Ice Cream (noun):

A delicious frozen treat that comes from cows.

Before 2017 ended, I traveled to South Florida to visit my boyfriend's family. For Christmas, his mom got us tickets to the Miami Museum of Ice Cream. I was super excited because we visited the Los Angeles exhibit in May, which you can read about & see here

The Miami museum was just as fun as the Los Angeles location. I had so many sweet treats and took lots of pictures. If you enjoy ice cream as much as I do, you should check out the museum website & sign up for their newsletter. Currently, San Francisco and Miami are the only exhibits open, but the next one could be near you! 

Below are some pictures from my visit. 

My outfit: romper is from Urban Outfitters found here & I am of course wearing Birkenstocks found here

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"The best time for ice cream is always." 

Road Trip (noun):

A long distance journey on the road.

If this is your first time visiting the blog, welcome! I hope your holiday season is going well. 

Since it is #ThrowbackThursday, I thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a travel experience that happened exactly a year ago. My boyfriend Christian and I went to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. For those who are not familiar with these two places, they are two landscapes in Page, Arizona in between the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.

Because we live so far away from each other, planning took a few months. One requirement for this trip was not to spend a lot of money since Christmas was right around the corner. Christian lives in Los Angeles and I live in Washington DC, so it only made sence for me to fly to California to meet him so that we could drive and not waste money on two flights.

Using Christian’s car, we drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (which took about 5 hours) and spent the night at Bally's Hotel. Booking months in advance was smart because the hotel had a promotion for $40 a night (before taxes). 

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The next morning, we woke up about 4 am to drive from Las Vegas to Horseshoe Bend, which took 4.5 hours.

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On the road, we always stop at the first gas station we see if we are not in a major city (and if it doesn't look creepy). I always have this daunting feeling that we might never see another gas station again, so about 2 hours into the drive we stopped for gas, snacks, extra water and hand warmers. 

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The walk from the parking lot to the view of the bend is short, and when we finally got there I was both terrified and amazed! It is a remarkable view, but I am afraid of heights. We spent about an hour taking pictures, stretching our legs and enjoying just being outside.

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Our next stop was Antelope Canyon, which is only a few miles away from Horseshoe Bend. We went into this part of the trip blindly because we didn’t know about the tours or fees associated. There is a requirement to go into the lower canyon with a tour guide costing $26 per person. 

*Starting in January of 2018 general admission will increase to $40 per person.

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To get into the lower canyon, you have to walk down a skinny staircase backwards (my fear of heights was definitely tested this trip). The tour lasted over an hour, and I was super grateful for the hand warmers because 45 minutes into the tour, I was really cold. The pictures are no comparison to being there in-person for the amazing views. 

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After visiting the canyon, we stopped at a Jack in the Box/ gas station before getting back on the road to Vegas. We spent another night at Bally’s and drove back to Los Angeles the next morning.

From this trip, I realized that there are many places to see and you don’t have to be a world traveler to do so. My advice to you is to take advantage of your own time doing something you want to do and just go for it!

If you ever plan on making a road trip like this one, here are my suggestions:

  • Check the weather multiple times, bring lots of layers if you’re going during a cold season and buy hand warmers!
     
  • Bring a backpack with everything you think you would need if you were stuck in the desert.
     
  • Have snacks and lots of water. 
     
  • Take some time to consider your travel buddies. We spent more than 10 hours in the car for our trip. We equally split up the drive as well, but unless you really love someone or can hang with them for an extended period in a vehicle, don’t travel with them. It won’t be fun.  
     
  • Do your research. Look into all the places you plan to visit using travel websites, blogs, Pinterest, message boards, etc.

Since the trip, Christian and I have been planning small outdoor excursions and have another one coming up in a few short weeks. If you plan on taking a trip or have already done so, I’d love to hear from you and learn about your tips and tricks to having a good time.

"The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing." 

Edited by @joshuaperrin_ 

Intermission (noun):

a pause or break.

Keeewii_intermission

Its been three months since I last blogged.

Not because I didn't want to... because life happened.

This web space is for sharing my life, but because of life, I've needed this intermission.

I continue to take photos that I actively share on Instagram

Because finals for graduate school start soon, this blog will continue to be on hiatus. 

Mid-December I'll be back to share my experiences. 

Til then, remember to collect beautiful moments, ignore negativity & Keep shining! 

- Keeli 

Twenty–Five (adjective):

Being one more than 24 in number.

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I am officially 25. Rumor has it that this is the year that I will experience a “quarter-life” crisis. However, I refuse to consider my life at this time a crisis, but rather a time to embrace more change, more life, and more growth.  

When I was little, I remember thinking at 25 I would be a supermodel. I would be able to go to the mall alone and drive a car.  

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Fast forward to current reality: I’m not a supermodel, going to the mall is an annoying task, and I do drive my car that I also have to pay for (+ car insurance + maintenance + gas). I am not here to complain though. I am extremely blessed to have done the things I’ve done in my 25 years on this earth. My younger self would be so amazed by the things we’ve accomplished thus far. Forget supermodel; I partake in a love story even Taylor Swift hasn’t even written about yet. I’ve traveled for free to different countries for the love of science, swam with sharks and have some amazing people in my life. All of that + my relationship with God has built the foundation of what people know as Keeli – a petite sweet individual that still eats way too many donuts, can quote Mean Girls every single day and chooses optimism over stress. Every day I witness daylight is a blessing. I have learned to accept my mistakes and not beat myself about them. And, I am still learning. Learning that friends grow apart, not to overly invest in relationships that are one-sided or that giving your all doesn’t mean you’ll get the same equal return. I’m learning that doubt is a normal feeling to have when presented with huge responsibilities but having the confidence to overcome the doubt plays a part in how successful your results will be.  

I am rambling a little, ha, but my last few points include this, I believe it’s important to enjoy the little things. Mine include eating at restaurants alone every once in a while, watching shows that make me cry, spending time with my mom and staying in proximity to those who believe in me and my dreams.  

In my short time living as a 25-year-old (its been a month), I have tried new things like yoga and still don't look a day over 16. I haven't attempted to rent a car yet, but that may be my next venture! 

Year 25 I am ready for you, and I hope you are good to me. -Keeli

Edited by @joshuaperrin_