El Matador Beach, CA

August 23, 2014

El Matador Beach, California

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With summer almost coming to an end, my cousin and I packed our beach bags, had a joy ride along the Pacific Coast Highway and headed to beautiful El Matador Beach.

Just a few miles north of Malibu, El Matador Beach showcases towering cliffs and enormous rock formations, making one question whether they’re in Southern California at all! The crashing waves splashing against the rocks make the beach a perfect spot for a scenic photoshoot!

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The Wonderful World of Disney!

Last Saturday (July 5, 2014) happened to be my half-birthday! What better way to celebrate my 23 ½ years of life than by spending the whole day at the happiest place on Earth!

I ended up losing my Mickey ears after the first ride (Matterhorn), yet I had a blast nonetheless! Most of the rides didn’t take more than 20 minutes.  To make the most out of the day, my family and I purchased park hopper tickets in order to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure!

Dole whip float!
Dole pineapple whip float to combat the oppressing California heat!

The latter part of the day was spent at California Adventure. I’ve visited the theme park about 4 times since Carsland opened, and it never ceases to fascinate me. The attention to detail is unreal. It really does feel like you’re in the movie!

The line for the Radiator Springs Racers ride was 90-minutes, but thanks to our smart planning, we were able to get fast passes and bypass the long wait!

My family and I weren’t able to witness a fireworks show for 4th of July so these were definitely a treat!

Disneyland is always a good idea, and I can’t wait to come back!

Love,
Anicka Nadine

Off the Beaten Path

Merely a seven minute drive north of Santa Monica Pier lies Los Liones Canyon, a hidden treasure for city dwellers and nature lovers alike wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.

Los Liones Canyon
Los Liones Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

I think most of us are guilty of constantly being terrified of what comes next. We never really know what’s right around the corner. The unknown is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of life to embrace, and as Chuck Palahniuk phrased it best,” our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” As humans, we have a tendency to hold on so tightly to our past because it’s familiar, because we recognize it, because there are no surprises.

The future possesses a much greater likelihood that the rug will be unexpectedly pulled under our feet. When talking about the future, anything can happen. The unknown makes 100% of the pie. We can get sick. We can lose our jobs. The plane we’re in can crash. Our significant others can reject us. We can have our loved ones taken away from us, temporarily or otherwise. Every thing is fair game when we deal with the future. No one is exempt, and nobody likes that. I don’t know about you, but I’m not Zen enough to live in the present. My mind either functions by reminiscing on the past or worrying/getting excited about the future.

But you know something? The Future never really comes. One way or another, it becomes disguised as Today. And what’s even remarkable is that we have more resilience and strength than we often give ourselves credit for. The fact that you’re reading this is proof of that. So far, you’ve survived all the blows and curve balls this life has thrown at you, no matter how long or how brief you may have been living on this Earth.

And honestly, I think we need to start shifting our focus on that. Let’s forget about what can happen tomorrow, or a week, or a year, or a decade from now. Let’s give ourselves a break from overthinking everything, because more often that not, this never leads to anything good. Let’s stop resisting and learn accepting. We must remember the fact that no matter how difficult life may be, we’re still standing. We’re still here.

At the end of the day, no one is exempt from pain and suffering, and at times, this can get downright overwhelming. Yet despite this reality, we find a way to cope, push through, and persevere. We’ve all experienced one form of tragedy or another, but we made it through. No matter how rattled we get, we somehow find our feet again. I don’t know about you, but I find that quite spectacular.

My present self is pretty damn well proud of my past selves for not giving up, and I’m sure I’ll make my future self feel the same.

You should be, too.

Love,

Anicka Nadine