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Roaming Coconut

Coleman and I are extremely settled into our apartment now and loving our new space (although I wish I could do a bit more decorating), but more recently I’ve been feeling like a nomad. We have been away from our hometowns for a while, moving from one apartment to the next since we were 19 years old… It’s been insane!

I have been inspired by the interior design of some of these homes recently and it makes me look forward to becoming a home owner in a few years to come (hopefully). I mean a real homeowner with neighbors, and a street that I can be on for years. A fireplace, my favorite cozy couch, and a somewhat permanent address. I never thought I would ever crave something so permanent, but all this moving around and trying to figure out which city we should move to next, the commute to work, pending where work will be, and crazy spikes in rent have my head spinning. Until then, I’m inspired by some of these beautiful photos. Hey, a girl can dream right?

Where is your next move?

PS(many of my faves are found on Studio Mcgee; One of my all time favorite interior designers/blogs.) http://www.studio-mcgee.com/

Cheers!

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A DayJob, A DayDream

it’s 2:52pm PST in the afternoon, on the eave of my 24th birthday and I’m day dreaming about my job. Not the current job, the dream job.

I have a business meeting in 30 minutes and I’ve spent majority of my day researching fashion trends, and online clothing boutiques, seller’s permits, and small business tax laws in the state of CA. I have done nothing to prepare for this meeting coming up, not knowing what my new role at this company will entail. I’m soon to be 24 and all I want to do is start my own venture, but I’m too much of a wimp to take the risk. I NEED RESEARCH. MORE RESEARCH. That’s what I keep telling myself. That’s the nature of starting a business isn’t it? Research, followed my tenacity, then more research.

But… then, what? Do I go out on the limb and leave the security of my day job to pursue an online business? Do I attempt to start this venture as a side gig until it takes off? I know that I’ve always wanted to own my own boutique one day, and I’ve come to realize that the older I get, the more I have to lose. So why not start my venture now? My current career path has been a great experience and I have had many opportunities, but is this for me? I couldn’t answer that. Am I happy here? Sometimes, sure. Am I engaged? I think so, but that’s the nature of who I am as a worker. Other than the fact that I spent hours researching for my business opportunity rather than anything related to the company I’m currently at. Well, that’s not entirely true, I’ve spent a few hours of research for work also.

A few months ago, I relaunched this blog in hopes that it would ignite some sort of passion project for me. I thought that I would be creative, have a portfolio of work of some sort, and that hasn’t happened. I get caught up with work (the current day job, not the dream job), or I sit back and recalculate what the fuck I want this blog to be focused on. I have decided that this blog will be as serendipitous as my career path, and as eclectic as my every day life.

Back to the point–At 23, how do you leave a well paying job that has kept you stable and thriving the expensive marketplace that is the Silicon Valley, and do you leave at all even if it’s not your “dream job?” What is your dream job supposed to feel like anyway? Is it possible to do both–maybe. Is it worth the risk of trying to do it all–I think so. For anyone that has started a business while working full time, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you made this possible.

Food for Thought: A Room of One’s Own

Where do you write? What devices or tools do you need at your desk? Here, four writers describe their ideal spaces to write.

via Creating the (Physical and Mental) Space to Write — The Daily Post

 

If you know me, you know that one of my favorite areas of study is women’s literature. I came across this post while at work and it reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Having the leisure time, privacy and financial independence to write, and to do so as a woman, is extremely remarkable! That was just a food for thought.

But, more to the point of the blog, owning an old fashioned type writer may be on the list of “must haves,” as I aspire to be a published author. In the meantime, my laptop, a cup of joe, and a clear desk space is enough of a safe haven from the chaotic room that lives in my brain. I’m hoping to publish a few work samples in the next few months. Stay tuned!

 

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

A quick trip to Playa Del Carmen was the perfect “first time travelers” type of trip for us. Staying at an inclusive resort helped us keep the cost to a minimum, and I felt a lot safer knowing that we were in a resort. Don’t let this picture of Coleman fool you, we were still able to explore and have our adventures. It wasn’t laying on the beach the whole time! IMG_0999

 

Outside of Playa Del Carmen is a down town area that’s about a 10 minute cab ride and not that far from the resort. Street performances are pretty common and Coleman and I witnessed an interesting one for the books. It’s a bit hard to tell from the pictures, but these performers are sitting on posts incredibly high off the ground. They sing songs and play unusual instruments. We weren’t quite sure what they were. The only thing we kept thinking was “holy hell, that’s a huge fall.” IMG_1008IMG_1009IMG_1010

Playa Del Carmen is on the Caribbean and the water is much warmer than the water I’m used to in Hawaii (obviously). Boat tours are also pretty common due to the heavy tourist attraction. Majority of the beach is populated with resorts. IMG_1000IMG_1004IMG_1002IMG_1001

This was our view right outside our room. IMG_1006

 

If you ever get the opportunity to venture off like we did, get a tour through ruins and make a trip out to see Chichen Itza! It was about a three hour drive from our hotel, but we were able to bargain with a cab driver for the day. That’s def. one thing you don’t really get to do in the U.S.

 

Chichén Itzá is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry.

IMG_1106IMG_1134IMG_1105IMG_1042When we were wandering Mayan ruins, we found Iguanas everywhere and anywhere. These fellas are quite big and very territorial! They are in general harmless if you leave them alone, but I couldn’t help but take loads of pictures of them! They were crawling everywhere! Iguanas were also considered a delicacy for their “meaty” tails.

I wish Coleman had properly charged his GoPro, so you could see the underwater images from our swim in this crystal blue cenote. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. This is typically what they look like. This is an image I found that sort of looks like the cenote Coleman and I swam in in Tulum. I’ll upload those images when I find them.  The water stays so crystal clear and blue!Grand-Cenote.jpg

Some cenote’s can be extremely dangerous if you are not an experience diver. Depth and pressure under these caves can vary and there are rules and regulations for each cenote. The cenote Coleman and I swam in was also used for Discovery Channel to do their research.  Sometimes Coleman and I would see scuba divers beneath us.

Big Sur,CA

Tanbark trail is not a popular hike in Big Sur, which means you can expect a lot of wildlife! We had nearly four encounters with snakes throughout the entire hike.

Hawaii doesn’t have any snakes because it’s not a native species and has no known natural predators to our island. Therefore, this was my first time seeing snakes up close and personal. One for the books!

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Coleman can never smile properly for a picture. He hates selfies and would rather I take pictures of mother nature, but I can’t help it! I love photographing our adventures together!

Carmel

The best way for me to recharge my batteries is to get back to the Ocean and Point Lobos State Reserve was the perfect easy hike for the ending of our “staycation.” There are several trails along the coast that offer a peaceful view of the ocean through out the entire trail! There’s nothing better than getting back to the pace of the ocean, especially when life in Silicon Valley get’s too fast paced and hectic for me. I can’t wait to settle down near the ocean again.

Towards the end of the trail, Coleman and I were able to discover tons of wildlife in the tide pools. Tide pooling is one of our favorite things to do during the summer. The water in Carmel is one of the clearest and bluest I’ve seen in California.9218881_orig.jpg

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