Progression (noun):

The process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state.

FOUR months is too long, but a lot happened while I was offline.

Highlights: 
1.    Trained + completed my first half-marathon
2.    Graduated from American University with a Master of Science + my sister graduated undergrad with A LOT of awards!!
3.    Moved to Los Angeles, California

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I know my consistency is imperfect, but in the name of self-care (which I believe is super important), I needed a break offline. I wanted to focus my energy on completing these significant highlights before dedicating time to another project. 

One thing that remained consistent is photography, and I shot so many fabulous people, places, and projects. I can’t wait to share with you all! 

It is an exciting time because of progression. Now that a notable part of my life (school) is officially complete, I am excited to get back into the swing of things here online. 

I hope you’ll stick around and for those of you that are new, welcome

"Allow yourself to be proud of yourself and the progress you've made. Especially the progress that no one else has seen."

Wandering (adjective):

Traveling aimlessly from place to place; itinerant

Hey Friends, 
I hope you are enjoying your February!

Christian and I went to Joshua Tree in January. I fell in love with the desert & some other cool places. 

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Quail Springs

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Hidden Valley

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Our AirBnB

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The sunrise

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Skull Rock

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I believe this is by far my favorite trip I've experienced. It was peaceful to be somewhere new and outside of a major city. I hope you enjoyed all the photos of our time and I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. 

 
"I can't get enough of wandering. Or the earth. Some of us carry an inherent need to explore." - Victoria Erickson

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_