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Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Originally posted on for the love of nike :
My husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco last weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. What better gift could a girl ask for?! Over the course of the weekend we ate, drank, and walked (51 miles) to our hearts’ content. We stayed at the Hotel Adagio. This little boutique feeling hotel is owned by Marriott. They were so sweet–giving us a room with a view and a bottle of wine on the house. (Note the giant tiger mural by Nychos. You’ve got a great view of it from there.) Our first stop was Lombard Street. You know, that bizarre crooked street that people actually drive down (amazingly without hitting the gaggles of tourists)? You have to love (and hate) the typography of San Francisco. It creates the most beautiful architectural reactions (and gives you hella blisters). Get a load of those giant wheels spinning cables below. That’s how the famous SF cable cars work. We hopped on (each trip costs $7) and made our way…

The Pros and Cons of Event Work

Last week I worked 12 hours as a bar staff worker for a festival in North London. I got the job through an events agency, which typically post events throughout the year (mostly in Summer) that you can sign up and work. You get paid minimum wage, work long hours on your feet, have to deal with difficult and often irate drunk people and if you’re lucky you’ll get two fifteen minute breaks. But on the plus side, you will make around £80-90, you will make friends, you will gain experience and you’ll be forced to be physically active. If you want to make a bit of extra cash or your employment history is noticeably blank and you’re willing to try anything, here is my list of pros and cons to consider before you attempt this line of work.

Women Fear Men Will Leave Them; Men Fear Women Will Leave Them

Originally posted on definitelylorna:
I recently had a highly interesting convo with a security guard someplace in my line of duty. On a daily basis, I can talk to quite a number of people a majority being strangers and acquaintances and this security guard was no different. So being part of my job, I suggested to him an idea of how he could make himself more money and ultimately benefit his family. He was the skeptical type. Didn’t seem really interested in the suggestion but ended up mentioning his wife fleetingly. He thought that since she wasn’t as held up as he was, then she could probably take up the idea I had. Animatedly, I began coming up with more plans for the wife on how she could implement the idea and all of a sudden, this man grew highly uncomfortable. His demeanor changed and in an uncertain tone, he said, “Na sasa bibi akitengeneza pesa hivyo, si ataniwacha?” (and if my wife ends up making a ton of money, won’t she leave me?) Of…

How to Save Money for Travel Even if You’re Flat Broke and Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Originally posted on roamwildandfree:
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac Long-term traveling is a lifestyle that is more feasible than one may think. Today we live in a society where it’s quite common to live outside our means, acquire debt, live paycheck to paycheck and not be financially stable. Alex and I aren’t rich monetarily. We don’t have some ghost of a backer funding our travel. We’re not sponsored. But we somehow manage to travel at least 8 months out of every calendar year. How do we do it? It’s simple. We are simple people who live simple lives and prioritize so that we can roll around in our 16 year old van drifting with the wind living a life we believe in. In love with life at Canyonlands National Park. ? If you’re serious about wanting to travel long-term, read on for all our money-saving tricks!!  ? EATABLES Stop buying drinks. And I mean anything that isn’t water. Included in this is alcohol,…

How I Planned a Trip Around the World

Originally posted on Run Adventurouslee:
Many of my friends and followers have asked me over the past few months how I started planning my trip around the world.  My trip started off with my decision to volunteer abroad somewhere.  I started looking up volunteer abroad programs, and came across International Volunteer Head Quarters, and decided that they seemed like the best volunteer program to go through.  IVHQ had a lot of countries and programs to apply for, and I wanted to try and do programs that were more related to what I went to school for (Environmental Science).  All of this research started in April 2015 and originally was just going to be a two week trip.  I applied for an Environmental volunteer program based out of Italy for 2 weeks, was super excited to do it and put down my registration fee to ensure my spot – only to find out that they just changed the program length to a minimum of 4 weeks.  At that time, I only planned on taking 2 weeks…

29 in 29: Life Lessons and Self-Discovery

The questioning, the learning, the mistakes, the discovery and frustrations—It has been a wild ride so far, guys! But many, many life lessons later, I can wholeheartedly say I have never felt more comfortable being who I am today.I wake up excited to get my breakfast on! Well, that, and to experience what each day has to offer: to continue to learn something new, to be inspired, and to experience the awe that this amazing life has to give. I recently turned the big 2-9. I know! I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that one. So in celebration of my last year in my 20’s, here are 29 Life Lessons that I’ve learned thus far: 1. Learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Risks are where magic sparks, y’all. 2. Laugh. Play. Be … Love, love, love! 3. Be patient with yourself. All the quirks, the uncertainties, the aspects that make you different; they’ll come together, support you, and may even become your biggest asset. 4. No matter how many times you may …

The College Years: Navigating Frat Parties, Relationships, and Studies

Originally posted on Nina Navigating Life :
“College will be the best four years of your life.” – Everyone Not to sound like everyone else, but college actually was the best four years of my life. High school was absolutely awful for me, as I’m sure many of you can relate to. I didn’t have that many friends, and the friends I did have were the root of many tears, drama, and anxiety. So when I moved into my freshman year dorm with my roommate and two suitemates who had no idea who I was, I was overjoyed. For some reason, the thought of not knowing anyone was actually comforting to me. Sure, it was scary at times, but I was so excited to have a clean slate. I always say that my freshman year was the most fun year of my life, but I would never want to do it again. And I can explain that statement to you in two words: FRAT PARTIES. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. There were plenty of other fun things about that year,…

Stacking Twenties: With Standing Plans

Originally posted on Stacking Twenties:
You know how, in sitcoms, the groups of friends always have that one bar or coffee shop that they constantly hang out at? And how, in real life, it takes hours of group texting to figure out when everyone’s going to be free and what you guys want to do and then you end up getting there and spending way too much on some fancy cocktail while you can barely hear your friends, or the conversation you want to be part of is all the way at the other end of the table? If I lived in a sitcom, I’d just have a standing date with all the people I like, and I’d get to see them regularly, and I wouldn’t spend my entire paycheck on it. Enter: game night! For the past month, a group of my friends have been getting together every Monday evening to eat a potluck dinner and play board/card games. We play all sorts of things. Exploding Kittens, Codenames (highly recommended for a fun team game) and…

The “Supposed To” Myth

As a 20-something with a Facebook timeline filled with posts of other 20-somethings and older, it isn’t uncommon for me to see posts that link to articles about young adulthood. The articles usually discuss ways that you are supposed to/how to get your life together. Recently, I’ve seen an influx of articles that combat this argument by stating that you are “supposed to be lost and/or not have everything figured out when you’re in your 20s.” So I decided to write an article to clear up this debate. Here it is: