Exploring D.C. – Calabash Tea Bar and Cafe

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you all an exciting new coffee shop that my friend and I ended up going to a few Friday nights ago. This café shop is located close to the Shaw-Howard metro station. It’s called Calabash Tea Bar & Cafe.

My friend and I decided to have their chai tea which was amazing. They also have a vegan menu of pastries and snacks. I tried their apple zucchini bread which again was amazing.

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This Cafe is such a awesome place and it’s a must see if you are in the area. Definitely a new favorite place that I will be going back to.

Have a great day!

-M

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Graffiti Park – Austin, TX

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you the last installment of my trip to Austin Texas. Keeping with the theme of creativity and art. I visited the Graffiti Park at Castle Hills. This place is a paradise for Graffiti and art.  You could bring your own spray paint and add you own master piece to the walls. Normally Graffiti is frowned upon, but not here. I was too busy spray painting my own art, but I did manage to get a few pictures of my favorite art that other artist had left behind.

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I absolutely loved being able to partake in this experience. I never thought I would of been able to spray paint a wall that was out in the open without getting in trouble. This was definitely a 2017 highlight.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!

-M

Cathedral Of Junk, Austin TX

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I am sharing a little bit more of my trip to Austin, TX. One of the things we did was go to the Cathedral of Junk. Think of the saying ” One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Well this is definitely a hidden treasure in a suburban neighborhood. As you can see from the first picture even the artist house has personality. img_0013

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This is the artist of this Cathedral of junk. He was out and about answering questions other visitors had. I stood back and listened to what he said taking everything I was surrounded by. He plans on adding more to the cathedral and says he plans on tackling the new additions all by himself. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. It made me appreciate the creativity that Austin, TX has.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post! It’s definitely a place I recommend you go if you are in Austin, TX.

Have a great day! See you on Wednesday.

-M

17 things I learned in 2017

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the start to 2018 and I’ve had a lot of time to think about what 2017 taught me. What lessons I learned that I want to apply to this new year. Coming into this year I am determined  to keep that growth going. I truly believe 2018 is going to be an amazing year for me and I hope for you all as well.

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  1. It’s okay to be scared. Life will through you curve balls and it’s okay to be afraid of what can happen. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and that one day you will look back and be thankful for how those things that you are scared of ended up shaping you.
  2. Love yourself. I spent most of my year focusing on others and putting myself on the back burner. I completely crumbled at the end of the year because I did not know how to love myself. The relationships I had built started to fall apart because something was missing, and that was knowing what I wanted and being okay with myself.
  3.  It’s okay to not be okay. The last 7 months of 2017. I was hanging on by a thread and I was faking being okay and having my sh*t in order only to fall apart behind closed door. I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and that everything will be okay if you decide to take care of yourself.
  4. Nothing is permanent. 2017 taught me that you have the power to change your situation. I also know you have to want to change your situation, but don’t let yourself thing you are stuck in a situation forever. You can control where you stand in your life.
  5. Wear Makeup if you want to. For the majority of the year I focused every morning on creating a beauty routine that would make me feel beautiful no matter what I was doing. I am so proud I took the time to do this because it has helped with my own self-esteem overall. I do have days where I don’t wear makeup, but I have realized that my morning routine is essential part of my day IMG_2287
  6. Travel more. This year I decide to travel and I cannot recommend this enough. I decide to treat myself to a big trip overseas and three smaller trips within the U.S and I am so glad I was able to do so. I learned so much and got to enjoy myself.
  7. Hustle. In 2017 I learned that when you want something you have to work really hard on achieving your dreams. So I hustle twice as hard as those around me. I currently have two jobs and I am planning on accomplishing big things this year.
  8. Spend more time with your loved ones. For the past two years I have made sure that I spend time with my parents and loved ones as often as I can. You never know when they won’t be here any more and you won’t be able to see them.
  9. Take more pictures. Capture more memories you won’t regret this.
  10. Take time to see the beauty around you. This past year I stopped to look at all the beauty that surrounded me; the sunsets, the moon, the stars, the faces of all of the people that surround me. I truly stopped and soaked it all in.IMG_0841
  11. I got creative. This past year I focused on more of my creative side. I baked, I drew, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started taking more pictures.
  12. I can do anything I set my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate with my MSW. This was something I did not think I was able to accomplish. It was hard and one of the most difficulty things I have ever done. At the end of it all I did it and no one can take that away from me.
  13. I learned to be okay with my sarcastic self. I realized that those who love me love that I can be sarcastic and I don’t need to hide that side of me.
  14. Do things that make you happy. Life is too short to not do what makes you happy. This past year I explored places I wanted to visit, I listened to more music, I created things I wanted to create and I listened to my heart.
  15. I let go of relationships that weren’t helping me grow. I stuck to my guns and removed those that did not add anything valuable to my life. I stopped begging for people’s time and attention. IMG_1086
  16. Red Lipstick. I started wearing more red lipstick because I can!
  17. Take a moment. Last but not least I learned to take a moment each day to reflect on just how wonderful I am. Even on the worst days I still managed to get out of bed and  that’s an accomplishment on it’s own.IMG_9291I hope that 2018 is filled with many more exciting adventures and that I continue to figure out who I am and what brings joy and happiness to my world.

    What are some things you learned in 2017?

    Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday

    -M

Austin, TX

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you some pictures from my Austin trip that I took at the beginning of December. I have one other blog post about my adventures and I  will be posting it next week. It was such a wonderful 3-day trip and I absolutely loved it.

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I absolutely loved the whole vibe this city has and the unique restaurants and shops it has.

Have you ever been to Texas? What was your favorite restaurant/shop?

Have a great day!

-M

Witches Brew in Long Island, NY

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you an awesome restaurant my friend took us to. It’s called Witches Brew and if you are a coffee, tea or Vegan you will love everything they have to offer. This restaurant is such a charming and cool find. The decor has such a antique/ halloween vibe that makes it perfect for this time of the year. If you are in the Long Island area I highly recommend you check this place out.

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I hope you all enjoyed this blog post.

Please share some of your favorite restaurant finds?

Have a great day. I will see you on Friday!

-M

 

NY Graffitti Wall

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

While I was in NY two weekends ago I stumbled upon this awesome graffiti wall. I just had to stop and admire this beautiful piece of NY. I can’t describe how awesome all the pieces of graffiti art were. They told a beautiful story in the hidden streets of NY.

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One thing I am trying to do this month is be more present and enjoy my surroundings a little bit more. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post.

What is one of your favorite places that inspires you? 

Have a great day!

-M