Motivation Monday #28

Happy Monday everyone! Allow me to share a story with you.

This weekend I was in Vegas hosting a bachelorette. Let’s just say I’m not too fond of Las Vegas now that I’m married and jobless, it’s an expensive place for single people. Regardless of my negative feelings toward the city I tried to stay positive. I guess my feelings of anxiety and resentment were only foreshadowing what my Sunday would be like. I had a great time hanging out with friends and getting to know the girls better but the weekend flew by and soon it was time to go home. I’ll point out that my least favorite part about going to Vegas is the drive. After a scurry to clean and pack our belongings we were on our way to In n out for a post Vegas ritual meal.  It was 100+ degrees and the line was almost out the door, with nowhere to sit except for a blazing hot outdoor table we finished our burgers quickly and hit the road.

I’ve been to Vegas twice before this and I was never the one driving because my car was older and a major gas guzzler. This time I thought, I should offer to drive since I now have a gas efficient Honda and because I get carsick, I would much rather be the one driving. What I failed to realize is that I should have replaced a few tires before I drove old Zippy (my car) into the blazing hot desert. She was fine on the way there but with two extra bodies and twice as much luggage on the way back combined with 111 degree weather and crappy rear tires, we had a tire blowout about an hour into our trip home.

I was probably going around 70 mph when I heard a weird clacking noise, I looked over at Alina and we both had concerned facial expressions. I slowed down a bit then BOOM, the tire blew out and it sounded like my rear bumper was dragging. I slowed down rapidly and checked to make sure I could get over to the side safely all while thinking “shit shit shit shit shit”. (I know, I’m quite the multi-tasker) I got out and checked the tire, a strip had flown off and gotten stuck in the bumper. The bumper was not falling off, but the tire tread was banging against my bumper which caused it to pop off a little.

So there we were, four girls stuck on the side of a freeway in 111 degree weather. Oddly enough there were two ladies pulled over in front of us who had a tire blow about about 20 minutes before we did. I had just gotten gas and wasn’t worried about having to turn the car off and sit in the miserable heat. Luckily we had some cell service even though we were in the middle of nowhere, so we called AAA and they told us that our wait time was approximately 2 hours. We had no way of accurately describing our location since there were no signs for miles and the only things in sight were dirt, hills and tumbleweeds. AAA also told us that we would only be able to fit two people in the tow truck, but thankfully the other girls were behind us a ways and were able to pick up the two girls in my back seat.

So there we were, just two girls melting in a hot car since after about an hour my A/C was no longer blowing cold air. Feeling unsafe on the drivers side of the car I moved to the back passengers seat incase we were to get hit by oncoming traffic.  A woman from the car in front of us came over to see what our situation was. She explained that they and been there longer and that her sister was suffering from a panic attack. She called triple A multiple times and they told her that the tow truck couldn’t find them and had passed their location a few times so she had them send a CHP to help the towing men locate us. When the officer arrived he explained our location to the tow truck drivers and offered to let us sit in the back of his patrol car since his A/C was cold and he wanted to wait and make sure the tow trucks made it to us. God bless him.

Alina and I hopped into the caged backseat of his car and hung out for another hour or so feeling a little bit of relief knowing that we would soon be rescued. When the tow truck finally arrived we got in and for the first time all morning I felt ok. The air in the truck was ice cold and we were only 11 miles from Baker where there was said to be a 24 hr tire place. My feeling of relief was soon replaced with discomfort when we exited the freeway in Baker and suddenly the air stopped blowing cold and the tire place was only a towing place after hours. This meant that we were stuck in that hot death box for about 70 more miles until we could reach the next 24 hour tire place in Barstow. As we passed the big thermometer in Baker the temperature read 117 DEGREES!! I wanted to cry but held it together, feeling comforted by the fact that I wasn’t going through it alone and that I had my best friend with me.

For over two hours we sat on black leather seats in over 100 degree weather with the windows down and hot air blowing hard on our faces. About 10 minutes into the drive, we hit an area filled with smoke from a big fire so thick that we could only see the lights from the cars on the other side of the road. Sitting in a puddle of my own sweat I could not move due to the fact that cookies could have been baked on every surface of the interior other than where I was already sitting. Alina and I shared multiple looks of desperation and fear, especially when our driver pulled out his phone to text for the 10th time. Having Sprint meant that I couldn’t even distract myself with Facebook or Instagram because service was spotty and I could barely see my screen through all of the sweat coming off of my hands. The only thing comforting me was the fact that the two ladies who were pulled over in front of us were just ahead of us and headed to the same place. Even though our driver turned out to be a nice man, he was pretty creepy looking with murderer glasses and a gross beard… he basically looked like someone from americas most wanted. So when he exited the freeway and took a back road we both admitted later that it crossed our minds that he might try to take us into the desert somewhere and skin us. Fortunately he was only taking back roads to avoid the agriculture checkpoint.

After over two hours of heat blowing in our faces, puddles of sweat under our butts and backs, tears of desperation and fear for our lives we exited the freeway. The city was covered in smoke from the fire with a big red sun ready to set, we passed rundown shacks and meth addicts wandering around abandoned roads in Barstow. It was like a scene from a horror film and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. We got to the tire shop as the sun began to set and finally the temperature was somewhat bearable. We peed in one of the most disgusting restrooms we had ever been in and then sat on he floor waiting for the tires to get changed. $260 dollars and 2 new tires later we were back on the road and I was driving like a grandma because anytime the wind blew hard, the car swayed and I was still a bit shaken from the tire incident. With terrible traffic and my grandma driving skills we made it home just before 10pm and rushed over to Panera bread since the only thing we had eaten all day was In n out at 12. Smelling the worst we have ever smelled in our lives, with a layer of sweat and desert dirt on our bodies, Alina and I sat across from one another in a booth at Panera and expressed our thankfulness for one another. We made it through a day straight out of hell and were still able to laugh about it because we had each other and we couldn’t believe that it was finally over and that we were alive.

What was supposed to be a 4 hour drive home turned into the most uncomfortable 10 hours we had ever experienced.

So no matter what kind of Monday you’re having, it can’t be any worse than my Sunday. Moral of the story is that life goes on, and everyone has their bad days so don’t let Monday be a bad day just because it’s the beginning of the work week.


Motivation Monday #26

Happy Monday friends! Today I want to motivate you to do something that you have always wanted to do, but have never had the courage and/or time to actually do it. Mondays are a lot better when you have something to look forward to so think of this Monday as another step closer to finally doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do.

Here are a few things that I could think of that you might want to try!

  • Go skydiving
  • Buy that pair of shoes you love- then go out and flaunt them
  • Take a ceramics class
  • Go to disneyland
  • Get a dog
  • Go on an evening hike
  • Get a tattoo
  • Go scuba diving
  • Go on a tropical vacation
  • Attend the live filming of a talk show
  • Go parasailing
  •  Attend a wine and paint night
  • Go to a museum
  • Go zip lining
  • Take a cooking class
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Read a good book
  • Make a new friend
  • Start a blog!

I could go on forever but it’s all about what you really want and that’s something you have to figure out for yourself!  Now start thinking of what you would love to do and have a beautiful week 🙂

Motivation Monday #25

Happy Monday everyone! It’s the final Monday of June and this week brings the month to an end. Next Monday is the 4th of July and I can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family.

June has been a lot of fun and there was a good amount of celebrating going on. I absolutely love having something to look forward to and this month I got to look forward to a lot of things.

I just want to remind you that there is ALWAYS something to look forward to and be happy about. You may be struggling to get through the work week but don’t forget about all of the fun things you have planned in the near future, whether it’s a birthday or just plans to see a movie with a friend. Make sure that you give yourself things to look forward to because that’s what life is about.

Stay happy and have a beautiful Monday!


Motivation Monday #24

Happy Monday! It is officially SUMMER, which is quite obvious since it’s only 11 AM and already 102 degrees!!

For todays dose of motivation, I want to first remind you to drink a lot of water and wear sunscreen to protect your skin. It may not seem like a big deal but when you’re out in the heat for a long time without proper hydration you can pass out or have a heatstroke. And sunscreen may not seem so important now but it will when you’re 50 with skin cancer.

On a happier note, I’ll remind you of all the potential beach and pool days to come. So stay motivated and keep working hard so that your weekends will be even better!

Have a beautiful Monday and stay cool!

Motivation Monday #23

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend, mine was great because I pretty much just lounged around with my husband watching movies all day Saturday and Sunday.

But as nice as it was, it kind of made me feel bad for not doing anything productive. So for today’s motivation I want to remind you to:

Do something today that will benefit you tomorrow.

Whether you’re getting a list of chores done, working out, or going to school you will feel a lot better at the end of the day. They may not be the most pleasant things to do but they are rewarding and there’s no better feeling than accomplishing your goals.

So have a beautiful Monday and don’t forget to make it a productive one! xoxo

Motivation Monday #22

Happy Monday everyone! Today, I just want to remind you that every day is a fresh start.

Maybe you didn’t eat so well yesterday, maybe you were in a weird funk, or maybe you just weren’t feeling like doing anything productive. Well, today is a new day and it starts with your attitude. Make the decision to wake up on the right side of the bed (figuratively haha).

Wake up with a smile because you’ve lived to conquer another day- don’t forget to make it great!

Have a great day!! XOXO

Motivation Monday #21

Oh No! I almost forgot that it was Monday! I know the day is almost over now, but I still want to send some motivation your way.

It’s Memorial day, so let us be motivated by those who have sacrificed their lives so that we may have the opportunity to live the “American Dream”. No matter what kind of day you’re having, it can’t be worse than the days that our young men and women soldiers have spent fighting for our freedom.

My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones who served.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful memorial weekend.

Motivation Monday #19

Happy Monday! I hope all of the moms out there had a special day being celebrated yesterday. I had a lot of fun at a Mother’s day brunch with my mom, grandma and aunt. It’s always a good time when I’m surrounded by family.

Although it was a great day, I totally over-indulged at the brunch and ate way more than I should have. I can never say no to sweets! And that cheesecake was staring at me. From eating so many delicious desserts, I felt way too disgusting to even think about working out.

As the day was coming to an end I felt guilty for not treating my body with better care. So I made a list of things that I would like to try to do every day, and I wrote them out on the mirror in my room (with an expo marker) as a daily reminder.

This way, I will wake up each day with a clear reminder of what I need to do to have a happy life. Here’s what mine looks like:

( I started with a quote) “Wake up. Work Hard. Be Kind. Go to sleep”

  • Don’t stress the small stuff
  • Workout
  • Read books
  • Drink more water and green tea
  • Pray everyday!!!
  • Cook and Clean (AKA stop spending money at restaurants!)
  • Not too much caffeine
  • Smile often 🙂
  • Spend lots of time with family & friends

I know I have said it before but I love to be organized, part of that quality means that I am constantly making LISTS! I love having a visual to remind myself what I need to do. Use this Monday to make a list of your own, it may not look exactly like mine but thats ok. Just jot down the things that make you happy (or things that you NEED to get done) and make time to do them!

Have a fantastic week!! XOXO

Motivation Monday #18

Happy Monday, it’s that time again for your weekly dose of motivation!

Being the planner that I am, I like to take the time on Sundays to plan out the things that I absolutely need to get done on the weekdays. Yesterday I was feeling yucky from being lazy all day and not having enough energy to do anything since I was out late having too much fun the night before. So one of my main goals for this week was to stick to my workout routine and go grocery shopping for some healthy meals.

I woke up this morning with a nasty head cold but I’m staying positive about being able to workout and get other things done. Since I had it planned out yesterday, I am not going to let a stuffy nose and headache keep me from doing what I need to do.

Make goals for yourself constantly, whether they are as small as doing the laundry on a certain day every week or as big as losing 20 pounds. Once you start to plan it will be easier for you to get into a routine and that will help to keep your life productive and make you feel great about yourself!

Have a beautiful Monday!


Motivation Monday #17

Happy last Monday of April! Summer is just around the corner and I’m feeling very grateful to be able to spend it in beautiful southern California.

It’s only one of the many things that I am grateful for these days. Life is about being happy, so make sure you find the time to do the things that make YOU happy!

It may be Monday, but it’s the perfect day to make plans for Friday. Give yourself something to look forward to and use that phone you’re always on to make plans with friends or family to do something that you love to do.

Monday is a reminder that if you work hard and get the important stuff done during the week, you’ll have all the more time to do what you WANT to do on the weekend.

Have a beautiful day!