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NTC – Nike Training Club

The first time I signed up for  NTC  was at the gym with my friend Nadia, we really liked the intensity of it and the instructors always brought the right energy with them. After I ditched the gym I started working out on my own, absolutely love sprinting and running up and down bleachers, I ended up finding myself at my old high school quite a bit after that.

My cousin Samantha works for Nike and I follow Nike Women on Twitter which is where I first heard of the Nike Tour back in 2014(note: my cousin is my go to for Nike info obvs.). Back then I didn’t think driving to Santa Monica for a free work out was worth it.. It wasn’t until last year that it was being held in Downtown LA that I gave it a go. By this time I had no idea how out of shape I really was I struggled, ached, and felt embarrassed. After my first class I was hooked, signed up every week brought friends, went alone. I tend to be a creature of habit at times and a year later I am still showing up Mondays and Saturdays unless I’m traveling.

Words can’t even explain the energy that goes on during these classes, everyone is super encouraging, it’s very no man stays behind kinda feel, it is exactly what you need when you are giving up on yourself.

One of the biggest reasons I continue to go is *drumroll please* my anxiety, we all hear this often,  it’s not that surprising. The feeling that your life is falling apart, something bad is about to happen, feeling like you can’t breathe, on and on. Four years later I finally feel like I’ve got it somewhat under control, I’ve shown up after having a full on anxiety attack and have left feeling so much better. I’ve shown up after a shitty day at work, after an amazing weekend, vacation, moment and so on. Good or bad I show up because it makes me feel great about myself (losing some of the weight I had gained was the biggest perk).

One of my favorite photographers has captured some of my and everyone else’s  greatest moments while at NTC and I am forever thankful, John Jefferson check his instagram out.

All the images below were taken by John, enjoy.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Started the year with a LONG list of things I wanted to do, and places to see, it is safe to say  that the universe had completely different plans for my life. Rainy days, long lines, demolitions, snow etc. have prevented things from happening it is still early in the year but fuck, what a way to start. I have my BIG trip in May which I’m extremely excited about but as of right now, I hope my little trips end up happening at one point or another.

Speaking of attempts Blanca and I finally went to downtown and walked around, took a whole 2 tries. Downtown LA is best on the metro if it’s accessible to you, I left my car at one of the stations and off we were. I’d been wanting to photograph the Walt Disney Concert Hall since my friends wedding in November. The design reminds me a lot of https://sandieadventures.com/2015/06/10/antelope-canyon/ I am that person that sticks to what they know and love.

Below is what I got from this trip:

2015.

i’ve been wanting to do this post for quite sometime now.. But didn’t know how to start. Last year on my birthday I got into a very painful accident I was completely stopped and a man stopped on my car, leaving his licenses plate well imprinted on my bumper. I was in completely shock until I drove away from the scene and completely broke down. I just couldn’t believe it happened on my birthday aka my personal new year. I cried for about an hour had a busted lip and then still decided  go out with my friends, clearly running on adrenaline because the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed or move for that matter. This was followed by plenty of sessions at the chiropractor and a rental car.

Around this time last year i decided to leave a design job that I loved but wasn’t teaching me or letting me grow. I started 2015 jobless not really knowing what would come all I knew was that I was going to Paris in March and needed some sort of income. I’ve always been a hustler, my sister got me a temp job at USC for a while, I’m pretty sure I cleaned houses. There is no shame in my game you just gotta do what you gotta do.

I landed my job in February which was perfect that was my expiration date anyways so that worked out great. I’ve been extremely lucky, blessed, fortunate whatever you want to call it to be working for people who allow me to travel and some have encouraged it. At times I’ve felt extremely guilty for leaving for for a couple days, but honestly whatever needs to get done at work gets done.

All the trips I’ve taken thus far have been trips I didn’t think I would ever take, the Grand Canyon, Antelope canyon, Utah, Yosemite, Big Sur, Maui! And in a couple weeks Guatemala! For every single one of those trips I’ve known in my heart that it would work itself out and BOOM they have.

I’ve been super emotional about Guatemala because I haven’t gone in 5-6 years?  This is a place I’ve been traveling to since I was 5.. And the person to be waiting outside the airport won’t be there this time around. My grandpa the sweetest human that my mother loves dearly won’t be there. It’s such a bittersweet feeling because I get to see my grandma (they had been together for 60+ years) I’m both excited and sad about this trip. It’s my first time going with my dad. The first time I ever went, when we got back he was in the hospital because he had fallen off a roof (he was a contractor) and the last time I went…we got back he was in the hospital so I swore never to go back with out him. Overall I can’t wait to spend the New Years with my family (minus my brother and sister in law). I’ve spent a good amount of New Years in Guatemala and as much bitching (ungrateful teenager) use to do, I secretly loved going..

I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me. I’ve already purchased my ticket to Morocco !!!! I have so many plans for new adventures. 2015 was magical over all it taught me that I CAN do whatever I set my mind to. And I can’t wait to test that out next year.

Welp 2014

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2014, I will have to say got the ball rolling on my life and reality. Definitely dated my girlfriends, I spent the year saying I wanted to be single but hating it every other day until it was time to reminisce over the year only to realize it was pretty fucking amazing thanks to them. I hiked sooooo much, and it wasn’t until the end of the year (solstice hike to be exact) that I realized how much I really loved it and loved life a little more for allowing us to witness its beauty.

There are some lessons I needed to learn to allow me to both understand and grow from. I quit my job before the new year which was something that needed to be done. Have you ever felt like you needed to be so uncomfortable to be able to grow? Because that’s exactly what that felt like. I am not 100% sure where I will end up going but I know I trust the universe to get me there, and I know it will be better it always is.

2015 I have so much faith and love and I am ready to be adventurous. I will be traveling to Paris, Belgium, and London in March which is extremely exciting. There are new hikes to explore and mini road trips I would like to take. I am coming for you.

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Chinatown Summer Nights 2014.

Chinatown Summer Nights is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the Summer. This was the second year my friends and I embarked our journey. Food trucks, CONFETTI POPPERS, DJ’s and live bands, what more could I ask for? Love that this event brings people together to explore what we usually wouldn’t, the ambience of it all is just amazing.

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“I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, Kiss me harder, and You’re a good person, and,You brighten my day. I live my life as straight-forward as possible.Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.

Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.

But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.

And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.

We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.

We never know when the bus is coming.”

Lewis, Rachel C.. Tell The People You Love That You Love Them

 

 

HBD ‘Merica.

Italian Shaved Ice

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Oh Fourth of July.. there is always next year! Grand Park LA has been hosting really amazing things lately from Food Truck gatherings to Boot Camp workout classes. They were hosting this Coachella-ey type event for the 4th one of my favorite duos Phantogram played a set, so that’s where I was!

We headed out around 4pm, took the metro, the minute we got there we went straight to where the food was. I grabbed some delicious Italian Shaved Ice, while my friends got Teriyaki chicken. Too hot for comfort we sat on a grassy area that was luckily opened, so many people and did I mention the HEAT? Phantogram went on around 6 ish, they had a great performance.

A little after we ended up meeting friends at Redwood the pirate bar, and that was the start of our mini bar hopping 4th of July. Since this was the closest bar to the location it was safe to say it was packed, we had a couple drinks then headed out. Walking around downtown will never get old, architecturally it’s just stunning.

We ended up at Bar 107, had such a great time with all my friends. Though the soul purpose of being in downtown was for the firework show… somehow we thought we were going to be able to see it from where we were. Clearly we weren’t thinking straight because tall buildings and fireworks do not go hand and hand. So we once again heard fireworks, hearing fireworks has totally become the thing that we do for the 4th, it has been about 6 unsuccessful 4th of July’s. Never the less we had a great time and that’s all that truly matters.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July filled with joyful memories.

Begin Again.

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Last year I started “Love,Sands” my first blog, which I totally gave up on within a couple of months of starting it. I follow really successful bloggers so I put tremendous pressure on myself. I am extremely excited to start “Sandie Adventure” this will definitely have a different tone to it than my last one. I want to put not only my inspirations, destinations, and of course my personal fashion, but everything  in between of what makes me, me. With that said here is to NOT giving up, and enjoying the ride.

Love,

Sandie