Destination: San Diego

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This was our first time in California, and we were stunned by the gorgeous San Diego beaches… and when I say gorgeous, I mean breathtaking, stunning, and truly a wonder of The Lord. Every time I see the ocean I am reminded of how much love I have for it and how much it speaks to me in a way other landscapes can’t. I spent the greater part of my weekend trying to convince my husband that we needed to move to the beach when he is done with medical school! I’m really fighting for some time on the ocean where I can learn to surf, explore the wildlife, and go deep-sea fishing. That’s all in the future though, so let’s go on to the things we did while we were on this trip!

As soon as we arrived in San Diego we went straight to Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a beautiful outdoor center full of unique restaurants and businesses. It overlooks the ocean and docks so you can watch sailboats and fishing boats floating across the water as you walk in and out of shops. It was absolutely gorgeous, but be warned: parking is very expensive near the village. I would highly suggest parking closer to Gaslamp Quarter for the day and walking to Seaport Village.

After Seaport Village we walked to the USS Midway Museum, which is about a 10-15 minute walk. On your way to the USS Midway I recommend stopping at the local fishing pier; It was hands down one of the coolest/weirdest things I have ever done! Once at the Midway, you are able to see what life was like on a US Naval Ship that was involved in battles during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. There are unique war planes on the top deck, too, so  you are able to see living quarters and much more. I would definitely budget your time to spend a couple hours here, and with an $18/person (online cost) fee, it is well worth your time and money!


View from Seaport Village, very cloudy morning on the coast!



Swordfish for sale 🙂



The USS Midway!



Top of the USS Midway with my husband


After the USS Midway Museum, we went to BarleyMash where we had some creative burgers that I’ve never tried before! My husband had their award-winning “The Champ” burger and I had “The Volcano” burger. Both were amazing and  at a good price. This place is a  must-hit if you are in the Gaslamp District.

After that we headed to Coronado Beach, which has an absolutely mind-blowing  view of the ocean with its clean beaches and significantly less crowded sands. It’s also dog-friendly, if you have a pup that you want to bring along! Then, because I couldn’t get enough of the beaches, we drove down to Imperial Beach Pier to watch the sunset over the water. It was the most amazing sunset I had ever seen in my life! To tie in my Midwestern girl roots,  I ended my day by  taking my husband to his first drive-in movie… Baywatch! How appropriate!



Coronado Beach, such a calm beach


Imperial Beach Pier


The next day my husband and I got up early and headed straight for Mission Beach. This was probably my favorite beach we visited on the trip, and it was certainly the most popular and well-known beach in the area. I loved taking in the morning with my husband watching the amazing waves on the warm sand with very little spectators besides ourselves.  It was without doubt the perfect morning- and no surprise, but there’s a Starbucks about 5 feet from the beach, which makes it even better! I would highly recommend seeing Mission Beach early in the morning with a nice cup of coffee. Mission Beach also has a boardwalk with its own mini carnival, small roller-coaster, arcade and fair games. They have and amazing ice cream and shaved ice, too!

To end the day, we went to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This park was off the side of the road, but the view was well-worth the drive. It has a very shaky ground though, so be careful when you go! My sweet husband also took me to see a lighthouse! This was extra special for me because I’ve been telling him since we first met that I wanted a lighthouse. 🙂  I was thrilled that he could make this dream come true with the Point Loma lighthouse! Although admission was a small fee ($10/person), that experience was priceless for me.


Mission Beach!



Sunset Cliffs Natural Park



Sunset Cliffs Natural Park!!


Gorgeous view of Sunset Cliffs

Overall, my husband and I had an amazing time on our first trip to California, and we highly recommend San Diego for your next trip

1st Year Medical School-What I’ve Learned

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My husband, Evan, started his second year of medical school today. As we were talking about how relaxed he was heading into his second year, I started to reflect on this past year and what I have learned.

We started Evan’s journey into medical school knowing we had a long 4-year road ahead of us. The program does not allow my husband to have a lot of time to be with me or to help around the house, leaving most of the day to day work as my responsibility. There are many days where it is difficult for me to keep up with everything, but my husband has never once complained. He has met me with patience and love, knowing I am doing my best to keep up with everything going on; and while keeping up with all my responsibilities is daunting at times, it is nothing compared to what I see my husband go through.

My husband works ’round the clock, 7 days a week. When he is not at school or in the lab, he is studying. Every day is a new battle for him. He faces two hard exams every Monday and Friday, with labs and practicals in between. The material is extensive and time-consuming, but even through his hardest weeks of studying I can hear his excitement for what he is doing; Learning a new skill, investigating a new research technique, getting to work in the labs. He loves his career, and that makes every struggle we have come across this year worth it.

One of the hardest parts of medical school is trying to explain to anyone outside of the medical field how much time and effort we put into this- How much money we are investing, how we truly can’t go to every family or social event we’re invited to, etc. We make sacrifices, more than we want to. But that is the beauty of doctors that many overlook. They dedicate years of their lives to studying and perfecting their craft, taking on thousands of dollars of debt, and sacrificing many things in their personal life to take care of your family members and friends.

So today, I want to take a moment to thank all the medical professionals out there because when you have sacrificed over 8 years of your life in school, 3-4 years of residency, and years of specialty to be able to serve the community to the best of your ability you are a true hero. The next time you see any sort of Doctor or medical professional, take a moment and thank them for all they do!

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Antelope Canyon

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Had the absolute pleasure of getting to explore Antelope Canyon with my husband and his mom a couple days ago! It is without doubt the most unique canyon I have ever seen! I will say, it is a view you must see in person, as the colors inside the canyon change depending on the time of the year and the position of the sun. Located just 7 miles from the Utah border, this canyon is a must see for anyone coming out to Arizona!

There are no words to describe its beauty, so please enjoy these photos that try to. 🙂



Here is the view before you head down the 5 flights of stairs to the canyon.





Hope you are inspired to come and see Antelope Canyon soon!

Destination Denver: Part 2

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Denver is an absolutely gorgeous city. I had never really explored anywhere around Denver, so it was really exciting to spend our second day trying so many new things! A fun surprise was that my mom’s best friend, Melissa, and her daughter drove down from Breckenridge to spend time with us, too! 

We started our day heading to The Broadmoor Seven Falls out in Colorado Springs. To foreshadow, I am pretty awful at directions; I get confused even when being led by a GPS, so it was no wonder that we got lost on our way to Colorado Springs! The good part is that we got some help from your friendly neighborhood bikers who were able to lead us in the right direction. 



View from the Deck! Crazy tall stairs!



Map of the 7 Falls, hard to tell the difference without the map





Extra waterfall at the top you could hike too!


The Broadmoor is a very upscale place, beautiful restaurants and hotels lining the whole village. We took a shuttle from The Broadmoor shopping area up to the Seven Falls. Once you get there you pay your fee of $14/person to get in. Then you hike up the driveway about a mile to get up the falls. There is a stunning view from the bottom of the falls, as well as an elevator you can take up to a small cliff view that lets you see all the falls! The part they don’t tell you and we didn’t know until we got there was that the steps to the falls… are very steep. We knew that there were over 200 steps, we just didn’t realize there is no ground beneath the steps! My mom and her best friend are absolutely terrified of heights, but they did an amazing job going up and down the waterfall stairs. If you are thinking about going to Colorado, I would say this is a must-see destination. It’s just an absolutely gorgeous view!

After the Seven Falls, we went out to lunch and then toured the Garden of the Gods. The Garden of the Gods is extremely unique and fun to see. The Garden is made of entirely local red rocks (most popular in Sedona, Arizona) and were just as beautiful as they were fun to explore. The best part of this day was after our tour of the Garden of the Gods is that it started snowing! That night Denver got about 5 inches of powdery, white snow! I don’t see a lot of snow in Arizona so this was such a special surprise.




It was so beautiful and made that night so cozy! To celebrate our trip we had a wonderful dinner of coffee and chili. We had an amazing mini-trip to Denver and I am so thankful that my mom and sister could come out, too! 


We are unique 🙂




Thank you, Denver, until next time!


Destination Denver: Part 1

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I haven’t been to Denver since I was kid; however, I was able to meet up with my mom and sister for a mini vacation there this weekend! It was so much fun and we saw so many breath-taking, gorgeous sights!

Day One: I flew in from Phoenix, and my mom and sister flew in from Indiana. As soon as we  met up at the gate we started our Denver adventure. Stop one: the Red Rock Amphitheater. The Red Rock Amphitheater is a stunning location for musical events and other festivities.



Red Rocks at the Amphitheater


Red Rocks at the Amphitheater with my mom and sister!


From the Amphitheater we drove to the mountainside viewpoint. We soaked up the view as much as we could until we were surprised with hail! We then followed a sign for Buffalo Bill’s grave. In all honesty, we had no idea who Buffalo Bill was, but figured why not?! It was a gorgeous grave and was located near a beautiful view of Denver. While at the gravesite, we decided to head into the nearby shop and get some root beer floats. Well, lets just say, I would not recommend root beer floats here. When we received the floats they were completely overflowing, sticky, and most of the root beer was gone because of the fizz. We were very disappointed, but it made for one funny story!



My sister broke the rules!!


Our new Colorado Style!


After Buffalo Bill, we decided to drive around and see what views we could find on our own. It had been so long since I’d been in Denver so we wanted to see what beauty it had for us. As time flew by and our mileage counter climbed we still  couldn’t find anything (plus, we were getting pretty far away from where we were staying). We then made the decision to get off at the next exit, which was Golden off 70. We were surprised to find a gorgeous river right off the interstate, so we decided, “Well, lets go look at the river and get some pretty pictures!”



My mom and I by the gorgeous river during a hailstorm!


We found the perfect turn-off spot where the river continued to flow between two mountains. It was just an absolutely stunning view! The river was part of Clear Creek Park. It was so gorgeous; The road winds around the mountains and you can’t go wrong taking some time to go and see this river and this view.



Where JoJo and Chase went on their date in Denver 🙂


I love these two so much 🙂


After this, we drove back to Denver, got some Qdoba (my mom’s favorite) and then crashed at our family friends’ house. She was so sweet and was willing to host us the entire time we were in town. She took us out and we went shopping around the local boutiques, too, because my mom, sister, and I have to go shopping when we are together. Plus, my sister is a total fashion inspiration- she always has the cutest, unique style! (more on that to come later 😉 )

Stay tuned to Destination Denver: Day 2 because we had so much fun that day, and had some fun visitors!







24 Things Before 24!

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I don’t know much in life, but here are 24 things I’ve learned in honor of my 24th Birthday! (Along with some fun throwback pictures for you!)

1.      JOY: Jesus. Others. You.

2.      Place God first even when it’s hard.

3.   We cannot serve the Lord without a heart of forgiveness.

4.    Don’t believe you must follow the patterns of the world.

5.      Call your family all the time. While I can’t call everyone 24/7, I really try to make sure they know that I love and miss them. It’s so important that they know what’s going on in your life, and you know what’s going on in theirs. 

6.  “Don’t be an Eeyore, Be a Tigger” – My parents 

7.   Find a group of people in the same walk of life as you. It helps to have someone to share life with. 

8.      I have almost 2 years of marriage under my belt! It is difficult at times, but so worth every moment!

9.      Moving is hard, but it can be extremely beneficial to both yourself and your marriage. Leaving forces you to figure things out together and you don’t have as much family influence so you rely on each other for help. Moving forces you to grow up together and grow up quickly.

10.  Med school is rough on both the spouse and the student, so if you choose this path rely on each other and the Lord you will need it.

11.   Try NOT to take work home with you. It is not fair to your spouse.

12.  It’s okay to have kids now, but it’s also okay to wait.

13.       I have one life to live-instead of doing things I don’t enjoy I am going to focus on my passions and things that I love. 

14.      Quit worrying! I worry a lot… probably more than most people; however, I am learning that worrying doesn’t add anything to my life. Worrying actually takes away the joy in my life. (I always say that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair… you feel like you’re moving but you don’t go anywhere)

15.      It’s never too late to change your mind. If you decide you made a wrong decision you can change it and focus on what makes you happy.

16.   Don’t let negative people try to control your life. 

17.   Everything is a season. This too shall pass!

18.   Give to others whenever possible. My husband and I don’t have a lot, but even with a little giving it can go a long way.

19.   Even if you have to make sacrifices, you need to follow what you love. The sacrifices will be well worth it in the end.

20.  People first: Money last. “Money greases the wheels of life, but you can’t take it with you.” (A quote from my dad, but absolutely true)

21.   Laugh through it all!

22.   Make your bucket list of what you want to accomplish

23.   Try to mark one item off your bucket list a year.

24.      Adventure is out there! Have adventures with your spouse and friends. Do something different, try a new idea out. Adventure is what keeps you alive!