I haven’t been ice skating in years, but this winter I’ve been twice, both at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink with my best friends! I forgot how much fun it is, even if you fall a few times. The ice rink downtown is newly renovated and is the perfect place to hand out and have fun!
So, I haven’t really worked on my blog since August…. and it’s February. That’s crazy! But also necessary. This is my sophomore year and I had no idea what the workload would look like or how much I would have to do. I’ve been jam packed with school, dance, friends, and family and I haven’t had much time for “me time” or blogging.
Handling any busy schedule can be extremely stressful and you may cry a little or be disappointed that you haven’t had that “me time.” I needed to find balance and make time for what I enjoy. That “me time” makes a huge difference in my mood, potential burn out, work effort, and overall happiness. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to figure out how to maintain some balance. Here’s what I’ve figured out myself so far.
I was so excited to hear that my mom and I got tickets to see the Broadway at Music Circus show Little Shop of Horrors last night! This was my first time (and my mom’s) even hearing about the show and movie, so going in, I had no idea what it was going to be about, but I was happily surprised and actually really enjoyed the performance.
Their round theater was really cool and made the show a lot more interesting. It moved up and down, rose and fell, and had no backstage. They also acted in the isles which made the show even better!
I had so much fun in Manitou Springs at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park doing all kinds of activities. A lot of people just come for the cave or only know about the cave, but there’s so much to do when visiting. There are various rides, a ropes course and rock wall, and the different cave tours where you learn a lot about the different aspects of the cave. Inside the cave tour building there’s also food and a gift shop.
The nice thing was that we bought the wristbands so we could do the rides and course as many times as we wanted. We spent so much time here doing all the activities, but it did get cut short when it began to rain like crazy along with insane winds. Luckily since it’s a cave tour, you don’t notice the rain!
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is an insanely fun experience for all ages! There are 10 different courses, all with unique zip lines, obstacles, and bridges. I had no idea that Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park even existed until my grandparents took my brother and I this summer. Turns out, it was AMAZING! This company has three different parks and we went to the one right in Tahoe City next to the Granlibakken Lodge (they also have on on Tahoe Vista and Squaw). This ropes course and zip line park was the coolest thing ever and we had an insane amount of fun doing all the different courses.
It was actually a lot harder than I thought, but after doing a few, we were just like professionals. You get 2 and 1/2 hours to explore the whole park and it was plenty of time to do the courses. Carter and I repeated some of the courses, but you can do all of the different courses with some extra time to spare.
Starting high school last year, and getting to finally be a high school student with my friends, has been an incredible experience. Freshman year was awesome! High school is a lot different than I imagined, considering I got all of my ideas of high school from High School Musical and Bring It On. It was not like those movies at all! Nevertheless, it was a fun year full of memories, ups and downs, and a lot of “first time” things.
After the first few days, my friends and I even found an “our spot” where we eat lunch every single day together!
We had just been at Grand Canyon National Park which was insanely crowded, so we were very happy to come to Petrified Forest National Park for some much smaller crowds. Petrified Forest is one of the smaller national parks in he United States. Most people overlook it, but it was actually way cooler than I thought it was going to be. This national park is a must see because of its uniqueness and factor of surprise. Because of its size, you can do the whole park in less than two days and still see everything the park has to offer. What’s really cool is that the park has two very different sides to it; the petrified side and painted desert side.
It’s that time of year again and the Sacramento County Fair is back in town! Featuring amazing food, super fun rides, fantastic shows, an abundance of animals, and more, the fair is an awesome experience for everyone. The fair is May 24 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, at the CalExpo Fairgrounds. This is the 82nd year of the fair with the theme Let’s Eat, Have Fun, And Celebrate The Red, White, And Blue. There are so many fun things to whether your with friends or family at the Sacramento County Fair.
Media Preview Night: Food and Fun
The preview night for media and bloggers was lots of fun and we had a chance to try some pretty awesome food and check out the rides and entertainment.
In April, I had the incredible opportunity to speak at my first WordCamp in San Diego, California. In case you don’t know, WordCamps happen all over the country, organized by locals. WordCamps are conferences where people can to go to attend different sessions about web design, developement, blogging, advanced and beginner techniques, and everything WordPress (publishing software for websites). Each one is unique with different speakers, themes, venues, attendees, and more. Anyone can go to a WordCamp whether your new to WordPress or a long term professional.
The theme for WordCamp San Diego was “A Salute to Our Troops” because the city has plenty of military history. The tracks were named accordingly, the signage, the, website, and the awesome swag matched the theme perfectly! My talk obviously didn’t match and neither did everyone’s, but mine was awesome either way!
I’m extremely excited to be speaking at WordCamp San Diego about starting my blog and finding my groove, my frustrations and hurdles, how I overcame them, the many tips I’ve learned along the way, and the tools I use.
I started blogging when I was ten years old, almost five years ago. I thought it would be fun and I wanted to share the fun things that my family and I were doing. Also, my mom blogs a lot for fun and for work and she encouraged me to get started.
When I first started blogging, I used tons of adjectives—I mean A LOT of them— in every post and it sounded a bit silly. My early posts also had exclamation points after every single sentence, sometimes two, three, and four of them because I was I was only ten and I thought everything was AWESOME!! Fabulous!! So cool! and Totally amazing!