the Tarheel state: all the fun things in NC.

June is the month that I am on call for work, so that means I sit around in the sun and read a lot of books until scheduling calls me for a trip. This past week I got called for a trip with Miami and Raleigh layovers, which got me super pumped because North Carolina is home for me! 

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One of my dearest friends named Kelli came and picked me up from my hotel Saturday and we spent the day adventuring all over Durham, NC.

I love it when I get to spend time with others who love where they live. I love going to their favorite coffee shops and I love being able to see their favorite spots. It's something I cherish about spending time with others. I love getting little glimpses into their day to day lives. 

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We grabbed lunch at a spot that Kelli had been dying to try called Tom and Chee. If you are a kid at heart and love cheese, it's a must. Tom and Chee is a fancy grilled cheese spot that started from the show named Shark Tank and it has also been featured on other big shows as well. I ordered a Mac + Cheese grilled cheese and Kelli had a Bacon and BBQ chip grilled cheese sandwich. Crazy right?! 

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After that Kelli took me to a Street called Gimghoul Road, which is special to here because she actually was proposed to on a bridge that is connected to a trail off of this road. There wasn't much to do here besides drive around and look at the awesome, unreal homes that are around the block, BUT there was this crazy castle off of the side road. The castle is actually a meeting place for a secret society named "Order of the Gimghoul". I didn't believe Kelli when she told me this, but I looked it up and was most definitely wrong. The house was super eerie and if you go, make sure you get out and walk towards the side of the castle. There is a path that leads you to the back of the house with a fancy sitting place that people go to and you can get a really cool view of the back of the castle. It was special because it was special to Kell, and I loved it for that reason. 

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Last we finished up our day at her favorite local coffee shop called Bean Traders. If you are looking for a good local coffee shop in the Durham area, this is the one Kelli suggested!

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After I finished up my 3 day trip, I flew home to Charlotte NC to visit my family. They live in a suburb called Indian Trail, which is where I spent most of my teenage years growing up. I got to go out and show my family some of my favorite little shops. NoDa (North Davidson Arts District) is probably my favorite area of Charlotte to spend time in. They have some of the most incredible restaurants and breweries. If you ever need a good area to explore, I would recommend NoDa for sure. 

One of my top favorite coffee shops is in NoDa: Smelly Cat Coffeehouse. To all my friends fans, the name is gold. They have a KILLER dirty chai. Try it, you will love it.  

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After that I took my family to Amelies French Bakery. Amelies has the best decor and even better salted caramel brownies. I wish I had words to describe how good their pastries are but you just have to go see for yourself. 

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North Carolina is home for me. I am so thankful I got to spend time discovering new places and I'm thankful I get to share my favorite spots. They hold so many dear memories and I hope one day you guys can go to them too!

travelin' lady passport covers!

Super excited about this one y'all. I love supporting dreamers and makers. People who love what they do and continue to do it wholeheartedly. 

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I recently stumbled upon ShopAlwaysRooney while browsing around etsy and decided to reach out to Courtney and see if she would want to collaborate with me. So thankful she said yes because she created the most wonderful passport covers that are available for y'all to buy.

My words "More knots in my hair & stories in my heart" on her incredible leather passport holders. 

Thanks alwaysrooney for creating these. Make sure to check out her shop and show her some love, and of course, get your hands on one of these!

You can purchase a travelin' lady passport covere here.

Kona foods & spots

If you are anything like myself, the most important question (9 times out of 10) has to do with food. I hope you are giggling as you read this, but it's seriously so true. I love to eat and I love to eat the best stuff out there while traveling. I'm gonna brag on a few of my favorite places I ate at while in Kona. 

My very, very favorite was a place we ate at called The Coffee Shack. Not only was the food to die for BUT the view was just out of this universe. Geckos even run around all over the windows and it's honestly the coolest thing.

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I got a massive BLT and at the end, we all split a chocolate pie sent straight from heaven. I kid you not, it's the best piece of pie I have ever had. I wish I had a picture so I could show you but we demolished it so fast. So so good. 

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The windows were wide open, creating an atmosphere of complete freedom while you were eating lunch.

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The Coffee Shack in Captain Cook, HI friends. It's a must. Please don't forget about the chocolate pie too.

My second favorite place was a small little mom & pop shop called Hayashi's. People line up 30 minutes before it opens just to make sure they are able to get some sushi from this place. It was so fresh and so wonderful. They close shop as soon as they are sold out for the day so you have to definitely go as soon as they open up! The shop was so small that I actually cried from the wasabi the entire time I was standing and ordering. Even the sushi making man was crying with me! Hayashi's. Put that one on the list too!

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Here is a list of other places I really enjoyed as well that are a must go to when in Kona:

  • Longboard Legends Pizza
  • Basik Cafe (for a killer acai bowl)
  • MUD PIE (a must. only in Hawaii. I recommend Longboard Legends Pizza for it but others say that Kona Inn has a killer pie too)
  • Daylight Minds Coffee (not my favorite cup I had while I was there but the view is killer)
  • Ken's Diner in Hilo (you have to try the macadamia nut or banana pancakes with coconut syrup)
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P.S.walking around the Kona Marketplace is also so much fun and there is so much fresh fruit!

Also here is a list of my top adventuring spots. Please get down to Hawaii soon. Just do it.

  • Beach spot: Kau Bay. Both times I went I swam with turtles! The water is crystal clear and the beach was so nice.
  • Cliff jumping at The End of The Earth
  • Hilo: Panther Falls & Rainbow Falls. Kaumana Caves. The drive out there is unreal enough.
  • Waipio Valley. Take the hike down and go to the beach.
  • Downtown Kona. Go to the market and get an acai bowl. Pier jump too!
  • Mauna Kea. I didn't get the chance to go but the view of the stars and sunset is out of this world. People absolutely were crazy over this. 

Kona was so kind to me. Everything I did was unreal and absolutely filled with beauty. I met so many wonderful and kind people. This trip was one for the books. Mahalo Hawaii. I'll be seeing you again soon.

Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley was definitely my favorite spot to explore during my whole trip. Even when you are standing right smack in front of the lookout, you are questioning if it is indeed actually really there. Waipio Valley was a place where earlier Kings lived and now it serves as a beautiful place where people from all over the world can come hike and see so many beautiful things. From it's black sand beaches to it's incredible hidden waterfalls, everything about the valley was jaw-dropping. 

The hike down was pretty intense. It's literally straight downhill so it was really hard on the knees. Make sure you wear really good shoes and bring plenty of water. Once we were finally in the valley, the road goes to the right to get down to the beach or to the straight on gets you to the town area where there is an incredible view of the waterfall. We actually talked with a local who was telling us that there are about 22 families that live in all of the homes. It was really cool talking to her and seeing how different our lives were.  

We made our way towards the beach down the last stretch of the hike covered by the most incredible banyan trees and Swiss cheese leaves. The whole hike down takes about 30 minutes so it's not bad at all. 

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If you don't want to take the hike up & down, this is the view from the lookout. It will do wonders for your heart. I really recommend you taking the hike down to the beach though. It's so incredible and so worth it.

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BLACK SAND BEACH. MY FIRST TIME EVER ON A BLACK SAND BEACH PEOPLE. It was seriously the most incredible.

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Also, if you don't want to do the really intense hike back up to the top, just thumbs up to the anybody you see driving back up and they will most likely take you to the top. Everyone is so awesome and kind with stuff like that. Most people get around by hitchhiking a ride. It was so much fun and we giggled about it for the longest time. I recommend hitchhiking. Do it. 

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After the hike we were daydreaming of food. One does not simply forget the snacks while adventuring. Rule #1 and the most important one if I have a say in it. And we definitely forgot the snacks. So we set out on a quest to find the best food back in town.

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We stumbled upon the cutest little taco food truck in front of an art gallery so we knew we found the answer to our hanger. Y'all let me just tell you- the tacos were out of this world. THEY WERE SO GOOD. The woman who was owned the art gallery was so kind too and filled with so much love and things to say about the Big Island. It was such a special experience. You can't miss it when driving back from Waipio. You have to stop and say hi and get some tacos too!

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It was such a special birthday. They sunsets and the view driving back was such a special end to such a fun day. Waipio valley: a valley fit for the kings. You definitely owned up to your name Waipio. 

Bangarang Taylor (and Hilo too)

This has been one of my favorite days of my life yet. That's how much joy was overflowing out of my heart. When my kids ask me to tell them a bed time story about an adventure, this will be the first one that spills out of my heart. So much joy. These are the kind of days that make me beyond grateful to be alive. 

Erika & I set out to Hilo, which is about two hours away from Kona (usually). We found out we took the really, really long way there but that was okay because it was also bursting with so much beauty. Like an unbearable amount of beauty. We drove through volcanic rock, up mountain sides, through fog, over waterfalls and palms trees. We did it all and the drive was so worth it.

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After a few pit stops to see the beauty just hanging around waiting to be felt, we headed to our first stop: Kaumana Caves.

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Kaumana Caves is a 25 mile long lava tube that you are able to get into and hike through! It's extremely dark and creepy so make sure you bring a flash light and a friend (or 5). We didn't venture much into the volcano caves due to the fact that we felt we saw someone sleeping and freaked out like girls front row at a Justin Bieber concert. So we ended up going into the caves comfortably and exploring the plants and all around outside for a bit.  

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After this we headed to Rainbow falls. It has an incredible view of a waterfall and an even better tree to climb. I mean like the most perfect Banyan tree to climb. It made the 5 year old inside of my heart go absolutely crazy. And yes, of course Erika & I carved "T + E" in a limb. You'll have to spot it yourself if you are ever in Hawaii!  

 

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After we said goodbye to Mr. Banyan tree, we headed over to a secret local spot. I decided to name this one Bangarang swimming hole. We pulled up and parked a little bit away but as soon as I walked down the grassy path to the hidden spot, my heart started skipping beats. I was actually intimidated by all the local boys doing backflips off of the ledges and felt really out of place. Erika told me it was really only known by locals and you could tell from a mile away I was obviously not a local. But I took a deep breathe and told myself, you are going to jump off of that tree no matter what anyone says. So I gave Erika my things and headed over to hang with the bangarang boys. Also for those who don't know what I am referring to when I say Bangarang- it simply is the lost boys from Neverland (total Peter Pan reference) and they are exactly who I want to be when I never grow up. Just watch the movie hook. You will understand. So I started small and went with a little rope swing and then the boys knew I meant business. The water was freezing and I just kept laughing and jumping. Childlike faith swells up in the deepest corners of my heart and I carry it with me. I am so thankful the Lord has placed so much adventure and whimsy in my heart. Bangarang Taylor forever. After that I worked my way up to the highest spot in the tree and jumped without a care in the world.

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I won't ever forget the freezing cold water and the handsome guy who I swear was Rufio cheering me on as I climbed up the wood planks shaking. At the end of the last jump I had every soul in there cheering me on. These are the moments I will hold onto. The ones where I stand for courage no matter how big of a wedgie I might have and no matter how big of the fall might be. Yes I did just say weddgie.

At the end of all of or excitement from the day in Hilo, we realized how beyond hungry we were. So we headed to Ken's diner, a place Erika's friends rave about, and completely grubbed out with banana and macadamianut pancakes. Can't forget the coconut and passion fruit syrup either. It was a day well spent making dreams come true with people, who even though I might not have gotten their name, will be apart of my story for a very long time. The people make the places you go. That's all that matters in the end. 

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Kona- the big island.

I'm off on my next adventure and it has already been such a remarkable one friends. Hawaii is stealing my heart. I can travel all over; from mountains, to the city, to my sweet little country town in North Carolina. But at the end of the day, my heart will always and forever be a beach bum. Always. So even two days into this trip, Hawaii is by far, my absolute favorite place my little scratched up feet has wandered upon. I am so excited to share my stories and adventures for this next week.

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We started our morning getting up really early and heading downtown (which is the absolutely cutest by the way). We ate breakfast on the water and chose acai bowls to eat. If you haven't had one yet, I reccomend it a million times over and over again. I'm slowly and surely getting hooked on them. Acai bowls are basically really thick smoothies topped with oats and fruit and all sorts of wonderful different things. Please try one of you haven't already. It was such a good meal to start the day and so healthy too.

We then spent the rest of the day on Ericka's favorite beach spot called Kua Bay. It's a beach also surrounded by volcanic rock so you kinda get the best of both worlds.

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I actually cried when we drove up and I saw how clear the water was. This was a moment that a lifelong dream was finally brought to life. I still won't ever to be able to get over how crystal clear and blue the water was. Hawaiian beaches forever.

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There were also an insane amount of flower petals floating all around which was really fun too. Most of them were in the water so it was like swimming in a fancy big bathtub with wild Hawaiian flowers. What a dream. 

My favorite part of the beach adventures were the sweet YWAMers I got to connect with. YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is an insanely amazing program where students and adults from all over the world go to different bases to pretty much follow Jesus in an incredible real and tangible way through different programs. I'm not the best at explaining it, but if you go to their website it will definitely explain it better than I ever could. I actually ended up meeting two ladies who are in a program at the YWAM base in Kona who knew me immediately from Instagram. WHAT. Miles and miles away from home and I meet two people who follow my little journey because of Instagram?!?!?! It was so sweet and dear to my heart, such a cool story I can tell others about. We ended up swimming with fish and a real life sea turtle (even though I scared them all off because I was screaming with excitement). Yes. I repeat a real life sea turtle. It was absolutely incredible. Kua Bay was spot on. Next time I will just remember to wear sunscreen. Whoops.

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cherry blossom festival

So a travelin' lady FINALLY had a day off. Literally could not have been more thrilled about it. I spent some sweet time exploring around home! It was so great. My friend, Madisen, came and spent the day with me. DC has a big week long festival to celebrate the cherry blossoms blooming. So many people come from all over to see these beauties. I was lucky enough to have a day off to see them in their most colorful stage before they turned back to their normal color (which isn't much fun at all). Madisen and I spent the day walking all over the national mall enjoying being alive- it was just one of those days. We celebrated with a picnic, dancing, going to a butterfly exhibit, and seeing the Thomas Jefferson memorial because it was TJ'a birthday! It was such a special day. Here are all my favorite moments. The trees were breathtaking, my pictures don't even do justice.

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Colorado & Seattle

 

I'm currently flying 37,000 feet above the clouds refilling kind Seattle passenger's coffee mugs. Dwelling on these past 3 days is filling me with so much joy. On Wednesday I celebrated my year anniversary of getting my wings and being a flight attendant. I was in the middle of a 3 day trip with layovers in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA and to this day, it has been my favorite trip so far.

I flew into colorado and had the whole day free. I reached out to an Instagram friend (Abigail Green) and she was kind enough to show me around and spend some sweet time with me. Abigail was a breath of fresh air. She is filled with kindness, passion, and love. We talked and connected and found out we had so much in common. I am so thankful for the friendship the Lord is weaving together through Abby. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our time together. 

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Abigail is a newlywed who has the most dreamiest home. Her interior decorating skills are out of this world. I love a heart and a home filled with love and passion.

Me & my sweet new friend ended our time by climbing up some hills in an open field to see the water color sky and soak in the beauty of our sweet Fathers creation. Pictures don't do justice.

May we grow ever sweeter, braver & freer. Abby's moto and inspiration for my heart.

Day number 2 was a long day. We started super early in Denver and went through Chicago, where we then ended up in Seattle. Emily and & I decided we wanted to be adventurous (even though we were extremely worn out and Emily was sick too!) and so we headed to rent a car for a few hours. This has been one of my favorite layovers because of Emily. I love it when I work with people who are just as excited as I am to go to new places. We had SO much fun.

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We started out fueling up with some coffee at shop called Milstead & Co. If you are visiting or live in Seattle- it was such a good choice. I recommend it to all you coffee lovers!

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We then headed to see the Seattle Public Library. It was a dream. The most incredible library I have ever stepped into. The light just soaked your insides and made you full. If you are visiting and want to go to, it's in a great area too with so much to see. Put the Seattle Public Library on your list of must-do's!

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The library is just a few blocks away from the Public Market. That's where we headed after the library. You can go get some tulips and seafood and see the gum wall. That's where our little adventure ended. I'm so thankful I got to fly with such a bright spirit. I'm thankful for the past few days being such a wonderful time for such beautiful friendships to grow and bloom.

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Paris- Day 4.

 

My last day in Paris was so filling. You know those moments that just seem so surreal? Almost too good to be true? That was my last day in Paris. My flight attendant friend from Chicago, Staciemarie, joined us for the day and we picnicked under the Eiffel. We danced and we laughed and we lived full. It was such a breath of fresh air. I'm living in the midst of a season of heartache and trial and one thing my last day in Paris taught me was embracing the beauty that life so freely gives to us. Loss can be so painful, in whatever ways we experience it. Yet beauty grows out of brokenness if we allow it to. Life allows so many beautiful things to step into our life if we embrace them head on. For me, traveling has been such a healing thing for my heart. Because it screams beauty. From strangers and their stories, all the nooks and crannies my heart falls in love with, culture, history, the feeling of newness. It's all so beautiful. It's all so freeing. And that's what this blog is dedicated to my friends. A travelin' lady. I pray that through my travels and my trials, the pain and the joy, that you would find hope and courage in my words and through my images. Because it's out there. It is.

 
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You have to go to here for your macaroons! It's a must. 

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From the crepé making boys. They helped us learn how to say your welcome. They wrote it on the back of our receipt. This was one of my favorite moments. P.s. The rumor that Parisians don't like Americans is so not true. Everyone that helped us were so nice and kind and curious. So don't be scared to ask dumb questions! 

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Many of you guys have asked where to stay and what to do and how we did it all. Here are my top things I have to say.

Hostel: the hostel we stayed at was called Arty Paris. The website is (www.artyparis.fr) seriously y'all it was the best. The people were so kind and helpful. The breakfast was FREE and so so good too! It was about $20 a night. So worth it and so adorable. It was super easy to find from the airport and you can take public transportation to get right to it. 

If you're considering a hostel in Paris, or really anywhere, my advice to you would be to get one a little further away from all the main things you want to see and do. The tourist areas should I say. We stayed about 30 minutes away from all of the main attractions and we were so thankful for that. You really get to experience culture and avoid all the tourists. We were there for an adventure and the cute small town we stayed in was so refreshing. 

Also some other advice I have for you (and I think I already said this once earlier) was to knock out all of the tourist stops in the first two days. My best memories and moments were the ones we created without an agenda or plan. We just explored all over towns. Traveling feels more memorable that way. Don't get me wrong, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and all the other top spots were incredible. I just love finding my own spots and places. Me and Bryce definitely did that.

Here's a list of small things we figured out while exploring and through trial and error. I hope they make you laugh as much as they did for us.

• DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ASK FOR WATER. You must ask for tap water or else you will be charged 4 euros for a bottle. Even if the waiter is cute and you think they are being nice. Don't fall for it.

• get Google maps and make sure you get directions before you leave and don't have wifi. Just make sure.

• bring a bottle of water that you can refill. Parisians don't play with their bottled water prices. You will also consume an embarrassing amount of bread so you have to stay hydrated. Please drink water.

• if you go to Paris you have to picnic under the Eiffel. It's a must. 

• be okay with paying too much for macaroons. They are beyond worth it.

• when booking a room for the night, PLEASE OH PLEASE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE AND QUADRUPLE CHECK YOU BOOKED THE ROOM FOR THE RIGHT MONTH. And please remember that March is not in the same month as April. I know that it's pretty obvious but sometimes it's confusing. 

• promise me you will go to Shakespeare & Company. It was one of my favorite places throughout the whole trip. It's the cutest little bookstore. 

• if you are picking a travel buddy please make sure you pick wisely. Bryce was a ball of laughter. Seriously. I couldn't have picked a better person to travel with. Make sure they will laugh at all your funny jokes (even if they are not actually funny), be okay with getting lost, and having no agenda. If you have someone who gets stressed or angry when things go wrong it's gonna bring you down too. Choose the best. 

• set up a budget with how much you want to spend each day on food and whatnot. It helps you keep up how much you are spending and also won't kill your bank account.

• under no circumstance let anyone help you buying train tickets. You will get scammed. I promise you.

Paris was a dreamland. I hope you guys all get to go one day. It's so worth it. I can not wait to explore more of Europe. Next up for a travelin' lady: Hawaii! 

Paris- Day 3.

Day 3 was probably one of my favorites. We decided to get all of the big spots and tourist things to do out of the way so we could have the last two days to go wherever we wanted to and have no agenda. We decided to spend the day in Montmartre. Montmartre is know for its amazing views of the city. Sacré-Cœur, which is a Roman Catholic church is a big landmark here. The steps of the church are considered to be the highest point in Paris. You can overlook the entire city and it was absolutely incredible. 

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Sacré-Cœur. It was so big and so beautiful.

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A view from the steps of the church. You could see the entire city. There was an old man playing the violin at the bottom and it was beyond dreamy.

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Montmartre is known for its cute back streets and cobblestone roads. Bryce & I spent the entire day just wondering around going up and down all sorts of wonderful roads.

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One thing I started to learn about Paris is that there are cats everywhere. I mean everywhere. A fact about me is that is seriously really really do NOT like cats. They are my least favorite of them all. But I actually made friends with this orange one and it made me happy. This is our best friend/ twin picture together.

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While wondering around, we stumbled upon the cutest little coffee shop that was connected to a cigarette store. Only in Paris.

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My favorite little side street. I really want to live in that house.

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I think day 3 was my favorite. We just explored and had no agenda and found our own little roads and secret spots. We ended up back in our hostel after a day full of walking. OH! I even ate a hamburger with a fork and knife (because I wanted to be like the Parisians. They always eat everything with silverware.) I won't be doing it again. But day three was the best. 

Paris- day 2.

So day 2 was our first full day here in Paris. We decided we wanted to knock out all of the major things to see first, so we could spend the last twodays exploring cute towns and have no agenda. Finding our own adventures has been the best.

We woke up early & ate croissants (of course) and headed toward Notre Dame. 

We got off the train at Notre Dame and couldn't believe our eyes. That's really when it hit us that we were in Paris. It's still a dream. We went inside of Notre Dame, and let me just tell you, it's unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The arches, the walls, the stained glass, to the last fine details. Everything was unreal.

 

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Pictures don't even do justice. It was so incredible being in a place that could make you feel so much peace.  

From there we walked over to Shakespeare & Company. Which is a well know (and absolutely adoreable) book store. Ernest Hemingway used to go here! We could have spent the entire day book exploring. It was so wonderful! I left with a new poetry book and a copy of The Little Prince! If you are in Paris, you have got to make sure to go!

 

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P.s. I left my one of a kind airplane ticket poems hanging in the typewriter booth. If you are ever there you will have to search for it! 

After that we found the cutest spot next to the lock bridge to eat before we headed over to see the locks. I absolutely loved the Siene River. 

 

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After we just strolled all the way to the Arch walking next to the river. There was so much going on. It was so incredible. We definitely realized at this moment we were in Paris. There was so much love everywhere.

THE ARCH. 

 

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(Seriously it was such an easy walk using the river.)  At this time we finally realized the sun was setting and we wanted to make it to the Eifel! So we seriously sprinted all the way over. And finally, we found her. It was so surreal. You spend so long about seeing something or thinking about something and then all the sudden it happens. I won't ever forget the first time I laid eyes on the Eifel.

 

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And finally the sun set and she lit up. So did my heart. 

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Our second day was so filled. I defiantely suggest that you get all of the super touristy things out of the way your first 2 days so you can enjoy your last few and not feel pressured to do anything!   

The Eifel and Notre Dame were a dream. Now time to head to bed and dream of baguettes. ❤️🇫🇷 

First day in PARIS.

 

I turn 22 in less than thirty six days. And here's the thing I'm learning- you just have to get out there and do it. You've got to do it for yourself.

I've been day dreaming of traveling all over this world for the longest time. I want my foot prints to be on every last corner of this earth. But you know what? It's scary. It's intimidating. But I'm learning the things we want, that actually mean something, that actually grow us in the most bright and encouraging ways, are worth it. They are so worth it. So here's to everywhere. Here's to the courage to getting up on our worst days and choosing to fight for joy. Because then we end up in places like these. We pop our collars like in middle school and stand in the middle of unfamiliar streets laughing our butts off just to have memories we won't forget. Here's to the start of even more knots in my hair and stories in my heart. I want to live more full & free. I want to be well traveled and have a sun tan from a million places. Here's to now.

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So here's a recap of the first day of our Paris lovin' and adventuring. At the end of the trip we will do a really good run down of all the spots and the hostel / air bnb we stayed at so all of you who are wanting to take an affordable trip here so can!  

Day 1

So I flew all night to get to Paris at 9:30 AM on Sunday and honesty slept about 3 hours on the plane. I got off so excited/ also confused because it was 3 AM back home but went for it. I met Bryce, my high school friend from Charlotte, where we proceeded to get scammed. Yeah within our first 5 minutes we got scammed. Some guy helped us buy a train ticket only to find out that it wasn't a full ticket so we ended up having to jump over the pay thing (don't tell the police about that one.) I'm still laughing as I type this. We finally got to the hostile where we locked our bags away and fought the jet lag so hard. Rookie advice, DO NOT SLEEP WHENEVER YOU HAVE A WHOLE DAY TO ADVENTURE. Seriously guys, don't waste it. I've been learning that from these past two days; don't waste a single second of the time you have. We immediately went to The Louvre to see Mona Lisa and all the incredible statues and artwork. Breathtaking is an understatement.

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You can't touch our Mona faces. 

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These last three images were from my favorite section of the Louvre. I can't being to explain the feelings they made me feel. I saw the most beautiful natural light in my entire history of existence and was reminded of how much there is to learn. We are capable of so much knowledge and growth. That inspires me so much. May we always be learning and growing.

P.s. If you go to the Louvre you have to play 2 games. #1 is called "Copy the artworks face and take a selfie" and #2 "what is the art work actually thinking." It's hilarious what you will come up with it. 

 

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a little bit of L.A. sunshine

I got called last night to leave snowy, freezing DC to head to Los Angeles for a 2 day trip. Here are some bits of my day adventuring around Hermosa beach with my Flight attendnat friend, Rita. Enjoy! 

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The succulents are everywhere. I swooned so hard. 

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The beach was crystal clear. It was so incredible. 

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Tried a Moscow mule for the first time. It was heavenly. 

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The pier & some dancing. Definitely recommend the dancing part. 

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Finished the day with some flower picking, dog walking & sunset watchin' . I can't wait to head back to L.A. soon. Today was such a good day for my heart. Next up...PARIS!

the flight attendant life

I posted on Instagram awhile back asking you guys to ask me any question you had about me being a flight attendant. So... Here are some questions & answers from that!

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Emma (@emmabuggy) asked “What airline do you work for? Did you get a college degree in anything? How long have you been working as a flight attendant?”

I currently am a flight attendant for American Airlines. I went to community college in North Carolina for a year taking general courses, but I just knew school wasn’t for me. I had a desire to do something different and not believe the lie that everyone needs to go to school to be successful. So I packed up my 91 Honda Accord and moved from North Carolina to Florida to become a nanny. I was there for about a year and a half before I applied and was hired as a flight attendant. I went to training in February and graduated on April 2nd, 2014. So I have been a flight attendant for almost 10 months now!

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Andrea (@cardiangirl) asked “Do you start working for an airport or airline?”

I ALWAYS fly for my airline. As soon as I graduated training I flew to Chicago where I was based for the first 8 months of my career. I’m assigned a certain airport I show up to for trips, what we call our “base”, which in my case, was Chicago. So a base is a flight attendants home airport. A base is where we always start and end a trip. So as a flight attendant based out of ORD (Chicago) I had trips that went all over the US, and always came back home to Chicago! Now I’m currently based in DC and I can fly trips that start out of Reagan National, Dulles, and Baltimore!

Rosalyn (@rosalynnelove) asked “What’s it like always traveling (do you find it lonely?)”

Oh traveling. I’m seriously always on the go. I love airplanes, I truly do. Always traveling is so much fun, but sometimes there are those days where you just need home. I live out of my suitcase most of the time. I've gotten extremely good at packing because I end up being gone more than I am home. But even on my extremely long and tiring days where I want nothing more than to be at home, it’s always worth it. Because I've come to find out that people are always worth it. When I still have 2 more flights before my day is finished and I feel extremely lonely or tired, that’s when the cute little old woman walks on with chocolate and cookies for the crew. Or I have a passenger tell me they could never do what I do and they are so thankful. Or I become best friends with the cutest little baby on board. Or I have an 80 year old man tell me that I am his girlfriend. In my lowest moments, I’m always looked after and cared for by my Father. So to answer your question- I do get very lonely at times. But little moments of love always seem to step in my path just when I need them most.

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Danny (@theotherdanny) asked “Do you hate the service industry? What’s your favorite airport?”

NO WAY!! I absolutely love the service industry. I wouldn’t have picked a career in it if I didn’t love it. I’m called to serve and love other, and this is the perfect way to do so. I serve others every single day and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I go to a lot of different airports. But I was really impressed with Indianapolis (they have CHICK FIL A!!!!) also it’s super clean and modern. I was blown away. Charlotte, NC will always be my favorite because its home and they have rocking chairs. I mean how can you not love ROCKING CHAIRS.

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Megan (@foxriverhendrix) asked “Do you actually have time to see the places you land in? Do you find your immune system is stronger being around so many people and their germs or do you get sick more often?”

Most trips, I have a lot of time to go explore wherever I have layovers. I go on a lot of 3 day trips (we have turns, 2 day trips and 3 day trips) Most of the time when I have long layovers, I try to meet up with friends, a lot of them I have connected with off of instagram! It usually ends up in coffee and chasing sunshine. But this New Year I plan on doing a lot more exploring wherever I end up staying. The first 6 months of my new job were extremely hard because I am always SO tired.

I don’t get sick often at all. This past week was my first time being sick in years. But I have found that my body just gets so worn down. You guys know how it is if you ever fly right? Your flight can be 2 hours long and you come off the plane feeling like you just ran a marathon. I think it has to do with the pressurization affecting the body. There are plenty of days where I fly through every single time zone. So my body gets confused very easily. Drinking water is SO important, and not just because I am a flight attendant. That’s something I am trying to get better at too! 

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Kaylin (@hey_it.s_kaylin) asked “How do you deal with rude passengers? Do you work any international flights? What are your favorite places to fly to?”

There’s a line from the movie Madagascar that the penguins say “Smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.”  And I giggle every time I think of it. I will admit, it’s really hard not to take it personal, but when I have a mean passenger I first think to myself, I have no idea where they are coming from. I have no idea what’s happening in their own personal lives, and I just smile and apologize for whatever inconvenience they might have. And of course, I try my very best to tend to helping them fix whatever they might be upset over. People are people. Sometimes we don’t think how we say things or how are actions come off to others. So it’s really good just to take a step back and breathe. People are always surprised at kindness, but anger never fixes anything anyways.

I do fly international! I’ve been to London 3 times and I absolutely LOVED London. Sadly, my new base in DC doesn’t fly international. So I won’t be flying international for a while, but that’s okay! Also-I love flying just about everywhere. There hasn’t been a layover I haven’t loved yet. My top favorites are definitely Seattle, Miami, L.A., Chicago, and San Antonio!

Maureen (@maureencvngh) asked “I read that when you start out as a flight attendant, jobs are given based on seniority and as a new person, you're put on call. Was this the case with you? How common is this?”

Yes! You are absolutely correct. Everything that has to do with my job is all seniority based. I’m pretty sure that’s how it works with every airline. So the longer you have been here, the better it is! I’m on reserve “on call” every other month for 3 years. So that pretty much means, one month I have a schedule and know where I will fly, and the next month I am just on call during any day I am not off.

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Mary (@maryelizabethmyrick) asked “What do you do when you're not flying (is it a full time or part time job)?”

When I’m not flying I’m either adventuring around home taking pictures or adventuring around wherever I might be. I also adore the office so 9 times out of 10 I'm probably watching that I love simple things like cooking breakfast and enjoying the mornings. I also love trying new coffee shops and meeting new people. I’m finally settled in to my new place in Virginia, so I’m really excited to get plugged into the community around here as well. I’ve had a really hard time balancing work and being creative. I’ve been in a funk for a while now but I’m finally starting to break through.