A Dream or Goal?

“When we got to the Eiffel, it just brought back all these good feelings. Since I didn’t climb the stairs up last year, I decided to change it up. I almost completely regret this. It was A LOT of stairs. I want to believe that I pulled off the “I’m not tired at all look”, but I think my sweating and deep gasp for wind might have said otherwise. But the view will always be worth it. Me and Sarah are planning to go up to the top Friday morning.

I honestly forgot how much I loved Paris until I saw the tower today. The tower really gives me confidence and hope that I could spend a year in Paris. I don’t care at what time in my life that I spend a year in Paris. Whether married or not. Have kids or not. I definitely have a dream to stay here for a year. It’s long enough to fall deeply in love with Paris, but short enough to experience all of Paris with routine.”

                                               – My Travel Journal Entry on June 22, 2015 –


My dream is to live in Paris, France for a year. Up until recently, this was just a dream. I wanted to be the type of person that could spend a year in Paris. I now realize that I don’t have to wait to be that person, and that I might already be her. I am choosing to transform this dream into a goal. I never thought that I would be the person that can say they have had cancer, and it sucks that I didn’t have a say in that becoming a part of my story. However, I can now make the conscious decision to be defined by my passions instead of my circumstances. I am passionate about the Lord and how He uses me to work with people. I will always strive to know more about people and where they call home.








Top Things To Do in Barcelona


La Rambla

If you want good luck in Barcelona, you must drink from the famous Barcelona fountain. It is also believed that if you drink from it, you will come back to Barcelona. While the fountain is located on this La Rambla, there is so much more! It is constantly busy and crowded with street performers. I highly recommend going to see the performers!


La Monumental

This is the location where bullfighting took place up until recently. While you might not see bullfighting here anymore, you definitely will see the Spanish architecture and culture.

La Boqueria

I love taking photographs in markets. This market was one of my favorites based on photographs, energy, and food. The fruits and meats were fresh and tasted amazing! The sellers were incredibly nice, and they were excited to get their photo taken.

Arc de Triomf

This was almost the location of the Eiffel Tower, but now holds a beautiful red arch. Turns out the townspeople thought the Eiffel Tower would be an eye-sore. While this arch is not as well-known as the Eiffel, it does hold a compelling story.

Parc de la Ciutadella

If you have time to spare, I would recommend taking time to relax in this beautiful park. When I went, me and my friends rented a canoe on the lake. It felt straight out of a movie.

Go to the Beach

It is always a good idea to go to a beach…especially in Barcelona.

Barcelona Cathedral

This towering gothic cathedral is a must see. Like other gothic architecture, you don’t see the amount of detail in just the photographs. It is also located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.


Parc Guell

This is where you will get the best photo opportunities in Barcelona. Not only is there vibrant mosaic tiles, there is a beautiful cityscape view. While it cost money to enter, it is worth it!


Learn to Flamenco

One of my favorite things I did in Spain was learn to Flamenco. Not only did this teach me more about the vibrant Spanish culture, it was a priceless experience. I always try and add variety in the way I travel. I don’t just want to overload myself with museums and cathedrals, I want to enjoy unique experiences. If you are like me in this degree, I would highly recommend a Flamenco lesson as a change of pace!

Sagrada Familia

If you go to Barcelona, you must see the Sagrada Familia. It is not only massive, but gorgeous. To give some perspective: I got dizzy looking straight up to the top of it. Gaudi knew what he was doing when he created this masterpiece. However, it is not done. It supposed to be completed and doubled in size by 2030! If you are interested in seeing the construction plans and what it is supposed to looking like, there is a small exhibit located within the church.


Eat Paella and Drink Sangria!