San Clemente. Last Fall while I was deciding on where to go for a mini getaway I had so many ideas in mind but, my top priorities were: price, safety, and (duh) aesthetics. I was craving color and comfort but also ease of travel because sometimes public transportation or simply being within walking distance is preferable to explore the city.
Nestled in Orange County, San Clemente is an artsy but also lively beach city with plenty to explore and visit. The weather is really nice but I recommend bringing a cardigan or light coat if you decide to spend the night out. Its definitely a city I want to go back and explore. You can walk freely at night because literally everyone is awake. Whether they are grabbing a late night bite, walking back from the beach, finding some coffee, or hanging with friends. I love cities that are night owl friendly quite honestly. But don’t think that it’ll prevent a good sleep – the tourist and locals aren’t loud that you’ll need a sound machine or so. Even lounging at midnight with a movie and snack at your Air BNB is a treat.
I am a devout addict of plants. Give me some cacti, succulent, the inexpensive wildflower bouquets from Trader Joes or the farmer’s market, the deepest red roses. Truly anything that falls under the realm of botany is welcomed in my vicinity. I am a devout plant lady through & through.
Between bopping to Kacey Musgraves, Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn, and Drakes new tracks (have y’all listened to Nice For What? All these women are masterpieces) and enjoying my weekends out and creating adventures. I recently came back from a post birthday trip to Monterey & Carmel and cant wait to share that visit! Also, I’ve been indulging in a lot of veggie pizza and spending time singing out loud when the moment hits and smiling at strangers in hopes I can spark some light in someone’s day.
Stress. It gets the best of me us. Whether it’s work related, something financial (hello tax-season), mercury in retrograde, or something unexpected – stress is just a pain. There are times I let stress get to me, from there it affects my day and then it creates a wave of anxiety and throws me off balance. Sometimes the anxiety simply comes out of nowhere and creates a whole other jam.
Real talk: I do deal with anxiety and have had panic attacks. It was a lot more frequent a few years ago and I truly credit being more in tune with mindfulness and health as a means to understand and curb my anxiety. If I ever feel a lack of control or like my mind is racing I reflect back to these thing choices:
If it means anything, I have definitely been following my April Intentions & Goals this month. April has definitely been the burst of energy that I have been craving, maybe its because I’m slightly over winter (curiously says I, wistfully grazing at my dresses hanging in the closet). It’s going by with wanderlust and the desire to let sunshine dance on our skin, and yes even wearing flowers in your hair
While I have been experiencing all this wildflower spirit, if you read this month’s intentions, there is an emphasis on setting boundaries. I’ve definitely been experiencing a period of transition this year and the need to reassess myself as an individual has been a lingering concept I have wanted to explore. This meant a lot of detaching from technology, it meant throwing a bit of caution to the wind and having more experiences. It meant being okay with myself as a person and my own expression.