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The South Coast of Iceland

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Iceland! The land of so much more than ice. Volcanoes, canyons, countless waterfalls and wind that will blow you away, literally.
Although the ice was practically non-existent, or at least the parts of the country that I encountered. The one place we did find ice it was absolutely, without a doubt, my favorite part of the trip. Never have I ever seen that kind of beauty. It’s a different kind of beauty than, say Bali (which is definitely my favorite place on earth), yet it was magical. The views were absolutely stunning. Something that didn’t even make sense to me was these huge blocks of ice we saw. They have been there for hundreds of years, and have never melted away. However, it’s not freezing and there is no snow. The water isn’t frozen! I’m so curious about how and why this is even possible? The ice was literally blue! So unreal.   Follow me on instagram for more images @laasbella Stop number one: Diamond Beach Stop number two: Glacier Lagoon







Both the Diamond beach and the Glac…

Only the Essentials

There is no reason to even question this because I already know that there are millions of people out there, just like me. The one’s who say "I will pack only the essentials and I will pack in advance to avoid overpacking.” Of course, it is left for last minute. This happens to me all the time and this is where I find myself trip after trip. Although I have really improved in this department, I've not mastered it. I write a list with the items that I will take and, when I start packing, all of a sudden I 'need' all these extra things that weren't on my list.  Luckily, my test packing served as a huge favor and I was able to see how all of my essentials for my Icelandic adventure fit in the backpack I was talking about. I'm extremely proud of myself for being able to fit all the winter clothes and still be able to bring my gear (camera, gopro, 2 lenses, batteries, charger, tripod, mini tripod, macbook & media) Here is my list of exactly what I packed: 1 cute ou…

Icelandic Adventures

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The Land of Ice awaits my arrival. Or so, I hope. I have dreamt of this for a long time. I'm so beyond excited to explore, yet another country. In just 11 short days, I will be getting on the plane, to depart for Iceland. I have so many things on my list that I would love to see, but so little time. With only 7 full days there, I'm torn to have to pick and choose which places I will have to miss this time. This trip is filled with exciting activities I've never done. I will be talking about each activity in a separate post after I experience it. Iceland offers some of the most spectacular sceneries: endless waterfalls, volcanos, icebergs, farm houses, natural lagoons/hot-springs, ice caves just to name a few.  I’m also excited for the weather change. To wear a jacket, and gloves and a hat. Living in Florida for the passed 10 months made me really appreciate a little bit of that crisp air. I have been wearing nothing but dresses, so I’m excited for some layers (said no one ev…

Adulting...

If you're anything like me, you have found a path you want to take to make a better future...Finally. It took you... forever, or at least it feels like forever, to get here. The first feel of accomplishment! You have bounced around from job to job, only to find yourself at square one, not being in love with what you do. And then you finally, finally find that something; something you wouldn't mind doing forever. Something that doesn't even feel like a job because of the joy it brings you! Well, it took me about 28 years to get there. Twenty eight years! 16 jobs, 5 different (and completely different) industries, 2 college degrees (different fields, also) and 2 state certifications later, I have chosen to do something new. Something I had no experience in and no exposure to previously, but something that I actually enjoyed.  So here I was, 28 years old, starting from the bottom. In our society, most 28 year old 'should' have their lives figured out. People look at …

Inspired to make this world a better place.

Today I want to talk about something completely different, than most of my posts have been thus far. Something that has been taking over our lives, more and more, each and every day. So many seconds, minutes and even HOURS a day are spent invested into useless things. I’m definitely guilty of the act; Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram… Although many social media channels are useful tools, most of the time I spend on this, is still being used on practically irrelevant subjects. I often catch myself making a perception of other people’s lives, based on what they post on social media. Isn’t this what You want people to believe your life is like?! Again, guilty. I post perfect moments, to make others believe my life is awesome and splendid. If you are not one of those people, I want to be more like you. This world NEEDS more humans like you, because in reality, this isn't the first time I’m having this talk with myself. This isn’t the first time I have come to realization that posting pe…

Juicing since 2013

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Juicing and Maca Powder In the last few years a new diet fad has emerged, everyone seems to be trying this
 thing called juicing. I too became a victim of the "juicing" trend in December of 2013,
 when I found myself buying my juicer. Here are a few pictures of the ingredients that
I love to use for my juices.








After trying many different recipes, this is my favorite "The Green Machine": Spinach Kale  1 celery stick  1 carrot  1/2 an orange  1/2 an apple  Hand full of parsley  1/4 a large cucumber  1/4 a lemon  1 in ginger  Finish with a table spoon of maca powder. This juice is rich in vitamins. It provides a lot of natural energy and gets you going!  I always use about an inch of a ginger root per juice. It adds a lot of flavor and a
little spice.  I try to make my juices low on sugar therefore I only use 1 carrot 1/2 an orange
and 1/2 an apple.
This particular juice is also alkaline high. So it works as a preventative to many
diseases including cancer. 

Another …

Steven's Creek Trail

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If there is one word that I can use to describe myself, it would definitely be an explorer! I'd love to explore a lot more than I get to, but I guess this thing called life, requires some balancing. Not too long ago I finally went on a hike, that I've been planning on going since I moved to Northern California almost a year ago! It's called Steven's Trail, about 50 minutes east of Sacramento.  I use AllTrail app on my iPhone to find hikes, and this particular one was marked as an 'easy' hike, despite it being 9 miles. I figured, perhaps it's just a nice little walk along a creek. Thank God I packed a small snack and a full camelbak of water! I mean, I know I haven't hiked in a while, but this, by no means was an easy hike. The elevation, the hills, the ups and downs, the rocks and its 9 miles! I don't know which pro graded that hike, but I would definitely give it at least a moderate difficulty. Nonetheless, It was a good morning exercise. I felt ab…