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Where Are The Aldridge’s?

Have you ever thought about how much control you have over your future?

Well, when you are in medical school you leave a lot of your fate up to chance. You hope for the best externships programs, you hope that you are matched to the program of your choice. You hope for the best, but you don’t have near the say you wish you did.

We did our externship applications this month, which means we have a completely crazy third and fourth year ahead of us. We placed our lives and futures in a lottery pool and hoped that we would get blessed with the programs we wanted. If you’ve never been through this process, let me explain how it works.

We have about 8 months to fill with externship programs, not including the 5 month home hospital that we have on top of this. You fill out a sheet that basically allows you to apply for 4 externships a month and hope that you receive some offers. The problem that arises is, you get a lot of offers in the same month, which means you have to prioritize one really good program over another and hope you make the right decision.

So, we have spent the last couple weeks praying and hoping that we get some good programs that will give us an insight into their residency and what education they can provide my husband. All of our offers have come and we have filled all of our months for the year! I am so excited to share with you where we will be and am very hopeful that I will get to share every experience with you! If you have suggestions of what to do in any of these areas, please let me know!

2019
April – Seattle, WA (PST)
May – Louisville, KY (EST)
June– Jacksonville, FL (EST)
July – Jacksonville, FL (EST)
August– Pittsburgh, PA (EST)
September – Washington, DC (EST)
October-Fort Lauderdale, FL
November – Orlando, FL (EST)
December – Boynton Beach, FL (EST)
2020
January– (Interview Month)
February-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
March-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
April-Jacksonville, FL (EST)

Wow Wow Lemonade!!

Can we just talk about the fact that I am now in love with Wow Wow Lemonade?!

Wow Wow Lemonade has a variety of menu items including lemonades, acai bowls and avocado toasts. Today, I tried their lavender blackberry lemonade and their original acai bowl with a macaroon. Both were absolutely impeccable!! Since they source locally they have intense flavors and additionally are supporting the communities they are in.

  1. I definitely need to head to Hawaii after trying their lemonade and acai bowls! Their locations are in Oahu,  Maui, Japan, Washington, California and Arizona. If you visit any Wow Wow location  be sure to let me know!! 😄

Enjoying my Lavender Blackberry Lemonade

Inside of Wow Wow Lemonade

Original Acai Bowl

Transition from Apartment to Trailer Life – Part One

Finding a trailer that we like, that is within our budget is incredibly challenging! We need something that is reliable and doesn’t need work beyond cosmetic tweaks. This is a serious undertaking, I have no idea what to look for or what are necessary requirements. So I am Pinteresting like crazy trying to figure out what to look for, what design I like, what updates I can make, and man there is so much information! But beyond just finding the trailer there is the undertaking of changing our lifestyle.

There are two main areas that I foresee some hard changes in: downsizing and cooking. Lately when I walk around my one-bedroom apartment, I am thinking about all the things that I will need to go through. All the things that will need to be shipped back to Indiana, all the things that might need to be thrown away before we move into the trailer. It’s just crazy to think through and right now these are the questions I am trying to answer!

  • What renovations are necessary in the kitchen? Are you able to cook normally like you would in an apartment? Do you just eat out more often?
    • Currently, I am thinking that the only changes I will make are cosmetic changes and potentially a stone pizza block to even out the heat in the oven. But with the amount of space in the fridges I’m seeing, I think I would have to make at least 2 grocery trips a week. Alternatively, we could eat out more often to eliminate trying to cook within such a small space. I’m not sure what the best option would be seeing as we will be moving around a lot, and I will be working out of the trailer. Are there any guides to cooking in an RV that y’all would recommend?

 

  • Is it best to go as minimalist as possible or to bring as much as I can stuff in the trailer? Is there a happy middle ground somewhere?
    • At the moment, I am thinking about going more toward the minimalist side. For the sheer fact that the more I bring the more cluttered the trailer will become. So to eliminate the stress of trying to find places for all of our stuff, I would just bring the essentials. The real question will be, what items are ‘essentials’ and what items are ‘wants’, you don’t really think about it when you have room to store everything. But over the next two months, we will have to sort through our essentials and be okay with storing the rest at my parents. Does anyone have a must have list for RV life?

 

But honestly, I am so excited for the future. I am so excited for this opportunity, because how often do they come? How often do you get the opportunity to try out new areas? How many times do you get to live on the road with your spouse and at the same time be growing in your careers? It’s extremely rare to have this opportunity and for that I am incredibly grateful. So for all the struggles and questions that I have, I am so beyond thankful to be on this journey with my husband.

If you have any advice on trailer living, I would appreciate it! We are new to the game and would love to avoid making costly mistakes!

 

Choosing the RV Life

We have some really exciting news to share with you all! We are ditching the apartment life and heading for the road!

Considering how big this news is, lets start from the beginning! As most of you know my husband, Evan, is in medical school. Because he is a medical student, he has 4th year externships. These externships are interviews with various hospitals around the country to learn as well as discover which hospital you want to do your residency at. The crazy part about externships is that you are required to pay for all the travel costs. Let me break that down. For 14 months you are expected to travel to various hospitals, sometimes only at a hospital for a month at a time, and foot all the costs along with your standard tuition fees. This is an insane amount of money to expect students to shell out. Most solutions are to just take out some more loans, and to leave your family while you travel around.

For my husband and I, this was not going to work. 14 months apart and trying to cover the costs of two rents, two utilities, two everything was just unfathomable. We went through various options, me moving to our base hospital (5 of the 14 months are at this hospital). This would allow me to see my husband at least a little more, but that just didn’t seem like a viable option either. This led us to a third, crazy option. Let’s live in an trailer!

Yes, I am completely sure we were out of our mind when we first suggested the idea. But as we really sat down and thought about our options, it honestly made the most logistical sense. This way, we could be together and the plus side is that we get to travel to some beautiful places. However doing this meant that we would have do fork up a lot of upfront cost, a new truck and the cost of the trailer. There is a big positive, the travel trailer could be resold at the end of our journey, allowing us to recoup a huge chunk of the costs we have sunk in at the beginning. At the end of the day, we will really be saving an extraordinary amount of money as opposed to our other options.

Considering that Evan and I have never owned a travel trailer, we don’t have a lot of knowledge of how to renovate, what we need to organize, or what little things we aren’t aware of but will need. So I have been slowly researching, asking questions and of course pinteresting! 😉 We are going to be needing all the advice we can get, so if you have any, please let us know!

As we go through this crazy transition from apartment life, to living in an RV around the country, I will be posting updates on where we are, the ups and downs. If you want to follow along, please like our blog and Instagram!

 

Malibu Wine Safari

Wine, safari rides, and good friends. There is nothing better!

I discovered Malibu Wine Safari’s through Amanda Stanton from the Bachelor, and couldn’t resist getting out there to try it out myself! My husband and my friend from college, Victoria, were kind enough to join me on this safari adventure!

Malibu Wines is a gorgeous winery 40 minutes North of Los Angeles. You can choose to relax and enjoy wine at their garden location, or you can choose to go on one of their 5 Safari trips! These Safaris include varying wine tastings, a trip around the venue enjoying the views, meeting the exotic animals, and if you choose the right tour you get to meet Stanley the Giraffe!

Stanley the Giraffe is the vineyards celebrity, he has been on multiple commercials and was featured in Hangover III! He has since retired from the movie life, but is such a fun part of your tour of the vineyards! I highly recommend a Safari that includes a meet and greet with Stanley.

We chose to do the Giraffe Tour which started with a Safari ride around parts of the vineyard overlooking the exotic animals they house. You then go on to feed the alpacas, donkeys and zebras some cut up carrots and lettuce before getting your first flight on wine. The first flight of wine had my favorite wine of the safari, their rose wine (I definitely bought a bottle before I left). You then head off to see more of the vineyards as well as get a glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion! After your glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion you get to see Stanley, which was my husbands favorite part! Stanley is fed almost every 20 minutes with heads of lettuce making him one of the friendliest giraffe’s I’ve ever met. After your time with Stanley you head off to your second flight of wine coupled with cheese and crackers at the vineyards adorable cottage.

This Safari is worth every penny and is a must do event if you are in the LA/Malibu area! If you head to the Malibu Wines, be sure to let us know!

 

xoxo- Kayla

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Prices as of 8.24.2018 Please check the Malibu Wine Website for Updated Prices.

The Safari Trucks You Ride In!

Enjoying Our First Flight Of Wine

Views Of The Vineyard

Loving These Views Of The Vineyard

Feeding the Zebras

Love Feeding The Zebras

Views Of The Vineyard

Views Of The Vineyard

Safari’s Are Best With Friends

When Stanley Photobombs You!

Wine and Crackers

Finishing Up Our Second Flight Of Wine

For One Week-Live The Dream!

There are endless ways that travel helps you, from your emotional state to your physical well-being.Travel keeps you young and enlightened. Unfortunately, most of us don’t utilize these precious days off. “According to a 2016 Bankrate study, more than 50% of U.S. workers give up at least some of their paid vacation days each year. Worse yet, in a 2014 survey, 42% of Americans claimed they don’t take vacation time at all.” –Forbes

If you work a 9-5 job, you most likely get a standard two week vacation plan. My biggest recommendation to you is not to squander your time off. At the bare minimum take one week off to get out of your area, to see somewhere you’ve never seen before. Take a week that you would just sit at home, watch TV and work on random chores. Instead, replace this time off with a memory you will never forget. You only get 52 weeks every year, that’s all the time you have. Don’t waste your year away sitting in an office cubicle. Embrace the beauty and fun around you at least one week of the year.

For one week, have the trip you’ve always envisioned; see Paris, Italy, The Space Needle, or the Great Wall. Yes you have responsibilities, yes you have bills to pay and things to do, but all those things are temporary. Your trips as a family are lifelong memories that you will always cherish. You will never regret missing a week of work to do something that gives you true joy.

Travel gives you a chance to detox from the everyday struggles in your life, to try out new cultures, and see the endless beauties of the world. Travel keeps you healthy, it keeps you young, it keeps your heart full of adventure and excitement.

Something my dad said the other day is that, “Adventures and changes are what give you the great stories, never getting out of your comfort zone gives you the most boring stories.” Adventures are simply trying something new that’s outside your comfort zone. You are only given this one life, why wouldn’t you want to get out and see what’s out there?

There is this fear that trips will be too stressful, that you won’t have the funds, or that you can’t make the time. My rebuttal to you would be, are you going to let that stop you? Arrange your life to accomplish your dreams, don’t allow your life to dictate your dreams. You can do and accomplish anything you want, the trick is having the confidence to believe in them!

Confidence is key to having the trips you’ve always dreamed about, don’t second guess yourself!

 

 

Travel In Arizona – Quick Tips

Traveling to Arizona is worth every penny! The landscape is gorgeous and there are endless things to see and do! Arizona holds a true place in my heart and hosts some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Planning your trip to Arizona requires prior thought and planning to have confidence you are going to have your dream vacation.

First and foremost be aware of the time of year and the climate of the places you are planning to visit. Between May and September, you need to bring 30+ sunscreen (trust me the sun is strong here), hats, shorts and tank tops. You want to stay as cool as possible during this time frame, even as you head north as Sedona can be anywhere between 95 and 105 degrees. You should also be aware that while it is common knowledge that Arizona is a ‘dry heat’ it is extremely hot! I mean stick your head in a burning oven and you have an idea of what Arizona in the summer is like! Don’t be silly during this time of year, be sure to bring twice the amount of water you are used to. There are a lot of people who underestimate how much water you need in order to hike or do any other outdoor activities here. Whether you are hiking or just out chilling at the pool, water is the key ingredient to a successful Arizona visit!

Between September and March you need to be aware that while Phoenix may be beautiful, anything North will be seasonal. Expect snow and cold temperatures! You will need to bring layers during these months to accommodate the Phoenix and Southern Arizona weather as well as the Northern Arizona cold climate. You will need coats, scarves and boots for anywhere North of Phoenix. But I will say, visiting Sedona and Flagstaff during the winter is gorgeous! And the Grand Canyon blanketed in snow is just STUNNING! Freezing, but stunning!

Finally, make sure to plan your time wisely, Arizona is much larger than you think!! Getting from Phoenix to the outh Rim of the Grand Canyon is a 4-hour one-way trip, so you have to prepare yourself with enough time to get from one location to the next. Depending on what type of trip you are taking in Arizona, you will normally have to drive anywhere between 2-5 hours from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Below is a list documenting the distance from the airport to major Arizona destinations.

North of Phoenix                                                       South of Phoenix

Sedona- 2 hours                                                          Tucson – 1 hour 40 minutes

Flagstaff- 2 hours 30 minutes                                     Tombstone- 2 hours 50 minutes

South Rim Grand Canyon-4 hours

Antelope Canyon- 4 hours 50 minutes

Horseshoe Bend- 4 hours 30 minutes

Our upcoming Arizona Travel Guide will be a huge help to anyone planning a trip to Arizona. It will have travel ideas, travel plans, and the best places to visit while you are here. Our travel guide will be an incredible asset to you for all your upcoming Arizona adventures! Comment below if you want a sneak peak!

xoxo

Kayla

 

Stress Free Work Week

You are going to have an amazing week!

You are not going to let stress ruin your week!

Work weeks are tough. There is no getting around it; something goes wrong, a client gets frustrated or a coworker makes you mad. Stress is a constant factor in our lives, especially at work. But there are ways to help alleviate this and make your week fantastic!

The first step is to recognize that while it is an important part of your life, it isn’t everything. That means that when something goes wrong, it’s okay to shrug it off and move on. There are very few problems that warrant the stress we give them. One of the lies I believe the world has told us is that we need to stress out about everything that doesn’t go our way. The danger of this lie is that it causes you physical and emotional harm to stress about every little thing. It hurts you to worry yourself about things you have no control over or trivial things that won’t matter in 2 months. When you find yourself stressing this week, start following these few tips.

  1.  Get up and walk away. Walking away from the situation will help you to put the situation into perspective and to be able to handle with a clear and calm mind.
  2.  Take a sip of icy water. Always have a bottle of water at your desk. Taking small sips of water when you are stressed will help your body to calm down and fight the stresses.
  3. A technique I learned from a therapist in college is to close your eyes and breathe in for six seconds and then exhale for seven seconds. Repeat this technique until you can feel the tension and stress leave your mind. It sounds silly, but this is, without doubt, one of the best techniques I’ve ever tried.

The next thing is to think about what you want to be remembered for. Do you want to be remembered for being stressed out at work? Remembered as the person who was unhinged and constantly worried about things outside their control? Or would you rather be remembered as someone who always brought joy and happiness to those you worked with? Someone who always lent a helping hand to others and valued your needs over their own. Those traits are so much more important than high sales numbers and increased profit margins. Money comes and goes, but character makes a lasting difference. Take charge of your week and choose joy over stress.

At the end of this week, you are going to look back and say that you kicked butt this week. Remember that you are a Rockstar and God has got an incredible plan for your life.

In the hard moments, pray for wisdom and guidance. 

When you are stressed, know that God has every situation under control.

You are loved, and you got this.

xoxo– Kayla

25th Birthday Post

Today I turn 25!

I am so excited and nervous to be getting another year older! I have spent the last few days reflecting on my 25 years. There are things that I am incredibly proud of, and areas I wish I would have done things differently. However, each moment has lead me to where I am today and for that I am eternally grateful!

In 25 years on this earth, I have learned one big lesson. That kindness, generosity, and a heart of service are what matters. I have career goals, personal goals, and a huge bucket list. But the things that I reflect on and know without a doubt I did correctly have been choosing kindness. Choosing to serve others even when I feel they don’t deserve it.

I have grown a lot over the years, but I know I still have a ways to go. Every day I am learning to confidently pursue my dreams and have faith that God’s plan is always in motion!

So today, please extend a kind and helping hand to those around you. In the end it will help not only them but you!

 

xoxo- Kayla

Fear of Being Late to the Party

I am afraid of being late to the party.

I am afraid of being late to the party. What if I am too late to pursue the things I really want to do? What if I can’t catch up to those who are succeeding in my field? What if I can’t achieve the dream I have set in my head?

These thoughts enter my brain every time I start to think I could do more in life. I am afraid I’m too late to the party. I am too late to become anything special, and all the good ideas and companies have already been created and implemented.

Does anyone else ever get this way? You get excited about a new idea and a new goal that feels right, only to watch everyone around you seem as if they are way ahead of the game? You begin to question why; why do you have a passion for this if all the ideas have already been taken? Can you really offer something new to the world?

Well, I am here to tell you that those feelings are normal. And, I would argue this means you headed in the right direction. If you have a deep passion for something, get excited about it. If you get paralyzed by fear, it is a sign that you need to push through. Push past the fear and see what’s beyond. The things you love in life are there for a reason. If you don’t try, you will never know where you could have ended up!

So here are my tips to overcoming “the late to the party” syndrome:

Tip 1.) Believe you are UNIQUE! That means that your ideas and thoughts are uniquely yours. Don’t be afraid to show the world what only your brain could provide!

Tip 2.) Face your fears. There will always be fears in your life. There is always the fear that you won’t achieve your dreams. The question is whether or not you step up and overcome that fear. Fear has a way of paralyzing us and stopping us from moving forward. Fear of other people’s opinions of you, fear that you will make fool of yourself, or fear that you aren’t good enough. Tell yourself today that fear will not control you. You are greater than your fear. You can accomplish your goals and dreams!

Tip 3.) You aren’t too late. There is no reason you can’t go after that new job, start that business, or pursue a new hobby. Your life is whatever you want it to be! Just because others are further along in their careers, hobbies, or other dreams; has no bearing on whether or not you can accomplish your own dreams! Life isn’t a race to see who gets there first. It’s about being the best person you can be and doing your best to make the world a better place.

Tip 4.) Don’t let others say you can’t. There will always be naysayers and people who don’t believe in your dream. They will tell you that you aren’t smart enough, talented enough, or you don’t have the funds to pursue your dream. Don’t allow their thoughts to affect you. Tell yourself everyday, “I Am Made For More”. You were made for so much more than you know. Have faith in yourself and your dream.

So today, don’t believe the lie that you are too late to the party. Believe that you were uniquely created to accomplish your dreams at this time! Remember this verse from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

xoxo — Kayla