day, I decided to do my good dead for a lady that worked for my parents. She puts in a lot of time and effort at a volunteer only basis. She had mentioned that she wanted a pair of contacts for Halloween season. I decided that I would purchase these contacts and give them to her without any charge. I felt she deserved them and it was the least I could do. I couldn’t have been more proud. Ironically, that night, I worked my serving job and received a $75.00 tip off of one table. Although that may have just been luck, I believe in Karma. Everything happens for a reason.

But, I don’t just do good things for Karma alone…I do them to feel good. I do them because I know it karma1makes me a good person whether I receive anything or not. But sometimes, doing the right thing won’t always be helpful to the other person…it may just in fact hurt them.  But I was raised to always be honest…and do what is right. Or try too. But we all are human. We all make mistakes…

Lastly, I know many of us feel some are not getting what they deserved…. …it may take time…but someday…people get what they deserve…good or bad karma.  We all have the choice….Be kind and honest…or be a bully and selfish….

“What Goes Around, Comes Around…”

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