Because in the end, it's not about what you major in.  It's about what you take from what you've learned.  It's about finding your infinity and making your passion your life.

In the end, it's about what you do with what you know.

You have to take the good, the bad, the outright boring, & turn it into something brilliant.  Because nobody else will.  You can't rely on anybody else to turn your thoughts into words, to turn your dreams into actions.

Right here, right now - at this very moment - you are infinite.

Because in the end, you better jump off that train.  You better wake up.  Otherwise, one day you'll realize that you've been riding a train that takes you nowhere.  Unless you jump off, unless you wake up, you'll be stuck in an endless cycle of the mundane.  Wake up.

This is the infinite lightness of being.

You are an infinite being of light.



My favorite local getaway is the San Bernardino National Forest.  The woods there are expansive, & it's close enough that I don't even have to jump on a freeway to get there from Redlands!  Fresh air always does me good, especially if I hadn't traveled anywhere for a while.  Road trips, even plane trips, & camping trips are my favorite - but a good old fashioned hike in the woods on the weekend will always rejuvenate me for week ahead.

Our favorite place to hike in the forest is on the South Fork Meadows trailhead.  For now, we've been doing short hikes to Horse Meadows - the first significant marker of a completed hike - but eventually my mom & I would like to get to where we can hike to the summit in a day!  I love taking the dogs with us, though - so for now we're sticking to the easy day hikes.  Turbo doesn't do very well with long lengths, but he won't stop pulling once he smells that we're heading back.  Gozer is like an energizer bunny & just LOVES to go for a hike, as you'll see ahead.

Haha!  "Mom, no pictures!!" - Turbo

I think Turbo's favorite part of the hike is the snack/water break at the top of the trail before we head back.  As you can see by my splotched-up, freckled face, I'm really out of shape.  Getting caught up in the doldrums of life has gotten the best of my physicality, & I've gotten soft.  Like, fluffy...  

Of course, it didn't happen suddenly, but when you're 5'9", it takes a while to see the weight building up on a body that has so much room!  Even now, I'm not terribly big, I just have a nice layer of stuffing all over that needs to come off.  Hiking is my favorite way to do this, but it's not very effective... Due to my crazy schedule & inability to know when I'll have time in the day, an at-home workout is easier for me to fill in when I don't plan for the gym in the morning.  Because of this, & because of my rad friend Bradee becoming a Beach Body coach, I've signed up for the 21 Day Fix program, which includes 6 workouts (including yoga!), an eating plan with containers for portion control, & Shakeology!  

Phew, that was a mouth-full!  Basically, I start this program on April 28th, & I cannot wait to get back into the fitness grove of things!  I miss having a set gym schedule, but being in school & work both full time makes that difficult to swing.  

Have any of you tried this program, or at least Shakeology?  

Happy Tuesday!



It's a rare, yet beautiful mind that appreciates the soulful music of First Aid Kit.  I cannot tell you when I first began listening to these two Swedish sisters sing, & I'll never look back.  Poetic, philosophical, free-spirited, & cool, these two put the spirit of the West into the tonality of the North.  With dreamlike wonder, their newest album speaks to the vagabond in all of us.  I am so stoked to grab this one up on vinyl & play it on repeat!  Take a look at their trailer for Stay Gold, & check out some tour dates & Soundcloud snippets over at Pitchfork.

Growing up listening to a fair amount of classic rock & bluegrass, I came to love the likes of John Denver, Joni Mitchell, & even Bob Dylan - if not for his voice, for his poetry.  Music has always been such a strong driving force in my life - inspiring, soothing, hyping, & comforting.

Lately music has even stemmed a sort of artistic revival in me.  I've been writing more, trying to draw whenever I can, & even thinking of how I can make this blog something real again.  Enough pondering, it's time to DO this.

Welcome to my Boardwalk To Eden!



There's a wonderful place down in the desert of very Southern California called Salvation Mountain.

I first heard of this place in passing conversation among friends, & then eventually in the film Into The Wild.  You can see a clip from that movie where the real creator of Salvation Mtn., Leonard Knight, talks about the importance of love here.  Or better yet, you could see the entire movie - it really is one of my all time favorites.  From that clip, I can just imagine Leonard talking to the real Christopher McCandless about love in a time of such immense desperation.

Any-who, on our trip down to the desert we made a stop off at Hadley's for their infamous date shakes & a bit of sustenance.  After having the date shakes it was really interesting to see all of the date palm farms along the highway & think of how unique of a crop that is.  Everyone associates palm trees with Southern California, but I wonder if many know about the abundance of dates we have down here.  I'm really quite honored to be able to partake in such tasty food that's both so naturally sweet & good for you!

There are so many shots from this trip that I had to break it up into a few groups, so here are some photos from that first little stop at Hadley's.

Chelsea & Gregory just need to stop with how good looking they are!

Along the top of the walls in the so-called dining area of this place there are signed photos of different celebrities who have visited since they first opened in 1931.  Since Palm Springs has often been a big celebrity vacation spot, there are a lot of second visits - I'm sure it's just for the date shakes & fun snacks that they sell.  Their pomegranate wine is another delicious take-home treat!

After we fueled up here, we hit the road again for another hour & a half to two hours of driving south to get to Salvation Mtn.  I'll catch you all up on pt.2 of the trip next time!  We also ventured past the mountain to slab city, which proved to be a very photogenic experience, aka pt.3.

Have any of you ever been to Salvation Mtn. or Hadley's?  Do you like dates?  I cannot get enough of them!



It's Friday, & I'm here to share with you all some of my favorite internet finds from this week.

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The newest single/video from The Head and the Heart has me beyond excited for their show in December!

Check out this American Mood Map & take the test to see which state you belong in!  Apparently I belong in Oregon, & I am perfectly okay with that.

With the new Carrie movie in theaters, someone decided to pull a telekinetic prank in a coffee shop - have you seen it?  

These Wes Anderson notebooks are killer!

Of course, anything Nick Offerman will get my vote of approval - even him making this ridiculous video in support of Movember.  If I was a dude I'd totally rock a killer moustachio!

These paisley tights from Emerging Thoughts, as styled by Katie from Skunkboy Creatures are a definite must-have for Fall.

Also, I cannot get over how much I'd love it if Frankie Magazine & Smith Journal were available here in California.  (I might have to try & convince Jonathan's dad to bring them over for me when visit from Australia.)

Lastly, I'd like to say congrats to my best blog friend, Vivs, on her beautiful baby boy!  Her little family is the cutest thing ever.

Is there anything you've found online lately that you'd like to share?
Have a great weekend, friends!



So, part of my career/degree in Communications has a little something to do with reviewing items.  While I can easily review my collection of Fossil purses, various lipsticks, or boozes, I figured I'd take it up a notch & review a few books.  

This is just a snippet of one type of book I'll be reviewing.  Along with graphic novels & comics, I'll also be reviewing my extensive collection of young adult literature (YA), & my ridiculously expansive collection of novels - both literary achievements & guilty pleasures.  

For the sake of blogging, I'll probably throw in a new album here & there, as well.

With midterms over, & application to colleges sent, I'll soon be well on my way towards what I like to call "big girl school."  Delving straight into the world of university level communications, I'm sure that practicing on this blog won't hurt - I'm hoping they'll at least sharpen my writing & networking skills.  With blogging also comes the promoting of your own space, social networking, connection making, & in more ways than one, practicing my "big girl job" on my own time.

I'm glad to be back in this thing full force.  I hope you stick around to see what happens over here in my little corner of the web.  & I'm finally remembering why I read blogs so often before.  You are all such inspiration to me!  Sharing your lives, & opening yourselves up to the world shows great bravery, vulnerability, & mad self confidence (even if you don't believe so).

Check back soon for my first review:  Mr. Stuffins.



On September 14th Jonathan & I took a trip to Disneyland.  Since we have annual passes, this wasn't anything particularly special for us besides the fact that for once, we were able to go on our own.  

Little did I know, that lurking in the cargo pocket of his shorts, Jonathan had hidden a beautiful little gem - a surprise - a ring.  

Of course, he had it all planned out ... & of course, I would not go along with anything he suggested - not knowing that he had a reason for wanting to go on the Ferris wheel we fell for each other on.  

But in the end, everything worked out.  He asked.  I said: "Are you fer realz?"  & then there was this perfect ring on my finger.  

We finally got to go on the new Cars Land ride, getting popcorn while waiting in the hour-long line (the shortest it's been since it opened), without a care in the world ... because we were now engaged.  

He sent a text to my mom, pretending to ask for permission.  When she said: "Yes, of course!" - he said: "Good!  Because she said yes!"  Of course, that was cuter than anything - I "D'awwed!" all over the place.  He called his mom & told her how I had asked him to marry me so that I could level up my feminism ... she bought it, & I made him tell her the truth.  He gave me the run down on how he obtained the ring, "The Trials & Tribulations of Ring Bearing."  We put together a series of fake text messages to announce our engagement on Facebook, which I'm pretty sure a lot of people thought was how it really went down.  This amused me & made me realize how ridiculous people really think we are ... it may or may not be validated.  

In all, it was a great day!  

We're set to get married on October 11th, 2014.  I've got an awesome florist for a friend.  I'm pretty sure we're keeping things really simple besides having lots of pretty flowers & an amazing photographer.  Caleb John Hill is booked - his photography is stellar ... & he's a local bloke!  We're bringing back the wedding band with Honeypie, a friend of Jonathan's, whose music I adore!  I'm debating designing my own invitations ... any thoughts on that?  Basically, I'm stoked.  

There's still so much to do, but I've got plenty of time.  I'm really excited, & can't wait to see all the pieces come together!