Mini-venture

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Being a full-time student with a choreography job, a teaching job and having rehearsal every night doesn’t leave a lot of time to relax, or do anything really, especially with finals just around the corner. At times like this I find that it’s even more important to make time to go on adventures and get out of stressful atmospheres. Today I found myself with a few extra hours to spare, so Ryan and I decided to take a mini-venture.

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Since neither of us have money to spare, the less expensive the outing, the better. Luckily, there happens to be a really great library in downtown Rochester. It may be nerdy, but I get really excited about the sheer amount of books in this library, and I find the atmosphere very calming.

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Another plus side to the Rochester Hills Public Library is their travel section. For me, the next best thing to actually traveling is planning exciting trips, so I decided to pick up a few travel books for some upcoming trips that I’ve been thinking about.

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After the library we decided to grab a late lunch, so we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Penny Black. Penny Black has THE best cantina nachos. Seriously, if you like nachos, even a little bit, and find yourself in the Rochester area, you HAVE to try them. For $12.50 you can have enough deliciously sweet and spicy pulled pork cheesy gooey goodness to feed two people, plus if you happen to go between 4-7 during the week, all of their appetizers (including the nachos) are HALF OFF. I’m really excited about it.

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The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).
The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).

And finally, what mini-venture is complete without ice cream?!? It started to warm up again today so we were able to eat our ice cream outside for a little bit before heading back to classes and rehearsal and our busy lives. I hope you find some time to make your own adventures this week!! Cheers!

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With love,
Nikki

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Rainy Days

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Living in Michigan means that winter is going to last most of the year, though some of us choose to live in denial. Most of the time I can be found daydreaming about the days when I’m financially stable enough to move somewhere warm and tropical. As far as I’m concerned, it should be at least 75 degrees and sunny all year long.

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This past winter in particular really took its toll on me. I’m not normally one to complain about having to stay indoors because of the cold, but this year ‘spring fever’ hit some time in December and I’ve been itching to get outside every chance I can get. Though all of the colors are currently shades of brown, and the sky is cloudy and overcast, it’s finally warmed up enough to get back outside and adventure (though that may not last long because Michigan weather likes to play practical jokes on it’s residents).

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Luckily for me, my college has a really beautiful campus to explore (for free!). Who said that you have to break the bank in order to have an adventure? Sometimes it’s best to start right in your own backyard, even if that’s just a precursor to adventures to come.

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I also took this opportunity to fully embrace my inner child. I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to put on my rain boots and go splash in some puddles, and that’s exactly what I did! I dusted off my tried and true rain boots and put my hair in braids (the perfect rainy day hair style because it keeps your locks under control and combats humidity) and headed into the great outdoors.

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I also took the chance to break in my new raincoat. My mom recently got me this beautiful Calvin Klein rain jacket as an early Easter gift. It was the perfect time to throw it on because it was just heavy enough to keep me warm, and sturdy enough to keep me dry. Not to mention that by tying the belt in a bow, it gave my outfit a nice soft feminine touch.

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Sometimes the best way to end a rainy day adventure is to come back inside, curl up with a nice blanket and pour yourself a warm drink. Stay warm out there and have fun!!

Cheers!
Nikki

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Hello, world!

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There are two things that I’ve been putting off for quite some time: traveling more, and starting this blog.

I’ve been talking about both for as long as I can remember, and recently it seems that they are the only things that I ever really talk about. Luckily for me, both of those things are things that you just have to jump into, and I’m definitely one to dive right into things.

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If you know anything about me, then you know that I am prone to becoming inspired. The tiniest thing will send me off on a mission, and I will spend the precious hours that I should be using to sleep to look up things on the Internet, send emails to perfect strangers and look up the best times to buy plane tickets.

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Of course, making big changes and taking big steps, while intriguing, can be pretty scary. It’s easy to make excuses, like “traveling is expensive, especially on a ‘broke college student’ budget” and “I just don’t have enough time”. There always seems to be a voice in the back of my mind telling me that I couldn’t possibly do these things, which is exactly why I know that I have to do them.

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Luckily for me, I really hate to spend my own money, especially on frivolous things. While some costs are unavoidable, and every once in a while my paycheck will burn a hole in my pocket, I’ve been pretty successful in saving up funds. I also find that it’s easier to save when you have a specific goal in mind, like a new camera, or a round-trip ticket to Ireland.

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Of all the advice on travel that I’ve read up on on-line, the thing that keeps popping up and grabbing my attention is that if you really want to travel, and you feel like you’re being drawn to it, you just have to do it. You have to stop making excuses, put the money away and trust that everything is going to work out exactly like it’s supposed to.

I don’t want to just survive; I want to enjoy my life. I want to see more of this world than just my back yard, and I want to meet people from all walks of life. Life should be full of adventure and exploration and taking (healthy) risks, and the time to start is now.

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So, thank you. Thank you for reading this. I hope that you will choose to read along with me as I go on adventures, and I hope that they will inspire you to start some adventures of your own.

With love,
Nikki

P.S. During the time that I’m not able to travel, I will be posting about all sorts of things that are important to me, like fashion, beauty and travel. Stay tuned! Cheers!

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