A Cheat Sheet For Winning At Life In Your 20s

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I’ve always had close friends who are significantly older than me. One awesome advantage to this is they generally treat me to lunch when we go out. (There is such a thing as a free lunch! In your face, Milton Friedman. Okay, obviously the lunch isn’t technically free but it’s free for me and that’s what counts.) Anyway, the other great advantage is I get a lot of tips and tidbits of good advice about how to enjoy my twenties and be independent and all that good stuff. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been in my twenties a really long time even though I’m not even at the half way point yet. But when you move across the world at seventeen by yourself, you grow up really fast. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to curate a cheat sheet for how to win at life. Of course, I am still…

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Backyard Musings

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Light bugs are my favorite.

You can just be sitting there, and all of a sudden a little flash of light sparks up and then flies away.

I was sitting on our back porch this evening, reading a book as the sun started to set. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was in the upper 80’s and not too much humidity in the air. The sky began to change from a bright blue to pinks and oranges as the daylight began to fade. The crickets and cicadas began to sing their songs. A couple of rabbits ran across the yard as the light bugs began their evening ascent.

It may be the best part of the day for me. I am sure sunrises are great but being that I am no morning person, I do prefer sunsets. People coming home from work and making dinner. The chaos of the day begins to simmer down, and even if its just for a few moments, all is well.

I must admit, that I was quite distracted from my book whilst watching the fireflies/light bugs/lightening bugs, whichever you may prefer to call them. They remind me of my childhood. Of those summer days in which we would run like hooligans around the neighborhood. In times much more simple. Seeing those little light bugs makes the child within me want to run barefoot through the yard and see how many I can catch and put in a jar. Have you ever made a makeshift lantern with light bugs? It was my joy in the summer.

A couple of weeks ago, i was driving home late at night. I almost ran my car into the ditch with how excited I was at seeing a light bug for the first time in about 8 years. I had forgotten about those beautiful little creatures. 7 years living in the desert, and one in Australia (I don’t think they have light bugs or maybe I just didn’t pay attention when i was there), can truly make you appreciate the smaller things in life. I still find myself fascinated with how green everything is. I love seeing the wildflowers that grow in the side of the road. I love hearing all the bugs at night. I love seeing the June bugs fly around the lights.

I find myself so distracted by my computer and phone. The battery on my phone was dying so I left my phone inside charging. I found myself wanting to get it so i can instagram this or tweet about that. Yet, A: no one really cares and B: Instagram can’t capture moments like that, I just needed to be right there in that moment.

And yet, in moments like tonight, it’s nice to be able to sit outside, without distraction, and just be. Just notice the way the wind blows the trees or watch the ants as they make their way across the porch. To notice, that those birds that are making their way back into the trees have everything they need. They dont have to stress and strive and yet their taken care of. That no matter what may happen, that it’ll be okay. Someway, somehow, it’ll all be alright.

Light bugs are my favorite.

#WanderlustWednesday: Edinburgh

This week let’s venture over to the UK.

One place that I would love to wander about is Scotland. With its beautiful highlands and gorgeous men, I mean, why wouldn’t you want to get lost there (insert winking emoji). ANNNNDDD, let’s not forget, Scotland’s national animal…the ever majestic Unicorn! Yes, its true and yes, I love it! (It’s part of an ongoing joke with a few of my friends, dont ask me how it came about or why, but I slightly love unicorns now.)

But on to more serious things, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is known for it’s history, architecture, arts, culture, food and geography.  It is said that the city is more of an experience than just a destination. From museums and galleries to unique boutiques and chic coffee shops, Edinburgh has a bit for everyone.

Edinburgh is host of many festivals that are world renown. It’s Edinburgh International Festival is one of the worlds largest art and dance festivals that draws thousands each year. The also host the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and International Book Fest.

The city is rich in literary tradition. From Sir Walter Scott to Robert Louis Stevenson to J.K. Rowling, all have had some sort of start or impact from Edinburgh. For my Harry Potter fans, J.K. Rowling began the first book in a coffee shop in Edinburgh. I read somewhere that it was cheaper for her to go to that coffee shop and buy a cup of coffee than to pay for the heat bill in her apartment whilst beginning to write her ever popular book series. You can still visit that same coffee shop, The Elephant House.

Of course, you cannot miss all of the history that fills the city being surrounded by the Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral and all of its beautiful architecture that has been around for hundreds of years. Also, get out of town and go do a tour of the highlands all around Scotland. Go breathe in the fresh Sottish air and take in all it’s natural sights. It’s on my list for sure.

My absolute favorite beer is based in Edinburgh, Innis & Gunn. The beer was originally used as a way to flavor the barrels used for a whiskey distiller. It was supposed to be thrown out after is flavored the barrel but the brewers discovered that the aging worked well with the beer thus, Innis & Gunn began. The Rum Finish is my favorite of the varieties. I made Sticky Toffee Pudding with it last year for Christmas and it was UHHH-MAAZZEEE-ING! Do yourself a favor and go try some. Of course, if you like whiskey you’ll have to check all the distillers in Scotland.

And, I mean, Edinburgh is also the birthplace of Sean Connery…so..now you have to go, haha. Seriously though, just go and explore and see what you find on your way.

”Edinburgh is an experience / A city of enormous gifts / Whose streets sing of history / Whose cobbles tell tales.”