Lessons and Notes From Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara was everything and more. Reconnecting and catching up with my childhood best friend was exactly what I needed. We haven’t been together in so many years, but it was as if no time had passed. It was hysterical to reminisce while comparing our lives now. The theme of the week was, “ewe we’re old now.” As we sipped our wine and decided to turn in early every night. 10559919_10154395496150532_7222650654628008613_n 


I grew up in Northern California so whenever I get a chance to get back into my home state I embrace it. I just love it. I love my friends, the beach, the air and just the vibe. It will always be my home. I used to turn my nose up at Southern California like any true Nor Cal-er would, but it has most definitely grown on me and I could definitely picture myself there in a few years. 10384755_10154395495335532_31880826680235611_n

It’s so interesting how traveling gives you such a fresh perspective.

It’s almost indescribable how much I needed this trip, but I’ll do my best to elaborate. I left last week with a bad attitude about everything. I was just having one of those weeks. Stress, anxiety, tiredness, frustration it was all kicking in. Client work was kicking our butts (I almost missed my flight because I was so focused on getting a project done while waiting for my flight! They had to call my name over the loud-speaker…muy embarassanté!) But doing the course of my trip I got good sleep, laughed, relaxed on the beach, turned notifications off on my phone and allowed my mind & body to repair itself.DSCF0053
I also encouraged myself to try new things. For instance I sampled ceviche (and subsequently loved it). Hopped on a paddleboard tandem style with Tres…with a kayak paddle (don’t ask) to hang out with dolphins (life-changing). And tasted shrimp (not sold, but I gave it a go.) OH and went sailing (I have anxiety about the open sea). All of them produced a healthy dose of fear mixed with excitement and nervousness. I didn’t die, although if I was allergic to shrimp it would have been my first time going to anaphylactic shock and that would have been a story!

But I’m fine. I survived and I now have a new list of things I enjoy and can at least say that I’ve tried. I’m currently reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams who created the Dilbert cartoons. I’m only a few chapters into it, but for someone like myself who puts a lot of pressure on themselves to be perfect or feels as though they have to do it ALL; it’s a great read. I used to be SO scared of failing or not being able to do something it was almost paralyzing. He talks about overcoming certain adversities he’s faced and how his failed ventures led him to where he is today. I was so overwhelmed and disappointed in myself before I left for the trip…

But by the end of the trip I was like, 10346205_10154395493920532_438816289977806594_n

Moral of my weekend vacation…try new things and drink good wine. (obviously.) 


2 Comments on Lessons and Notes From Santa Barbara

  1. Natalie Wolfe
    August 4, 2014 at 11:29 am (10 months ago)


    Love all the beautiful blue in all these photos! Looks like you had a blast! I am headed to San Diego today, so I am looking forward to that California sunshine!


    • LaurenJade
      August 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm (10 months ago)

      I SO did! It was much needed! Thank you for your kind words! Have so much fun in California!!



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