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Savannah, Georgia Pt. 3

What better way to start blogging in 2016 than to finish off an amazing adventure. My trip to Savannah, Georgia, with one of my best friends, has come to an end. [Part 1] [Part 2]

On the third day of our trip, mother nature was completely against us. It was pouring rain and there were no signs that the rain would stop anytime soon. However, we were still determined to make the most out of our experience. There was no way we were spending an entire day stuck in a hotel room.

Our first stop was the Savannah Visitor Center. We didn’t find much inside. There’s a railroad museum there but I didn’t feel like exploring trains. Who knows, I probably missed out on something really cool. So a little piece of advice: Take advantage of every opportunity, even if it doesn’t seem too exciting.

After about 10 minutes inside the center, we decided to make our way to The First African American Baptist Church in North America.

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We were ready and so excited to go on a tour of the church.

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We get there and find a sign that said that the tours were canceled for the day. We were so upset. It seemed like we couldn’t catch a break.

City Market was down the street…

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I thought the area looked stunning, glazed in rain and serenity; breathtaking even. We walked around one last time and came across this small shop.

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It was so adorable inside. All things Georgia, no literally! Peach everything but unfortunately, they didn’t ship to New Jersey. Sigh! Wine tasting though was still available!

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All the wines were absolutely delicious. I thought it was amazing that the wine bottle labels were made by local artists. Forever a sucker for art!

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Everything seemed better once we left the shop. Wine tends to do that sometimes! 😉 

We walked towards River Street

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River Street was wet and cold. We mostly just did souvenir shopping. Lunch was at the Shrimp Factory. There we had the strongest Peach Martini and struggled trying to finish it. Don’t think I’ll be having another one anytime soon! Well at least I can say I had a peach martini in Georgia, the peach state.

Entrée time!

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This was my second time having shrimp and grits and wow! DELICIOUS! I am not even over exaggerating. It was heaven to my taste buds. If only I could find someone who could make me shrimp and grits THAT good! I almost cried when it was all gone. Shakia and I entertained the idea of ordering seconds for a few minutes….it didn’t happen.

Just like that we completed our trip to Savannah, Georgia. There’s nothing more fulfilling than traveling and experiencing new things. Don’t pass up the opportunity to travel, even if it’s in the states. Sometimes we forget that there are some beautiful places in the U.S. Don’t underestimate what’s in our own backyards! 

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New York, NY

I lived in New York City for 13 years before I moved to New Jersey and always felt like I didn’t really know the city I was born and raised in.

A few months back I decided to get to know my city a little better…

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Thanksgiving season is upon us and I have to say that I have so much to be thankful for.  My best friend Linda is one of those people. (Check out her Fashion BlogLinda is my oldest friend. We met in the 6th grade and we have been friends ever since. Linda still lives in NY and hates tourists attractions so I practically had to drag her on this adventure with me. Needless to say, that by the end of our trip she saw NY with different eyes and realized that she also didn’t really know her city that well.

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We took a boat tour of the city using Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. It was absolutely amazing! We snagged two seats right next to railings and became amazed by New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island) and what it has to offer.

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The Empire State Building

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The Freedom Tower

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I was ecstatic seeing all these beautiful monuments/infrastructures that make New York such a wonderful city. It reminded me why I love New York so much and why I miss being in the midst of it all.

After our tour Linda took me to China Town! I was so excited because I have never really walked the streets of China Town in NY. What a lively section! There was so much going on. Linda was walking with a mission and I was looking around all excited and bubbly (tourist moment). We went to eat at Xe Lu’a Vietnamese Restaurant. I have never had Vietnamese food and as my only Vietnamese friend I demanded that she take me to go eat some!

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WOW! My seafood noodles were beyond amazing and I practically licked my plate clean. Till this day I cannot believe she kept me in the dark for so long about Viet food!

After dinner we walked a bit and came across some really cool graffiti!

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Located on 184 Mott Street. What lifts me? Adventures like these that remind me how much there is to see even in our own backyards.

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We stopped by Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream and on our way out came across this piece of art. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and brought out the vibrance that was inside of me.

I had such a beautiful day and I am thankful for the opportunity to discover so much. Everyday we should try our best to discover something new, no matter how small it is. The world is too big and filled with experiences that are just waiting to be experienced and if we wait, those experiences will just pass us by.

Good Company

There’s just something refreshing about being surrounded by good company.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition.” – Mark Twain

When I think of good company a few things come to mind: happiness, laughter, being myself, adventure, relaxation and motivation. I like to surround myself with people who will ultimately inspire me; people who at the end of the day remind me to always be great, even in the moments that are not so great.

A few weeks ago it was my friend Stephany’s birthday. To celebrate we had Brunch at Zylo Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ. 
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I told Steph about my new hobby, photography, and she was more than thrilled to allow me to take pictures during our outing. I was so excited to carry a camera all day. I felt like such a creative bumblebee just buzzing around collecting sweet shots of honey. I was able to capture unique moments. Moments that tell more than one story. Moments that are now forever imprinted and that can be remembered if one day forgotten.

We sipped on mimosas for 2.20 hours and ate until we couldn’t fit anymore food in our stomachs. So yes we ate, drank and laughed. Could it have gotten any better than that? Of Course!

Hoboken has a great view of New York City being located right next to the Hudson River. It has the type of view that will make you get lost in it…and we did.

We came across an Arts and Music festival! I was so excited.

We all walked together finding something to laugh about with each step we took. So much life and vibrance everywhere! We inspired each other to keep smiling. It’s the small things that count and those moments we spend with those that make us better. Surround yourself with those that make you great. Surround yourself with those that inspire you. Surround yourself with good company. 

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.

I Climb Rocks

I did it! I climbed rocks! 

Ralph Stover State Park (High Rocks Vista) – Pipersville, PA

Self-discovery is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and discovering that “you” that’s hidden underneath all your fears, doubts and worries. There’s no better path to self-discovery than one filled with new experiences.You truly never know what you are capable of until you challenge yourself and push your limits by trying new things. You might end up discovering a skill you never thought you had or a hobby that fills you with that joy you’ve been missing from your life.

I told myself that this year I was going to go rock climbing. Why? I don’t have the slightest idea. I simply just wanted to do something different and challenging. Let me tell you that I have never been more proud of myself then when I reached the top of my first rock, hugged the tree and looked down at my guide and friend who were looking up at me.

Dare to do what you think is impossible.

On my journey to the top I got ridiculously dirty, became acquainted with bugs I would normally run away from, got a few scrapes and bruises and worked out my arms. I felt like I was doing yoga (never done yoga but I’m convinced I did a few yoga moves) while climbing to the top. It was all absolutely exhilarating! Everything disappears and it’s just you and that rock… all I could think about was, “what’s my next move to make it to the top?

Rock climbing is all about determination. It’s like life. It won’t be easy, you’ll definitely get a few scrapes and bruises but reaching the top will make all the struggle feel like nothing, compared to the feeling of accomplishment. Ironic right?

I discovered that I like climbing rocks and I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

Overall, I had an amazing day learning how to climb. My friend was a great supporter and was an awesome climber! I met a family of rock climbers (12 year olds were putting me to shame) and my guide was awesome! Ralph Stover was a beautiful park that left me in complete amazement and gave me an incredible experience.

** My Rock Climbing experience was possible thanks to Northeast Mountain Guiding

Chicago The Musical – “I Had It Coming…”

My obsession with Broadway grows with each new play I see. The experience leaves me speechless, just wanting to live in a world where I could break into song and dance with every emotion I breathe out.

A few weeks ago, I saw one of my favorite musicals, Chicago, starting Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter and actress, Brandy Norwood. So lets break this down…not only was I about to see one of my favorite musicals live, for the first time, but I was about to see one of my favorite musicals live starring a prominent singer/songwriter/actress who I am a fan of…excited does not even cut it when it comes to describing how I felt!!

IMG_1755The moment my friend and I arrived to Ambassador Theater we were ecstatic, taking pictures of everything worth being taken a picture of.IMG_1768

I thought the theater looked fantastic!

Can you see our excitement?!? 

We had front mezzanine seats so the view was spectacular! I was captivated with every performance. The play had a comical tone on top of the dark plot, which made it irresistible. Amra-Faye Wright, who has played the role of Velma Kelly, worldwide since 2001, did a phenomenal job. She made sure her entrance made a statement with “All That Jazz.” I literally almost jumped out of my seat as I watched “Cell Block Tango” being performed, my favorite musical number out of the entire play! It was absolutely perfect! Ivan Hernandez, who played Billy Flynn…wow beautiful man is all I have to say. Thank you! Raymond Bokhour, who played Amos Hart, because your performance gave me a new found respect for “Mister Cellophane,” which I never really liked along with “When You’re Good to Mama” which, was performed by NaTasha Yvette Williams, who played Matron “Mama” Morton, awesome job also.

I went in expecting a great show and came out with 10x the greatness I was expecting. If my experience couldn’t have been any better, at the end of the show I met Brandy! She came outside and signed playbook’s, posters, and took selfies with her fans! I was not the exception…

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I had an unbelievable experience and would repeat the day if I could.

You wouldn’t understand why Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history until you see it for yourself!

Moments.

I love those moments when everything seems to be still except you.
The breeze feels smooth, your body feels light as a feather and everything is just right.
You’re genuinely happy inside. 

That’s exactly how I felt when I went skating in Philly. Everything seems to have disappeared.
I felt unstoppable. 

Not sure what’s in the air or how I can tap into that feeling but wish I could…
ALWAYS.

Life is full of moments why not take a minute to really appreciate the special ones….