Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly ♥

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all…. in which case, you fail by default. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly.
Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you, but most importantly some will bring out the best in you. Many get confused between my personality and my attitude…. My personality is who i am, my attitude depends on who you are. It’s not that life has been easy, perfect or exactly as expected, but I just choose to be happy and grateful for the experiences that I have regardless of how it all turns out.

Anything less than mad, passionate, extraordinary love is a waste of time. Surround yourself only with people that are going to lift you higher. There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with and love shouldn’t be one of them. Whether it is a friend, family, strangers or the love of your life, put all of your heart into every relationship you have and everything that you do. When you stop and look around, Life is pretty amazing, so why not make the best of it with the ones that you surround yourself with?

I am sitting in the JFK airpot in New York, New York waiting to get on the plane to La Paz, Bolivia reminiscing on the past months and realizing how quickly it has all gone by. If you are a regular follower of my blog you’ve probably been wondering how in the world I went from Madagascar to California?  Well, there have been several stops in between (South Africa, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil and North Carolina)  and many many stories and experiences that I am in the process of typing up and posting for all of you. Unfortunately wifi was a bit scarce at the last few stops and I am obviously a bit behind, but I will be filling in all of the blanks shortly, promise 🙂

For now I will give a brief synopsis of the last month in pictures. I decided to come home (Charlotte, NC) for a quick visit to surprise my brother for his birthday, celebrate the 4th of July and my birthday, eat as many Watermelon Milkshakes from Cookout as possible, see friends and family and have a few adventures in the States.
I will come back later to describe each adventure in detail, but for now there are tiny descriptions on each picture (when you hover over them) In order of how they’ve been taking place.
There were a couple of nights out to dance it up at the Silent Disco at the Pavilion in downtown Charlotte. Tons of glow-sticks, fun music played through wireless headphones, bubbles and dancing maniacs. Silent Disco has swept the nation with it’s unique concept of wireless headphones providing the music direct from the DJ to the fan. No loud speakers needed! Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via an FM-transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. Often two DJs compete for listeners. Silent discos are popular at music festivals as they allow dancing to continue past noise curfews.

July 4th was filled with fun on Lake Norman. Jet skis, cookin’ out with Crystal and the gang and then we moved over to the Cornelius area to hop on a pontoon to get a little closer to the firework action.My birthday consisted of a relaxing 2 hour road trip near Asheville, NC to explore Bradley Falls. Such a beautiful place. I love being out in nature, it soothes my soul.
Then there was a 3 hour road trip to Lynchburg, VA. The scenery, hosts and company were absolutely lovely. Had quality girl time with Catherine and Lauren. Painting nails, giving Annie a haircut, sharing stories and visiting a fun bead shop to pick up a few items for future jewelry masterpieces.
From Virginia, drove back to Charlotte to hop on a plan to San Clemente, California. Spent a few weeks catching up with several east coast friends that I haven’t seen in a while and explored the coast of California…plus a few day trips squeezing in the mud caves and a road trip to the Grand Canyon…a lot of road trips during the last couple of weeks!
Yung, Pedram, Dan and I wandered around the  San Clemente Ocean Festival eating cotton candy, snow cones, admiring the old woodies,  hanging with Ariel & King Triton and hunting sand crabs under the pier.
Yung and I went out on the open waters with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari. So many great  up close and personal encounters with whales and dolphins.

Drove up to LA to meet Dan for breakfast at the Original Pancake house and get Yung to the Airport. Then met up with Jennifer for some girl time exploring the city.Hopped back on a plane to Charlotte to present at The Queen City Soup for Project Art Aid.
Ran into a few friends and was reminded about “the Happening” ….only the greatest event in Charlotte on a Thursday night! Was so happy to see all of those creative minds!  Hoopla hoopin’, Break dancing, painting, drawing! Fun times with fun people 🙂

It’s been fun, but now I’m Bolivia bound! Heading back down south for more adventures!  Will post more soon. Sending lots of love & light to all of you ♥

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