Hotel Vs Hostel: An Honest Comparison

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The second biggest expense when traveling is the hotel. After you book the flight, pick up the rental car, you're more than ready to relax. The problem is whether to stay at a hotel or hostel. I'm going to give you a quick comparison that will help you in your decision.


As a young girl one of my favorite books to read was Eloise at the Plaza. The story is of a young girl that lives in a hotel. A hotel is glamorous. Expensive fixtures, artwork and furniture decorate the hotel. Important meetings and people pass through hotels every month. It is what makes a hotel such a great choice. 


Beautiful decor, artwork, chandeliers etc..
Private Room and Bath (in most cases)
Convenient Location (if not knowledgeable staff) 
Breakfast Included (in most cases)


Isolated from the locals
Breakfast not always included

B Historic Hotel

Hostels or Airbnb are a second great option. Hostels often have multiple beds in a room or even bunk beds. This helps bring down the cost per night. Many Airbnb, bed and breakfast, hostels, pods are popping up for the budget traveler. This is putting pressure on many hotels to become more accommodating. 


App Savvy
Novel Experience
Interaction with Locals

Somewhat Risky

Requires a lot of Independence
Wild Card

There are pros and cons with both options, it is ultimately up to you. 

Push Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The problem we often face in life is we get stuck. We get stuck in our comfort zones and forget to live life. Too often I see people blankly stare at their computer screens or walk mindlessly through a grocery store. If you're reading this you're probably like me. You're different.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will list the steps I am taking to push past my comfort zone. The first step is to:

Create a Major Goal 
A major goal can be to complete a marathon, travel to foreign country, or act in a play. The goal must resonate with you. The influence of others will not help you complete your goal. It must be your own goal. Let's breakdown the goal into Specific, Measurable, Action-Orientated, Rewarding and Trackable.  I will use my own goal as an example.

" I want to display 10 pieces in an art gallery."

Specific: 10 acrylic paintings displayed in an art gallery.

Measurable:It takes me two weeks to finish one painting.
I have two paintings so far.  I can complete my goal by August.

Action-Orientated: I would needs to discipline myself to paint everyday until August.

Rewarding: In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People they say to visualize the end goal.
To me imagining people gathering around my work makes it rewarding.

Trackable: Every two weeks I'll have one work completed. By August all 10 pieces will be done.

When you set a goal make it S.M.A.R.T.  Leave a comment below and tell me what you hope to accomplish in the next 7 months!

Being Happy Where You Are

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The hardest thing I have ever been asked to do was to be happy where I am. What does being happy have to do with the situation I'm in? How will it improve it? The situation I'm in makes me unhappy. I'm not content with the situation I've been put in. What does it mean to be happy? 'Happy,' is to feel pleasure or contentment. In order to feel happiness you must be open to feeling pain. 'Pain,' is trouble or suffering. When you're at a stage in life were you feel helpless and powerless, how can you feel happiness again?

My new job is very demanding and I was not fitting in with the staff. There was one girl who made my time difficult. It was known that she gives me a hard time on purpose. I had enough and put in my two weeks. This is before I had any job lined up or any plan at all. I let my emotions command me, to the point of an impulsive act. I was not happy at that job, so I did not see any reason to stay. My Human Resources manager stopped me before I quit. She talked to her about the environment of our office and how it can improve.

I did feel like a
child running to tell the teacher but I was happy with just leaving. I'm still at the job but part-time for now. Until I find something that fits my personality better. At this point I'm at a job I don't like. The remaining question is how can I find happiness in a less than ideal situation?

I read a wonderful article by Michelle D'Avella about What It Really Means to be Happy.  D'Avella provides strong points in her article. Happiness is a relationship and not a constant state. Too many New Age books and gurus talk about being happy. People cannot be happy all the time! A relationship accurately defines happiness to me. My relationship with happiness has its ups and downs but I work on it everyday.

The second point is you cannot find happiness in other people, only in yourself. In the case of my job I sought approval from management and a workplace bully instead of myself. That lead me to make a rash decision.

The last point is happiness is only experienced with pain. Pain allows us to feel happiness and only with that do we know what happiness is. I accept my experience as a learning lesson. I learned to not let to opinions of other sway my judgement. I learned that not everyone is going to like me and that ok. As long as I love and respect myself, that's all that matters.

My Sexiest Playlist

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My sexy playlist is made up of a couple of my favorite songs. This playlist is great if you're looking for a mellow car ride or a relaxing playlist for your boo. A couple of these songs are old so if you have any newer suggestions please comment below.

Is There Somewhere | Halsey

This song is amazing because it captures the uncertainty of love
the newness and excitement.
She asks just for tonight if we could pretend.


You and I | Ingrid Michaelson

This song has a cute ukulele tune to it. Ingrid Michaelson 
is one of the greatest folk singers of our generation. I remember 
following her on Myspace singing to You and I while a drooled 
over my crush!

Belong to You | Sabrina Claubino (feat. 6lack)

This song is more mature than the others. It talks about 
mutual respect and care for another person. Love songs
can be selfish, with what the singer needs and wants. 
But I belong to you.

Bed Peace | Jhene Aiko

Bed Peace is perfect for a Sunday morning when you and you s.o are just relaxing.
The song capture the slow down culture we miss. The best day is the unplanned, spontaneous

Can I | Alina Baraz
Alina Baraz has made her mark as a sexy soulful
singer with Fantasy and Electric. Can I is different.
A song that sees the beauty inside of another.
There's a universe inside of you.

Sagittarius,You Know You Love Us

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Sagittarius is a special person. The outspoken coworker or the crazy athletic friend. Sagittarius are the philosophical sign of the zodiac.We seek to understand.We also have a restless side that hates to be contained.

Chances are if a Sagittarius runs past you, we are chasing after our goals,or we're running late. Sagittarius are represented by centaurs. A half man, half horse mythological creature. A centaur possess human speech and thought but also the animalistic tendencies.

If you forgive our blunt attitude and wanderlust lifestyle you'll come to love us. We are supportive, funny, and caring. If you come across a person born November 21 to December 21 get ready to make amazing memories.

Modern Day Dating | don't be immature

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The most annoying thing a person can do is be immature. I am not the refined, high society princess myself but please don't be immature. Let me explain. There's a phase were you realize a guy (or girl) is kind of cute. You investigate and see who this person is. This phase can be Facebook stalking, asking around,observing them.

When I see you act immaturely it turns me off. There's something unattractive about a manchild. A person can be imperfect that's fine like playing video games or an obsession with Star Trek. A manchild is a man that doesn't know how to function in society. The way you talk to people, even people beneath you, is a reflection of your character. The ambitions you have makes
the man.

The work he does to chase those dreams is what makes him attractive. To all the people out there here's some advice;

Speak Kindly and Truthfully
Act Ambitously
Make me laugh

Short and sweet.What do you guys think? Leave a comment below.

2018 New Year Resolutions

Saturday, March 3, 2018

What's Your Life's Mission?
My life mission is the same as last year.
 My life mission is to express creativity and help others do the same through art, fashion and philanthropy.

5-Year Plan?
Looking that far into the future can be intimidating. But I managed to put my distractions
aside and come up with a few ideas;
Continue and expand the barefootqueen business
Open an Etsy Shop

Break it down (Deadlines)
Deadlines force you to put your ideas together.
It forces you to prioritize and manage your time.
The thing I hope to improve this year is my time
April Open barefootqueen Etsy shop
Save & Plan for L.A Trip

Just Remember
"If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams
and endeavors to live the life he has imaged, he will meet
with a success unexpected in uncommon hours." Thoreau

Things I Hope for in 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Tonight will end a long stressful year for me. 2017 was a harsh lesson that I wasn't prepared for. The lessons I've learned have made me a stronger person. I hope that 2018 brings peace and relaxation to my life.

Things I Hope for in 2018:

Much of the year was spent catching up and fixing previous mistakes. I hope for peace and relaxation in my life. I want to enjoy my friends and family.

I have always had the love, support of my family and friends. I am very thankful for that. I hope in 2018 to continue to receive the unconditional love they have given me.

I hope to become financially and emotionally success. I do want to be successful at my job, I also want to be successful in my relationships.

When the clock strikes 12, I'll close my eyes and hope for new opportunities...

Art Fair

Monday, December 11, 2017

So it has been two weeks since I've posted. Sorry!

I refuse to make excuses. In my absence, I am preparing for the Fair.
The Fair allowed us to sell homemade goods to our local community.
I am selling small canvases with quirky sayings.

This is my first time selling my own work.  I tried to think about
what people would buy. What is something they would love to
gift to their family? I had a couple of stock painting ideas like
quotes, bright vibrate colors etc.

What I enjoyed most about the Fair was preparing my
merchandise. I never painted before and I really enjoyed
it. I would watch YouTube for a few minutes and then I
jump up and start painting. I was like "Someone would love this!"

The outcome of the Fair wasn't great. I sold 3 of the 6 paintings I made.
I'll post them on my Etsy, and get a little painting business
started. What do you guys think? If you have experience with
Etsy, give me some tips!

Describe Days of the Week as if They Were Teachers

Friday, November 10, 2017

Monday: I imagine Monday as
a Catholic School Teacher. She wears
thick-rimmed glasses and has a pinched face.
She comes behind me and smacks me on
my hand as a daze off.

Tuesday: Is the nice-ish Teacher. You like her
but she's still has a no nonsense attitude.
At the end of the year, she lets you watch
a G-rated movie.

Wednesday: Is the PE teacher some
people like him, some don't.

Thursday: Is the art teacher. My favorite
class. She's calm cool and collected because
there's only one day until Friday.

Friday: Is the Teacher that doesn't show up
or alert the school. The class is just there
without supervision. So the principal puts on a movie
until dismissal.

If there’s one recurring lesson in my life— it’s definitely...

Monday, October 30, 2017

If there's one recurring lesson in my life, it's to take the time to do the work. My personality, my attitude, heck, my sign is to jump from project to project. I'm a Sagittarius by the way. I find it difficult to see things through. The projects I start are great. They just need a little time and care.  Time is one thing I feel like I don't have. My mission is to live life to the fullest and sometimes things get done half-heartedly.

It's difficult for me to hash out the details and nothing makes me feel more trapped then planning. I want to go, go, go when it's really time to plan. From 2014-2017 Saturn has been in Sagittarius and it has been hell. I don't know how many of my plans just didn't work out or totally self-destructed. I read my horoscope and it says, 'life may feel like you're driving with the handbrake on.' It SURE does.

There's nothing I hate more than planning. Over these last few years I have become so paranoid I'm afraid to do anything because I don't know if it'll work. But the lesson for me in my life is to take time and do the work. See it through to the end. Practice until you can't get it wrong. This year and next year I'll see it through to the end.
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