Orange County, Los Angeles Art District & Venice Beach 

Angelinos, como están? How are you? What is good?! How was your weekend? My weekend was eventful!

On Saturday, I straighten my hair Vietnamese style. It’s basically a straight perm… I guess. Not sure, all I know, my Vietnamese friend has straight hair, I asked her once what she does to it couple years ago, and since has taken me to different cities to get this hair straightening. I love it. I especially love how she takes me to different cities through California that I have never knew are created to cater specifically to her culture. As a Latina, I know when I crave my peeps food and atmosphere where to go and in what cities I can find Pupusas & Yuca (if your Salvy, you know what I’m talking about). Therefore, being able to experience other communities unlike your own, it’s very refreshing. This year, she took me to Westminster in Orange County. I saw a monk practicing his faith on the street, markets full of foods I’ve never seen, all different types of dessert I’ve never tasted and I’ve tasted a lot of desserts. Overall, I loved going with her this past Saturday to the OC.  I love exploring, truly allow you to experience California and the beauty of its diversity. Not to mention, my hair stays straight for months and I don’t have to burn my hair every day with a flat iron. In the evening, I finished it off with a date night. We watched John Wick: Chapter 2. It’s such a thrilling movie from the start. I don’t want to give away too many details. Just know, like the first movie, he used a pen to kill someone!

On Sunday, we explored Los Angeles… one of my many favorite things to do.

We went to Urth Cafe near the Art District in Los Angeles. I’m addicted to Urth Cafe’s ‘Natural Corn Hash’… it’s epic! Just check out the picture below… I mean, it’s mouthwatering. Then we strolled around the nearby streets and looked at art. It’s amazing to see the talent, visions and work people create.

After, we felt like drinks by the ocean and headed to Venice Beach. If you’ve never been it’s a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood. It’s a well-known tourist area with stores, restaurants, bars, street performer and art galleries lining the street. It’s also home to “Muscle Beach”, people who work on their physique, for the creative and the artistic. As for me and why I love Venice, I love palmtrees and it gives me my needed dosage 🌴🌴☀️.

Another successful weekend completed and back to the grind today, Monday. While it’s tough sometimes to return to work, we should do it with gratitude. I feel completely blessed to wake up another day and able to breathe. So many people are taking their last breathe today. We will never know when we will take our last breath, therefore, adventure, hike & explore even on weekdays. I can’t venture as much as my weekends but definitely still experience no-mind and total presence in all His glory.

“Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the majesty, the sacredness of nature.” Happy Monday corazones! Become aware of all the beauty around you and truly see, no matter what day it is. XO

With Love,

Nancy

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