All posts tagged: Hike

A Day at Joshua Tree National Park

During the summer before my junior year of college I saved up to buy my very own camera. Other than my childhood Polaroid and a few disposables here and there, I never had one of my own. I was set on getting a fancy DSLR, so once I had worked enough hours at a sandwich joint and an architecture office, I dove into the investment. Although I’ve never learned how to properly utilize all of my camera’s capabilities (I’ve decided to finally try to master it this year) it has gone with me on quite a few adventures. From France and Italy, to Los Angeles and San Francisco, my camera has captured beautiful people, places, and things, and I’m so thankful to have it. This past weekend I journeyed to Joshua Tree National Park with my boyfriend, his parents, and my trusty camera. Joshua Tree straddles the Colorado and Mojave deserts in southern California, just outside of the Coachella Valley. The park features spectacular rock formations and strangely beautiful Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia), a plant that is part of the agave family. According to legend, the …

Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut

This was originally posted last February, but I’m back in a creative rut and I thought it was the perfect time to revisit it and try to take my own advice! Please share your tips and tricks for getting out of a funk in the comment section below.  * * * I’m in a creative rut. So what do I want to talk about? Tips for getting out of a rut, because I know what I have to do. Take a few days to focus on yourself… I’m a huge fan of “mental health days” – but if you don’t have paid sick days or are simply too busy at work to have the opportunity to take time off, be sure to do little things for yourself throughout the day. Buy a cappuccino from your favorite coffee shop, go for a walk during your lunch break, cook your favorite healthy dinner, and make sure to start that TV show you’ve been meaning to watch for months. Relax and take a few naps… When you’re not at work, take it easy. Sometimes the weekends are …

Views From Griffith Park & the Getty Center

Although my trip to Los Angeles last week was mostly business, I had the opportunity to fit some fun stuff in to my schedule too. Along with eating a ton of great food (from vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude, to Santa Monica pub The Independence, and Koreatown mainstay OB Bear) I spent time at various beaches (Venice, Santa Monica, and Hermosa), walked around Griffith Park, drove up Mulholland Drive at night, and visited the Getty Center and Paley Center for Media. Because my camera is a little too large and heavy to lug around all of the time, I only snapped a few pictures at Griffith Park and the Getty Center. Enjoy, and let me know about some of your favorite things to do in LA. I’m moving in about two weeks, and I hope to have an extensive list together of things to do once I’m officially settled in.