2015 in the Rearview

I know people say this every year, but I can’t believe 2015 is already over. I vividly remember last New Year’s Eve and it feels like yesterday! The days sure do fly by, but I am content with how I spent my time this year.

Let’s start from the beginning…

There were unexpected turns in 2015. It is never easy figuring out a post-grad game plan even for people like me. I’m one of the few that has known what I wanted to do since high school. The dream is there, but the execution part can be difficult. Trusting God is the one key element that turned everything around for me this year.

I took a step in the right direction getting a hosting job with the Ontario Reign and getting a second job at Houzz. Since hockey season started in October I work a lot between the two jobs, but it’s worth it because I am gaining the experience I need to move up. It has taught me time management skills and I definitely make the most of my days off.

I also moved into a cute townhouse in Newport Beach with my roommate Julia. I eventually want to do a house tour so stay tuned for that in the coming months! I also bought a new car and started paying my student loans off, which isn’t as fun, but hey not everything about adulthood can be glamorous.

One of the most fulfilling things I did this year was travel. I was blessed with many opportunities including traveling to Harry Potter World in Orlando, New York with my family, Ensenada on a family cruise, the Alabama vs. LSU game in Tuscaloosa, Austin, and other smaller trip you’ve seen on California Roots & Cowboy Boots.

Wait until you hear the places I’m thinking for 2016. Possibly a Eurotrip?!…

When it’s all said and done the biggest accomplishment I’ve made this year is developing my relationship with God. I’ve always believed in Him and went to church when I could remember, but this year I learned to rely on Him. I learned to trust Him. And I learned to give my problems to Him. Nothing is out of his control and there is truly a rhyme and reason to why everything happens the way it does.

I can’t tell you what will happen in 2016, no one can actually unless you have a psychic on speed dial, but isn’t that the fun part of life, the surprise of not knowing what’s coming next?

One of my favorite books I read this year was Bob Goff’s Love Does. If you’ve read it I’m sure you can relate to the feeling of inadequacy upon completing it because how can you compare to such a caring, kindhearted, philanthropic human being? Excuse me while I go sign up for 3 mission trips to Africa, volunteer activities, and donate all my money…

The idea that resonated with me the most from Goff’s book is when he talks about being invited to life. Every day we wake up God is extending us an invitation to “do” life with Him. So many people just get by and don’t enjoy the days we are given, essentially turning down God’s invite. But what if you said yes?

“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.” – Bob Goff

My goal in 2016 is to RSVP “yes” every day. To let God guide me to new places and take my loved ones with me on the trip.

Thank you to my family and friends that have supported me throughout the year, I hope to return the favor and show you the same love in 2016 and beyond. This little blog started off as a small idea between my mom and I, but it truly has developed into something wonderful in a short period of time. Stick around in the new year there will be great new content I can’t wait to share with y’all!

Happy New Year,


Gone Fishin

Vacations are always too short there is no way around it. I wish I could turn two days into two weeks, but sadly that’s not the way “real life” works. Something about a job and responsibilities?

Here are some pics of me (sadly) attempting to fish yesterday. And yes I know the pole is upside down, but I like it that way. Besides fishing is mostly about the beer anyways.

I love this monogrammed fleece pullover from Marley Lilly. It is SUPER soft and warm it’s basically like wearing a blanket in public except I think this is more socially acceptable. I found these camo Vans a few days ago and I love them, but every Vans owner can feel my pain when it comes to breaking them in. RIP back of my heels.

I’m back in Newport for the night before heading off to grandma’s house in Torrance tomorrow then Big Bear on Christmas Day. Life is an adventure right?!

Currently listening to on Spotify: “I Like The Sound Of That” – Rascal Flatts

Outfit details:

Monogrammed Pullover

Vans (On sale!!!)


Fishing skills – can’t be bought HAHA


Christmas in the (Kind of) Country

Hey, what’s up, hello friends and followers! It has been way too long since my last post, but to summarize this month I have been working nonstop. The Reign played at home two weekends in a row and I took today off work to be at the river with my dad for his 50th birthday.

When I say “the river” I mean the Colorado River in Needles, CA. My family has had a vacation house here for 11 years and it is probably my favorite place in the world.

Today we took our shotguns out for target practice and walked around a little town called Oatman.

I threw this outfit together for my dad’s birthday dinner tonight and a potential Christmas outfit. Super laid-back, but that’s how we do it out in the desert! I recently got this jacket from J Crew Factory (they are having an insane sale right now!) and I get so many compliments on my blanket scarf from Marley Lilly. They have a monogrammed version on their site which is a great Christmas gift idea! It isn’t too heavy, which I love because some blanket scarves can be suffocating AND the plaid matches with so much. Overall great quality and I wear it frequently.

I have had these jeans and boots for a long time, but they are staples in my closet. Everyone needs a good pair of bootcut jeans!

Stay tuned for more posts, I’m enjoying the couple days I have off and working on my blog.

(Thanks to Matt and Karly for the photography!)



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5 Things You Must Do in NYC

Vacationing in New York with my family earlier this month was one of the best trips I have been on. We had an amazing time being tourists and eating endless amounts of dessert.

We obviously took pictures of everything and I finally had some time to write this post and compile a list of my favorite things we did in NYC. We came to the conclusion that it would take a good couple of weeks to see and do every attraction in the city, but we definitely covered a lot for our first trip! Plus if we stayed any longer I would have had to buy new pants due to the large amounts of pizza we were consuming. I can only handle New York in small does apparently.

With that said I present the list of my top 5 favorite things we did in NYC!

  1. Central Park

My mom and I woke up early every morning and headed straight to Central Park. You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful the park is, but seeing it in the fall was magical. By far my favorite thing we did on the trip. If you have time try to race sailboats or go for a boat ride (this reminded me so much of Gossip Girl!)

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2. Top of the Rock

The view was amazing! Even better than the top of the Empire State Building in my opinion and it’s way prettier for picture taking because of the glass barrier.


3. 9/11 Memorial

I didn’t go to the top of the Freedom Tower, but my brother did and he said the view is incredible. It’s over 100 floors! Truly a moving experience seeing the memorial in person, every American should go at some point in time.


4. Food. So much food.

One of my friends that went to NYU made me a list before heading to New York. There were so many great restaurants and dessert places on this list, bless her for taking the time to write it out. This is only a fraction of what we ate, but some of my favorite places we stopped at were Big Gay Ice Cream, Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn, Lombardi’s in Chelsea and Laduree for macarons. We went to Magnolia Bakery twice just to get more of their banana pudding it was THAT good.

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5. Staten Island Ferry

We took the Staten Island ferry, which is free and passes right by the Statue of Liberty. It was pretty chilly out, but not unbearable. We were kind of on a time crunch so we didn’t actually go to Liberty Island, but that’s something we want to do next time.


We did much more than just this small list including walking the High Line, taking pictures with the bull on Wall Street, people watching in Times Square at night and visiting the Plaza to see it decorated from Christmas. November ended up being the perfect time to go, it wasn’t too cold, the leaves were still changing, and everything was decorated for Christmas already. The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza was up, but not lit yet.

I’m glad I am able to share this experience with y’all through pictures, if you have any questions or comments about our trip please post in the comments below!