Glow Stick Adventures

The other night, my friends and I went down to Huntington Harbour with about 5 packs of glow sticks and a camera. Not only did we have a great time, but the pictures turned out amazing. We sat on the beach and as soon as the sun set, we broke out the glow sticks and started the fun. We discovered that the vibrant lights of the glow sticks and any slight movement would put a really cool blur to the picture. With that, we would have one person constantly taking pictures as we danced and jumped around with each other. The results were so fun! If you are looking for a fun night at the beach with a good group of friends, I highly recommend you give this a try!

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Huntington Harbor

Huntington Harbor is the perfect place for a day on the water. There are so many things you can do. You can paddle board, kayak, or go on a Duffy. The water is so peaceful. While you are on the water you can see all the beautiful houses. It is a great place to get out of the house and just enjoy the outdoors and the sun.  There are so many places you can stop and enjoy little beaches. You can also see the beautiful California sunsets. There are also many bridges that you can jump off if you are careful.  It is a great place to go with family and friends. I hope you get to go and experience it sometime.

Carlsbad Lagoon

Carlsbad Lagoon has many fun activities including jet-skiing and paddle boarding. Jet skiing is one of my all time favorite summertime activities. It is an activity that keeps you constantly happy and fulfilled from the thrill and excitement of it. This is an activity that can be enjoyed with both family and friends. Even though it can be pricey, it makes for a very fun day that will leave many memories. Carlsbad lagoon provides an open body of still water that allows for many people to go out and have a good time.

Travel

Ah the joys of travel! So many places to go and explore. The opportunities are endless! For an adventure craver like me, travel makes my heart skip a beat. I love to go out of my normal day to day life and get to experience new cultures and ways of living. My favorite thing to be able to do is embrace a new country and their normal everyday life. For example, when I went to Spain, we experienced the exciting night life. Unlike here in America, people don’t even start to go out until around eight o’clock. It is very fun to see the different ways people do things around the world and to be able to live out that culture, even if it is just for a weekend. Not only does it broaden your knowledge and understanding for the world, but it also gives you once in a lifetime experiences.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

Hiking

Hiking brings me so much joy! It’s a great way to get exercise while still having fun. It’s a great thing to do with friends and family. There are so many beautiful hikes you can do in California! There are great hiking spots all over. My favorites are Crystal Cove and the Hollywood sign.  Both have beautiful views! The Hollywood sign is so fun not just because of the hike but also because of what you can do the rest of the day in Hollywood. Crystal Cove is also awesome because of the amazing views of the beautiful beaches of Newport Beach! There are great places to eat and a beautiful beach to hangout for the day! Hiking is so enjoyable and I hope you guys can experience these beautiful trails someday!

 

 

Mallorca

I’ve been to many beaches, however, Mallorca, Spain provides some of the most beautiful ones that I have been to. The water is an amazing shade of deep green and blue while also being extremely clear. During the summer, the water temperatures average from about 75-82 degrees which is a nice change to what we are used to here in Southern California. A lot of the beaches not only have beautiful surroundings, but also have amazing snorkeling.  If you are looking for something more than just touristy packed beaches, Mallorca is a great place to go because there are many beautiful, yet secluded beaches giving you a more enjoyable day.

Haiti

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Tracy Olson, October 22,2005, ©CC BY-SA 2.0

I never really realized how privileged we are.We live in a world where we don’t think twice about going out to buy a burger or to spend money on new clothes. We really have everything we could possibly need. Before going on a trip that changed my perspective, I truly never realized how lucky I am to live in this time and in this place.
These were my thoughts until I went to Haiti. In my planning for the trip, I knew that I was going to a third world country and that it would be much different than what I was accustomed to, however, there was so much more poverty than I was expected. For instance, their houses don’t even have doors. a IMG_1450.JPGtypical home would be a one room, cement building with drapes covering the entrance as their door. However, even amongst this immense poverty, the people of Haiti lead such joyful lives. They are thankful for every small thing they might receive and along with this thankfulness, they are generous. Although they might not have much, they know their neighbors and friends are in the same position. So, they share each and every thing with one other. This created such a large sense of community that was so cool to be able to witness.

IMG_1482.JPGAfter I came home, I felt like I was living in such a weird haze. I almost felt guilty to come home to the same abundance that I had left with, now knowing what other people in the world live with. It made me sad to see how wasteful we could be when the people of Haiti would give anything to live the life we live. I wanted to be able to give them anything I could, because out of all people, the Haitians and their thankful hearts deserve to have anything they need.

FullSizeRender-2.jpgNow, however, I realized that I can’t live life feeling guilty for what I have and they don’t, so I made a conscious decision to live more thankfully. I can’t change my circumstances, and I can’t change their’s either, however, I can continue to give support to those people and hopefully go back one day. I can also lead a more thankful life. Doing this has helped me to be more joyful in my everyday life.