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.