West Coast Bucket List

SO when Sean and I decided on actually taking the plunge and moving to San Diego, we were thrilled at the thought of how many doors it could open for us both professionally and recreationally. When we got here, we couldn’t stop talking about how many weekend trips we wanted to take, and all of the places on the west coast that we really wanted to visit. Being in sales, we were always told to write it down and set some goals. However, writing your goals down only works if you truly believe in those goals, and actually want said goals to happen. When I do finally write things down, I look at the list, and think of it as my dream board. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a bucket list for us and I have had it sitting on our refrigerator for us to look at. Since writing it down and having it on my mind, we bought tickets through Sam’s Club to utilize the discount, and went to Disneyland (post to come soon) yesterday. The joy in writing a list is having the ability to cross things off of it. I really wanted to cross something off it, and I have always been a fan of Disney…so why the heck not?

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Here it is…our West Coast Bucket List!! Knowing us, we will be adding more and more as we go! I am sure of it.

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Feelin’ 25

Birthday week ensues, and I must say 25 has been pretty great to me thus far. I don’t want to say I was nervous about turning 25, because I definitely wasn’t; however, if I am completely honest, I didn’t welcome 25 as I did 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24. Before November 10th, I was almost sad to say goodbye to my early 20s. I had the best early 20s anyone could ever imagine. I graduated from an amazing school where I met my fiance, and the world’s most perfect friends. I landed an amazing job that allowed me to travel a huge chunk of the world. I found my furbaby, Tucker and became a Furmama. I was given unconditional love and support from my parents and sister. I followed my dreams to California. I accomplished a lot, and I am damn proud of it! Thinking about leaving this wonderful time makes me a little sad.

Now before you go thinking I am completely nuts, and 25 is still so young, please hit your breaks! I know I have a world ahead of me, and I am so young, and I will accomplish a ton (I know this), but turning 25 was sentimental for a number of reasons. So many amazing things happened at 24. I am sad to say goodbye to 24 because 24 changed my life forever. It allowed me to officially agree on forever with my fiance, and that in itself made my year. PLUS, I really liked saying I was 24. It had a nice little ring to it! 🙂 Every year, not only on my birthday but on New Years Eve, I get sentimental because I loved the year prior. I always tell myself “if this is how 24 or 2013, for example was, next year will be 100x better. Every year that little saying has lived up to its promise, and has been beyond 100x better. I know 25 will bring me and my loved ones nothing but happiness, success, and love. 

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Venice, Italy: Surprise Engagement!

Exactly 30 days ago the man of my dreams proposed to me in Venice, Italy! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this than to share our special moment with my followers. Sean is the most handsome, special, and caring soul I have ever come across. He makes me feel so at ease, so incredibly loved, so beautiful, so safe, and so special. I am so thankful God brought him into my life. I thank him everyday because it is truly such a blessing. I promise not to get too sappy in this post, but the love I have for this amazing man is unexplainable. Before meeting Sean, I always use to wonder how and why people would say, “OMG like I’m going to marry my best friend, OMG” Honestly, I thought this comment was kind of annoying because I couldn’t relate. I honestly thought that it was impossible! I have my best girlfriends. How could a guy become a best friend? But falling in love with Sean changed it all. He did not take over my best friends’ role of being my best friends, he became my partner, my confidant, my everything….so much more than a best friend. Anything I could ever want in a best friend, he became, and it is so much better than that because we share a one of a kind love that I get to cherish my entire life until we are old and frail. We know I am a hopeless romantic, this is not new news. I have always been a believer in true love, and I believe everyone will find it. However long it takes. I have finally found my forever love. To say Sean and I are happy is a serious understatement. We laugh in normal conversation because we have fallen more deeply in love since our romantic proposal….in just 30 days.

When my parents renewed their wedding vows on their 25th anniversary in Kauai, they said they loved each other so much more than the day they got married. I wondered again how that could happen when “you are the most in love on your wedding day.” I was wrong again. Love teaches your young soul so many things. In just 30 days, I have loved Sean more than when he proposed to me, and a heck of a lot more than  when I first told him I loved him on January 2, 2012. I can’t wait to love him more and more each day until our hairs turn as grey as our silver fox, Tucker (cue laughter). I love you, Sean. Thank you for changing my life for the better each and every day. Thank you for being mine.

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Eze, France, our little piece of heaven.

Hi Love Bugs! I am blogging to you from TrentItalia, a fast track train to Venice. This trip has been a complete whirlwind. It has been absolutely amazing at times, yet frustrating at other times as most travels, especially long term, tend to be. Up until our arrival in Florence, everything went perfectly and according to plan. If you know me, you know I am a serious planner, so that was fantastic. However, when we arrived in Florence, Vueling airlines lost our luggage. You would probably think to yourself, why yes that is incredibly annoying, but when you are traveling for 32 days you almost have to expect something like that to happen. While yes, this is true (I guess); however, Vueling airlines not only lost our luggage (2 suitcases), but they lost 75% of the plane’s luggage as well! Let’s do some simple math here…you board 150 passengers, and only 20ish suitcases? Hmm. I think you have a problem, better check your clipboard stat! We eventually got our luggage the next evening with ZERO help from the Florence airport or Vueling airlines because their telecommunication systems are completely shot to hell! Each automated message in Italian stated they were still searching for our luggage (ugh no comprendo?). Anyways, Sean and I went on a whim, drove to the airport, and retrieved our wonderful suitcases! If you saw my face when I laid eyes on my beautiful suitcase, it lit up like a child on Christmas. I could finally have my hair products, underwear, chargers, and clothes back! Oh my goodness, heaven! 🙂

After getting back to the hotel, we got ready for the evening, and that is when I started to feel sick. I caught a 24 hour flu bug. It was horrible. Anything and everything associated with the flu you can think of, I got. Let’s not go into details here because it was quite disgusting, but it was not pretty. I felt weak, had no appetite, and was completely miserable. It gets better, the day I got sick (yesterday), was Sean’s birthday and we had a beautiful day planned in Tuscany, Siena, and Pisa. 😦 We unfortunately did not make it to any of those wonderful places, and made the bus driver pull over so I could get off the bus, sick. I felt horrible. We had been looking forward to this forever, and the flu bug had to ruin it for us. I am finally feeling better after forcing myself to eat Saltines and stay hydrated. We will continue the birthday celebrations today in Venice, and as we board our cruise around the Mediterranean. A good friend/mentor once told me bad things happen in 3s, so (1)getting our luggage lost, (2)me getting sick, and (3)canceling our Tuscany trip should be enough. Let’s hope the next 15 days go wonderfully as we are now in the middle of our Eurotrip. Here’s to another great half of the trip.

Now don’t think I was only going to rant and rave on this post, Europe has been amazing. Since last posting Sean and I have had a great time in Nice where we took day trips to Eze and Monte Carlo, went to Barcelona with a day trip to the mountains of Montserrat, and ate our way through Florence, EATaly (before my getting sick of course). Eze is an amazing mid-evil village perched up on top of the mountains overlooking the sea. It is absolutely gorgeous, and I am completely in love with this little town. Eze is about 29 minutes by bus from Nice.DSC_1067 Read more

Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France

Versailles is the most beautiful chateau/castle/home I have ever seen. The amount of gold around the house, fountains, gardens, etc. is truly remarkable. The time that it must have taken to landscape and grow those gardens the way it is today is unimaginable. I can only wish to have something half as beautiful as that one day, and that is a far fetched wish! The line to get into the Chateau is extremely long. If possible, pre-order your tickets or schedule a guided tour. I personally do not like guided tours because you don’t have the freedom to go at your own pace, but who knows it might be worth it to see inside the chateau, something I wish I could have done. Sean and I took the train to Versailles mid-afternoon to avoid lines as indicated on the website and we could still only get into the gardens. The line to buy tickets to get into the chateau must have had 500 or more people in it so we thought the gardens would be just fine, and they were absolutely perfect. DSC_0416 Read more

Je’taime Paris

Can I just start off by saying, I love Paris! Like, I seriously love Paris. I know, I know, everyone says they love Paris; however, recently before leaving, I had multiple people tell me they were disappointed by Paris, they had bad experiences, the Parisians were not helpful, they hate Americans, blah blah. The list goes on. I just want to take a second to thank everyone who told me this because I went to Paris with an open mind, and because of this my expectations were not outrageously high like others might have been. I think this actually made Paris better for me. The city is so perfect with its wonderfully decorated Parisian style, its buttery and extremely flakey croissants, and don’t even get me started on the macaroons and baguettes. Almost every single person (besides 2 🙂 ) that Sean and I crossed paths with were extremely nice and helpful. We even had someone in the subway completely stop what they were doing, take off their headphones, and ask us if we needed help. I guess the extremely perplexed looks on our faces staring at the daunting subway map not only made us anxious, but made others around us anxious as well! lol. This really nice guy went out of his way to speak to us in broken English. He asked us-not the other way around. He ended up saving us 20 minutes, and a bunch of frustration by notifying us the line we wanted to take to Notre Dame stopped running at 5:00pm. It was then 6:30pm. Overall, we met really great people who gave us wonderful suggestions.

Sean and I did so many things in Paris. We were non-stop from the second we got there, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. On our first night out in Paris, we did a Viator Tour that took us to the Eiffel Tower for dinner, than an evening 1-hour Seine River Cruise tour, than tickets to the Moulin Rouge with complimentary champagne, which was amazing. Sean and I are STILL talking about that night. It was a little over 5 1/2 hours, and we were exhausted after, but it checked everything off our list. It also included transportation, and we got to chat with other couples around the world. We met a couple from Australia and a couple from Scotland, and both were wonderful! All in all it made for a great Parisian night out.DSC_0235 Read more