My Two Personal Goals: Retirement and Traveling

In weeks past, I have gotten emails from a few readers asking me how I manage to travel all the time yet live in the Greater Los Angeles area (summed up) and if I'm in debt, broke, I spend too much, etc... etc...Basically, how am I making this work? Coincidentally, my friend Rosy asked me [...]

By |2018-06-29T09:21:12+00:00June 28th, 2018|Archive, Home, Lifestyle, Survival Tips, Travel|0 Comments

Santa Barbara County Mudslide

Around the 3 a.m. hour on Tuesday, January 8, a massive mudslide swept down the hills through the cities of Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland, with Montecito getting hit the hardest. Some of the slide made it all the way down to the beach area, carrying not just people but debris and vehicles. Although I live in [...]

By |2018-01-30T22:01:46+00:00January 10th, 2018|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Surviving My First Wildfire: Thomas Fire

UPDATE: After 39 days of burning, on January 12, 2017, fire officials announced that the Thomas Fire is now 100% contained. It burned 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 83 structures. Full press release is here. Thank you all for going on this journey with me! If there is anything I learned it is [...]

By |2018-01-12T11:06:47+00:00December 6th, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Top 10 Things I Learned From Living in SoCal

I celebrated my 7 year anniversary in SoCal yesterday, can you believe it? Time really does fly by! I have had so many amazing experiences, lessons learned and memories that have been made. I decided to "celebrate" by sharing the top things I have learned about living in SoCal: 1. Traffic is a bitch. It [...]

By |2017-08-09T20:21:41+00:00August 9th, 2017|Archive, California Dreamin', Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Reality Check: Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

With all of the terrorist attacks and horrible crime happening in our world, I wanted to share with you guys a couple of incidents that I experienced first hand that were both scary and eye opening. Both incidents happened in the SoCal area within the past 7 years. Fashion Island: December 15, 2012 The first [...]

By |2017-05-23T10:00:36+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Know Your SoCal Cities and Explore

I have a question for born and raised Southern California residents that I just cannot figure out since I came here 7 years ago: Why don't you know where cities are in the region? I'm not saying you are all like this, but I feel like a majority of the people I talk to don't [...]

By |2017-04-29T19:44:09+00:00April 29th, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

The California Earthquake Reality

If you ask anyone in SoCal, they will tell you that we are long overdue for the "Big One" - earthquake, that is. There's not a month that goes by where news outlets aren't reporting something about it, all of which are very informative and helpful to read: LA Times: San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and [...]

By |2017-04-23T19:36:22+00:00April 23rd, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

The Reason I Moved to SoCal and My Daily Oath

I wrote this essay as a pitch for Khloe Kardashian's "Fan Sound Off" awhile back, which allows her followers to write about something that they have gone through in their personal lives or a cultural aspect they are passionate about. I am still waiting to see if it gets published or not, but it explains [...]

By |2017-02-18T19:24:13+00:00February 15th, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Just Moved to SoCal Playlist

When I first moved to SoCal, I had my high moments but my low moments. There were some days where I wondered if I was going to go through my savings, have no money and go back to Minnesota broke. As I stated in previous posts, it took me 9 months to find a full [...]

By |2017-02-06T11:04:42+00:00February 6th, 2017|Archive, Home, Lifestyle, Survival Tips|0 Comments

Don’t Forget: California DMV Checklist

When it came time to register my out-of-state vehicle and get my new California driver's license, I was beyond prepared. I had to go through the California DMV website a few times to make sure I wasn't missing any steps and boy, I am glad I reviewed it a few times! The California DMV in [...]

By |2017-02-01T20:41:35+00:00February 1st, 2017|Archive, Home, Survival Tips|0 Comments