Having smooth, tangle-free and shiny hair always gives off a good impression and oozes sophistication and class. However, not all individuals can achieve a polished, silky, and smooth hair. Causes leading to this problem include nutrient deficiency, age, excessive stress, and overexposure to the sun. Other factors causing this problem include the usage of harsh hair care products, excessive use of heating tools, and high chlorine content in swimming pools, among others.
Therefore, to achieve a soft and shiny hair requires a bit of effort, which is achievable only through proper care. This article outlines three effective tips in this regard. These are:
1)Use the Right Brush Every Day and Every Time You Need To Comb Your Hairs
It is crucial to design a combing schedule, which will help in detangling the hair every day. Excessive combing causes friction, which makes the hair frizzy. Along with this, never comb the hair while it is wet because in this state it is prone to breakage. Also, always try to untangle the hair before stepping into the shower.
In case the of hair wet, use the hands to comb it or choosing a wide-toothed comb helps in this regard.Https://allaboutthegloss.com/best-detangler-hair-straightener-brush/ explains in detail the various types of combs and brushes and the advantages inherent in each one of them. Remember; start combing your hair from the ends rather than from the base. Approaching the process of combing the hair this way prevents breakages and reduces the pain associated with untangling the hair. Also, endeavor to always brush your hair before hitting the bed, including either tying it up in braids or bunching it on top of your head before sleeping. Doing this minimizes the entanglement when you wake up.
2)Try Using Hair Masks Weekly
Using homemade organic recipes as hair masks tremendously improve hair condition. Two main advantages come with using such natural hair mask since they are inexpensive and have no side effects. However, they do not have a long-lasting effect like chemical conditioners. This article does not condemn all chemical conditioners. However, individuals should conduct due diligence on chemical products and choose the ones that suit them without causing a negative effect. Chemical products containing ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate are very harsh on your hair as they are industrial cleansers.
Recipes include examples such as Aloe Vera Gel, Egg Pack, Banana Pack, Vinegar Rinse, and Mayonnaise Mask. Using hair masks weekly can drastically improve the hair texture and smoothen dry cuticles. The result is hair that is silky and soft.
3)Minimize the Use of Hot Tools
Using hot tools to blow-dry and straighten curls is a habit quite hard to overcome. Thinking about the process enables us to understand the amount of heat the hair strands absorb during this procedure. The inevitability of this process causes dry and dull hair prone to breakage. Setting the temperature to a range between low and medium before styling is recommended if individuals MUST use these hot tools. Also, applying heat protectants helps in avoiding damage to the hairs.
When using a hot shower, the hair opens up the cuticle, which leads to frizzing and tangling when the hair dries. However, before leaving the shower, rinse the hair with cold water to close to seal the cuticles, which ensures a smooth drying process and preventing tangling.
Scuba diving is a great hobby to pick up. But you need to make sure you have the right gear and equipment in order for you to be safe and enjoy your time. Here are five scuba diving must-haves you need to buy before your first dive.
Sunblock – This is really essential for divers. You will be spending a lot of time under the sun when you are riding the boat going to the dive site. And even when swimming in shallow water, you will still be hit by the sun’s rays. Your sunblock should be at least SPF45 so that it can really protect you and prevent your skin from having a burn.
Dry Bag – If you are looking for a way to make sure that your valuables are not damaged by water, it is necessary to invest in a dry bag. They have different sizes so you can just choose the one that will fit your stuff.
Scuba Gear – It can be incredibly confusing if you want to invest in your own scuba gear. Some are content with just renting their equipment from the dive shop, but if you are planning to be a serious driver, investing in your own scuba gear is a must. It is important that you get the right gear for you. For first-time divers, learning about your scuba gear may seem daunting, that’s why it’s a good thing that there are websites that help by giving you reviews of the best scuba gear packages available in the market today. You can compare each package’s features and find one that will fit not just your need but also your budget.
Diving Mask – Same as your scuba gear, a diving mask can actually be something that you can just borrow or rent from someone else. But it is a worthwhile investment you can make if you really want to make scuba diving a hobby. Make sure to test out the diving mask as the perfect one can be different for everyone. Make sure that no water will get into the mask while you are using it. One more thing to look out for is that it does not steam. It would be unfortunate if this happens because not only will you not be able to see anything, but it might make you feel uncomfortable and turn you off from diving. Try to do your research on the best diving masks in the market so that you can make a good decision.
Dive log book – This item may not be on everyone’s list of diving must-haves but many say that having a log book has made them appreciate diving better. A dive log book is a perfect way to remember how each and every dive differs from each other. You will not only take note of the location of your dive, but also the depths you were able to reach and how long you were able to stay underwater. Of course, you should take note of all the sea creatures you were able to see. Some even bring their cameras so that they can print the pictures of what they saw and put them on their log book. This is not only a good way of tracking your progress but a fun way to remember.
Sydney is a good holiday destination during winter. There are many attractions for tourists visiting Sydney. At oceanextreme.com.au you will review some of the best sightseeing locations. Sydney has many attractions. Their aquatic life is a big tourist attraction. They also have good museums, entertainment facilities, as well as good accommodation. Some tips will help you know some of the best places to visit in Sydney. Knowing their transport system, general culture, and attraction sites in Sydney will make your stay pleasant.
Here are 10 Tips to sightseeing in Sydney during the winter season
Sydney has some of the best beaches in the world. A popular destination is the Bondi to Coogee strip. You will enjoy a leisurely walk with a friend, or family members here. You will enjoy beautiful scenery as well as crashing waves.
You may opt to watch whales through a helicopter sightseeing tour, or a yacht. Some people prefer boarding the vessel as well. You are assured of finding whales on every trip you take. The aquatic life of Sydney is the best. You will also find penguins, dugongs, and marine life.
Visitors enjoy the scenery at major museums in Sydney. You may visit a modern museum, or museums showcasing fossils and the history of Australia. The powerhouse museum, Museum of Sydney, and Australian museum are some of the popular museums.
Visit the markets
Some of the famous markets include; Paddington, rock, and Paddy’s markets. The Sydney fish market and the Bondi market are very popular too. You should carry your shopping bags. There are many things on sale, and most visitors enjoy shopping here.
Royal botanical gardens
During the winter, most people prefer indoor activities. But if you love seeing beautiful flora and fauna, you should visit this location. It serves as an event venue and recreational facilities. There are no charges.
You should meet and take selfies of some of the popular celebrities in Sydney. You may also take selfies and enjoy spending time at the arena. This should form some of your best memories of Sydney.
Sydney Tower eye
This is a breathtaking view. During the few fairly sunny days in winter, you should view the beautiful city of Sydney from the Sydney Tower eye. Sydney has a beautiful aerial view.
There are both art galleries for contemporary art display and classic masterpieces. You will find them at the Art Gallery of NSW, MCA or Artspace.
Historic Luna Park visit
Here you will enjoy the rides, Mystery Mansion, and the Coney Island activities. They include pinball machines, mirror maze, and giant slides among other things.
Sydney opera house tour
Major world concerts happen here. It is one of the main landmarks in Sidney. The theater has modern features, and it may take up to one hour or more to review the sceneries. There are friendly tour guides to show you around.
These tips will help you enjoy your stay in Sydney. The city is a popular holiday destination.
2019 barely started and I was already on my way to my first adventure of the year with my girlfriend Kelly Hill (@kellyyhill) on a fun girlfriend getaway to North Florida visiting Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Tampa for a week-long road trip!
This year I set off to do things a bit different and wanted to incorporate more trips with friends but of course still, do my solo travel thing. Kelly and I have been “Instagram friends” for almost 3 years who spoke daily and finally agreed we need to go on the road together, so we did and it was a ridiculously entertaining adventure. If you missed the fun, funny and amazing adventure, you can always catch up with it on my Instagram highlights “Florida”.
I never really knew what to expect from visiting North Florida but as it turns out there is so much to see and do, so much beauty, amazing hotels, restaurants, nature and life-changing experiences! Yup! I mean that! We learned to make candy from scratch at Sweet Pete’s, hung out with Penguins, went zip lining over alligators water, saw manatees in the wild and so much more!
I’ve summed up the best of from our trips — where to stay, what to do and where to dine to create the perfect girlfriend getaway! We spent about 2-3 days in each city, rented a car and packed our adventurous selves.
So let’s get started!
Jacksonville was a surprisingly beachy surfer town from all the vibes we got. Reminded me of Ocean City in Maryland but wayyy more classy. Jacksonville is right off of the coast of North East Florida where you find amazing restaurants, cafe and shops right on the beach and if you stay at the Hotel Palms as we did, it’s literally walking distance to the beach and they even have bikes that you can borrow and ride there as well. They have completely gorgeous sunrises that light up the sky in purple and pink tones and an area we truly love was also Downtown Jacksonville with so many cute spots to check out! But before I get ahead of myself, here is our itinerary and must visit places! Starting off where from we stayed…
Where We Stayed:
The Hotel Palms
The Hotel Palms (Atlantic Beach, FL) is your perfectly dreamy boutique hotel located less than a mile away from the beach. Its a brand new hotel only opened for a few months which who doesn’t love! It gives off a very Palm Springs, Coachella, laid back vibe with their palm trees and decor, which as it turns out was the inspiration for this hotel. Each room has a completely different design and is so chic, retro and gorgeous, I wouldn’t mind moving into one of those rooms (for reals). There is cute hangout spot in the middle of the hotel that allows you to tan, lounge around while reading a book, outdoor shower, cute fireplace that you can light up and enjoy a glass of wine next to, which is also a cute added feature to the hotel. They have an espresso bar that’s opened during the day and in the afternoon serves cocktails and wine. Also like I mentioned earlier you can take one of their beach curser bikes for a ride whenever you want. I would highly highly recommend this place for anyone and if I ever go back to Jacksonville, I’m for sure be staying here. Plus the staff was extremely sweet which is always a plus in my book.
*Sunrise – Early wake-up call for sunrise sighting at the beach! (epic and totally worth it!) Photo above!
*Standup Paddleboarding, kayaking and cruiser biking at Dutton Island Preserves with Beach Life Rentals. We seriously had a blast doing it and the owner of the company is great and super flexible on what you want to do, plus Dutton Island Preserve was just beautiful, like something out of a movie!
*Explore Five Pointsneighborhood – The neighborhood is called Five Points and in recent years attracted a young urban crowd, thanks to its bohemian vibe and unique mix of historic and modern outposts, from hip eateries and bars, to funky galleries, vintage shops and tattoo parlors.
*Candy Making Class at Sweet Pete’s – This was literally the highlight of our day! We had sooo much fun making candy with Pete (the owner), who is such a sweetheart, so passionate about candy and is the real Willy Wonka! This place is a masterpiece. Sweet Pete’s manufactures handcrafted quality chocolates and sells over a thousand different types of candies. Sweet Pete’s boasts a fully functioning factory with an interactive gallery, large retail areas, a full restaurant and bar, rooftop patio and dessert bar.
*Visit Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens – Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. We had such an amazing and unique experience at the Jacksonville Zoo, we got to feed the giraffes and got to learn and hang out withpenguins in their exhibit! So amazing!
*Tour theMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville – I was seriously so impressed by this gorgeous museum! It’s just beautiful! Doesn’t take that long to explore and completely worth every second. Below was my favorite pieces from the museum. MOCA had such beautiful pieces and color use.
Completely obsessed with the food here (literally everything we tried was to die for! sooo good), the decor, the retro vibe. This is located in the Five Point area and after lunch, I highly recommend exploring the streets nearby because there are so many cute spots to check out!
Tallahassee is known for being a college town but what most people don’t know is how diverse Tallahassee really is. To start Tallahassee is just gorgeous since it’s basically 20 miles away from Georgia, you can find beautiful oak trees with Spanish Moss everywhere which was seriously my highlight of this location, (that and our amazing zip lining expierence). They were just so enchanting, magical and mystical. Tallahassee also has so many beautiful street art, cute trendy boutiques and amazing and diverse cafes, restaurants and bars and yet at the same time has had a beautiful nature vibe with amazing wildlife.
When we arrived to Tallahassee, we were so mesmerized by the oak trees with the Spanish Moss so we made sure to take some beautiful photos during the sunset while the light was shining perfectly into the trees.
Where We Stayed:
Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee Capitol-University Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee Capitol-University is literally located in the perfect location. It was beautiful, luxury and brand new which I loved and every room is a suite which is wonderful. The decor is beautiful and modern, there are alot of lounge and hang out areas, gym, pool and more. We loved staying here.
For some reason the online photos for this hotel aren’t the greatest but TRUST ME, this place is the dream. I’m probably guessing that its because it’s new there aren’t the best of photos online but these were the best I can find.
It’s seriously the best hotel we came across in Tallahassee.
Things To See & Do:
Tree Adventure at Tallahassee Museum
*Zip Line & Tree-to-Tree Adventure at Tallahassee Museum – Explore Tallahassee 62 feet off the ground. Zip through the tree-tops, soar through the cypress swamp and conquer aerial games and obstacles on one of our Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures courses at the Tallahassee Museum. Literally the coolest thing EVER! Had such a blast blast blast doing this! It was an amazing zip lining and obstacle course over beautiful animals, lakes and in between trees. We got to do this around sunset time to the sunset reflection in the water and trees was amazing!
*Wakulla Springs Cruise – Home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, the sapphire water of Wakulla Springs boasts manatees, alligators and a host of diverse wildlife that can be viewed from a riverboat or the diving platform.
*Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park – A masterpiece of floral architecture, the gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas.
It’s currently January 27th and I just realized I never really fully shared my Travel Montage of 2018 — my year of travel.
I was just about to make a new YouTube video and rewatched my 2018 Travel Montage and was almost brought to tears. Maybe it’s the song, the footage or just a certain energy and vibe I got off of watching it that made me feel the need to share it here on my blog.
The truth is, I almost didn’t even make that video… I honestly didn’t even want to make that video. If you remember towards the end of 2018, I was going through a mid-life crisis so to speak when I shared with you guys that I NEED CHANGE! A Complete Life Makeover!
I was in complete distress over how things ended up turning in 2018 even though I had set such good intentions for the year and it started off perfect the first half a year and then turned into a mess towards the end of June and into the end of the year.
I was stuck and didn’t even know how to fix the world around me AKA my life. Many of the things were out of my control, including the passing of my friends from High On Life as I was trying to Dealing With Grief: The Passing Of My Friends (High On Life), my website getting hacked, travel plans being canceled, heartbreak, anxiety, trying to balance and many more that I don’t want to get into because I’m in a better place now and thankful.
But I choose to make the video anyways because I wanted to look back at it and remember…remember mainly the good, remember a time and place and hopefully look back at it one day and remember there was good, there was compassion, there was love, smiles, laughter, tears and there was growth.
2018 has been one of the hardest years of my life but there were also alot of good and with that being said, here is my 2018 Travel Montage.
I love you guys! Thanks for supporting me and sticking by my side through this roller coast called life.
Cheers to 2019 — to new beginnings, new adventures, new dreams and possibilities.
If you’re one of the many people who put off travel because of tight funds, you aren’t alone. A recent survey by Bankrate found that half of the responders who weren’t planning a summer vacation said it was because they couldn’t afford it. But you don’t have to sit at home, envying the jetsetters – by taking advantage of these helpful hints for discount travel you may be able to squeeze that unforgettable getaway into your budget.
Time it Right
If summer is the only time you can vacation, consider a destination where it’s the offseason, like the Caribbean. Not only will your airfare be cheaper, but accommodation rates tend to be much lower and there will be fewer tourists too. You’ll get that same idyllic 80-degree weather, albeit with some possible rain showers in the afternoon, but that just provides the perfect way to cool off. For other destinations, such as Europe, considering going during one of the shoulder seasons just before or after summer.
By booking well in advance, particularly for international travel, you’ll usually find the best bargains. The cheapest days to fly tend to be Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays. While it’s not always true, traveling from a Wednesday to a Wednesday will be cheaper than a Friday to Friday. Google Flights is one of the best places to start as you’ll be able to see the fares for each day, pinpointing the least expensive days to travel according to your departure city and destination. You can also sign up to track flights and receive an alert via email when the fares go up or down.
Search for Airfare Incognito
If you check on airfare for a certain destination more than a few times, you may notice that the price starts going up. That’s because due to browser cookies, when you search a particular route multiple times, the site is able to detect that it may be able to entice you into booking before fares go up even more. To avoid that, each time you search, enable incognito mode by pressing “control,” “shift” and “P” in Firefox or Internet Explorer, and “control,” “shift” and “N” in Google Chrome.
Take Advantage of Coupons
Coupons aren’t just for groceries. You can use them for everything from dining out during your vacation to resorts, hotels and entertainment. Search Groupon Getaways to find deals on accommodation, and GrouponLive for reduced-priced entertainment tickets. Restaurant.com offers pay-in-advance discount deals, while Groupon and Living Social lists all sorts of deals you may be able to take advantage of.
Consider Alternatives to Hotels
There are lots of ways to save on accommodation with numerous alternatives to hotels these days. Not only should you compare hotel rates, but options on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Oftentimes you’ll not only get a better price, but you’ll have more room to stretch out with your own place, and typically a kitchen that allows you to cook at least some of your meals in, providing big savings on dining out.
Every country and every culture has its own traditions! So of course, so do we in Israel!
Israelis in Israel LOVE Saturdays, it’s typically the only day off they get out of their busy week.
Since Israeli’s in Israel do work on Sundays (Sunday is their Monday) they really like to utilize their Saturdays. This starts with typically having a big meal Friday night for Shabbat and getting so full that they end up going into a food coma and passing out early. Then waking up Saturday morning and making breakfast that they enjoy with their family and close friends or neighbors. Then if the weather is good they normally go to the beach or bring breakfast to the beach and enjoy the rest of the day with family + close friends. Which is what we did!
Since I haven’t been to Israel in a year my mom set up the perfect Israeli breakfast for us with all the traditional Israeli dishes and invited over my childhood BFF family.
This time around I bring you closer into my home, my life with my family + close friends and our silliness!
Check out this Vlog I made below!
For more details of what we ate, look under the video content! Also please subscribe to my channel for more travel videos from around the world!
Most Popular Israeli Dishes For Breakfast On Saturday:
This is THE GO TO food for most Israelis on Saturday morning, Jachnun.
It’s actually a Yemen dish that the Israeli Yemen’s brought to Israel and it’s been a smash hit since! It’s pretty hard to explain Jachnun but ITS EVERYTHING and MORE (and if you’re going to Israel you have to try it)! So I’ll try, basically its a sort of a dough that’s rolled up that’s fixed with sugar and honey, but it’s not crazy sweet.
It’s hard to make from scratch and only those who are experts at it do it because it’s very time consuming and many things can go wrong.
However, there are many places in Israel that sell Jachnun like most restaurants/cafes offer it for breakfast ONLY on Saturday and they get sold out quickly, so get there early. Another option is driving around, there are actually amazing Yemen’s who sell them all over the cities and neighborhoods, typically you can find signs all over roads and streets with arrows to follow on where to get them and these people actually make a full-time business selling them ONLY on Saturday. This is probably the best way to go! Because you know it’s fresh and real from someone who knows what they are doing. The third option is to make it yourself by buying it at a local market frozen. There is actual direction on the packaging but you basically cook it on low overnight.
Israelis normally eat Jachnun with a hard-boiled egg and fresh tomato sauce and add some salt, pepper and spiciness to it by using Zhug.
*This is a vegan/vegetarian dish
However, If you wanna try to make it on your own or know what’s in it, here it is:
Shakshuka is also a very popular and common Israeli dish, not only for Saturday but any day of the week and sometimes even eaten for dinner.
I’m actually an amazing expert at making this! Ideally, it’s eggs and tomatoes sauce but the secret behind a successful Shakshuka is the spices you put in it and the other veggies.
There are many ways of making Shakshuka. The way I normally make it is by dicing up some fresh onion and small garlic, frying them with extra virgin olive oil, then adding some freshly cut tomatoes (you can do can tomatoes but I personally think it’s gross and not as fresh but it’s totally ok to do), you can even add some red or green bell pepper and chop it up into a bunch of small pieces and wait for it to get juicy, meanwhile adding some spices like red pepper, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic salt and anything you find that smells good basically lol. Once you have the basics down and the tomatoes become juicy you can add in the eggs! and walla! You have made Shakshuka! (also try to cook on low so it doesn’t burn)
We normally eat Shakshuka with bread.
*This is a vegetarian dish
Israeli salad is super basic, simple and refreshing! All that’s really in it is cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and you can also add in some green bell pepper, top it off with salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and some like to add in feta cheese but that’s being extra. A traditional Israeli Salad is vegan.
Hey guys, I wanted to share with you some things that have been going on with me lately…recently I came to realize that I need a complete life makeover.
I know that through a social media standpoint, life always seems to look magical but we all know that behind the glamour, lies a person. A real person with needs and wants like everyone else.
As a person who always believes in being authentic and honest, through the good and the bad. I’ve always felt like throughout my life and my travel blogging journey that I will always stay and stick to my truth. I will always be me. Even when it’s not pretty, even if it’s not necessarily politically correct. I’ve always shared with you guys my good and bad travel experiences. But I feel like this year more than ever, I’ve shared a lot of my struggles and heartache with you guys because I believe in the power of being vulnerable and human.
This year started off so differently. It started off with amazing trips, amazing lifelong dreams coming true and I was on cloud 9.
I finally got to travel to the Maldives, a lifelong dream. I also visited Thailand that’s been high on my list since I was a kid. I got to befriend my travel blogging role model and the person who inspired this entire travel blogging journey and become her friend. I was making more money blogging and getting invited to amazing blogging events. The Jetsetter Boss program was launching, a project I was so proud to be a part of from my boys of High On Life and more amazing things were happening and I was well…high on life!
However, early July things took an unexpected turn when my good friends from High On Life passed away in a tragic accident in Shannon Falls, Canada. My world and life had completely changed from that moment. I never knew how it would all affect me or even how to cope with this tragic loss. After weeks of not leaving my house and going through a dark depression and other things that happened in July (like more deaths, my blog being hacked and more). I felt a serious urgency for a major change. It first started off with my blog life and then as time went on I realized I wanted more things to change than I’ve realized.
At first, I questioned myself, “how will I keep my friends from High On Life legacy going? How will I make a difference in this world, how will I live my life differently, how can I create more meaningful content, how can I live a better and greater life. What do I truly want to be remembered for after my last breath here on earth?”, the questions went on and on. Some things I thought I figured out, others I left for the universe and G*d to guide me to but ultimately, I dwelled for these answers for the last few months…
After my recent trips to Vancouver (for the High On Life celebration of life), Palm Springs, Israel, Eygpt and Paris. I’ve been reflecting, thinking and yearning for a change. I took 2 major breaks from social media and the world around me. I dabbled into poetry books, read a Tony Robbins book, watched shows and documentaries and traveled in search of inspiration and answers.
I keep craving something NEW, something I can’t fully put my finger on.
But I simply came to realize that I need and want I complete life makeover.
I want to move out of my apartment, I want a new mattress, I want to makeover my bathroom, I want a bigger house, I want an office, I want a new couch, I want a new space. I need a new car. I want a new computer (thank goodness my dad just gifted me with a new laptop). I want a new phone. I want a drone. I want new friends, I want to fix and rekindle lost friendships. Due to my travel life and trying to run a business all on my own, I forgot about the small things in life. I’m thinking about toying with the idea of finding true love, something I gave up on 6 years ago when I left Baltimore. It’s something I’ve been avoiding and still not fully sure how to overcome my trust through people and men.
I want a closet makeover. I want to travel more, I want to go back to places I’ve been to and missed, I want to try living in a foreign country, maybe even learn a new language…I want to makeover my website, maybe even re-brand and I want to kill out bad habits.
I want the whole world and I’m just not really sure where to begin.
I haven’t figured out all the details to all these things I want to change and do, but what I do know is that I need a life makeover. ASAP
Too often we get stuck in a life we never wanted and while everyone around us might believe that we are living the dream, it’s simply not true and I know from past personal experiences that the only way to create a new drastic change in life is by searching, exploring, relocating and changing our circumstances.
I’m going on 5 years of being a travel blogger and I want the way I do that as well to change. I feel like I’ve been running around the globe, chasing the world and in a way I’m tired. I want the way I do things in my career and life to also change. I want to try to find a balance between travel blogging vs. real life. Too many times in the last 5 years, I’ve let my blog and career consume me. I spent every second of my awake hours working, working, working that sometimes I look back and ask myself, am I even living? Am I doing things “right”?
Instagram & Blogging
I also don’t feel like I’m exactly where I wanted or planned on being at almost the 5-year mark. I have major frustration with the way things have changed in the industry and especially Instagram. I feel like people don’t travel anymore to actually travel but to take pretty pictures which of course is also part of the job, a major part of the job but what about traveling for the sake of traveling, to make new memories, to expierence other cultures, to do wildly crazy and unique things in different parts of the world, to connect with locals, to hear their stories, to learn, to grow and so on. I feel like no one does that anymore. I feel like people create unrealistic photos of places that are so staged that create an unrealistic expectation for the average person but in a way, I feel like nowadays if you don’t, you don’t get alot of new followers and it’s frustrating to me.
A One Woman Show
I am a one-woman show, I shoot all my own photos, set up tripods, scout locations, edit my photos, Insta-stories, shoot videos for YouTube, edit them myself, find my own music for them (sometimes that alone takes hours). I write my own blog post, designed my entire website, banners, thumbnails and search for perfect hashtags. I research topics to write about, places to see, things to do, book my own flights and accommodations and search for themed outfits to match locations. I pitch brands, I search for jobs/campaigns everyday, engage with all my audience on my own, comment and write back to each and every person who took the time to comment or write me anywhere on my social media because I care and you guys are SO important to me but well, damn, this girl is tired. Overwhelmed. So sometimes I take time outbreaks because it’s too much to handle at times. It becomes insanely overwhelming.
The Truth Behind Instagram…
Many people that you see on Instagram have an entire team or partner they secretly travel with that does alot of things for them and while I’ve thought of doing the same, I also feel like I need to be true to myself. To my needs and desires in life. I love solo traveling, it’s just what I do. Sure, I like traveling with people sometimes but I’m so independent, such a perfectionist that I want things done a certain way. I’m so used to this lifestyle, it’s almost foreign to me to travel with other people because most people want to vacation, they want to rest. I’m restless. I work when I travel. I’m a non-stop machine when I travel. I always feel like I need to get so much things done in such a short amount of time. Sometimes or many times actually I WISH WISH WISH I had someone taking my photos, getting certain angles that I had envisioned and it upsets me that I can’t get certain shots but I always try to do the best I can and sometimes I feel like it’s just not good enough.
I’ve Wanted To Quit This Year More Than Ever
I’m not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me. I’m not that type of a person but sometimes its just nice to let it out. It’s nice to share with the world that not everything is as glamorous as it seems. I have many breakdowns, recently I keep asking myself what am I even doing this for anymore. I feel like sometimes people don’t even care. I feel like sometimes my career and life isn’t really going anywhere. I’ve wanted to quit this last half a year more than I ever have in my entire life because I’m exhausted of chasing a dream, that light at the end of the tunnel that I feel like keeps getting further and further away from me.
Comparing Myself To Everyone Else
I’ve also recently more than ever started comparing myself to other people and I’ve never done that in my life. I came to recently realize it’s because of my fear of failure and lack of confidence towards my career recently and lack of self-belief. I believe that we are the creators of our lives. We may not control everything that happens in our lifetime but we control the outcome, the way we choose to handle things. We are powerful human beings, which can be a powerful and disempowering thing, depending on what you do with that power.
How My Best Friend Helped Me Feel Powerful Again
Recently my best friend came over, while I was having one of my major meltdowns and I told him that I just want to quit everything and that I don’t even know what I’m doing with my life anymore.
He knows me more than anyone else in this world. He saw that I was feeling powerless lately because of many things that have been happening in my life and my stress level over changes I have no control over. I didn’t realize that I was feeling powerless until he pointed that out and I was like “ummm…I guess you’re right”.
He then said, “OK Hofit, how do we get back your power? How can we make you feel powerful again?”, with tears in my eyes, I bursted out and said: “I DONT KNOW!!!”. He then looked at me and said, “Hofit, why did you start doing this whole travel blogging thing, to begin with?”, with tears in my eyes, I said, “because I wanted to travel the world and inspire people to be courageous, follow their dreams, step outside their comfort zone, make the impossible possible, to see this world, to change it for the better…”, he said “GOOD! Let’s refocus on that”. The more I started to think, the more I realized he was right…
My Mission In Life
This was my mission, my goal in life, what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid. It was to help people, inspire people, to change their lives for the better and above all make the world a better place and I’m committed to doing that. I have found my souls compass and I want to get back to doing that in my own way, not comparing myself to anyone else because I’m not like everyone else and I’ve never wanted to be like anyone else until recently when I was a bit lost after my friends passing. I’m committed to stopping the comparisons game.
I have a few fun and exciting ideas on how I will be changing Vanilla Sky Dreaming, my blog/Instagram/YouTube channel and I can’t wait to share with you guys in 2019!
I want to live out my authentic life like always but now more than ever and I can’t wait to have you guys join me on this journey.