Then she bawled her eyes out… But it was okay!

A few nights ago I found myself laying in my boyfriends bed bawling my eyes out…

Unfortunately, no matter how many times I wiped my tears away, they just kept rolling down my face. 

Daniel is such a kind hearted soul. Instead of asking me to stop crying or what the hell was going on. He just laid there with me. Squeezing me tightly, telling me how beautiful I was, and how much he loves me. He would run his fingers through my hair slowly and look me in the eyes, while I just sat there quietly wiping the tears off my face. It had been a while since I had a good crying session.

You see, I’m the type of person that lets all my emotions build up until I can’t take it anymore. I know, I know. It’s not good for me…

Although my transparency on this blog/Instagram is pretty raw-honest-lay it all out on the table; There are parts of my past that I chose not to share.

Unfortunately those parts of my past sometimes are what keeps me from moving forward. Life really is what you make of it. The Universe throws challenges your way; It’s how you respond to it, How you choose to move forward that makes you stand out from everyone else. We all have different ways of handling situations and if you think about it, its just part of being humans.

So what if I have been recently cursed with 7 years of bad luck? Job- Cars-Lost Phone-Money… (shouldn’t have shattered my mirror) Am I going to sit here and make you all feel bad for me? NOPE! I refuse to wallow in my own self pity. Instead, I’m making a list of things in life that I do have that bring me joy:

  1. I’m healthy. I have a roof over my head.
  2. I have the most beautiful and energetic children that keep me on my toes.
  3. I have the best family anyone could ask for! My mom/Sister are my best friends!
  4. I have the most loving, thoughtful boyfriend that makes me count my lucky stars daily.
  5. I’m almost done with College! I will soon be able to enter my dream Career.

 

 

On a beautiful Tuesday Daniel and I decided to go on a hike to Bells Canyon. The initial part of the hike was Hell! It was steep, and our heart rate was off the charts. After taking a few breaks I wanted to keep going up. He reassured me that we were so close and that it wouldn’t be uphill like the beginning of this hike was.

Daniel was my personal tour guide. He could do this hike with his eyes closed. He knew where each hill, flat areas, rocky areas, shaded areas, were. It was a great push and reassurance I needed to make it through this hike.

 

 

So there I was, admiring the beautiful view… Taking it all in. Listening quietly to the nature sounds. This hike was everything I needed after the cry session I had earlier in the week… My soul was shinning again. I was letting everything go. I kept thanking nature along the way for bringing me peace to my soul. As we reached the Waterfall, I took a deep breath and looked at Daniel with a huge smile on my face. Serendipity!

Oh! and If you are wondering how I lost my phone. Just close your eyes and picture the following sentence:

We both went on this magical adventure up a mountain. Upon reaching our destination (waterfall) my phone sacrificed itself to the Nature Gods. Leaving me phone less for a week.  

A FULL WEEK! But guess what? this girl survived. It wasn’t the end of the World. I made it work. I wasn’t attached to my phone for a week. It was amazing. Unplugging is one of the best advice I can give you.

What an adventure you guys!

xoxo,

One well-rested Nina

 

 

 

 

 

10 of The Best Graffiti/Murals Art in Salt Lake City, Utah

One of the coolest things about living Salt Lake City is the ART! We have so many local artists here. If you take a ride around town you are bound to run into one of these Graffiti walls. I love that they are always expressing their creativity for others to admire and enjoy. It sure makes it for an urban/edgy city! A cool thing about these graffiti walls is that there is a lot of respect in between the artist community that once something is painted on a wall, they usually won’t tag it. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Daniel and I went on a mission to find our top favorites and to discover new ones as well! *Side note, he was such a trooper for driving around town with me looking for walls… Thank you babe!

The Best Street Art Wall Murals in Salt Lake City:

  1. “Greek Gods” 100 Foot-wall on Stone Unlimited Building off of 3000 South and 300 West. The Graffiti Artist is known by SRIL around these parts. He was hired by the company to cover this wall because they were tired of getting it tagged by random graffiti. I follow him on Instagram, and his work is out of this World! Shae Pertersen doesn’t use stencils. He just lets his imagination run wild. While checking out his website, I discovered that he has a Mural Map! What? I need to hit up every single one of them!

2. Fice Gallery – 160 E 200 S. Right across the street from Bar-X. I took so many pictures while there and I still feel like I didn’t get all the art. There is a little bit of everything! FICE is a premier sneaker and clothing Boutique. The owners wanted to highlight different artists from all over, thus creating this awesome gallery. The framed art changes often. I’m not exactly sure how often, but It is for sure worth heading out that way to check it out!

 

3. The Pie Hole Wall – 344 S State St. If you haven’t been to that area in town yet, I suggest you to go soon! The Pie hole is such a yummy pizza place, then there is a taco place, and for those of you that like dive bars. You need to hit up the Jackalope Lounge. The coolest people own it and they will treat you right! There is some sweet art inside too!

4.  SLC Pepper – 250 S. 400 W.  (Note: There is a gate around this wall now, it wasn’t like this before and you could walk right up to the mural. We took this picture through the gate). If you are a Beatles fan I bet you recognize this mural! It’s a remake of the original Stg. Pepper album cover. Awesome right?

5. Sea Turtle – 3739 South 900 East (hidden in the same parking lot as Fat Cats. Just go all the way to the back of the parking lot to your left and you will find it). This wall is also by SRIL Art. He is not finished with it yet, but I used to live across the street from this, and walked over here quite often. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

6. Ice Haus – 7 E 4800 S, Murray. This Mural is right by my place.  If you haven’t been to Ice Haus yet, I highly recommend it! They have the yummiest food! The murals are a little bit interesting. There is a cool “ice” glacier/mountains. Then a guy that looks like Bruce Lee. Next time I will do some martial arts move next to it!

7. Fear Factory – 666 W 800 S. Let me tell you a little bit about this area. Is a little sketch. To be honest with you, we stayed in the car to take this picture. Make sure to watch your surrounding while you are there. I still think is worth the drive out to check out the art! ( I might convince my boyfriend to come with me this Halloween).

8. “The Book Mural” – 222 S. Main Street. This was the hardest location to find! It’s hidden in a back alley behind Goldman Sacks. We legit drove passed the alley 3 times..

9. Crank SLC – 749  State St. This is a mural on the side of the Urban Bike Shop named Crank SLC. I love the bike details on the roof! The cool thing about this mural is that it highlights all the local bikeways!

10. The State Room – 638 State Street. The State Room is a cool and intimate concert venue in Salt Lake. The Mural is on the side of the building as well. Love the Jazzy/Blue grass feel of this mural!

BONUS Walls:

  1. Ave Maria – Right in the middle of FICE Gallery. You might miss it if you don’t look up. That’s what happened to us!
  2. Coke Wall –  31 West 400 South (Green Pig Pub) You will also have to look up for this one as well!

I know that there are still a few more around town. Do you have another favorite that I missed?

I hope you enjoy this list! I encourage you to get out there and explore your city!

Xo,

Nina

Nina Travels – Itanhaém Beach, Brazil

Growing up in São Paulo Brazil, my family and I would go down to visit Itanhaém Beach quite often (almost every weekend to be exact). It was our little piece of heaven…

Itanhaém was among the greatest tour destinations in the State of São Paulo, in the late-1970s. Located in the Southeastern Brazil, the region is surrounded by the tropical Atlantic Forest that shelters many tropical animals such as colorful birds named Saíra (many subspecies) and animals such as Onças (Brazilian Jaguars), Quatis and Saruês. Itanhaém has many beaches: Downtown beach (Centro or Boca da Barra), Fishermen’s Beach (Praia dos Pescadores); Dream Beach (Praia do Sonho); Indians’ Well Beach (Poço dos Índios), Peruíbe Beach (Praia do Peruíbe) and Seagull Beach (Praia da Gaivota).

As I close my eyes, different memories come to mind. From curling my toes in the warm sand as 5 year old girl, to wearing the cutest swimming suits that often matched with my flip flops and hats as a teen. To building sand castles with my sister.

The food was a must! The delicious baskets of fresh-caught sea creatures, with homemade fries, cant forget the delicious homemade juices, Maracuja (aka Passion Fruit) was one of my favorites!

Over the Summer I got to take a fun trip with my best friend.My sister and I were able to visit different places in Brazil and as we say it in Portuguese “Matar a saudade”  remember the good times. It was lovely to see families and familiar places, but without 100% of a doubt, Visiting Itanhaém Beach was the highlight of our trip!

I remember walking through the gates of the “Association for Federal Employees” (Basically a country club, but in Brazil). That led us to the beach… I was shaking, screaming like a little girl, and in awe!

I took my Jesus Sandal off, took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and thanked the lucky stars for that moment.

I felt like the luckiest girl, to be able to go visit Brazil and spend time at a beach that has so many memories from growing up… Our awesome Cousins Carol & Cesar took the time out of their schedule to make sure a beach trip was on our itinerary and I’ll forever be grateful for that!

All I can say is that it will forever be a beautiful memory in my heart.  Itanhaém Beach I’m coming back soon… For now, I’ll just enjoy these pictures!

xo

,Nina