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One of my goals I made for myself this year was to travel the world. I didn’t quite plan my destinations, it was just a goal and everything kind of fell into place. This is my 4th destination this year; so far since January I’ve been to Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and now flying home from Puerto Rico. I’m so grateful to be able to see different parts of the world, and come home to share my experiences with my peer, clients, friends, and family. Every place I’ve been to I learn something new, I believe in being open minded and not staying stuck in your comfort zone. You will not continue growing if you are stuck in the same chapter of your life.

People ask me “How are you not scared to travel?” I’ve been traveling since the age of 7. My parents were divorced, and my dad decided to move to Dallas, Texas to move on with his future. For years I was scared to fly, I was young and my dad would drive every summer to come pick me up to go visit him. More than 24 hours driving, continuous stopping due to me getting car sick. One day he just couldn’t be driving back and forth anymore It gets tiring you lose days in driving time, and eventually convinced me without a choice to start getting on a plane. It sounded good in the moment; No motion Sickness, and getting to Dallas within 3 hours. Until I hopped on that plane alone, random people all around you not knowing what to expect, especially after the 9/11 incident that didn’t help. I grew to love traveling by planes. For my 21st Birthday my dad got me a passport, I have never been so excited for a empty book that had United States of America on the front of it. My first International trip was in 2014 to Frankfurt, Germany. It was the best experience ever, some will love it, and some will hate it. Knowing I was across the world, and came back in one piece, I knew instantly I would be around the world my entire life. So back to “How I am not scared to travel?”  Have Faith, you’ll get to your destination, and if God ever believes he needs me, It will be in the mist of me doing what I love to do. Thanks to my dad for continuously giving me that extra push to travel, grow, be successful and always to Dream BIG.

Last Month, I decided to start my traveling one country at a time in Puerto Rico. My Daddy’s roots, his favorite place, his stomping grounds. As a kid, of course my Dad has really strong Puerto Rican Pride, and always said to me when people ask you what you are; you say BORICUA. I am initially mixed, half Mexican from my mom’s side, and half Puerto Rican. My Puerto Rican side just stood stronger. Puerto Rico is such a beautiful island, I love the beaches If I could be a beach bum and just wake up every day and lay on the beach I would. Traveling the island this time was very interesting, my first time not being on a family trip, getting to just hop around to every where I wanted to be.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.08.00 PM I try to tie in every trip I take with my hair life, I know I’m suppose to take a break leave work at home, but it’s hard it never happens. I even put a automatic email for my clients that did email me, but somehow I still ended up emailing them back while on vacation. It’s hard to just turn your brain off and not think about hair, I mean I see hair every day that’s the first thing I look at in a different country. My newest motive is spreading my brand, dropping it where ever I go.

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After settling in, I headed out to grab a drink at a small dive bar in the streets of Old San Juan called El Batey. Full of graffiti on the wall from locals to tourists to just any one that wanted to be artistic. Sitting at the bar, you look on both sides these cute little lamps created by multiple business cards. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. This comes back to spreading my brand. Marking that I was there too, social media is power and you never know who will take the time to look at your card and find you. I’ve been inspired by so many great people. Whether it’s been in a book, magazine, social media, or other artists in the industry. YOU, yourself can inspire someone without even knowing it. Real Quick— I want to share something that made me feel happy in my heart.  While I was scrolling through Facebook I happened to come across my tattoo artist Adrian Caro’s facebook page. He shared a link from go fund me— those of you not familiar with GoFund Me it is a do it yourself fundraising website. I read the article, and found out he was in Seattle traveling spreading HIS BRAND, by tattooing and someone broke into his car. They took his entire set of tools, everything personal of his. People don’t realize being artist is hard; if you do not have your tools or not working, You are not getting paid. Being an artist you are never content at where you are at, one is always trying to be better. We don’t realize we have a support systems, fans, friends, clients, that really believe in you whether they tell you or not. Adrian raised over his $1000 goal. I was apart of his contribution, I know how devastated I would be without my tools. Tools are not cheap, It is a huge investment. I tagged Adrian in my Instagram photo I posted above on my sleeve. My caption couldn’t have been so perfect at the right timing saying:

I want to inspire people.
I want someone to look at me,
& say because of you, I didn’t give up.”

Adrian responded: “Because of you today, i can truly say that I’m definitely not giving up!”

It makes my heart happy that people can be inspired by me. Just knowing they have people out there that believe in them, and I can be apart of it. Making a difference one person at a time.

El Yunque

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Puerto Rico’s National Rainforest, the perfect setting of paradise, this hiking trail was one of the most beautiful hikes that I’ve ever been on. From the sounds of different levels of waterfalls, birds chirping, and coqui’s. El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains. Though out the rainforest there are a few waterfalls, numerous amounts of trees, and a really cool bumpy tree trunks. I know totally random, but I pay attention to detail when I am are using my creative side of my brain. It was so relaxing walking up the trail, there are incline parts flat parts, and stairs. It is definitely worth the very end where you reach the highest waterfall within the rain forest. People just chill on rocks, taking pictures, bathing, and some are just jumping off into the water. It’s kinda cool hopping around rocks to get to different parts of the waterfalls scary, of course make sure you hold on to that branch, haha.

IMG_1375due to humidity and constant tropical rain, the path stays pretty moist. If you ever plan to visit El Yunque be sure to be hiking ready. Not a place to stay pretty, you will get wet, muddy, and dirty. If you plan to jump off a rock, don’t forget your swim trunks and bathing suits. For all you travel bugs and bloggers don’t forget your fancy cameras, waterproof cases, and go pros. IMG_1338IMG_1349Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 6.00.01 PM

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Over 400 years old, built in the 16 century this wall is one of the most beautiful site seeing on the island. You can be on all different sides of the island and be able to have a different vision of it. The entrance to walk through the castle is only $5 (US). All fees go to the up keep of fixing up the wall to make sure it is still in tact for tourists to be able to experience this wall. There is so much history behind it, and something I feel everyone should be able to do when visiting Puerto Rico. It is located in the heart of Old San Juan. The forte was designed to guard entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. Today, El Morro has six levels that rise from sea level to 145 feet high, and is to take up over 70 acres. IMG_1279 IMG_1295 IMG_1433Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 6.42.43 PM

E A T S

El Jefe Burger Shack – Luquillo, PR

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B O R I BURGER-
Stuffed with chorizo + plantains
Lettuce • Pickles • Bacon

El Alambique – Isla Verde,PR

mofongo

Classic Mofongo Creamy mashed plantains, alajillo sauce

Inarú Restaurant – Old San Juan,PR

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Empanadas + Coconut Mojito

Bebo’s BBQ – Carolina, PR

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Maduros + Chicken + Arroz con Gandules

Ice Cream & Limbers -Carolina, PR
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Creamy Amaretto

Old San Juan

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Small Roads, uneven gravel, and colorful walls is how I can describe Old San Juan. So cute, and hip. There are plenty of little bars you can hop around to, apparently Wednesdays are happening in Old San Juan, everyone was out during the middle of the week. I wish I can sit here and blog about every single moment in Puerto Rico there was so many to mention. These were the highlights of my trip. Exploring the island gave me so much life; The culture, the food, architecture, accents. It gave me the ambition to live freely, face your fears, be alone, get out of your comfort zone.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico

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FACE YOUR FEARS

It’s one of the biggest things I feel every one has trouble doing. Facing something they absolutely fear; It’s crazy how I have the biggest fear for the ocean. I always am scared of drowning and don’t ever want to face death that way. When I was younger my dad tried to teach me how to swim, apparently it was an ultimate fail, and till this day I still don’t know how to swim. Which is part of the reason I’m scared of the ocean, once that waves attacks me it’s over, haha. I love the beach though, I can’t get away from it. Nor can I get away from traveling to it. The first time I visit Puerto Rico, my dad kind of guided me deeper into the ocean, he plays to much though I couldn’t seem to trust him. I was just so scared seeing that wave coming over my head. This time around it was different, I wanted to live freely, feel what it was like to be in the middle of the ocean across the world, just listening to water splash around me. So what did I do, I just kept swimming like Dory, haha ok not exactly. I grabbed my Go Pro and was like I’m gonna show the world facing your fears isn’t so bad after all, I felt that sand sloping don’t get me wrong I felt like my heart was going a million miles per hour. It was the moment that mattered, It might not be a big deal for most, like okay it’s just water it’s just the ocean, you ain’t with the sharks. For me, it was an extremely big deal I don’t even let the water get to me knees, I’m like running out of the ocean when I see a wave. That concludes everything, TRAVEL, BE OPEN MINDED, DREAM BIG, and FACE YOUR FEARS.

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