Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Path to a Dream Vacation

In a few months, I will be traveling and temporarily moving to Georgia for six months. I am beyond excited. I've been wanting to move somewhere new for a while now and I've finally gotten the opportunity to do so. A lot of the details are still being worked on. I'm not sure which month I will be leaving. It will either be in one month or in seven months. Big difference, I know. I also am not sure how I will be getting there. I really want to drive there and be able to fulfill one of my dream vacations. Since I live in Seattle, not many miles away from the coast, and I will be moving to Georgia, again, not so many miles from the coast, I plan on having a coast-to-coast road trip. It has always been a dream of mine and I figured that I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Now, I see two problems. One, my car is technically my dad's and we have to work things out with the bank/insurance/etc to see if I can have it down there for six months. And two, the biggest problem of all, is money. As you all may, or may not, know is that I'm currently unemployed. I find out in a week whether I will be leaving sooner, or later. If it's in a month, then I'm not really sure how to fund my trip. If it's later, then I will searching harder for a job to pay for everything.

As I'm not very happy with my current living situation, I would love to be able to go sooner rather than later. But then how will I pay for my trip? It will cost at least $750 for gas and I plan on staying with friends along the way instead of hotels, but then there is still the price of food, and of course, postcards. Even if I got a job now, one month would not be long enough to come up with all the money. Especially with a low-paying minimum wage job and part-time hours. So what's a girl to do?

I've written down a list of everything that I could do.. but I just don't think it would be enough. I'm highly considered posting a donate button on my blog, in case any of you would like to help fund a dream vacation. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

No Regrets

Ever since I got my Kindle for Christmas, I've been spending a lot of time at the library. Well, actually, I've been spending a lot of time on the library's website.. haha. I usually just find the books that I want online and request a hold from there. The only time I actually go to the library is just to pick up/drop off the books. One book I've been reading lately is No Regrets by Sarah Ivens. It's a cute book about "101 fabulous things to do before you're too old, married, or pregnant." I may or may not agree that they should all be on this list, but I thought I should try them all anyway. Here is the list:

1. Learn to love champagne
2. Eat french fries - without the guilt
3. Rock the microphone at Karaoke
4. Let an unsuitable man spoil you rotten
5. Throw yourself a party
6. Get thrown out of nightclub
7. Eat in a fancy restaurant by yourself
8. Buy your own jewelry
9. Have as many first kisses as your morals allow
10. Learn to cook something exceptional
11. Compete with yourself, not your girlfriends
12. Get creative with your giving
13. Listen to the warning bells
14. Finish unfinished business
15. Love your family - conventional or not
16. Explore religious teachings from a tradition you weren't raised in
17. Express gratitude
18. Be nice to your friends' love interests
19. Keep close friends close
20. Give an ex-boyfriend a second chance.. but not a third
21. Ditch toxic friends
22. Be the first to apologize
23. Hear your mom out
24. Wear your Sunday best for all occasions
25. Love your body
26. Splash out on a Burberry raincoat
27. Buy sexy underwear
28. Learn to pack well
29. Get professionally fitted for a bra
30. Learn to walk in three inch stilettos
31. Find the perfect pair of jeans
32. Show off your legs
33. Get comfy in Uggs
34. Spanx it up
35. Buy a princess dress
36. Kayak on a phosphorus lake at midnight
37. Take on a physical challenge
38. Let go of the edge of an ice rink
39. Go camping
40. Appreciate each changing season
41. Dance barefoot on the beach
42. Take a deep breath at Yosemite National Park
43. Look for shooting stars
44. Take a road trip
45. Feed stingrays
46. Go on an African Safari
47. Swim with sharks
48. Go skiing in the winter
49. Take an unforgettable train journey
50. Shop till you drop in New York City
51. Show a visitor around your hometown
52. People watch in Paris
53. Say yes to a night out with locals
54. Hit Bourbon Street - but don't wait for Mardi Gras
55. Sit still at Machu Picchu
56. Gawp at the Taj Mahal
57. Take an alternative vacation
58. Stay up all night in Las Vegas
59. Go ghost hunting in England
60. Eat too much in Italy
61. Get a vibrator
62. Spend the whole weekend in bed
63. Learn to speak the truth, even if it's painful
64. Ride a mechanical bull
65. Quit the job you hate
66. Acknowledge your own achievements
67. Laugh at yourself
68. Learn to meditate
69. Do something that scares you
70. Become a bit of a hippie
71. Date outside your type
72. Be one of the guys
73. Eat an exotic meal
74. Play hooky
75. Learn quotes from Grease
76. Read the book before you see the film
77. Keep a camera with you at all times
78. Find a mentor
79. Be a mentor
80. Learn a foreign language
81. Keep a diary
82. Embrace your naughty side
83. Dig through your dad's music collection
84. Spend time with your grandma
85. Keep old letters - and write new ones
86. Take up a hobby - just for you, just for fun
87. Rediscover "Take on Me"
88. Indulge in a great work of literature
89. Make a family tree
90. Get a smile you'll be proud to flash
91. Get mani-pedis with your mates
92. Go (completely) bare down there
93. Wear sunscreen
94. Shape your brows
95. Find the perfect red lipstick for you
96. Get contact lenses
97. Quit smoking
98. Return your hair to its childhood color
99. Learn to get a good night's sleep
100. Get lash extensions
101. Have a pro do your makeup

Now, even though you already have the list, I would still suggest to go out there and read the book. After every item, the author provides tips and true stories. My goal is to accomplish these before I'm 30, 35 at the latest. I've already completed some of these goals but I think it's the travel ones that will take the longest. Like visiting Africa. That's gonna take a lot of money haha. And since I still have a few years (like, 6!) before I'm 30, I think I will come back and provide an update of my list every year or so. Let's see how this goes. Will you try the list with me?