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    I'm Sarajane, a blogger, workshop facilitator, and career consultant based out of Asheville, NC.

    I believe chasing your dreams shouldn't be so hard and I dedicate my energy to helping others to take large and small steps in their career while maintaining creative inspiration.

    This is my space to create whatever comes from my heart. It's not marketable, it's not always good, but it's honest. It's not uncommon to find stories from my experience, portrait projects, my thoughts on the world, and tips for how to make the most out of life.

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    with love,
    Sj

City Love: San Juan, PR

We are back in the states now and I’m missing that warm Puerto Rican sun! It’s a huge 50 degree difference between here and there!  I’m thinking a trip to the Caribbean every December is a good idea!  As we realize more and more that we are going to be traveling everday next year and more and more throughout our lives, me and Kyle have come to the conclusion that we need to find a way to stay rested! We’ve developed what is called ‘Sleep Days’. These are mainly scheduled for the day we arrive in a new place, and the day after we get back from a trip. Basically, we just sleep the entire day or as much as we can. No work is allowed to be done and probably we’ll watch movies and eat cookies or something similar. We decided to do this because the last few times we’ve traveled we’ve stayed exhausted for the majority of our trip and couldn’t enjoy ourselves and then we came back less rested than we were before. So, to preserve our health and to make sure traveling stays fun, we’ve created sleep days!

We enjoyed our first sleep day yesterday and it was a success! I’m so not good at rested really, but, I did a good job yesterday and woke up today ready to get back to work. Maybe one day I’ll actually not think about working the entire day that i should be sleeping. we’ll see.

For now, here are some photos from our day trip to San Juan, PR. We drove up there with Tyler and our friend Vivi. We literally drove a circle around the entire island!

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On the way to San Juan we stopped at this awesome spot and saw this beautiful beach! I loved it! The statue to the right has been there forever. It was apparently carved by some indigenous people. Pretty dang cool.

The colors here are for real, they are not photoshopped folks! Puerto Rico is legit!

Tyler and Vivi!

My sweet husband enjoying the water!

We fell in love with all of the colorful buildings in San Juan! The building to the left is my favorite that we saw and is the colors of me and Kyle’s house one day!

One of my favorite things about PR was that everytime I ordered a drink to go they bagged it up for me. Usually I don’t like using bags in I don’t have to. I’ve been known to carry ridiculous amounts of groceries to my car without a bag just to avoid getting one. But, this was just so sweet to me that I had to let them do it everytime.

Overlooking the most dangerous part of San Juan. Even the scary parts of PR are BEAUTIFUL!

I think buildings that are falling apart are way more attractive then the brand new!

The view from the bathroom in the fort we were exploring.

Brothers and best friends! Two of my favorite boys in the world!

Malta! A strange non-alcoholic beverage made from beer hopps. I swear it tastes like bubbly pumpkin pie.

with love and a big coat,

Sarajane.

Puerto Rico

We are in Mayaguez, PR visiting Kyle’s brother Tyler until Monday. He’s been near here in Cabo Rojo working on a farm for a few months. The trip here was a long one and an interesting one. We started in Charlotte, NC and flew out at 9:50am. We arrived in San Juan, PR at 2:20pm. We did not get a boarding pass for our next flight and our pilot announced that everyone go get their checked luggage from baggage claim. So, we made our way to baggage claim all the while thinking, maybe we don’t have to do this, we don’t usually have to do this if we don’t  go through customs. But, our pilot said everyone and we don’t have a boarding pass so maybe that’s the reason. We waited at baggage claim with the hundreds of people from our flight, all equally dissatisfied with the amount of time it took for them to get all of the luggage out. I was standing next to an elderly asian man who would make comments to me every few bags that came out like, “that’s not mine, I guess they don’t care about us,” or, “all of my friends have their bags, what is it with you and I that it’s taking so long?” We had formed a bit of a bond over our scorned luggage that had been pushed to the back of the pile. Until we were the last two waiting. The last bag came from the shoot and it was his. He looked at me and said, “Sorry, but, I’ve got to go.” with a chuckle and walked away.

It was just me and Kyle and we were beginning to think we just wasted an hour. So, I asked someone who worked there and they informed me that we did indeed waste an hour. We didn’t have a boarding pass because we were supposed to go back through check-in and security. So, we went back through check-in where they weighed all of our carry on bags and asked us each how much we weigh. Which was really strange to me, but, whatever. Then we went through security and quickly realized they had the knew fancy, creepy scanners that can see through your clothes. Me and Kyle both decided what we would do if we had to experience them, he chose to walk through and I chose to get a pat down. They both took about 15 minutes and the pat down wasn’t that bad. Nothing compared to the India airport type search I was expecting.

We arrived at our gate and looked out the window to see the tiniest plane I’ve ever seen in my life. Our flight from San Juan to Mayaguez was a half hour in a plane that only fit six passengers! At first I was a little nervous, but, I sat directly behind the pilot and he was really nice to us beforehand and the flight was really smooth. It was by far one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Flying over this beautiful island, I thought to myself, “is this really my life?” Yes, yes it is. I don’t know how on earth we got so lucky, but, I’m glad we did. Here are just a few photos from our flight to Mayaguez.

I was at 28mm for this shot! For those who aren’t photographers, I wasn’t zoomed in at all. He was really that close!!! He elbowed me at one point.

Coming down to the runway!

Our little baby plane!

with love and what felt like a scene out of LOST,

Sarajane.

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