Happy New Year!
On the second day of 2016, aka the second-to-last day of winter break, 10 am, the Rodriguez family was headed across the 520 bridge, minivan-style. I live for random trips like these.
Finally tried piroshky! I always hesitated to buy some because of the lines, which run out the door on a daily basis. Let’s just say that the line is sooo worth the wait.
Oh, and shoutout to the awesome accordion guy who serenaded us with pop songs-he was really into his music! 👏👏👍
Found this little cafe called Ghost Alley Espresso and had THE BEST chai latte in the world. Seriously, go there. The people are so friendly and the coffee is amazing! (This isn’t a picture of the shop though, just a cool design on a warehouse door in Ghost Alley)
My brother, Tanner, wearing a Macklemore-inspired coat in Ghost Alley.
Visited the (somewhat) clean Gum Wall for the first time! Note to self: bring gum next time 😋
Tanner peering over Elliott Bay.
A little nod to Gerard Tsutakawa, who sculpted this awesome bolt of lightning 👋🏼
For me, the New Year is about trying new things and adding a healthy dose of spontaneity to your calendar! Have an awesome 2016 everyone!
Cupcake Royale literally. Has. The. Best. Iced Coffee. Everrrrr!!!!! Also, there cupcakes are really good. So yeah, go eat some cupcakes in Seattle when you can!
Exploring after Seattle Youth Symphony with my lil fiddle 😉
Although it’s Tuesday, tell me what you did this weekend!
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This weekend, my family went kayaking for the first time at Orcas Island, WA
Me and my brother, Tanner
Little whirlpools with a ton of sea anemone! Amazing what you can find in nature
Dinner after a long day of rowing
Some coffee- can’t leave without my caffeine!!!
This weekend was perfect. I was with my family. We are ramen for breakfast at our campsite because we forgot our cooler full of food. We woke up with achey backs from sleeping on the cold hard ground.
But it was worth it, because I was with the people I love most. Do something spontaneous, make time for someone you love, and don’t forget to subscribe to Lulu Gloss if you want to see more!
What are you doing during these last days of summer? Comment below!
This whole idea came to me while I was taking a shower. And it inspired a rather spontaneous write.
“Let’s be realistic” or, “realistically thinking”, is often told to people who “dream too big”. But that’s a negative way to think of it. Being realistic is not about downsizing your dreams. Being realistic means that the world is huge and opportunities are endless. Being realistic means that it will take hard work to reach your goals. And your dreams are completely, infinitely up to you to imagine.
It isn’t always easy to bolt after your goals. There are going to be challenges. Parents that want you to be a doctor, not an actor. Friends that think your love of poetry is too hippie-dippy. And most commonly, there is that little voice in all of our heads that says, “you know what? You can’t do it. So give up.” But that voice is not you. That voice is an external source, shaped and feeding off our surroundings in everyday life. You are, however, in control of that voice. You are who you want to be. Realistically speaking, you ARE what you make of yourself. You change yourself. You learn from yourself. And you can never dream too big. Shut up that little voice saying, “let’s be realistic…you can’t” by responding with, “let’s be realistic! I actually can!” Doors are open. Your journey to being who you want to be starts right… NOW!
Top of The Rock
In front of the Flatiron Building
John Lennon Memorial with my best friend, Abbey, in Central Park