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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…

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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Hoagie Dip

I love to cook and to try new recipes. It’s something I discovered a few years back. So whenever I get the opportunity I try something new.

Recently, at work, I was talking to my supervisor about her best dip: The Hoagie Dip. I had absolutely no idea what a Hoagie Dip was. I looked it up Click Here For Original Recipe and discovered that it’s the contents of an Italian Hoagie mixed together. (Hoagie is another word for a sub sandwich.) 

I decided to surprise my supervisor by making my team the dip. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a huge success! I was so pleased. Yesterday, I even made it for my uncle’s wife reveal party (she’s having a girl! Yay!) and it was also also a huge success! My mom cannot stop raving about it being a great dip to bring to parties.

After all this success with the dip I just find the need to share with everyone how simple it is to make!

Ingredients:

  • Deli ham, thinly sliced
  • Deli turkey, thinly sliced
  • Deli salami, thinly sliced
  • Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian Seasoning

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 Instructions:

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together mayo, vinegar, oil and spices
  3. Mix mayo with the cold cuts until combined.
  4. Refrigerate (I like to do at least 24hrs so the tastes can really blend together) 
  5. Add lettuce when ready to serve for a fresh taste

 FINAL PRODUCT

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My Story

I absolutely hate it when I feel like I have made the wrong decision or choice. Immediately, I ask myself “what if” I chose the other option? “What if” I decided otherwise? The “what if’s” and the “maybe’s” are as common as breathing. We all experience them frequently and always torture ourselves assuming and creating a fantasy, in our heads, of what “could of been” our reality… but I never stopped to think about that maybe… just maybe at the end of the day, despite any decisions we make, we will end up exactly where we are supposed to be.

This occurred to me as I watched my second Broadway play If/Then starting Indina Menzel at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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I went expecting to see a story about a girl starting over in New York City and instead saw my story, a girl struggling to accept her choices and failures, stuck in past decisions. Lets just say I was a sobbing mess throughout the entire play because I related to it so much.

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In my opinion, the play was absolutely amazing, from the catchy heartfelt songs to the characters on stage. It is the best feeling when you feel you have gained more than what you came with and that’s exactly how I felt, as I left the theater and waited outside to hopefully, get my Playbill signed by Indina Menzel….Well Indina never came out but I did get to meet two other actors from the play, Anthony Rapp, who was in the original cast of Rent! and the very handsome James Snyder, who I just couldn’t take my eyes off as he signed my Playbill!

James Snyder – Josh

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As I sat on the train ride back home I contemplated my life choices and thought about who I am today and where I am now. I can’t do anything about the choices I missed out on and assuming and thinking of the what if’s will only hold me back and keep me in the past. So the best I can do at this point is live in the now and pray, that regardless of the choices I make, in the end I am bound to be where I need to be.

The NOW!

Finally turned 23 and I feel like taking on the world!

I turned the switch on adventure which, I turned off for quite some time. I have been so focused on the future…the what? and the how? That I stopped thinking about the NOW! In just a few days I have come to realize that sometimes what you need is to enjoy the present to build your future. There are so many things that I want to do and I want to do them NOW. I want to experience, learn and grow from my adventures because to be honest tomorrow is never promised.

“Doing what others expect of you will only take you so far…do something for YOU and no one else…then see the happiness it will bring you.”

Every experience comes with the opportunity to learn; the hardest part is to decipher what it is that you have gained from that experience. I got my first tattoo! Something I have been wanting to do and something no one thought I would do. I went to this awesome spot called Revolver Tattoo and Piercing. The staff was very friendly and the place was extremely clean and organized. My type of environment! Honestly, I did not think I had it in me to endure the pain that comes with getting a tattoo, and I am pretty sure no one thought I had it in me to do something as “crazy” as marking my body with a tattoo. The thing is that people will always think and judge and have a plethora  of opinions on people’s actions (everyone is entitled to their own opinions) but at the end of the day I am happy!  I did something for ME. I learned that pain can stop you, but only if you let it, and that no one knows the type of person you are but YOU. I am proud of myself and I am happy with ME and my body!

Life will always throw you curveballs and opportunities but don’t let fear, others, or setbacks stop you from accomplishing something for yourself. Try one thing you think you might not have it in you to do and then ask yourself,  “what I have learned?” You might surprise yourself with your answer!

The Year of Discovery

There was a time when becoming a year older was exciting and fun. It meant more freedom to explore and discover what the world had to offer. It meant being reckless and not caring about consequences. It meant putting pause on important decisions….but did you ever pay attention to when turning a year older became less exciting and fun? When did freedom turn into responsibilities? When did exploring become difficult and expensive? When did discovering become full of important life changing decisions and choices that had to be made? It’s funny how quickly life can pass us by; how from one year to the next becoming a year older, instead of bringing excitement and fun, brought fear and worry.

I’m turning 23 and I’m at a point where I have no idea where life is going to take me. I have this fear and worry that I’m out of track and falling behind. I have this stubborn feeling that I should have my life figured out and should know where I will be in 5 years. The problem is that I don’t. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only soon to be 23-year-old that feels this way. The problem is that we are so set on trying to figure this problem out, that we have forgotten how exciting and fun it is to become older and sometimes even wiser. We get stuck trying to find a solution to what we consider a problem…but is it really? Are we really stuck or just still discovering ourselves? We need to start realizing that in the past year we unknowingly have learned and discovered things we didn’t know about ourselves and the world; things that have helped us make decisions that most likely will shape us one way or another for a better tomorrow. We just aren’t done searching for the answers we need.

My goal for my 23rd birthday is to feel excited, to have fun and to continue discovering. It’s time I put aside my fears and stop worrying about the future. It’s time I focus on discovering what drives me because THAT is the key to figuring out where I want to take my life. Let’s call it the year of discovery. How will I do this? Simple really…A bucket list for my 23rd year. I have taken 23 things that at this point in my life I feel I should have already done or just simply wish to do. Of course the key is to make a reasonable list that fits your likes and small goals. The goal is slowly find what drives you through pursuing things you’ve always wanted to set time aside for if you weren’t too busy worrying about the 101 problems that revolve around you.

My 23rd Bucket List 

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Go on a cruise
  3. Read 10 books
  4. Go rock climbing
  5. Go to a Broadway show
  6. Go on a road trip
  7. Finish my study abroad scrapbook
  8. Go paint-balling
  9. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  10. Visit the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center
  11. Take swimming lessons
  12. Go to a shooting range
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Go on a Bus Tour of NYC and Philadelphia
  15. Go on a hike
  16. Run a 5k
  17. Cook an entire French meal (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert)
  18. Go wine and cheese tasting
  19. Take a Tango or Flamenco class
  20. Take Yoga and Kickboxing
  21. Be and extra on a show or movie
  22. Take a Mediabistro course
  23. Play Travel Roulette

Join me in creating a list. What have you always wanted to do? What small activity you’ve missed out on because you’re too busy stressing? Let’s get on the road to self-discovery! Let’s start having FUN again! It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 22 or 40 everyone reaches a point where they are lost and confused. The key is to just step back and focus on YOU and what makes you happy.