A picture diary from a day at the Tea House on Los Rios.
It has been a long time since I have written a post on here as life has gotten pretty chaotic, in the best way possible. I still love journaling down all my thoughts and emotions and this topic is always something that is constantly on the forefront of my brain so here goes nothing….
I could write novels on this subject and honestly could list a million different reasons as to why I am going to school to be a teacher. This is something that I am so passionate about and honestly have always dreamt of doing since I was a little girl. No one decides to be a teacher based on the money they decide to be a teacher based on the sheer possibility of potentially changing children’s lives. I am a third year in college and I cannot count the amount of times someone has questioned why I wanted to be a teacher, “it’s terrible pay”, “how are you going to support yourself doing that”, “why would you choose to be a teacher when you could do something that’ll get you further in life”, and unfortunately the list goes on and on. For me life clearly isn’t all about making as much money as I can, it’s about truly enjoying my future career.
Studying child and family development these past 3 years while at college has really taught me so much about child psychology, family dynamics, family relationships, developmental milestones from infancy through old age, and so much more. I’ve been given so many opportunities to do hands on work with children and teachers experiencing first hand how much caregivers influence the lives of children.The truth of the matter is children these days will be growing up in a very different world than how things used to be. Now, more than ever, children need love, support, and guidance throughout their whole lives. Having a future career in teaching gives me that possibility to provide those things to children who may thrive on that need for positive attention.
Learning has and always will be one of my passions, I have loved my time at college specifically as of lately because I am getting to really dive deeper into how I can become both an effective and influential teacher. We’ve all had those teachers at some point in our life where you can just tell they don’t want to be there anymore than you do. Honestly, in my opinion, if anyone hates their job that much I don’t really understand why people stick around in careers that aren’t fulfilling them. Everyone has their own passions in life and I am just one college student chasing her dream to impact children in the best way that I can. I am so excited for that avenue of my life and meanwhile I am trying to soak in all the information and experience possible so that I can one day be the best teacher, and eventually mother, that I can be.
Summer has come and is slowly going within the blink of an eye. I have been so busy with work and spending time with those I love that I have neglected to post on here as often as I would have liked. I still have a bunch of blog post ideas coming in the near future so be sure to check back every so often so you don’t miss them! I head back to school in just a little over 4 weeks and it is so crazy to think that I am going to be a junior in college. The time has flown by but the one thing I will NOT miss is the stress that comes with planning classes for the next semester. Being at such a big college there are lots of different classes and a lot of students to fill those classes so the registration process quickly becomes one of the most dreadful processes. Speaking from past and current experience it’s like the ultimate game of chance with constant rearranging/reorganizing until finally the time comes to add the classes as fast as humanly possible before they get filled. That has been my current life mixed in with work during the day. When they tell you that life goes by so quickly once you’re in college they really aren’t kidding, it seems like just yesterday I was graduating from high school and getting prepared to go off to college for the first time. I am so grateful and blessed for the life that I live and am just trying to take in everyday as it comes. So here’s just a little life update explaining why I haven’t been posting as often as I would like but thanks for being along for the journey!
Today I spent the day in Los Angeles, California with my best friend, who also happens to be my boyfriend, Dylan. We decided to have a fun day exploring the Farmer’s Market and walking around The Grove Shopping Center. Our first stop was the Farmer’s Market where we spent a solid 30 minutes just walking around and looking at all the different vendors & food. The fruit looked absolutely delicious and I couldn’t help but take pictures of all the yummy treats I encountered through our wandering. I finally decided on a place called the French Crepe Co. where I ordered a savory breakfast crepe which had egg, cheese, tomato, and bacon. This crepe was so amazing and if you’re in the mood for a sweeter crepe they had plenty of delicious options as well.
Wandering into the grove we found the cutest little vendor selling all sorts of beautiful succulents. I just about wanted every single one of them but somehow withheld my urge to buy the entire cart. Before heading home we drove about 30 minutes to this place called Churro Borough where we stopped for some dessert. Churro ice cream sandwiches are just about as good as you would imagine they would be, delicious.
One of my favorite things to do is paint but it is something that I often never get to do because I am too busy with school, homework, or work. It is so relaxing and is something I really enjoy doing. Another one of my favorite things to do is spend time with my boyfriend Dylan so I can’t think of better way to relax and spend time with someone you love. We decided to come up with some fun, unique, and relaxing date ideas for this summer since we will both be working and life can get kind of crazy. One of those ideas was to paint in the park but since it was such a nice and beautiful day out we decided to paint at a local beach that has a huge grassy area which overlooks the ocean. We aren’t the best painters in the world but it was so nice to just relax and paint anything we wanted while getting to just talk and laugh with each other. If you’re in need of a fun date idea this is definitely a go-to and requires little effort & money.
Following our kayak adventure we went for a walk on the pier next to the kayak rental shop. Now I am no photographer but this place was too beautiful to not take pictures so I tried my best to capture some of my favorite parts about that pier. I felt as though I was in a different world, the whole nature of the place where we were was so laid-back and simple. The gloomy morning fog made it feel as though I was in a Nicholas Sparks movie, I’m telling you this place looked exactly like the little seaport town from his movie Safe Haven.
Next we headed down the road a bit to a cute little village/town right next to the water and enjoyed an amazing brunch before heading back to the room. By this time in the day luckily the fog had burned off and the sun came out. We decided to take advantage of the weather and we headed down a little path to the beach. We walked along the shoreline for a bit, stopping to look at and collect a few pretty rocks along the way.
Exhausted from a long adventurous morning we both decided to take a nap before getting ready for dinner. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean just outside your balcony. After getting ready we headed down the road a few miles into downtown San Luis Obispo for dinner. To our surprise it was a Thursday night and apparently every Thursday night they block off some of the streets for a farmers market. There were tons of people and delicious smelling food. Once we finally found parking we headed down to bubblegum alley to get a few pictures and then went in a few of the shops until our reservation time. We had dinner reservations at a restaurant called Novo where the tables were in the back patio overlooking a little creek. It was absolutely beautiful and it felt like we were in the middle of a forest. Don’t worry my next post is going to include all the food we ate at this amazing restaurant as well as the other places throughout our trip so make sure to look out for that!
Before heading home the next day we made a quick stop in Solvang. We walked around and went in a few stores and bakeries before getting back on the road for the long trip home.
This was such a relaxing trip and I had such a wonderful time hanging out and exploring with my mom. It’s fitting that I am writing this post on mother’s day because she is the one who made this whole trip possible. Knowing that I was finishing my sophomore year of college she planned this trip for the two of us as a way to celebrate. I am so grateful to have a mother who cares and loves me so much and someone who is always supportive of me and my dreams. I love you mom and thank you for such an amazing trip!
As sophomore year of college came to a close my mom surprised me with a girls trip for the two of us. We traveled from Orange County to Santa Barbara where we stopped to shop around on State Street for a few hours before continuing up the coast to Pismo Beach. We spent two nights at the adorable oceanfront Spyglass Inn which had the most amazing views.
By the time we got up there on the first night it was late in the afternoon so we headed over to get sandwiches from a local deli and spent the night on the balcony of our room enjoying the view & hanging out.
The next morning came bright and early and we had a full day planned of fun activities. We got ready and headed over to the marina at Avila Beach by 9am sharp for our fun kayaking adventure. We rented a tandem kayak for two hours so we could explore the coast a little better. My mom had previously been kayaking at this beach before so she directed us over to a little beach. We beached the kayak, which was an adventure in itself, and got off to explore.
We walked up the stairs and along a path until we reached a little area with a bunch of little cute houses that are used for all sorts of different things. My mom knew of a swing at the top of the hill that overlooked the ocean so we stopped to get a few pictures before continuing on to look at a little lighthouse building. The views were absolutely breathtaking and we had the whole little beach to ourselves. After exploring for a bit we returned to our kayak and made our way back to the marina.
Stay tuned for my next blog post on Part 2 to see what else we did that afternoon/evening as well as the last day of our trip! I will also be posting a blog post soon about all the delicious food we had along with pictures, trust me you’re going to want to hear about it.
Today it is a rainy day in SoCal so it’s time to bust out the essentials that usually get neglected since it’s rarely ever rainy. The first of my many essentials is hot chocolate but any hot beverage of your choice will suffice. I love hot chocolate because it gives me an excuse to make homemade whip cream, which I could eat by the gallon unfortunately. A simple recipe for this AMAZING homemade whip cream will be listed at the end of this post. My favorite thing to do on rainy days is to just treat myself to all the things I neglect to do regularly. Once you’ve got your hot beverage of choice (hot chocolate is the best I’m telling ya) the next thing I do is run a warm bubble bath, with extra bubbles. Grab a good book, or in my case some notecards to study for finals ugghhh, and relax. Usually a while later I like to get out and maybe make some popcorn to enjoy while watching a movie or a current Netflix obsession. Cuddling up with my puppy, Jaxx, and a cozy blanket is the picture perfect ideal situation for a rainy day.
Whip Cream recipe: Mix heaving whipping cream (around a 5 ounce container) with around 1 tsp of vanilla extract as well as around 2 heaping spoonfuls of powdered sugar. Blend that in a bowl with a hand or standard mixer on high speed until fluffy peaks rise. Taste to see if it is sweet enough and if it is not you can add some more powdered sugar or regular sugar until the desired sweetness! (: