The hardest part of graduating college (and other miscellaneous thoughts)

Apr 28, 2017
green raincoat This is the year I will finally be able to call myself a college graduate (well, for the second time, if community college counts for anything) and I'm not feeling at all like I imagined I would. It's been such a long, long time since I started this journey that now, I just feel numb. Numb. Until I get the diploma in my hands, it will not have sunk in that I never have to open another textbook again.

Golden beige on a golden day

Apr 20, 2017
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"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." 
Dr. Seuss

National Pet Day: What I wish my dogs could understand

Apr 12, 2017
IMG_3594 In honor of National Pet day (April 11), I wanted to share some of the things I wish I could make my dogs understand. Sometimes I feel super mean for not giving them that extra treat or I feel guilty for not having time to walk them every single day. But when all is said and done, I just want to be the best pet owner I can be because they deserve that and much more.

Pros and Cons of Coastal Living in (Central) California

Apr 8, 2017
Untitled Everyone wants to live by the beach, right? Right? Well, yes, and...no. I originally come from the Northern California valley so my experience with coastal living is probably a bit different than people who grew up on the coast. Still, in case you're thinking of moving to the beach (and of course, I have to add that every coastal area is different even here in California- Southern California is much warmer than Northern, for example), here's my opinion on a few things to think about...


My 4 year old self is alive and well after seeing Beauty & The Beast

Mar 17, 2017
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It's hard to see, but I'm totally holding my Belle Barbie doll here at age 5 while on my first trip to Hawaii
A million years ago, when I was 4, Beauty & the Beast was released in theaters and Belle gave me my first glimpse of what true girl power is. At the time, of course, I didn't realize that Belle was brave and intelligent and all those good things, I just wanted to run to the quickest toy store to buy the Belle Barbie doll.

26 Thoughts I Had When I Visited Ireland for the First Time

Mar 2, 2017
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I originally posted this directly to Bloglovin but I was kinda sad it didn't post it to my blog on here so I felt the need to repost it here. A bit confusing!

With the arrival of March, St. Patricks day is inevitably the theme floating around. Ireland is such a special place for me despite the fact that I don't have a single Irish bone in my entire body (but then again, whose really sure of anything?). It's a place I wanted to visit for so long and when I finally did in 2014, it was everything I imagined it would be and I have literally dreamed of it every day since. I would love to be able to get to know it better in the near future but, until then, I will share with you the random thoughts I had before, during, and after my trip and hope that I'm not alone in some of these thoughts.

Who What When Where: What I Did in February

Feb 28, 2017
February feels like it was a long month probably because I was non-stop busy with school work (uuggggh. is college even worth it? no, but seriously, tell me...) and I'm just drained now. I tried to balance everything but some days I just really couldn't be bothered to look/function like a civilized human being. But, on the days that I did function like a civilized human being, here's a summary of February via my 5 senses.

Splendor in the rain

Feb 17, 2017
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"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet..."

Uncommon things to do on rainy days

Feb 9, 2017
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If you're at all familiar with (most of) California's crazy boring winters, it might be weird to hear me say it's been raining tons lately. Like, literally, the whole state is as green as Ireland right now and what could be better than that. It's so exciting and I'll be the first to admit I love rain. BUT...

Even I can only take so much especially with two restless pups who want to go out and play in sunshine. I myself am starting to feel a bit of cabin fever since most days I spend studying for my online course and even though I'm thankful for the rain, I keep trying to think of things to do that I haven't done yet or need to do.

Living in a Bubble: Making the most of your surroundings when traveling isn't possible

Jan 31, 2017
Untitled Let's see. It's been almost a year since I went away on a mini vacation (this includes road trips, weekend trips, you know, anything to get away from real life for just a few days). I'm currently at a place in life where I can't just pick up and go away on a fancy vacation (you know, due to adulty responsibilities and all that) but, admittedly and weirdly enough, even though I live in a tourist area where everybody comes to get away from their current locations, I have been feeling smothered and feel as if a change of atmosphere is definitely overdue.

HOWEVER. That's just not possible right now. So if you're like me, you might have to get a bit creative with the staycations (if you can even call it that). Here's a list of things I've come up with to do when you're craving a break from the monotony of the every day but can't quite hop onto the next flight to London.

The only person who can change your life

Jan 18, 2017
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It's a bit weird to admit but it was only about 5 years ago that I truly realized and accepted the fact that I and I alone, am the only one who can make any change in my life. It's like you literally go from being a baby who needs to have a diaper changed every 5 minutes to a 10 year old who has to be reminded to look both ways before crossing a street and then suddenly you're 18 learning to drive (okay, okay, 16 for most normal people) and after that, you're lucky if you can survive 2 months on your own without starving to death from lack of proper cooking skills (thankfully, I love to cook). But then, the reality of life sets in. Cooking skills, people skills, driving skills aside, the thing you begin to question most is LIFE. How will you ever make it in the world? And what does it even mean to "make it"?

Cat we all just get along

Jan 13, 2017

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Untitled While taking these photos, a friendly little ball of orange fur came up and purred its way into my photos. Now, I've never been a cat person (they've always kind of scared me with their claws and cranky behavior) but this little guy (girl?) was a dog in a cat suit. He was friendly and gentle and lovable and he restored my faith in cats. From now on, I will be sure to say hello to all the felines, unless they're in the forest and weigh over 50lbs.



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A Letter to my 10 year old self

Jan 9, 2017
January is my birth month (which means I get offended whenever someone says January is the worst month ever... just kidding but srsly) and for the whole month I have decided to focus on one theme: self-appreciation.

Last year on my birthday, I wrote a letter to my current self but this year, even though it's not my birthday yet, I wanted to write a letter to my 10 year old self because that is an age that I can remember being a true, care-free kid. Of course, my whole childhood was the greatest, but 10 is the age where you're still a kid, old enough to remember everything but not yet a teenager.

trip to SF Dear Victoria,

You still remember when you were 5 and you told your mom, "When I'm 10, I will...." and unfortunately you can't remember what you said you would do, but you do remember your mom saying "Wait, you've still got a long way to go until you're 10, don't grow up so fast." And after that, you never spent your life hoping to be another age than what you were.

2017 Goals: Not so common things I hope to do this year

Jan 5, 2017
Photo Jan 04, 2 59 52 AM I know what you're thinking: ANOTHER post about some random blogger's random goals for 2017? How repetitive can this get, right? Well, I mean, I hope if you're reading this you either know me already or want to get to know me better or maybe you're just nosy (that's okay too!). If I'm honest, that's often the only reason I'll read these kinds of posts when other blogger's write them because, well, all of the above.

So I racked my brain trying to figure out what it is I really hope to achieve/do/try/accomplish this year and honestly, I'm really open for anything. I'm at the point in life where I need to make a big change so I'm ready to just say yes to the first thing that sounds like an adventure. In between, I, of course, also want to make the most of every moment and enjoy the little things. Here's what I've narrowed it down to.