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Well, thankfully it is finally Friday. For all you crazy shoppers, may the odds be ever in your favor.

I have this quote saved on my desktop. i forget about half the time and then when I open it up, it always brings a smile to my face.  So i thought I’d share it with y’all.

Sometimes its good just to look back on your life and see all that you have lived through. Out of all the seasons and times that you thought that you may not make it through, or that it was too dark too see two steps ahead of you, somehow you’ve made it. Whatever it may be that you may be facing at this point in time, if you’ve made it this far, you’ll be able to make it through in some way or fashion.

Take time this weekend to appreciate how far you may have come in life.

(My apologies if you are offended by the language)

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Do you ever just read something and it jumps out at you? This is one quote that I absolutely love.

I feel like so many times we don’t do things because we let fear and the unknown paralyze us. I can see it in people around me that have just settled and gone the safe route because they were afraid to fail. And yeah, sometimes you will fall flat on your ass but that’s never the end of it all.

I moved to Australia and felt like I completely screwed it up at the end of the time that I was there but now I can look back and see how it’s all worked out and how if it hadn’t ended I would have just stayed stuck in one spot. I learned so much from that whole experience that I will forever treasure in my heart.

All that to say, you never know what may happen. The things that scare us the most usually turn out to be some of the most amazing things that we could live through. What if you do fail? So what. But what if you don’t? What if you flourish and see your dreams come true?

At the end of the day at the very least you’ll have some damn good stories to tell. I challenge you though, What is it in your heart to do? Why don’t you take that leap already?

I double dog dare you!

#WanderlustWednesday: Bali

It’s been stupid cold here in Nashville the last few days and all I want to do is run to someplace warm and if it has a beach, than even better. You see, I lived in the desert for the last 7 of 8 years. I don’t do cold. I must admit, I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather and I have already begun to whine about the cold (my apologies to anyone who has to put up with it).

Therefore, I would do just about anything to be in Bali right now.

Bali is one of the islands/provinces of Indonesia. Because of all its natural beauty it is regarded and the “Island of the gods”. You have anywhere from sandy beaches, to rugged mountains to rich farmland. You can actually hike around Rinjani which is an active volcano or you can go scuba diving in the coral reefs surrounding the island. And of course, one of the more popular activities, surfing. Bali is one of the top destinations in the world for surfing.

Bali is also renowned for it highly developed arts. There is a diverse art culture with both modern and traditional art/dance. Even their temples are like pieces of artwork. If the arts really aren’t your thing, Bali is also known for being a relaxing destination with multiple luxurious spas and places for meditation and/or yoga.

Its an absolutely beautiful place and with this cold weather right now, I would love to just be able to sit on the beach, smelling the fresh ocean breeze whilst taking in a bit of sun.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

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For more on Bali, check out: http://a.msn.com/03/en-us/BBekZVA

Friday Inspo

A beautiful, inspiring #travel poem!

I am a quote nerd.

I literally have a notebook that I carry in my purse to jot down any quotes that I come across or hear. I also jot down random ideas, things i need to check out more or simply stuff that i need to remember. Although I do use my phone quite a bit as well, but I prefer to actually write on paper.

All that to say, I thought I’d just post different quotes either about traveling or simply to inspire.

Have an amazing weekend y’all!

#WanderlustWednesday: Vienna

Vienna has been on my list to visit but it was not towards the top of the list until recently when I was reading an article that had Vienna as one of the top cities in the world for coffee. The process of filtering coffee is said to have been invented in Vienna in 1683. Even, UNESCO named Vienna’s coffee houses as an invaluable part of the heritage of the city.  As coffee is one of my favorite things in the world, I must go.

Vienna is the capital and the largest city in Austria. It is the 4th largest city in Europe following, London, Paris and Berlin.Vienna has also been named the number one city with the highest quality of living for the last four years in a row.

It has been the capital of several different empires throughout history. It has been, and continues to be a very influential city. It is rich in history, architecture, culture and the arts. You can find anything from classicist to modern architecture. Vienna holds hundreds of art museums and of course has a major part in musical legacy. Names such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss hail from Vienna or have ties to the city.

It looks like a spectacular place to wander about with a great cup of coffee in your hand…

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For more on Vienna:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/austria/vienna/travel-tips-and-articles/48-hours-in-vienna

#WanderlustWednesday: Kyoto

I’ve come to realize that most of the places that I have chosen for my #WanderlustWednesday are mainly based around the food of the region which in turn leads me to wanting to explore that particular city/country.

This week is no different.

Kyoto, Japan has recently been added to my list. Kyoto is located in the central part of Japan. It is one of the best preserved cities in the country after WWII. They city was formerly the imperical capital of Japan. it was originally designed with a Chinese Feng Shui design.

Kyoto holds 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is also know as the “City of Ten Thousand Shrines”. Among all of its shrines it also hosts many gardens throughout the city that draw people in from all over the world. I would love to go during the spring time when all the cherry blossoms are in bloom and then again in the autumn to see all the beautiful colors of the trees surrounding Kyoto.

Although I absolutely love gardens and would like to see the old world charm of Kyoto, I really want to go for the food. It is known for its abundance of Japanese food. The regionis famous for what is known as Kyo-ryori, which is a way in which food is cooked with minimal seasoning to bring out flavors & elements of the fresh seasonal ingredients presented in a beautiful manner in which to be able to enjoy the foor not just with the flavor but also with all of your other senses.

You can’t really talk about Kyoto without mentioning the Nishiki Market. It has been around since the 1600’s. Its four blocks with hundreds of shops from Japanese pickle shops to seafood vendors, Japanese pottery and spices shops. I’ve also heard that one must go to Ponto-cho, which is the geisha district of Kyoto which is an alley filled with great restaurants.

 

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For more on Kyoto, check out http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/travel/25hours.html