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    #TBT: A Week in Puerto Rico.

    I promise my blog is not turning into a travel blog.. or maybe it is. I don’t know, but while I was preparing a list of what I need to pack and in the midst of preparing documents to receive my passport for my trip to Cabo next month, I thought back to the time that I went to Puerto Rico last year and realized that I never got around to share the experience here. I think it took me about two months to realize that I was back in Louisiana (the time it took for me to close on my first home), and furthermore, it took me about a year to unpack my suitcase and that was only because I needed it to travel to Colorado. Nevertheless, Puerto Rico is such an AMAZING place to visit and I enjoyed every single moment that I experienced there.

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    We stayed in San Juan at the Hilton Caribe, which was pretty nice if you don’t count the 5xs I had to walk to the desk to get a key that actually worked. The view from the room made up for that. And not to mention, there was a small, make-shift restaurant within walking distance that I think is called Cafeteria Tropical — very tasty breakfast and lunch for a very decent price.

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    Also not too far from San Juan is Coronado — a beautiful place to visit to enjoy some of the night light in San Juan. We stopped by a restaurant with a live street band and for the first time, I had pina coloda in a pineapple. Very expensive — like $40 a pineapple, but well worth it in my opinion.

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    For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you were able to see a lot of my experience visiting the El Yunique Rain Forest, Pig City, and the amazing and gorgeous Old San Juan. All of our treks were pretty close to our lodging. However, for the Rainforest and Pig City, we rented a jeep and for Old San Juan, we took a cab. And the cab drivers drive without a care in the world out here. But we made it safely to Old San Juan. Glory!

    Old San Juan

    This amazing and historic town didn’t have to force me to fall in love with it. From all of the beautiful colors, the beautiful people, and the historic culture, I simply couldn’t resist. And needless to say, the food was absolutely amazing. We visited a restaurant known as Cafe Puerto Rico where the mufongo was to slap your mama for.. (sorry ma!) But listen, there were people waiting for the restaurant to open so to dine. If I’m going to stand in a line for anything besides meeting my maker, it’ll be for food. If you ever visit Puerto Rico, visiting Old San Juan is a must.

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    El Yunique Rainforest

    I think the most beautiful part of the trip was a visit to the El Yunique Rainforest. On the way there, we stopped in Pig City to feast on some amazing food — although I’ve limited my pork consumption as of late. :Womp: At least I have my memories of the food here.

    The rain forest was beyond amazing and worth all of the motion sickness and the bloody, stubbed toe from the rocks in the Atlantic. Even if it was just for tasting the amazing coconut water straight from a coconut for the first time. It was even worth the tumble I took in a stream while there. Because if you don’t fall at least three times while on vacation you ain’t really living.

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    Would I ever visit Puerto Rico again? Most definitely. Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen. And the food.. my God.. I’m pretty sure the food is exactly what the angels dine on in Heaven. I didn’t get a chance to do some of more adventurous stuff that I had planned, but that’s all the more reason that it’s a must I return. However, I’ll return AFTER my trip to Mexico which I am beyond excited about.

    2016 is my year to travel, collect experiences with my family and in solo form, and to truly live my life. And in my opinion, I’m off to a great start. Stay tuned during the month of February as I share my family’s winter vacation to Atlanta with the hopes to snowtube and how my boyfriend and I will celebrate Valentine’s Day with skydiving.

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    2 responses | Family & Friends, Happiness-Love-Joy, Summer, Travel, Wanderlust


    That Time I Made my Own Planner.

    Just when I thought people didn’t get how important and vital it is to have a planner, and a planner system, and little accessories and stationery, I find a community that gets it. There is a planner world, yall — and I’m blessing that glorious day when I discovered it.

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    After discovering the planner world on Instagram, I was introduced to all types of different styles of planner systems and planning. I’m more on the minimal and simplistic style when it comes to my planner. I became completely obsessed with Pascha and others with similar planning techniques. And I discovered that it isn’t too OCD to have more than one planner.

    I wanted a planner that I could use to track my career. A career planner and tracker, if you will. But out of all of the recommendations from the planner community, none seemed to meet all of my needs. So when that happened, I decided to just bite the bullet and try to make my own. There was a lot of trial — and there was a lot of error. But I finally produced something that I am proud of.

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    I needed one centralized place to record everything and to make it easier to refer back when it’s time to provide evidence when I feel I need a raise and/or promotion. From previous years, I found myself going through tons and tons of folders trying to piece together everything for my end of the year review. I kept a sufficient system, but I knew there was a better way. I’ve watched tons and tons of #PlanWithMe videos on youtube, periscope, etc. to put together a system that would work for me. I didn’t want or need to spend too much money on supplies so I tried my best to use what I already had.

    I used a plain, black, leather portfoilo binder from Office Depot, designed my templates in Microsoft Office, punched the sheets, cut decorative folders to use as dividers, and there’s my planner.

    I’ll most likely bypass the use of washi tape unless it’s tape with minimal design. I’m still working on a color coding system so I dont have to write the same thing over and over for meetings and appointments that happen everyday. I mainly use Staedtler fineliner pens — red, black, and blue and a Zip Millenium scrapbooking pen. This definitely makes my life so much easier, even though initially I thought two planners would be overkill.



    5 responses | Career, Corporate Life, Education, General
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