Neighborhood dinner

Kiki's resolution: to become better friends with all our neighbors.

As a senior, a piece of advice I have for you: Reach out. Grow your tree, create more branches to climb, and get out of your comfort zone. 

And so that is what Kiki and I are trying to do with the last few weeks of college left.  

Step 1: Neighbor dinner. 

Head count? An extremely random bunch: four frat boys, two rugby players, a lacrosse player, a swimmer, a yoga instructor... neighbors. 

The boys cooked the chicken and rice, and the girls took care of the dessert and appetizers. 

The table was set, wine glasses in hand and a toast to being neighbors.

The salad was passed around along with the egg rolls and the bruschetta Sarah was able to snag from the Hospitality kitchen. 

The altitude was not working in our favor and the rice was taking longer to cook than planned. So we enjoyed the appetizers and fortunately there was no ice to break with constant conversation that never ceased to end. 

Some would think, with such a random bunch where our paths rarely cross in our daily lives, it would be an awkward gathering. 

The exact opposite. The conversation was flowing and the laughter was contagious. 

We soon finished five bottles of wine mixing between red and white laughing at the most ridiculous stories. 

We went around the table sharing our most embarrassing/hilarious past time of college. 

There were some great laughs. And at some points the story teller of the moment could not stop laughing and would have to take a few calming breathes to finish the story. 

Dinner turned into an eight hour affair. From dinner came the dessert which lead to fresh air outside on the porch. 

We screwed open a few more wine bottles, listened to some great music of my choice which made me an extremely happy camper and continued to share stories.

The sun was set and the wind chilled our bones, we wrapped ourselves in blankets and scooted our chairs together making a tiny circle. 

As the good ole saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun", certainly that was true when midnight rolled around and somehow we decided to watch a movie in the basement. 

On a two person couch four of us snuggled like sardines. The rest of us scattered around the floor and watched "The Hitch". 

Ten minutes in snoring accompanies the movie and eyes are shut. We all pass out in a sitting up position, next to a neighbor. 

I woke up at four on the beanbag chair and made my way to my room, and everyone smushed on the couch do not stir. 

What an evening. 

From the wise words of Charlie, "Life is a tree with many branches to explore." Or something along those lines... 

See you at dinner next Sunday!


Cruisin to a mud pool in Fiji?

On our way to experience a mud pool we are speeding down the foreign roads of Fiji, I hold on tight to the seat as my best friend, Valen, steers this unstable Moped we rented for 20 bucks down the road.

Screaming and having a blast breathing in the summer air of Fiji the wind blows our hair, the Island sun beats down on our shoulders, our faces can't help but smile.

We think we are invincible. Cruisin continuously laughing like twelve year old school girls. 

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, Valen looses control at 60 MPH, the wheels loose their grip and there we go...  

Gravity wins the battle as we are pounded into a mud puddle on the side of the road as the bike piles on top of us.

A matter of three seconds from giddy smiles to faces covered in mud.

Come on. That's funny. Two little white girls on the Island of Fiji just eat it on the side of a "hi-way" type road on a Moped...

Who witnessed this incredible moment? A man outside his gas station. English? Yeah not so much...
This man, middle-aged Fijian tan looks with concern as he offers us his hose to wipe all the mud off our arms and legs.

I am too busy laughing so hard while Valen is having an anxiety attack thinking she killed us... which made it funnier.
Taken after the Fijian man offered us his hose to wipe off! 

The end result? A couple of bloody cuts, a great laugh. And heck with the mud pool experience, we already accomplished that.

Oh and then I took the wheel....

Maroon Bells

Taken at Crater Lake
Photo courtesy of Kara Brown

Time to complete: 2 hours
Distance from Denver: 169 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Summary: The most photographed mountains in North America and most photographed landscape in Colorado, Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness is one of the top destinations to visit offering trails, hikes, fishing, camping and more.

The wilderness area of Maroon Bells is breathtaking with the reflecting waters and the mountains surrounding the lake. It is especially beautiful during the fall season. The fall colors create a magical feeling.

In order to get to the Maroon Bells lake, there is a parking lot less than a quarter mile on Maroon Creek Road. However, parking is limited and sometimes restricted. So in that case, you can take a shuttle at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, which leaves every 20 minutes and will take you there and back for $6.

If you are just looking for a scenic view of Maroon Bells you can enjoy one of the most famous views in North America with the shuttle ride and a picnic.

However if you are looking for more adventure, the Maroon Bells area offers a two mile hike that leads north to Crater Lake. It is a moderate level hike with a 600 foot gain in elevation. The trail is mostly a dirt path and rocky in some areas.

Crater Lake offers a peaceful vibe to relax, have a picnic and maybe even do some yoga. If you are wanting more, the trail continues after Crater Lake which leads into a trail from Aspen to Crested Butte and also a backpacking trail called the Four-Pass Loop.

Maroon Bells also offers campgrounds for $25 a night. Reservations may be made in advance or you can show up in hopes that a campsite is available. The campgrounds give you driving access to the parking lot adjacent to the Maroon Bells Lake and an awesome place to spend a night with nature.

Silver Bell is one of the campgrounds that offer a spacious spot for your tent. The campgrounds include a picnic table, restrooms, a fire pit, a bear lock, and of course a beautiful view.

In addition to campgrounds offered at Maroon Bells, dispersed campsites are also available throughout the White River National Forest.

This fall season is the time to go because of the amazing views and scenery. Although this is the most crowded time of year, the dense forest and vast area takes you away from people.

Time is still on your side. Maroon Bells is open until the beginning of November and will reopen in mid-May, depending on weather. One thing you will not regret is going before it closes because now is the most scenic time with the fall colors and cool weather.

After a day in the White River National Forest, an appetite can easily be worked up. In downtown Aspen, about a 15 minute drive from Maroon Creek Road, they offer all types of restaurants to fit your needs.

If you are looking for a beer and local atmosphere, Zane’s Tavern is a great option as it serves to be one of the last standing local bars open in Aspen. And if you are getting off the trail late the kitchen is open until midnight.

If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience Ellina is the place to go, in the heart of downtown Aspen, offering a bar and dining menu of American cuisine and an award winning wine selection.

A great side note is that Aspen is a pet friendly town! Therefore hotels, restaurants, stores and hikes offer amenities for your best friend.

The journey is just as important as the destination and on the way to the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass is the way to travel, known as the highest paved pass in North America.

Not only does it have incredible scenic views, but the Continental Divide is also on this pass. There is a pull over parking lot next to the Continental Divide sign which stands in front of the Rocky Mountains and beautiful lake, in addition to a short pathway of the incredible view.

Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness is a scenic drive from Denver and a destination that will never be forgotten!

Click here to check out the amazing photos from my trip!


Mount Rushmore Trip Report

A report that will take you through the fertile Great Plains of North America to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Black Hills.

IMG_6632.JPGThis road trip takes you from Denver to Rapid City, S.D. traveling through the east side of Wyoming or the north west of Nebraska, this six hour road trip will be one for the books.
Who would enjoy this experience?
Adventurous people of all ages.
Getting there: How long is the drive and how much time will people need for this?
Well, it is a road trip and no one said road trips were short… From Denver it is about a six hour drive. The address of Mount Rushmore is 13000 South Dakota 244, Keystone, S.D. For the shortest route you will take I 25 North until WY-270 N and continue until you hit US-18 E and SD-89 N to SD-244 E which will take you directly to Mount Rushmore.

I recommend two full days at the least. It is possible to do it quicker, but to enjoy this part of the country, pack your bags! And maybe bring your camping gear? Mount Rushmore is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, and it is a magnificent way to get out of the car and spend some well-deserved time with nature.
What is the parking situation and fees?
There is no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore. However there is an $11 parking fee.
There is an entrance fee for Crazy Horse, $11 for adults but Native Americans and children under age six are free!
Where to start? How long is this going to take?
Visiting Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse in one day is feasible and that is making the most of your time. Then the following day you can spend all day exploring the Black Hills.
From Mount Rushmore to Crazy Horse it is about a thirty minute drive.
The Mount Rushmore visit will take about an hour to two to see the monument, visit the museum, watch a short film and enjoy the gift shop. And if you are looking to get some exercise there is a half mile trail, called Presidential Trail, around Mount Rushmore offering panoramic views of the monument. It is an easy leisurely trail.


The Crazy Horse monument will take at least an hour (the exhibit closes at 4 p.m.), so make sure you have enough time. Inside the exhibit they offer a fifteen-minute tour ride around the monument for $4 a person. I suggest taking it! Crazy Horse is located at 12151 Ave. of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, S.D.
What’s one thing about this place that visitors should look forward to?
AMERICAN HISTORY! And spectacular monuments and views!

Recommended Gear:
No matter if you are solely taking this trip to visit the monuments, bring your hiking shoes because once you see the National Forest, your hiking shoes will be on, and you will be a happy camper (no pun intended).
Where to eat afterward:
Well if you are one of those people who get grumpy instantly when you are hungry and you can’t wait until after the Crazy Horse monument, then check out the restaurant outside the museum on the patio. It is a great view of Crazy Horse and a unique spot.
But, if you can make it out of the monument, take a drive to the closest town, Rapid City, SD. This town is upbeat, considering that it is in South Dakota. Restaurants, bars and local shops create a fun environment. However, on the drive (about 40 minutes) do not get tempted to pull over to one of the wineries/breweries along the way. First, it is in the middle of nowhere and there is that brewery you are looking for in the city, which also is a great place to stay, if you are not camping.
The brewery is a Firehouse Brewery located at 610 Main Street, Rapid City, S.D. This is a great place to grab a hearty meal or a house-brewed beer.
And lastly, I haven’t forgot about those who are looking solely for a bar experience and want a less touristy vibe. Cheers Sports Bar may serve you well. However, if you get there too late don’t expect to order food because the kitchen closes (and then you have to order from the restaurant next store, and that can be inconvenient). This place will serve those looking for some late night karaoke and a drink… maybe after the brewery closes?
Day 2
After day one you most likely will need a relaxing day without driving and hopping from place to place. So, day two spend it at Custer Park. It is located at 13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, S.D. It’s about a thirty minute drive from Rapid City.

Before you leave town and head into nature make sure to grab breakfast at one of the local places on Main Street, there are plenty of choices.

On your way to Custer Park you will pass Dakotamart grocery store. Definitely stop there to grab snacks and food for your day/night. It is located at 800 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, S.D. It is about three minutes from the park!

The park offers numerous trails for hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing. They have various trails from the easy to more the difficult. So why not get out of the car, get a campground and enjoy the scenic Black Hills?
Nonetheless, if you are not one for the woods and say, you were “born in air conditioning” as my mother says, then stick yourself or your mom for instance in one of the cabins at the park which includes air conditioning and those amenities.

Many campsites take reservations but others are first come first serve basis. Prices vary on the campground. A tent site, for example, is $8 dollars plus tax per night.

The great thing about Custer Park: It is open 24-hours-a day year round!

What’s the best time of year to go?
Winter, Fall and Spring

What’s the best time of day to go?
Visit the monuments in the morning – afternoon, spend the evening checking out Rapid City and the next day enjoy the wilderness of the Black Hills Forest.


Mount Falcon Park

Mount Falcon Park rests on the Front Range offering panoramic views of Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Mount Evans and more. It is a convenient quick drive from Denver making it a ‘must do’ park. No matter your style Mount Falcon will accommodate your hiking, horseback riding, biking and/or picnicking desires with a little bit of history.
What Makes it Great
Are you a history buff? If so, you are in for a special treat and if not, a history lesson cannot hurt! Throughout the spacious park, offering 11.2 miles of trails, two trail heads one on the east side and one on the west side, friendly to hikers, horseback riders, bikers and runners, historical landmarks rest in the park making your adventure even more entertaining.
Less than a mile from the west parking lot is an Eagle Eye Shelter, once a summer cabin, now a picnic pavilion and beautiful view of Indian Hills and Mount Evans. If you are an avid adventurer or taking it easy for the day, this view is less than a mile, so not to fret. This is one spot to check out and bring the family.
The history is just getting started: the fire tower, located on the Tower Trail, is a must see as it gives you the view of Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Denver skyline. The fire tower is a brisk hike from the west parking lot; just follow the signs to Tower Trail.
Are you just a history buff and slacking in fitness? Not to worry, many visitors walk this easy trail and it is well worth it.
Next is Walker Home Ruins, a breathtaking view considering the history behind it. A wealthy businessman and visionary John Brisben Walker bought 4,000 acres and built a mansion here, unfortunately a fire destroyed the home in the 1900s. Only the fireplaces, windows and walls stand today. This is a nice resting point on the trail.
On Walker’s Dream Trail, the last part of history is the site of the Summer White House. Walker dreamed to build the house for the president. Despite that his dream never came true remains remind us of his envision.
In 1927 the city of Denver bought the land from Walker and created Mount Falcon Park as well as Red Rocks Amphitheater. Walker is credited for hosting concerts in the early 1900s on a platform at Red Rocks. Cool history right? The tradition of concerts is still alive today at Red Rocks.
Well, this park and your adventure will be just as cool as the history. If this history lesson intrigues you the trails offer guided signs giving more insight to Walker and the history behind the park.
What trail will you love?
There are a total of nine different trails each leading you to a different destination. Mount Falcon forest covers 2,248 acres of the park. If you are trying to work a sweat, Castle Trail (3.8 miles), is a steep but rewarding trail run from the west parking lot. But if you are calling for a leisurely stroll feel free to walk this beautiful trail or take one of the shorter trails. Walker’s Dream trail (.3 miles), Meadow trail (.8 miles), Tower Trail (.6 miles), Two-Dog Rail (.3 miles), Parmalee (2 miles) all junction with Castle Trail, do not hesitate to wander to the other trails, they are all worth the exploration.
If you do not want to be bothered by bikers or horseback riders, Turkey Trot trail (1.7 miles) is a hiker only trail and you can access it from the east parking lot. Old Ute Trail (.5 miles) junctions with Meadow Trail and is a scenic forested loop. Devil’s Elbow Trail (1.1 miles) is a forested trail that actually enters Denver Mountain Park and loops back to junction with Old Ute Trail. If you are looking to spend your whole day hiking why not try them all?

Amenities, Parking and Regulations
This park is your answer to a quick getaway destination! A short and accessible drive from Denver, the park is located in Morrison. There are no parking fees and parking lots are located on the east and west. The west parking lot is located at 21004 Mount Falcon Road, Indian Hills CO 80454. The east parking lot is located at 3852 Vine Street, Morrison CO 80465. Each parking lot offers a map of all the trails accommodating your adventure. There are also restrooms, several picnic tables, water fountains and areas to relax with nature. Trails open at sunrise and close at dark so if you plan for a long day of exploring make sure to get there early to get the most out of your day.
The best time to go is anytime through May until November, you will enjoy either the flowers of spring, the summer heat or the fall colors. Many trails are open to bikers and horseback riders and all trails require a leash on your dog. The great thing about this park is it gives hikers the option to explore the whole park in a day worth of trekking.
Who will Love it
No matter what trail you do there are several to choose from depending on your mood for the day! A brisk walk, trail run, horseback ride, dog walk (with a leash!), bike ride or even a picnic, Mount Falcon Park can cater to your outdoor desires. And if you explore long enough, there are boulder opportunities throughout the park.

Bring a snack, maybe a friend, chill out and enjoy the beauty of nature at Mount Falcon Park.



Vail Mountain is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. Although it may be an upscale resort with new infrastructure and luxurious homes we wish we could live in, the 5,200 acres of skiable terrain will take you away from all the fancy glamour.

In fact you will be spoiled by the seven back bowls ranging over seven miles to explore.  Let temptation get the best of you and head over to the back bowls to discover some fresh powder. 

Anywhere in the Outer Mongolia bowl is highly recommended. In order to get there you will have to take the T-bar and if you are feeling extremely ambitious you can hike deeper into the bowls.

Another great area to ski is chair 21 in the China bowl. The fastest way to access is the backside is through Golden Peak.

The backside is the best place to not only get the adventure you’re looking for but it takes you away from the world. Majority of the skiers stay on the front side, which offers amazing trails, but when you head over the back side you feel alone with nature. It is like the mountain is to yourself -- what better feeling than that?

Some great trails for mediocre - advanced level skiers are Lodgepole, Ouzo Glade, Steep n Deep, North Star and The Slot. If you are a beginner brave enough to ski Vail stay on the front side of the mountain. At the top of every peak there is a green/circle trail to the bottom, but stick to the bunny hill until you feel confident because Vail trails tailor to more advanced skiers, but don’t let that stop you!

For those who are into the park Vail offers three terrain parks, Bwana, Golden Peak and Pride with one superpipe and one halfpipe.

If you are trying to avoid the overpriced food and the crowded lodge scene head over to the patrol headquarters. There is an outside deck to sit and picnic. Think you might be cold? You’d be surprised how close you are to the sun and with 300 days of sunshine there is a good chance you are in luck.

After a solid day on the mountain the best places to kick back enjoy a beer and reminiscence on your Vail adventure are at either Red Lion or Garfunkels. Gondola one will take you to Red Lion and Eagle Bahn Gondola will take you to Garfunkels.


A Girls Trip Done Right

Estes Park
Estes Park is an awesome place to visit in the Rocky Mountain National Park. During the winter season there is limited camping and the only campground, this past winter, that was open was the Moraine Campground.

It is twelve dollars a night for a campsite. Totally worth it. My best friend from home came to visit and this is where the adventure begins!

We drove up from Denver about an hour and half drive to the park.

Our first destination, after stopping at Sprouts to get snacks, was to the outdoor store in Estes Park. It's about twenty five minutes from the campground. Since it was still March we needed snowshoes. We rented them for six buck a day, not a bad deal!

We then headed to the campsite. We drove around the circle of sites a few times to make sure we landed the best spot. It was not crowded which was nice, most likely because it was still cold.

We found an awesome lot, lot #19. It had a panorama view of the mountains and was sheltered by a few trees. We set up the tent under a nice big tree. It was cute.

Look closely and under the tree is our green tent!
The Sun is Setting

Since there was still snow on the ground we did not set up on the block of pavement because we did not want the snow melting toward our tent in the middle of the evening and the grass near the tree was clear of snow.

This was our kind of a girls night.

We cracked open some Sierra Nevada, laid back on a blanket, and watched the sunset behind the mountains.

It is in these scarce moments of life, when we find it so hard to stay in the moment, that are incredibly beautiful.

Val and I reminisced on old times and how obnoxious we were, wondering how we both decided to be friends with each other considering how we were such weird and bizarre little children.

We sat in silence as we breathed the mountain air both speaking to one another through the silence as we listened to the nature converse our thoughts.

The sun began to set, the wind started to pick up and it was time to start the fire and roast those s'mores.

Val got the fire started as I unscrewed the wine bottle and got the s'mores ready to roast. It was like a spell was cast on our bodies; we were uncontrollably happy and content in the moment of life.

It was a wonderful thing.

In between our moments of silence and contentment we would grow curious and talk about random things. Ask each other random questions. Like what is the ideal man for us. What do we really want to do with our lives? Questions we don't quite know the answers too, mysterious thoughtful questions that lead to unknown wanted answers.

We cheers to life bringing us together as we sip our wine giggling to each other.

Suddenly we our abruptly taken away from our thoughts as three young males approach us.

Girls Night Takes a Turn

"Hi how are you?" I say cheerfully.

"Hi, our campfire seems to be nonexistent so we brought over some marshmallows if you would like some, there a little frozen though." The most outspoken of the three says.

"Oh okay thanks we actually have our own if you want some non frozen marshmallows you're welcome to them. We found sticks somewhere around here." I point to the trees.

"Thanks." The three guys help themselves to a marshmallow.

I personally think this is kind of hilarious, but Valen soon gets annoyed with them. And after I think about it I don't blame her.

We are trying to have a girls night and they crash our campfire, not adding anything to our conversation or night, we offer them marshmallows, our fire and our wine.

And one made a rude comment about how we were drinking cheap wine. Well excuse us, go get your own! And he still drank it.

I excused myself from the tent and I went to change into warmer clothes now that the sun was gone and the breeze was picking up. I am laughing to myself, maybe tipsy maybe not, and thinking about how funny it will be if I sneak Val an edible while we are talking to these guys.

And so I do just that.

The guys, overall, were pretty negative and I was getting tired of their foul moods. Apparently they are not campers and got in trouble with their parents and have to leave bright and early tomorrow. They took one of their mom's car and drove from Tennessee.

How unfortunate.

They are on spring break at a college in Memphis, all computer science techies. Which I found super cool, I wish I had a knack for technology! I was totally into the conversation.

But they were definitely sending their negative vibes our way, and we were not having it!

So the fire starts to dwindle and it was pretty hilarious because Val was like, "Roast as many marshmallows as you can before the fire goes out!"

And so Val and I made probably six s'mores each within ten minutes and stuffed our faces in front of them.

We probably made them feel awkward, but we did not care. Yes it may have been rude to not offer them any, but hey they were not kindest either.

We looked like fat asses, but we did not care.

They eventually lollygagged over to their tent.

We rejoiced in happiness and laughed at how obnoxious we were.

Sweet Dreams

Soon after they left the fire died and we gathered our belongings and put them in the car to protect ourselves from the bears.

We noticed that one of the guys left one of their gloves on our picnic table. Creepy. How can you forget one glove? And why would you place it on our picnic table? They weren't even around the table, they were situated around the fire.

The glove was strange, it was a black stiff glove with the palm side facing up.

We started to think that this could be a horror story, where two young girls are camping and three psycho guys find them, get to know them, and then murder them. And we were the girls!

We thought it was strange that there fire went out and that they came over to ours without going to get more firewood before the store closed.

Considering it was only a little past six when they came over. And then they gave off bad vibes. And to top it off, they purposefully leave "their mark" as murders by forgetting one glove!

We fell asleep uneasy.

I am having this nightmare of a dream. I am sleeping in the tent and this nightmare becomes real. I hear footsteps outside and the wind is shaking our tent. It is one of the three guys we met earlier.

Before I could even think he is in the tent choking me with both his hands. I can not breathe. I become anxious that I will not be able to speak because I am so scared.

At the top of my lungs I scream, "GET OFF ME!"

I wake up. I jump to a seated position and look around.

My heart is pounding like one hundred times a beat of a drum.

I can barely catch my breathe. There is nothing unusual.

Val stirred awake as she moaned and turned to face the other side of tent.

She was out cold, the wine and edible did her well.

I hallucinated. I have hallucinated three other times in my life and all three times I woke up the person in the room with me. Except this time.

I calmed down and realized I might have just woken up the campsite and chuckled to myself.

I am crazy.

The Sun Is Rising

As the sun rises we wake up slowly and groggy. I am up quicker than I normally would be because I have a final being emailed to me to take online. My professor was nice enough to let me take it out of the classroom, which allowed us to camp. Pretty awesome deal.

We pack up our campsite and head into town. We go to this cafe so I can take my exam. It takes me about an hour and half to complete and send over to my professor.


Time for some snowshoeing!

We head back to the Rocky Mountain National Park on Bear Lake Rd, which is where our campground was. We park at glacier basin parking lot, strap on our snowshoes, and hit the trail!

We ended up snowshoeing about seven miles of the park, we attempted to go to glacier gorge, but it was closed due to the weather so we ended up traveling to Sprague Lake, Bierstadt Lake and Bear Lake. We were not exactly sure at times where we were going, but we did not mind.

It was a beautiful day. Blue sunny skies. A day comfortable in pants, a long sleeve shirt, gloves and a fleece.

It was a wonderful day, and definitely the best way I have spent finals week!


Thoughts on Life

As a twenty – two year old, I have a lot to learn. But so far, I have discovered some important points to live by:

1. Never underestimate the beauty of life. You are blessed in all situations.

2. If you question anything with doubt, it typically equates to something you do not truly want. 

For example, questioning your relationship with your boyfriend. Well if it was everything you wanted why are you questioning it? If you are happy in your relationship, there should be no questions of doubt! 

3. Do what you want now; the longer you wait the less likely you will do it. And later often translates to never, especially if you plan on having kids, well, there goes “your life”.

4. When something doesn’t go your way, try to think it happened for a reason. 

Like when I got a flat tire on my bike, it was a huge bummer but I wasn’t going to let it ruin my mood. And I thought well maybe if I kept riding my bike a car would have hit me! You just never know!

5. Look on the brightside. No matter how shitty a situation may be and how hard it can be to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Find the positive. It helps the healing and also your everyday prospective on life.

6. Understand the world is not living your life and you are not living others. Realize others may be going through a tougher time than you and may have experienced things you never could imagine. You are blessed and recognizing that everyone comes from somewhere different helps create a world of peace.  

7. Nothing is wrong with spur of the moment; life is not planned so learn to accept spontaneous actions!