Discovering Spain’s Magical Brilliance in Andalucia

I’ve fallen in love again. Quite possibly harder than I have in the past. I’ve fallen for the vast landscape of seemingly infinite olive groves, the mash-up of cultures, the nonsensical zig-zagging of streets and alleys, and the lack of any true sense of urgency that seems so prevalent with the people that call this region of Spain their home. I have found myself in the heart of Andalucia, free to roam the streets aimlessly in search of tasty tapas, some local vino, and listen nonchalantly for the distant sounds of the foot stomping of Flamenco dancers that escape from […]

Learn to See the Good in the World Instead of Focusing on the Bad

If you have spent any time recently watching some of the news or reading the headlines on just about every single news website or newspaper, you will have seen that it has been quite a tumultuous couple of weeks around the country and world. It seems like horrible, tragic events keep piling up on each other and before we can even get over one event, something else happens and soon we forget about that one. If we’re not careful, we can spend a large portion of our time focusing on all of these bad situations, horrible events, and all the negative […]

Living a Healthy Life: Don’t Feed Your Mind Without Feeding your Body

Are you suffering from a bit of a hangover, both literally and metaphorically after gobbling down burgers, hot dogs, and boozy beverages on the 4th of July? While it was fun celebrating Independence Day with friends and family and stuffing ourselves silly with barbecue and treats all day long, it’s now time to get back to work. It’s time to suck it up and start living a healthy life that will guide you toward becoming the best version of yourself. Day 1 begins today! Summer has now officially landed on us, and while it’s good to continue feeding your mind […]

The Importance of Setting Goals and Achieving Them Daily

We have all had those days or weeks where we saying something like, “Wow, that week really flew by.” So often when we say these types of things, it is meant to be a positive thing. “Yay, the work week is over and now I can go spend the next couple of days in my real life.” However, with this mindset, we are destined to get stuck in the proverbial pit of quicksand and find it difficult to move, progress, and ever get better. This is why it’s so important to be setting goals and achieving them daily. Each day […]

Don’t Confuse Stuff for Success

I remember when I was younger, I used to see bumper stickers that had the phrase, “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” At the time, I’m not really sure what that meant or how it was supposed to be perceived. In fact, here I am, at the age of 34 and I’m still not exactly sure what it means. Does it mean that material possessions are the measuring factor in determining a person’s lifetime success? Or is it a tongue-in-cheek way of saying that in death, those material possessions are meaningless? It’s something worth pondering, and honestly, it’s […]

Sleep is Nice, But Sleep is Not Life! (Seize the Day)

Some days it may feel good to sleep in a little bit late, lay in bed and stare at the ceiling, but don’t forget, for each minute that you spend, that’s one less minute that you have to spend. There’s a reason that the term Carpe diem is famous (meaning ‘Seize the Day). It’s because it is true and it’s not something that we should take for granted. If there’s ever a time that you feel yourself saying something like, “I love sleep,” it might be time to reevaluate your life a bit. Yes, getting a good night’s sleep is […]

Exploring the Lively Scene Around Ocean Beach Farmers Market

Wednesday at the farmers market in Ocean Beach, CA, is always a great time to roam around, buy some fresh produce, watch one of the local bands play some good tunes, and do some really amazing people watching. Roaming up and down Newport Avenue, especially when the weather is nice can get pretty crowded, but it’s always a fun, laid back vibe with plenty of good grub and beach living at its finest. Along the park near the beach is always a large crowd of some acrobatic-type of yoga going on and a flurry of people hula-hooping, tight-roping, and local […]

Learn to Be in The Moment to Live a Happier Life

Did you know that according to a study conducted by Harvard in 2010, people spend 47% of their waking hours thinking of something other than the activity that they are actually doing? That means half of our day and half of our lives we are zoned-out, living in our minds, as opposed to experiencing life and enjoying the things and the people that surround us. What if we were able to change that? What if we were able to condition our mind to be present, and we were able to learn to be in the moment? The answer is that […]

Why Palomar Mountain is One of Best Hikes in San Diego

The winding South Grade Road that leads up to Palomar Mountain led me into deep, socked-in fog that began to conceal the thick woodlands along the roadside. Then, like an airplane rising up over a thick marine layer, I emerged into high blue skies and along a vista that overlooked a sea of clouds below. I had yet to set foot on the hiking trail, but I could already sense and see the vast wilderness that surrounded, and I knew then that I was in for a great day, and ready to experience one of the best hikes in San […]