2018

As I sit here and reflect on the incredible journeys 2017 has brought me, I can’t help but start thinking about what 2018 will bring!!

I’ve had an obsession with traveling, exploring, and discovering since I was a little kid, and the obsession has only GROWN!

A few months ago I created this web site with the hope to find really great places and share them for other people to enjoy, and I never expected it to evolve in the way that it has and become what it was CREATED to be: the site and RESOURCE people use to find the places they HAVE to go to while in a city! It really is a dream come true, and the expansion projected for next year is challenging but it’s going to be well worth it!

Here is SOME of what 2018 has in store, and what you guys can be looking forward to:

-New York City, New York

-Boston, Massachusetts

-South Carolina (Inman area)

-North Carolina (Kill Devil Hills area)

-Richmond, Virginia

-And possibly Memphis, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada; parts of California

I hope to hear from you all about where you want to see featured in some of these places, or other cities you want me to explore! As always, feel free to email me at chelsea@youhavetogoto.com or comment on this post! Thank you all for your love and support this year!

 

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Here’s to 2018! See you guys next YEAR, thank you!

 

 

The Four Agreements

As someone who has a very visible tattoo (half sleeve), I️ get a lot of comments. Most of them are “Your tattoo is so pretty!”, “Nice tattoo”, “That’s dope”, etc. Very rarely does anyone ever ask me what it says or what it represents. (Below are pictures of my piece.) The written words say:

“Be impeccable with your word”

“Don’t take anything personally”

“Always do your best”

“Don’t make assumptions”

Four and a half years ago I️ was gifted a book called “The Four Agreements” and it changed my life. In my adolescence I️ struggled with self-confidence, self-worth, self-identity, and was generally unhappy and dissatisfied. A plethora of factors contributed to this outlook, but once I️ read this book, my general thoughts changed. Change wasn’t immediate, but I️ had something to work towards, and some guidance.

Being impeccable with your word is so important. This allows others to trust in you and what you say, because you always stay true to what you say. It helps you stay confident in yourself because you don’t have to feel guilt from saying things you know you won’t be able to fulfill.

Don’t take anything personally is straight forward and helps your self-esteem the most. No matter what someone says to you/about you, it is not a reflection of yourself. It is a reflection in their feelings and their own thoughts. This best explains the quote “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Some people will try to release their frustrations onto you, and realizing that will allow you to be able to let whatever they say go. Return their words with kindness and understanding that you don’t have to take their problems personally.

Always do your best, because it avoids regret, and disappointment with yourself. If you know that you did the best you possibly could at whatever you did, you can’t think to yourself that you should have done more or could have done better. Your “best” will change with each day and each challenge that presents itself, so keep that in mind to honestly be able to use this.

Don’t make assumptions. Do not do it. Don’t make assumptions for what someone will say, for what someone might do, or for their reasoning for doing something. This one is important for having great communication, and all around avoiding being upset over something that might not be true. Ask questions and get to the bottom of something before you react and misjudge a person or situation. This will allow better trust and relationships, and avoid hurt feelings.

I can’t imagine where I would be (mentally, emotionally, AND physically) in my life if I hadn’t gone to pick up this gift from someone from my past who I had a chance re-encounter with years later. For that I thank them. I hope this helps someone else’s life, or is at least a good read. The link for the book on Amazon is below, and I would love to hear if someone purchases it and what your interpretation is.

Thank you guys, see you again Saturday!

Montaña de Oro State Park 

Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California is a must see! This beautiful park is home to several different hiking trails, camping sites, picnic areas, and and some of the most magnificent beaches! Getting to the park is exciting in itself between the tree and cliff lined roads, and the views of the beaches from above.

This park is HUGE, and there is a lot to explore. We spent close to 2 hours at the park and only saw a few of the beaches and walked the Bluff Trail. Along the trail we saw at least two different beaches (both pictured below), and views from the top of cliffs.

Along our journey, we saw a woman staring down a cliff-side in panic, and we found that her dog had fallen down the side and was stuck on a ledge. Dogs are NOT permitted along the trails (they ARE on the campsites), and for this very reason! The rescue team had to come out and save the dog, and fortunately were able to. Please keep your furry friends at home or where they’re permitted so they are remain just that!!

Anyhow, this was one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to yet, and I will be returning to view the rest of the park. (Bonus: entry is FREE!) So, if you’re looking for something to do when in the Los Osos area, you HAVE to go to Montaña de Oro State Park!

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592 | 3550 Pecho Valley Road Los Osos, California

Thank you guys, see you again next week!