On An Island Having Fun

Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us.

Locations: Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia

As Summer comes to an end, I finally decided to write about this short but sweet trip I took to Tybee Island and Savannah with my love and our good friends back in June.

Day 1: We were very fortunate for our Airbnb host to allow us to check in extremely early the morning we arrived to Tybee Island .  Upon arriving, we all napped for a couple hours before heading across the street to eat lunch at the famous Crab Shack which had real alligators (Bottom row middle). They had really great seafood and is worth a trip! Afterwards, we headed to the Tybee Island Lighthouse for amazing views of the island and ocean (Bottom row left). To be honest, the stairs were killer and we stopped several times on the way up! Afterwards, the guys got us Pineapple slushes before heading off to the beach for an afternoon swim (Middle row right). We ended our night with pizza and movies. 🙂

Day 2: We slept in and headed out to downtown Savannah for the day which was just a quick half an hour drive away. For lunch, we headed over to the famous Paula Deen restaurant “The Lady and Sons” and we all tried their buffet (Middle row left). My absolute favorite things were the fried chicken, lemonade, and mashed potatoes! Afterwards, we made our way to the Paris Market Cafe. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love French things! I walked out of there with an iced coffee and some French-made soap, two of my guilty pleasures (Top row middle). 🙂 The guys made us stop along the way to a bar and check who was winning that day’s World Cup game. The rest of the afternoon was spent walking through the beautiful historical streets and listening to the live music playing near the fountain courtyard. We finished off our evening with  drinks and board games we found at our Airbnb home.

Day 3: This was our last day of our trip, and were up early cleaning the Airbnb home. With time to spare, me and my love headed to the beach for one last quick swim (Top row left). We got the greatest, yet scary, surprise of our lives and saw a dolphin swimming nearby! Before hitting the road, we stopped in Savannah for brunch at J Christopher’s. They had the best roasted potatoes and gravy biscuit!  One thing I loved so much about Savannah were all the Spanish moss trees around us (Top row right). And just like that our trip was over and we headed off on our 4 hour drive back home (Bottom row right).

Sometimes, I think about how long a road trip is but it always goes by quicker with good friends and that special someone (Middle row center). Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us. See ya next time on island time!

Sincerely,

Patty xo

 

Timing is perfect

Life falls into place according to God’s timing.

Location: Monterey, California

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,  declares the Lord, ”plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” 

Are you currently waiting on something in your life? Perhaps you’re waiting on an acceptance letter for college. Maybe you’re waiting for the right one to come into your life. Maybe you’re simply just waiting for things to get better.

The point is we’re all waiting. Even when you think you’re not, there is always something we’re waiting to happen in our lives. No one knows how long the wait will be and that’s okay. It’s okay because things fall into place not according to our timing. Life falls into place according to God’s timing. It comes when you least expect it, when he sees that you’re living in the now, and not in the past nor future.  You have to enjoy the present, the future can wait. The past is in the past.

God has your future planned, you just have to trust his timing. Despite that being the hardest thing to do. Trust me, I would know. His blessings will come quietly into your life and gently tap you on the shoulder. All you simply have to do is say “Hey, there you are! I’ve been waiting for you.”

That one job you applied? It’s coming. That one relationship you’ve been praying for? It’s coming. That breakthrough in your life? YES. IT’S COMING. God’s timing is perfect, just wait and you’ll see.

California

Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart.

Location: Garrapata State Park, California

I went to California this month for 10 days. Honestly, my trip hasn’t even scratched the surface of all the things I want to do and see here. I know for a fact I will be venturing out here more often in the future. However, there’s a few reasons I do love this state.

One: My parents first moved here from Mexico in search of better job opportunities. My parents always spoke to me about California growing up and it had sparkled my interest in going to explore those places they went to.

Two: I was born in Santa Ana in Southern California. Although I have no family here, I made friends in my life that live there. It’s a blessing to see this city through their eyes, especially where to eat the best tacos. 🙂

Three: Who doesn’t want to visit California? There’s Venice beach, the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, celebrity sightings if you’re truly looking, etc. This state has it all!

This is my second trip out here and this time around I didn’t plan much of an itinerary because some of the best trips are the ones unplanned. At least the minor details. I did have a couple of places I wanted to visit or revisit.

I did want to eat at In n Out again, and revisited the Hollywood Walk of Fame  because anything for Selena! 😉

Yet, I also ended up in Chinatown, checked out the The Last Bookstore, made a beach day trip with friends and also with my NorCal familia, and drove through Hwy 1 along the pacific coast with my cousins.

California is vibrant and scenic beyond measure. I’m growing to love this state with each trip I take and with each place I visit there. Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart. I’m California dreamin’ always.

 

El Graduado

It’s hard to believe that my younger brother, the youngest of the family, has graduated.

Location: Downtown Concord, NC

High school graduations are amongst us, and it’s a bittersweet moment for all graduates. There’s one question on everyone’s mind: what happens next? Maybe some of your friends are going off to college in the fall, others enlisting in the military,  jumping in the workforce or might probably be taking a gap year. How do you navigate into these new unchartered waters on your own? Where do you see yourself sailing to?

It’s hard to believe that my younger brother, the youngest of the family, has graduated. I can still remember the day you were brought home from the hospital. There you were at home, just a 10 lb. baby sleeping without a care in the world. Fast forward years later and you’re walking across the stage marking the start of a new journey. This journey is going to lay the foundation of your future. There will be high tides and low tides, however, that’s what life is all about. Like your graduation commencement speaker said, it’s okay to fail at things because it will only lead you to the things that will make you successful. So graduates of 2018, go out there and take on the world. Congratulations to you all!

Best wishes,

Patty

 

The Queen City

Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City.

Location: Uptown Charlotte, NC

Growing up outside of the Charlotte area has given me a completely different view of this great city. As a kid in elementary school, my teachers would often plan field trips to Discovery Place or see theaters plays in Uptown. I would also dream of the day I would one day get to work amongst the growing skyline that is now Uptown.  Fast forward years later, and my dream came true! Now as an adult, there’s no longer the fun field trips to go to, but there’s all the amazing coffee shops and restaurants around my office corner! I admit to having tried just about every place at least once. I’ve even listed a few of my favorite places below. 😉

Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City. It was named after German King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte during the 1760s. Just a quick fun history fact for everyone! Also, Uptown Charlotte is just another name for downtown Charlotte. However, there are two reasons why some locals refer to it as Uptown instead of downtown. The first reason, the downtown area is on a hill and some people refer to it as “going up to town”! The second reason is it sounds fancy and attracts out-of-towners. Don’t you agree!?

It’s home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, NBA Charlotte Hornets, NHL Charlotte Checkers, and Minor League Charlotte Knights teams. It’s also home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Nascar Hall of Fame located in Uptown. There is plenty to see and do so if you’re not a local, make yourself a favor and come check out the Queen City! However if you’re a local, make a quick day trip to our amazing city. 🙂

My  Favorite Spots in Uptown:

  • Not Just Coffee
  • 7th Street Market
  • Coco and the Director
  • Hazelnut Creperie
  • Latta Arcade

 

The Desires of Your Heart

We have to trust that he always has our best interests at heart no matter how hard it is to believe it.

Location: Concord, NC

“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalms 37:4

Sometimes we have to align our desires with what God desires for our lives. This doesn’t always necessarily mean getting the desires we crave. Maybe that new promotion we were hoping for isn’t what God had in mind for us or maybe that new car isn’t what God says we need right now. However, we should search our hearts and talk to him about what exactly it is we do need. We have to trust that he always has our best interests at heart no matter how hard it is to believe it.

We all desire to be loved. Am I right? Maybe right now you’re contemplating why you aren’t married or let alone in a relationship. Perhaps God wants for you to love him and yourself before being able to love another person.

If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect that person to love you how you should be loved? And if you don’t love God, how do you expect him to bless you with a person beyond your expectations or wildest dreams? You’re a strong, independent, and loving person that will find your equal in due time.

The desires of our hearts will happen when we align with God’s desires. We long to be loved and often times forget we are loved, fully and unconditionally by God.  His love is sweeter. His love is eternal. His love is overflowing; it should always be overflowing the cups of our hearts.

 

C’est la musique Française!

…it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew.”

Location: Paris, France

There’s several childhood memories I cherish, however there is one in particular which took place in my Elementary school music class that I wanted to share. One day, my music teacher taught us the French version of the nursery “Are You Sleeping?”. To this day I can still sing along this very nursery and it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew. Fast forward to Senior year in high school and I’m sitting in class translating French lyrics. I didn’t quite enjoy doing so at the time, because honestly it wasn’t easy or fun. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have survived the long hours translating long, boring French texts in college without the previous experience. On a fun note, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs from very different genres! I hope you all take the time to listen to them and maybe even learn some French along the way. 🙂

Pop Folk: “Le Coeur Éléphant”and “Mes Autres” by Frero Delavega

Electronic: “Alors on Danse” and “Papaoutai” by Stromae

Rap: “Sapés Comme Jamais”  and “Tu vas me manquer” by Maitre Gims

Electropop: “Complètement Fou” and “Chimie Physique” by Yelle