What’s Your ‘Vacation Mentality?’

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I recently read this article from the NYT entitled “How to Be Mindful on Vacation.” It really struck me, particularly this part:

Think of a vacation as a feeling within, rather than a chance to bring your hurried lifestyle to another place.

Often in the past I’ve been disappointed by vacations or trips because I didn’t check off all the items on my ‘To-See’ list. I get so caught up in being a successful tourist that I forget the original reason for the trip– to relax! Of course there’s a place for sight-seeing, but I always let it stress me out way too much. This article is a good reminder that vacation is more a state of mind than anything else.

I think that’s one of the reasons I love to travel alone once in a while, because I am more aware of my environment and willing to take the time to notice small details.

This trip I’ve been on for the past three weeks has been particularly nice because I went into it without expectations. That way, when something didn’t happen, I wasn’t disappointed, instead I could just focus on all the great things that did happen and turn them into positive memories. For instance, I didn’t go to any museums in NYC this past week, something I truly enjoy. But you know what? I did get to spend extra time in Central Park. And it was lovely.

I’m curious, what’s your vacation mentality? Do you struggle with being present on trips?

P.s. Photo from here

Spring Break in Texas

fullsizeoutput_3bfeHey friends! How are you? I just flew back to California last night after a week in Texas. I enjoyed exploring Fort Worth, Waco and Dallas with my friends Jessica and Carrie for our Spring Break. The weather was beautiful and the company was stellar. Plus, it was so nice to catch up with my family after nearly two months apart. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!fullsizeoutput_3bfafullsizeoutput_3bfbfullsizeoutput_3bfcfullsizeoutput_3bfdfullsizeoutput_3bff^The Stock Yards in Cowtown, Fort Worth. Over 50,000 cattle used to come through Fort Worth every day at the hight of the industry in the late 19th century.fullsizeoutput_3c00fullsizeoutput_3c01fullsizeoutput_3c03fullsizeoutput_3c05fullsizeoutput_3c06fullsizeoutput_3c07^What a beautiful lady! My parents dock is one of the most relaxing places on the planet.fullsizeoutput_3c09fullsizeoutput_3c0afullsizeoutput_3c0cfullsizeoutput_3c0dfullsizeoutput_3c10^Copious amounts of coffee were consumed.fullsizeoutput_3c14fullsizeoutput_3c16fullsizeoutput_3c17fullsizeoutput_3c18fullsizeoutput_3c1afullsizeoutput_3c1bfullsizeoutput_3c1cfullsizeoutput_3c1dfullsizeoutput_3c1e^Visiting Waco to see my little brother and our friend Raquel, who both attend Baylor University.img_4290fullsizeoutput_3c20fullsizeoutput_3c1ffullsizeoutput_3c21fullsizeoutput_3c22fullsizeoutput_3c23fullsizeoutput_3c24fullsizeoutput_3c25fullsizeoutput_3c26fullsizeoutput_3c27fullsizeoutput_3c28fullsizeoutput_3c29fullsizeoutput_3c2afullsizeoutput_3c2bfullsizeoutput_3c2cfullsizeoutput_3c2dfullsizeoutput_3c2efullsizeoutput_3c2f^The Dallas World Aquarium BLEW MY MIND…did you see that sloth? His name is Leno. Reader, I nearly died when I saw him.fullsizeoutput_3c30fullsizeoutput_3c31fullsizeoutput_3c32fullsizeoutput_3c33^At the top of the Chase tower in downtown Dallas.

Hope you had a great week!

Happy Weekend- Nashville, Here I Come!

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I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug. If I don’t get on a plane every few months, I start feeling itchy and restless. Luckily, I am headed to Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow morning to get my travel fix! The last time I visited Nashville was four years ago when I was checking out a potential college, and I remember loving the city. I can’t wait to explore again, see my extended family, and eat lots of Turkey on Thursday. Things may be a bit silent around here as I sink deeper and deeper into ‘vacation mode‘ but I will be back next week with lots of pretty pictures and stories to tell. Have a great Thanksgiving friends!