16 Lessons from 2016

As the year [finally] comes to a close this weekend, I thought I’d share 16 lessons I learned from 2016:

  1. Adversity comes in many forms.
  2. You can’t please everyone, so follow your own path.
  3. Success is subjective, but not relative.
  4. Support those who support you.
  5. Give without expecting to receive.
  6. Communication is still key even in confrontation.
  7. Show your friends and family you appreciate them.
  8. When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
  9. Embrace vulnerability.
  10. Continue to be kind, but don’t let others take advantage of your kindness.
  11. Life hardly goes according to plan and that’s okay.
  12. Letting go, in every way, is healthy and necessary.
  13. Relationships change because people change, but change is good.
  14. Personal growth is a cycle, so soak in the sunshine and weather the storms.
  15. Say yes more.
  16. The longest relationship you’ll ever be in is with yourself–cater to it.

I hope everyone had a happy holiday and please be safe this New Year’s Eve.


xx, AE

Just in the Old Saint Nick of Time

Just in the Old Saint Nick of Time

It is finally happening.

I recently purchased a premium account for my blog and I feel like I’m in a whole new world. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration because I already have experience using WordPress premium, but I am extremely excited about the excess storage and access to CSS. So to move things forward, I decided that my first post should be fitting with my blog’s theme of travel/attractions and incorporate the holiday season. Today, I am sharing my thoughts on an increasingly popular annual attraction here in Dallas called ICE! .
I visited the ICE! exhibition the week before Thanksgiving because I scored an online discount code for half off ($15). For those who don’t know, ICE! is a Christmas-themed exhibition of large-scale ice sculptures, and this year’s theme is “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.” I didn’t know what to expect except that it was going to be “freezing” and “pretty short,” (according to my sources) so my friend Ilse and I made the trek over to the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel.dsc03584dsc03586dsc03587dsc03588
After going through the labyrinth that is this hotel, we finally arrived at the exhibition and I can honestly say my expectations were met. I won’t lie to you, I spent the whole time getting pictures on my phone (before it froze to death) and camera which meant I had no idea what the storyline actually was. In spite of this, I think it was a great one-time experience.
It makes sense why the exhibition is short (about 15-20 min) because, well, the environment has to sustain the ice sculptures and you could get hypothermia if you stay longer than intended. But overall I don’t think it is worth the full price of $30. Don’t get me wrong–I am still in disbelief that there are artists out there who can not only sculpt everything out of ice like this, but also bring it to life with color and such intricate details. I was clearly thoroughly impressed which is why I couldn’t stop taking pictures. However, when you pile on travel time, mandatory cost of parking (additional $15), and insufficient resources (e.g. the coats they provide), I believe you’re really just paying for the novelty. Still, these are just my opinions.
If you are planning to see ICE!, here are three things I would advise:

  1. Wear layers (insulated jacket, gloves, and maybe a scarf)
  2. If you are going to be late for your reserved time, you can arrive later without prior notice on a value day (weekday), but should call ahead on weekends to reschedule your slot
  3. Periodically tuck your phone in warm parts of your body so it doesn’t freeze up and die like mine did


I hope y’all enjoyed my first post back! You can now expect weekly posts again every Sunday 🙂

xx, AE

To be continued…

I promise.

So, I have been away for a while. I know I have made a couple of posts previously about new ideas I have for my blog and returning soon, and this is still true. However, the main reason I have not posted is because I have run out of media storage. In order to continue posting the pictures I know most of my readers enjoy, I would have to delete older blog posts. I already have gone back and deleted quite a few, the rest are ones that I feel should stay because they are important highlights of my life in the last two years.
I am going to hopefully upgrade to a premium subscription soon, but unfortunately I am still unemployed so I do not have the income to pay for it (no, this is definitely not a segue into asking for money–I’m okay, guys, haha). I miss posting on here so much, but from what I gathered from past stats, more people tuned in when my posts were in exciting places with many pictures. I want to continue providing that same level of entertainment so we will sadly have to wait [but hopefully not for long].
In the meantime, I will continue exploring DFW so I will have content ready to go once the upgrade happens. There may not be any exciting travels for a while, but I hope to pick up where I left off in the spring when I was exploring fun things to do in my hometown. Thank you to everyone who has inquired about my blog while I have disappeared [yet again]–it really means a lot that people actually enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. Anyway, I just wanted to give y’all an update. Fingers crossed on this seemingly never-ending job hunt! 🙂

xx, AE

Articles Abroad

For those wondering where they can see what articles I wrote and collaborated on for The Handbook when I was abroad, here you go:

What To Do This Weekend 22nd-24th July
Alfresco Cinema at Bluebird
Morning Glory Brunch at 100 Wardour St.
An Alternative Night Out with Hemsley and Hemsley
What To Do This Weekend 29th-31st July
Top Celebrity Hangouts
Summer Hits South West London
Gin Tasting at The Punch Room
Olives Restaurant at The Bailey’s Hotel London – What We Thought
Balans Soho Society Café Review – What We Thought
Casa Havana Brings a Taste of Cuba to London
Breakfast at Albion Clerkenwell Review – What We Thought

Hope you guys enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them!

xx, AE