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Joie de vivre

joy of living


Joy of living

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What brings you joy?


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FOOD | Tacos at Yxta Cocina Mexicana

Happy weekend lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a pretty rough week. It takes a lot to get me angry and I feel like these past couple of weeks people have been on a roll to try to get me past that point of no return! 😈 Ha! 😇

Yesterday I just needed to get away. I was so emotionally drained. So what better way to start the weekend than with happy hour!

My good friend and I hit up Yxta in downtown LA for some well deserved tacos and tequila. I love this place because it’s totally unexpected. The location itself borders skid row and 6th (anyone familiar with the area knows this isn’t somewhere you just go for a casual stroll).  The people that go here are making the trip specifically for the food.  Luckily for me, I’m friends with a foodie that knows all the good places to go.

Since we went specifically for ‘hora feliz’, we indulged in all the menu offerings. Peach margaritas were the special of day and quite tastey with a tajin rim.

Peach Margarita

Dos Gringas is always a crowd favorite – Al pastor tacos on a warm flour tortilla with melted Oaxaca cheese and guacamole salsa.

Dos Gringas

We also tried a calabazita appetizer, the regular tacos al pastor, tacos de carnitas, tastadita de ceviche, and duck taquitos.

Yxta is an indoor/outdoor modern trendy Mexican restaurant offering traditional cuisine with an updated flare. This place offers a great Happy Hour menu Monday –  Friday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Saturday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. The restaurant offers valet for $4 and there is free street parking after 6:00pm.  Make sure to check Yxta’s links for the most up to date information.

Don’t forget to indulge every once and a while. 😉


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Motivation | To take a step without feet


This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet

RUMI


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Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California


What does that mean, “to take a step without feet”?  Feet provide you with stability when you walk.  They aide you with movement and provide you with support.  Without feet, you’d probably have a difficult time running, walking, or even standing up.  It doesn’t mean that it would be impossible to do, it would just be more of a challenge.

I think that the message Rumi is trying to convey is that, “taking a step without feet” is like taking a step not knowing whether you can control the outcome.  Not many people would be willing to do that.  Control is a difficult thing to let go.  What would be the incentive for you to do so?

It’s a scary thought if you think about it.  If you were to take a step without feet, you would probably fall.  But, on the the other hand, there is also a chance that you may not.  Allowing yourself to be okay with that thought is difficult.  To be okay with falling is not an instinctive trait.  Human nature drives off of survival.  It is that little voice in your head that cautions you from doing things that could potentially hurt you; physically and emotionally.

If you’ve been hurt repeatedly, your mind keeps building on that protection and your caution grows more and more.  Sometimes to the point where your mind may be cautioning you too much, and you become fearful of exploring things that may actually be good for you.

While your body is only trying to help, there comes a point where you have to consciously decide, “What are the things you can control, and what are the things you should throw caution to the wind?”  Making that distinction is the first step.  You can’t control everything in life, but you can control your approach.  It is about acknowledging and knowing that, yes, you can take a step without feet – it will be difficult, but it is not impossible.  In the end, sometimes the biggest payoffs are the ones you approach without having firm grounding.  The ones where you let go of life, and you take a step without feet.


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Motivation | Why it’s okay to travel solo

Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can.  Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.


Paris

Paris, France


I always romanticized travel.  I imagined one day traveling the world with that special someone.  That we would stroll through the streets of Paris, eat gelato in Italy, and experience the monuments of Rome together.  I imagined that one day I would travel the world, and that ‘one day’ it would be with that special someone.  Yet, I find myself in a point in time where that one day has not yet arrived.  So I have to ask the question, does my decision to travel and experience the world really hinge on finding that special someone?

Growing up, I was taught that travel was a luxury.  That travel was something that you got to do when you were well settled in your life.  Perhaps, this is what helped to shape my romanticized idea.  I guess I equated being married with being well settled in my life.  But yet, here I am, without that special someone and I find myself with this longing to experience the world!

So I took a leap of faith.  I mean, what was I really waiting for?  I decided that I let too much of my life pass without experiencing the moments.  I came upon a crux.  Perhaps a quarter life crisis?  I like to think of it more as wise thought.  I took a friend up on an offer to take a trip to Thailand.  Maybe it was a crazy whim, but if I was going to go out of my comfort zone, I was going to go big.  I knew that by taking that trip to Thailand, life was about to happen.  A second thought didn’t even cross my mind.

Don’t think twice about travel.  Make that commitment to take a trip.  Perhaps you are a little hesitant to go outside of your comfort zone.  Or perhaps you feel like me, where you want to share that experience with that special someone.  But just because you experience the world on your own, doesn’t mean you can’t make different memories with that someone later on.  Whatever it may be, take my advice and travel as much as you can, as far as you can.  Make memories.  Indulge in different cultures.  Experience the moments. Don’t let a longing desire eat you up inside.  You don’t know what is out there until you experience it for yourself.

Travel the world while you are able.  Live and be free.  Let life happen.


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Spring Wish List

Yay!  Spring is finally here, which means we are officially closer to those endless summer days.  I am so excited for my next vacation.  2016 has started out to be an amazing travel year for me.  First on the list is Hawaii followed by Paris then Greece and maybe even Spain…?  I’ve been so busy preparing to travel, that I thought I would share a few of my spring wish list items that I hope to purchase for my upcoming trips.  I picked all of these accessories from an online shop called SPRING.  Very fitting right?  🙂  This store sells over 850 brands, so you can shop all of your favorites in one spot.

In no particular order, here they are:

scarf shop springover-sized scarf / Eddie Bauer

An over-sized scarf is an essential travel piece.  Light weight materials are the most versatile.  You can use it as a travel blanket on a long flight or a shawl to dress up an outfit at night.

sunglasses shop spring

mirrored sunglasses / Leonard Mask

For anyone that is as obsessed with Pretty Little Liars as I am, you probably already know that Shay Mitchell lives in mirrored sunglasses.  I love this look for vacation.  I don’t know what it is about them, but just looking at these sunglasses makes me want to be sitting poolside sipping a mai tai.

wanderer snap back

snap back / Weekend Society

A snap back is a travel essential.  Especially for when you are on an adventure and don’t want to risk losing your sunglasses, a snap back is perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes.  I feel like snap backs are so easy to travel with, because when you don’t feel like wearing it, you can just snap it on to your purse strap or belt hook on your shorts.

stacking rings

stacking rings / Mineral and Matter

I dislike traveling with fine jewelry, so I usually opt for simple more inexpensive pieces.  Stacking rings are the best for traveling.  I just love the look.  It screams effortlessly trendy.  And if you lose these rings, who cares?  They usually aren’t that expensive and you can purchase them in large sets.

moonstone on marquise chain

pendant necklace / Marrin Costello Jewelry

For necklaces, I usually try to keep things simple.  Pendant necklaces are very versatile and can be worn dressed down and up.  The simpler the better.  That way, you can match it up easily with any outfit.


I am definitely ready to go on a vacation right about now.  Hope you all have an amazing spring break.  Let me know what’s on your spring wish list.  🙂

Photo credits: shopspring.com

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