San Diego, California

fullsizeoutput_2d3Hey there! I wanted to share a few photos from my day trip to San Diego. I flew down to California to visit my family, however, everyone was busy one day, so I decided to take a train to San Diego and explore the great city! Not to mention that the 6:30 A.M. train was 45 minutes late and I literally caught the next train a minute before it left. It was my very first time adventuring an unknown place by myself, and it was such a wonderful experience. So this post is kind of like a travel guide of San Diego. My aunt told me where to go and what the major sightseeing places are, so I’m basically passing that along to you if you ever end up in this cool town. fullsizeoutput_2eaSo I took the train from San Clemente to Oceanside, then from Oceanside to downtown San Diego. When I got off the train it was raining, so I figured this would be a great time to grab some breakfast. I used the app, Yelp, to find a good cafe. I ended up finding my way to  Kuma cafe. I had the egg, ham, and cheese sandwich and it was delicious! The cafe was the cutest place, and it was right downtown.fullsizeoutput_2e9fullsizeoutput_2ecfullsizeoutput_2edfullsizeoutput_2f6By the time I was done with breakfast it stopped raining, so I walked down to the harbor. There’s a walking trail that goes all along the harbor. There were so many people jogging, socializing, and enjoying the view. Along the harbor is the Midway. That ship is HUGE. It was used during World War II. I didn’t take the tour of the ship-I heard it takes a couple hours, and I had so much more to see before the afternoon train departed. fullsizeoutput_2eeRecognize this statue? When I saw this I was amazed. This is right next to the Midway. The walking trail goes through a place called Seaport Village. There’s a bunch of places you can eat here, and also a couple shops. fullsizeoutput_2fdfullsizeoutput_2f5fullsizeoutput_2f1fullsizeoutput_2f2The trail goes around the Convention Center, and eventually you see Petco Park (a baseball field). I walked along the street to the Gaslamp District. The District consists of a ton of tourist shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to get souvenirs and postcards.😊fullsizeoutput_2f3fullsizeoutput_2f4fullsizeoutput_2f7After exploring some shops, I just kept walking along the walkway and embracing the view of the big buildings. I eventually made my way back to the train station. I noticed that there were maps everywhere in the city, so that’s very helpful. I’ll post down below the map that I used. There’s also a little area in town called ‘Little Italy’ and I believe the cafe where I ate my breakfast is part of that area. Overall, I basically walked a big loop sightseeing most of the touristy spots of the city. This day was a great experience for me as an individual. I was super happy that I got to add one more place that I’ve been to on my list. San Diego is definitely a place I would go back to again.❤️

xo-Autumn

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Laguna Beach

fullsizeoutput_283fullsizeoutput_26aThe ocean puts me in a place that I can’t even explain. The sound of the waves crashing onto the beach, the endless horizon, the deep blue color. There’s something about the ocean that brings pure joy and peace to me. This view point off of Laguna Beach was absolutely spectacular, so I wanted to share the photographs I took and hopefully bring joy and peace into your day by the view of the ocean and the magical plants. fullsizeoutput_284fullsizeoutput_26d

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Under-exposed photo, but the light reflecting on the water with the bird in the sky is so beautiful.

fullsizeoutput_280fullsizeoutput_27ffullsizeoutput_286fullsizeoutput_28bSo I’m currently in California, and I have been having a blast so far. Definitely needed a little bit of warmer weather and sunshine. It was literally 5 degrees when I left Washington, so the mid-60’s here is sooo nice. Trying to soak up every minute before I head back home. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with my photography and capturing nature at its greatest moments.

Stay tuned for some more California posts, and check out my Instagram to see what I’m up to next!

xo-Autumn

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetOkay, so I did say that I would do a blog post on this book, so here I am! I’m very excited to talk about this book, because it is truly motivational and inspiring. The author, Jen Sincero, puts your booty into gear and tell it how it is. Jen puts up with no crap and she tells you exactly what the title says-how to stop doubting yourself and start living an awesome life.

Jen Sincero gives you all the tips there are. When I was reading this book, I tried to soak in every single word. The words are powerful and they are written with purpose-just like how you should be living your life with purpose.

The overall theme of this book is to LOVE YOURSELF. You only have one life, so why waste it? Start living the life you’ve always dreamed of, turn off the TV and go explore the world, and stop putting things off. There’s so much you can do in one life, so don’t take anything for granted. Loving yourself is so important, because there’s only one you and you should treat yourself kindly and be confident with who you are.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that I wrote down, and I’ll link Jen Sincero’s website and a place to buy the book down below:

“It was about no longer being the kind of person who takes what she can get, and finally becoming the kind of person who creates exactly what she wants.”

“Be your best, do your best, demand the best, expect the best, receive the best, and put your best out into the world so everyone can receive your best, too.”

“You can change your entire reality on a dime if you want to badly enough or massively increase your income level or drop ten pounds or begin waking up excited to be who you are… whatever level of upgrade you want, it’s available to you, right now. You just have to decide to make it happen, to be engaged with your life and let the Universe work for you.”

“The key word is believe-you can’t be shitting bricks and charging more than you believe you’re worth and expect to receive it, and you can’t charge less than you believe you’re worth and expect to flourish because you’ll be pissed off.”

“The things that bother us about other people bother us because they remind us of something we don’t like about ourselves.”

“The people you surround yourself with are excellent mirrors for who you are and how much, or how little you love yourself.”

Jen Sincero’s Website

Buy the book here!

Quick and Affordable Christmas Gift🎄

fullsizeoutput_25d Looking for a cheap, but cute Christmas gift for a sweet friend? Well I got you covered. With these DIY marbled mugs, and a few goodies, you’ll be giving your friend an awesome gift. Let me tell you, these mugs are so easy to make! Not to mention, they make a great last minute gift as well! Just run into your Dollar Store, grab a mug (and maybe some nail polish if you don’t have it😉) and starting creating!

What you need:

  • a mug
  • nail polish (the more pigmented the color, the better)
  • warm water
  • toothpicks

Here’s how:fullsizeoutput_24bPour your nail polish into the warm water until the color starts to disperse. I recommend putting a decent amount of color into the water, so you’re confident that it will show up on your mug.fullsizeoutput_24eQuickly take a toothpick (I used a skewer☺️) and swirl the nail polish around so it makes a cool marble design.fullsizeoutput_24fGrab your mug, dip, and see the magic!fullsizeoutput_250fullsizeoutput_251The nail polish is like a film on the mug, so hand wash it carefully! There’s a little bit of blue on this mug from the previous color that I used, but it’s okay because that’s what makes it unique! At this point, set your mug down to dry. I let mine sit for the rest of the day and overnight. fullsizeoutput_255Fill your cute mug with some goodies, and your done! I filled my mugs with a face mask, some lip balm, fuzzy socks, and a candy bar.☺️ fullsizeoutput_254These mugs make the cutest, and easiest gift. I’m actually giving these mugs to a couple of my sweet friends. I’m also going to stick a little note in the mug explaining to hand wash carefully. This DIY could be a great gift for any occasion. You can even make it for yourself, and enjoy your warm drink in it. I’m highly considering making a black and gray one.😊

I hope you enjoyed this, and let me know some ideas you’d like me to blog. Should I make a video of my next DIY?!

Have a great holiday season filled with joy and peace.❤️

xo-Autumn