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One Year Older, One Year Wiser

Guess what?! Today is my birthday! I’m officially 24! I really don’t know where the time has gone. I feel like I just wrote that post about things I wanted to do before I turn 25 a few months ago. Now I only have one year to complete that list and I didn’t make much headway. If you haven’t read that post, you can see it here.

Before I turn 25, there were eight things I wanted to do: run a 5K, visit to New York, plan another international trip, get healthier, go on a road trip, have a 48 hour adventure, buy a condo, and sky dive. I’ve only done one and a half things on this list. The half comes from getting healthier because that is a constant struggle, especially my birthday weekend. Good bye diet!!

I was able to run the 5k back in April 2015. I did a 5k color run with my best friend and her cousin. That was a fun and interesting experience that I would recommend to everyone. I want to do a mud run next! But that’s a whole other topic.

Since I only have a year to 25, I might need to reconsider a few things on this list. I’ve already planned to skydive for my 25th so that’s taken care of. I’ve also decided to go to Miami for Carnival for my 25th next year so I might switch out the New York trip for Miami. It’s still a trip and I could add New York to a before 30 list. 🙂

As far as buying a condo, let’s be real, that might need to be on the before 30 list as well. I’m thinking an apartment will be just fine until I’m really financially stable enough for a condo. I don’t want to rush that and there is a lot that goes into owning one.

I haven’t gone on any road trips this year but I’m pretty sure this will happen before I’m 25. I don’t know where I’ll go or when it’ll happen but I know it will happen, even if that means spontaneously leaving in the middle of the night. The international trip will most likely happen as well. As long as I can afford it, I’ll be going to Belize for Independence Day or I’ll make a trip to Dominica to visit my best friend. She’s out there for med school right now. Shout out to you girl! I’m so proud of you!! But I’m hopeful one of the two or both will happen this following year.

I can’t believe I’m 24. I know some people are reading this thinking, “Man, I remember when I was 24. I was doing this and that…” I’ve gotten that all weekend. I know I’m not old to say but it sure does hit you hard when you realize you complain about your back pain more and more every day. I can only imagine what 25 feels like. Ha!!

Happy birthday to me!!

~Kelsey Sherri

52 WKC: 6 The City You Live In

I grew up in beautiful Southern California in the most diverse city that I’ve ever known so far, Long Beach. Yes, the same Long Beach Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz, and many other celebrities are from. I actually went to the same high school they went to, Long Beach Poly. Not that that matters. I love Long Beach and you would too! Here’s three main reasons why!

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Diversity

To me Long Beach is a good representation of what America is. You can find so many different cultures in this area from food to festivities. I could walk a few blocks and get some authentic Mexican food, walk a little more for Pad Thai, cross the street for Pho take a bus for Lasagna, turn around for Gyros, take a short drive for Sushi, and skip back for a burger. I mean the list goes on. Long Beach is such a great place to try different foods from all over the world within a 10 mile radius. And the food is so good!

Not only can you expand your horizon here, you can expand your language and experience different cultures. Long Beach as a whole isn’t really dominated by one group of people. But we do have little communities within Long Beach that is dominated by a specific group. In a place as diverse as Long Beach, I expect that to happen. People tend to gravitate to people of similar lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs. That’s what a community is.

 

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Long Beach, CA. PC: Wikimedia

Weather

Most areas in Southern California are known for the great weather. We range from 70-85 degrees year round. Of course we have our chilly times under 70 and our hot times over 85 but the weather is usually something to brag about.  As far as the 70-85 degrees, I’m mainly talking about Long Beach and surrounding areas. Obviously not the entire Southern California has the same weather. Places like San Diego gets more rain and the mountains get snow. Yes, WE DO GET SNOW on the west coast. Just not at the beaches where I live.

Even though we have great weather just about daily, it’s not so great for our land. In Long Beach we don’t get much rain and we’re in a severe drought. The city is taking drastic measures to conserve water but all the efforts still isn’t enough. It’s so bad that when it actually does rain, people freak out. Rain is so rare out here that it has become such an exciting event for Southern Californians. It’s right up there with earthquakes.

 

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Downtown Long Beach, CA. PC: Yelp.com

 

There’s Always Something to Do and See

Long Beach is such a beautiful place. The city is filled with greenery and there are lots of things to do. You can spend the day at one of our many beaches. I prefer to go a little south at least to Belmont Shores and beyond where the water is cleaner.

The Pike in Downtown Long Beach is filled with local shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars. They also just opened up an outlet down the hill on Pine Ave. featuring stores like Nike, Converse, H&M and Forever 21. The Cinemark movie theater down there was renovated with lounge chairs for an at home experience. There are a variety of restaurants that line the Pike’s shore. You can get BBQ from Famous Dave’s and get seafood from Gladstone’s or Bubba Gump.

Across from Bubba Gump is our Aquarium and a walkway to our lighthouse. If you’re at the lighthouse, you can see across the water is a big ship. It’s the Queen Mary. There are a few tours on the Queen Mary and a museum on the ship. During October we have Dark Harbor. It’s a haunt similar to Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Nights At Universal Studios. I used to work as a monster and being as unbiased as possible, Dark Harbor is definitely a place to visit during the Halloween season.

Long Beach is such an artistic place. Art fills the city everywhere. We have local art shops and art shows, a Performance Arts Center where you can see Symphonic Orchestras play and there is a playhouse held by local actors and actresses. There are plenty of music festivals, art street walks, museums, and fashion shows throughout Long Beach. If you’re into the art scene, Long Beach is definitely a home for that.

Another spot I love in Long Beach is 2nd street and Naples. Second Street is a strip of bars and restaurants. It’s easy to bar hop and get a bite to eat. Naples is my favorite place to go during the Christmas season. The home owners have competitions on their Christmas decorations and they really go all out. I always wonder what their electricity bill is in December. But guessing by the looks of the homes, I think they can afford a little spike in their electricity bill for one month. It’s really a site to see!

I could go on because there really is a lot more to do in Long Beach than I mentioned. But maybe I should make a whole separate post about things to do in Long Beach! I love my city and I’m happy my parents decided to move here when I was 2. It’s part of the foundation of who I am today.

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Long Beach has a Facebook page and they posted a video showing a little bit of how amazing the city is. I wish the video showed a little more of how diverse it is here and all the different cultural experiences you can have in Long Beach but I guess you’ll have to visit the city to see for yourself.

~Kelsey Sherri

Naming The Blog

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~Kelsey Sherri


5 Things That Scare Me

Driving Up Hills

I’m so scared of driving up hills. I have a ‘98 Toyota Camry and I probably need new tires, but every time I drive up a hill, my tires scream at me like I’m crazy. Sometimes Charlie my car just sits there screaming at me for climbing up a hill. This only happens if I stop on a steep hill and I have to keep climbing. Now when I’m driving straight up without having to stop, I can feel the strain. I just hope that we make it up the hill. Yes, I probably need to flush my engine and get an oil change, but let’s be real. Even with that, my car is old and I’d probably still be scared. I’d say it’s in pretty good shape, but remember 1998 was 18 years ago. That’s 40 in car years lol. I’m scared Charlie will get mad at me and roll back down. But so far, he just screams at me.

Losing Someone Close To Me

My family has been very fortunate to not have lost too many people. And because of that, I am extremely scared to lose someone. I know it happens and it will eventually happen, but I can’t handle it. Just writing about it makes my heart heavy. Last year was the first time I’ve experienced grief. My grandpa on my mom’s side passed away from cancer. It was a long battle and we all knew it was coming but it was all new to me. New to my cousins. New to my family. We lost someone close and there is no amount of preparation for that. Since my grandpa’s passing, I’ve noticed my fear of losing a family member (mom, dad, sister, etc.) has deepened. I try not to think/talk about it because I instantly start to cry.

Closed Confined Places

Ok I wouldn’t consider myself claustrophobic but I could easily freak out if I think about being in tight places for too long. Let’s take an airplane for example. I’m not scared to fly. I’ll get on a plane right now. But if I think about being in the air for so long with no actual fresh air, breathing in people’s farts and morning breath, not being able to walk outside, sitting in one position for so long and standing up to a ceiling that’s not that high freaks me out a bit. Then there’s the part of knowing you’re 10,000ft in the air with nothing but land or ocean below you. Oh my! Sorry if you’re reading this in an airport lol. You’ll be fine and enjoy your trip!

Disease

I’m so scared of falling sick. I’m scared of these super diseases. They’re getting stronger and more powerful. We’re always hearing about some new virus that such and such. I want to talk about STDs though. It’s scary how common STI’s/STD’s are and how many different kinds! Some are curable, thankfully. But there are some that aren’t curable, that’s the scary part. What’s even scarier is that you can be as cautious as possible but there are some STD’s/STI’s that you can catch even if you’re being careful! When I say careful, I mean wearing condoms and checking your partner. Your partner may not even know they have something. That’s why it’s so important to get regularly tested for EVERYTHING anyway. Even then sometimes false negatives occur and people can be a carrier of something without showing signs or symptoms. It’s so scary. Honestly, just thinking about it is the best birth control, sex control, everything control!!

Failure

I’m scared of failure. I’m scared that I may be dreaming too big and I’ll jump and fall flat on my face. How do you know if your dreams are too big? Or unrealistic? Do you find out after you fail? I’m not scared enough to quit though. I refuse to quit. I try to redirect my thinking because your thoughts follow you. I watched this documentary in high school and it changed my life. It’s called The Secret. It’s on Netflix and Amazon. It’s pretty much about the Law of Attraction. What you surround yourself with, the people, your thoughts, will attract the things that happen in your life, the people you meet, and the way you feel. So anytime I start having these doubtful or negative thoughts, I redirect my thinking to something positive. After watching this documentary and seeing how true it is from my own experiences, I always tell people to speak things into existence. It works. It’s the Law of Attraction. You guys should watch it and tell me what you think.

What scares you guys?

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~Kelsey Sherri

52WKC: 4 Family Member

Before I jump into things, I’ve created a naming system for my 52 week challenge posts: 52WKC: week # & topic for that week. I figured, week 1, week 2 etc. would get a little confusing and seeing 52 week challenge would get annoying. So here it is 52WKC: 4 Family Member. (Also the last time I writing this introduction.)

This week I’m supposed to talk about a family member. I want to talk about my mom. I don’t even know where to start. I’m actually at a Panera Bread right now, sitting across from her as she fills out some paperwork and I write this post. We are very close. I’m close to my dad and sister too, but I’ll write about my mom for this post.

She’s such a remarkable woman. I’m very proud of her. She works so hard in everything that she does and everyone she talks to loves her. I mean who wouldn’t. She’s amazing!

My mom is my travelling partner, well actually we do a lot of things together. But I definitely got my adventurous side from her. We’ve been ziplining, horseback riding, cave tubing, hiking, and on road trips galore. She’s even went on a hot air balloon ride without me lol. We spend a lot of time together watching movies/ TV shows and taking walks. I love my mom so much and I would do anything for her. We’ve always had a really close relationship and we’ve gotten even closer as I get older.

I won’t keep rambling about how amazing my mom is. I’ll just show you! 🙂

 

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Hiking some where in Monterey, CA
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Cave tubing in Belize
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Ziplining in Belize
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Climbing the Mayan Ruins in Belize

 

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Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA
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Hot Mama!

 

Isn’t she amazing?

~Kelsey Sherri

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Before 25

The month of August is filled with birthdays in my family. Every week is someone’s birthday. Every year after the August Before 25rush is over, we wait until the rush of Fall/Winter birthdays begins, which starts with mine.

My birthday is in October and this is the first time I’m overwhelmed with getting older. I guess as they say, after you turn 21 there isn’t much to look forward to as far as birthday numbers. Well there is 25 when you can rent cars and 55 when you start getting senior citizen discounts. Yay for discounts. Other than that, birthdays tend to be reminds of how fast we’re getting older and how far we are from where we planned to be.

Sorry I didn’t mean to get sour! I’m trying to think of this as a reminder to work hard and enjoy life! Our birthdays are what we make of it and I do feel they should be celebrated. So I created a list of things I want to do before I reach 25.
These are personal goals, not career goals. That’s a whole other topic. Hopefully I can cross everything off this list. I’ll probably add more things depending on the speed I’m able to complete it.


Run a 5K

I’ve always wanted to run a 5K either for breast cancer or Aids but I’ve never been confident enough in myself. Even in my most in shape days playing soccer in high school, never had the guts to do it because I thought you had to be an athlete to do those things. But I started looking into it and anyone can do these run/walks. It’s not about the person running. It’s about raising awareness and money for advancement. Before 25

New York

If I haven’t mentioned it by now, I will say it now. I really REALLY want to live in New York. But this goal of living in New York would only be realistic if I could find work to support myself out there. But until then, I will be more than happy with a week long visit!Before 25

One International Trip

I love to travel, but travelling requires money, and being fresh out of college, that tends to be lacking. However, I do think within the next two years and a sweet deal from Groupon, I can gather up a few friends to travel overseas. Possibly Venice, Paris, London, Barcelona, Tokyo, Argentina, or the Bahamas, just to name a few.Before 25

Get Healthier

This is more of a lifetime goal than a be done by 25 goal. It’s a constant struggle being healthy in America. But I know how strongly the things I put into my body affects the way my body performs and feels. It’s as simple as grabbing an apple instead of chips. Or eating a half of a bagel instead of a whole one. It’ll probably always be a struggle for me but it’s important to me to continue fighting for a healthier lifestyle.Before 25

Road Trip

Have you seen Crossroads? The one with Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning. That has been one of my favorite movies. I loved the friendship and adventure. Three girls and a guy who grow closer together as they travel across the states to California. Well, since I’m from California, I’d have to choose a different location to travel to. But regardless, it’s the memories that I’m looking for. That unbreakable bond that’s created when people spend so many hours together. Which brings me to my next goal.


Before 25

48hr Adventure

I want to have a “The Hangover” type of adventure, without the blackout, cops, jail, drugs, and tattoo on the face. An epic 48 hours of nonstop adventure, partying, and fun. I say no blackouts because I want to remember it, no cops because I don’t want to go to jail, no jail because I don’t want to go to jail, no drugs because I don’t want to go to jail and no tattoo on my face because well, really? But I do want an epic 48 hours with very little to no sleep. Maybe I do this for my 24th birthday.Before 25

Buy a Condo

Ok let’s bring it back to responsibility land. I definitely want to own a condo before I’m 25. I think this is very reasonable. I just need to decide which coast of the U.S. I’ll be on.Before 25

Skydiving

For my 25th birthday, I’ve decided I’m going to go skydiving. Jumping out of a plane skydiving. That’s going to be awesome!Before 25

I would love to hear back from you guys. Should I add anything to my list? If so, what should it be? Let me know what you think!

~Kelsey Sherri

My Trip to Barbados–Nightlife

There’s this place called “The Gap” in Barbados. It’s on the south side of the island. It’s a strip of bars and clubs on one side of the street and hotels line the other side of the street. We went there twice on two separate nights and both nights were so much fun.

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Photo Cred: Barbados.org

The first night we went there, we went to a club called The Cove. It had two separate areas. The front was a bit of a lounge that had seats outside under tents and umbrellas. As you walk through the hallway, the music gets louder and you spill out into this pretty large room with a stage, bar and a pool table. There were places to sit, places to stand, and places to dance. From the outside, it didn’t seem like all of that space was inside. We settled in a spot next to the stairs that looked over the dance floor and was bordered with cushion seating along the walls. It was similar to a large patio. There was no ceiling at that spot which was great because we were able to get fresh air while still feeling like we were inside of the club.

The music was interesting that night though. Definitely not what I was expecting. They were playing hip hop music which Straight Outta Where?was weird for me because it was crop over season in Barbados. I was expecting soca music not hip hop. I kept forgetting I wasn’t in LA. THey were playing some old school hip hop too, like if they had a premiere for the Straight Outta Compton movie. I was a little confused. So, that was a good time to get a drink.

I was there with my cousins, aunty, mom and dad, uncle and his wife and her sister and friend. There were quite a few of us. Between my uncle, dad, and one of my cousins, we had drinks to go around. I asked for a margarita. Nothing to crazy. I WAS with my parents.

Even though I wasn’t planning to drink much, that margarita they made was SMALL.My Trip to Barbados--Nightlife I’ve never had a margarita that small in my life! (Like if I’ve been drinking for so many years.)

It didn’t matter though because they finally started playing music I WANTED to dance to. It also started to rain. Remember I said the area we settled down in didn’t have a roof? Well, no roof plus rain makes the funnest night of dancing in the rain, inside of a club, ever! I’ve never had the chance to dance in the rain. It’s not like we get much rain in Southern California to dance in anyway. So this was definitely an experience for me. Everyone ran for shelter, but me and my cousins stayed in the rain and danced every song that played. It was a pretty good shower too, we were soaked.

The other night we went to The Gap, we went to a karaoke bar. If you’ve been to one you’ve been to all. You have your good singers, your bad singers, your entertaining singers, your bad singers who think they are good singers, your singers who don’t know the words even though it’s right on the screen in front of them and your drunk slurring and swaying singers. Needless to say, it was pure entertainment. Anyone who can get up there and sing in front of all those judging people regardless of where you land in that list of singers, you are the real MVP. I couldn’t do it! Not a crowd that size.My Trip to Barbados--Nightlife

That night my cousin told me I had to drink something other than a margarita. I had to either drink a beer or a “real” drink. So I chose to drink a rum punch. It was pretty good. Much stronger than the margarita but it was sweet.

The rain came down and as usual, cleared out everyone in sight. People ran under the tent of the bar, and some went to the patio on the side.  Once the rain held up, all the chairs were soaked. We ended up moving from the karaoke bar back to the same club we went before. We went to the dance floor this time, because none of us wanted to get wet. I won’t go into detail about our dancing that night. I’ll just say I had so much fun with my cousins in Barbados.
~Kelsey Sherri

My Trip to Barbados–The Ocean!

I should really continue to talk about my trip to Barbados before I have another trip I need to talk about! This is the second part of my blog entries about my trip to Barbados.

I’ve been home for a few days already, trying to get back on Los Angeles time. I’ve been sleeping and unpacking but mostly sleeping these past days. We always need a vacation after our vacation!

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Almond Beach, Barbados, WI

So, Barbados, one thing that I really enjoyed and I really miss right now is the water! The ocean is beautiful. It really does look like the movies and pictures they use for tropical advertising. The water is so clear even at 4 feet deep you can see your feet. As I said in my previous blog post, I recently learned how to swim and I’m just getting comfortable in the water. But for some reason I wasn’t scared in the ocean out there. It could be because the waves were nonexistent in the area we swam. So I tried to think of it as an endless pool with salt water.

I think I was overcoming my fear more and more every time I got in the sea. Because guess what guys?! I finally taught myself how to float. I’ve been too scared to even be in water much less let it lift me up and take complete control of my body. But, it happened. After a few tries, I lifted up and started to float. While floating on my back, I also taught myself how to swim backwards and how to swim on my side. I can swim all over the place now! Go Kelsey! Now I just have to

Floating in Barbados at Almond Beach
Floating in Barbados at Almond Beach 

go passed five feet!

The water is so warm out there. It’s true. I felt it for myself. But it’s not a jacuzzi warm that makes you sweat. I used to think, “why would people want to swim in warm water, especially since it’s usually hot on the days people generally go to the beach? Wouldn’t you get sweaty?” No! I’m here to tell you that the water although it’s warmer, it’s a cooling warm. The water feels like silk chiffon wrapped around your body loose enough to move freely but tight enough to feel its existence. That water is amazing!

Funny thing is, the people out there think the water is cold when you first walk in, especially if it’s raining. Yes the water got a little chill but because the water I’m used to is freezing, that little chill was still warm. They should feel the freezing water along California’s coast. Wait no! They should feel the water at Lake Tahoe! Now THAT’S cold water!

Almond Beach, Barbados, WIOne of my trips to the beach, my uncle brought snorkeling gear and let me give it a try. I couldn’t get the mouthpiece right so I ditched it and just held my breath. I dove to the bottom (of that deep 5ft water) and saw a bed of unusual shells, rocks, and a few fish. I couldn’t believe I was diving under the ocean water, looking at the ground of rocks almost 3000 miles away from my home. It was a bit surreal. I got to take a dip, or as they say it, bathe the sea, in that beautiful Bajan ocean!

~Kelsey Sherri

My trip to Barbados–Part 1

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I’m not sure if I mentioned this or not, but my family comes from the caribbean. My mom is from Belize and my dad  is from Barbados. I’ve been to Belize quite a few times but the last time I’ve been to Barbados, I was a baby just forming words 20 years ago.

I finally got the chance to vacation and visit/meet family in Barbados for the past week. I’m about halfway through my visit, so I thought this would be a good time to sit down to write you through my experiences so far.

When we landed I expected to walk out of the plane and be blasted with tropical heat, but it was surprisingly cool. The airport  was a little crazy and small for the two or three airplanes that landed  at that time. But Barbados is a small island, so that’s expected. After gathering our luggages and struggling through the lines, we finally got through immigration and customs. We walked out and there it was! The sea of Bajan people waiting for their visiting and returning friends and family. Everything was a bit of a blur for me. I was still trying to process that I was on Barbados land.

We visited a”rum shop” close to the airport and I tasted my first Bajan beer, Banks. It was really refreshing.I’m not much of a beer drinker but that one was pretty good. My cousin picked us up and took us to her house. We had a small tour going north to where she lives. And let me tell you, that was quite the experience! First of all, they drive on the other side. Growing up in the US, I’m used to the passenger side being on the right side of the car, but here, it’s on the left. The roads are opposite as well, obviously. Every time we made a turn it felt like we were going in the wrong lane. And to top it all off, everyone drives like they’re going to miss a plane! Super fast and somewhat reckless!! Some of the roads are also VERY narrow with hills and curvy, so curvy that you can’t see if another car is coming around the corner. And that was the in the day! Remember they’re also driving fast! My cousin’s driving wasn’t too bad though. It was the other drivers and getting used to being on the other side of the road that made me nervous.

We went up a steep and narrow hill and a side road to get to her house. We were in the country surrounded by bushes, trees, and plenty of insects! But when we got to the top, the view was PHENOMENAL! The ocean is in plain sight on one side of the house and the other side is what’s called “The Gulley”. It’s basically a forest with a steep drop to its bottom. You can see the hills dip and rise, sprinkled with colorful flowers and lots of trees. You hear the birds in the day and crickets at night. At night the moon lights the tops of the trees giving it an endless horizon. It’s absolutely amazing to look at!

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~Kelsey Sherri