I am actually stunned that it is already time for the second quarterly update. Half way through the year already, it is crazy! I do apologize for my lack in writing. Once I am actually back in school this fall and start learning about all that is good for us, I will have a lot more content. I want to make sure that the information I am writing about is accurate and legit so I do take my time in doing research and then usually test it out myself before writing about it. Summer is almost over, however, and I do have a post I have been working on that will be posted soon on taking care of your mental wellbeing because I find that taking yourself in the inside is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
In the meantime, here is a little bit of what I’ve been up to:
My biggest highlight of April was going to Coachella. We actually camped which I loved doing. It did have its challenges because of how hot it was but I’d do it all over again if I could. Some tips when going to festivals would be the following:
- Bring lots and lots of water. Most festivals will usually not allow you to bring any inside and will have water stations accessible there so bring a canteen to fill. After a whole day/night of dancing and walking and running from one stage to the next your body will need lots of water before and after.
- So super important, especially for daytime summer festivals. Many festivals, such as Coachella, won’t allow any aerosols inside so pack sunscreen lotions to take in with you if you plan to be exposed to the sun for longer than 2 hours.
- (Healthy) Snacks
- Tangerines, almonds, apples, grapes, trail mix all make yummy snacks that also fuel your body with vitamins and nutrients. In addition, camping gave us the flexibility to cook, which was helpful.
- This of course very much depends on the type of festival you go too. For Coachella I would say the three most important items are: comfortable shoes, hat, and bandana. Layers were important as well because it was very hot in the daytime and got windy and cool at night. It honestly went from almost 100°F to about 65°F at night.
- Have fun!
- Go with a group of people you enjoy spending time with and enjoy your time to the fullest! Be safe and just dance, even if you dance alone…like me watching Kendrick Lamar. No shame.
In May I hiked the Black Star Canyon Hike, which I successfully completed in 6 hours with the help of my best friend, K. It is honestly such an amazing hike though it is quite challenging so be extra careful and give yourself enough time to complete it. Definitely not a hike to do by yourself! There was sadly not too much water in the waterfall when we went, but you can sense the eerie history with also the combination of so much natural beauty so it was very cool. A nice stranger warned us about some poison ivy and there isn’t like an actual trail, so I would recommend a light long sleeve and pants when doing this hike. I also strongly recommend snacks, a sandwich to enjoy by the waterfall, water, and allergy medicine – it helps if you have an amazing hiking partner too. This is super personal and cheesy but merp…this was also the day K went from being my best friend to being someone I am officially dating and feeling so lucky to have so that was a huge plus of an already great day. Truthfully, I was actually trying to just be friends with him for the longest time because of how afraid I was to let someone into my life in that way – even though my feelings for him had been there for a little while. Being friends first and building that trust and connection has helped immensely. I am a huge cheeseball of happiness and it freaks me out sometimes but I am enjoying it completely and fully. It’s such a beautiful feeling having someone care for you the same way you care for them. It’s a great reminder that even if my past hasn’t been the greatest, keeping an open heart and an open mind really allowed something great to enter my life.
In June K and I visited Point Dume in Malibu. It was under a “hike” category we looked up, but honestly it was more of an easy stroll so we added some walking lunges and frog jumps to add a bit more intensity. It was overcast the day we went, but Malibu didn’t loose its beauty. We were even fortunate enough to spot some dolphins and sea lions. If you plan on visiting this spot, plan accordingly because there is literally maybe a 10-car parking area and there is no street parking in the neighborhood. There may be a way to enter from the beach below, so maybe try that, though you’ll have to pay there. Besides that, June was spent mostly working and enjoying work perks like a free trip to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. I played around with some new recipes too such as making spaghetti and tacos with Beyond Meat “beef”. K is not vegetarian and thought it tasted just as real meat; they were super easy recipes to make, delicious, and completely plant-based. I also made a Mexican Quinoa dish which was the first real meal, besides pasta, I have ever cooked and everyone who tried it loved it- high five to me! I am working on a detailed post on these recipes so stay tuned for that if you’d like to try them.
After so long of contemplating cutting my hair I finally went for it! It has not been this short in years and honestly loved how it turned out. My hair feels so healthy and light; perfect for summer. I got my hair done at the Paul Mitchell School in Costa Mesa which saved me some money but I am always extremely impressed by the amazing job they do there and the fact that their products are all cruelty free is very important to me.
So there you all have a little peek of what I’ve been up to. Mostly trying to enjoy these beautiful sunny days between work and trying to stay active and try new recipes. I actually did start the Brett Cap <3ooty Camp and will be posting about that soon too!
Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week! Thank you for stopping by.