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Savannah, Georgia Pt.2

The adventure continues… Savannah, Georgia still had a lot in store for Shakia and I. [Part 1]

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

Day 2
We woke up to what seemed to be a rainy day. We were disappointed that our trip was being crashed by the rain, but my mom always says, “Tiffy, a little rain never hurts a flower,” and with that in mind we headed out for breakfast.

We ate at the famous Waffle House. You cannot go to Georgia and not go to the Waffle House. After eating real waffles in Belgium, I swore I would never have a waffle again, unless it was truly Belgian but I couldn’t stay away. Waffle House you did me good!

I would also like to say that I am officially a fan of biscuits and gravy!

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It was time to explore Savannah and its beautiful Historical District with 22 squares. As only true tourists would, we decided that a Trolley Tour would be most beneficial. We chose the Old Savannah Tours. It was great! Throughout the day we were able to hop on and off the trolley and enjoy real life re-enactors of important historical figures in Savannah. Nothing like a little history lesson to freshen up the brain cells.

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Savannah is stunning with such beautiful landscape and architecture. Gorgeous place to take a long walk or go for a nice morning or afternoon jog.

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Can you tell how much I was enjoying the scenery?

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One of the Trolley stops was City Market a cute little social center with little shops, bars and restaurants. By the time we arrived at City Market it was pouring rain and very cold. Apparently, the coldest it has been in Savannah since a very long time. So what do me and Shakia do? Go to Wet Willies and have ourselves a very freezing slushy. Yes, we immediately regretted it. Took us forever to finish our drinks. Not our brightest idea.

We made two other stops at City Market. First, this cute little Art Gallery. I’m a sucker for anything creative. I loved the gallery. It was filled with beautiful paintings and awesome pieces of art. There’s something fulfilling about art whether you’re creating it or infusing it. 

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Second, we stopped by Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Shakia looked like a little girl who walked into a toy store. It was quite hilarious.

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The place was cute and they gave us free candy as soon as we entered the store! Even spoke some french with the candyman. I never pass an opportunity to <<parlez un peu>> of French. I do highly regret not getting fresh popcorn like Shakia did. She let me taste a bit and it was absolutely delicious! Cheddar popcorn never tasted so good!

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Finally, to end our day we went to dinner at Paula Deen’s The lady & Son’s. We lucked out because on Sunday’s dinner is buffet style! We were ecstatic! Can’t go to the South and not have some good ‘ol southern food.

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I was so hungry I completely forgot to take a picture of my first plate so instead I took a picture of my second plate. You can never have enough plates at a buffet. After plate three…or maybe four, we were ready for bed!

[To be Continued…]

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Savannah, Georgia Pt.1

Roulette is a game of chance. Once you spin the wheel it is up to chance to decide where the ball will land.

Thinking “here goes nothing” could be the start of everything – Drew Wagner

A few months back my friend Shakia and I let chance decide where our next travel adventure would be. Jetblue was offering a series of flight specials that we just couldn’t pass up. I wrote down all our possible options in pieces of paper, folded them and jumbled them up on my night stand… and just like that we played travel roulette; we were booked to go to Savannah, Georgia in November.

Day 1 

We arrived to the Savannah Hilton Head International airport excited and slightly tired from our lack of sleep. We picked up our Enterprise rental car and after chatting it up with the friendly employee (wish I remembered his name) we were on our way to our hotel at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Pooler, Georgia. We were so excited about our trip that we completely forgot about check-in. We arrived around 10am and check-in wasn’t until 1pm…we were stuck. So what do two girls with nothing to do at 10am end up doing?…yupp we went shopping.

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I’ve never been to the Tanger Outlets  but my first time in one and Oldnavy was having a spectacular sale. Good sales are like kryptonite to us and if it wasn’t because we had to fit everything into our suitcase, we probably would of spent all of our money shopping before even exploring Savannah!

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After we finally checked in and freshened up we were off to Tybee Island. It was the perfect day to be around the beach with the 80 degree Georgian weather. Our first stop was the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum ($9 well spent!)

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The view was breathtaking. I’m a true sucker for a beautiful scenery.

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I felt completely at peace and content with life. I’ve said it over and over again…there is nothing like the simple moments in life. 

As the sun started setting and the clouds got darker, we headed to the beach.

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The sand was filled with broken shells and the air smelled fresh with a hint of salt water. I continued to feel content even as the horizon was warning us of a storm coming our way.


I took it is a metaphor…even though hard times are ahead, be grateful for what you’ve accomplished and what you have gained thus far in your life.


As rain drops started to fall, we ended our night by heading to the The Crab Shack. We got our hands dirty and devoured our fresh crabs. I recommend the Deviled Crab! It’s basically a crab cake made with real crab meat. It was absolutely delicious.

While we walked out and waved at the alligator (yes, there were alligators in a pond) we realized how exhausted we were. It was time for bed.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – Helen Keller

To be continued…

Pumpkin Picking!

I hate the cold. There’s absolutely nothing about the winter that I like other than warm PJ’s and fuzzy socks. Now, fall? There’s so much more to love: colorful leaves, hoodie season/boot season, fall TV, my birthday, Thanksgiving and pumpkins…lots of pumpkins!

Pumpkins are fun! They come in all different sizes and different types of roundness. You can paint them, carve them, decorate your home or personal space with them, use them to make tons of goodies (like pumpkin pie,) and the best of all, pick them from a pumpkin patch!

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I finally went pumpkin picking at Terhune Orchards, in Princeton, NJ, during their Fall Family Fun Weekends. The day consisted of: pony rides, pedal tractors, tractor drawn wagon rides, a corn stalk maze, an adventure barn, a live band, food and much more! It was absolutely amazing. I was surprised to see the farm so packed. Honestly, it excited me even more. Funny how sometimes something so simple can make us so happy. 

Two of my sorority sisters, Lianne and Christina, accompanied me on my latest adventure.

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We talked and laughed throughout our entire time together…most importantly they picked me up when I was down.

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I’m all about cherishing those simple moments. The ones that don’t take much to make you happy. We are surrounded by simple opportunities that could really teach us something about ourselves, the people around us and life itself. It’s all about finding it within yourself to take that step towards something great. 

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Find those moments, learn from them and cherish them.

I decided that pumpkin picking will be my personal yearly event to celebrate the fall season with my family and friends. 

I truly believe that Autumn has arrived with hope and love!

Pose For My Camera

Lately, I’ve been thinking about hobbies and inspiration. For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to explore photography. Why?

Because pictures remember what the mind may forget, pictures savor the taste left from a moment or an instance, pictures create a story without needing words, pictures can trick time like only we wish we could.

Last week, my best friend Shakia’s sister, Courtney, had a fashion show, sponsored by Expressions Barber Studio.

“Fashion Headz Presents: Life’s a Label Fashion Show”

I thought, what better way to debut my photography hobby than at a fashion show? I get there, put the camera around my neck (I borrowed my aunts Cannon PC1680) and minutes later I become the official photographer of the event! Turns out the photographer canceled because of all the roads closed due to the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, PA. Funny how things work, right?

Soon after that I zoned out and got to work. 

I took some awesome shots of designs by:
Black Star Fashion: Designer – Keyosha
DBS Fashion: Designer – Shawn B.

The event was a huge success and a great time. Courtney did a great job as the creative director managing about 15 models, setting up the space, getting a DJ, catering the event, and making sure everything went smoothly and according to plan.

Courtney promoting her ItGirl Inc. franchise.

I’m super grateful for the opportunity. I discovered how much I enjoy being behind the camera and capturing that perfect moment. I’m excited to see where this new adventure takes me.

“A good snapchat keeps a moment from running away” – Eudora Welty

What’s your new hobby?

Just Write

Why do I write?

I write to free myself. I write to express myself. I write to inspire others. I write to inspire myself. I write because I enjoy it. I write because I can.

Everyday we write our life’s story. Words are powerful. We have the capacity to impact others, to leave our marks and to decipher our emotions, just by writing. It’s liberation. It’s knowing your story is alive, each time you touch the ink pressed on the tainted paper.

Don’t be afraid to pick up your pen or to open that word document…your words belong to you and no one else. Words are powerful. We have the potential to make a difference…within ourselves. Only then can we make a difference in the lives of others. Cleanse your soul and write.

Freedom is expression. Words are powerful. Write what your heart desires. One word, one paragraph, one page, a novel, your story already made a difference as soon as you completed it. Enjoy the exhilaration, the high, the complete release. There’s no better motivator than yourself.

Why do I write?

I write because I can. My words are powerful.

Serenity

Dictionary.com defines serenity as the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil.
I was consumed by serenity yesterday when I went hiking at Ramapo Valley County Reservation.

The Ramapo Reservation is located in Mahwah, NJ with 19.7 miles worth of trails. The Reservation’s trails connect with those in Ringwood State Park to the west, Ramapo Mountain State Forest to the southwest, and Camp Glen Gray to the south.
(More Information on Ramapo Valley County Reservation

I think that we can easily forget how much beauty nature has to offer us. From the trees changing colors to the water shimmering in the sunlight reflecting nothing but perfection. I felt total bliss and was reminded that our problems, as massive as they may seem, are minimal.

My friends and I were astonished by the beauty we were surrounded by. I saw a live baby snake for the first time in my life.
Before we entered the park my friends and I saw a “Beware of snakes” sign, I immediately freaked out. The snake was so small and so harmless yet I couldn’t help but still feel some type of fear as I snapped my photo. Fear can be a tricky emotion but we have to always fight against it or else we will accomplish nothing. Fear was not going to stop me from capturing this moment… Mr. snake going about its day.

Will I move forward? Will I accomplish my goals? Will I succeed? Will I find a genuine love? I feel happiness. I feel unstoppable. I feel and see the possibility. I can conquer my fears. I can conquer my insecurities. But will I…? Right at that moment on top of that rock as my friends and I discussed our goals I felt that I would! 

Butterflies, to me, represent rebirth; the possibility to change and self-discovery.

Find a place filled with pure serenity and get lost in it. Explore what’s on your mind and knock down the walls you have built inside your head. Map out the impossible and prepare yourself for a difficult journey…but just like New York (pictured above on the horizon) your goal is visible regardless of the struggles you may face ahead. Fight your fears and don’t be scared of failure, pick yourself up and keep walking towards your goal… I know I will! 

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Love By The Book – Book 4

I finally finished my 4th book, Love By The Book by Melissa Pimentel.

Love By The Book is about Lauren, a 28-year-old American living in London, who is trying to live the “fabulous” single life. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to convince the men she’s seeing that she isn’t interested in anything else other than really good casual sex. Her frustration turns into determination and she comes up with this hilarious idea of turning her love life into what she calls a “science experiment.” Each month she follows a different dating guide and records her research to ultimately, “unlock the mystery of the male mind,” as she puts it in the book.

What makes this book 10x better is that it’s loosely based on the authors life! She turned her love life into an experiment (where she recorded her dates, with her “test subjects,” and experiences in a blog: Love By The Book,) and then afterwards turned that into a book! Read About It Here. Talk about brave, funny, crazy and exciting.

One thing I really got out of this book was appreciation for my love life. I can sit here and write about how badly I’ve tripped, fell, tumbled and possibly even died and came back to life, in my path to love but, instead I’ll say that I’m single and happy. Lauren followed all these rules, for months, where she was told to basically not be herself, and if we all take a moment and think about it, that’s what we tend to do. We always conform to what we think we should be doing to get someone’s attention. We hide or disguise a portion of ourselves because in our minds thats what we should be doing if we ever plan on retaining anyone. However, that shouldn’t be the case. We should be loved for who we are, as cliché as it sounds. There’s someone out there that’s as crazy as you are, it’s all about being patient and living.

Excerpt from Melissa’s blog: “You can call him or not call him, you can sleep with him or not sleep with him, you can be a total bitch or be a 1950s housewife, but at the end of the day, it’s pretty much just comes down to whether or not you dig each other. And no amount of game playing can force that.”

One of my favorite lines from the book is actually, “Fuck this shit: I was going to date myself for awhile.” Sometimes that’s exactly what we all need to do, stop looking for something, that eventually will come, and focus on getting to know yourself. Lauren finds what she is looking for where and when she leasts expects it and Melissa found love the exact same way.
Moral of the story: stop looking, start living and be yourself!  

6 more books to go!