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Preparing for 2018 with a 2017 Recap

With 2018 less than two days away, and a lot of new adventures in store (such as buying my first sailboat, and motorcycle, with a tentative plan to ride across South America, as well as potentially spending a month or two snowboarding in Hakuba, Japan — AND rejoining my sailing family aboard our trusty 51’ Formosa ketch Violeta in Mexico in April to continue the … Continue reading Preparing for 2018 with a 2017 Recap

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Road Trippin with Grandma- California to North Dakota: Part 1

When you think of a stereotypical Grandma, images of white hair and gentle frailty, a woman knitting peacefully from a rocking chair in front of the television, who speaks softly and offers you endless helpings of food and has a back stock of Werther’s hard candies on hand ready to be doled out by the plenty to any passerby, come to mind– at least that’s what … Continue reading Road Trippin with Grandma- California to North Dakota: Part 1

Cabo to Puerto Vallarta (Part I): Gas Station Rip Off, Sunset Magic & Hair Clips in the Head

We left our slip at Marina Cabo San Lucas around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, moving all of 20 ft. across the water to the marina gas station parallel to us. Despite being in Mexico, we knew we weren’t going to be getting any price breaks by refueling in Cabo; and as we expected, the diesel prices were equivalent to those in Marina Del Rey, CA. … Continue reading Cabo to Puerto Vallarta (Part I): Gas Station Rip Off, Sunset Magic & Hair Clips in the Head

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Ensenada to Bahia Tortugas!

Our time in Ensenada was brief, but delightful. We woke up Saturday morning and spent several hours cleaning the salt off Violeta as she had been thoroughly drenched from bow to stern the day prior by the rough seas. It was a major team effort to get the salt out of all the nooks and crannies, but the experience of working together to accomplish a … Continue reading Ensenada to Bahia Tortugas!

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Preparing to Set Sail

2016 has been filled to the brim with adventures to new and exciting places across southeast Asia and Europe, and I couldn’t feel more grateful for all the incredible people I’ve met and the many things I’ve learned about myself along the way. As 2017 is quickly getting under way, I am getting ready for my next adventure, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever done … Continue reading Preparing to Set Sail

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Staring the Fear of the Unplanned Adventure in the Face and Welcoming What Comes

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving”                                                                                                   -Lao Tzu   … Continue reading Staring the Fear of the Unplanned Adventure in the Face and Welcoming What Comes

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Short stop in Chania, Crete

On my way to a month-long intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training with Swaha Yoga led by Tanya Popovich in Paleochora, Crete (aka Kreta)  I had the chance to spend a few days in Chania (pronounce Hania), the second largest town on the island of Crete, Greece. Built in the 1300’s, the beautiful Venetian harbor in the port of Chania is definitely a magical place to … Continue reading Short stop in Chania, Crete

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Bali Briefing: A Month in Paradise

(This post is coming a bit late in my travels as I am now in Greece, but here it is just the same. Enjoy!) Bali oh me oh my, dear Bali. Well, you’ve definitely got it all– drunk Aussies stumbling through Kuta, Rupia millionaire ex-pats living it up in Seminyak, vegan yoga junkies getting their fix in Ubud, master divers in search of shipwrecks, bright … Continue reading Bali Briefing: A Month in Paradise

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A Brief Rundown of Resort Bars and Views on Koh Phangan

For those of you who plan to come to Koh Phangan, Thailand which, if you like yoga, island vibes, beautiful beaches and tropical weather, (and of course the popular full moon party, which I’ve yet to check out but sounds pretty hectic!) then I absolutely recommend experiencing at least once in your life– here is a list of some of the restaurants, beach bars and … Continue reading A Brief Rundown of Resort Bars and Views on Koh Phangan

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I Died & Went to Thai Dye Heaven

My friend Jaya took me to some of her favorite shopping spots in Thong Sala the other day and I don’t know what else to say other than I died and went to tie dye heaven! My favorite spot was Ban Fashion on Taladmai Rd. and the woman running the shop was so sweet and helpful. I took photos of some of what I got … Continue reading I Died & Went to Thai Dye Heaven

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Making Friends With Bugs and Other Animals

When I was younger I had tarantula and a snake and I loved them, I’d let them crawl all over me and I was never afraid. But as I’ve gotten older my bug phobia, specifically with spiders and cockroaches has grown exponentially. The other night I stumbled upon a massive spider in my bathroom, I was so paranoid that I avoided the bathroom for the … Continue reading Making Friends With Bugs and Other Animals

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Relaxing Into “Island Time”

….why would you want to live a life that was less than devotional art? For your own sake, for the sake of all beings, for God’s sake, wouldn’t you rather relax open as love’s offering than contract in stress and subjective confusion? Even if you were cooking dinner for yourself, alone in your house, why move as less than love’s open dance while offering your … Continue reading Relaxing Into “Island Time”

The Art of Taking A Shit in Thailand

(***This post is exactly what the title says it is, a little TMI but hopefully a useful FYI so you don’t go using your landlord’s dishtowel like I did) I came home after having a fabulous dinner with some friends at Big Mountain in Haad Chao Phao on Koh Phangan last night and I really had to go to the bathroom. After travelling for two days with crappy … Continue reading The Art of Taking A Shit in Thailand

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30 Hours to Paradise

Well I made it to Koh Phangan, Thailand where it’s 15 hours ahead of California, and I’m definitely feeling the weirdness of not having really slept yet after having departed the U.S. on a Monday evening and arriving at my destination on a Wednesday afternoon– my body and mind feel a bit confused, but it is so jaw droppingly, pinch yourself and question if this … Continue reading 30 Hours to Paradise

Tulum Day 10: Look inside yourself

Tulum is the best place in the world Vacation central love the beach Tulum Mexico Yu catant Tulum is beautiful Travel #fun #Mexico I’m feeling a little frustrated today for the silliest of reasons, but I know there are underlying causes beneath the aggravators on the surface. First, I quit smoking cigarettes six months ago, and I’ve been using a vapepen ever since. Unfortunately my charger … Continue reading Tulum Day 10: Look inside yourself

Tulum Day 5: Quality Products

Something I’ve noticed over the past few days is the intricate artistry and craftsmanship that the people here in Mexico put into their work, especially when it comes to furniture, leather goods, ceramics and household items. I’m sure there are a multitude of other quality creations, but these are the things I immediately noticed. I guess I first became aware of the strength and durability … Continue reading Tulum Day 5: Quality Products

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Palais De Tokyo

We went to a phenomenal series of Art exhibitions last week at the Palais De Tokyo in Paris. Video artist Ed Atkins made us question reality, self-love, and the concept of being human with “Bastards”; a video shown in a dark room, complete with surround sound and pillowed walls that let us melt into the world he presented. In Ange Leccia’s installation entitled ‘Never the … Continue reading Palais De Tokyo

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Outfit of the Day…. Under 50$

I had a casting this morning and needed a simple classy look, here’s what I came up with. Simple Black Dress by Audrey 3+1 Clothing; A $5 find during a going out of business sale on Melrose Mary Jane pump- Xhileration $12 on sale from Target, apparently the size 11’s weren’t selling, all the better for me! Houndstooth Coat- Poetry Clothing- Hand-me-down from one of … Continue reading Outfit of the Day…. Under 50$

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Thread Sence, It just makes cents!

I really love Thread Sence. If you’re a SoCal native then you know our seasons aren’t quite as drastic as the ones you’ll experience in New York and other East Coast cities. However, even with the steadiness of our seasons, we are still, on occasion, subject to unpredictable chills once winter finally hits. It is for this reason that I love their site’s California Winter  section. From chuncky beanies … Continue reading Thread Sence, It just makes cents!

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And That’s A Wrap! Behind the scenes of MFG shoot with Photographer, Mote Sinabel…

The last week has been quite eventful to say the least. My boyfriend and I produced our first still shoot (or our first anything for that matter) with Japanese photographer Mote Sinabel. Bobby, my boyfriend, corresponded with Mote, who was in Paris, via Skype for several days up until Mote arrived in Los Angeles. Mote sent photos of India’s Holi festival, a festival centered on vibrant … Continue reading And That’s A Wrap! Behind the scenes of MFG shoot with Photographer, Mote Sinabel…

Follow me this way to letting go…

Eyelids warm and heavy ⁣⁣⁣ half cracked on the bridge between dreams,⁣⁣⁣ rolling over to the scent of familiarity,⁣⁣⁣ a wave of forgotten energy,⁣⁣⁣ invisible river I reach out to touch,⁣⁣⁣ grasp riddled with lethargy…⁣ ⁣ as the other part of me⁣ says baby it’s so easy, ⁣⁣⁣ follow me this way to letting go…⁣⁣ I’ve carried you along in my backpack,⁣⁣⁣ In my notebooks, … Continue reading Follow me this way to letting go…

Syndrome of Wanting: Part 2

(Japan, Feb. 2019) Burning house and the embers fly ⁣⁣ My stomach jumps in slow motion,⁣⁣ there’s a firefighter nearby…⁣⁣ tired heart,⁣ exhausted by the lie, ⁣⁣ caught up in smoke from castles I built to hide… ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The misconception that someone is going to save me…. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Nobody is going to save me.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’m tired of the waste, ⁣⁣ Inebriated misdirection.⁣⁣ … Continue reading Syndrome of Wanting: Part 2

The Syndrome of Wanting: Part 1

The Syndrome of Wanting,⁣ a kaleidoscope of perpetually changing things.⁣ Desire models the marionette,⁣ the wanting controls the strings.⁣ ⁣ The discord between where you are, ⁣ and where you long to be.⁣ ⁣ The Syndrome of Wanting,⁣ once again guides your feet.⁣ Sucked out of the Now ⁣ like blood into a leech,⁣ no space for sweetness,⁣ even the deepest breath⁣ somehow feels incomplete…⁣ … Continue reading The Syndrome of Wanting: Part 1

Ground to Grow

Fearless Grace. Adorable naïveté. Guided off the roof, she floated through gravity without restraint. Non-clenching. An easeful descent. She wanted to ride the big kid’s bike. Bold, toes pointed, barely touching the pedals. The training wheels came off too soon. Innocently deceived. Oh Precious little seed— petals sprouted before roots. Letting the wind guide the way, your feet never fully touched the ground. Self Preservation…. … Continue reading Ground to Grow