Reading 2016 {Part Two} 

Thursday, Day One, 25. August: sweaty, wet, sticky mess

Friday, Day Two, 26. August: INSANE. I was in the very front of the crowd for Twenty Øne Pilots and thought I was going to die. I touched the singer. Held the drums over my head and held them while he played the drums. And then the singer got into a huge ball and ran across the crowd, and ya I held that too. And then he crowd surfs.

Saturday, Day Three, 27. August: AMAZING. Holy shit, amazing. Jack Garrett. IMAGINE DRAGONS. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS!


My Swiss Friends






Sunday, Day Four, 28. August: Chill, mess. We were not super intersted in the morning bands, so all of us hung out in our tent. Painted ourselves. Drank a little too much vodka. And had one hell of a good time! 

The Crew



Today, I cooked my first whole chicken {well two of them} and they turned out AMAZING.

imageToday, was the first time I de-gibleting a chicken. Today, was the first time I used a meat thermometer. Today, I actually dumped a newly opened bottle of wine down the sink because it was disgusting. Today, I used herbs from MY herb garden. Today, I actually read a recipe. Today, I am actually wearing a cute outfit {that does not include yoga pants} while cooking. And today, I realized how much I am like my mom {which is such a wonderful thing!}.

Today, was a day of “firsts” and hell, I need to continue to keep challenging myself and doing “firsts”.

Side note: I feel like a real adult today. I have out and
about, but now I am home… and I cooked…and I am sitting here with a glass of wine & sparkling water… and I am so happyimage… I have a candle going, listening to light jazzy music, there’s gentle glow of the fireplace, a book in hand and a smile on my face.

And friends are coming over 🙂

Wow, I am sore!


Wow, am I sore!

Together with Love is an annual race that the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center hosts on the beautiful Monterey Coast. This was the second year I was able to participate and I am so glad that I was able to! This year was exceptionally beautiful! Not only was it a gorgeous sunny day {it was the first day of no rain in a while}, but we saw whales and leopard seals along the coast we were running by. I loved seeing older women and men out their running, they truly inspire me to continue to my fitness goals.

That being said, it had been a while since I worked out, let alone ran…but did surprisingly well: I ran it in 30:05, about a 9:42 minute mile and I am pretty happy about that. Now I have a goal to beat (mine from last time, 29:32). Maybe, I’ll be able to run an under 7 minute mile again…. I’ll try 8 first!




where is my fire?


Decisions, decisions, decisions. Where is life going to take me next? I am so torn between doing something that would make my summer great and something that could possible start my career. Am I ready for my career to start? I’m not sure yet… I am driven by my desire to travel and see new things, but starting my career would be a great next start.. Well, would it? Of course, it would be something new and fun, but I don’t want to be so controlled by work that I will never be able to travel. I do not want one week off a year… how can anyone live like that. Travel? I want to live in another country, become tri-lingual, do some more stupid things, eat wayyy to much food, try new activities, etc….. But at the same time, I have made a life in Monterey and I am ready to give that up?

I just want to always, feel alive. Where is my fire burning brightest? Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? Who do I want to meet? What am I going to do?

Anyway, just random thoughts of my next adventure.


snow, sunshine & friends

I am so happy that I have a group of friends that can meet up for a weekend and we haven’t seen each other for a year or more and still, no matter where we are in our life, we can hang out, be ourselves and still have one hell of a good time. We can integrate new people and always know life is amazing and wherever we go, we will always have each other.

(missing a few people – Warren, Leah, Cody & Chad)


Here & now 

Many people asked me what my “New Years resolution” is going to be….. “be happier” “enjoy life more” “travel more” “smile more” “this and that”…and honestly, I am happy with my life and I have done a lot this year.

Wow, where have I been over this year…?

I have traveled over 7 countries, 17,000 miles, 70+ hours,  eaten 50 scoops of gelato (the best in Italy), read close to 10 books, lived in a different country, eaten close to 500 lbs of unbelievable food, got stung by a jellyfish (life goal), laughed with new friends and hugged old friends, gained too much weight, experienced new cultures, drank too much wine and beer, fell in love, became terrified of what my next step was/is, been encouraged by strangers to follow my passion, learned how to scuba dive, I cut more than a foot off my hair, spent all my money, and have been living a wonderful life.

I traveled to: 

  • Germany: Berlin, Bonn, Essen, Munich
  • England: London, Reading
  • Finnland: Helsinki, Prato
  • Czech Republic: Prague
  • Spain: Mallorca, Port de Soller, Alaró
  • Italy: Florence
  • US: Washington D.C., California

I have wrinkle lines from laughing and smiling too much, I suntanned (maybe a little too much), and I have enjoyed and savored every moment of this last year and my life so far. I have made some amazing friends and I am so thankful for everyone I have meet.

Here’s to another amazing year!



So, I found this amazing quote that I think acutely describes me and my fellow travelers:

I am currently in the “fun” part of this quote – the work phase:  I had an amazing time traveling the past month and a half! 

I have found two jobs and am working my butt off! I barely have enough for rent and  slowly paying off my travel expenses. 

All I can say, is it was soooooo worth it! 

Italien Eating

Food is one of the best ways to experience Italy and believe me – DO NOT SKIMP – eat it all.







If an Italien asks if you would like wine – DO IT.
If an Italien asks you if you would like expresso after a meal – DO IT!
If an Italien asks you if you would like GRAPPA after the expresso – DO IT!!
(Grappa is a after dinner liquour that is the wine reminates that is distilled into a hard liquor – not for the faint hearted, but is a must try!)



Italiens love to eat. These photos were only a few of the meals that Nick and I goreged ourselfs. MANGIA means EAT. Throughout our very Italien dinner we constantly were saying: mangia – mangia – mangia.

and we enjoyed every calorie we ate! img_7231