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this is what I was doing one year ago:

 i was on the vacation of a lifetime. [http://fabulouslyridiculous.com/2013/07/] greece. athens. mykonos. santorini. it was a dream. a beautiful, sun drenched, feta and olive oil soaked dream.  my sister cat and i and our friend embarked on this lovely trip that is never to be forgotten.  life was so good.  i was in my stride.  my single lady, living my life to it’s fullest extent, extraordinary life.

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simultaneously i had also decided [upon the occasion of my 29th birthday] to sign up for eharmony and “give it a go”, you know, so that i could i at least say that i tried and exhausted all of my dating options before becoming a crazy cat lady.  i went on a few really weird dates. the “game of thrones” OBSESSED dude, the quiet talker (excuse me? please speak up sir!), and who can forget the train aficionado? [he had an entire train village that he built and stored underneath his bed in his mom's basement--and yes, he told me a lllllll about it without any shame.]  i was ready to give up on the whole online dating thing. and then, THEN eharmony (thank you, eharms) suggested that i expand my radius.  “dear alison, why don’t you expand your dating radius by 10 extra miles?” profile adjusted.

so, while i was in greece, on basically the other side of the world (talk about expanded radius’!) i was matched up with “Matt–business owner”. matt, with beautiful blue eyes, the hint of a tattoo peeking out from underneath his t-shirt in his profile picture; matt, who loves Jesus; matt, who loves to travel; matt, with pictures of family, camping, smiles on his profile. matt.  ahh.  we began going back and forth via the eharmony process–5 closed ended questions back and forth, 10 “must haves” and “can’t stands” back and forth, 3 open-ended questions back and forth, and finally eharmony email.  we talked about random stuff. we talked about my favorite movie “the goonies”. he asked for my number and asked if he could call me when i got back from greece. i said yes and then i was so nervous to talk to him when he actually called me that i didn’t call him back for a week.

thank goodness i finally manned up and THANK GOD matt from glendora didn’t give up on me–because we finally got together for coffee about a month after we were matched on the eharms and from the moment we sat down across from one another with our chai tea lattes in front of us, i was mesmerized.  the blue eyes! the bronze tan! the great sense of humor!  i had promised myself (and my best friend brittany) that i would not walk away from this date without knowing where this was going if i enjoyed myself. i mean, how many times have you (and i) walked away from a date thinking: “gosh, that was great, i hope that he calls me!” well, no more of that for me.  so, at the end of the date this is what i said to matt:

“i had a really great time with you.  you’re cool. i just want to know, is the feeling mutual?”

he smiled. he laughed. and he said [thank you, Jesus]: “yeah! you want to hang out on friday?”

and now, almost one year later, something has happened that i never thought was going to happen. and especially NOT as a result of online dating:

L  O  V  E

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if you are in love, yay for you.  if you are not in love currently, and you are like me from one year ago [not meeting mr/ms right at work, church, bars, the grocery store, through referrals (aka blind dates/set-ups), OR are even perfectly content being single, but are wondering if there just might be someone out there for you but are happily living life and fully embracing life at every stage] i strongly urge you to give eharmony a try.  you WILL meet some interesting people {remember the train guy?} and you will go on a lot of random first dates (and very few second dates), but maybe, just maybe you might meet YOUR matt.  and if not, then at the very least, you’ll get some practice keeping a straight face while a grown-ass man tells you all about his train set. :)

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this year has been amazing. from greece to glendora, i am looking forward to many more wonderful days.

“cold tangerines” {shauna niequist}

while i am not turning thirty TODAY, i AM celebrating today.  my friend jen gave me a few books for my birthday and i started reading one last night and was physically moved to tears by the following passage. it might be the fact that i’m getting older, but i believe that it is more likely that this passage just “spoke” to me {see ninth grade students of mine, it IS possible}–at just the right time, in just the right way–and that i can’t even really explain the way it made me feel.  here it is:

 

i believe that if we cultivate a true attention, a deep ability to see what has been there all along, we will find worlds within us and between us, dream and stories and memories spilling over.  the nuances and shades and secrets and intimations of love and friendship and marriage and parenting are action-packed and multicolored, if you know where to look.  

today is your big moment.  moments, really.  the life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you.  the scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you’re having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as the Last Supper.  this is it.  this is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events.  but pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted.  

your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen.  you and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages.  because they all are. every life is. 

you have stories worth telling. memories worth remembering, dreams worth working towards, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural. 

you are more than dust and bones.

you are spirit and power and image of God. 

and you have been given Today.”

–Shauna Niequist “cold tangerines”

what a powerful reminder that life is not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today–right now. and it is meant to be enjoyed. 

{thanks jen mounday, you are awesome}

Just Checking In: 30 Before 30

30 Before 30

  1. Hike in and out of the Grand Canyon
  2. Watch all of the past 20 years of Academy Award Best Picture Winners–ALMOST DONE
  3. Get 2 more stamps on my passport–1/2 way done! GREECE! I might have to settle for booking another international trip for the summer BEFORE I turn 30–I don’t think I’m going to be going international in the next month, unfortunately! BUT, I will be going to PARIS this Summer! Bonjour!
  4. Prepare a meal with a freshly killed animal (Thanks Renee Johnson)
  5. Napa wine tasting
  6. Throw a swanky dinner party
  7. Run a ½ marathon
  8. Buy diamond earrings
  9. Read all of the books in the “Jane Austen Book Club”
  10. Learn how to snowboard
  11. Golf the “back 9”—not horribly
  12. Ride in a hot air balloon
  13. Ride a razor scooter all day for transportation
  14. Take a cooking class
  15. Ride the bull at Cowboy Country
  16. Use a pattern and sew a dress, by myself.
  17. Take a salsa dancing class
  18. Learn how to water ski
  19. Visit 3 U.S. cities I’ve never visited (SEATTLE, NAPA, and HANALEI)
  20. Go to 3 concerts: Willie Nelson, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Zac Brown Band
  21. Learn how to do a cartwheel
  22. Do the splits
  23. Sing in public
  24. Complete the “40 Days of Purpose”
  25. Buy a Marc Jacobs purse
  26. Start a Masters program–[applying and starting in the Fall of 2014]
  27. Learn how to make a perfect dirty martini
  28. Ask out a guy I really like–is the feeling still “mutual”, Matt Kirby? 
  29. Be a vegetarian for a month–starting March 24th! 
  30. Celebrate the last night of my 20s IN STYLE! (in a perfect outfit, perfect shoes, with the perfect people)

You Don’t GO to Napa, You TAKE a Napa!

So, number 5 on my “30 Before 30″ List was “Go Wine Tasting in Napa”.  I was able to accomplish this with NO PROBLEMS–surprised? Mr. Matthew Kirby (my boyfriend–have I mentioned that I have a fabulous boyfriend lately??) and I met up with my BESTIE, Renee and her fabulous husband, Pat for a wild weekend in Napa, California.  We like to call this #bffpluspatandmattweekend.  And what an amazing time we had! Matt and I flew into Sacramento on Friday night and the Johnson’s picked us up from the airport and we drove into Napa.  We took a limo to go wine tasting on Saturday (the ONLY way to do it! Designate a driver, people!), brunched and went for a nice long drive through Napa Valley on Sunday, and flew home on Monday.  Ahhhhh….it was amaze!  The best part? Spending time with people I love.  Pat and Renee are a few my favorites and Renee is my “person”.  We’ve been together for nearly 25 years now and I can’t imagine anyone else that I would want to check some of my goals off of my list with.  My main squeeze (aka Matt) wasn’t too shabby either! We had a totally romantic time (I know, I know, VOMIT….but it’s totally true!) and I love him even more and more every day. Nearing the end of my 20’s isn’t too shabby–it’s actually pretty freaking awesome! Here are some pics from our weekend adventure.

{Pat and Renee}

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{Matt and I, brunching at Farmstead on Long Meadow Ranch}

(check it out! They were roasting a pig 50 yards away from us as Matt ate a pork chop–the bomb.com!)

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{The vineyards.  I want to go back when they are grown in more–Spring/Summer!}

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***Birds of a Feather***

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{Our “romantic” Valentine’s Day dinner at a random BBQ restaurant.  I was with people that I love–that’s what it’s about anyways, right? And there was no wait for a table–PRAISE THE LORD! }

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{Such fun.  And Pat is SO TALL! }

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{Me and my main squeeze, Matthew Robert Kirby.  He’s a #totalbabe}

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{Besties.}

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{The men.}

photo 5GO TO NAPA! You can even TAKE a NAPA while you’re there!

 

30 Before 30: #16 DONE-zo!

#16 on my “30 Before 30″ List was “Sew a Dress By Myself”

Sewing a dress “by myself” would have been a disaster; luckily I was birthed by a woman who is one of the best seamstresses around!  Judy Davis  is not only a wonderful seamstress, but she also is probably one of the most patient, easy-going, and best teachers around.  It was so fun going to the fabric store, picking out fabric, a pattern, and working my way through the steps of constructing a dress from beginning to end with her.  I learned a lot from her and I am looking forward to sewing something else very soon.  I need my own sewing machine! The only problem with that is that I would be at my own home sewing and wouldn’t be able to just yell out “MOM! I need you!” whenever something goes wrong! I’m telling you, she’s like a sewing/crafting/patient angel! It was cool, because she learned a lot about sewing from her mom and so we had some good conversations about Grandma Vera and how she would do things in ways that my mom thought was backwards!  It’s nice to keep her memory alive and spend time talking about my mom’s mom with her even though she’s not alive anymore.  I think Grandma would have been proud of my dress–it wasn’t too “snarepy” and the hem was juuuuust right–just like Grandma would have liked. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me, Mom.  I am looking forward to more projects. :)

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“Measure twice, cut once”–Judy Davis

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Almost finished–not gonna lie, I was little nervous about how it looked!

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The Finished Product–I wore it to Homecoming!

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Check Another Off My List

I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through my “30 Before 30″ list, don’t worry! There are a couple of things “in the works” as of right now! But I can’t blog about those until I actually do them, you know? I realized after this past weekend that I checked another one off of my list: #20 which is “Go to 3 Concerts”! I was so lucky to be able to go to 3 awesome concerts between July and October of this year (I also have one more to look forward to: Britney in Vegas baby! Oh yeah!) Here’s how it all went down:

1. Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z at Candlestick Park in San Francisco with my bestie–Renee Johnson–this past July. That’s right, we dragged 3 children and one baby-sitter to San Fran so that we could literally LOSE OUR FREAKING MINDS over how absolutely amazing these performers are! I mean, I have no words for how awesome it was. The concert was non-stop (no joke) and between the two of them, every song was off the charts amaze-balls. Renee and I screamed and jumped up and down and danced and hugged each other for 3 straight hours. Totes perf.

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2. Willie Nelson with my now boyfriend (that’s right, BOYFRIEND!) Matt at the Hollywood Bowl. This was just about the best thing I’ve ever done. We had such an amazing time. Willie Nelson is pure Americana–he literally walked out onto the stage, plugged in his guitar, did not move one step from that spot on the stage for 2 hours, and then unplugged and walked off. Zero pomp and circumstance–just the sweet tunes of Willie. Ahhhh, it was perfect. It probably didn’t hurt that I was with a great guy and at a great venue (did I mention that I was with a GREAT guy?? :)) It was one of our first dates and I will never forget how fun and really special it was. Willie holds a special place in my heart now–and so does stacked parking–it’s so much more FUN if you’re on a date :) I promise!

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3. Zac Brown Band at the Hollywood Bowl with my friends Erin, Justin, and Ashley. What a great concert! Even if you don’t “like country music”–and I know there’s a lot of you out there! You will not regret seeing ZBB live. Freaking awesome! They sound amazing live and Zac Brown is so lovable and cute! He has a great beard (coincidentally so does my BF 👍) and he’s kind of a badass. The Bowl is a great venue and I had so much fun! My friend got me these tickets for my birthday and we had been looking forward to the show for MONTHS! It was great!

Good times, with good people. Do yourself a favor–go to a concert, go have some fun! Don’t wait for a list to start doing stuff!

Stay Fabulous.

#goodbyesummerhellofall

School is back in session.

There’s a slight chill in the air [sort of]

It’s time to figure out how to still wear my summer clothes even after the weather changes.

Ahhhhhh.

I bought this floral button-down maxi dress this summer after I saw a girl wearing it at the hair salon.  Me, being me, asked her where she got it and proceeded to immediately go online [thank the good Lord for smart phones, am I right y'all??] to the Volcom website and order it.

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In the summer this is the PERFECT dress to wear to dinner with friends, out on a casual date with a man-friend, or even to church on Sunday morning.  So versatile and appropriate for all occasions.

Because I want to keep wearing this now that summer is over, I decided to make it “work/fall appropriate” by wearing a tank top underneath (there’s adorable lace detailing and is super cute, but just not appropriate for the workplace), my Born boots, and my Forever 21 “go-to” jean jacket.  When coupled with my crazy hair, I was told by a colleague that I should have been born in a different decade because I look like a “flower child, hippie, 60-year-old woman–and I mean that as a compliment”…thanks Mr. F.  It’s a compliment in my book, for sure!

Take Away for the Day? Pretty much anything that you wore during the summer can be worn into and through the fall months–just add an undershirt, boots, and your fave cardigan or jacket…and VOILA! Instant Autumn Style!

Stay Fab.

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Giving is Good

This is my best friend, Renee Michele Johnson:
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She is a wife and mother to three children, Bailey (age 5) and boy/girl twins Luke and Paige (16 months old) along with being a great friend, daughter, sister, baker, chef, organizer…the list could go on and on and on…

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We have known one another since we were this age (see below photo). We went to elementary school together (Norwalk Brethren, babaaay!) and her mom had a daycare full of kids whose older siblings also went there, so my mom would drop my siblings and I off every morning to their house, her mom would walk all of us to school, and then pick us back up and my mom would pick us up after work from their house again.  You can only imagine the extensive Barbies/dress-up/playing house/homework sessions that occurred on those days.  Basically, all you really need to know is that Ne is my oldest friend, she knows everything about me, my family, my past, my present; we can sit and visit for hours and hours and hours upon end, or sit and be in complete silence and feel just as comfortable. The best kind of friend. It doesn’t hurt that she has an awesome husband (shout out to Patrick Johnson!) who puts up with our antics and is probably one of the most welcoming and hospitable and responsible and supportive men I know. (I promise, this is all going somewhere….stay focused!) Oh yeah….in the picture belowI am wearing a super awesome pink headband (all the way to the right) and Ne is sporting a SWEET bowl haircut (all the way to the left) and all of our various siblings along with a couple of the other kids who Renee’s mom babysat are squished in there with us!

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In a perfect world, Renee and I would live next door to one another and be able to drink our coffee, go for a run, and fold laundry together every day–unfortunately that is not the case.  She lives WAY up north in a city called Etna/Fort Jones, which is actually closer to Medford, Oregon than any other big city in California.  So, we have to “make-do” with visits sprinkled throughout the year.  Also, I do a BIG trip during the summer (thank God for teacher’s summer vacation!) and go up to visit for around 2 weeks each summer. But, as I am sure many of you can attest, if you have a truly best friend it does not really matter how often you see one another, your relationship can withstand it all. Distance, time, busy schedules…etc. You get the idea. I love this girl. We have a lot of fun together.  This summer was no exception.  I will do another long overdue blog post on one of my most frequently visited places in California (the Scott Valley) later this week and expound on the amazing things it has to offer, but for now you can enjoy the following photos….

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Now, I’m pretty sure my “byline” says something about being a “9th Grade teacher by Day and a Life Stylist by Night” so this blog would not be complete without talking about clothes, right?  When I was up visiting Renee, we were getting ready to go to a baby-shower (that’s right, I tagged along to a baby-shower for a person I did not know–and it wasn’t weird! The girl who it was for was actually excited for a stranger to be there! Haha!) ANYWHO, we were getting dressed and I was looking through Renee’s closet and she has all of these dresses that looked familiar and I realized that they are “hand-me-downs” that I gave her about 5 years ago. It made me so happy to see them still being enjoyed–you know how I feel about the “stories” that my clothing carry–who has worn them, where they’ve been worn..etc.  Something just “clicked” in my brain and I realized that I have so many pieces of clothing that I just don’t wear anymore and have been holding onto for no real reason except I just can’t part with them.  (Get over it, Ali!) As soon as we got home last Sunday I went directly into my closet and just began pulling out any article of clothing, shoes, purses, accessories that I had been holding onto “just in case” and took them directly to the one person who I KNOW will appreciate them like I do and actually wear them and give them a second chance at life: Renee Michele Jones-Johnson.  She was so excited and it was as though I had given her a whole new wardrobe (it WAS about 2 large trash bags full of stuff)! I guess my issue with giving stuff to the Goodwill or Salvation Army is that I don’t get to see where my stuff ends up.  I would rather give things to my friends and know that they are making a difference.  You know? Also, it is worth mentioning that Renee and Pat are probably the two most generous people I know–I mean, they basically provide my favorite vacation spot for me for free every year! They are not only generous with material things, but they are also generous with their time and love–which, if we’re going to be really real about stuff, are the most important things to give freely and often.  I would give Renee the shirt off my back, she is just that important to me.  People always say things like “Mi casa es su casa” and “What’s mine is yours”, and I really and truly mean it when I say it to Renee (and Pat…although I don’t think he will fit into my clothes!)

photoMoral of the story: hold your friends close–not the material things in your life.  Take the time to foster relationships–go shopping with friends!  Be kind to one another–help a salesperson meet their “quota for the day”.  Make each other’s lives easier if at all possible–wait outside the dressing room to offer opinions and run to grab another size if she needs it. But seriously…Be generous–with your time and love and material goods, because at the end of the day we can’t take any of that stuff with us when we’re gone for good. You know what I mean? Never assume that a small kindness can’t work wonders. And go ahead, pull the trigger, CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET!!! If you’re like me, I am sure you have at least one friend who would be more than willing to give your formerly favorite article of clothing a second chance at life!  Also, it has gotten me started thinking on what other things am I “holding onto” in my life that I just really need to let go of at this point.  Because, now that I have earned how to let go of some of the things that I am holding onto (material and otherwise) I have been able to find room for more fabulous and more well-suited items for my life.

And I almost forgot…once in a while, blow your own damn mind.  Don’t wait around for someone else to do it. Life is short, live fabulously.

xoxo

Santorini: Heaven on Earth

I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about Greece.  As I mentioned in previous posts, the people, food, culture, activities, view–EVERYTHING was as breathtaking as one could imagine.  I, like many other women of my generation have read and seen “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” book series and ensuing movies.  A big storyline in the books takes place in Greece–in Oia (pronounced “eee-yah”) a city on Santorini to be more exact.  So, when planning our trip to Greece, I just knew that it was 100% non-negotiable that we went to Santorini. And let me tell you, I am SO HAPPY that we did. Because it was just the most wonderful part of our vacation–hands down. You. Must. Go. For reals. I mean….this picture is real.  From my iPhone. I am a teacher, not a professional photographer; I just let the sheer amazing-ness of Santorini do all the hard work:

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We left the “party island” (Mykonos) and hopped onto a plane to fly on over to Santorini.  Inter-island travel via airplane is hilarious, mostly because the kind and efficient airline staff (shout out to Olympic Air!) REALLY wanted to perform the beverage service despite the fact that the plane is literally in the air for 15 minutes.  Let me tell you, they accomplished serving all of the passengers beverages AND a snack, picked up trash, and were strapped in and “prepared for landing” in what seemed like the blink of an eye!

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I think that I could write the equivalent of a 20-page-long blog post about Santorini, but I don’t think that anyone REALLY wants to read that, so I am just going to give you the highlights.   We arrived on Santorini and we forced to share a cab with another couple (so, yes there were five people–along with the driver–crammed into one taxi–Joslyn and I shared the front seat, ridiculous).  Word to the wise: cabbies are the same everywhere–they apparently don’t like to make the journey to Oia–its the furthest city from the airport–so they end up forcing people to share cabs and then charging everyone full price. Awesome.  Literally the only thing that was not 100% amazing about Santorini and really not even that bad.

Our hotel, Andronis Luxury Suites was the most beautiful place that I have EVER been to, stayed at, visited…gorgeous. We arrived in Oia and were greeted by a man from our hotel who carried ALL of our luggage (that’s right, 3 girls’ luggage) at the SAME TIME up the hilly marble walkways to the lobby of our hotel.  As soon as we stepped in the door, the luxury began.  They were “expecting” us, mostly because the hotel is extremely romantic, and a group of three girls staying there is kind of a novelty apparently!  Nadia–a concierge at the hotel–a greeted us with joy and took us on a tour of the facilities.  PLEASE GO TO THIS HOTEL! It is fabulous and totally worth the money.  Splurge a little, live a lot!

The infinity pool was my favorite part of the hotel!

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Literally felt like I was sitting on the edge of the world

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Our room was amazing.  The “Kalypso” Suite (we had our own jacuzzi, in a cave; Que Romantico!)

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A few of my favorite things that we did on Santorini were our sailing excursion–Santorini is now shaped like a horseshoe, but at one time was a whole circle with a volcano at the center of the island.  About 3,000 years ago the volcano erupted and obliterated the island, changing it’s shape, and creating what they now refer to as the “caldera”.  We took a sailing excursion out to the mouth of the volcano to swim in the hot springs which are there as a result of the volcanic activity going on under the water! Awesome! The water tasted like pennies, but I wouldn’t have changed the adventure for anything!  Joslyn, Courtney, and I were, once again, the only group of girls (everyone else was coupled up…sigh) on the boat, but were definitely having the most fun (duh!)

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We also hiked down to Amoudi Bay and ate lunch and then….RODE THE DONKEYS BACK UP! This was the “one thing” that Joslyn really wanted to do and it was SO FUN!  Here’s how it went down: we paid an old man five euros, his grandson (actually I’m not sure that he was his grandson, but I just like to imagine that he was) who I must mention, looked kind of like a donkey (haha) hoisted us up onto a donkey, slapped the donkey’s butt, and let the donkey RUN (seriously running) up the hill.  As you can imagine, we were laughing hysterically, kind of screaming, and causing a scene the whole entire way back up the 200 steps.  It. Was. Awesome.

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Santorini is famous for her sunsets.  They are beautiful.  Everyday.  Each night, around 7:30PM people begin gathering at the Amoudi Bay end of the island, on steps, the roofs of restaurants, and–where we posted up–at the Medieval ruins to sit and watch the sun go down.  This simple act of sitting with a bunch of strangers who had the same goal as us–capture the beauty of the sunset and commit it to memory, film, “Instagram”, whatever–was thrilling.  Additionally, as the sun is setting, EVERYONE cheers, claps, whistles, dances, etc.  So cool! Just celebrating the pure beauty of this natural act made me so happy.

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This was probably my most happy and peaceful moment on this vacation; despite the fact that there were tons of other people around me, it still felt like I was having a personal moment between myself and God.

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The last day of our trip was so sad.  We hugged everyone at the hotel–every single person was amazing and kind.  I know that this is part of their job, but I have stayed at other places where it is supposed to be “part of their job” and it just was not the same as it was at Andronis.

(Oh yeah, they also came around the pool with trays of cold watermelon, everyday at 2PM, “just because”…ahhhh)

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Joslyn, Courtney, and I are no different than the rest of you: we work hard–just like you do, we lead stressful lives–just like you do, we can’t just “pick up” and go on vacation–just like you can’t either;  so, the reason I mention this is that I think–no matter who you are–it is so important to get out of your comfort zone and visit other places in the world.  It has taught me a few different life lessons:

1. Roll with it. Seriously, not everything goes the exact way you planned for it to go–but guess what? That’s okay! Travel teaches us how to do that too–adapt, adapt, adapt…and then enjoy enjoy enjoy!

2. Working hard is only really worth it all when you can also enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.  Material things (buying a home, paying off student loans, financing a wedding, paying for college) are cool, but nothing can replace the ways in which you can be shaped by meeting other people and learning their stories.

3.  I am more capable than I give myself credit for being.  At home, I tend to be a “routine girl”;  but when I travel I turn into a more confident, capable, and interesting person.  Things that I never really thought I would be able to do, suddenly become second nature.

4. The world is huge and I have seen only a fraction of it.  Guess what? The world is not going to come to you, you actually have to buy a plane ticket, search for hotel deals (but please, if you are over 30 years old, splurge for the hotel and avoid the hostels PLEASE! Be a grown-up! Haha), take time off of work, etc.  It might seem like a lot of “work”, but sometime making yourself more well-rounded is a little painful–I promise, it feels good in the end!

Until our next adventure, thank you Joslyn and Courtney, for being so easy to travel with.  I love you guys and I can’t wait for our next adventure…Spain? A Safari? Hmmm….where will the Sister Cats go next? Only time will tell.  Til then, Stay Fabulous.  Stay Ridiculous.  But don’t Stay Home.  Go somewhere!

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PS: a BIG “shout out” to JetsetterExpedia, and everyone (Tessa, Nadia, Nicholas, Chris…) at Andronis Luxury Suites for helping to make this leg of our trip so amazing and memorable in the best ways possible.