New Years Resolutions

new-year

 

I’m not a person to make resolutions because I feel like they can be easily broken. I am more of a person that just changes my lifestyle to fit my needs for that time.

This year, I have decided that I would actually write out resolutions and share with you guys…also so you can hold me accountable. I’ll break it up into sections and than add the resolutions under each.


LIFE/HEALTH

  1. I will eat healthier.
  2. I will get into the best shape of my life.
  3. I will be happy.
  4. I will help more people.
  5. I will be a better person, just in general.

WORK

  1. I will continue working on my blog and create engaging content.
  2. I will reach 10,000+ blog followers for 2017.
  3. I will become very successful in my career.
  4. I will love my work.
  5. I will help people through my job.
  6. I will finish writing my book.


That’s all I have folks! I know I should have been doing this all along but I’m sticking to these!!!!

Let me know your resolutions and also if I need to add any to mine!

THANKS!


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I Am The Worst

Sorry my friends, I know I have been MIA for the past week! I promise I’ll write soon! I love all of you guys and I hope that you have had a great Thanksgiving weekend and all that sweet shit!

Love ya!

T

 

Also, here is a picture of a baby elephant playing with birds. You’re welcome. 🙂

baby-elephant

Does Not Travel Well With Others

Hey Ya’ll! I have been traveling a little bit, mainly down south. I am now home and super exhausted!

I normally travel alone because I like to do things on my own schedule. Drive where I want and eat where I want. I don’t like to feel obligated to do anything, especially when I travel. This specific getaway, one of my really good friends went with me…this is also the same friend that I traveled to Hawaii with. You can take a look at my older Hawaii post here. This particular friend is my travel buddy for long trips and it works out very well.

Our trip started off good but I’m the type that likes to move in an airport.  I like to get where I am going and fast. She on the other hand likes to stop and buy things and talk to people.  She strolls slowly through the airport, like we are driving down a scenic countryside. BLAH!  I said nothing and let it slide. (Side note: I think Chicago has changed this about me….when in Chicago, keep your head down and walk fast). Carry on.

When we landed in North Carolina and got our rental car, she decides that she needs to drive.  Sure…she then decides to take the scenic route…okay.  Somehow we end up eating at this hole in the wall, in a town outside of Raleigh. Everything was great until the first batch of food poison hits like a wave. LOL! Its comical now but then, I was hurting and extremely livid. This is why I like to have control…. She may have poisoned me. I’m don’t have full evidence but I’m still developing some theories. After about 6 hours of being sick, I felt okay enough to get in the car, armed with ginger ale, saltines, and a very stern look.

The rest of the trip, I am very suspicious of anything and everything we did. Although, I was very alert, I still received; a sprained ankle, jellyfish sting on my leg, and brief loss of vision (due to losing my contact lenses).

I could literally write a novel about this trip…and I just might. I’m not sure if it’s me getting older and I need to have absolute control or I’m just lame.  Either way, I do not travel well with others.

 

Let’s Travel, for Cheap!

Spoiler Alert: You will save money!

Hawaii 2

I have lived in many places, some I absolutely loved, others not so much. And I have also traveled to many. One of my favorite places to go is Hawaii! And yes it is absolutely expensive! (Grrrr!) If you’re like me, on a budget, traveling can be very hard, especially when you have other priorities. Things like utility bills and rent, can really leave you without any room for fun. Well I am about to give you the low-down on traveling cheap and keeping some of that extra dough to make the trip extra awesome!

Here is the breakdown of my trip to give you an idea of my expenses.

Flight: $350 (round trip)

Living situation: $0 (free!)

Food for 10 days: $125

Activities: $125

Other: $100

Total: $700  (For Hawaii, including flight! WHATTTTT?!?!?)

So for the flight I got a huge discount using Travelocity.  The only downside is they choose the time you leave, which kind of sucks but hey you’re saving money! So I picked my dates and they did the rest. You also always hear about getting cheaper flights on specific days. I booked mine on a Sunday which ended up being the cheapest of all the flights that I searched.

On to the next… I got a place to stay for free through a friend in the military.  I got really lucky here because this is the most expensive part after the flight of course.  I would recommend using AirBnB. (I am getting no money from this posts by the way! It’s just something I personally use for my travels).  So, after looking at all the places to stay, the lowest I found was a studio for $58 a night. You really don’t need a huge place since there is so much to do, so you will really need a place to sleep and a small kitchen.

Speaking of food…the food in Hawaii is ridiculously expensive.  It’s delicious but expensive! I recommend going to the local market and get food for the duration. Definitely plan your meals you want to eat out.  If you are on the island of Oahu, you have to eat at Helen’s Hawaiian Food. It’s authentic Hawaiian food and priced decently.  Also, heading toward North Shore, there is a great burger joint called Kahuku Grill.  Probably the best burger I have ever had, or at least in the top 5. And it was only $6 with fries and a drink. That’s hard finding in the states!

Now for activities.  Start looking at things you would like to do before you actually get there.  Compare prices on the different things.  If it’s a local spot, you can usually get a good deal bargaining with them. On my trip, we went to a Luau and paddle boarding.  This was the total mentioned above at $125.  Seems expensive but the Luau was around $65.  We also did a lot of other activities that were for free.  Here is the list:

  1. Volcom North Shore Surfing Competition (Went in late January)
  2. Pearl Harbor
  3. Snorkeling
  4. Hiking National Parks
  5. Laniakea Beach which is also known as Turtle Beach (A ton of Turtles!!!)
  6. Kuhio Beach FREE Hula Show
  7. Watch a sunset and a sunrise!
  8. Hang out at the beach

Hawaii 4

As for the other section, that was really just souvenirs.  I actually got a lot for that price because I really shopped around.

As you can see, I did A LOT in Hawaii and it was very inexpensive.  I had a blast!! And I will totally do it again!  If you have any questions, let me know! I’ll be happy to answer!

Hawaii