Sound and Cinema

This week I finally got to attend one of Austin’s awesome summer events called Sound and Cinema. I have been wanting to attend Sound and Cinema all summer but did not make it until this week. As I am still new to Austin, I am so easily amazed by all the awesome events that take place around the city FOR FREE!!

Sound and Cinema is a really unique summer series that takes place at the Long Center and it is actually turning into a Fall series this year also! A large screen is set up in the massive Long Center lawn with a backdrop of the most gorgeous city ever. First a live band plays and then a movie is featured following the band. There are food trucks, booze, and just an all around awesome time.

This week Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 performed and Jurassic Park was the featured movie. Chali 2na also painted the awesome dino featured below while the movie was playing to be auctioned off. Do i even need to continue? It was awesome and did i mention FREE??!

 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

One of the greatest perks of my job is that I get to do a lot of traveling. I manage a territory of ten states, leaving me a lot of ground to cover and parts of the country to see.

A few weeks ago I spent a week in West Texas. Although I was extremely busy with work, I did have a bit of free time to explore the wild wonders of the west.

Shortly after leaving Austin I was regretting the 1,500 miles I had scheduled for myself to cover in one week…

While driving my initial 8+ hours west (never making that mistake again) I found myself driving through the wind farms of West Texas- which took me an hour or more to drive through at 70+MPH!!

It was one of the most unexpected yet beautiful experiences. The images cannot do any sort of justice to what it is like driving through this, absolutely stunning.

One of the really amazing places I did get to take some “me” time and visit was Cadillac Ranch. When it was described to me by a local in the area I was less than interested but, I had some free time and thought “YOLO”.

Cadillac Ranch was such a rad place to check out. Because my customers are locals of the area, they had tons of awesome stories (or possibly myths) to tell me about the artist whom created Cadillac Ranch; and I do love hearing some good ol’ small-town gossip.

My job is taking my to some very unexpected, amazing places that I am not sure my life would’ve ever taken me.

I am lucky enough to be able to travel for work, I urge those who are not to get out at every opportunity you have and see what you can. There are some completely amazing sights to see out there that you probably do not even know exist.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” -unknown

 

The 24th Year

A few weeks ago I celebrated my first birthday in Austin, it is officially my 24th year. I have never been the type of person who thinks much of age. I have actually absolutely loved growing up, with each passing year more wisdom is bequeathed upon me and it seems life gets more and more delightful. I think the wisdom I gain in each passing year allows me to live my life more fully and continues to humble me.

With all that being said, I am now reading “you know you are almost 30 when…” blog posts and the worst part is, I can relate to them!

For my birthday I ate some delicious food from the best Sushi restaurant I have ever experienced in my life (paired with some delicious champagne, of course) at Uchiko

Saw some new Austin sights…

And spent time with some old and new friends..

I am not usually one that is much for birthday,s but the year 23 was a big one for me. In the past year I have (officially) graduated college, moved halfway across the country (on my own), started a new job (two days after I took my last final ever), my parents got separated and soon-to-be divorced, one of my brothers got married, I was a maid-of-honor for the first time, I sold almost everything I owned and had someone adopt my rabbit (who was the love of my life), and my entire life was basically flipped upside-down.

It was a whirlwind year and I finally feel like I can take a deep breath, relax, and fully enjoy the new life i am in the progress of building for myself. So, turning 24 had much more sentimental value to it than any birthday of my past because I feel as though I am turning a new leaf and writing the next chapter of my life- a chapter that is 100% mine and is going to be whatever I make it.

Welcome to my life as an Austinite!

Some amazing things are happening back in RVA

Richmond has always had some really beautiful murals, but this year they’ve decided to up their game with the RVA mural project.

It makes me so proud and excited that in the last few years Richmond has been doing such big things. I am so happy to say Richmond is where I come from. I cannot wait to go back and visit and check out all the amazing things that have been happening around town since I have been gone. It is so awesome to be halfway across the country and see such amazing art coming out of Richmond and getting attention on sites such as Buzzfeed.

Richmond made #3 on Buzzfeed!!