Animal of the Week: Seahorse

 

This Wednesday, I had to pick a marine animal that mates for life, it Valentine’s Day. Most seahorses do mate for life but not all. The reason that they become life mates is that they can produce more offspring per brood. Seahorses may court for several days. They can change color, and swim side to side for 6 hours to attract a mate. The male seahorse is the one that carries the offspring. The female deposits up to 1,500 eggs. The male will then carry the eggs for 9 to 45 days. Scientists believe that it takes so much energy for the female to produce the eggs, that she has low energy after and will not be able to hold the eggs as well as the male.

The Seahorse is a marine fish. Yes, really a marine fish. There are 54 species of seahorses. They are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters around the world, in seagrass, coral reefs, and mangroves.

They swim upright which is unique to seahorses. They swim really poorly, so they usually stay stationary and use their long snouts to suck up food.

They are at risk of extinction, their habitat is at risk as coral reefs, and seagrass beds are deteriorating. They are also collected for aquariums where they susceptible for diseases. Seahorse are also targeted for the medicine. But their has been efforts to stop the import and export of seahorses.

I hope you learned a little something about the seahorse.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Burgundy Night Out

I’m wearing Theory pants similar here, Stuart Weitzman boots, Walter Baker leather jacket, and Tibi silk shirt.

I love this color trend, where you wear all the same color or shades of the same color. I also love these pants. I have little thicker thighs because of my college lacrosse days. They are much more flattering than skinny pants. They can make you look so skinny, and focus on your narrow waist. The main thing when pairing wide pants, you have to wear something tighter as a top, because it can make you look big all over. I paired it with a silk cami from Tibi (here). I love to try these pants with a tight turtleneck (here).

I love the weather in San Francisco, but I’m always cold, so I love to layer. I always feel like if you live in SF, you need a good leather jacket and good booties. I love this burgundy jacket from Walter Baker leather jacket. It is great to pair it with black, blue, navy, white anything. It is great to have a leather jacket that isn’t just black or brown.

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California Chic With a Poncho

Wearing a poncho makes me feel wat chicer than I actually I’m. When I was wearing this outfit, my friend said: “you look so California chic.” All I can think was “I do?”, I guess I do. When I put on this poncho, I always think that I belong in the mountains or the desert somewhere.

I’m wearing Rag and Bone hat, Madewell jeans, Sezane boots, white shirt, and Poncho is old, but here is similar.

I love wearing a poncho, but it is hard to figure what to wear under it. I paired it here with a white button down. I have paired it with a dark-colored long sleeve t-shirt before. I think it is better to pair it with something simple.

I love wearing hats; I use to wear fedoras on the water when I was out sampling. It was great to have a warm hat that saved my face from the sun. I kinda felt like a pirate. I think with a poncho it just ads a little western feel to the outfit. I think it tops it off well. I’m wearing a rag and bone hat. I have this hat in 3 different colors. I love this hat; it can make an outfit.

I paired a poncho with my favorite pair of jeans right now. They are Madewell Jeans, they come in black and white as well. I’m trying to decide if I should do it. I also love these boots, they are from Sezane. They are high, but so comfortable.

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Animal of the Week: Brittle Star

SO… I was thinking of doing a post every Wednesday to talk about a marine animal. If you have any ideas for what I should call that day. Let me know.

First up, is the Brittle Star. The scientific name is Ophiuroidea; they are closely related to the starfish. They live in at all depths in the ocean from the surface to 6000 meters. There are over 2,000 species of Brittle Stars, and most species live in waters deeper than 200 meters.

Their mouth is rimmed with five jaws and serves as an anus as well. Pretty cool. Most Brittle Stars live up to 5 years old; they sexually mature around 2 to 3 years.

One thing that Sea Stars and Brittle Stars are famous for is the regeneration. They can regenerate their arms unless they loose their whole arm. The discarded arm can not regenerate though. But fission can happen with six armed Brittle Stars. It takes 89 days to have a successful division, so in a year they can reproduce from fission 15 new individuals.

Last fun fact, over 60 species have been known to be bioluminescent! Basically, glow in the dark!! I will do a post on bioluminescence.

I found this guy on a large piece of trash in the middle of the ocean. My team and I decided to grab the large rope ball, and with it came some of these Brittle Stars!

 

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Winter brights

Valentines Day is coming up. I can’t wait for my boyfriend to visit. I love wearing this bright color in the winter. It brightens up my day and makes it feel a little less dark. A red sweater is a classic; you can wear a great red sweater all year round.  This color sweater also brings out the pattern in the mules. I love pairing a bright color with a classic pair of Levis jeans. I love these jeans I wear them all the time. They have a little stretch and a classic color blue.

I’m wearing Levi Jeans, Autumn Cashmere sweater old ( similar here and here), Joie mules, and Gigi bag.

A friend and I were driving to Thomasville, GA. It is a little town just over the Florida Georgia border. Sometimes when you are in graduate school, you just need a break from everything. It helps to go and get a change of scenery. On the way there we found this plantation. I love learning about a little history of the south. It is so different from California where I grew up.

It is so cool to see these old estates survive the wars, time, depression, generations, and so much more. They take so much pride in their gardens most of the plantations I have seen have these beautiful gardens. Can’t wait to have a picnic with my boyfriend there.

 

 

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Point Reyes Beach

Just north of San Francisco, there is a little ranch town named Point Reyes. If you like food fresh from the source this place has it. Cowgirl Creamery is a famous cheese made there, as well as Oysters from Tomales Bay.

One of my favorite things to do is go down and get fresh bread and cheese from the creamery and head north to get fresh oysters. You can sit there on the beach and eat them right there out of the bay.

Pro tip: Bring a shucker ( you can rent one), a blanket to sit on, a knife, lemon, hot sauce, and other goodies for lunch.

I’m wearing Barbour jacket, Illesteva sunglasses, theory sweater old similar (here and here), Rag and bone hat, Madewell jeans, James Perse shirt, and Blundstone boots.

It is sometimes so nice just to wear a pair of jeans and a perfect white shirt. I always get cold so I have layers when it gets windy throughout the day. But nothing beats the classic white T-shirt and jeans.

There is Beach just west of the town, that is really remote. The Point Reyes Lighthouse is just beyond that. It is so beautiful there. You can just walk on the beach and not see anyone for miles. You can just sit and watch the waves come in and crash on the shore.

The Ice plant: The ice plant is an invasive species that was introduced from South Africa. It was added to help with stabilizing the sand along the coast. It takes over the landscape, even though it is beautiful with the greens, and reds, it doesn’t allow the native plants to live in the area. There are efforts by the forest service to reduce the amount of cover.

  

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Lazy Sunday…

Last Sunday, I wanted to just enjoy the time in San Francisco. So I just threw on some clothes went to brunch.We went to Rose’s it has a great breakfast pizza. Since I have gotten back from the Bahamas my hair is starting to get so dark. It’s so funny to look at these photos. It looks like I haven’t showered in days! I have this bright blonde bun. Sometimes I don’t shower until I workout that day so it motivates me to get to the gym (a little secret).

I’m wearing Margert O’leary sweater, Frame jeans, and Joie mules.

I got this new sweater from Margeret O’leary ( local San Francisco brand). It is so cute and it’s on sale (here). It is so easy, it’s a crop sweater and a turtleneck. I can’t wait to wear it with a cute skirt and knee-high boots. It’s not cashmere, but it is really warm and cozy.

I love this Joie shoes, they have faux fur on the inside and an awesome satin pattern. They are just such a cool twist on smoking shoes. They are so easy to slip on and run around in them. They give me a little style when I don’t want to try.

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Sunset at Stinson Beach

I’m now writing my masters thesis, so I don’t have to get back to Florida right as classes start, I can work from home. It is so much better to be at home. This beach was the start my inspiration to start my work on being a marine biologist. This beach is where I trained for lacrosse, where I learned to love the sea, where I go to escape stress, and it is my place. It is so important to have a “place” where you can escape the stress of the world.

Outfit details:

Madewell jeans, Blundstone boots, Calypso sweater old found one, but here and here are similar.

For me, this is a perfect place to escape from the San Francisco. I’m not a big city person, but it is easier to live in San Francisco than out of the city for parking and access to work. But it is important to find places you can escape. For me, I love to look out on to the ocean or to hike through the woods. Find your happy place.

 

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8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Excercise is thought of being the miracle cure. There is a strong corralation between living longer, a healthier life, sleeing better, and be more productive to excercise. The crazy thing it is free and there are no side effects!

How Much Excercise Do You Should Do?

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week, which is about (30 five days a week).

I’m wearing a set from Outdoor Voices, and APL shoes.

7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

  1. Focus on what you get our of exercise, energy boosts, mood, improved sleep and productivity.
  2. Pick a workout that you like to do. You will do it more often and it will become easier. 
  3. Make it non-negotiable, think of it as flossing your teeth. Or make it an automatic thing like hearing your alarm. Its not an option to not excercise.
  4. Instead of meeting a friend for a drink or coffee meet them for yoga, pilates or a light run. Instead of adding more calories, loss the calories!
  5. Join a team, become compettive. This is a great way to get you motivated. I know that I always feel badly when I leave my team hanging. 
  6. Use a fitness tracker. Setting my goals on my apple waych realy helps me make sure I burn extra calories. I will post about the best fitness watches soon!
  7. Put money on the line, there are some apps that make your workout if you don’t you pay a certain amount of money. I not as much as a fan for that one. Most gyms make you play a fee if you miss a class.  One way to trick myself is to sign up for a class 12-24 hours until it starts that way I have to it is cheaper just to go than miss the class.  
  8. Set a goal, or sign up for a race. Working toward something, this will help you stay moivated. It can be a 5k, or a marathon, or just wanting to decrease your mile time.

Another way to motivate myself is to make a bet with my boyfriend. For example “if whom ever can workout for 6 days straight will pay for dinner this saturday night”.

I’m wearing a set from Outdoor Voices, Lululemon jacket, similar here and APL shoes.

  

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Explore South Eleuthera- Bahamas

There is so much of Eleuthera to check out. I think it was better to split blog post into mini blog posts. There is just so much to cover. Plus it is an amazing place. That is worth exploring every part.

The best way to see Eleuthera is renting a car. Renting a car on a tiny island is hard and fun! There are no rental agencies that you are used to; they are sometimes personal cars. It can also be a little expensive around ($80-100), but totally worth it. Get an SUV if you can so you can drive off the road to some of the beaches. Here is a link for more information.

Places to See:

One of the best snorkeling stops on the island is Half Sound. If you want to explore the world under the waves. Throw on your mask and explore Half Sound. You will be surrounded by nurse sharks, turtles, and beautiful corals.

The largest town in south Eleuthera is Rock Sound. It is a little town nestled in the on the water. It is a small town that sees very little tourists. You can see the rainbow painted houses. The is a cute white church right on the water.There is a cute little shop call the “The Blue Seahorse” that sells local crafts. It is definitely worth a stop.

Cape Eleuthera Institute is a must see! I worked here, so I’m a little biased.     It is a marine lab that works with the community and education. Not only do they work with a high school semester program but as well as educating the local community. Stop by and ask for a tutor, see the organisms in the tanks, find out what kind of research is going on.

Lighthouse Beach: The number one place that I would definitely go to is Lighthouse Beach. If you want to feel like you have a beach for only for you. It is an isolated beach at the end of the road on the very southeastern tip of Eleuthera. It is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen.

Places to Eat

Sammy’s is a small restaurant off the beaten path in Rock Sound. If you want local food and will a fun Bahamian atmosphere. I love going here because the people are so friendly! And they have good food.

Shari’s Restaurant has the best fried chicken you will ever have. I have been living in North Florida and explored all the south; it is still the best-fried chicken I have ever had. Don’t be deceived by the building it looks like a home. The restaurant doesn’t have the best decor. But you will get the best Bahamian food! They don’t sell alcohol, but you can go across the street to a white building with old men outside playing dominos is the local bar. Grab a beer and sit outside on the picnic benches and watch the small town.

Frigate’s Bar and Grill is a restaurant that is located in the Davis Harbor Marina. They have beautiful deck seating overlooking the marina. It is a great restaurant to stop on the way back from Lighthouse Beach.

Harbour Pointe Restaurant is part of the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina an elegant restaurant looking over the far South Western tip. It is adjacent to the pool. So you can get drinks at the pool and grab lunch. They have a great deck that overlooks the water.

Places to Stay

In the south Eleuthera, there is very little development. You can get a feel for the true Bahamas. There are really only two main options.

Rent a home in Cotton Bay and here is a link to some. They have beautiful homes that are maintained well. It was part of an old country club resort in the 1950s that has shut down. Here is a link.

The other option is Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina which has two bedrooms and a fun kitchen. It is a great place you can use that as a base to explore south Eleuthera. There are a pool and a restaurant there as well. My family stayed there when they would come visit me. Here is the link.

Conch

I have to tell you a little about conch. As a marine biologist, I will tell you a little warning that it is endangered. It is a delicacy in the Bahamas. The locals have been eating conch for years. I do believe in trying new things and eating what the locals eat, but don’t have it for every meal. Conch is an endangered and could be extinct. Conch use to be abundant in the Keys but now it is extremely hard to find a conch in the wild. Most of the time if you are eating Conch it can be a juvenile. This means that because of the demand of Conch fisherman are getting smaller Conchs that aren’t able to reproduce. This will cause the speciesto become extinct. 

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Central Eleuthera, Bahamas

When I travel, I love to learn a little about the history and culture. I think it is so important to learn.

A Little History 

Eleuthera was founded in 1648. It is known as the birthplace of the Bahamas. A group of Puritans called the Eleuthera adventurers sailed from Bermuda in search of religious freedom.  They first arrived at the north end of the Eleuthera. They settled at a place called peachers cave. The adventures call their new place “Eleuthera” which means freedom.

Originally Eleuthera was occupied by Lucayan Indians. Not much is known about the Lucayans, they were enslaved by the Spanish in the 1500s.

Places to Stay

French Leave Resort

The Cove

Pineapple Fields Resort

La Bougainvillea

You can always check out Airbnb!

 

I’m wearing an old dress but similar here and here, and illesteva sunglass. I bought the bag on the island here and here is a similar bag.

Things to do

The best way to see the Eleuthera is to rent a car and drive the island. I’m going to list things to do North to the South.

Preachers Cave – it is a cave where the Eleuthera Adventures arrived and used to as shelter.

Saphire Blue Hole– blue holes are known to happen throughout the Bahamas. They are deep holes in the land or the ocean that can be thousands of feet deep. This one is near Preachers Cave, so it is great to do both. It is in the bush a, and there is a significant drop in a blue hole. There is a latter you can climb up after you jump. The water is so clear and blue it is really unbelievable.

Glass Window Bridge– Is the thinnest part of the island. You can see the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Queen’s Baths– They are a group of pools right after the Glass Window Bridge. You can hang in these pools that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. It’s best on calm days.

 

 

I have this suit on, and here are some similar ones too ( here and here).

Gregory Town– This little town is known as the surf town. It has great places to eat ( Laughing Lizard), and great places to shop ( Island made, and Pete Rebecca’s).  It is a great town to wander around and check out the little marina. During the spring there is a pineapple fest! Where they celebrate growing pineapples. The pineapples are different than most that you see, they are white and small, but they are sweeter and better!

Surfers Beach– Is the best place to surf on Eleuthera. There is a dirt road out to the beach, but you can walk if your car can’t go.

Hatch Bay Caves– Is a mile long, 3 level cave, the walls are covered with Graffiti. You may see an occasional bat. It is a neat cave. There are stories of pirates hiding treasure in the cave and Lucayans burying their dead.

Governors Harbour– This little harbor town that was historically the capital of the Bahamas. It has beautiful victorian homes painted with bright yellows, pinks, and blues. If you are there on a Friday night check out the fish fry. You can dance in the street and grilled fresh fish. Some of my favorite spots in Governor’s harbor:

Resturants

The Cove– Is the only place on the island you can get sushi! So if you are staying there or want really good sushi check out this place!

1648 Bar and Grill– Great food right on the harbor overlooking the bay. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Tippy’s- is on the Atlantic side of the island, great pizza, and large cocktails. They have a band on Saturdays! It is a great beach, go for a walk and swim.

Things to Check Out

The Library–  Was built in 1897, it has survived so many hurricanes. It is painted pink and turquoise. It is still a working library. You can walk around the neat old building, and look through the windows on the second floor to a beautiful view.

Here is a great link to check out more!

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Bahamas- Harbor Island

I lived on a small “family Island” in the Bahamas for three years. I love the small set of Caribbean Island near Florida. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the islands, but I kept going back.

The capital, Nassau is on main Island, New Providence; the most famous island is a small island attached to New Providence called Paradise Island. This is where the famous pink Atlantis and other famous all-inclusive resorts. All of these Hotels are great! It just depends on what kind of trip to the Bahamas you want.

I like a little more local trip. I like to get to know the Islands and culture. Eleuthera is one of my favorite islands. Eleuthera means “freedom” it is a small flight from Nassau, or you can get a flight from Florida. The world-famous pink sands are located on the eastern side of this island.

Harbor Island is a quaint little island off of Eleuthera. You should fly into North Eleuthera Airport. Then take a taxi to the ferry ($5) to get to Harbor Island. Note: Bring some cash, they use American dollars. The main source of transport is by golf cart. You can rent a golf cart for ($50 a day). When you get to the dock, you can look up at the hill and see all the colorful little houses. This island is known for their color houses and rosters. You will see and hear roster everywhere. This is a great place to visit; it has a little of everything. You can go deep-sea fishing, SCUBA, shop, and just lay on the beach and enjoy. I use to come up to Harbor Island just to get away from work on the weekends.

I’m wearing an old dress (but similar here or here), bag similar, sunglasses, and sandals.

History:

The locals call it “Bri island.” It was once the capital of the Bahamas and the second largest city to Nassau in the 1900s. It was known for shipbuilding, and sugar refinement in the late 1800s.

Great places to stay:

My favorite place to stay on the island is Pink Sands it is one of the most historic hotels on the island. It has a beautiful gate with vines climbing up and Beynon trees in the entrance. There is a main lobby that has a great restaurant.

I’m wearing an old dress ( but similar herehere or here), bag similar, and sandals.

Where to stay?

One of the best places to stay is The Dunmore. It is very pricey but so beautiful. They are famous for their white and turquoise colors. If you are willing to spend the extra dollars, it is a real treat. If you don’t want to stay, there you can always grab lunch or brunch there. The restaurant is right on the beach. You can check out the hotel too.

The Ocean View Resort is a newer hotel. It is a little boutique hotel that has a nice mix of beachy vibes and a unique flare. I would love to stay there when I visit again.

Coral Sands is next to pink sands. It has a great pool, and two different bars one close to the main lobby and one by the ocean. It is a great, beautiful resort it just doesn’t have the vintage feel that the some of the other places have.

Valentines is a great place to stay on the marina side of the island. If you want to have more access to the marina for fishing and diving. The units have more of an apartment feel, with a full kitchen. It does have pool and walking distance to downtown and the beach.

The Landing is a boutique hotel overlooking the marina on a historic property dating back 1800s. The rooms are inspired by India Hicks is a classic plantation style with colonial and Carribean character. It is a great place to grab dinner; it has a great island vibe with white wall and dark accents. They have indoor and outdoor dining in their lit up courtyard.

What to do?

The Bahamas is a great place to visit if you love the ocean. You can spend hours on the beach. It is a great beach to run on in the morning before it gets to hot. At Coral Sands there is yoga sometimes. Most of the hotels have paddle boards, kayaks, and floaties to play in the waves. There is great snorkeling a little farther off shore. Just ask the locals where to go. If you want to try SCUBA (which I highly recomend) or if you are certified their is great diving in the area. If you like fishing there are deep-sea fishing usually during the spring. You might catch a Mahi Mahi or a Wahoo! There is so much to do, even rent a car and explore more of the island.

Why is There Pink Sands

Harbor Island is most known for the pale pink beaches. The sand is consist of coral, broken shells, and calcium carbonate from tiny marine rocks. The pink color comes from tiny microscopic shelled animals known as Foraminifera.

Coffee and Breakfast

Bahamas Coffee Roaster roasts their coffee! Its so good, my favorite is Junkanoo. I always buy a bag when I’m there. It has a great outdoor space, to sit in the morning and watch the town wake up.

Arthur’s Bakery is a great little place to grab little sweet baked goods.  A painted the famous Bahama pink building. It’s also where the famous white pineapple fence.

Sweet Spot Cafe is a great little place on the water that has healthy smoothies and bowls. It is a great place to get a recovery food from a hangover!

 

Lunch

I would definitely recommend Sip Sip. It is just off the beach. So it is perfect to come from the beach and get some good Bahamian food! It is bright green you can’t miss it!

The Rock House is a great place to grab lunch overlooking the marina. Last time I was at “Bri land” I had cocktails there before going to dinner. you can watch the sunset over the water on that side of the island.

 

Dinner

There are a lot of great places to eat, and most hotels have a restaurant. I’m only going to list my favorites.

I love The Landing’s restaurant,  excellent contemporary menu based on local produce and freshly caught fish and seafood.

The Dunmore, you can wander inside a cozy, breeze-filled dining room or in the open air on the breathtaking ocean view terrace.

Coral Sands has a great menu of indoor/outdoor dining. The dining room is surrounded by old black and white photographs of Harbor Island.

 

Enjoy exploring the island, there is so much to do and explore! Don’t be afraid to rent a car and explore more of Eleuthera.

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Routines…30 Days

In the new year, we like to have new resolutions. Like me, a lot of people want to change, increase fitness, floss more, eat healthier, or start a new hobby. Which I love to start the new year on my best foot forward.

On average it takes 66 days to create a new habit.  They did a study to follow individuals over a 12 week period to see when actions started to become habits. Previously in the 1950s, the standard was 21 days. It really depends on the activity and the person.

Whole30

I lot of people love doing whole 30 for the month of January. Help clean out the system after the Holidays. This you eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, baked goods or junk food. It is mostly focused on cleaning the system and how you feel when you eliminate certain foods from your diet. I will give the warning, which cleanse are bad for you, it tricks your body into thinking it is starving. It won’t last, but it might help alter your lifestyle by eating healthier in the long term. Whole 30 

Water Drinking Challenge

Water 30-day challenge some people say a gallon or a half a gallon. I really need to do this! I’m the worst about drinking water. I think I might start with a half gallon and move up to a gallon next year. They say your skin gets better! You will feel better, more energy, and less bloated.

Check out this article; it talks about is it worth it.

30 Days of Running

Shape magazine has a 30-day running challenge. If you want to go for a 5K or more! Here is a link for Beginner Runners to run a 5K. Working towards something is a great way to get over the cardio slump. It is hard to get out there and just run for 30 days. Have a goal and work towards that.

30 Days of Meditation

Maybe you want to focus on your mind. This is a great way to do that. Meditation is proven to improve your health by reducing stress and reduce pain. Also, it helps with an increase in focus and attention span.There are a bunch of apps and websites that help you guide through a meditation practice. One of my favorites is Stop Breathe Think. Make sure you are patient with yourself this isn’t easy. Check out a previous post.

Set Goals

What is a goal? It is identifying something that you want and then willing to stick with a course of action to achieve. Check out this article on goal setting. This article will help you set goals. It is important to realize if it is achievable or realistic. When writing goals you want to be specific ( time frame, amount, etc..)  so that you are more likely to achieve them. It is great to keep a journal to track yourself through this process. The great thing about goals it is a great way to change bad habitats and create new ones. They can be about anything from fitness, meditation, or career.

 

New year new you!

You can do anything you put your mind to. I think I will be doing some of these in the new year.

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Tis the Season for Giving

It is always hard to figure out what organizations to donate to every year. I focused on ocean-based organizations that I believe in; some are regional and some national and international. It is so important that we support organizations that rely on community support to survive and do well. These are some of my favorites, but there are so many more. I think it is important to do research and make sure that your money gets used for the most effective way to cause change. Some of these places love volunteers, so you don’t have to donate money but volunteer’s time makes some of these places run. So check them out.

International: 

  • If you have a passion for marine mammals, this is a great organization to donate to. They focus on marine mammals, but the health of our oceans as a whole. Marine Conservation Institute is dedicated to securing permanent, strong protection for the oceans’ most important places – for us and future generations. They work with scientist, politicians, government officials, and other organizations to identify key threats and build towards workable solutions.

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   Here is a link to Donate: Marine Conservation Institue

  • This a big organization that addresses a huge variety of environments and programs; from ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries, ocean climate, restore gulf Mexico, trash free seas, protecting the artic, and smart ocean planning. Together, they create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. With the help of donors like you, Ocean Conservancy is developing innovative solutions to save our ocean.

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Here is a link to Donate: Ocean Conservancy

  • Oceana is another large organization that focuses all over the world. Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Oceana’s on-the-water expeditions have resulted in multiple campaign victories. These expeditions allow Oceana to photograph, film and research seamounts and other unique marine ecosystems and to bring them to life for policymakers and the public. This enables Oceana to win policy victories that protect these special places.

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Here is a link to Donate: Oceana

San Fransisco Bay Area: 

  • If you love seals, this is an awesome place for you. They rescue seals! It is amazing, and so much fun. I volunteered my time there in college. At the Marine Mammal Center, they are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. Thier mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

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Here is a link to Donate: Marine Mammal Insitute

  • The California Academy of Sciences is based in San Francisco. They have an exhibit that explores the rainforest, swamps, the universe, the oceans, and evolution. Their main mission is to explore, explain and sustain. They have a wonderful research team that explores the work around us. One of the most important things is to explain, educate teachers and students on new research and about the environment around the world. The next step to advancing our world is sustaining our environment.  Through research and education can start working towards preserving and protecting our earth. With your donation can help support Academy research and programs, including school field trips for 130,000+ students annually.

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Here is a link to Donate: California Academy of Sciences 

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My favorite Ski Gear

When I was little, I loved skiing. I grew up around skiing every day. I got on my first pair of skies at three years old. I remember crying how cold it was. I remember having a “worm” a small piece of plastic shaped like a little worm, that kept my skies from moving apart. My little helmet only being held up by my tiny goggles. I grew to love it.   I was on skies every weekend, every winter for 13 years.  I lived for skiing. I would look forward to the weekend drive to the mountains. I woke up at the crack of dawn to ski, from 7 am to 5 pm you could find me on the hill. I was one of the first ones on the mountain, and the last to come off.

Unfortunately, I got into an accident when I was a 14 and had to stop skiing for a while. I broke my femur skiing with my brothers. I was going off the trail, and skiing through the trees. I have done hundreds of times. I caught an edge of my ski on a rock and ran into a tree. I sat in the snow alone for 45 minutes as my brother went to get help. I had no idea what had happened yet. All I knew was that I couldn’t get down the hill by myself. Later in the hospital, I found out that I broke my femur. It didn’t really hurt; I was in shock. What really disappointed me the most was not being able to walk, run or play. With this injury, I found out the importance of having the ability to walk and be physically healthy.

Here are some passes to check out:

I still ski as much as I can today. But it is really difficult living in the Bahamas. I’m not as fearless as I use to be.  Here are some of my favorite gear.

 

 

 

 

      

 

         

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Sawfish Research Trip Part 2

All research activities conducted under guidelines listed in permits ESA 17787 and EVER-2017-SCI-0022

Day 3

I went with a different research team today. On the team, we had 2 NOAA scientists and NOAA policy manager. I had to get up at 5 am! It was so early. We had to get on the water by 7 am. It was about an hour drive to the boat ramp. The sun still was up when we were loading into the truck, trailering the boat behind. On the drive, we had to call the park rangers of the Everglades with information of our permit and when we were sampling. We finally got to the boat ramp; we prepared to go outside, we could see the bugs swarming. The mosquitos are known for being bad in this area. It was like I couldn’t breathe without a bug getting into my mouth. Once we got on the water, and the wind picked up the bugs were gone. We were pulling out of the marina and saw a crocodile swim across the mouth of the channel. It was so calm; that you could see the ripples from the crocodile swimming through the water.

Then we were off. The first thing we had to do is set up a VR2. A VR2 is a receiver for tagging fish. Every time a fish swims by that we have tagged, it will ping. Having a series of these receivers will help us figure out where the fish/ sharks are going.

We then set up some gill nets; they are about 2 in by 2 in mesh that extends 200 yards. We stretch the line to the shore to see if we catch any Sawfish. We set a total of 7 nets throughout the day. On the second set, we caught a juvenile Sawfish!!!! It was so exciting!

It wasn’t more than 2ft long. It had 26 teeth on one side and 28 on the other side. They are born with their a set number of teeth. In the womb, they have a gel that covers the teeth. This gel falls off after a few months. But as they grow there teeth stay the same number just get bigger and further apart as the rostrum grows.

About the Sawfish

Sawfish has been heavily hunted for thousands of years for their rostrum. They are critically endangered by the IUCN. The only strongholds are in northern Australia and Southern Florida. There are three different types of Sawfish; Green, Largetooth, and Narrow. The only ones found in Florida are the Narrowtooth Sawfish. The juveniles live in the estuaries, and near shore. The adults move a little further offshore to feed.

I’m wearing Patagonia hat (similar here), Patagonia shorts, Maui Jim Sunnies, Patagonia fishing shirt (similar here), and Chacos sandals.

They are pretty amazing fish. It is really important to make sure we save these animals. If you want to help researchers, do more to study and preserve these animals. Please donate: http://www.sawfishconservationsociety.org

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Sawfish Research Trip Day 1-3

Sorry, this past week I was on a research trip in the keys. Looking for sawfish! All research activities conducted under guidelines listed in permits ESA 17787 and EVER-2017-SCI-0022.

Day 1  

I woke up early around 5:45 got in the car to the FSU Marine Lab. Finally, we arrived there about a 7:30ish. We had to start loading the car and boat with the gear for the trip. We had to trailer the boat down to the keys.  Started our journey around 9:30 am. all five of us piled into the truck and headed south. Through the small towns in north Florida to the turnpike. Only made stops to get gas and pee. It is about a 10-hour drive to Key Largo. We got there right when it was getting dark. We still had to unload the equipment and get ready for the next day of fishing.

Day 2

I woke up early around 6 am to get on the boat at 7 am. I got up, ate breakfast, and started to load the boat with bait and gear. I love of the smell of the sea. It was so nice to get back on the water. We headed out to our first location. It was about an hour and a half drive through mangroves and turbid water. We then set 2 longlines. Each longline consist of 50 baited hooks two buoys and two anchors. After an hour soak we caught 3 Bull sharks and one lemon shark, but no sawfish but it was great to get some sharks. Usually set 6 longlines in a day. In a very similar location, we set 2 more lines. We only caught one more lemon shark.

 

Two more lines were set; we drove out to the next stop. It was about a 15-minute drive. We set again but didn’t catch anything. The sun was setting, and we started to head back. It was starting to get cold if you can believe it gets cold in the keys! We got to the dock as the sun went over the horizon. all of us had to scrub down the boat, cleaning off the scales and blood from the bait. We smelled of dead fish and covered in salt from the ocean. Once we finally unloaded the boat and scrubbed it down, we headed to the showers. It is one of the best things is to have a hot shower and scrub off the scales and blood off. Finally got into bed to get up even earlier.

Gear

My field gear is usually a pair of polarized sunglasses.  Love Maui Jims, this is the one I’m wearing. I wear a fishing shirt or a shirt I don’t care about. Here are some that are great cause they have SPF. Because we are in and out of the water it is important to have quick drying shorts. I like to have loss fitting so I’m comfortable. My favorites are linked here. And to save your face from the sun it is so important to have an awesome hat.

  

   

  

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Christmas Decor

Usually, my family go into the woods of Tahoe and cut down our tree. This year most of my family got sick over Thanksgiving, so we bought a tree this year. My boyfriend and I got this little tree. It is so cute.

I love having simple but beautiful decorations. Just simple white lights.

We went to Fort Mason; The Guardsmen sell Christmas trees for charity. It is a really cool charity; they focus on the youth, and youth programs. What is better than going to a beautiful old warehouse buy a Christmas tree for charity. It is so important to help out local charities during the holidays. They have a have a holiday party on Dec 16th at 8 pm. I can’t wait to go.

Had my friends dog for the week, we brought her to the lot. She was smelling every tree!

I’m wearing Levis shirt, Fannel shirt, vest (old similar here and here), llbean boots, and Madewell jeans.

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Navy Dress at a Fall Wedding

I went to a wedding the weekend before Thanksgiving down in Palo Alto. Can you believe it was the same day as the big game! (that is when Stanford and Cal play). I was so excited to see old friends from college. Living in Florida is hard to keep touch. It is difficult to figure out what to wear, it’s getting cold, and I don’t want to wear a little summer dress. I found this navy floral dress, which was perfect for the fall.

It was so lovely to see the trees colors change this time of year and the fresh air. I made my earrings and clutch. They went perfectly with my dress brought out the orchids. I matched it with a leather jacket to keep me warm; I don’t have a photo.

I couldn’t find the same dress, but here are some others that I saw. I love navy; it looks good on everyone.  I love the florals for the fall.

                                 

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7 Ways to Relax

  1. Meditate
  2. Bath
  3. Sweat
  4. Laugh
  5. Unplug
  6. Get outdoors
  7. Craft

Mediate:  I have recently have started meditation up again. It is really hard. I go through spirts to being consent to meditation. This time I’m going to do it for 30 days, I will let you know how it goes. Meditation has so many health benefits, including reducing stress, improving concentration, lowering high blood pressure, improving heart rate, and so much more. The more you meditate, the easier it gets. There are a bunch of different methods to meditate; there are some awesome apps that walk you through how to breathe, what to think, how to sit, etc.. Here are my favorite apps to check out.

Bath: Taking a Bath is so nice to wind down after a stressful day.

A recent study published that an hour-long soak in hot water can produce anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses. It has also improved your muscles and joints.

 

 

Sweat: I love to sweat. The one thing to get me out of a funk is to run. When something doesn’t turn out the way I want or if I get upset. I love getting those endorphins. Nothing is better than getting a good run in.

Laugh: What is better than surrounding yourself with great friends and family. Surround yourself with your support system. It always makes me feel better.

Unplug: There is so much of the world that can be negative and sad. Sometimes I turn on the News, and it makes me so depressed. Or even when I look at Instagram and feel like I’m not doing more with my life. I do get jealous! It is good to turn it all off and step away. Enjoy, realize and look around at the amazing life that you do have. Don’t worry about what you don’t have.

Get Outdoors: Scientist has proven that nature lowers stress levels. Just looking outside in the garden or going for a walk outside reduces stress significantly and lower heart rate. Here is an article in Business Insider. I know I feel so much better when I spend some time outside. If it is a short walk or a coffee outside. I don’t feel as groggy, I feel so much better about my work and think so much clearer.

Crafting: I love crafting it allows me to turn off my brain and focus on making something. There is nothing better than making something you can use or wear. What is better than making a handmade card or gift for your mom or friends birthday. They will love it too!

I will post more on craft ideas soon! Some of my favorites are watercolors, jewelry, embroidery, beading, and sewing. Check out this previous: DIY, and post on embroidery.

 

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